Funding for graduate schools?
I just have a few pressing questions/ thoughts, any help is appreciated.
I'm currently a student at a normal state college ( one of the big ten). This coming fall I will enter my junior year. I spent the first two year BS-ing and wallowing in misery, but I still kept my grades up. I just didnt really care for my school or the family drama I was dealing with. My current GPA is 3.57, however, I'm not incredibly involved ( working on that next semester).
So now, here I am, junior year, positive that I want to go to grad school. I have some ideas, but they are incredibly expensive and competitive. I've kept my debt down to below 10k and graduate around there. I have to wonder, is it worth it to participate in an expensive Master's program? Also, I'm keeping in mind that for the next two years, I will be working my butt off to do as much as I can ( while keeping grades up). My major is Middle Eastern Studies, minor Arabic, second major international affairs, minor French. ( I have the time).
I recognize that I am a good student, but nothing special. I feel as though I will be invisible come the application process. I cant afford to study abroad or take an unpaid internship either.
So my main questions: Other than working hard for the next two years, preparing for the GRE, and being a minority, what else can I do to ensure funding for graduate school? And how will I stand out during the application process, i.e, how do I get around the fact that I cant afford the internship or study abroad?
*** I'm not necessarily expecting to get into an Ivy League school, just one with a good program for international affairs.
Last edited by Cricejunior; 07-16-2012 at 12:08 PM.