I have sent many emails. I have called and been directed straight to voice mail. I don't know what to do at this point. I contacted another Professor, maybe he'll have pity on me and step up to write a letter. I also emailed my dream school and asked if they would still consider my application without the 3rd letter, but I am having my doubts. It seems really pointless now to even try to find any positivity in all this.
Okay, so raise your hand if you are full of nerves at this point? That's right, everyone's hand is up.
I have a story for you and hopefully it will help everyone take a deep breath and realize, it will all be just fine.
Having filled out the online portion of my application, I put two packets in the mail, one for School A and one for School B (my top choice, as these things go) on the 31st. Today, I received an email from School A, informing me that in their hands they held my supplem
In an effort to get a hold of my obsessive update checking, I have decided to challenge myself. My goal is to refrain from logging into any of my application websites to "look" for updates without a valid reason like an email notification or something. Now, I'm going to be real with myself here and test this out until 7am Sunday, Jan. 10 where I'm at, which means Saturday the 9th back home. Depending on how this goes I'll try again with a longer time span. Hopefully it will help with my sanity.
It is no surprise to anyone who knows me that I'm a bit on the nervous side regarding this grad school app thing. I've gotten one positive reply, and am awaiting the rest of them. Instead of feeling great about my freakishly early acceptance, I'm going crazier. Last night I found myself tearing across the net looking for programs with later acceptance dates so I could apply to them. I called a good friend of mine who usually talks me down from the ledge of crazy, and we laughed about me appl
Now that waiting season is officially in swing I have come up with a few ways to keep myself distracted. Some of you are still in school and occupied with finishing up your degrees before taking on the next one. I finished school back in August and then left to accompany my boyfriend who received a grant to do research in Cambodia. For the first few months I did some in-country traveling and volunteered for an educational project and I just started working last month at a local university. It lo
I know it seems like a hard thing to do considering the stress involved, but I really feel like all of us should be enjoying this process we are all going through together. Applying to PhD programs is something only a few people do and it is something you (hopefully) only do once. We have people on this board who will interview and attend the most prestigious schools in the world. We are some of the most intelligent people in the world. We all enjoy learning and research and everything else
I began my quest for a Ph.D. just a few months ago. When I finished my MA in English in August 2009, I tabled the idea of pursuing a Ph.D. when one of my favorite professors asked when I would be applying. Others would ask the same question and my response was always “not right now.” Well, here I am four months later waiting it out for decisions. I took a year off before starting grad school in 2008 because I wanted to experience life as a non-student. This time off gave me the chance I needed t
The application for my #1 school is due on 1/2 and another application is due tomorrow, on 1/1. I also had a big work deadline today. Needless to say I have been working (and stressing) around the clock. Seriously, people, I have not gone to bed before 5am all week.
I have had a hellish time with my writing sample, in large part because I no longer have an electronic copy. I have one 50 page print out, that I have been reading and revising and retyping and trimming by 30 pages. Let me tell
So I know I'm starting this blog late in the application cycle, but I, like many of you, simply haven't had any time the past couple of months. Anyway, I decided to start this blog for several reasons:
1. this is my second time applying to PhD programs (I was unsuccessful last year)
2. I'd rather write about my anxiety here instead of my other blog, so I don't annoy my friends too much
I graduated in May from a university in the Midwest with a major in Psychology. I decided to get my
I need advice here. I'm in glorious driving distance from my dream school (it's about 2 hours away) and I'm in the city all the time anyways. I've been having pretty good email contact with the professors I hopefully one day will work with, but I have yet to go officially visit the campus. What is the protocol for that? This can go one of two ways.
In my head, I can see myself dressed like a grown up and walking around the campus with presence and purpose; having nothing but thoughtful
Anyone else need to call ETS and have to wait on hold for A MILLION YEARS?
Anyone else told you will need to call back, not once, but twice, to have everything resolved?
As if stealing all my money & self-confidence wasn't enough, now you are seeking my cell phone minutes too!
I am just chuckling at how much I overthink some of these things. And I am posting it here because I know I am not alone and that is one thing I love about this group.
I have this image of the teacher in Christmas Story as she is grading the themes:
"This applicant put her name in the left corner and not right corner. DIscard!!"
