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Well, it's January (as if you didn't know). The month of New Year's Resolutions, the same resolutions starting to fail, the newly established "How have you aged?" Facebook fad, and (to the grad school wannabes) deadlines. I have looked at enough programs to know that most of the application deadlines are in January. So, I have a little message for everyone involved: may the odds be ever in your favor (insert Hunger Games whistle tune here). At this point, you are most likely panicking because that one professor or person is waiting until the very last second to send in their letter of recommendation, digging further into your program research (aka looking at the campus, the teachers, student life, etc), or checking your email two - three times a day waiting to hear on the life changing decision. So, let the games begin... With today being the deadline for a lot of programs (hopefully not yours if you're still waiting on that one annoying person who takes forever to get stuff done), let me just say/hope that this next week will be one of the most calming. Everything is finally turned in and completed, you know that you won't have a decision for a while, and you're toying with the idea of where you're going to live when you move in July/August. To that, may I recommend one fatal app: Pinterest. Let's be honest, you've most likely heard of it by now, and most of you are probably just as addicted as I am. I mean, how cute are those little apartment ideas that pop up on your board, right?! My poor Pinterest is a victim to my fangirl side, my inspirational side, and my writing/grad school side. Your's is probably similar and there is no shame! So, my fellow grad school wannabes, enjoy the next two - three weeks. This is the only time where you know you won't hear back and you know there won't be a decision made. This is the only time where you can let your mind wonder to the amazing world of possibilities that will arise once you receive your golden ticket into the chocolate factory. This is the only time (probably) that you will feel peace. So, let your heart take you to the most incredible places imaginable. Hang out with those friends you keep putting off due to stress and laziness (I know because I'm the same), have a game/movie night with your family, and take that lovely cutie pie of a dog on a walk or to the park. In other words, enjoy this time while it lasts because Lord knows that in a month, when you start to see those few little blimps of acceptance or rejection, the stress with pile on full force and you will enter the darkest corners of the abyss. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you learn to enjoy these next few weeks. Be sure to keep reading and check out my blog, Ready As I'll Ever Be, for more fun posts! Also, be sure to vote on the #SpreadTheLove poll for your favorite organization to aspire the spread of education around the world. Until next time, K.
Hey, guys! I hope you're doing awesome today. I wanted to know if you guys were willing to grade my essay for the GREs. I would appreciate it! To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Societies allowed for growth in many areas of human knowledge and technology. Many agree that in our globalized world, societies must understand one another through interactions, academic or otherwise. Because new ideas tend to be efficiently explored in the academic system, the academic has a priority in studying these cultures. To do so, academics should look take time to look beyond major cities to study the most important characteristics of a society. Many cultures are highlighted in major cities but many major cities are a mixture of different cultures combining traditions. In fact, the greater the population, the more fused cultures come about, limiting the representation of the culture that experts know of the society. Cities that hold a high population (e.g. New York) generally hold “Koreatowns” or “Chinatowns” which represent nothing of the W.A.S.P. culture in rural America. Many of these Chinatowns and Koreatowns are almost like you’re residing in their society. While one may argue that represents the culture of the area, towns with large populations of minorities tend to display the culture of the local area, not the general society of the nation. The nation itself can also hold societies that are nomadic in nature, making it impossible to find a major city of that society. Nomads are not keen on building infrastructure the same way non-nomadic nations aren’t keen on constantly moving to find food. These nomadic people tend to be very difficult to study because of their constant movement within the nation. A small representation of that society may appear in major cities, but these people are not permanent residents of these cities. In order to effectively study them, experts would have to follow their interactions while living with the tribe. The study of culture is very important to not only the society itself, but to other cultures so interactions are not harmful or deleterious to progress. Nevertheless, one will not find every aspect of a society in a small group of locations versus multiple locations.