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Overview

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: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

VERNON L. FARMER is Acting Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Dean, Professor of Educational Leadership in the College of Education, at Grambling State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.
Judge Higginbotham's Legal Legacy
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I How to Become a Successful Student in Graduate and Professional School 1
1 Making Sure You Have the "Right Stuff" to Be Successful in Graduate and Professional School 3
2 Negotiating Admission to Graduate and Professional Schools 13
3 Graduate School Admission in the Era of Hopwood 23
4 What It Takes to Be Successful on Standardized Tests: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT 30
5 Choosing the Right Field of Study 39
6 Study Habits and Techniques: When and How to Study for Maximum Effect 46
7 Toward a Paradigm Shift: Adjusting to Technology 54
8 Establishing a Coalition for the Utilization of Learning Skills: Black Students Using Cooperation to Achieve Academic Excellence 61
9 Finding a Faculty Mentor to Help Guide You through the Doctoral Process 68
10 Psychosocial Adjustment to the Campus Environment 82
11 Maintaining Black Pride, Self-Esteem, and Self-Concept 90
12 Developing a Global Identity among Black American, Black African, and Black Caribbean Students 98
13 Competencies for Developing an African American Scholar: The Community of Scholars Model 105
14 Utilizing Internships and Teaching and Research Assistantships to Enhance Learning 110
15 Promoting Scholarly Writing and Publishing to Enhance the Scholarship of Black Graduate Students 119
16 Preparing for a Career after Professional Sports: Pursuing a Graduate Degree 129
17 The Career Hunt: Putting It All Together and Marketing Yourself for a Major Role in the Workforce 137
18 Learn to Learn the Joy of Work: The Dignity of Honest Work ... Honorably Done! 143
19 From Dissertation to Dollars: Successful Grant-Seeking Techniques 152
20 Education for Liberation: On Campus with a Purpose 162
21 African American Parents and Student Success in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities 170
Pt. II How I Succeeded in Graduate and Professional School and in My Career Field 179
Essay 1 Graduate School to a Profession: A Journey of Maturation 181
Essay 2 Education Is Just the Beginning: Professional Relationships Are Key to Success 184
Essay 3 Preparing for Success in Graduate School 186
Essay 4 "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around": The Value of the Journey 189
Essay 5 Graduate Student Mentoring 192
Essay 6 You Can Succeed in Mathematics 195
Essay 7 Graduate School Experience: Knowledge Is Our Future 199
Essay 8 The "Old Man" and the Defining Moment That Changed My Life! 203
Essay 9 The Hardest Part of Graduate Training Is Getting In 206
Essay 10 Helping the African American Community through Higher Education 209
Essay 11 Vision, Determination, Self-Leadership, and Time Management: Harbingers and Purveyors of Academic Success 212
Essay 12 Using Networking, Role Models, and Mentoring En Route to Success 217
Essay 13 Some Strategies to Help You Earn a Professional Degree 219
Essay 14 Working with Cultural and Racial Groups to Develop a Global Perspective 222
Essay 15 The Art of the Vita: A Success-Building Strategy 227
Essay 16 The Significance of Obtaining a Graduate or Professional School Degree: Becoming Part of the Solution ... to an Academia Problem 230
Essay 17 Beginning Graduate School with the Right Mind-Set 233
Essay 18 Coming Home to Success 237
Essay 19 Make a Place for Yourself Now That You Have Obtained a Graduate Degree 240
Essay 20 Achieving Academic Success in Graduate School 243
Essay 21 Mentoring in the Advising Process 246
Essay 22 A Whole Lot of Others 248
Essay 23 Mentors, Peers, and Advisers: Key Players in Making Decisions 251
Essay 24 Mentoring Strategies: A Report Card for Faculty 254
Essay 25 Graduate School Literacy and Academic Success 260
Essay 26 Pursuing an Urban Planning Degree in Graduate School 263
Essay 27 Graduate and Professional School Success: The S.I.M.P.L.E. Approach 268
Essay 28 Reflection and Introspection: Black Graduate Students at a Predominantly White Institution 272
Essay 29 God Should Be the Architect as You Pursue Your Academic Goals 277
Essay 30 Self-Awareness: An Important Attribute for Graduate School Success 279
Essay 31 The Experimental Student 282
Essay 32 Developing a Mentor-Mentee Relationship during Your Doctoral Studies 284
Essay 33 How to Be Successful in Graduate School 289
Essay 34 Graduate Education Is the Road to Excellence 292
Essay 35 Being Persistent Helped Me to Achieve My Wings as a Navy Aviator 296
Essay 36 A Gift to Yourself: The Doctorate Degree 300
Essay 37 A Producer versus Consumer Consciousness 303
Essay 38 Setting the Agenda for Success 306
Essay 39 How to Be Successful as a Full-Time Law Student While Working Full Time as a Police Officer 309
Essay 40 Achieving Your Professional and Career Goals against the Odds 315
Pt. III How Contemporary Students in Graduate and Professional School are Succeeding 319
Essay 1 Surviving in Graduate School Even If You Have a Writing Problem 321
Essay 2 "A" Is for Average: On Being an Average Medical Student 324
Essay 3 On Being a Great Student 327
Essay 4 Adapting to Life as Graduate Students: Getting Up to Speed on Information Technology 332
Essay 5 How to Win a Seat in Medical School 343
Essay 6 Life after Sports: The Participant Observer 345
Essay 7 How to Move through Your Graduate Program Successfully 350
Essay 8 The Key to Graduate School Success 355
Essay 9 The Essentials for Graduate Success 358
Essay 10 Predominantly Black to Predominantly White: Making the Transition to Graduate School 361
Essay 11 Some Reflections and Insights for African American Graduate Students 365
Essay 12 Lessons Learned That Were Vital to My Success as a Doctoral Student 368
Essay 13 Don't Let Anyone Tell You That You're Not Smart Enough 371
Essay 14 Building Relationships during the Graduate Experience 374
Essay 15 Prescription for Persistence: What Graduate Students Need to Know 377
Essay 16 Some Factors to Consider in Graduate School 382
Essay 17 Faith without Works Is Dead 384
Essay 18 Some Traits of a Successful Graduate Student 387
Essay 19 Knowing Yourself Will Enhance Your Graduate Study 391
Essay 20 Hard Times: Traveling on the "D" Train Day to Day, Dreaming of Life as a Ph.D. 394
Essay 21 Constructing Identities: The Black Graduate Experience 400
Essay 22 Making the Right Decisions in High School Can Enhance Your Chances for Success as an Undergraduate and Graduate Student 402
Essay 23 Preparing for Graduate School: An Undergraduate's Perspective 405
Essay 24 Preparing for Graduate Study While in High School 407
Conclusion 409
Index 413
About the Editor and the Contributors 419
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