When I finished my undergraduate career, I knew I didn’t want to jump back into school right away. My plan was to take a breather, start a career I enjoy, and revisit it again later on.
I’m still working on the career, but I did revisit the idea of Graduate School quite a few times. Sometimes I would jump all in with my preparation, other times I was apprehensive in my preparation, because I was unsure. I questioned myself often. I eventually reasoned with myself. If I was unsure, I couldn’t go through with it. I needed to be fully committed, and If I was not, I couldn’t do it.
So here I am. I have dusted off those GRE prep books. I have researched programs, and I continue to research programs. I don’t feel any pressure like I had previously. At this point, I’m more anxious about the GRE than the admission process. I’ve never been a good test taker, and always had test anxiety. The math section especially worries me. Math was never my best subject. Thankfully, there are tons of resources online that I am able to use if needed.
The thought of going back to school, nearly five years after graduate school does intimidate me. Luckily, non-traditional students are uncommon in NYC. I’m not certain what the case is outside of NYC though. I would prefer to go as a part-time student who works, but I’m not locking myself into any decision as yet. I’m going to keep an open mind.