Thinking Ahead

grad

I remember one of my very first blog entries was on stress and how to cope with it; yet here I find myself, 4 weeks into the semester, stressed out. Quite ironic isn’t it?

I meant to post this a few days ago, but with everything that has been going on I haven’t had the time to relax for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. I made the mistake of picking up extra shifts at work because I thought I had the time, doing assignments hours before they were do, and spending extended hours at my lab trying to make sure I stayed ahead of the required hours. Needless to say, trying to keep up with everything has kept me running in circles.

It was also in the past week that I realized I need to figure out my future. If I intend on planning to grad school and beginning the year after I graduate, I need to apply by December of this year. I know what you’re thinking, I still have 9 months to do this. It isn’t that simple. To apply to grad school in psychology, which is what I’m thinking of doing, you need 3 reference letters, lab experience, certain courses and to have written a thesis in your undergraduate year. I’m already at a disadvantage (in my opinion) as I’m not doing honors, rather I’m doing the equivalent, so I need to make sure I’m up to par with the honors students.

I also have yet to decide what field of psychology I want to do my graduate studies in. The first question is research or clinical? I’m pretty sure clinical but I need to put more thought into it. Then I have to decide – social psychology, developmental psychology, child psychology, the list goes on. Luckily, for this I still have some time to figure it out. Next, I have to apply for a research/seminar course next semester in order to write my thesis before I graduate, I need to hope I get accepted or I have to look for a Plan B.

On top of all this, I have to do the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) which is required for grad school. I had no idea I had to do this, I never even heard of this exam until other psychology students were mentioning that they needed to take it. I decided to look into what it was, and sure enough, it is required for grad school.

Needless to say, I have a lot I need to figure out if I wish to pursue grad school and I need to figure it out soon. I plan to talk to a psychology advisor as soon as possible, and if you relate to anything I’ve written here, then I suggest that you do the same. I plan to cut back on my hours at work, and start making time to plan everything out accordingly (with time to relax). Here’s to hoping everything goes well.

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