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Get ready folks, this is not an either or entry. You get both. Careers AND Grad School.
Wake up at 5:05 AM. Board taxi to Logan Airport. Fly to Houston, TX for a day long interview. Now keep in mind, I have the GRE on Saturday. So I intended to study the entire flight; instead, I slept. Land in Houston. Now, here was one of the most exciting parts of the trip. I exit baggage claim, and there someone is holding a sign that reads: “Mr. Bryan O.” I wanted to take a picture of him and tell him it was for my blog, but I thought that would have been awkward.
Arrive at Alden Hotel. MY ROOM HAS A KING SIZE BED. Now some people would not think this is that important, but when you’re rocking the twin extra long for three years, this is like LUXURY. Even better, the company that was interviewing me sent me free room service including red and yellow jelly beans that resembled the colors of their logo…and no it was not McDonalds, although it would have been exciting to interview to be the next Ronald McDonald.
Study, study, study.
After enough studying, I went out to dinner with my potential employers, and then met up with my family for another dinner afterwards at one of my favorite restaurants, Spaghetti Warehouse.
Me and my brothers. The little one on the far left is just my neighbor.
Me and my mom.
Return to hotel. LUXURY NUMBER TWO: A BATHTUB!!!! I AM IN HEAVEN!
Wake up at 6:05 AM the following day. Play theme song and prepare for 5 hours of interviews.
Finish interview at 2:05 PM and head to airport for 3:55 flight. I like to cut it close.
Flight is delayed for 3 hours…study?
Ride taxi home and arrive home at midnight. GRE in 12 hours.
8 am wakeup. No theme song this morning. POWERPREP Time. Leave for testing center at 11:30 am. For those of you who don’t know, the GRE is a computer based test, so there’s testing centers located around Boston. There’s one in about a five minute walk from my house; instead, I went to one further away. Logical.
Where I should have taken my test:
Where I went to take my test instead:
While being a little lost in South Boston, I saw the Federal Reserve Bank and saw some street performers, but I had to be at the testing center by noon, and I was a little lost.
Arrive late. Do not pass go. Empty everything I had in my pockets; the GRE doesn’t let you even use your own pencil.
Begin GRE, and I was kind of nervous. After completing 2 essays, the math section, and a verbal section, I am offered to do a non-scored, experimental section. Offer declined. I was nervous enough as it was. The GRE scores itself, so at the end, it asks you “Would you like to see your scores?” There were two options, “View Scores” and “Cancel Scores.” I paid $130 for the test; heck yea, I wanted to see my score. After pressing “View Scores,” it asked me was I sure that I wanted to see my scores.
Screen 1: Are you sure?
Screen 2: Are you really sure?
Screen 3: Are you really really sure?
Cue internal monologue
Am I really really really sure?
Response: Yes. I was sitting in the same chair for 3 hours. I paid $130, and I did not want to take the test again.
Yes, I am sure.
Verbal: < 800
One less thing to worry about.