So, things have been happening in my life lately. And I realize that I have not done too many personal posts on this blog. Well, here goes.
Life is actually going really great. I took the GRE yesterday, and I think I did very well. They are coming out with a new version of the GRE so I was able to get a good deal; by taking it during August or September they offered my half-off the price. I won’t get my official scores until November, but they did give me an estimate using the old grading scale, so that I have something to reference. And looking up average GRE scores I am somewhat above average. And looking at average GRE scores for the three Universities I am looking into for grad school, I am right at or above average. So, I’m feeling good about that. My GPA isn’t where I would like it, but I was playing with some GPA calculators online yesterday, and if I do really well this semester I can bring it up nicely.
So, I am looking into grad schools. The top choice is OSU (The Ohio State University). That would just be great, it’s a prestigious school with a great German department and in Columbus, OH where my wife’s family all is. I am also looking at University of Wisconsin at Madison because they have a really great Linguistics and German department and it’s not too far from my parents in Illinois or Tiffany’s family in Ohio. A third choice is University of Washington because they are a well-known school with a solid German program, and I grew up in the Seattle area and would absolutely love to be able to go back.
Right now, Tiffany and I are gathering all of the information we need to apply to these schools, looking at the requirements and creating a large spreadsheet/checklist to keep track of everything. But that’s coming along nicely. I just have one more semester of my undergraduate studies left, finishing up the last of the requirements for the GEs and for my major and minor. I am actually kind of looking forward to the Anthropology class I am taking for the Social Science GE requirement, that should be fun. And I am taking a class in American Folklore as the last class I need for my English minor.
Tiffany has officially ended her undergraduate career. She had her last meeting with a professor today, and will walk in graduation on Friday! Since I graduate in December, but BYU does not have graduation ceremony in December, I am also walking with her. She picked up our caps and gowns today in preparation for that.
Also, she sold back her textbook today, a textbook that we bought online for about $30, but the BYU Bookstore bought it for $42! That’s not bad.
And James is doing great. Crawling all over the place, using anything he can find to pull himself up to his feet. Tiffany has a blog with some great videos of our little boy over at tertipes.posterous.com. We are definitely going to get some pictures of him in a little BYU shirt with Tiffany and I in our gowns. Should be some really cute family photos!