Finally settled on the decision to get into graduate school or die trying. 🙂
My three biggest tasks are:
1) Completing this final semester with strong grades
2) Studying for the GRE
3) Editing / polishing my poetry portfolio sample
I’m also working on other odds and ends, such as requesting letters of recommendation, finalizing my list of schools, etc. So far I’m looking at:
Ohio State University
Past that…I’m not sure. Iowa Writer’s Workshop? It’s the most prestigious program in the country, but if I did manage to get in…well, it’s Iowa. Enough said.
New York University? Some random low-residency program in Maine where I can enjoy a coastal landscape and cheap seafood? Who knows…suggestions welcome.
I’m also welcoming any advice / tips / encouragement from anyone who has taken the GRE. I’m just taking the general exam, by the way, as that’s all most programs seem to require. The fact that I’m going to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts (Poetry) means my math portion score doesn’t really matter so I’m not even really going to study for it, but am going to focus mainly on the Verbal portion, which is essentially vocabulary.
I already picked up Barron’s 800 Essential Words for the GRE and am several units in. Some words are easy / familiar and some are absolutely alien. Even if I never make it into grad. school I think this is a great thing to do and am enjoying it quite a bit.
Anyway. It’s Saturday, and we all know what that means.