||[Nov. 26th, 2006|12:32 pm]
Discipula sum, literata ero... Ergo studere ibo.
I've finished my applications for Yale and Toronto. Simple enough, although Yale's financial information section was an absolute nightmare. (Why am I applying to Yale? No idea...) Toronto's application was blessedly trouble-free and straightforward. If the university is half as efficient as their application, I could be a very happy student there. |
But I know how likely that is. I've been in enough universities in my time to know bureaucracy wins out over efficiency every time.
I'm trying to do one application per day while I'm working on my dissertation. Then I'll use December to gather everything together and start sending things off in January. (Except Yale... again, Yale causes problems. That's due in January 2. So I'll have to try to get that done in America. And I have yet to build up the courage to ask my third recommender for LORs, because I haven't been his student for four years now, and I feel bad asking him. But I've really only had two professors here who are appropriate to write recs for me, and nobody at Ole Miss knew who I was [except Valentina, but that's not really a good source of a recommendation for studying 12th century history].)
Three done, that feels pretty good. Just five more to go (since I finished Cambridge already... and St. John's isn't any hurry -- I probably won't bother to do that until early next year... so four more to go). Kalamazoo, Notre Dame (*gulp*), Leeds, Fordham.
I just want this to be over. The suspense won't be as bad as trying to figure out what the hell they want me to put in random text box number 64381043.
The weird thing is, I hear all these people talking about how hard it is for them to fill out their applications, how much they stress out over it. I don't do that. Is that strange? I just fill out the information as best I can and send them off. If it's not what they want, then it's not what they want, and I try again next year. Is it really so difficult to write a statement of purpose? I know what I want to do, and that's what I tell them. It's worked so far -- I've only been turned down by one university in my time, and that was NYU, which I didn't expect to get into anyway, because there was nothing there that I really wanted to study; I was 18 and thought it might be nice to live in New York, so not really a strong foundation there. (Then again, if I don't get into any schools this year, my plan is to go live in New York for awhile... so I guess some things never change. I just can't shake Stephen McCauley's idea that everyone lives in New York at some point in their lives.)