This guest post is a part of a 3-part series written by our consultant, Marcus. Marcus is a student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design pursuing dual masters degrees in architecture (MArch I) and urban planning (MUP). Prior to entering Harvard, Marcus graduated from Swarthmore College with a bachelor’s of art degree.
There will be lots of moving parts and pieces that can easily slip your brain so it’s very important to develop good content and time management skills.
Time will feel like it’s flying by during application season and the best person to keep you on schedule is yourself. I am a huge fan and believer of handwritten to-do lists (with deadlines!).
Here are some of my top tips:
There will be lots of moving parts and pieces that can easily slip your brain so it’s very important to develop good content and time management skills. Keep all of your materials organized and backed up so things don’t get lost. The worst is having that perfect essay to your top choice school lost or deleted so stay on top of this. It is also crucial to chart out all deadlines months in advance. The more schools/programs you decide to apply to, the more deadlines you will have to fulfill. This means budgeting time wisely for the pieces of your applications you are responsible for.
For letters of recommendation, give people plenty of time and keep emails short and to the point.
For other parts of the application that require input from people are already busy and overextended themselves (like letters of recommendation), give people plenty of time and keep emails short and to the point. One of the biggest lessons I have learned after years of drafting emails is that people don’t have time to read through paragraphs of irrelevant details that could be boiled down into a simple two sentences. So keep communication quick and efficient.