8 Ways Graduate Admissions Tests Change Your Life, for at Least a Semester

8 Ways Graduate Admissions Tests Change Your Life, for at Least a Semester

And if you or anyone you know has ever taken one, you deserve more than a score for your battle wounds.

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It's junior year, and you know what that means. Everyone around you is preparing to begin the rest of their life. Whether this means people are applying for internships, or you are watching the business and nursing school kids wrap up what will be the end of their education forever for many of them, you know how stressful of a time this is. But it seems as though the friends who are preparing for a graduate school admissions test are the ones who are the most on edge. Especially when it comes close to test time. So what are the big changes you see during the semester when you disappear in the library for three to four months cramming to get into your respective school?

1. You isolate yourself.

Whether this means putting your phone on do not disturb or actively avoiding your friends because you do not want to waste an hour getting distracted, you completely surround yourself with only your study materials most of the time.

2. Your meals are on-the-go.

There is no time for sitting down and enjoying a dining hall meal for 30 minutes. Meals are grabbed to go and taken straight back to your piles of books to eat while you read.

3. You lose the little bit of patience that you once had.

Anything sets you off. And when people ask you why you are stressed out all the time (the one question you hate to be asked), you reply with a snide remark because you have become a ticking time bomb.

4. You lose all regards for your appearance.

After getting a mere five hours of sleep from studying for not only your admissions test, but also studying for your exams in each of your three to four classes, and participating in extracurriculars- the last thing you are worried about is whether your hair is brushed, or if what you are wearing matches. As long as your clothes are clean and your teeth are brushed, you are ready to take on the day.

5. Caffeine REALLY becomes your best friend.

Now for college students, caffeine has already become a constant in your life, but with late nights of taking practice exams, and watching online instructors teach you the Krebs Cycle for the past two hours-- coffee gives you the extra kick you need to keep from packing your bags and heading to bed.

6. Your alarm becomes your enemy (in my case, my worst enemy).

Every minute counts once your head hits that pillow. Enough said.

7. Your text messages go unanswered for hours, sometimes days.

This doesn't mean you haven't seen the text message sent by your mom, asking how your day is going. You either do not have time to get into a conversation with her, OR she would not be happy to hear exactly how your day is going, in the terms you would use.

8. You look forward to the future more than ever before.

Because never in your life have you wanted to be done with something so badly.


But remember-- there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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