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graduate school

rapienmk at hiram.edu rapienmk at hiram.edu
Thu Jun 1 09:51:01 EST 1995

Hello!  I have a few questions regarding applications to graduate school that 
I'm hoping someone can help me with.  The first one almost seems a bit trivial 
to me, yet it may be extremely important.  Many applications that I have 
received say that they may be printed neatly or typed.  Personally, I prefer 
to print.  My writing is nice, and my word processor doesn't deal well typing 
applications (generally the margins on the application are too far apart), not 
to mention the fact that it takes me forever to make sure everything is lined 
up properly.  Does it really make a difference to the graduate schools?  Would 
my chances of getting in be greater if I typed the applications?  The school 
that I am really focused on right now is MIT -- I am interested in their joint 
program with Woods Hole in biological oceanography.

Another question:  when I tell people that I am interested in MIT, they feel 
it necessary to inform me how difficult it is to be accepted into their 
programs.  Can anyone out there tell me what I can do to increase my chances 
of being accepted?  I am a dedicated biologist and somehow it seems that 
applications never leave room to prove it.  Any advice would be greatly 
appreciated.  I read this newsgroup pretty regularly, but to insure that I 
recieve your replies, please send them to my e-mail address.  Thank you!


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