As I have been researching for and applying at graduate schools, I have had interesting perspectives on myself and what makes me "tick."
When I was researching, I looked at the composition of the programs as well as the location of the schools. I saw some amazing options in other states but noticed that I placed a high priority on locations near water, whether that be a river, lake, or ocean. I had no idea that this would be a preference but apparently it is! I liked a few programs in the Midwest but it was in the middle of nowhere and by nowhere I mean not near water. Really, I found this just such an odd preference of mine.
Just in case you didn't know, applying for graduate school is incredibly labor intensive. Anyone that says it isn't is lying! There are forum websites that have provided tremendous help (thegradcafe.com) as well as additional stress. I am not shooting for the stars but I am searching for a unique opportunity that fits my personality and future goals. I have been really stressed, to say the least. When I am stressed out, I need to have the little things that comfort me, and here comes the next revelation of my own preferences.
I usually watch television while working on things but due to my current living situation, it is easier to set up my work area in my "room." There is no t.v. in there but I have been able to watch reruns on the WB website. Thank goodness! I haven't been able to watch Gilmore Girls because I cannot possibly remember where I packed the DVDs so the WB has been my savior. GG provides me a sense of calm because I can put it on in the background and focus on my work. Perhaps backwards? Something is so soothing about the familiar characters, the great story lines and the fact that I have seen every episode at least a handful of times so I don't actually need to watch the screen. I also have a great, great love for pretty much any 90's sitcom. Those were the days of a good sitcom and there aren't many like them today but the CBS Tuesday night and ABC's Wednesday night lineups are coming close.
Another comfort is the food. Not maybe the greatest thing to find comfort in but at least I am eating fulfilling, healthy, and nutritious options. Especially with the weather outside, comfort food is what this season is all about. I enjoy chai tea, fresh baked bread, oatmeal, and turkey chili. Nothing terribly exciting but the fact that I sit down, slowly enjoy my foods or sip my teas and take a breath or two in between applications and revising my personal statement is what makes all the difference. I have become quite the connoisseur of tea lately. I read several blogs about healthy gals that run (like, marathons and 10 mile in the morning, what?) and eat great things like chia seeds, almond butter, and tempeh. If I had my own kitchen, I would be busting out their ideas but, alas, I am low on funds and my own little gadgets are in boxes. One thing that I did pick up that is all the rage is Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Herbal Tea. Seriously, I have seen it everywhere! I tried it last night and it has some great spice and an amazing smell. It would be perfect paired with some cookies of any kind.