Monday, January 9, 2017

Sports at the HNC


I walked across the basketball court toward the crowd of HNC students standing on the sideline.  It was Friday night and we were at the last game of Nanjing University’s basketball season. As we formed a student section, the HNC team warmed up for the basketball game that would soon begin. In Chinese universities, athletic seasons usually revolve around competitions between teams from each department. Earlier in the semester, they formed the annual中美中心 basketball team. Our team had made it to the final tournament matchup and was set to play the physics team. Players on our team included both international and Chinese students that hailed from as far as California, USA to Henan, China. 


Every year, HNC’s sports interest groups are dependent on students that start them. Within this semester, multiple workout interest groups have emerged, adding on to student life on campus. HNC’s modest fitness center is equipped with essential athletic gear for activities such as weightlifting, yoga and basketball. In addition to individuals who work out daily, our gym is typically filled with groups who primarily focus on plyos, yoga and insanity workouts throughout the week. Personally, my favorite group is the student-led hip-hop dance class. Another HNC student also holds lacrosse practices that welcome both students and interested Nanjingers. They usually practice on the field in the middle of the running track, which is a 3-minute walking distance from the HNC. Adjacent to the track are the basketball courts where you find Nanjing students hooping when the weather is nice. The sports facilities at HNC and Nanjing University definitely fulfill the desire for an active student life. 


Friday’s tournament final between HNC and the physics department took place in the indoor basketball courts building. We cheered loudly throughout the game as we experienced thrilling and suspenseful moments of skilled ball handling and jaw-dropping 3-pointers. Chants of “DEFENSE,” “HNC, that’s my team,” “中美中心” and “加油” filled the building. By the end of the game, HNC’s basketball team fell short but our student section’s support highlighted a camaraderie that has grown among HNC students. We can’t wait to watch them again next season. In the mean time, we need to come up with more HNC chants!



Written by Tarela Osuobeni, HNC Certificate ‘17 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Farewell to 2016

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center bids a fond farewell to 2016, the year we celebrated our 30th anniversary and our role as the longest running Sino-American joint education program in China. As we toast the beginning of 2017, we also thank the many people who celebrated the HNC’s achievements in 2016 with comments like the following:



I have often heard it said – perhaps because I have said it so often myself: the China-U.S. relationship is the most important in the world….And our leaders are more likely to act wisely if the American and Chinese people continue to learn about each other, communicate with each other, and make the effort to better understand one another through institutions such as the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
                            Madeleine K. Albright
                            Chairman, The Albright-Stonebridge Group
                            Former US Secretary of State
                            June 18, 2016


The unforgettable experiences I had [at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center] broadened my horizon and also helped me open my mind and develop a deep understanding of market economy. Since then, in every post that I [have] held, whether in local municipalities and provinces or the head of ministries of the central government, my work benefited enormously from the inspiration I received at the Center.   
                            CHEN Deming
                            President of the Cross-Straits Association
                            Former Chinese Minister of Commerce
                            June 18, 2016


I’m always inspired watching this [HNC] partnership in action….a partnership built on the shared vision of educating young scholars to serve as leaders. A center that convenes essential dialogue, provides analysis that informs our thinking across disciplines and borders, and helps us navigate the challenges that we share as a global community. 
                            Ronald J. Daniels
                            President, Johns Hopkins University
                            October 10, 2016

 
Sino-US ties are based on people, and hope for the future lies in the youth of today….As one of the first practitioners of Sino-American cultural exchanges, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has made great progress in the past 30 years and maintained positive momentum in the development of relations between our two countries.  Almost three thousand alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center are contributing to the promotion of understanding between people in our two countries and all over the world, in order to respond to the most important challenges of our time. 
                            YANG Zhong
                            Senior Vice Chancellor, Nanjing University
                            October 10, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

HNC Washington Office Holiday Hours

Happy holidays from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office!

The HNC Washington Office will be closed from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2. Admissions representatives will be still be available to answer admissions questions via email at nanjing@jhu.edu. Please allow 2-3 days for representatives to respond to your request. 



