Grad Apps Demystified: A Step-by-Step Course for First-Gen Students Applying to Grad School

This course will provide knowledge to demystify the graduate school application process, break down the process of applying into small manageable steps, and offer advice, tips, and downloadable resources to simplify the process of applying. Sign up for my online course to gain the tools necessary to submit a strong graduate school application.

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Graduate School Admissions Individual and Group Coaching

For over ten years, I have helped countless individuals apply and get into top master’s and PhD programs in humanities, social science, and STEM fields. I specialize in tailoring to the needs of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students, which means that in addition to providing guidance on the process, I also demystify graduate school. I believe that everyone should have access to the knowledge and resources necessary to get into a top program that will lead them to a career of their dreams.

My individual and group coaching services will guide you on every step of the application process, including:

  • Creating a timeline and application checklist
  • Building a graduate school list
  • Making the ask—requesting recommendation letters
  • Identifying competitive GRE and GPA scores, and what to do if your scores aren’t strong
  • Preparing for an interview and conducting mock interviews
  • Negotiating funding packages

Additionally, I am willing to discuss anything that is part of the hidden curriculum in graduate school, such as:

  • Defining graduate school terminology
  • Debunking common graduate school myths
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome
  • Managing microaggressions
  • Dealing with family achievement guilt
  • Working with faculty mentors, postdocs, and PIs


Graduate School Preparation Virtual Talks 


I am available for virtual talks, workshops, panels, and plenary presentations organized by community organizations as well as university departments, centers, and groups. I am happy to discuss and tailor my talk or workshop on your specific group’s goals, needs, and outcomes. 


For specific workshops, here is a selected list of topics I’ve covered: 


On Graduate School Preparation

  • How to Create a Graduate School List 

  • How to Write a Strong Statement of Purpose

  • How to Write a Strong Personal Statement

  • How to Obtain Strong Recommendation Letters 

  • How to Prepare for a Graduate School Interview

  • How to Negotiate Your Graduate School Funding Offer 


On Productivity, Cultural-Awareness, and Work-Life Harmony

  • Learning Time-Management Tools to Work Smarter, Not Harder

  • Learning to Say No and How to Set Boundaries in Academia 

  • Navigating Microaggressions and Imposter Syndrome 

  • How to Develop a Self-Care Toolkit

  • Overcoming a Scarcity Mindset  

I’m happy to meet with you to discuss any talk or workshop proposals.  

Graduate School Retreats and Bootcamps

I also facilitate all-day virtual writing retreats and bootcamps. Here is a list of selected retreat and bootcamps:

  • Graduate School Application Bootcamp

  • Dissertation Writing Retreat

  • Self-Care for Women of Color Retreat 


If you are interested in any of my services, please email me at or fill out my contact form so that I can send you my rates sheet and so we can schedule a free half-hour consultation. I offer a sliding scale and will not turn anyone down due to a lack of funds.