Mindset Practices and Rituals to Help You Get Into Your Dream Grad School

We know what you’re thinking. What on earth are mindset rituals and what do they have to do with my ability to get into my dream school or get off the waitlist of my dream school? Isn’t that something that’s up to the admissions committee—not me?

In the simplest form, the manifestation mindset is a way of thinking that is in tune with the Universe that starts with your subconscious and allows you to harness the energy of the Universe to get what you want. We get it, we know it sounds wacky, but it’s something that we here at The Art of Applying have found works.

This post was inspired by a recent conversation between Kaneisha and one of our customers. She is on the waitlist at Columbia, and is eager to get admitted from the waitlist. In addition to a list of strategies, Kaneisha also encouraged her to focus on her mindset.

So here are four ways that you can use the manifestation mindset to help you get into your dream schools and/or get off the waitlist:

1. Get absolutely clear on what it is you want:

You know which school(s) is your dream school but go even deeper. Which classes are you going to attend? Which professor will be your mentor? Where are you going to live? How are you going to get to school? Which flights will you take, or which truck rental service will you use if you’re driving? By knowing the specifics, this will allow you to create a clear and consistent vision for your life to better harness what you want.

For example, here is a list of the elective courses at Harvard Business School. Which ones would you take during your time there?

2. Write down everything:

Write down your responses to each of the questions above and place everything where you can see it on a daily basis. Print out your mock class schedule and your mock flight reservations. Start seriously looking for places to live and leave the apartment listings up on your computer to look at every day. Make a list of all the experiences you want to have while living and thriving at your dream school, and put images of those experiences where you will be sure to see them and be inspired by them.

3. Create a huge emotional connection to your school:

Buy $250 dollars of gear from your dream school; gear that you would want if you were 100% sure that you were going. If you aren’t up for spending the money on the swag, you could keep it simple and add something as small as a sticker from your dream school to your favorite water bottle. Voila! Now you have school swag. Take a picture of yourself with everything you bought and place it where you can see it every day. Start packing your apartment in anticipation of heading off to your dream school. Begin documenting your tasks and knowledge at work so you can easily hand off your responsibilities when you head off to your dream school. Get yourself in a place where you are 100% confident that you are going.

4. Obsess over your new life DAILY:

You need to be visualizing yourself at your chosen school all day, every day. This is your way of letting the Universe know that this is what you want, and that you are opening up your life to allow this to happen. By taking intentional control of your thoughts and transitioning from a “I hope this happens” to an “When this happens” mindset, you are able to manifest the growth that you want out of life.

Continue doing these every day while you wait to hear back from your schools, and don’t be surprised when your life starts changing in a positive direction towards your dreams.


Want to learn more? Suggested reading:

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol Dweck

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