As reminder, HNC admissions representatives will be holding virtual information sessions in January. Join one of our upcoming virtual sessions to get tips and advice on the HNC application process. Admissions representatives will be going over each section of the application. To receive email updates about the upcoming virtual sessions, RSVP by clicking the links below. To join the sessions, click here at the scheduled time.



Can’t wait until the virtual session? Check out a blog post on 5 things to remember when applying to the HNC or email nanjing@jhu.edu to speak with an admissions representative. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Virtual Session


Didn’t get a chance to attend one of our virtual information sessions this fall? Click on the link below to hear about the unique HNC experience from admissions representative and HNC alum, Lauren Szymanski, and current HNC Certificate/SAIS MA student, Clarise Brown.  Lauren and Clarise share their thoughts on what it’s like being a student at the HNC: coursework, adjusting to the learning curve, taking advantage of career services and living in Nanjing in addition to information about the application process and financial aid.





If you have additional questions not covered in the virtual session, please contact admissions representative at nanjing@jhu.edu. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

HNC Alumni Profile: Jacob Clark

Jacob Clark, HNC Certificate 2012, reflects back on his time at the HNC and his experience as a law student at Michigan State University College of Law.  Read on to hear how his HNC experience helped further his career.  

Tell us about your current role.
 As a law student, in addition to my studies, I have used my background from HNC and in China law to tailor my summer and part-time work experience during law school to a potential role within the U.S.-China legal relationship.  I have been fortunate to gain work experience at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, NYU School of Law U.S.-Asia Law Institute, and PILnet (Public Interest Lawyers Network) in Beijing. I was also awarded an externship grant to intern in the Appeals Chamber of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where I worked in the chamber of the Honorable Liu Daqun of China.  Additionally, I served as President of the MSU College of Law American Chinese Attorneys Club for the 2014-2015 academic year.  I hope to use all these experiences combined with my background at HNC to obtain a future role as a lawyer working on issues related to China, public interest law, or international criminal law.

How do you think your experience at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center prepared you for this work?
My experience at HNC taught me several lessons to prepare me for my current role as a law student and future role as a lawyer.  First, the opportunity at HNC to live with and take classes with Chinese students and others from around the world taught me how to function professionally and adapt in a multi-cultural environment.  Second, it taught me how to adapt my language skills to a professional setting, which has helped me both in obtaining and gaining more responsibility at my past and current jobs.  Third, I learned how to view and analyze legal issues through Chinese legal principles and legal cultures and beyond just my own understanding of the U.S. legal system.  This helped me adapt to my position at the U.N., where it was imperative to view legal issues through the lens of multiple countries as well as international legal precedent.  Fourth, I learned when to be patient and when to take initiative to solve issues; something I have used everyday since leaving HNC.  My experience at HNC did not just develop my China knowledge and language skills, but it taught me life skills that have helped me thrive in my past work experiences, current role as a law student, and will continue to help me in my future role as a lawyer.

What was your most memorable moment when you were at the HNC?
My most memorable HNC moment was a field trip to a Nanjing landfill and waste disposal center with Professor Hua Tao for my Social Issues of China’s Modernization class.  It was such a unique and random place to go, but it fit in perfectly as we were studying Chinese environmental and sustainability issues.  The trip allowed me to visualize the unique environmental challenges faced by China beyond what we had read about in class.  Moreover, it was great walk around the landfill and discuss what I saw with my classmates.  I have never seen mountains of garbage that high before and (hopefully) never will for the rest of my life!  (It smelled so bad!)

What advice would you give someone contemplating attending the Hopkins-Nanjing Center?
The HNC will help you acquire the skills and provide all the resources you need to be a functioning professional in any industry that relates to China.  However, one thing to understand about the HNC is that it is a graduate school and not a language institution.  That means that professors will not spoon-feed you information, and much of your development will rely on your own initiative.  This does not mean that you will not learn anything in class.  Quite to the contrary, it means that you must take what you learned in class and use the invaluable resources provided by HNC to round out your education.  The best thing I did at the HNC was use the library and access to Chinese and international professors during their office hours to discuss class topics and current events.  Taking advantage of such access combined with the classroom instruction at HNC as well as the alumni network at HNC and SAIS is what will make you a successful student and alumni of HNC.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

