Thursday, 7 October 2010

Finding Some ME Time...




Finding a balance beam is so exhilarating! My friend and I took turns jumping!



I finally found a really nice ballet teacher who was willing to teach me.


But what I had signed up as a form of relaxation and joint-strengthening was a little stressful. Why? I was stressing about ballet because I had to get it just right.



But I made up my mind that I was going to just enjoy the dance and forget about the technique. Because eventually, with repeated lessons, the technique would perfect itself.

And I think I had my best session ever.





Me time...




And today was about the most gorgeous an Autumn can get. So I packed my stuff and headed to the pier by the river that runs through the university and plopped down to enjoy the sun. I kicked off my shoes and played with the water and just...did nothing else.



There is something very calming about being surrounded by nothing but water and geese...




I think I finally found my perfect balance in university. As much as volunteer work and a carefully planned routine keeps my universe in check and keeps me relaxed, I realised I forgot one component all this while.



I forgot to do something every week that was selfishly just mine. Something that is just me spoiling myself with ME-time.

And I think I found it with some dance and some solitary walking...


Saturday, 2 October 2010

Applying for Grad School is like Taking a Course...



I have come to the conclusion that applying for graduate school (well, I speak for Psychology, anyway) is like taking a course in university. There is just so much work to do!


You have to first decide which university you want to apply to, and then decide which program and professor and/or lab within that university you want to apply to. Then you have to figure out the requirements of that university, program, specific lab/professor. Then you have to figure out if that professor is accepting students for that year.



Then you have to write your GREs (Graduate Record Examinations), then you have to write your Statement of Interest, then you have to find 2 (or 3 or 4) current professors and/or professional referees (depending on the program you're applying for) who would write you good recommendation letters and whom you have to follow up on as a reminder, because they have to send those letters in signed and sealed.

Then you apply for scholarships which means you want to make sure you have good research experience and background...



My goodness! No wonder people say you have to think about graduate school very early on! How are you supposed to do all this when you have only a few months before you graduate? You can't gain much research experience in a couple of months, for starters.



So, people, plan...Plan WAY ahead...

Boy, am I suddenly glad I am not planning to go to grad school immediately after graduation...I'm only doing half the workload (to know what I am in for when I do apply) and already I feel all-a-flutter...