How to prepare for grad school?

<p>Im a senior in high school but I know I definitely want to go to grad school (at least a masters, possibly a doctorate) in linguistics. I know keeping my college GPA high will be important to make my application look good, but is it like high school where you have to take 4 years math, 4 in science, etc? Or do I just need to complete gen ed requirements and my major with good grades?</p>

<p>Also, since an Intro to Linguistic Theory class will count towards my math requirement, I only need one more math class. I really don't like math. Should I take Precalc 2 or Finance for Personal and Professional Success?</p>

<p>No, it's nothing like high school. You will need to fill general ed. requirements and your major requirements. Let your academic advisor know early on that you're interested in graduate school so they can steer you in the right direction. Get to know your profs well so you have stellar recommendations beyond the "She got an A in my class" type, because those kind won't mean much. If you find a prof at your school who has similar interests as you, chat to them about graduate school. In sophomore/junior year, as you learn more about your interests, start looking into grad programs and see if they have any pre-requisites for specific courses you should take. You'll also have to take the GREs in junior/early senior year, which are similar to the SATs but for grad school.</p>

<p>GREs has a math section</p>

<p>Okay thanks that's good to know!</p>

<p>The math section on the GRE doesn't have any college level math on it, though, so I wouldn't worry about that too much. If you've already had precalculus you know more than enough to do fine on it. You might want to take statistics at some point because a little bit of stats does show up, and it's generally useful, but other than that the GRE math is nothing to worry about- I'd say it's a lot easier than the SAT math.</p>

<p>what? that makes no sense</p>

<p>The GREs are mostly algebra and other middle school and early high school math. </p>

<p>I also suggest taking a statistics course at some point, which is a pretty relevant course in a number of fields.</p>