The Black Student's Guide to Graduate and Professional School Success

The Black Student's Guide to Graduate and Professional School Success

by Vernon L. Farmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313323119

ISBN-13: 9780313323119

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This guide is designed to help black students prepare for standardized tests, negotiate admissions, find a faculty mentor, choose a field of study, select the best curriculum, adjust to the campus, master technology, engage in research and publishing, secure graduate assistantships, develop a global identity, maintain black pride and self esteem, and interact with

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This guide is designed to help black students prepare for standardized tests, negotiate admissions, find a faculty mentor, choose a field of study, select the best curriculum, adjust to the campus, master technology, engage in research and publishing, secure graduate assistantships, develop a global identity, maintain black pride and self esteem, and interact with other cultural groups.

What are the models of success for black students in graduate and professional school careers? What should be expected and prepared for? What struggles lie ahead, and how have others overcome the obstacles? This guide is designed to help black students prepare for standardized tests, negotiate admissions, find a faculty mentor, choose a field of study, select the best curriculum, adjust to the campus, master technology, engage in research and publishing, secure graduate assistantships, develop a global identity, maintain black pride and self esteem, and interact with other cultural groups.

In the first section of this guide, 21 scholars offer sound, nuts-and-bolts advice on preparing for-and excelling in-graduate and professional school. In the second section, 40 scholars from varied professions share the personal experiences that led to their successes. In the third section, current students recount their problems, solutions, and overall achievements. Their essays embody the advice and information provided in previous chapters, humanizing and reinforcing the themes of the entire book. Their success may begin in theory, but their stories and accomplishments are real.

