After all the hard work students put in to apply to a graduate school, receiving a rejection letter stings. But a new article in U.S. News and World Report discusses how that doesn’t need to be the final chapter in one’s goal of attending a particular school, and SOE Dean David Andrews was involved in the story.
Discussing ways where one can strengthen their case for future admittance, Dean Andrews offered that students could show enthusiasm by inquiring about a particular professor’s work:
“Find faculty members who are doing work that you’re interested in. Pose a question to them via the Internet or another vehicle,” he says.
Mentioning a faculty member whose work you admire in your application may also raise your chances of admittance, Andrews says. “If someone has mentioned my name in their letter of interest, that application will find its way to me one way or another, even if I’m not reviewing the applicants,” he says.