You know what I most definitely do NOT recommend?
Applying to graduate school….13 days before classes start.
Yeah. Good planning.
In my defense, I just learned about these programs’ existence 6 days ago.
And the schools just got back to me letting me know things were even possible and how to proceed this morning.
And I’ve already applied to one school and now just have to apply to the departments (which is really the harder part but shhhh)!
And pray to the GRE gods that the good folks at the standardized testing center work on wings of lightning to get my information out the door faster than they predict they will.
Or that the good ol’ USPS speeds the paperwork across the country and into the proper hands in fewer than the 5-7 days I was told to expect it would take.
Have I mentioned what a racket these people have going? Seriously, I have a paper with my scores, but it doesn’t say “official” so I have to pay them a chunk ‘o’ change and beg and plead for them to send the exact same paper with another stamp on it recording the results of a test I paid them a buttload of money to take in the first place. On a computer. That was mostly graded instantly by the computer. Yeah. Good times.
So anyway, if y’all could burn some incense to the gods of the GRE and the USPS. Or maybe sacrifice a young goat. You know, whatever floats your boat. I’m flexible.
And then keep me in your thoughts as I try to corral two people into writing letters of recommendation for me..you know..yesterday, fill out the multitude of forms for the department’s acceptance, write a statement of intent (complete with citations about deaf education issues!), fill out the FAFSA, apply to the other department which I also have to take classes in, and several more things I’m forgetting because my phone is dead and it has my list on it.
Oh yes. There is a list.
Thirteen items to be done in the next few days.
Because did I mention I’m leaving town in two days and will get back shortly before the summer semester begins? (Don’t even try it, I have mean, nosy neighbors, friends coming over, and even people staying in my house part of the time I’m gone. Plus nothing worth stealing.) So basically I need this all in by..tomorrow.
I have been playing paperwork games all day to get this done. Along with deciding I’d go with this program instead of the other option, since this one costs less than 1/5 of what the other one would cost (seriously? $1,500 a CREDIT? Get real, people!). Along with harassing the very nice secretary at the program begging her to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me make sure I get everything right.
Oh, and calling a knee specialist to set up an appointment and fielding a half-dozen calls and e-mails about Companions and tutoring for a few hours.
*pant pant pant*
Here’s to hoping I can get it all done tomorrow! You know, in the hour or two I can probably block out between volunteering and tutoring/private training/group class.
But hey, maybe the nervous, excited energy will keep me going! And then the classes I get to take look (mostly) really cool!
Oh, and I GET TO SEE MY BESTEST FRIEND IN 2 DAYS!
Yup, that’ll do it. Gotta make it to that.
Maybe I should stop blogging and get back to work.