girlseekingphd Posted January 27, 2009 Share Posted January 27, 2009 I recently decided to visit my first choice school before they made their application decisions to get a better feel for the program and to try and make a really good impression. I will be flying to visit the campus next week. I scheduled a general campus tour and I contacted the graduate office in my department asking if it would be possible to receive a tour of the facility and possibly meet with a faculty member. My former undergraduate advisor and my mentor told me this was smart and showed that I was serious about their program. When I hadn't heard a reply to my email for several days, I started to worry. But I was hesitant to call and ask. SO GLAD I DID, THOUGH! The switchboard transferred me to the main line and the Graduate Studies Coordinator just happened to pick up (I didn't even tell her I was a potential grad student). I hadn't even finished my first sentence. I got out my name and he interrupted, "Oh, Elizabeth, you're applying for...etc., etc." Anyway, he knew exactly who I was without me having to remind him. He told me admissions stuff had gotten backed up but that he had a full itinerary planned for my visit next week. I get to observe a classroom, a full tour, and have lunch with a graduate student. He thanked me and told me he was glad I'd followed up. So two things: Is this a good sign? And secondly, be encouraged to contact if you have questions! I was so surprised that anyone cared or remembered me. And this is one of the biggest universities in the country. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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