The primary audience for this guide consists of black undergraduates, black graduate students both prospective and current, deans of graduate and professional schools, graduate admissions counselors and recruiters, faculty advisors, and collegiate coaches in both predominantly black and white higher education institutions. The secondary audience includes high school students, parents, teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, and civic, community, and religious organizations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313323119
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.
Judge Higginbotham's Legal Legacy
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IHow to Become a Successful Student in Graduate and Professional School1
1Making Sure You Have the "Right Stuff" to Be Successful in Graduate and Professional School3
2Negotiating Admission to Graduate and Professional Schools13
3Graduate School Admission in the Era of Hopwood23
4What It Takes to Be Successful on Standardized Tests: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT30
5Choosing the Right Field of Study39
6Study Habits and Techniques: When and How to Study for Maximum Effect46
7Toward a Paradigm Shift: Adjusting to Technology54
8Establishing a Coalition for the Utilization of Learning Skills: Black Students Using Cooperation to Achieve Academic Excellence61
9Finding a Faculty Mentor to Help Guide You through the Doctoral Process68
10Psychosocial Adjustment to the Campus Environment82
11Maintaining Black Pride, Self-Esteem, and Self-Concept90
12Developing a Global Identity among Black American, Black African, and Black Caribbean Students98
13Competencies for Developing an African American Scholar: The Community of Scholars Model105
14Utilizing Internships and Teaching and Research Assistantships to Enhance Learning110
15Promoting Scholarly Writing and Publishing to Enhance the Scholarship of Black Graduate Students119
16Preparing for a Career after Professional Sports: Pursuing a Graduate Degree129
17The Career Hunt: Putting It All Together and Marketing Yourself for a Major Role in the Workforce137
18Learn to Learn the Joy of Work: The Dignity of Honest Work ... Honorably Done!143
19From Dissertation to Dollars: Successful Grant-Seeking Techniques152
20Education for Liberation: On Campus with a Purpose162
21African American Parents and Student Success in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities170
Pt. IIHow I Succeeded in Graduate and Professional School and in My Career Field179
Essay 1Graduate School to a Profession: A Journey of Maturation181
Essay 2Education Is Just the Beginning: Professional Relationships Are Key to Success184
Essay 3Preparing for Success in Graduate School186
Essay 4"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around": The Value of the Journey189
Essay 5Graduate Student Mentoring192
Essay 6You Can Succeed in Mathematics195
Essay 7Graduate School Experience: Knowledge Is Our Future199
Essay 8The "Old Man" and the Defining Moment That Changed My Life!203
Essay 9The Hardest Part of Graduate Training Is Getting In206
Essay 10Helping the African American Community through Higher Education209
Essay 11Vision, Determination, Self-Leadership, and Time Management: Harbingers and Purveyors of Academic Success212
Essay 12Using Networking, Role Models, and Mentoring En Route to Success217
Essay 13Some Strategies to Help You Earn a Professional Degree219
Essay 14Working with Cultural and Racial Groups to Develop a Global Perspective222
Essay 15The Art of the Vita: A Success-Building Strategy227
Essay 16The Significance of Obtaining a Graduate or Professional School Degree: Becoming Part of the Solution ... to an Academia Problem230
Essay 17Beginning Graduate School with the Right Mind-Set233
Essay 18Coming Home to Success237
Essay 19Make a Place for Yourself Now That You Have Obtained a Graduate Degree240
Essay 20Achieving Academic Success in Graduate School243
Essay 21Mentoring in the Advising Process246
Essay 22A Whole Lot of Others248
Essay 23Mentors, Peers, and Advisers: Key Players in Making Decisions251
Essay 24Mentoring Strategies: A Report Card for Faculty254
Essay 25Graduate School Literacy and Academic Success260
Essay 26Pursuing an Urban Planning Degree in Graduate School263
Essay 27Graduate and Professional School Success: The S.I.M.P.L.E. Approach268
Essay 28Reflection and Introspection: Black Graduate Students at a Predominantly White Institution272
Essay 29God Should Be the Architect as You Pursue Your Academic Goals277
Essay 30Self-Awareness: An Important Attribute for Graduate School Success279
Essay 31The Experimental Student282
Essay 32Developing a Mentor-Mentee Relationship during Your Doctoral Studies284
Essay 33How to Be Successful in Graduate School289
Essay 34Graduate Education Is the Road to Excellence292
Essay 35Being Persistent Helped Me to Achieve My Wings as a Navy Aviator296
Essay 36A Gift to Yourself: The Doctorate Degree300
Essay 37A Producer versus Consumer Consciousness303
Essay 38Setting the Agenda for Success306
Essay 39How to Be Successful as a Full-Time Law Student While Working Full Time as a Police Officer309
Essay 40Achieving Your Professional and Career Goals against the Odds315
Pt. IIIHow Contemporary Students in Graduate and Professional School are Succeeding319
Essay 1Surviving in Graduate School Even If You Have a Writing Problem321
Essay 2"A" Is for Average: On Being an Average Medical Student324
Essay 3On Being a Great Student327
Essay 4Adapting to Life as Graduate Students: Getting Up to Speed on Information Technology332
Essay 5How to Win a Seat in Medical School343
Essay 6Life after Sports: The Participant Observer345
Essay 7How to Move through Your Graduate Program Successfully350
Essay 8The Key to Graduate School Success355
Essay 9The Essentials for Graduate Success358
Essay 10Predominantly Black to Predominantly White: Making the Transition to Graduate School361
Essay 11Some Reflections and Insights for African American Graduate Students365
Essay 12Lessons Learned That Were Vital to My Success as a Doctoral Student368
Essay 13Don't Let Anyone Tell You That You're Not Smart Enough371
Essay 14Building Relationships during the Graduate Experience374
Essay 15Prescription for Persistence: What Graduate Students Need to Know377
Essay 16Some Factors to Consider in Graduate School382
Essay 17Faith without Works Is Dead384
Essay 18Some Traits of a Successful Graduate Student387
Essay 19Knowing Yourself Will Enhance Your Graduate Study391
Essay 20Hard Times: Traveling on the "D" Train Day to Day, Dreaming of Life as a Ph.D.394
Essay 21Constructing Identities: The Black Graduate Experience400
Essay 22Making the Right Decisions in High School Can Enhance Your Chances for Success as an Undergraduate and Graduate Student402
Essay 23Preparing for Graduate School: An Undergraduate's Perspective405
Essay 24Preparing for Graduate Study While in High School407
Conclusion409
Index413
About the Editor and the Contributors419

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