Thinking about graduate school? In the midst of preparing applications? Trying to decide between programs? With all the options and opinions out there, it can get very confusing and overwhelming.

With enough time, research, and reflection you can ensure you are making a thoughtful and informed decision. Use the self-assessment tool below to help you think through your motivations, personal goals, and career trajectory.

Download the tool as a single PDF hereGrad School Self Asssment Tool

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*Many thanks to Othniel Litchmore and Young Diplomats for the discussions that helped me in developing this tool.

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Crisis at 19

January 19, 2012

Remember the good ol’ days when people had their crises in mid life, and it involved purchasing red mustangs and rocking jeans that stopped fitting a decade ago? Somewhere along the way we entered into an age when kids are drafting five year plans in kindergarten, planning their investments by middle school, and entering full blown crisis before prom.

My name is Alpha, and I use sarcasm as a communication tool.

But in all seriousness, its something that’s been on my mind for a long time. I had my crisis in the basement floor of a university library on my nineteenth birthday. I was suddenly struck by an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. Where am I going in life? I’ve not done enough? I’m not doing anything right. How will I make a contribution on this big planet? And so there I was, sobbing head down in a dingy cubicle on my birthday. Why? Because I didn’t have my entire life figured out by nineteen! Read the rest of this entry »