HNC Giving Week: 30 Things to love about the HNC

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center's #HNCGivingWeek is December 4 through December 11. Support the HNC and future students by making your gift here. In honor of Giving Week and the HNC's 30 year history, we are sharing the 30 things that we love about the HNC. 
  1. HNC graduates become part of the 2600 HNC alumni network who occupy positions of responsibility in all areas of China’s global relations.
  2. The HNC has intellectual freedom to discuss, debate and learn with Chinese peers and faculty.
  3. HNC students form a dragon boat team and participate in the Nanjing dragon boat competition, a time honored tradition in China. This year the HNC team placed third in the final competition!
    2016 HNC Dragon Boat Team
  4. Nanjing is less than a 2 hour train ride away from the international center of Shanghai.
  5. HNC Students and faculty have access to the HNC’s open stacks library with over 120,000 volumes in Chinese and English.  
    Hopkins-Nanjing Center Library
  6. Students get one-on-one attention from faculty members with small class sizes and weekly office hours.
  7. HNC grads can be found at Apple, the U.S. Treasury, U.S. State Department, the U.S.-China Business Council and in jobs where China matters around the world which emphasizes China’s continued importance.
  8. Students have free access to a 24/7 fitness room at the HNC in addition to discounted rates at all of Nanjing University’s facilities. 
  9. HNC students have the opportunity to take multidisciplinary classes—from environmental law to game theory to anthropology.
  10. There are opportunities to learn about Chinese culture through calligraphy, Tai Qi and Erhu classes.
  11. Every year HNC students form a student band (or two) and perform at HNC events throughout the year.
  12. The HNC has modern facilities including heating and dryers—a rarity in southern China.
  13. Double the holidays! The HNC celebrates Chinese and American holidays like the Mid-Autumn Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  14. HNC students (and professors!) hang out and chat at the HNC’s student-run coffee shop.
  15. The HNC career treks bring students to organizations in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing to hear firsthand from professionals in the field. 
    2016 Beijing Trek
  16. The HNC hosts talks from leaders in the field. The HNC has welcomed Former US Sectary of State, Henry Kissinger, Former US President George Bush and former US Ambassador to China, John Huntsman Jr.—just to name a few.
  17. The bilingual environment extends outside of the classroom. International and Chinese students live together as roommates in the student dorms.
  18. The HNC students participate in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. In 2012 and 2016, the HNC team placed in the finals in DC—an extraordinary result for a small institution with no law school.
    HNC 2016 Moot Court team at the Jessup International Law Moot Court finals
  19. Faculty members take students outside of the classroom on field trips to international organizations, power plants, rural villages and court rooms.
  20. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center makes every effort to support students with funding their education. 100% of students who apply for financial aid by the application deadline of February 1st receive a fellowship.
  21. There are endless activities to take part in: board games in the lounge, movie showings, student interest groups that range from philosophy to basketball.
  22. Students, faculty and staff show off their skills in ping pong, badminton and billiards tournaments.
  23. A full-time Career Services Officer invites organizations to the HNC, holds skills workshops and provides assistance with internship and job searches. 
  24. HNC students give back to the Nanjing community by volunteering as student teachers at local schools. 
  25.  The HNC is a multicultural community with about 15% of students coming from countries other than the US and China. This year we have students from South Korea, Israel, Jamaica, Peru and Russia—just to name a few.
  26. Students use holiday and summer breaks to travel all around China and Asia. Students’ self-travel have taken them to places like Japan, Cambodia, Sichuan, Huangshan and Guangdong.
  27. The HNC is located in the heart of Nanjing and yet close to Xuanwu Park and Purple Mountain.
  28. The HNC curriculum reflects current issues facing China’s global impact and US-China relations. Courses range from China’s Development and Environment to the Politics of Rural China.

  29. MAIS students research, write and orally defend theses all in Chinese. Past topics have included the Role of the Maritime Militia and the Challenges of Building a Child Protection System in China.
  30. The HNC was founded just after the US and China formalized relations. With 30 years of history, the HNC continues its longstanding commitment to US-China relations.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Season at the HNC

It’s easy to assume that living in China might make celebrating “traditional” American holidays, such as Thanksgiving, somewhat tricky. Admittedly, there are a few logistical issues, such as the difference between appliances found in a Chinese kitchen and in an American one—most Chinese kitchens are not equipped with an oven— and trying to find certain items that are harder to come by at a Chinese supermarket—i.e. condensed milk. But don’t let that discourage you! I recently celebrated my first Chinese Thanksgiving here at the HNC and found that it was surprisingly easy to accomplish and any extra effort I put in was definitely worth it in the end.


