Friday, September 24, 2010
Applying for grad school is not nearly as fun as it sounds
And so many of these schools require online submissions, which seems easier than paper applications, but it isn't. Not if you have 13 schools you want to apply to, and have to tell each of your recommenders to go to 13 different websites.
And finally, the application fee itself is pretty upsetting. And knowing that in addition to that, I have to pay to take the GRE, then pay for copies of that, and then potentially pay my school to send copies of my transcript (not sure if I can even send as many as I need to yet. Sigh). It will cost me 610 dollars in application fees alone, in a field that gaurentees little financial security. I'm honestly considering taking a second job to pay for these application fees. Which could actually be my only job soon as I lose my current one. More information on that later, I guess.
At the same time, this cost is paltry in comparison to what I stand to save by having multiple options of schools to attend. You know. Assuming I get in to any of them. A little bleak, maybe, but it's a little difficult to get excited about a 600+ dollar hole in my pocket.