Payne Advises Graduate Students as Career Development Volunteer

Byline: Laura B. Hans

Posted: March 3, 2011

In mid-September, Renee Payne began working as Wilson's Career Development Volunteer. She started presenting on-campus workshops, but now she also advises potential graduate school students. Angela Lynch, Director of Career Development says, "Renee is a tremendous resource. Having someone of her caliber giving us her commitment and time is a great service to students."

The Difficult Process of Graduate School Applications

Applying for graduate school can be a complicated and time-consuming process. The application process includes requirements like writing a personal statement, taking standardized tests such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MET), acquiring letters of recommendation, visiting college campuses and understanding financial aid options. Payne currently meets individually with students assists them through the process. She will to map out plans for students. Payne says, "Regardless of your major there are basic steps and procedures for applying to graduate school and approximately only half of the students that I've currently met with were aware of them."

Payne is enthusiastic and ready to help. She is in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Students may stop in during these times, but appointments are preferred. She can be reached at Her office is located in Room 003 in Lenfest. Payne is willing to receive recommendations from academic advisors. She would like the Wilson community to know she is here, willing to help and that she would like to establish a relationship with the students, staff and faculty. Lynch says, "I hope students who even have not yet fully considered graduate school would consider speaking with someone who has had a full career in graduate school admissions. They have an opportunity to speak to an expert who knows the inside world of the graduate school application process."

Payne will present "Understanding the Graduate School Procession" on March 10 and 12 in Lenfest 106.

Payne's Credentials

Before coming to Wilson College, Payne worked at Shippensburg University as the Associate Dean of Graduate Admissions. On Dec. 20 at the Holiday Awards Luncheon, Wilson College recognized Payne with the Outstanding Volunteer Service to the College award. The award is presented to individuals who donate their time, effort and resources.

Last Updated: September 21, 2011

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