As I started preparing for Thanksgiving, the first challenge was finding the proper ingredients. One of my favorite shops in the area is Times Grocery, an imported goods store on Shanghai Road just two blocks away from the HNC. The lady who owns the shop is always friendly and will offer to help you find whatever you’re looking for. The shop is small but packed with literally everything you might need to prepare and variety of 西菜. After picking up some Australian flower, canned pumpkin, Irish butter, and other necessities, I was feeling more confident in my ability to at least put together a few pies.

Times Grocery, for all your imported grocery needs
At the center, we’re lucky enough to have a week-long holiday falling over Thanksgiving. I haven’t had the chance to do much cooking since moving to Nanjing, so I was particularly excited about the opportunity to host a Thanksgiving get-together with the help of my roommate and some friends. Thanks to a friend’s toaster oven and kitchen, we made good use of our extra vacation time, preparing staples like cornbread, pies, green beans, mashed potatoes, and more pie.


Learning how to make apple pie
Though I always enjoy Thanksgiving as an excuse to spend a few days preparing (and eating) some of my favorite homemade foods, this holiday was especially fun as I was able to introduce some of my Chinese friends to an American holiday. It’s always funny to see people’s first reaction to a new dish, or way of preparing food. For example, I made a pumpkin sweet-bread and I had also put some butter out on the table to spread on it. My roommate asked me why anyone would want to put butter on cake. To which my typical American answer was, “ 为什么不!?”
The pies didn’t last for long

However and wherever you choose to celebrate, have a safe and happy holiday season!


Written by Amanda Bogan, HNC Certificate '17

Friday, November 25, 2016

Election Perspectives from Nanjing

Resident HNC Professor of American History Joe Renouard shares his perspectives on observing the U.S. presidential election from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in this guest post.

The 2016 presidential campaign got plenty of attention at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.  Students, faculty, and staff kept a close eye on events back home via cable TV, the internet, and social media, and the center hosted a slew of lectures and forums that enabled members of the campus community to share their thoughts on what this election means for Americans and for the rest of the world.

Chinese newspapers report the U.S. election results
The series kicked off on September 12, when Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito visited the campus to deliver a lecture on international and U.S. domestic law.  One month later, United States Ambassador to China Max Baucus addressed the HNC community and reflected on his many experiences as a diplomat and senator.  Both visitors were gracious enough to field a wide range of audience questions.

Also in September and October, our tech specialists live-streamed the presidential and vice-presidential debates in the Kuang Yaming auditorium.  For those of us accustomed to watching political debates at night, the 9 a.m. starting time made for some interesting viewing.  While the folks back home were gathering at debate parties or curling up in front of their televisions, we at the HNC were downing coffee and carving time into our busy morning schedules.  As always, the debates were great fun, and the audience dynamic made for a nice shared experience.  I walked away thinking that watching a debate is a bit like enjoying a steak and a shot of bourbon – maybe it’s better to do these things after sundown, but sometimes you’ve gotta break the rules.

On October 25, the U.S. Consulate sponsored a lecture by Associate Professor Nicholas J. G. Winter of the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  Dr. Winter, who specializes in public opinion, political psychology, and statistical analysis, explored the election process, the latest polling data, and the roots of Donald Trump’s popularity.  He began with a straightforward, “Civics 101” description of the American political system, and then moved on to a sophisticated analysis of the latest data on voter behavior and demographic trends.  It was a well-balanced approach that appealed to novices and experts alike.  (Pressed by his audience, Dr. Winter wisely refused to make any predictions about the election outcome.)

