Posted in Life, School on May 28, 2008|
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I tried to take a full-length practice exam (2.5 hours+) tonight, but my brain is so fried. Is it possible to feel it physically hurting?
So, for now I will leave 1/2 of Verbal to go… I really need to go to bed. I’ll come back and finish the last bit tomorrow, and though I know that the score won’t be a good indicator because I didn’t take it under exact, timed conditions, and I skipped the essays section for now. At least I’ll have a rough baseline from which to proceed. I don’t need to take the test this early in the process as I don’t plan on applying for several years, but the test is good for 5 years, so… why not get it out of the way?
Quant was fairly very tough, so I’m hoping the baseline won’t be TOO low. My very first diagnostic was a 620, so I’m very anxious to at least better that score.
In an exercise to avoid the GMAT, I’ve begun thinking about more, er, pleasant thoughts – such as… financing my grad school education!
By all accounts, a full 2-year program will cost in the ball park of $120,000+ for tuition, books, and living expenses. As of right now, I can take out $20,500 per year in Federal Stafford Loans. My family has also indicated that they’d be willing to help out (for which I am immensely grateful). The rest will probably be a combination of personal and private loans.
Just looking a little bit ahead, my goal for 2009 would be to contribute $20,000 to retirement ($15,000 401K and $5000 Roth IRA), then save $5,000 to fund my future educational endeavors. I expect a significant portion of my Freedom Fund would go towards application expenses and then later, living expenses. Isn’t it ironic that I am using my Freedom Fund dollars to undertake an endeavor that would require decades of debt servicing (thereby reducing my freedom, at least in the short term)?
Of course, going to grad school has long been a goal of mine, for professional and personal development reasons. I know I can do it. I can get there, all in due time.
But before I have the privilege of applying for admissions, I must take the test.
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