Monday, November 15, 2010


I am on the floor with three Internet tabs open. On one is my application for Chapel Hill, the other is Facebook where I am chatting with some lovely moms who help keep me sane, and on the other this. All around me are lists. One is for my graduate school applications. Where things need to be sent. What things need to be sent. One is for H's graduate school applications. Same stuff as my list. The last is everything I need to do for work. I should have one for the kids should be doing.

Tonight before I go to bed, I need to:
scan into my computer: sample writing paper, CV, transcripts.
type CV
modify SOP for Duke and Chapel Hill

Work with Umberto on this Thanksgiving lapbook
Work with Camille on her final wolf project
Grade Writing Assignments for my class.
Read for the class I am sitting in on.

It makes me want to cry, or go hide, or maybe drink a beer. I am immobilized by the sheer amount of what needs to be done.

When I read that my GRE score is quite a bit lower than what Duke normally accepts, it makes me wonder if this stress is really worth it. Crippling self-doubt is the worst motivator.


rhiannon said...

I don't know what the rest of Duke does, but I can tell you that while we look at GRE scores, they're not the be-all, end-all. If the scores are *so* low that we can tell you wouldn't be able to read basic English or do basic math, we might not give someone much of a look. But if the scores are a little below what we usually accept, we will still most certainly look at the application and see what that person has to offer. We know some people don't test well, or may have had a bad day. And we don't want one day out of someone's life to be the deciding factor of what the rest of their life looks like. So we use the GRE scores as only one part of the whole.

Ginger As in Green Tea... said...

I have no idea how it's done in Religious Studies. I suspect it is a filter though. I'm thinking that if they get 500 applications a year, the people who make the ultimate decisions are not going to look over all of them.

just sucks. My score is respectable but not high. I'm concerned that my application is not even going to make it through the first round.

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