I have started to feel bad seeing how much everyone is worried about doing their applications and waiting to hear anything. I have been joking about how having a baby will help take your mind off of the application process. It turns out my jokes were real. Our baby showed up last week and I have barely thought about my applications. Well much less than everyone else anyway. That is why I haven't really added anything to my blog. One thing I can add is that there will be things to make the
In my defense, the reason I waited until the last minute with these two applications was because I have been perfecting the statements of purpose for weeks and weeks. I have often been told that I am a good writer and that my statement of purpose was great, but I wanted to amp it up to that next level. So I think I cranked out about a hundred drafts. And my writing sample! I thought I was done but then decided to merge two pieces together. Which wasn't even merging two reports together. It was
I had a pretty bad experience with a letter writer today. After I confirmed with her several weeks ago that she was willing to write, I immediately registered her for the online applications. At the same time I sent an email to tell her the timeframe so she didn't get stressed from me flooding her inbox. In the same email, I said that a couple of programmes required paper letters and that I'd have the forms etc to her soon. Then a couple of weeks later I sent an email saying that actually one
OK, hello Mr. Last Minute. Always nice to see you.
So, Princeton is due today. I have to send all my unofficial transcripts by download. Easy as pie, right?
Nope. My school does narrative evals. I just went and scanned them all in, and they are 15,000 MB.
Princeton's limit is 500 MB!! oh, no wait! Make that 5 MB!
I can't email them to the dept. I have to figure out a way to convert them to a file small enough to go through.
Good thing my writing sample and SOP are pretty m
Last year, when I decided to undertake this ridiculousness, I promised myself I'd be organised. SoPs, writing samples, etc, ready to go weeks in advance. Of course, what actually happened was I did an all nighter on the writing sample the night before a cluster of deadlines. I'd been working on it for a few weeks or a month, but there was zero revision, proofreading, etc. And my SoPs were largely done on the day of. For the month or two prior, I'd had a word document that I would add to a
Of course the first two apps are due tomorrow.
I keep reading about folks with writing samples that they are trying to reduce to 25 pages. And I started feeling inadequate.
Two years ago I did a presentation on body image in women and the pro-ana community. They were separate topics within the same paper. I did a body image satisfaction survey and reported results of that, and then also did content analysis of pro-ana sites. I got a very good review of it.
I split it in two and did a
I am polishing my statement and my writing sample. I have worked so hard on my writing sample. I have been at it for months. It is pretty much completely different from when I started. I took it to the writing center director about a month ago. I thought it was almost done and really to tweaking stage. She said it was a really good, solid draft. She didn't think there was much to be done, but it was still more to be done than I had hoped. But I took it home and over the next week and a h
Responding to someone else's post reminded me of a lesson I (maybe?) learned this season.
I have two groups of SOPs out there in the world. The first set were early deadlines and, as I've moaned about here, are not nearly as reflective of my voice as the latter set. Don't get me wrong, my mentors loved them and I guess they are adequate but I'm a bit OCD. I knew something was missing. Whether anyone else ever knows it doesn't matter to me. I'm absolutely the world's harshest critic of mys
My mom always tells me this whenever I'm stressing about something. "The worst they/he/she can say is no." And it's true. Yet in the case of PhD applications, it doesn't make me feel any better.
And I've realized that I completely wrap myself up in the fear of failure. I define myself by successes; I've never been rejected from a school, never gotten a bad grade. I don't know what it feels like. And I know it WILL happen, since PhD applications are a whole other ballpark, but my fear
I suck at waiting.
I also fail at not receiving positive reinforcements. Sending my apps into a black hole with no immediate gratification? Sucks donkey, uh, ears.
I know, I know. I better get used to it. This is how it goes. It is the life I have, happily, chosen. But it is a character flaw.
All of you guys getting acceptances? NOT HELPING! LOL
My first app due date was November 1. You'd think someone would just at least say "hi!" LOL
This will be where I vent my craziness and ramblings about grad school apps. In short, this is killing me. Now for various reasons beyond the application stage (god it was so much easier just 2 weeks ago when I had no idea about my options ) :
1. I have already been accepted to OSU and have to wait to hear from the others.
2. I visited OSU and LOVED it. So what if I have to wait months and months just to choose them?
3. I am currently visiting UMass and find it not quite what I want. T
Over this past weekend, I came down with a stomach infection from basically worrying too much about the missing letter of recommendation. This is actually the 3rd time that this has happened. My first time applying for graduate school, I worried myself sick because of the GRE. I became really anxious and my liver started retaining fat deposits (fatty liver). After the GRE was over, I was a lot more calm till April. I started receiving rejection notices because I was unable to produce that 3
I hadn't planned on blogging about applying to grad school this year. Too embarassing, you know? Being a reapplicant and all.
