Tuesday, August 31, 2010

real-world applications

As of Saturday, I am an applicant for GWU's MA in Ed and HD School Counseling program.

Oh dear god.

I am supposed to hear back within four to six weeks, but I have no idea if that time frame is for the interview or the final admissions decision. I'll just assume that six weeks from now I'll be really really sad. Now I'm prepared.

I'm so excited about the idea of grad school, and yet clicking "submit" on the application didn't feel the way I thought it would. The application was this giant deadline looming over me, but there wasn't any real relief or sense of accomplishment after. (Actually, Keri and I finished season three of Lost the next day, and I felt far more accomplished then. Also, wtf Lost? But let's not discuss that here, largely because I am only halfway through the series.) I suppose things haven't sank in yet.

So, yeah. That's the big update. Sometime within the next two months I'll hear some potentially life-changing news. In the meantime, I'm thinking of back up plans for both employment and school. That should help me with my serious case of to-do list withdrawal.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

On track?

I have returned from vacation with two cases of wine, a nasty sunburn on my legs, and a renewed sense of hope for my current to-do list.

In reality, not all that much was accomplished was over the past five days. However, my roommate's invaluable advice to write a draft of my personal statement while tipsy helped me view the graduate school application as far more manageable. Even though I knew exactly what I wanted to say in the personal statement, I had a huge mental block about getting started. A huge mental block that can be permeated by wine. Turns out it's very easy to write 500 words about yourself. Who knew? So now all I have to do is edit the personal statement and resume, submit the application, and relearn algebra for the GREs. Okay, that last part may be a bit challenging... the test is in 2.5 weeks. It completely snuck up on me. But I have a couple of weekends of solid studying ahead of me, so I think I can manage.

Please don't ask about the running goal... I took a day off intentionally last week after a miserable calf-seizing episode, and this vacation threw me off for the rest of it. I'm starting to think I would be better off running a 10k for my first big event, and saving a half marathon for when I have more time to prepare and more experience. Is that a cop out? I really can't decide. On one hand, the whole point of doing the half marathon was so I would stick to an exercise routine, get in shape, have more energy, and accomplish something. Wouldn't a 10k serve the same purpose? On the other hand, I would be completely wimping out. And street cred is a very important thing on the mean streets of Squirrel Hill.