Well, as I had mentioned before, I am currently in the process of applying to graduate schools for my Master’s degree in chemistry, and it is surely stressful.
First off, let me rant about the GRE exam as it’s a very important component for graduate schools in the United States. Personally, I don’t like the exam because it cost a whopping $195 with no guarantee of success. Months after months of preparation in material I have not seen since high school didn’t quite motivate me in any which way. However, I attempted the exam and didn’t do as bad as I thought I would.
Secondly, lets talk about the obvious graduate admission essay. I think I spent nearly two months in the front of my computer trying to figure how to “woo” the graduate committee into accepting me as a student. This is another stressful component of applying to graduate schools as it can display so much about a person. Trying to explain how much I loved chemistry and how I have proven myself worthy of studying for a graduate degree was no easy task.
Next, I found the letters of recommendations to be a daunting task for me. I had this one professor, that took near 3 months to write me a letter. It was actually worrying me at times trying to figure out what he actually thought of me as a student.
Lastly, my major stress factor was financing all these applications. I never knew how expensive school was until now, well, when money was not available. Applications were priced from anywhere between $40 to $100.
So, after all the applications I have completed I am think I am really in a good position thus far, however, in the meantime, I am enjoying my time at the local bars for some light drinking.