Grad School Update;

So just to keep everyone in the loop, I am still in the process of applying for grad school. I am applying to three different schools, Salem State University, the University of Vermont, and the University of Connecticut all for the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program. It’s a two year program that focuses on the history, issues, and general overview of HESA in the U.S.

I definitely found the inspiration and interest in this program and the different career paths it can lead to through working in Residence Life, so it’s kind of cool that it has had such a huge impact on my life. Don’t get me wrong though, I definitely still want to teach literature.

It’s kind of a terrifying but still really exciting process – though I can say as of right now my biggest piece of advice to anyone thinking about going through the graduate school application process while still in their undergrad – start early. I started early, and I still feel overwhelmed, so. But I can say that as of last Saturday, (10.29) I officially submitted my application to SSU and once my transcript, letters of recommendation, and all that are in, I will be under consideration.

It’s so wild that this is really my life right now, but it’s also such a great feeling to be really taking hold of something that I want and going for it. That being said, I do have two applications to finish, so you’ll catch me working to finish those by the mid-November point.

-Julie

NaNoWriMo 2016

So in an unexpected twist, I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Now for those of you who don’t know, this stands for National Novel Writing Month – November, to be precise.

What this means is that I’m attempting to write a novel in a month. 50,000 words in 30 days, which is roughly 1667 words per day.

Why am I doing this when I have about 100 other things I could be doing instead for school, work, etc?

Well, because I want to. Some people know this about me, others182 don’t, but I don’t just love to write literature papers. I have always loved creative writing. I even used to average about one novel draft per summer when I was younger and the depression wasn’t so bad. Lately I’ve been writing a lot more poetry than I ever have before, but I’ve missed my novels.

With how, relatively speaking, good of a handle I’ve had on my mental illness stuff lately, I thought that now would be a good time to try and get back into it. So far, it feels really good. Yeah, it’s only been 4 days – but I’m on track, (a little ahead actually) with my word count, I’m enjoying what I’m writing, and it’s actually giving me a really nice break from stress so far.

If you’re doing NaNo and would like to be my friend on the website, here is a link to my profile and I figured I would give y’all a weekly, maybe bi-weekly, update on my word counts:

One: 1824 words

Two: 1932 words

Three: 1683 words

Four: (so far) 2023 words (!!)

Total: 7464 words

Altogether this is the most I’ve written in quite awhile so while it may not seem like much to some, I’m really proud of myself for keeping with it so far. Honestly, the beginning and figuring out the start of the plot is always one of the hardest parts. But I’m pushing through and that’s what matters!

Are any of you trying NaNoWriMo? First time or have you done it before?

-Julie