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So that happened…

January 4, 2010

Okay, so a few weeks ago I found out that the school in Washington only accepts new students for the fall semester. And to top it off, their application deadline is earlier than all the rest of the schools…or, so I thought.

The University of Texas finally got back to me this morning (after 3 months) and they also only accept new students for the fall semester. Oh, and get this, their application deadline – Dec. 15. That’s what I get for trying to talk to an actual human over the phone rather than just sending an e-mail in the first place.

FYI: For anyone trying to do this graduate school thing, I have found that it is almost impossible to get an actual human on the phone. Then, when you do, the human will probably just try to direct you to their website and treat you like you are stupid for: a.) not going to the site in the first place or b.) not finding what you were looking for on the site.

Furthermore, if you ask for information to be sent to you about a school, or to talk to someone about the program, you will probably just get an application sent to you in the mail. Unless you’re dealing with the University of Texas – they don’t do mail.

So, I guess I get another 11 months to work on my application essay. Hey, I also probably don’t have to worry about slamming the GRE info into my head and taking the test by the end of this month. And maybe I can cultivate some relationships that will allow me to have shining references by the end of the year.

Can you tell I’m trying to look at the bright side?

Yeah, always look on the bright side of life – that is, after you take your morning break to go have a cry while you move your car.

So, it now seems as though I’ve gone about this whole graduate school goal wrong from the beginning. My first mistake, of course, was not paying attention and focusing on this goal from the beginning (since graduating in 2005). Thinking I would just choose where I wanted to go to school and then move there for a year to gain residency might have been my second mistake.

Then I got all excited while I was dating Blake and decided that I should just hurry up and do this. Hustle to get all my stuff together, decide where to apply to and try to go to school ASAP. Well, I guess I should have decided that about a year ago.

Don’t worry, kids. I’m not giving up. I’m still on this path and I’m still getting my stuff together and (now) actively working toward this goal. But, I might not hustle as hard and as fast as I was planning to. (I was kind of trying to have everything together by the end of this month.) Maybe I’ll give myself until spring to take the GRE now.

Maybe I’ll look at a few more programs besides just advertising. I mean, I know want to be a teacher (college professor), but what do I really want to teach?

Well, no matter what I study, I will need to finish the GRE, compose an application essay, round up three fantastic recommendations, deal with my FAFSA, complete program applications and maybe fellowship and scholarship apps. Heck I might even need to fill out extra applications for assistantships. I guess that really is a lot to do well – even if I have a whole year to do it.

So, for those of you who choose to read my blog, I guess you get to read about this struggle a little longer. On the bright side I dyed my hair last night and I’ve lost 15 pounds in the last month – so at least I look good today. I even wore earrings. Fancy.

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