Anyone in the stressful college application process?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsN14:  I’m in the same boat right now. I’m applying for graduate school to get my M.S. in Speech Language Pathology. It’s stressful! My applications are all due on February 1st, except one that is due March 1st. I took the GRE in September and am happy with my scores. I just asked my last letter of recommendation writer today. Now I need to start working on my personal statement.

I’m so stressed about getting in. My FI and I want to stay in our current apartment so I am limited to schools within driving distance. Thankfully there are about five schools within a 60-75 minute driving distance so I have some options.

But I’m mostly worried about paying for it. At least the job outlook for SLP is really good so hopefully I can pay back my massive student loan debt in the future.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@MrsN14:  I applied last year, and it was miserable. I actually think my first PhD year has been LESS stressful than last year because there are no applications to worry about!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsN14:  Yay! Me either. I also really want to start working in the clinic. I volunteer in the clinic now with two group sessions a week (along with my observation hours) but I just can’t wait to be the one actually providing therapy, not just playing with the kids and collecting data.

I’m worried about balancing a job, clinic, and the grad classes. But that’s just me thinking too far in advance haha.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

dental school.

They have 2ndary apps in addition to the primary ones to make you write even MORE essays, also have their own fee as well -___-

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@MrsN14:  By this time next year I’ll be applying to get my Master’s (or PhD, I haven’t decided yet)… so, I’ll be in the same boat, haha. I’m not looking forward to it! 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@MrsN14:  Been there… it is very tough senior year with all the projects to get your grad school apps in! It will be worth it in the end, just chin up and get through it and you’ll be so glad you did!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@howsweetitis:  Grad school is so much easier than undergrad IMO. You don’t have 5 classes a semester with labs and a ton of HW. I love grad school so much! What do you study?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@FutureDrAtkins:  Heh, that is sadly not the case for me. I’m an English literature PhD. In undergrad I took a nice mix of class, so I was never doing a TON of reading or writing a ton of papers at the end of the semester. This semester I have 5 literature classes and will write the equivalent of 2 dissertation chapters in the first three weeks of December.

But I am really looking forward to when my coursework is over! And I do love grad school, it’s just much MUCH harder than undergrad for me!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Sort of… I’m in medical school but i need to apply for electives Which is like applying for school (less essays though 🙂 lol) i also have to take my mccee and usmle 2 ck an cs soon… Urgh. 20 years down the road, well all be better for it though! Hopefully…

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@howsweetitis:  Interesting hearing another perspective from a different field than me. I’m in engineering, so all the core classes that were a challenge to me where in my undergraduate. It’s been pretty smooth sailing in grad school for me, luckily!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Yeah, I’m in this boat right now.  On top of it, I’m applying for an English Language & Lit grad program (MA that funnels into a PhD) and, as I was diagnosed with epilepsy this summer, am on a medication that is causing aphasia.  So I’m running into problems with anomia both in writing and speaking, spoken word confusion, stuttering, spoken letter jumbling, and spoken word order errors.  This has made my application process much more difficult than it would have been previously.  The due date for my application packet is the end of December/first day of January. 

At least I already took the GRE.  I wasn’t super happy with my scores (not bad, but not as impressive at I would have liked), but considering the current side-effects of my medication, I don’t think I’d be likely to improve them if I sat the exam again.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Polyphemus:  Feel free to PM me if you have any questions! I am an English PhD.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

Did any of you use any study books for the GRE? probably will take it next summer and want to see if you had any recommendations..

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