Last week I found out that I was accepted into Ohio State’s Doctor of Audiology graduate program! I’ve loved being in undergrad at Ohio State and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue going to school here. Applying to grad school was a lot of work, and I couldn’t have done it on my own, so I’m thankful for everyone at Ohio State who helped me out. Here are a few of the people/organizations that played a big role in my grad school application process:
1. The writing center
I’ve written about going to Ohio State’s great writing center before for help with a class assignment, but it turns out that they’re also an awesome resource for help writing personal statements. Since the writing center can help with any part of the writing process, I went to them twice for personal statement help: the first time, they helped me brainstorm ideas for what to write about and how to organize my statement. I made an appointment and brought in the prompt provided by Ohio State’s audiology program, and the writing center sat down with me and helped me go through the prompt to make sure I was touching on everything I was supposed to. Later, after I had written a first draft, I went to their walk-in hours at Thompson Library to have them look over the draft and tell me if it seemed to fit the criteria. This was such a great help since I had never written a personal statement before, so they were able to tell me if I was writing something that the admissions committee would want to read.
2. Professors who wrote me recommendation letters
I’ve had many great professors during my time at Ohio State, and I’m grateful for the ones who took the time to write recommendation letters for me. I made sure to choose ones who I felt would remember me from when I was in their class, and asked them well in advance of the application due date to make sure they had plenty of time to write it.
Ohio State’s Honors Arts and Sciences tips on how to ask for a recommendation letter were also super helpful.
Because I’m in the honors program, I have two advisors: one Arts and Sciences Honors advisor, and one Speech and Hearing advisor. Both were able to give me lots of advice about the application process. My Arts and Sciences advisor had many tips about applying in general, and my Speech and Hearing advisor helped by giving me advice that was specific to audiology programs and what they’re looking for.
I’m so excited to have been accepted to grad school, and I know I couldn’t have done it without so many Ohio State programs supporting me.