This past month has been a greatly busy time for me, but I like to think that what I am doing right now will be a wise investment for me in the coming months.
It’s been four months since I was awarded my Bachelor’s degree, and my plan has always been to go on to graduate school. The “type” of graduate school changed over the years, but in the end, I decided that a PhD is something I truly want to pursue. Over the summer, I narrowed down the list of programs I plan to apply to and spoke with some professors, pretty much asking them if I was on the right track.
After getting some helpful feedback, I decided to take the new GRE, even though I took the older version (before it switched formats) during the summer after my freshman year. It’s been two years since I last took it, so might as well take it and see what happens…
I’m also continuing my lab work rather than looking for a job in industry. I originally thought I would be able to get a job in industry for a couple months before starting school, but the general consensus was lab time >>> working in industry, and so I’m grateful for not halting work in my current lab . Rather than making money, I actually had to move my part-time sales associate job availability to weekends. So I’ve had to sacrifice an extra couple dollars every week, but I figure it is what I have to do to reach my real goals.
And then there are the logistical aspects of it all: e-mailing my letter of rec writers, filling out those applications, paying for those applications (my savings account is going to be soooo dry !), submitting everything…and then waiting.
The timeline for this takes me to December, so the next few months will be hectic for sure. Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about classes on top of all this so I don’t think I’ll be dying of stress. But even so, the anxiety has kicked in, and has caused restless nights and me being sleep-deprived. It comes and goes, but man is it frustrating!
I also have this desire of wanting to move on with my life. Everyone I know has gone/is going back to school, and I feel like the odd one out still living at home just waiting. It’s not like I miss undergrad or anything (far from it…), but I find myself daydreaming of living in the city, in an apartment, within walking distance of everything and anything.
But even if I’m in a great location, I still have to be happy: happy with the program, and whatever research lab I end up in. From what I’ve researched, the schools I’m applying to have programs that can offer me something, and labs I’d be interested in working in. I only hope they see the same in me .
Once I’m done with the whole application submissions process, I hope to outline what I did/needed to apply in a future post. I’m sure others will be in the same boat in the future, and I know it helps me when I hear about how others fared in getting into grad/med/whatever school !
Are you in the process of applying to anything (undergrad, grad, med school)?
If you went through the arduous process and made it to the other side, what are some tips you have?