Disclose sibling graduate school attendance?
January 7, 2013 9:07 PM Subscribe
My sibling is at the same graduate school to which I'm applying (she PhD, me Master's for now). The application asks how I learned about the program. Mention the family connection?
We are in the same field: think postmodern literature and medieval literature, so not a lot of coursework overlap but the same overall interest. My sister has stated that the departments are pretty separate. This is a very good school I'd apply to anyway, and one of the top in my field of study. My sister and I are not daily-contact close, but love one another and I'm prioritizing this school not only for academics but because she is pregnant and I would like to be around to help when the baby comes. Obviously I wouldn't go into that level of detail in a brief application, but is it likely to help or hurt my application to mention that my sister is at the school? Possibly relevant: I live across the country right now, so she would be my only connection in the area. If this were a job I'd be moving cross-country for, I'd mention it for sure, but my instinct is that it might give the wrong impression about why I'm applying.