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My Pit Stops on the way back to Grad School. Hopefully anyway...

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Brand Name versus Value Pricing

I’ve never been one to care about brand names or signature labels. Last weekend when I went shopping for sunglasses, I passed by the stores selling those expensive name brand shades and went straight to the sunglasses kiosk. You know, those little carts in any US mall where you can by Dead Sea oils and novelty gifts and the like. Anyway I found these sunglasses for 10 bucks that looked good and fit well. So I got them and saved at least 40 in the process. My wife of course has a different o

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Decisions

They say the two biggest financial decisions a person ever makes are the purchase of a vehicle or a house. Well who ever said that obviously never contemplated grad school tuition, particularly that of well-ranked private university. Or out-of-state rates at a public university for that matter. In either case, it represents the single largest expense that I have ever made to-date. At $20K-$60K it is more than the new car I purchased together with my wife in 2002. It’s even more expensive th

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Good Week Gone Bad

This has been an interesting week for me, to say the least. On Monday NYU-Wagner ended months of anxious waiting by accepting me into the program. For a few brief moments, I was utterly giddy and pleased about this development. Then reality began to intrude again. The acceptance letter did not come with any funding assistance, which given the expense of NYU is a pretty challenging position to be in. This doesn’t make it impossible, but does require more things to fall in line to make it wor

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Grad School or Bust

In my last post, I called this period the Waiting Game. I think the game that I appear to be playing now is high-stakes poker. And today the stakes grew even larger. My original intentions for going to Graduate School were simply to take the next step in my career, get non-California public administration experience and move to a more exciting city. What I wasn’t paying much attention to was the when. Up until last summer, I was content with the answer, “someday.” After a kick-as

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The Waiting Game

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve taken some time off of here to complete my applications and remodel our bedroom. With the room is fixed and the applications in over a month ago, I’m back, trying to glean any clues on other’s acceptance/rejections into grad school. It’s like I am playing some kind of like a game. Each day I get a clue of some sort: a posting on thegradcafe.com, an email confirmation that my application is complete, notice that I am next up on the admission’s c

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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

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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

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