U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus addresses the HNC community

Two nights later, HNC faculty hosted an open forum on globalization and the election.  We addressed many of the macro-level questions that have puzzled the pundits in 2016: Why have so many voters embraced outsider candidates?  Is the Trump/Sanders phenomenon part of the same worldwide trend that has spawned the Brexit vote and the return of European populism?  Are we witnessing a major political realignment in America?  While I cannot claim that we predicted the election result, we did explore many of the larger trends that are now at the center of the experts’ election postmortems.  These include stagnant wages, controversial trade agreements, growing class disparities, contentious immigration policies, changing demographics, the rising cost of healthcare and education, and – perhaps most significant of all – public frustration with political, economic, and media elites.

On November 3, HNC Student Career Counselor Robert Shields delivered a lecture on the 2000 election and the court cases that grew out of the contested vote count in Florida.  It was an intriguing lesson in federalism, equal protection laws, post-election partisanship, and the difficulties of enforcing state election statutes while also ensuring the rights of voters.  Shields taught those who were too young to remember (and reminded those who are too old to forget) about everything from “hanging chads” to the infamous Palm Beach County “butterfly ballot.”

The capstone of the 2000 election story is the case of Bush v. Gore (531 U.S. 98), in which the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to order a recount only in certain counties had violated the equal-protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  With the halting of the recount, George W. Bush won the state and, ultimately, the presidency.  Although we have largely avoided similar fights over state vote counts since 2000, there is at least one major parallel between 2000 and 2016: the election winner lost the popular vote.  Thus the 2016 outcome has already spurred further debate about the necessity of the Electoral College.
HNC Students watch the election broadcast
Election Day was a fitting climax to this very unusual and seemingly endless presidential campaign.  Our tech gurus once again ensured that the returns were broadcast live in the auditorium beginning at 8am on Wednesday, November 9 (Tuesday, November 8 in America), and HNC residents trickled in throughout the morning and early afternoon to watch the coverage.  A quick and very unscientific polling of students suggested that a strong majority preferred a Clinton victory, though enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate was somewhat muted.  Some pointed out that they were voting against Trump rather than for Clinton.

Much like everyone back home, we watched the returns with a combination of surprise, exhilaration (among Trump supporters), and bemusement (among Clinton supporters and “anybody but Trump” voters).  One professor who had closely watched the Brexit returns in July suggested that the real-time sentiment was much the same in this case.  The polls had predicted a particular outcome, but as the day wore on we were reminded that it is the voters who ultimately decide these things, not the journalists or the pollsters.

A week after the election, a large group turned out for our final faculty/student forum on what the results mean for America and the world.  Does Trump’s victory represent a protest vote against our country’s political and economic elites?  Does the result prove the strength of reactionary tendencies in American society?  With a nod to Plato, is America a nation more like “two cities that are at war with each other?”  It was a very fruitful discussion, and as always the students’ comments were sharp and insightful.

Election results broadcast at the HNC

A few final thoughts.  We may live in cynical times, but we would do well to recall that our forebears, too, endured flawed leaders and imperfect systems.  In one of Plato’s more acerbic passages in The Republic, he called democracy “a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequaled alike.”  Alexis de Tocqueville, that most astute foreign observer of American life, wryly observed 180 years ago that “a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.”  The great American author H.L. Mencken was just as wary of the voters as he was the politicians.  “Democracy,” he wrote nearly a century ago, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” 

Clearly the quest for effective governance is never-ending.  Whatever one may think of the election results, perhaps it’s best not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.  With our students offering plenty of inspiration throughout this election season, I remain optimistic that our republic will be just fine in the long run.



Written by Joe Renouard, PhD
Resident HNC Professor of American History 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Exploring Nanjing: 南京大排档 Restaurant

Our first semester here at the HNC passed at lightning speed, jam-packed with school events, traveling during the National Holiday, and lots of time spent at the library preparing for class. With all that’s been going on, I realized that most  of the time I’ve had with my roommate, Wu Ye, has consisted studying, discussing our course material, and more studying.

Luckily, we found some time this past week to get out and have dinner at a nearby restaurant she’d recommended as a must-go for Nanjing new-comers and locals alike.

南京大排档 is perhaps the best known restaurant in Nanjing. Conveniently located a short 15 minute walk from the HNC, this dining establishment serves authentic Nanjing cuisine. If you’re trying to get a good idea of what specialty dishes characterize Nanjing flavor, 南京大排档 is the place to go.


