Sep. 18th, 2007

sangre_fria: (Bleach- Urahara okay heart)
And isn't that scary? Well, maybe not "scary", but it's definitely a little weird. As soon as I got home from England, it was all about applying for graduate school.

Basically, if I can manage to make a high enough score on my final exams this year, I won't have to get a Master's Degree. Which would mean jumping straight to PhD/DPhil stuff. So I've had to spend an exorbitant amount of time recently just figuring out which schools I'd like to apply to, and which departments would suit my interests best. All the applications have to be sent out this autumn, so it's certainly not something I can put off.

Of course, applying for graduate school also means taking standardized tests like the GRE, so I spent several hours last Thursday doing just that. It's a bit like the SAT, but you have to write two essays as well, and the entire test was computer-based. It's a bit of a disadvantage, since you can't skip ahead to other questions and then come back to the ones you found difficult; it's just one question at a time, which must be answered before you can move on. But I suppose I didn't mind too much, especially since I could see my score for the verbal and quantitative parts right away; and I should be receiving my essay scores soon as well.

And then there's funding. I've had to take out a loan for this year's tuition already (Welcome to the wonderful world of student debt!), so I definitely need to scrounge up some financial support for next year. Thankfully, there are some very tempting deals out there in terms of grants and scholarships, so I've been looking into those as well. Just last night, I sent in my entry to an essay contest; I somehow managed to win one of their cash prizes last year, so we'll see how I do this time. Every little bit helps, right?

So I leave again for England in exactly two weeks from today, and my main responsibility right now is to study. But on top of that, I'm also hoping to upload all of my pictures from my summer trips. I might be able to do a little of that today, even; we'll see. Oh, and I'm going to take a Friday night off before I leave and sneak off to Halloween Horror Nights; there's no way I'm missing that.

I know that I've been a bit out of the loop lately, but I really hope everyone's been doing well and enjoying the last bit of their summer and/or the start of the new semester. ♥

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