What to Do When Your Dream Rejects You

so as some of you may know, I got rejected from my last grad school last week. So I made a list of ways to cope

  1. Cry

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2. Tell your friends so they can tell you how awesome you are anyway I love y’all

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(and they can hug you when you cry)

3. Cry some more (it’s your dream – you’re 100% allowed to be really upset)

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4. Pull yourself together and come up with a new (and improved) game plan:

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In all seriousness though friends, being rejected is hard – especially when it’s from what you think you’re supposed to be doing with your life. How you move forward and reconcile will go on to make the next few days, weeks, months, or years, a lot harder or easier.

I’ve chosen to put grad school on hold for the moment – maybe I need more experience. So I’m going to work on my book, (thanks mom – I pretty much have the most supportive parents) and try to get experience working with some non-profits in the Detroit/A2/(and eventually) Toledo area that support and raise awareness for literacy, education, stuff like that.

But for now, I’m still a senior trying to graduate.

-Julie

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So it’s Been Awhile (V-Log 12.6.16)

Hello friends!

So this blog has been on the backburner for the past few months, and I really am sorry about that because it isn’t something I want to stop doing as I enjoy it a lot. But life has been incredibly hectic with NANOWRIMO, (which I finished!!) scrambling to make sure everything gets done for my grad school applications, (easier said than done) and finishing this second-to-last-semester of undergrad as strongly as possible.

That being said, with finals and then break coming up, I should have a lot more time to write and share with you all and I’m really looking forward to it! In the meantime, please enjoy this v-log!

Julie

P.S. yes I did cut off all my hair and I love it!

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

Planning for Grad School: Part 1

Applying to Grad school is kind of like applying to undergrad but 100x worse because you don’t have high school counselors breathing down your neck, or colleges actively looking at you vs. frantically googling on your own in the dead of night, and don’t even get me started on how intimidating the GRE is, (also – why is standardized testing still a thing?).

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Regrettably, there is nothing I can do about it but suck it up and get it done because at this point, grad school is my only option and I would love to get into the best one that will pay me the most and give me a great position as a GA, (graduate assistant). As much as I am frustrated at times by my job in housing, I would prefer to get a GA position within that context because I know that’s going to be the best fit for all the skills and strengths I’ve been working on for the past year or so through working in housing and with my residents.

All that being said though, this whole applying to college again thing is kind of my own personal circle of hell, (though this has nothing on Dante’s inferno).

Thankfully, I have a few months left till applications are due.

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