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Organizations for Graduate Student – 5 That Should Be Considered

social software impact individual organizations Organizations for Graduate Student   5 That Should Be ConsideredGraduate students are busy people. They are busy with their coursework. They are busy with their research. They are busy with their thesis. And in some cases they are busy with their family and work life.

It is important though that graduate students take time out of their busy schedules to become involved in organizations that will help them while they are graduate students and beyond. Colleges and universities have so many student organizations to choose from that it can be difficult to even narrow down organizations that may be most beneficial to a graduate student and their goals.

While this is definitely not an all inclusive list, here are 5 graduate organizations that students should consider becoming a part of to add to their graduate student experience to help shape and refine them as professionals. This list is no particular order.

#1 Part-Time MBA Association

This organization is dedicated to representing MBA students that go to school on a part-time basis. Students who are earning their MBA on a part-time basis have different concerns than those who are attending a full-time program. This organization acts as the liaison between the students and the college or university. As a member of this organization students are able to take part-time MBA student issues to the school of business administration and its faculty. This organization works for the good of the part-time student body to help improve the quality of the education that they receive, the amount and quality of academic support, and the professional services and advice that students can receive. By joining this group MBA students will find a sense of community among their peers, while continuously trying to improve student relations.

#2 MBA Association

The MBA Association's goal is to provide a community where graduate students can interact through activities and services that allow their members to grow as students and as professionals in the business world. This group acts as a liaison between current students, Alumni and faculty to help students define their career goals, strengthen their skills, and develop a strong network of professional peers.

#3 Graduates As Parents

According to the Census Bureau the amount of graduate students attending college that are also parents increases by 60 percent each year. By becoming a member of this organization, graduate students will find a community of their peers that are balancing their family life with their school life. Through their peers members can pick up pertinent information regarding daycare, how to balance their lives, tips and trick for the juggling act, etc. With all of the stress that being a parent brings combined with all of the stress that being a graduate students brings, this group will allow students to de-stress their lives by surrounding themselves with like-minded people who are going through the same challenges that they are.

#4 Graduate Student Government

Graduate Student Government works on graduate student's behalves in the area of student affairs and financial affairs that affect graduate students. This organization is the liaison between graduate students and the university on matters with housing, parking, fees, and transportation. This organization also helps students to learn the ins and outs of running an organization, including problem-solving resolution skills. It also provides a place for students to interact with leaders in the organization and in the school to acquire and foster their leadership skills.

#5 Graduate Students in _____________ (insert specialization here)

Whatever the graduate student's specialization is, they should also consider joining the graduate student association for their specialization. The goal of these organizations is to provide a community where graduate students specializing in a particular field can interact through activities and services that allow their members to grow as students and as professionals in their field. These groups also act as liaisons between current students, Alumni and faculty to help students define their career goals, strengthen their skills, and develop a strong network of professional peers.

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How To Pay For Your Masters Degree – Cutting Tuition Costs!

With both in-state and out-of-state tuitions climbing at a similar rate as gasoline, many potential graduate students are finding themselves wondering if pursuing an advanced degree is really a good investment. For many of us, the thought of taking on more dept is terrifying and enough to prevent us from going back to school. Before you abandon the idea of higher education, you should be aware that there are a few ways to avoid these climbing tuition costs.

1. Since most universities offer tuition waivers to employees, consider getting a job on campus. Even if the job is entry level and low paying, the money that you save on school might still make it worthwhile. Do the math! Getting a job on campus is a great idea for several other reasons as well: working on campus will give you the opportunity to meet faculty in a more casual environment and this may help you when it comes time to apply. Further, working in your field might give you the opportunity to publish an academic manuscript, and this is a tremendous advantage when being considered for admission.

2. Many employers will pay for a portion or all of your tuition if they perceive your pursuit of an advanced degree as transforming you into a more valuable employee. When you approach your boss, present a good argument convincing him or her that it would be a great investment to send you to graduate school. In return, you may be required to agree to work for this employer for a certain number of years, but this is usually a fair trade off.

3. Going to school part-time is another good way to offset the cost of tuition. Taking a few classes at a time will allow you to spread the cost of school over a longer period of time. Further, it will limit the amount of lifestyle changes required of going to school full time. It's also a good idea to test the waters before jumping in because this also gives you the opportunity to see if you really do enjoy studying a particular topic at the graduate level.

4. Some programs will offer "graduate assistantship opportunities" once you are accepted to the program. These are on-campus jobs designed with graduate students in mind. Examples include dormitory advisors, laboratory mangers, and teacher's assistants. These jobs are staffed by graduate students in return for a tuition waiver (partial or full).

