So I’m SUPPOSED to be telling you about the shows my husband and I have screened for the girls, or how fabulous my Memorial Day shopping was, or how I’m in the midst of planning our wedding anniversary trip or forgoing that and picking out a really nice anniversary gift but instead…I’ve decided to tell you that…
I am applying to graduate school…
to earn my PhD.
“Wow…that’s totally cool” You you say…slightly uncomfortable by “my” intense gaze.
Yes, it is cool, but since my husband just finished up his PhD less than a year ago, I know how much dedication, sacrifice and attention a PhD demands. Rose-colored glasses have I none, when it comes to earning a PhD.
You know, I’m really passionate about what I want to study; I already study my chosen field in my spare time and have for years.
I’ve actually been thinking about getting my PhD since 2008, but you know how life is…I got married, had children, had operations, attended art school, started a business, et cetera, et cetera, and so forth, so….my goal of graduate school got pushed back. And honestly, the push-back was a Godsend since I really needed that time to refine my graduate school goals and really understand how all of my interests and skills coalesced to make me the perfect candidate for this area of study.
Well….I have to take the GRE.
If you don’t know, the GRE is like the SAT but for adults.
You know, a huge math test…well there’s verbal and science and other stuff, but it really does have the feeling of being a huge math test..it feels like a 400 page, advanced algebra test…and you’ve been given no scratch paper, you have no TI-83 calculator..and NO PENCIL….
because you have to fashion your own pencil MacGuyver-style, out of the shredded dreams you find laying around the testing room.
Ok no…they let you bring a pencil, and they also give you scratch paper. And I think you can even bring a calculator now, but I’m not sure.
Anyhoo…I don’t know WHY this test is so intimidating.
I mean, I’m quite smart. I’ve always done really well in school. I guess it’s just… feels “make it or break it” with this test.
Bane of my existence.
But I’m not going to give up.
Life is hard.
And that’s why victories are so sweet…because you worked for them.
I’m going to do it.
I am going to totally decimate the GRE!
Stay tuned for updates on how I….((gulp)) study for this behemoth and how you can apply to school too; any level of schooling: high school, college, or graduate studies.
If you are thinking of going back to school, for whatever level, you can do it.
Let’s do it together.