No Regrets

February 6, 2014




Just when I thought I couldn’t get any busier, I decided to add the task of retaking the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) next week. For those of you who don’t know, this is the standardized test (like the SAT) for big kids that want to go to graduate school.


Why am I doing this the week before all my applications are due?


(Sigh) It’s a long story.

I first took the GRE in 2010 before I had any clue what I wanted to do in terms of my career. I studied for it a bit, but I am not the best standardized test taker and my scores were less than mediocre. Depending on the program/school you apply to, they may not care what your GRE scores are (they just want to see that you made the effort to take it).

Fast forward four years when I am actually applying to programs and I come to find out that my scores aren’t going to cut it. This week I was told by one of the program’s I am applying to go that I would maybe get in with my current scores but it’s going to come down to who else applies. This is my worst nightmare. I did not work my tail off for the past 3 years to have it come down to “chance” based on who else applies.

I knew in the back of my mind this was the weakest portion of my application and that it would be something I could improve upon in the next year if I don’t get in. But then I came to the realization: What do I have to lose by retaking it now?


I have nothing to lose and I made the decision last night to take it again next week.


This may sound crazy (and it is, considering I still have to put the finishing touches on my DICAS application along with doing all my homework) but I refuse to go down without a fight. Sure, there is the risk my score may go down. But this time around I am more motivated, dedicated, and confident in my testing abilities.

I first took the GRE before I went back to school and developed my analytical test-taking abilities. I’ve strengthened my critical thinking skills substantially over the past three years and I’m much better at taking tests than I ever have been. I know that it is just one more hurdle to jump over, and I’m willing to take the risk.


So I’m signing off for the next few days since I will be busy reviewing quadratic equations and the Pythagorean theorem in between working on projects for school. I promise to recap this crazy application process as soon as it is all over.


This week has been a true test of my patience and dedication both personally and professionally, but I’m not giving up anytime soon. Bring it on life!


Wish me luck!



  • Lisa @ The Skinny on Health

    Good luck girl! I remember taking the GRE…bleh!

    Luckily, I know nutrition grad programs hold more of an emphasis on grades and essays than GRE scores, so don’t stress it too much!! You’ll do great. If you can handle a dietetics program biochem & science, you can handle some algebra and vocab!!

    Looking forward to hearing how it goes!!


  • Anel

    I remeber taking the GRE! Take big breaths; you will be fine! Good luck!!

  • Em

    Huge huge good luck, I am sure this time your score will be fab. Hope you’ve got enough energy to get you through all that work. x

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater

    Good luck girl! I am not the best at standardized tests so I feel you on that but, like you said, you are much better prepared this time around! Wishing you the best <3

  • Elle | nutritionella

    Okay, I too had VERY mediocre GRE scores. Obviosusly I toke them twice and did worse the second time around. Probably because I was so nervous the night before I had to take a Benadryl to sleep! Honestly, I don’t think the admissions committee even looked at those scores. Obviously this is easier to say in retrospect but, I mean, if the only non-stellar thing about a candidate is a mediocre test score, do you really make that the deciding factor? I certainly wouldn’t. And I think the admissions committee knows enough not to either. I’m happy you’ve decided to go for it again but if it doesn’t have the outcome you’re hoping for, please please please don’t fret! You are so fabulous any school would be stupid not to accept you. :) 

  • Lauren

    That’s exciting, Kathryn! :) Way to be brave and challenge yourself. Have some extra dark chocolate and coffee for studying :)

  • Mandie Marie @ The Fruitful Turtle

    Good Luck !!! I agree with the comment above…if you can get through biochem, you can get through the GRE :) Don’t forget to eat some dark chocolate almonds and go to hot yoga for a mini break :)

  • Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    Good luck!! I’m sure you’ll do great! I have to take the GRE at some point too, so pass along any tips you have :)

  • Jazial @ Foxy Fresh

    Good luck!! I’m sure you can do it x

  • Leigha @ Minougirl

    Best of luck!! With all your determination I’m sure you’ll rock it!

  • Claire

    Good luck! I took the GRE twice, and I am an awful standardize test taker, I scored the same both times. The anxiety really gets me! But I agree with Elle, that the GRE score is not the only factor that determines a well-rounded candidate for a dietetic internship. I’m sure you’ll really shine through in all other aspects of the application. One of my professors always told us that the personal statement is the one area where we can be “human” and really tell our story. Because my GRE score was less than average, I really tried to make up for it in that area and hoped that internship directors would get a glimpse of who I was and my passion for the field. Good luck with finishing up DICAS, it’s a stressful time but such a great feeling when you finally click “submit!”

  • Brooke

    What programs are you applying to? Just curious, one of my friends is applying to a program in Tennessee and they told her something similar.

  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey

    You got this, girl!! I studied for the GRE while working full time the year after I graduated, and I remember what a struggle it was. I suck at math, so that was the hardest part for me, but studying really does help, and I took it once, did well enough, and hopefully will get into grad school myself at some point! My biggest tip to you would be PRACTICE TESTS ON THE COMPUTER!! It is COMPLETELY different doing it with pencil and paper, and I really regret not doing it on the computer. Just something simple like having to use that stupid calculator on the computer screen slows you down, so you need to see what it’s going to be like and adjust accordingly. Good luck!

  • brittany @ Proteinandpumps

    Good luck! I’m taking mine in April and I’m dreadddding it. HATE standardized tests.

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