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!