The Great Grad School Search!

A diary of my time searching for a grad school to complete my Masters of Public Health


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Excitement!!!!

Hello all,

I got into Northeastern’s Master’s Of Public Health Program!!!!!

Now I just need to graduate from Stony Brook

Woo!

I’ll keep updating this blog about resumes and stuff like that.

Love and kisses

-B

FASFA

Hey everyone! Remember to do your FASFA 

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Use the free one! Try to remember your PIN (I know I’m gonna have trouble with that), get accurate information about your finances, and don’t put your parents financial information if they aren’t paying for it! 

Any questions, feel free to ask

-B

How I feel in my last semester of undergraduate. It’s wonderful, but at the same time, I don’t know what the future holds. 
Credit to XKCD

How I feel in my last semester of undergraduate. It’s wonderful, but at the same time, I don’t know what the future holds. 

Credit to XKCD

List of finished and in progress applications

Emory University-finished

UMass Amherst-finished

UAlbany-finished

UBuffalo-finished

Boston University-finished

Stony Brook-in progress

NYU-in progress

CUNY schools-in progress

Goddard-in progress

Northeastern University-in progress

Brown University-in progress

There are more I haven’t begun, but I intend to have them all done by March 1st. It’s going to be hell a great time

-B

Work so far

So, SOPHAS is done! Yay. My recommendation for it is to NOT leave it until the last minute like I did. It’s no fun trying to pay those fees and get people to send in recommendations.

Remember, SOPHAS is only for universities that have a school of public health. There are others that have programs, but not schools. 

Stony Brook is almost done, CUNYs have been started, Goddard is in progress and almost done, Brown is in progress, missed NYU and UMichigan, but NYU still wants me to finish the application, so I guess sometimes there might be more room?

Fingers crossed. 

-B

PS-If anyone has questions, feel free to ask!

GRE Part II

So I was joking earlier when I said that my GRE was scheduled on the 14th. It’s the 13, today. 

I’m sitting here anxiously waiting to leave for my testing site. In the spirit of the task ahead, I’m going to post a few more need to know things about you and your GRE

1: The GRE is scored differently now. Analytical and Verbal are both out of 170. Writing is out of six. Therefore, a perfect score on the GRE is a 346.

You are given 4 FREE codes to send your scores to schools. So four free send offs, not bad. 

You need to arrive half an hour early and expect to stay at your testing site for five hours total. 

After this storm, then we’ll worry about getting applications done

So, best of luck to anyone taking it (I know I’ll need it!)

-B

My good friend JR and I are working on a project for one of our classes for the Health Science major. The class is Issues in Healthcare, and the project is on the political debates and our thoughts on the issues. We’re doing climate change. We have researched both sides of the argument on climate change and are about to stick our opinion on the end and be done. I am reminded of the above picture
-B

My good friend JR and I are working on a project for one of our classes for the Health Science major. The class is Issues in Healthcare, and the project is on the political debates and our thoughts on the issues. We’re doing climate change. We have researched both sides of the argument on climate change and are about to stick our opinion on the end and be done. I am reminded of the above picture

-B

GRE stuff

So, I am taking the GRE on November 14th.

Wooo-not.

So, in the spirit of test taking, I’m going to share the resources I’m using to help my followers along the way. 

http://www.english-test.net/gre/   This is my vocab site. Love it! You can just take vocab test after vocab test. It scores you and lets you know the right answer if you get it wrong. It’s nice and simple. I personally hate rote memorization, so this is a fun format for me.

http://www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/gre/index.htm   This is the math site I use. I suck at math. This is nice because it lays out how to do each problem at the end. It also give helpful tips for the exam.

In conclusion*, the exam is four (4) hours long (bleh). It’s all on a computer. From what I’ve seen of the math, that’s all multiple choice too. 

There are three sections:

Verbal Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

Analytical Writing

I’m not including an analytical section because writing is a very personal thing. I’m sure you can google it if you need help. That’s how I got these sources! 

A final site is from the creators of the test:

http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/

It’s good to see how they tick; you’ll do better if you know what to expect.

Hugs and kisses

-B

*All information comes from the GRE website.

Due Dates

So, it turns out that the first application due is Harvard’s and it is due on December 15th, 2012. 

Still have to take the GRE and get scores in. The test costs $165, I think. 

SOPHAS common application is almost done!

All that’s left is the resume, Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation. 

Goly gee!

-B