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Graduate School

As most people around me know, I have always wanted to go to graduate school. This has something that I have thought about for a long time.  I always assumed it was the naturally the next step for most people my age. You go to college, get a degree, and go to graduate school. When I was younger I thought that college somehow turned into graduate school and that there was a certain test that you would take and if you failed it you were done for, like forever.

When I made the decision to change my major to English-Literature. I decided that graduate school was still in the plan. I have always wanted to get my PH.D. and that title of Dr. in front of my last name. I think mostly that because my dad holds a doctorate in psychology. I wanted to be just like him. I remember at a young age at church, going to say hello to one of my friend’s father, who has a Ph.D. in music and directly saying,”Hello, Dr. C”. Titles hold an importance to me.

As I look at graduate schools, right now I try not to think how much it is going to cost but programs that I might enjoy and want to be apart of. I might just secretly want to get an EGSA digest email (English graduate student association at Private University; I spend the majority of time creeping on them and observing them from a far in the Writing Center) and that could be one of my reasons for going to graduate school.

List as of right now of the plan of action:

1. Fall 2013/ Early Spring 2014- Take GRE class offered through the Alumni Association/ Check with More Than a Teacher Test Prep in Austin 

2. Fall 2013/ Early Spring 2014- Continue to look at graduate programs and narrow down search to programs that I know I can get into

List of Schools Right Now 

1. Baylor University (also know as Private University, attending now) 

2. Boston University (a great school for English and American Lit.) 

3. Washington University in St. Louis (as a great school for English and American Lit., provides funding)

3. Spring 2014- Investigate Fellowships and Funding

4. Spring 2014- Start working on personal statement and organizing a 15-20 page writing sample (editing/ making it perfect to wow) 

5. Late Spring 2014/ Early Fall 2014- Take GRE (once in the Spring and in the Fall; evaluate scores as they come in) 

6. Early Fall 2014- Letters of Recommendation (3), make sure resume/ CV is prepared correctly (can start working on this now), polish personal statement

7. Fall 2014- Finish applications (dates unknown)/ start sending off applications 

8. Fall 2014/ anytime- look into possible jobs just in case the whole plan of action gets thrown out the window. Have a back up plan of action in place.

9.  Fall 2014/ Spring 2015- Look into funding, financial packages, file necessary forms, and wait. 

10. Spring 2015- Get accepted/ back up plan of action in place/ take a deep breath

11. Spring 2015- Graduate (time to celebrate) 

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Morning Routine

My morning routine usually starts around 8, that is when I decided that I need to get up for classes usually a good two hours before my first class even starts. The first thing that I do is I make coffee or I get ready and buy the coffee. Either way I have a cup of coffee in the morning and some type of breakfast food. Every monday since last semester I have had a bagel (everything, toasted with cream cheese). Since my friend and I usually meet for bagels for monday but this semester cannot because our schedules are super busy and somehow mornings just don’t work out.

This morning, I decided to get my usually bagel and make my coffee. I am sitting in the science building before class and eating my bagel like a regular college student in my usually spot because it remains me of a cafe and I sit and check email/ Facebook/ blogs/ everything that I do on my computer. I am sitting and checking email this morning and a tour group comes in right as I am about to put a piece of bagel in my month and they are all awkwardly staring at me. I am watching them and they are watching me as they listen to the tour guide talk.

They have also destroyed my morning, in which in about ten minutes I will be over but still. I thought I was going to have a leisure morning of eating my bagel and drinking my coffee.

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Where I sit

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Get Off The Tracks

I am in love with this Civil War song that we listened to in my History of American Popular Music class. We started to talk about songwriters around the time of the Civil War, what was popular then. What people were writing about.

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The Hutchison Family (in my notes: “Before there was Bob Dylan, or Peter, Paul, and Mary (which is a band and not referring to people from the Bible)

The Hutchison Family used music as a form of protest in order to bring light to social issues. They were a Baptist family from New Hampshire. They wrote about temperance, woman’s right to vote, slavery, and were in support of Lincoln. They fit their words to the melody meaning that they took other tunes and fit them to their lyrics. Copyright laws apparently did not exist, yet. They also toured with Frederick Douglas on his tours of what was really like to be a slave.

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Still Learning

I got a job, well I have had it for a while now. I am starting to be allowed to work by myself, in which I am completely terrified. I still feel that I am not the best person for the job. We got an email today that the burner that I was using yesterday was not turned off all the the way. I just emailed the professor I worked for and was like “Hey, I think that it is my fault that it got left on and that it won’t happen again.” I said. it a lot differently. He emailed me back and was like “It’s ok, no one was hurt and I know that you are still learning and don’t let this happen again.”

It was still one of those moments that I am remind myself that I am not cut out for this job. I am not really sure what I am doing half the time. I know how to put away jars and lids.I don’t know how to do the chemical stuff. I can put stuff in the machine to clean it and take it out and wash dishes. I am still learning, I guess.

I also just changed my major to being an English major, hopefully doing something with American Lit. in the future. I might enjoy British Lit. over American and decided to go that way but other then that  I have a basic understanding on what I want to do. I know I still what to get my PH.D. and go to graduate school. I love school way to much, not to do it. I love everything about books and having real conversations about books (fiction and reality brush together but never really touch (from the movie, The Words)). There is still going to be a lot of work that needs to be done. In terms of grammar, developing my ideas, paragraph structure, how to write a wonderful transition without it being awkward, how to write beautiful conclusions (mine are slightly odd most of the time.), past and present tenses. Things I do well, I write amazing introduction paragraphs and at times I have these moments of genius thoughts. (Hint: The Road).

We talked a lot in my English class about the quest for King Arthur and the Holy Grail (Grail Narratives) and I wish I had the article in front of me. Just pulled it up, I could considering King Arthur to be a Grail Narrative. It talks more about Perceval and the Fisher King. I don’t really know what I am talking about.

Also I have been looking at Boston University: American Literature and English program. It seems perfect for me right now. It has been added to the list of possible places to go for graduate school.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

the view from my mat

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I’m a sucker for all sorts of Youtube videos. Most especially but not limited to: Youtube videos involving, adorable dogs, adorable cats, adorable exotic animals doing unexpected things, children laughing like adults, people being surprised by their loved ones, people being scared nearly to death by their loved ones jumping out at them, Charlie biting his brother’s finger, and inspirational videos.

My post today is concerned mostly with this last one, but don’t get me wrong, I’d be just as happy with a puppy chasing his rear end.

When this particular video cropped up on more than 5 of my friends’ Facebook walls I decided it was time to jump on the band wagon and take a little looksie at the Kid President Pep Talk.

And having taking the 3 plus minutes to watch it I came to one conclusion: This little fellow is bomb ass. He is reminding…

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized