Friday, October 4, 2013

That time I accidentally applied to Grad School...

Remember how I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was "thinking about grad school, but in a half-assed way"?

Well, I was doing research on a few different options, and I tried to send away for some more information from one school.  I was trying to find the application fee, but I couldn't see it listed anywhere.  I clicked an application link, figuring that I would fill in some information and it would ask me for my credit card information for the fee, at which point I could close the browser and walk away.

Except it didn't do any of just let me apply, for free.  Whoops.

I've been very on the fence about grad school for a long time.  Will it benefit my career?  Is it worth the cost?  Will it be too much stress for someone who considers herself very much "non-academic"?

Well, applying to grad school accidentally is one way to push yourself off the indecision fence.  Before I knew it, I was registered (Major: English. Focus: Creative Writing/Fiction), had my FAFSA turned in,  books ordered, and was beginning classes.  It was all a bit of a whirlwind.

But I see it like this: I could sit around debating grad school forever.  All I was really doing was wasting time.  I could have my Master's Degree in a minimum of 18 months.*

*It might be slightly more than 18 months for me, due to the fact I was accepted "provisionally" because my undergrad didn't use GPAs, so I can only take 1 class at a time for the first two semesters...but still.  I think it will end up taking me a total of 5 semesters, if I want to rush.  Not bad.

So yeah.  I applied to grad school by accident, which is so like me.

...of course, I didn't put that part on the letter of purpose they had me turn in later.


Maciej Piszczek said...

Maciej Piszczek said...