Folks, it’s official: I have lost my mind.
More to the point, I have registered to take the GRE. After having been out of school 20 years. So yeah, I’m not exactly up to snuff on all things academic anymore.
At first I wasn’t terribly worried, seeing as how there will be a verbal section and an essay section, both of which I felt like I could handle without too much difficulty. So I took an online practice test, and there were a lot of words on there that I had no idea what they meant. I took the same test twice and only improved my score by about 10% the second time around. And then I took a practice test on math — which in academic doublespeak is also known as “Qualitative” — and bombed so horribly I began to wonder if 2+ 2 did actually = 4, or if I had just imagined it.
I’ve gone from “not terribly worried” to “full-on freak out.” I went from 0 to 60 in about four seconds. What can I say, it’s a gift.
What’s the big deal? you might be wondering. Just do the studying and review. Well, yes, that sort of goes without saying, but the complicating factor here is that the test date I applied for is TWO WEEKS FROM NOW.
What the hell was I thinking?
To combat this particular bit of folly on my part, I have purchased a study guide. I have become one with the study guide. And will continue to be in said state for the next two weeks. So if you don’t hear from me, it’s because I am attempting to absorb all the ink from the pages into my skin.
Please pray for me.