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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.
Only because "the thing no one wants to talk about yet everyone needs to think about at some point but no one wants to because it may seem like you're heading towards failure" was a bit long to be title worthy... Welcome back, guys and gals and all those lovely folks who have read my writing before...you know, in that one "blog" post... I hope everyone is having a great day! Why? Because I'm about to ruin it. I know, I'm such a horrible person, but it was bound to happen eventually. In my last post (So, you've entered the abyss...) I briefly discussed the idea of having a back up (or BU for those loyal readers out there...you know, the entire one of you). Well, now it is time for me to elaborate. This is the one thing that everyone who begins the grad school process must come across at some point, however briefly it may be. The truth of the matter is, though, this is going to be the path that some of us end up taking. I thought it best to bring it into the light. Now, the BU plan is different for everybody and doesn't have to be set on a single thing. For example, I'll use myself. While my graduate dream is to become the world's best and most well-known maritime archaeologist by the time I'm in my early 30s, I have a hugely different back up plan...12, in fact. What can I say? My OCD causes me to plan for multiple contingencies. After all, you never know what may happen! So, obviously, my next plan is to become a world renowned writer. Just kidding! While there may be one or two of you out there who are actually getting what little amusement you can out of my writing, it's not my next plan of action. A plan of action, yes. I wouldn't have a three or four half written books sitting on my computer for nothing if it wasn't. Apart from becoming some sort of writer, I may end up starting my own dessert food truck where all the fandoms can unite in the form of your new favorite desserts. (And before you ask, I do have baking experience. I used to be a dessert baker at a local...well, that's beside the point.) If that doesn't work out, I'll go work in a museum somewhere, or maybe do an internship abroad, or, heck, I don't know, become a hard core princess of some small unheard of country! Although not every single one of those may seem attainable (the part about me becoming a writer part, because of course it's possible for me to become a princess), that's beside the point. The point is to have a plan. Any sort of plan, because any sort of plan is still some sort of plan. So, while you are starting to have that little inkling in the back of your head of something else that may seem a bit interesting to you, my advice: look into it. Entertain the idea of actually accomplishing it. That being said, however, don't let a simple back up plan distract you from your main goal. You've got it within your to get yourself where you need to be. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. At least now you know that you'll always have my vote of support. So now go! Go out and make your back up plan. If you don't get into grad school, then show the world just what you can do without it. Don't cut yourself down before you've even begun to fully stand up on your own two feet. Become the tree that rises towards the heavens and who's broken vines and branches have only made you stronger. If you get accepted into your dream program, that's amazing! But if not, then don't worry because there is something better out there for you, even if it takes you a little while to find it. I really wanted to end this little post on a high note so it wouldn't be so depressing, and I hope that I achieved that... Thank you for reading this far and I hope that one day I get to hear what your back up plan may or may not be. Be sure to stay in touch and good luck with all your future endeavors! Sincerely, K.