Monthly Archives: September 2009

Taking the GRE

Last week I took a practice GRE test and I did horribly!  But it’s because I haven’t been studying at all.  September just came and went.  And guess what?  I’m not prepared!  But I’m gonna haul ass for the first three weeks of October until my test (October 23rd) and then forget about it.  This test blows.

Feeling the Slump

I’m constantly in writing workshops.  I’m constantly looking through my work and revising it.  I receive feedback.  I never take it personal.  I take what makes sense and get rid of the superfluous.  I know this is what a writer has to endure.  Then why am I feeling the slump?  Am I even meant to be a writer?  Is this what I’m supposed to be doing?  Am I even a Good writer?  Will people even read and enjoy my work?  Should I just throw in the towel and go back to film production where I didn’t write a thing?  What is this magic that everyone has that I feel I’m lacking?  I could just be feeling anxious.  Scared.  Even a little defeated.  But this is a good thing, right?  I can Write through this.  I’m sure there’s a point in every writer’s life when he/she is rejected and feels like throwing in the towel.  I’m not ready to give up.  I’m just feeling it because there are so many great writers out there.  But what good will it do me to compare myself to others?  Nothing!!  So screw that.  I’m in for the win.

On to my next story…

MFA Creative Writing Handbook

I devoured this book in one sitting and now I feel petrified!

I looked at the categories of schools in the handbook based on Tier 1, 2, and 3.  Most of the schools I’m looking at are Tier 1 schools.  What if I don’t get accepted to any of those schools?  They are Really Good schools! Brown, Syracuse, University of Texas at Austin, University of California, Irvine, and the University of Massachusetts.  Am I seriously in Over My Head?  These are great because of faculty, curriculum, and funding, right?  Well, I have four schools I want to attend in San Francisco but their funding sucks!  I guess I should worry about these things until I’ve actually applied, huh?

Right now, research the schools thoroughly, work on my submission, the GRE, and those personal statements.  But I’m thinking about it this way.  It’s only going to be intense until November.  Then I’ll have sent off those applications and just relax until I hear good or not so good news in the Spring.

Until then, I have to be on point with scheduling and of course, contacting recommenders on time.  Oh grad school applications. How fun.

GRE testing websites and scholarships

I finished perusing the GRE book I have and now I am committing myself to studying math because I’m terrible at it.  I’m not too scared about taking it and doing horribly but I do want a Decent score.

I got links!

First link:  The Princeton Review website

http://www.princetonreview.com/ – You should create a usernname and password (totally free) and you can register for a free practice test in your hometown.  It’s neat because you take the CAT test in timed environment so you know how to pace yourself once you take the real thing.  Additionally, there are other strategy free classes you can also register for.  Key word here? FREE!

Second link: The Kaplan Website (same people that also have classes for the SAT and the GRE)

http://www.kaptest.com/practice – Kaplan also offers free classes and practice tests for the GRE.  I signed up for a Math Boot Camp taking place next week and its free!  It’s really helpful to know there are more resources than just the GRE books available.  Key word again? FREE

Last but not least third link:  Top Grad School website

http://www.topuniversities.com/gradschool – The website is very helpful for information about graduate schools but also gives prospective students the opportunity to register for a graduate school fair to have some face time with some of the representatives in their school of choice.  A nice perk?  Just by attending the graduate school fair, you are entered in the opportunity to receive a scholarship to your school of choice/acceptance.  It doesn’t hurt so do it! I’m gonna!