By Sarah Fader Published November 1, 2011 I’m 32 years old; I have two kids, a husband and a B.A. from New York University. My life is pretty fulfilling, but I want to go back to school. My family consists of a spirited but stubborn three and a half year old boy, a quirky but funny nine month old girl, a quiet but determined husband who works in the aviation industry and two cats that often get forgotten about. I’ve recently informed all of them that I wish to pursue my master’s degree in speech pathology.
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By Sarah Fader Published November 21, 2011 After several days of avoiding the subject of the GRE entirely, I decided to tackle my phobia head on and call ETS. I wanted to speak with the Disabilities Services Office in order to find out what I needed to do to test with accommodations. I figured it wouldn’t be that difficult to do since I have extensive paperwork supporting my visual spatial learning disability. I was getting nervous, because my application for graduate school is due on January 6th, and I need to face my fear and register for the GRE.
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By Sarah Fader Pubilshed January 6, 2012 8:00am- Woke up to my daughter, Samara, crying. Changed her. Feed her breakfast. Drink fancy hot chocolate that I got for Chanukah 9:00am-Looked in my email for the GRE test site information. 9:00am- Came to the realization that there could be a problem with my IDs. I registered with my maiden name “Sarah Fader.” But all valid IDs that I have are in my married name “Sarah Fader-Van Luyn.
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By Sarah Fader Published December 1, 2011 It’s 6:12 am here in the Fader-Van Luyn household, and I am proud to say that I successfully submitted my application for graduate school online. Here is a physical manifestation of my efforts.
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By Sarah Fader Published February 13, 2012 Having my 'of course!' moment
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By Sarah Fader Nobody likes to be rejected. If you like somebody, and they don’t like you back, let’s face it; it hurts. Now, let’s move the rejection scale into the framework of graduate school. I have been dumped. Yes, it’s true. I professed my academic love to Amazing University, and it has been unrequited. Take a look at this non-love letter I received: There weren’t any pretty butterflies in the original letter. I added those to conceal the name of the university.
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By Sarah Fader After I was rejected by Amazing University, I moped around for few days, okay more like a few weeks, and then one day, as I was sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself, I thought “Wait a minute, I still have two other schools that I’m waiting to hear by from.” All is not lost. Just because I didn’t get into my first choice, doesn’t mean I don’t have a shot at the other two speech pathology schools.
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By Sarah Fader Published November 8, 2011 Despite how challenging it’s been thus far, I’ve persevered and started the process of applying for graduate school. So far, I’ve managed to write my application essay, scan and upload my undergraduate transcripts and ask a few colleagues for recommendations. All these steps took me about a month to finish. A month may seem like a long time, but I forgot to mention, I did everything with the kids by my side. For example, the process of scanning and uploading my transcripts took me an entire day to complete.
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By Sarah Fader Published January 16, 2012 I finally applied to graduate school. I faced many challenges, like the GRE, and faced hurdles like scanning my transcripts while looking after my small children at the same time and getting adequate recommendations. Though I already applied to school, a friend and colleague of mine, who also happens to be an Occupational Therapist, offered to write me a recommendation for the Speech Pathology program. I ran into him today, while I was subbing for Pre K, and told him I was applying for Speech next year.
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By Sarah Fader Published February 13, 2012 My application to graduate school has been submitted. Since the time that my application has been submitted, there’s been a lull in communication. I’ve heard nothing from graduate school and graduate school has heard nothing from me. I keep being tempted to contact them and ask them if they are going to let me in, but then I realize that all this would is annoy the admissions committee and make me potentially look insane.
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By Sarah Fader Published January 3, 2012 I finally registered for the dreaded GRE. It cost me $160 that I don’t have and I’m petrified. I’m taking the GRE in exactly one week from today at 1:30pm. I have not opened a book or study related material pertaining to the exam. The truth is, I’m terrified of taking the exam.
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By Sarah Fader Published February 21, 2012 Last night it occurred to me that my interview with the Department of Education was the next day, and I had nothing to wear. I searched my drawers frantically and perused my mental rolodex of outfits until I came up with a solution. My green dress! I had to find it. I wore it to my brother’s wedding in 2007, and since then I’ve squeezed in and out of it on various occasions, but it has served me well. I asked my husband, Wil: “Babe, do you know where my green dress is?”
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By Sarah Fader Published January 16, 2012 I received an email back from Paul, the communications guy at the D.O.E. He told me that the scholarship link was broken, and directed me to Sandra, who runs the scholarship program. I emailed Sandra, and she got right back to me, saying that she would call me this afternoon. But, being the persistent (and impatient) Jewish mother that I am, I decided to give her a little nudge, and I called her this morning. Unfortunately, I got her voicemail, but I know that my call will be awaiting her when she returns to the office.
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By Sarah Fader Published February 13, 2012 In the beginning there was only one school in my mind, my alma mater. That’s where I saw myself going, and I figured if I went there for undergraduate, there’s a good chance I might get in for graduate school! Then, I spoke with Sandra, from the Department of Education, and she scared the living daylights out of me. “You only applied to “Amazing University?” You might want to apply to more than one school. What happens if you don’t get into “Amazing University?” Then what?”
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