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You Have Been Accepted, Now What?

Skye McKinney

Posted on June 13, 2021 21:54

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Things to think about after being accepted into graduate school.

In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned the grad school application process. Well, I finally get to say that I have been accepted! I guess the hard work payed off. I'm beyond excited for this journey and I can't wait to teach undergraduates as well as do more school work. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and it couldn't be passed up. But even with the great news, there are still plenty of things that need to be done to get ready. 

The first thing is finding an apartment. When you apply to grad school you most likely won't be living in a dorm; meaning you're going to need to find an affordable apartment somewhere close to campus. Or maybe you want to live a little further from campus, but if you do that then the university busses may not run to your location. Therefore, you'll need to buy a parking decal, which can be very expensive if you're attending a large university. So, I would suggest finding a place close to campus where you can either ride the bus or ride a bike to school. I think it's worth it to save the money you would spend on gas and a parking decal. 

The second thing is knowing what to expect if you're going to be a TA at your university. I obviously haven't started yet, but I have received emails telling me of what's to come. Basically from the start of August until school actually begins, you will be in training and orientations. I can't speak for everyone, but for me the process is going to keep me busy for a while, which will be nice so I'm not constantly bored before school actually begins. It'll give me the courage I need to stand in front of a class of undergraduates and teach them college writing, which to me sounds terrifying. But, with all that being said, I think the overall process will be long, but it will only benefit me. And if you find yourself in a similar predicament, then maybe it'll help you as well. 

Third, grades matter more than ever. In order to keep my TA job, I have to maintain a B or higher to keep my job and scholarship. This isn't undergrad, they have higher expectations for you now. Which is thrilling and terrifying to say the least. It's exciting because they have put total faith in me to teach as well as obtain my masters. There is this feeling of wanting to excel more than ever. I guess what I'm saying is apply for grad school if that's something you want. But also consider all you have to do and what will be required of you throughout the masters degree process. 

Skye McKinney

Posted on June 13, 2021 21:54

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