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A Teacher’s Advice to Returning Students

When I taught Writing I at a local college, I saw a lot of returning students. They were easy to spot, too. They were all extremely nervous about coming back to school, unsure of whether they could succeed. I would try to ease their fears, but it would often take weeks to convince them that they really could succeed in school. Although all these students were working toward undergraduate degree, I have seen the same type of fear when taking classes with returning graduate students. Before you get too worried, though, let me give you a few words of advice.

Talk to Your Teachers

First of all, talk to your professors about your concerns. Many were probably returning students at one time or another, and they can understand your fears. If you have children or are caring for an ill parent, also go ahead and tell your teacher. Assure them you will be at class all the time, but you wanted to let them know in case there is ever an emergency. They are likely to be much more forgiving if you let them know your situation up front.

Find a Mentor

During graduate school, a mentor can be a huge help. If they are part of the profession, they will be able to give you insight when you beginning preparing research projects, and they can give you encouragement when times get tough. If they have actually completed the same program, they can provide you valuable advice regarding the teachers and the classes.

A Simple Truth

Let me tell you a simple truth. The older the student, the more prepared they usually are for college. Times have changed and younger students have weaker writing skills and less discipline. Returning students are generally more successful, although they are more affected by outside influences like family emergencies and tough financial situations. Realize that you are likely better equipped to succeed in your classes than your younger classmates, even though they still have the school thing down.

If There are Problems…

If you do struggle in a graduate level class or if an emergency occurs, talk to your teachers. Don't allow yourself to fall further behind without letting your professors know about the situation. If you need extra help, they will gladly give it, and if you need some other type of consideration, they will do their best to assist you. Don't wait until it's too late to save your grade to speak with your professors.

Relax

Finally, relax. Don't worry yourself too much about returning to school. Just stay excited about the experience, work ahead, and count your blessings. You will likely succeed in graduate school and impress yourself with your knowledge and abilities. You have a lot to offer your classmates, and the graduate school experience – the sharing of ideas, the collaboration – is an experience you'll remember fondly for life.

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Work For a Professor

Working for a professor can be one of the more rewarding on campus work experiences. If you are lucky enough, you may get a job working for your favorite professor. Even if he or she is unfamiliar, working for a professor can give you a behind the scenes look at college education.

In college, there is less of a dividing line between student and teacher than in high school. Students are invited to come by a teacher’s office. In addition, students might spend time with a teacher socially—though this may be frowned on in certain educational settings. Working for a professor is the best way to get to know a professor both personally and professionally.

This is especially important if you are thinking about getting a PhD in order to teach in the future. If you are entering the business sector, working with certain high-profile professors can look very good on your resume. Having a reference from a professor you have worked with—as opposed to just being a student in a class—is enormously helpful when applying for a job right out of college.

The type of work you will be doing depends on the professor’s department. Working for a professor of history will be much different than working for a chemistry professor. In the former, you may be doing clerical work, such as answering phones, organizing files, and the like. If the professor is working on a book, some research may also be necessary.

If you are working for a master’s degree, you may be required to work as an assistant professor. In some cases, you may run a class yourself. This is separate from on campus employment, as an assistant professorship is required as part of the degree itself.

There are also grants available in which graduate students are able to work directly with a certain high-profile professor on research projects. Many science professors, for example, are not just teachers but working scientists. Such a grant will allow students to work in a laboratory setting as well as help the professor with clerical and non-laboratory research work.

Undergraduates can find listings for working in a professor’s office on college job boards. These jobs will list the credentials necessary—either undergrad or graduate—and the hours required. Generally, working for a professor pays the same amount as other jobs on campus and undergraduates are only allowed to work twenty hours a week maximum.

It is usually easiest to get a job with a professor if you have taken his or her class in the past. These jobs are often given to a star pupil—especially if the job requires a lot of hands on research work. If the job is mainly clerical, the job will available to other students as well, though normally only those who are studying within the same department.

Whatever the case, working for a professor can be one of the most educational experiences on campus—; it’'s like combining a course curriculum with real world experience. A student can use the knowledge gained from the experience as he or she applies for a job after graduation.

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A Guide to Work-Study Programs

What are Work-Study Programs?