"She used the word initially instead of in the beginning! RUBBISH!!"
"She paperclipped instead of stapling!! She is not grad school material!!"
I graduated in 2007, and I've been working for the man ever since. I spent all day, chained to my laptop, revising (and condensing) the 50 page honors thesis I wrote, almost three years ago. It feels a little like finding an old journal: ripe with cringe worthy moments.
I was so proud of this essay when I wrote it. I spent an entire year researching and revising this paper. Now, however, it seems so broken. I suppose I have grown as a scholar and I don't have the same approach these days. A
Clearly, my academic interests are pretty...umm...varied. I though I'd take a second to explain why I'm interested in these things, and also how I picked these schools.
I started out going to grad school to read "Black People Lit". Because my master's programs offered a small number of those classes, I had to look at other things I might be interested in. I took a class on Black Postmodernism that I initially didn't believe in (according to the tropes of postmodernism, the African Americ
The waiting is definitely the hardest part. As much as I struggled with the SOP, the GMAT, and wrangling my LORs, right now is definitely the hardest part of the entire process. It got really bad yesterday when my e-mail went down for a couple of hours and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. This morning I finally realized that there probably weren't any professors looking at my application materials over Christmas, so I probably didn't need to check my e-mail every ten minutes unti
I started this blog a little late in my application process and haven't had the chance to go back and recount all my application ups and downs... but here's the short of it:
I'm applying to Harvard Graduate School of Education, Arts in Education (and only Harvard). My GRE scores are a bit lower than the Harvard average, my experience is sort of education adjacent, but my statement of purpose (I've been told) is amazing, and my letters of reccomendation all made me cry (in a good way). Howev
So there's me. I guess there are questions; who am I, what is "blemo" and where am I applying and for what? All very good ones, I assure you.
So, let's just call me Icarus. I applied last year for a few MFA programs, was ever so sure I was the greatest poet ever (just dropped a pretty awesome chapbook by the way), and was going to get in every single one with nothing but full funding and........only got into one. With Zero funding. So I didn't go. Awesome, right? So I like Icarus,
I am finishing up my apps. I have two left: Oregon and Indiana.
Oregon there is no question about, I am just waiting until after I go down and visit next month to do the paperwork.
I was working on the app for Indy and my heart just isn't in it. I find their application process kind of difficult. I couldn't get it to accept school codes. Somehow I have two accounts with two different numbers and I can never remember which one is right. The statement is 500 words, which takes all the soul ou
i've spent several weeks trying to create the perfect SOP and not once have i complained about the word limit. but now that it's getting down to the wire, i just need to vent.
400 words is not enough to thoroughly describe everything the question asks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it's nearly done but it just doesn't feel right. doesn't feel like me. i like imagery. i like to create a feeling. that's what people remember. what they connect to.
it's been a long time since i've written somet
Let's face it; no matter how much you study, how much you obsess, or how high your grades are sometimes that's just not what it's about. I am a firm believer in passion and commitment getting you to wherever you want to go. I know if I keep trying and keep an open mind, I'll get there. Even if "there" happens to be Harvard, which in my case it is. I have never been big on "academia". The intimidating and inaccessible stigma the word holds is part of the reason I decided (at 12) that someday I wo
I just went to check my status on the Princeton site and there are no GRE scores listed!
Could it just be that they haven't been recorded yet? The print date on the score report I got is 11-25.
There wasn't anyplace on the app to self report, so there are just no scores listed.
Last year, one of my LORs failed to submit my LOR on time. I reapplied this year and was told by him that he would start on it early so that he would just have it ready for me. My deadline for a few schools was 4 days ago and I am still missing a LOR from him. I called him the day of and he told me he would be submitting it. He also said that he knows I am worried, but he will have it in. I know he is busy, but we talked about the LOR in June and he had my SOP since September. The weeks le
One minute I think, "damn, I'm screwed." Then, I read over my personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation (yes, I waived my rights, but 2 of my 3 profs gave me copies anyway), my transcripts, and I start thinking (after cringing over a couple minor things), "damn, I sound good." (Except for those pesky GRE scores, which aren't bad, but aren't stellar either.)
So, I figure I should leave things on the high note. I will believe it when my profs & family tell me, "oh, you'l