Is Grad School for Me? Demystifying the Application Process for First-Gen BIPOC Students

Martínez-Vu / University of California Press / April 2024

Is Grad School for Me? Book Cover

Is Grad School for Me? is a calling card and a corrective to the lack of clear guidance for historically excluded students navigating the onerous undertaking of graduate school—starting with asking if grad school is even a good fit. Approachable and empowering, this essential resource offers step-by-step instructions on how to maneuver the admissions process before, during, and after applying.

Unlike other guides, Is Grad School for Me? pays attention to what matters to these students, with an approach that is both culturally relevant and community-based. The book is packed with relatable scenarios, memorable tips, common myths and mistakes, sample essays, and templates to engage a variety of learners. With a strong focus on demystifying higher education and revealing the hidden curriculum, Is Grad School for Me? aims to diversify a wide range of professions in academia, nonprofits, government, industry, entrepreneurship, and beyond.