The Black Student's Guide to Graduate and Professional School Success

The Black Student's Guide to Graduate and Professional School Success

The Black Student's Guide to Graduate and Professional School Success

The Black Student's Guide to Graduate and Professional School Success

Synopsis

This guide is designed to help black students prepare for standardized tests, negotiate admissions, find a faculty mentor, choose a field of study, select the best curriculum, adjust to the campus, master technology, engage in research and publishing, secure graduate assistantships, develop a global identity, maintain black pride and self esteem, and interact with other cultural groups.

Excerpt

There was a joke circulating around the law school of the University of Chicago when I was a student that went something like this: What happens to the “A” students? They become professors. What happens to the “B” students? They get rich practicing law. What happens to the “C” students? They become politicians. Neither I nor the president of the United States contradict the gist of that joke.

I have been blessed to serve in our nation’s highest legislative body—the U.S. Senate—and to travel to faraway places as an ambassador, but I remain in awe of the scholars who exemplify lifelong learning. Some of those scholars have contributed their observations and experiences in chapters and essays to The Black Student’s Guide to Graduate and Professional School Success. the only issue is whether the advice and guidance they offer will be received and understood by the people for whom it is written.

I hope this book will reach its target audience. Many of its contributors have not only trod the path prospective graduate students are considering, but some of them have also had to carve that path where none before existed. Their observations are too valuable to pass up, and I hope this generation of graduate and professional students will have the wisdom to stop long enough to harvest the wisdom that is offered.

I will not take the time here to tell my own story or to extol the virtues of education to the readers of this foreword. You already appreciate the latter, and the former could not begin to add to the thoughtful, erudite, and insightful guidance that this book provides in its entirety. It is singularly perceptive about a broad range of issues and challenges uniquely faced by men and women of color. It is in that regard a tool to help tap the full capacity of . . .

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