I’m sitting here and have been staring at my “To-Do List” for my graduate school application. I have two recommendations down and one to go. I have taken the GRE. I have to write my statement of intent to submit with my writing sample, and I have to submit an essay of 500 words on the importance of a graduate school education as it relates to my career goals. I have two months from tomorrow to get my application submitted for early review.
As far as the statement of intent goes, I don’t really understand the point. I’d think the intention of most that are going to graduate school is pretty much the same…the desire for more education in a given field, taking a particular interest or focus in a given field, and gaining knowledge, tools, and skills that will make one more marketable, or, simply marketable, as an employee in a given field. Do they want to know if I’m a capable writer? I’m submitting a 25 page senior thesis. That should give them some idea of my capabilities to write, to make an argument, and support a thesis statement.
Yeah…so, I just don’t get it, but I’m going to do it. I have to do it. I’ve written two paragraphs coming to about 125-130 words. I’m shooting for another 200 words or so, and it’ll be done.
The scholarship essay is optional, but who wants to pass up the opportunity for free money?? So, I’m going to write that, too. It’ll probably end up being a flowery version of my statement of intent or something like it. We will see.
I’ve sent an email to the professor under whom I wish to study, and am looking forward to hearing from him soon. I’ve already begun reading and sifting through bibliographies. Right now there are 10 books lying around my computer, on my desk, or on my printer that are either bookmarked or are open to pages I’ve been reading. I’ve got a decent reading list put together already of 17 books, so I’ll just wait and see how it compares to the list he wants to give me when we begin meeting. Oh, and those 10 books on my desk are not counting the stack of books by my bed that I have been picking through.
I may be crazy, but I’ve missed this.