The Federal Work-Study program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and subsidizes part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students who have financial need. These programs are a great way to earn extra money for school, gain valuable work experience, and contribute to your community. Many available work-study jobs are for on-campus work, but some students work off-campus for private businesses. In most cases, your school will try to match you with a job that relates to your area of study whenever possible. The number of hours you work each week will vary based upon your work-study award, your class schedule, and your academic progress.

How Much Can Students Earn Through Work-Study Programs?

The amount of money you can earn through a work-study job varies depending on your job, your financial need, and when you apply. All students participating in the work-study program will earn at least minimum wage, but you can earn more depending upon the type of work you are doing and the skills your job requires. Undergraduate students are paid by the hour, while graduate students are sometimes paid a salary. Students with greater financial need are usually offered a higher award amount.

Payments will be made directly to you at least once a month. If you prefer, you can sign up to have your earnings direct deposited into your bank account. Students who apply for the work-study program early usually receive a larger award and are more likely to find employment through the program.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for Work-Study Programs?

Your eligibility for work-study programs is based upon financial need. The amount of money you qualify for will be determined based upon the amount you are expected to contribute to your education and the estimated cost of attendance. If you qualify for other types of financial aid such as Pell Grant and federal loans, you will also qualify for work-study.

How Can Students Apply for Work-Study Programs?

Students can apply for work-study programs by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can pick up paper copies of the FAFSA at your schools financial aid office or you can fill out an application online. The FAFSA requires information about your earnings from the previous years, your parent’s earnings from the previous year, and the total number of people living in your household.

The information you provided on your FAFSA will determine whether or not you are eligible for financial aid. Your financial aid package will likely include several different types of aid, including Pell Grants, loans, and work-study awards. Once you have been approved for a work-study award, contact your school about employment opportunities. Counselors advise that work-study positions are in high demand, so apply early for the best chance at finding a work-study job.

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5 Helpful Organizations For Grad Students

Organizations for Graduate Student
5 That Should Be Considered

Graduate students are busy people. They are busy with their coursework. They are busy with their research. They are busy with their thesis. And in some cases they are busy with their family and work life. It is important though that graduate students take time out of their busy schedules to become involved in organizations that will help them while they are graduate students and beyond. Colleges and universities have so many student organizations to choose from that it can be difficult to even narrow down organizations that may be most beneficial to a graduate student and their goals.

While this is definitely not an all inclusive list, here are 5 graduate organizations that students should consider becoming a part of to add to their graduate student experience to help shape and refine them as professionals. This list is no particular order.

#1 Part-Time MBA Association

This organization is dedicated to representing MBA students that go to school on a part-time basis. Students who are earning their MBA on a part-time basis have different concerns than those who are attending a full-time program. This organization acts as the liaison between the students and the college or university. As a member of this organization students are able to take part-time MBA student issues to the school of business administration and its faculty. This organization works for the good of the part-time student body to help improve the quality of the education that they receive, the amount and quality of academic support, and the professional services and advice that students can receive. By joining this group MBA students will find a sense of community among their peers, while continuously trying to improve student relations.

#2 MBA Association

The MBA Association’s goal is to provide a community where graduate students can interact through activities and services that allow their members to grow as students and as professionals in the business world. This group acts as a liaison between current students, Alumni and faculty to help students define their career goals, strengthen their skills, and develop a strong network of professional peers.

#3 Graduates As Parents

According to the Census Bureau the amount of graduate students attending college that are also parents increases by 60 percent each year. By becoming a member of this organization, graduate students will find a community of their peers that are balancing their family life with their school life. Through their peers members can pick up pertinent information regarding daycare, how to balance their lives, tips and trick for the juggling act, etc. With all of the stress that being a parent brings combined with all of the stress that being a graduate students brings, this group will allow students to de-stress their lives by surrounding themselves with like-minded people who are going through the same challenges that they are.

#4 Graduate Student Government

Graduate Student Government works on graduate student’s behalves in the area of student affairs and financial affairs that affect graduate students. This organization is the liaison between graduate students and the university on matters with housing, parking, fees, and transportation. This organization also helps students to learn the ins and outs of running an organization, including problem-solving resolution skills. It also provides a place for students to interact with leaders in the organization and in the school to acquire and foster their leadership skills.

#5 Graduate Students in _____________ (insert specialization here)

Whatever the graduate student’s specialization is, they should also consider joining the graduate student association for their specialization. The goal of these organizations is to provide a community where graduate students specializing in a particular field can interact through activities and services that allow their members to grow as students and as professionals in their field. These groups also act as liaisons between current students, Alumni and faculty to help students define their career goals, strengthen their skills, and develop a strong network of professional peers.

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