Round One: Applications and Advising
Contacting potential faculty advisers, filling out application forms.
I've started my applications. I am so happy because it looks like it's going to be a bit easier on me this round than last. I use ONE (1) website to apply to law schools (Southwestern, Pepperdine, USC) and have decided to keep my PhD apps to one: USC. I will also apply to the Masters program at Central. USC and Pepperdine's apps aren't available until tomorrow (guess how I'll be spending my day....), so I'm going to spend the rest of the evening emailing professors at USC to find out how best to approach my potential research. Hopefully they won't laugh at me to my face.......
This biggest problem I'm having is finding faculty, programs, schools for my PhD. I'm applying to USC for the sole reason that it's the only school that I've consistently wanted to go to, and Los Angeles (for some reason) is the only city I've consistently wanted to live in for extended periods of time. I have no idea why. Anyway, despite the apparent boringness/humor of my research topic (rubber), I'm going to be doing groundbreaking research. The only people who have really written on rubber (or even on commodities in general) are either dead or journalists. Since neither the dead nor journalists profess at academic institutions, I'm at a bit of a loss. So I will simply choose the school that holds my interest and do my own thang.....
Stay tuned for
Round Two: Supplemental Materials
This includes professor letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, portfolios, GRE and LSAT score reports, and transcripts.
and the exciting conclusion
Round Three: Financial Aid Forms
W-2, 1040, FAFSA, and fellowship appeals!