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Blue Skies

 

I got a lot of good photos from Keukenhof.

I got a lot of good photos from Keukenhof.

I finally did it, I finished all of my personal statements today. Four out of five of my graduate school applications have been submitted (I need my fall grades for the last), I just need to make sure that all of my letters of recommendation are sent and compile three packets to send off and I am done with my applications completely. 

Once finals are done I am going to do the application for Teach For America since it is supposed to not take as long as graduate school applications. 

I will just need to slowly recover from all of the lovely fees associated with all of the applications.

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Nearing the End

 

Redwoods are particularly tall trees.

Redwoods are particularly tall trees.

It is close to the end. Next week is finals week but more importantly I should have all of my applications for graduate school finished by next weekend.

I have submitted my application to the University of British Columbia and ordered all of the transcripts and test scores for all of my Universities. I need to finish my personal statements for four more Universities, fill out some minor forms (like GPA calculations) and get those letters of recommendation in and I am done. The hardest part will be ensuring that all of my recommenders write, finish and submit the letters on time.

The end is close, I can feel it.

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Tivoli is more fun then graduate applications.

Tivoli is more fun then graduate applications.

One of the challenging aspects of applying to graduate school is not the application or the tests or the overwhelming sense of unknown (it could be a variable sense or even a mild perturbative feeling) rather the keeping it all organized. At first I tried to keep everything in individual folders but soon found that a lot of information is not a document but text.

For keep ideas organized, especially for my personal statement, I used a FreeMind, which I mentioned before. The other two important organizational tools has been my mail client (Apple Mail, but Thunderbird would also work) and a note organizational program such as MacJournal.

Within my note program I found it best to organize two ways: the first is a file for each University and the second is for each requirement. For instance my Personal Statement file has what each University needs for its personal statement and related notes. For the University files I list all of the e-mails I have sent and notes of professors that I want to contact. 

Luckily my program also has color coding of the files for easy recognition for what needs to be done.

Overall these programs have helped in organization and from there they have helped in the entire process.

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