Our application deadline is quickly approaching! Only a few days left until December 15th and we can feel the nerves pouring through.

1) Proof read! This is my number 1 tidbit for applicants. It doesn’t matter how last minute your application is, take the time to proofread it and have someone else proofread it. It doesn’t particularly matter who other proofreaders are – your personal statement should be pretty readable by anyone. It’s about you, your goals, your career ambitions, and why you want to come to F&ES. It shouldn’t be overly technical, or, conversely, overly vague. My friend, Amy “the grammar queen” proofread my application and helped me take out unnecessary portions, showcase my writing skills, and clarify unclear sections. I can’t stress this enough: your personal statement is the most important part of your application. Spend the most time on it.
2) Stay relaxed – panic doesn’t make anyone think clearly! The application process allows you to learn a lot about yourself, your long and short-term goals, and your interests. We know the application takes a lot of time and effort, but grad school will take more.
3) Be professional – Yale F&ES is a professional school! We love how our students get things done, maintain jobs and leadership roles, all while excelling in academics and research. Professionalism shows maturity, focus, and readiness for the pressures of grad school. Remember to showcase all your professional experience and achievements, and show focus, thought and maturity in your essay and application.
4) Make a list (and check it twice?). Come on, it’s December. Give me a few holiday puns. No, but seriously, don’t put that in your application. DO think of all the things you want the admissions committee to know about you – and put them in your application. Especially important, your commitment to the environment. We’re an environmental school! And on that note. . .
5) DO complete the “optional” sections, specifically the “Contribution to Community”. F&ES is a community of scholars, academics, researchers, and passionate leaders. Tell us about how you have contributed to your own community or how you would add to ours. What volunteer work have you done? What interesting or different things have you experienced in your life adventures? What about you might add a sense of diversity (in the greatest sense of the word) to the incoming class?

6) FINALLY – Submit by this Sunday, December 15th at midnight!

For more Admissions tips, read through the Masters Admissions materials and information on the website and throughout the Admissions blog.

Good luck everyone! Feel free to email me with any last minute questions.
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