Let me tell you what applying to graduate school was like for the first generation college student. In so many words, it was hell.
We’re just gonna skip past the fact that I haven’t posted for like 2 months and keep going like that lapse never happened. But what I will talk about is what happened in those 2 months.
Now for those of you that do not know what a “first generation” college student is, well, it means you’re the first in your family to go and complete a college degree. I pretty much thought I was
the shit for having made it through. But nothing prepared me for being a first generation college student going to grad school. Lemme tell ya…
Searching for graduate programs: This was THE freaking worst process in my life. First off, it’s not easily searchable at all. Programs can make a huge difference by one word. You find it one day, then loose it the next.
Deadlines: start to run together, especially if they are different deadlines for the program and then the actual graduate school.
Fees: Will eat you alive. I paid a non-refundable $135 for just 2 schools I may or may not get into and may or may not attend. And these heauxs have the NERVE to not offer fee waivers for po’ folk like me!
GRE: This expensive
ass four hour long culturally biased test is not a measure of my graduate college readiness. Don’t you know this ish was $175?! For $175 I better get a snack and nap time included. Sadly, that was not the case.
Letters of recommendation: Now this wouldn’t be so bad… if they didn’t require an academic one knowing my behind has been out of school for 2 years. We’ll see how this plays out.
Transcripts: Probably the least amount of hassle.
Personal Statement: Either you have sooooo much to say about yourself or not a clue what to say. Either way it’s hard to figure out where to start. And then how to end. This statement is do-able, but definitely a challenge.
Ok, I think I’m done with my rant for now. I have one other program to apply to and then hopefully I make it to the next round of becoming America’s Next Top Grad Student. Apparently I have to go interview and such if they decide I seem good enough to get into the program.
But do know, there will be an update post about how this process is going. And after spending roughly $340 (to date) on applying to grad school (application fees, transcript fees, etc.) if I don’t get some good news, ya girl gone make the paper.
“Local College Adviser looses mind after being rejected by multiple graduate programs…” -_-