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I've been waiting on my last LOR writer for a few weeks. He's known for awhile about the letters, but I knew it would probably be difficult to get them. Yesterday, I learned how difficult it is. On of the graduate assistants told me: "if you don't go in there, sit there while he writes it, it will NEVER get done." My other professors told me that as well, though not in those words. I felt bad doing this, but it's true. I don't want to sound disrespectful--he is a brilliant man--but

alexis

alexis

An Introduction

I figured I'd give this blogging a start. At least it's a way to procrastinate. I graduated in 2007, from a tiny liberal arts college, and now I'm applying for English PhD programs, after almost 3 years of working for the man. I am very invested in Gender Studies, and I am consistently drawn to contemporary popular culture. I would, some day, like a job, so I'd like to study something that is not as overwhelmingly popular as 'modern and contemporary' texts. I'm so glad I took time off fro

rainy_day

rainy_day

1st app is sent

Guess where? Hint http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37a9JactHbM It isn't as exciting as it could be. They have a separate date for the application itself and all the departmental requirements, so I am still working on my statement and have to send that and a financial form. But still, it was exciting to see the Status: Complete page! Tomorrow I am meeting with the writing center director again. I am now up to the point of looking at every single word of the SOP and rethinking most of

captiv8ed

captiv8ed

Down We Go

I believe in transparency where information is concerned. One, I don't have memory capacity for duplicity and, two, I believe in karma. Well, I may have learned my lesson today! I shared my GRE scores and school list and was told, in no uncertain terms, by those other forum members (not GC) that I don't stand a chance. I have scoured the net for average GRE scores for each program but few of them make that information available. I am very close to applying to law school. I don't

coyabean

coyabean

The Agony of Waiting for a LOR

The graduate admissions deadlines are coming up with the first (for my applications) being on December 15. At the moment, I am missing 1 letter of recommendation for each school and I feel that it may not arrive on time. I just sent out another friendly reminder today about the missing letter and I am very hopeful that I will get a reply this week. He did promise me that he would write one in advance and WILL have it ready by the time I need it. He's a very good guy, but very busy. I am

joro

joro

Uh Oh

And then a nice man from UK totally emailed me and asked me to call him because he finds my research "fascinating". Uh Oh. LOL

coyabean

coyabean

Decision Time

Yes, I know I'm obsessed and obsessive. However, please note that I sold my house, divorced a husband, quit a job and moved to embark on this whole academia thing. I put pressure on myself to get everything exactly right. This morning I hit the yoga mat, made some very strong coffee and made some decisions. It is by no means scientific. In the end I disregarded almost all sensible advice and chose places based on a quasi-formula completely of my design. It consists of a place I would like

coyabean

coyabean

Full Disclosure

No need trying to look pretty on this thing. The point is to help, right? Well, maybe my crazy will help someone else feel more normal one day. I decided today that I ruined my USC app. The thing is my SOP gets better with every incarnation. Those apps that went earlier now suck by comparison. Writing is my thing. It's also my equalizer in this process. I'm published, I have professional writing experience, I have earned the occasional award, etc. And my GPA and GRE need all the equal

coyabean

coyabean

Let the Agonizing Begin...

I submitted my applications, and now the fear has really set in. I no longer have any control over the process; it is in the hands of the admissions gods. I tweaked my personal statement for the umpteenth time, including a final read through by my various reviewers (one professor & family members). I felt generally confident with it, more for some programs than others. I worry that I was not specific enough about my research interests, or if I didn’t address the questions well enough

alexis

alexis

Getting down to the wire-sort of

My first app is due soon. I am pretty happy with my statement. But of course, it is sitting at 1200 words, so i will have to chop it for most schools. On the other hand, my CV is up to 3 pages and that is a grand thing. I am really nervous that I am going to forget some giant part. Like, Oh golly! I forgot to send that school my transcripts. Or something.

captiv8ed

captiv8ed

Thanksgiving Diversions

This being the holidays, I did what many of us do and hit the road, driving 6+ hours into the heart of this great state for some turkey and family company. This time I came armed with a laptop and a stack of things to do yay-high. (pointing to waist) First of course was last minute GRE cramming. Well it should have been but I had some even more last minute edits to 200+ page document the state had requested my county do. Scratch one day of prep, though judging by my quant performance, I

pea-jay

pea-jay

Paperwork!

