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Approaching Secondaries

I wish that all of my advisees could enroll in my summer course, but I know that it's not possible for some of you. I'll do my best to share tips for writing secondaries on here, IG and in our appointments to help you through the next step of this process.


In my experience, secondaries are THE most stressful part of applying. For many, the sheer volume of emails that you receive in the first week is enough to make people freeze, unable to decide how to move forward.


First, what I want you to do is create an Google sheet with all of your schools. Then create a google doc for each school, and add the link to each school's doc on the

sheet. Then create a color code system for where you are with each school:

  1. Haven't started (white)

  2. Started/Needs Joanne's Help (Yellow)

  3. Finished/Final editing/Cut Characters (Red)

  4. Submitted (Green)

You'll need to track each school's username and password, and everything you want to know about each school in that sheet. Later, you'll track the date you received the secondary, date submitted (complete date), and date you were denied (if applicable).


We'll get into how to write them later, but for now, get that set up so you are organized and ready for the blast of emails that will be coming soon.


If you are interested in my summer seminar, here is the link to register.

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