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Birthdays and Milestones

November 1, 2010

My birthday is on Thursday. I’m going to be 29 for the third time.

I told someone here at my office that the day was coming up and she asked me what I was going to be doing. The truth is, I have no plans. More than that, I don’t really want to do anything.

I don’t feel a need to celebrate or mark the occasion.

I think taking the test yesterday was enough of a milestone for me. And it represents my past year in a very appropriate way. For the past year I have known that I want to go to graduate school and I have been doing little things to work toward that goal.

Besides getting the GRE over with and getting a score (a pretty good one, I might add), getting serious about this blog is one of the things I’ve done. And let me tell you, the amount of time and effort I have put into this blog has been substantial — far more than I imagined.

I have spent tons of time cultivating my writing skills and practices and I have tried to pick out a graduate school.

Yeah, I still haven’t picked a school. But yesterday after I finished my test I was able to choose four schools to send my scores too. I picked Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Minnesota. I think I’m also going to apply to a school in Seattle.

At the moment I don’t feel like I have strong writing samples to submit. And I know I don’t have enough credible references for this program. Does anyone know a few published authors who might take the time to look at some of my work and then write recommendation letters for me?

A few of the programs want applications by the Dec. 1. That less than a month away. This is going to be a lot of work for one month. Some of the schools are taking applications until Jan. 1. Two months isn’t all that much time either — especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas in there.

It wouldn’t be so bad…but I have this pesky thing called a full-time job. I wish I could take 2 months off from my life: no work, no apartment cleaning, no cooking, no regular responsibilities or life maintenance of any kind.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever felt that way.

Obviously, if I could take 2 months off from my life I would prepare my applications for graduate school. What about you? If you could take a month off from the responsibilities of your life, what would you do with the time? What would you try to accomplish?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt79 permalink
    November 2, 2010 4:13 pm

    Congratulations on getting a good test score, and happy birthday for Thursday – 1979 is the coolest year to be born in!


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