Before we even entered the restaurant I was struck by the beautiful exterior and luminescent interior. The outside of the restaurant is structured like a traditional Chinese mansion, and the inside is filled with bright red lanterns that display the names of dishes written in elegant calligraphy.

Upon entering the restaurant we were immediately greeted by an enthusiastic host who first asked for the number of people in our party, and then called out a 成语 using the number we gave him (两全其美). When we sat down, Wu Ye explained to me the meaning of the 成语, which translates loosely into “double-win” or “both sides get what they want”. Apparently the host can find a number-specific idiom to greet parties of any size!

Since it was my first time, I let Wu Ye do the ordering while I walked around the restaurant to snap a few pictures and watch some of the cooks in action. The restaurant’s interior is reminiscent of a traditional night market, with cooks working behind a counter set up like Nanjing street vendors or market stands. This is fun for people like me, who enjoy the chance to check out of the dishes and preparation methods before getting to enjoy the chef’s work.


When the dishes arrived I knew I was right letting Wu Ye take charge. Since she knows that my main dish of choice is always some kind of  面条, she ordered a large bowl of hand-pulled noodles in a delicious broth that I finished off without much help. We were both also very fond of the fried radish cakes, crispy and perfect for dipping in broth or with some black vinegar and  辣椒. My favorite dish was a bowl of finely chopped leafy green vegetable called 马兰头, which is local to Jiangsu province, paired with dried tofu, and delicately flavored with fragrant sesame oil.


I also highly recommend the 宋美龄粥,a classic dish of sweet, rice and soy-milk porridge, with tasty pieces of lily root thrown in. The dish is named after the famous and widely-loved female politician and diplomat, 宋美龄, wife of the KMT leaders and president Republic of China, 蒋介石. My roommate has many wonderful attributes, one of which is her extensive historical knowledge, particularly of influential women in Chinese history.

Written by Amanda Bogan, HNC Certificate '17

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Top 5 Things to Remember When Applying to Graduate School

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center's February 1 application deadline will be here before you know it! We have complied 5 tips to keep in mind as you start working on your applications. You'll find even more application guidance by clicking on the links below. If you have more specific questions, feel free to reach out to the admissions team at nanjing@jhu.edu.   

Tip #1: Write a specific personal statement that clearly addresses your individual career goals. It’s not called a “personal” statement for nothing!
  • Admissions officers like to see that you have taken the time to become familiar with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and can articulate how you see yourself and your career goals fitting in to the specific program.
  • Don’t waste this opportunity to tell admissions officers about your interests and career goals by rehashing your resume. In the past, we have had students write about lessons they learned from playing ping pong with a Chinese classmate. Another student wrote about her experience at a Chinese rural hospital. We encourage you to get creative! 


Tip #2: There are more funding opportunities than you think and fellowship deadlines may be before the HNC application deadline
  • Online resources such as Fastweb and Collegenet can guide your search for fellowships that apply for you intended program of study. 
  • Be sure to submit your financial aid application by February 1. All students who do will receive a fellowship if accepted, regardless of their program choice. You also may be eligible for one of our new fellowships in honor of the our 30th anniversary. 
Tip #3: Go for quality over quantity for your letters of recommendation
  • You can submit 2-3 letters of recommendation. Don’t feel pressured to find a third recommender just to meet the maximum.  A good letter of recommendation should come from a professor, adviser, or work supervisor who knows you well and can speak to your specific strengths. 
  • Be sure to ask your recommender for your letter well in advance of the application deadline. Since many graduate programs share similar deadlines, chances are that you will not be the only student asking your professor for a recommendation.

Tip #4:  Submit a polished resume.
  • A resume should be no more than two pages, include specific experience and be personalized for your skills and your experience. 
  • The look and feel of a resume is important. It can make a difference to standardize the formatting and spacing on your resume. 

Tip #5: Proofread, proofread, proofread!
  • The last thing you want is for an admissions officer to have a negative impression on an otherwise great application because of a grammar mistake. It’s always great to have a second pair of eyes (or third or fourth!) on your application. Ask a friend, professor or colleague to look over your application.