Sunday, January 25, 2009

seeing clearly and walking forward

i know i've been quiet this week, my friends. hopefully my last post was one to savor and has kept you satisfied. whatever have i been up to, you ask?

oh, just writing, writing, research and more writing.

i will now officially announce i am applying to graduate school! the application is due by the first of february, so this next week is more writing, editing and then probably more editing. the essay is the hardest part, especially since everything i have read on the subject of grad school entrance essays say it is the only thing i have any control over that will help me stand out from the pack.

if only i knew how big of a pack i had to beat. no, scratch that. knowing the competition would make no difference. a brilliant essay, with my experiences, reasons, goals and highest hopes all mashed in to one single page -must be written.

the financial aid experts assure me that i can indeed borrow enough through federal loans to finance the whole degree. my hope is to begin school full time this summer and then in about two years, graduate and be ready for a much more successful job search.

while in school, i'll keep my part time job managing the apartments where i live, it is a great gig. and i will do a little jewelry on the side. and from now until june? i hope and pray that with all my intentions lined up, that the universe will conspire to deliver enough jewelry sales to see me through.

the school i've chosen is lewis and clark college. the degree is a master of education in school counseling. all signs point in this direction. i have cleared the mist and focused my intention.

my target is in sight.

ok, back to writing.

5 comments:

Sondra said...

Good for you, Tay,
We're behind you 100%. Let us know what we ( your viewers/commentors/ Friends) can do to help at any time.
Think "outside the box" for your essay. Think Visual? to set yourself apart.
Sending love,

Nortehanon said...

Hi Tay,
That is good news!
I wish you the best in your endeavors.
And I wish you luck on your essay.

Warm greetings from my side of the world.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Hi darling Tay,
I hope this email finds you well. I think that graduate school is a great idea! But pls, pls apply to more than just one school. I know that applications are expensive but I am concerned about your putting all your eggs in one basket.

xo
m
PS I saw the most beautiful stones yesterday (2 sets). I wondered if I bought them whether you might be able to make some custom earrings for me. Would that be possible? They are largish and sort of irregularly faceted.

Tay said...

Thanks so much for your support, my friends! Yesterday I thought my head would explode working on this essay.

M~ there are only 2 schools with this program here in Portland, so that limits my choice. I really want to go to a smaller school like Lewis & Clark for grad school, vrs. the large state university. And with such a short time frame to prepare my application, the other school also required sitting for GRE exams before application and there was no time...this all has happened in the past 2 weeks. So, please cross your fingers, my dear...

Meg an Aggie in Frisco said...

Good Luck Tay! I have a positive feeling when reading your post... You will be a blessing to thoes kids

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