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Friday, January 20th, 2006
7:18 am
I need advice on how to write a kick-ass letter of intent.
I have my master's degree in English Literature and I am trying to get into Middle Tennessee State University's PhD program. I have no idea how to write a good letter and if anyone could give me any suggestions, please do. I'm dying here. If I don't get in...I'll be lost.

Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
11:05 pm
*grog grog*
grog being the verb form of groggy.

Last night: got home from gig, then up 'til 3 doing an edition for class this morning.

This morning: missed bus, biked to school. Went to class, grabbed lunch, proceeded to work from 12:50 to 10:00 in the libraries on stuff for biblio tomorrow AM. Not done with the work; can't think well enough to do it decently tonight. Therefore, I will eat freezer pierogies, take a cursory shower, and go to sleep, setting my alarm for 6 AM so I have time in the morning to finish before class.

on a lighter note, my prof gave me copies of the records he digitized. they're awesome. And that led me to a collection of 17th-century music in facsimile that I might be able to use for my competition tape this December. If they're playable, that is. Sure should be flashy, at any rate. Yay library.

Tomorrow, class, food, TA, class, food, rehearsal. Start at 9:30, end at 8:30. Tuesdays are the crazy.
Thursday, September 22nd, 2005
6:41 pm
Hey... I was quite intrigued by the fact that I'm also studying cellular neuro, and my textbook, too, wiegh sabout 20 pounds. And that I have to read it all in ten weeks. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't horribly written, or if other people didn't keep telling me that the reason they got into neuroscience was because of this book. Damn you, Kandeell, Jessel and Scwartz!
By the way, hello, I'm Clare. I met Jessa once :) Twice, actually.
Monday, September 19th, 2005
10:31 pm
My friend Kristen, who's in my TC program, posted this link to her AIM profile, and it's kind of brilliant:

Grad School Barbie

(cross-posted to my own journal)

Current Mood: exhausted
Monday, August 29th, 2005
10:41 pm
first-day blurb, number two
Had The Big Class Of Scary Doom (aka molecular and cellular neuro) today. The textbook is three inches thick and weighs about 20 pounds. I think I'm decently prepared for the class, but I'm also kind of worried. I have a chapter of reading to do, and my homework is to memorize the names, abbreviations, and structures of all the amino acids. I have until like Friday, I think.

There was also Journal Club (not as innocuous as it sounds; it entails the reading and discussion and presentation of scientific papers). But I think it'll be okay.

I'm really excited for my new lab rotation though. I'm learning in situ hybridization (which I'm really happy about), and I get to work with human tissue. Eyes, to be precise. We have a -70 degree freezer full of human eyes. It's like a serial killer movie or something. I'm really pumped for it.

So yeah. It's basically like pseudoyoink said earlier. Terror is kind of normal, but we're all doing this for a reason. And that's because the shit we get to do is fucking awesome.
6:21 pm
First day
Only one class today - early notation. It's going to be hard as hell, because we're eventually going to be making editions of stuff like this 14th-century ballade. But it's going to rock SO MUCH, because the Ars Subtilior is awesome x42. And I've been doing editions for a few years now, and I love it.

Tomorrow's the real bludgeon-day: Research methods, TA-ing, and intro to graduate early performance practice. I'll probably go ahead and make my hummus wraps for lunch tonight. Should I go buy bean sprouts for that?

Today's lesson, methinks: find the things in your classes that are going to be fun as all hell, and get stupid-dorky-excited over them. It's a good counter-terror strategy!
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