As the semester wraps up, I find myself rushing to get everything done on time and organize myself for the weeks ahead. I thought that registration would be a simple thing; and while it was for me, my friends continue to have issues with it. Some are going to be continuing to work out registration into the first week of next semester.
On top of a few back-to-back exams next week, I’m starting to look into grad schools to apply to for Spring 2015. Navigating this process isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I decided to try to find a few good grad programs in my chosen field (Masters in Social Work) that don’t require the GRE, both because of the cost of prep courses/materials and the cost of the exam itself, along with the time required to study for it. I know that skipping the GRE isn’t an option for everyone, but it definitely pays off to research some grad school options that are more tailored to your interests that might not require it. If I’d chosen Psychology for grad school, I would need the GRE, but because Social Work more closely fits my interests and is in the same ballpark, I can get by without the GRE. I highly suggest looking into skipping it.
Some sage words of advice (that I should take note of myself more often): eat breakfast, or some sort of food before noon; take a break and wander down to the shore at least once a week; and above all, cut your friends some slack. We’re all stressed out right now.
By: Shawn King