Doctoring my Vacation Away

No, I'm not sick.

Perhaps sick in the head, but that's a different story.

I am on vacation this week and have officially started the PhD application process. Yesterday I spent quite a few hours in organizational preparation. Digging through old files to find dusty copies of ancient transcripts. Collecting a variety of office supplies such as file folders, stickies, and a label maker. Finding and bookmarking the online application websites and program application checklist sites. Digging through the kitchen junk drawer to find the GRE report sheet from 6 months ago. Collecting contact information for jobs and folks writing recommendations.

Today I had my GRE scores sent to all the schools I'm applying to and have been busily filling out the online applications. I found a few things online that were very helpful that I thought I'd share…

First, a GPA calculator. The one linked below from Iowa State will calculate your overall and major GPAs for your whole college experience and/or for the last two years. I had to do all four calculations for various applications.

Second, a tool that counts both the number of words and characters. I misread one application section thinking I had 320 words to explain my various jobs. Nope… 320 characters. Do you have any idea how hard it is to narrow something down that far? Of course you do. You've already been there.

Tomorrow I plan to get transcripts ordered and get a good start on my personal statement. After that I need to revise my resume, tinker with my writing sample, and get packets together for the people writing my recommendations.

Wow. Written in a list like that it does not seem so bad. I'll come back and revisit that statement in a few days as I'm using the word count tool to revise and revise and revise my personal statement for each school. Fun!

From my good friends at I Can Has Cheeseburger Plz…


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6 thoughts on “Doctoring my Vacation Away

  1. Good luck! A PhD in what degree? I have ben thinking about going back to get my Pharm D degree once my son starts college but that taking this AntiCoAg class, I don't know if I really want to be tied down for the next 4 years or not.

  2. lol… I hear you! Some of the programs I'm looking at say to expect 5-6 years including dissertation. But, I honestly can't wait. I love being a student.My list:Carnegie Mellon – Human Computer
    InteractionCornell – Information ScienceIndiana Bloomington –
    InformaticsPenn State –
    Media EffectsQuinnipiac (Masters) – Interactive CommunicationsUConn –
    New Communication TechnologyUMCP – Human Computer Interaction

  3. Good luck with the application process!when I was applying for PhD programs (in anthropology), Cornell was one of the places I visited. Very pretty area. I almost chose it just because of that.

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