How does a prospective student make a choice among graduate schools? Here, seven former students tell U.S. News why they chose to attend their particular schools.
未来的学生如何在研究生院中做出选择?在这里，6名前学生告诉U.S. News 的小编，他们为什么选择去他们的某所学校就读。
Cleveland has a world-class health care system, and one of Case Western Reserve University nursing school's strengths is that it finds amazing clinical placements for students. Many schools require you to find your own. I wanted to go into mental health and was able to do psychiatric rotations at the Cleveland Clinic and the Department of Veterans Affairs.Case Western works closely with each student's preceptor, or clinical instructor, to ensure you get great feedback as you gain real-world experience. The program also goes beyond the basics of treatment and medications. It taught me how to be a leader, whether supervising a team or helping direct a health care system.The school ensures students are prepared for changes in nursing requirements and is vocal about the need for national uniformity in nursing education. Case gave me exactly the prep I needed for my current role as associate medical director of a community mental health facility.
After working at the State Department, I sought a business school that combined public and private sector thinking to more innovatively address 21st-century policy challenges. I chose the Darden School of Business because it emphasizes general management, teaching quality, entrepreneurial thinking and community.Through Darden's case method – students solve a company's problems with a product launch, for example – I've developed the problem-solving skills to start a business or to innovate from within.Initiative is encouraged. When I proposed the Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows program to bring law, public policy and business students together to learn from distinguished leaders, the school and classmates moved mountains to make it happen. The i.Lab, Darden's startup incubator, provides students with advice and connections that enabled a friend and me to launch DreamWakers, a nonprofit that uses technology to connect students in high-need schools with professionals to discuss different careers. Through Darden, I feel that I can have a transformative impact on any environment.
University of Michigan's College of Engineering had several strengths that appealed to me. In my area, civil engineering, professors are often professionals actively carrying on projects, many with an international focus – a particular interest of mine.The experiential learning opportunities are superb. Instead of a formal thesis, students are encouraged to engage in independent research. For example, I studied how precipitation into Lake Superior affects the availability of water in the region.I prototyped a low-cost water sensor to measure the rise of water levels in connecting rivers and canals. My prototype later became the basis of a successful Fulbright scholarship application for me to devise an early flood-warning system in Jakarta, Indonesia.The school gave me an engineering grant after my first year to study flooding in Indonesia more closely, and it helped me build language studies into my master's program. All of these experiences gave me a great foundation to start my own drone and aerial mapping company and to continue my engineering work in Indonesia.
Before law school, I served in the military and earned my master's in crisis and emergency management, where I learned how critical it was to solve problems before they deteriorate into conflicts. That's something Pepperdine University, through its Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, excels at teaching.Through Straus, Pepperdine trains future lawyers to be peacemakers, negotiators and problem solvers – rare and in-demand skills. Offerings range from negotiation to specialized courses in securities arbitration. Students can combine a J.D. with a certificate or a master's in dispute resolution. I chose the latter.Pepperdine provides plenty of clinical experience, like the Investor Advocacy Clinic, where I argued cases for low-income investors against broker-dealers. Straus gave me a better understanding of how to manage disputes, reduce risk and find leverage points in negotiations. I use these skills every day now as an operations attorney for Schlumberger, a global oilfield services company, to avoid crises before they occur and mitigate them when they arise.
I was accepted to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences' Medical Scientist Training Program that fully funds the M.D.-Ph.D. programs of future researchers at various medical schools. After going through two days of rigorous interviews at UAB's med and graduate schools, I was sure it was a great fit as it seemed strong in every research area from microbiology to immunology to neurobiology.The first two years of medical school, UAB has students cycle through different labs each summer to choose a specialty. After stints in pathology and microbiology, I found my "family" in the neurobiology lab, where I spent four years looking at how malignant brain cancer spreads.I always found colleagues willing to collaborate and thelp me get the resources I needed for my research, because people at UAB are so committed to advancing treatments and techniques. I plan to pursue a fellowship in hematology and oncology and eventually hope to work at an academic institution where I can see firsthand the problems patients struggle with and then go back to the lab to solve those problems. UAB has prepared me to do just that.
When I decided to pursue teaching, I knew I wanted to work in a Title I school. UW's College of Education was ideal for me as it emphasizes preparing teachers to serve disadvantaged communities and partners up with many area schools.UW's pipeline program allows students to learn theory and then apply it immediately. Starting in the summer, I was trained to do reading assessments and then to tutor individual students.In the fall, my classmates and I took courses four days a week and began teaching classes once a week. Guided by mentor teachers, we learned to evaluate and instruct kids with diverse abilities. By January, we had moved to full-time teaching, while still meeting regularly with our mentors.UW also matched us with after-school programs so we could understand the life challenges of many students – for example, kids whose parents worked night shifts or who had a language barrier that prevented them from helping with homework. I learned to apply these insights, discussing new concepts in class and using homework solely for review. Now with my master's, I still take advantage of UW's excellent summer programs for teachers to keep up with best practices.