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Getting Started
How Do I Prepare?

Pursue a challenging curriculum. Take advantage of elective courses, internships and independent study to broaden your knowledge, experience and point of view.


Lead, don't follow. Find opportunities to propose and implement positive changes in your academic department, campus organizations and community.


Think globally. Make study abroad an integral part of your academic program. Learn a new language. Gain first-hand knowledge of countries and cultures from students in the International Student Office. Understand how your interests and concerns fit into the world-at-large.


Be informed and form opinions. Keep up-to-date with current events by reading national and international newspapers and journals on a regular basis. Actively inform and cultivate your opinions on major issues. Develop connections between your field and the world around you. The Cornette Library staff can help you find what you need.


Know the field. Who are the leaders in your field? Keep up with the latest research developments, publications and conference proceedings through faculty, journals, books and the World Wide Web. Are you able to intelligently and thoroughly discuss the latest developments in your area of interest? The Library of Congress website is also a great resource for you to tap into.


Find Faculty. Get to know your department faculty well. Their knowledge, advice and contacts will be very valuable in your academic career. Map out long term plans with your adviser. Incorporate exceptional academic, extracurricular and service learning experiences into your course work.


Find the campus coordinator. The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships is your advocate! It is a one-stop-shop for information about resources, applications, deadlines and advice to guide you through the process. Each prestigious scholarship has specific criteria -- one or more scholarships may fit your interests and experience better than others.