So a recap from last year: I applied to 6 schools and had one acceptance. The acceptance implied I'd be funded, but didn't actually specify. Applying for a TAship was supposedly a formality. But the TAships didn't have enough hours for the stipend to satisfy the financial certification requirements for a visa. So I deferred. Which means that this year I'm doi
I'm fighting the usual end of semester drama at my UG. *sigh* i really hate it here. Have I mentioned that?
Another great LOR from Dr. Superstar, though. He always shows them to me first. Another reason he rocks. He also reallllly likes the idea of me and Emory. He gave another half dozen names to track down there from his immense mental rolodex. Seriously, the man even remembers people's email addresses! What kind of craziness is that? I was home last week and couldn't remember my mom's h
one month until the application submission period closes. i envy those who submitted their applications to their list of 5+ schools weeks ago. it's getting down to the wire.
GRE is done. paper-based was quite the experience. so happy the waiting period for scores is OVER. that four weeks was killer. these days have me feeling audacious. i read the signatures in the forums of the lists and lists of schools people are applying to: HKS, SAIS, SIPA, Yale, WWS...the usual. here i am with only on
Perfect! A forum post gave me what I needed most: something new to obsess about.
Transcripts. My subatomic GPA is no secret. I took 21 hours this semester -- kiss my feet now or later, no matter -- and they are basically the last of my junior year hours and the first semester of my senior year. They look pretty solid. All of my graded coursework are actually As and Bs. It's the two semesters of withdrawals that hurt me. Anyway, think I should send updated scripts?
Also had more conve
Warning: whiny post ahead.
I thought applying (and starting the application process, doing research on programs) early was a good thing. In general, I think it is.
However, I'm getting kind of annoyed that a few of my programs are finally updating their webpages and application requirements in November/December.
One school decided to change to the option of sending unofficial/scanned transcripts, and you only have to send official transcripts if you get accepted. Great. So I ha
I have concluded that even if my LOR is not able to turn it on time, I believe he will get them in eventually. I should probably concentrate on other things to be more productive instead of just worrying over this. I should have full trust in my LORs and understand that they probably procrastinate as much us as students. They also have lives of their own and possibly tons of other papers to write.
I think I am calm now.
Sent another email this morning begging for some kind of status update for the LOR. Still nothing...I probably should start calling and even showing up at his office if I get no response by next week.
I don't believe Professors intentionally try to screw people over. I keep telling myself maybe he's busy or perhaps there's a bigger issue at hand? Maybe he wasn't satisfied with the work I did with him then decided to completely ignore me and not write the letter.
Yesterday it was worrying that I forgot to include an important (though probably irrelevant) award I received on my applications. Today, it's me freaking out about my GRE scores. I *thought* a 730 was good for business programs. Apparently, it's all they care about with the GREs, and being in the 78th percentile means I don't have much of a shot at top programs. This is based on the highly reputable source of The Internet.
I keep going back and forth about the GRE thing. On the one han
7:30 AM- Alarm goes off to get ready for work.
8:15 AM- Realize I turned my alarm off and I now have 15 minutes to get ready for and get to work.
9:00 AM- Arrive at work.
9:20 AM- My computer finally boots up.
9:22 AM- Check my e-mail for any e-mails from schools.
9:23 AM- Check all of the graduate school forums, feel loneliness that no one is posting in the Business PhD forums.
10:00 AM- Do some work.
10:15 AM- Check e-mail again.
10:20 AM- Check forums again.
10:30 AM- Work s
Thanks to everyone for the great feedback on the SOP! I'm still fine tuning. There's some awkward places and wordiness -- my achilles heel. I'm feeling more confident about this draft, though. I think there is a lesson in there somewhere about me and this program having that elusive fit?
Had a great talk with that prof from Emory. She got my work, knows Dr. Superstar, gave me some pointers on how best to position my app and said, "be sure to call me when you submit your application so that