Learn how to find mentors and make meaningful connections with your professors and staff at the university. If you had an influential class, make sure to keep in touch with that faculty member each semester. 

When requesting recommendation letters, be sure to ask faculty ahead of time and organize so that your requests give faculty plenty of time to write a strong letter for you. 

After faculty or people in industry write you letters of recommendation for graduate school, do not forget to thank them with a personalized, written thank you note to help you in your future academic goals.