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Caitlyn Durning

If you ask me what I’m doing after graduation, you’ll probably get one of two responses: 1) “no clue” or 2) “grad school.”  If I respond with “grad school,” you’ll inevitably ask for what, and then I will inevitably respond with “no clue.” I’ve got absolutely no idea what I’m going to do with the rest of my life, and that’s stressful for me right now, but I always figured I’d go to grad school at some point, so may as well take the GRE this year, since the scores are good for 5 years. (That was quite the run-on sentence; please forgive me.)

When I received an email a while back advertising a free GRE workshop that would be offered on-campus, I figured I may as well apply for the class since I’m not the greatest at motivating myself to study for something that’s in addition to my normal classwork, and the class would provide time to prepare built right into my busy schedule.  A week or so later, I got an email saying that I had been accepted into the class, and it began the week after that!

Taught by graduate students at Vanderbilt, the class was a quick overview of most of the concepts tested on the GRE, along with some tips on how to approach problems and what to expect on the test in general.  Since both of the instructors have taken the GRE very recently, it was nice to have their input and advice in addition to the information provided in the test prep book.  Just after the month that I’ve taken the class, I feel much more in control and better prepared to do my best on the test.  The best part, however, was definitely that it was offered for free!

I used this fall-time photoshoot with Ashlin and Victoria as a GRE de-stresser a couple of weeks ago.

After all of this studying and mild panicking, I’m taking the GRE tomorrow–wish me luck! (I’m doing my best to remain calm and keep my terror at bay, so we’ll see how that goes.)


  • Marry David

    thanks for sharing information really it is very usefuln

  • Emily Smithers

    How long was the class? How do you apply? Is there a website you can send me to with more info?

    • http://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/vandybloggers/ Jay Watson

      Hi Emily, I’m sorry to say that this post is from last year, so I don’t have any current GRE info to share.

    • http://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/insidedores/author/alisha-k-newton/ Alisha Newton

      This year there are Kaplan representatives on campus offering to enroll students in a free practice GRE on campus.

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