January 3, 2008

Chris Harris: College Graduate

It may have come a dozen or so years late, but I am officially a college graduate.

The Final Score:


Final GPA: 3.425

It's been a while since I updated this, so I guess I should let you all know now. I got into graduate school. Yep, I got in. Not into a Ph.D. program, mind you.

I'm starting an MPA program at Rutgers-Camden later this month. It's one of those five-year joint BA/MPA deals that schools are offering these days, and it's one that I didn't even know about until a couple of weeks ago.

Although I still have a Ph.D. as my ultimate goal, I feel as though this is my best option now.

Oh yeah, I took the GRE this afternoon.

550 Verbal
590 Quantative


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November 8, 2007

The Grad School Chronicles: Lack of Motivation

In about seven weeks, I'll officially be a college graduate.... At least I think I will.

The last semester.... Haven't done much of anything -- haven't had to... And really don't want to.

No job... Two easy classes... All carefully planned, years in advance; all focusing on one goal: get into grad school.

But all this excess inventory of leisure time has come at a price. Since I haven't had to do much of anything, I haven't done much of I should be doing. (i.e. filling out grad school applications)

For three years I've worked my tail off towards this. All the meaningless classes, all the train rides into Camden, all the long overnight shifts at a certain retail establishment that shall remain nameless. All of it has been for this specific moment in time. To prove -- if only for own selfish reason -- that I CAN, and that the first thirty years of my life did NOT go to waste.

Am I about to piss it all away just because I'm too damn lazy to write a few essays?

ADD? Yes! ADD, that's it! That's the reason why I'm unmotivated. Blame it on some mental disorder that I never knew I had until a few years ago. But, do I really want to go back on the meds just so I can concentrate on grad school? Am I physically able to take the stress of amphetamines? Am I mentally able to to the stress of amphetamine psychosis?

Anyway, I just got my letters of recommendation sorted out, and I've signed up for a GRE prep class. But then again, that was the easy part. I still have three months to write the essays. Can I do it?... Will I do it? And more importantly, when all is said and done, will all the troubles have even been worthwhile?


October 17, 2007

The Grad School Chronicles: My Mock-GRE results.

Verbal: 470
Quantitative: 480

I guess that's what I get for taking a fake entrance exam cold turkey. But 480 in the math section? Umm, wow. I thought I had a 600 easily, but I guess not.

Good thing this is only a practice test.

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