Ugh, I hate paperwork. I always feel like I am forgetting something. I have transcripts all done except my current school. I have been working on my CV and my SOP. Everything sounds stupid to me. I write it and then read it and think there is no way someone will accept my based on it. I took my SOP to the writing center yesterday. She actually said it is a very good draft and gave me some pointers. I am tweaking. I took my CV to the career center today. Same deal. So it makes me happy

captiv8ed

captiv8ed

Dook

So, I got my confirmation email from Duke. I am complete. Still looking at my GRE with a mean sideye. An 1180, 3.0, research experience, and one of my LORs is from a Duke superstar. I still worry. That stupid GRE and my GPA is only low because of a semester of withdrawals almost 10 years ago. *sigh* I hope they consider that. ANd the wait continues.

coyabean

coyabean

Return of the Astro-Nut

NOTE: I believe myself to be a bit absent minded when I write things. I tend to forget to type out words or leave in words and will not take notice even after re-reading my entries. I am apologizing in advance for any errors you may come across in my writing. For my first blog entry, I will do the basic introduction and just talk a little about myself. I graduated from a California State University (CSU) in Spring 2008 with a B.S. in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. My GPA is

joro

joro

Starting out on the Wrong Foot...at least in regards to the GRE

Seeing that this is my first blog entry, it would stand to reason that I start from the beginning. But that would make too much sense and the biographical stuff could serve as good filler when the Big Wait begins. Besides, why talk about me as a person when I can speak to my experience as test taker #00001298453489753472 or whatever ETS better knows me and my abilities by? Yes, today was GRE day. GRR as I facebooked it. I’m one of the many individuals that suffer from MMCD or Mathe

pea-jay

pea-jay

the good, the bad, the ugly

I tried to get off the train today. I even had an eggnog latte, grande please, written into my day. But, I got sucked back in. A peer called me about UNC's app. Even with a fee waiver this app is becoming the biggest hassle in the world. Apparently technology has escaped UNC? The online application is essentially demographic info. Everything else has to be mailed. To two different places. Some stuff goes to the grad school, others to your department. And when you click the link for the

coyabean

coyabean

My SOP is a POS

Ok, so my SOP is really not that bad. At least I don't think it is. I see that many people are freaking out about writing these things, but I don't really know what to tell you that could help. I think people should probably freak out a little less. I have seen way too many times someone go over and over something they wrote changing little details, only to make it worse. Just relax. Changing every little minute detail is not going to make much of a difference. I will admit that I a

acup313

acup313

Ever seen a person move at the speed of light?

Haven't done a thing for grad school in almost a week. Honestly, beyond paying app fees -- which I won't be able to do until next week -- I am finding it hard to care right now. My friends also in the process feel the same way. It's at the point where I want someone to just tell me yes or no so that I can move on with my life. I want a new mattress. I almost bought a new mattress and then I realized that I wasn't sure if a full bed would travel well with me to...well, I don't know whe

coyabean

coyabean

Agoraphobia in 5, 4, 3...

I made the mistake of leaving the house tonight. A couple of friends from the Great Fellowship are in town and we hooked up. Two GF mentors also came with. One is the coolest. The other? Is...special. Tonight's talk was all about apps, of course. We geeks commiserated and then special mentor made a point of telling me to spread my apps around because "her daughter, the one who graduated with honors from, you know, a top school applied to five and didn't get in anywhere!" I am fairly

coyabean

coyabean

The Test

After my rant from earlier today, I felt I should add a more serious posting. This one won't be too long primarily because it relates to "The Test", and I feel anything I say will not be extremely helpful as I took the GMAT as opposed to the GRE, unlike the majority of the people on the board. So, most people may see some similarities that may be helpful, but everything I did relates to the GMAT. The first thing I did was actually schedule the test, so I could have a set date I would have

acup313

acup313

I am selfish

This is just a little bit or a rant before I get back to the more informative blogs, hopefully later today or tomorrow. I apologize if you find this one boring or uninteresting. Today I was making my rounds of the different forums that I peruse while I anxiously await word from any of the programs that I have applied to. I stumbled across a new post titled along the lines of Accounting Phd Profile. Of course I open up this post as this is the field I am interested in so hopefully I can h

acup313

acup313

Some things I have learned; others I have discovered

I decided to try and compile things I have learned about this process and academia as I go along. Take all of this with a grain of salt...and a margarita. Trust me, it helps. 1. Academics are not a sign of evolution. Now this could very well be a lesson that only I needed to learn. But, somewhere along the way I thought that being committed to the "contemplative" life (credit: Ari)meant that people were more rational, less prone to settled issues like race as a social construct and wo

coyabean

coyabean

Advice, schmice

After my earlier "it's after 3 am" post I realized I didn't introduce myself. I'm 33. I think that's old? About two years ago I walked out of a job I hated, re-enrolled in my alma mater to figure out what I want to do with my life. I toyed with law school for a looooooooong time. I still think my LSAT scores position me to get into a better law program than my GREs do for a PhD program, but then I'd be a lawyer. After talking with every lawyer I know that is not a good thing. A fellow

coyabean

coyabean

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