The Center for Life Beyond Reed

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Many Reed graduates go on to earn an advanced degree. The Center for Life Beyond Reed is here to help with every step of the process—from exploring options to submitting applications.

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General Resources

Personal Statements

Personal statements—also called "application essays" or "statements of purpose"—are essays that explain why you are seeking to attend graduate school. There is no formula to follow in shaping your response, only choices for you to make, such as whether you should write an essay that is more autobiographically focused or one that is more professionally focused. The following sites can help guide you:

Letters of Recommendation

Our Reference Protocol (PDF) outlines all of the etiquette around letters of recommendation.  Remember: give your references 4–5 weeks' notice when requesting a letter!

Test Prep Services

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising with PCAs

Mon: 2–4 p.m., Prexy
Tue: 6–8 p.m., Vollum 116
Wed: 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center
Thur: 1:30–3:30 p.m., Prexy
Fri: 2–4 p.m., Prexy
Sun: 6–8 p.m., Vollum 116

Drop-In Hours with CLBR Staff

Mon: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Commons
Tue: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center
Wed: 5:00–7:00 p.m., Commons
Thur: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., International Student Services
Fri: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (except for Sept 21st), Multicultural Resource Center
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Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., closed Friday Sept 21st for staff retreat
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