May 20, 2006

For starters: Grad School Prep

The most disconcerting thought is that I'm doing this all for nothing--that I will end up writing obituaries at a newspaper that has a circulation of ten people. However, that is depressing, self-defeatist thinking, and I will not have it. I will not.

So the grad school search is on. I have a few schools in mind, such as...(don't get scared or anything, but some are OUT OF STATE. I may be leaving the nest and the state. I see big changes in my near future).
Ahem, such as these illustrious institutions: the Big Kahuna-Columbia, the Long Shot-Missouri and the Dream School-NYU. I think it is about time for big thinking, though. Someone has to get into those schools. Why not me?

I've been looking over the requirements for the schools, and I'm generally okay except in one area: the GRE. Standardized tests. For many of the colleges I've researched a minimum of 1000 is required, with a 500 or higher in the writing portion of the exam. How would I rate? Are those scores outlandishly high? Standardized testing is a scary concept, and I'm out of practice. The SAT's were the last stretch of my fill-in-the-blank under pressure prowess.

I'm excited to see how I will perform, in comparison to other college graduates, that is, if I perform well. If not, then, well, that will suck badly.

I'm even more enthused about change. College at Seton Hill is great and I've loved almost every minute of it, but so many things need to change. I need another challenge and a change of scenery for all the wrong, but the best, reasons.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at May 20, 2006 12:25 PM | TrackBack
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I'm sure you will do fine. I remember feeling the same way when I decided to go to grad school ... how are my qualifications compared to all those others? Good luck, shoot for the stars!

Posted by: Paige at May 20, 2006 5:40 PM

Wooo! I'm so glad you're considering this. You and I can go through the GREs and the application process together, if you like. We'll make it...

Posted by: Karissa at May 21, 2006 11:16 PM

I think it would be a good idea to have an informal grad-school discussion group in the fall. I went into the process cold, and there were a few things it took me a while to learn once I got there.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at May 22, 2006 11:15 AM

Absolutely, Karissa! I think two minds are always better than one. When are you thinking of taking them? I have no clue about deadlines and such. I just don't want to miss them. And...I don't know what exactly I'm up for...an M.A. or a Ph.D. It is all so overwhelming, which brings me to my next point. Yes, Dr. Jerz I think the discussion group would be a great thing. May I suggest an information packet or something with test dates of the GRE and tips on or links that could assist the aspiring grad student?

Posted by: Amanda at May 22, 2006 6:11 PM
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