Prayer answered, decision made

So as you know, I have been very stressed out about what to do after graduation. Should I get a job? Should I go to grad school? Should I do both? Should I have a baby (That one was ruled out very fast.)? Should I be a professional blogger? The list goes on and on.

About a month ago I felt like I should go to grad school, but I started freaking myself out, worrying it wasn’t the right decision, and dreading coming back to school for two more years. But after much contemplation, lots of prayers, and talking to everyone I know about what they think, I am OFFICIALLY applying to grad school and will be searching for a part-time job, as well.

Here are the deets:

The program I am applying to is Mass Communications-MA here at BYU. I know people recommend going to a different school for your graduate program, but because T.J. will be here for 2 more years and it is extremely inexpensive, this fits our situation the best. The deadline is February 28, the program starts next fall. I need to take the GRE soon (which I thinking about taking it December 4th-is that too soon???). Last year 32 people applied, 15 people got in. But my GPA is just about on target, I have a strong background in Communications, and if I don’t get in, I don’t get in. But at least I know I did my best and tried!

PLEASE let me know what you think or if you have any advice about the application process, the program, or taking the GRE.

Also, thanks to everyone (especially my Dad and Mary Beth) who has encouraged and helped me make this decision! I am so excited about the future and I feel great about my answer!

0 replies
  1. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    My advice is to give yourself time to take the GRE twice. Take it once early (perhaps even before you feel “ready”) and then again if you didn’t do well. The worst is to procrastinate taking the test. You are never going to feel ready, so just do it! It takes a while to process test scores too, so don’t cut it close in case you need to re-take.

    Good job making a decision! (Although I DO like the idea of you becoming a professional blogger…)

  2. sean
    sean says:

    I HIGHLY recommend taking BYU’s GRE-prep course before taking it. It’s a big time commitment, but it makes a world of a difference – those grad-level tests are so weird, it helps to at least have exposure to it beforehand.

  3. theasley
    theasley says:

    I applied for that program earlier this year and didn’t get in, so I’m one of those 32. I don’t know what to tell you as far as preparation, but I did feel it was helpful to visit with Dr. Thompson, the head guy over that program. He told me what they look for in the letter of intent and such. Ultimately, I am very glad I didn’t get in because I don’t want a research-based degree.

  4. Danica
    Danica says:

    Shane is studying for the GRE right now and has several awesome apps that he’s using. One of them is a vocabulary drill and we played it the other night at the DP and it was awesome. He says he uses it to study whenever he has a few minutes and it’s helpful.


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