Students should start communicating with their faculty recommenders first semester of their senior year. Students should seek letters from internship supervisors, faculty research advisors, faculty mentors, and instructors. The best recommendation letters are from faculty who can attest to a student's character outside of the classroom.
Your personal statement is an important way to let program committees know why you are applying to their program and how you would contribute as a student.
Create A CV
Creating a CV for graduate school will help showcase all of your achievements that may not be visible on your transcript. You'll want to include any research, internships, or community service you have participated in.