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Do I really have to try this hard?… Yes I do.

Posted on September 10th, 2009 by Laura Herrejón

Wow, It has been a long time since I last wrote… The summer was crazy for me. Fortunately, my mom came from Mexico to see me and stayed with me for a month. My cousin from Florida came to see me as well, and it was just a great time. I was working, and had an internship and at the same time I was taking 9 credits at the University. I have to say that even if I was very busy, the rewards paid it all off.  I will be able to graduate a semester earlier, and I am already planning on applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology.  This semester is going by really really fast, and I just can’t catch up with this fast-pacing world.

I don’t know if you have ever heard of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). It is usually a standardized test required by many graduate programs in the country. They have the general test and the subjects test, which include Psychology. This is the reason I am telling you about it. FI you are planning on taking the GRE plan ahead. You will need to separate some time to simply dedicate on it. I have a 9 week schedule where I have to prepare myself for the GRE Psychology subject test. I want to do well, because it will help me obtain scholarships, making my parents less worried about paying for school. Specially being an International Student, sometimes our currencies are less valuable than the dollar, and what can I say? Back in Mexico, I could make my money be worth more than I can here in the United States. If you are international student and really want to pursue your dreams, and have scholarships that can help you through the process, set your mind to working hard. Usually there are not many international scholarships, and we typically have to pay the equivalent for out-of-state tuition (if we go to a public institution). Do what you need to do to stand out and make yourself marketable.

Today, I am in the process of getting research done in the Psychology Department of my University. I am studying for the GRE, and volunteering at a Safehouse for women. My overall GPA currently is 3.722 and my major GPA is a 4.0. Work hard and don’t give up because this will help you  get to places unimaginable.

If you ever need help regarding the GRE, or any advice in how to stand out in your area let me know. I will definitely try to help you out.


“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

Khalil Gibran

5 Responses to “Do I really have to try this hard?… Yes I do.”

  1. Igor Loza Says:

    Hi Laura,
    How’ve you been?! I just read your blog and I found it really interesting! By the way, congratulations on your achievements. I know how hard and much effort it takes to accomplish what you have done.
    Right now I’m living in Southern California and I just graduated from college, I majored in Economics. Now I’m trying to find a job but as you know things are quite difficult in the labor market and I was thinking that in the meantime while looking for a job I can be studying for the GRE. So I wanted to ask you if there is any webpage or book that you’d recommend in order to preapare for the test.
    Thank you and take care.

  2. Laura Herrejón Says:

    Hi Igor,

    I have been veery good thank you! Thank you for your comments, its always great knowing that someone out there is reading about your life story. I hope you find a job soon, although I know the labor market does not seem to promising right now, just hang in there. Well, first of all the GRE is A LOT of work! Its crazy, if you have ever studied for the SAT well this obviously is harder, given that it is directed for graduate school. I have not done my general GRE yet but I am about to do the GRE Psychology Subject Test. For that i have been using both the Kaplan and Princeton Review, but Barrons I have also as a back up, although I would not recommend Barrons, it is definitely not reader friendly and it just gives you a headache and confuses you even more. I completely recommend Kaplan and Princeton Review. I would go ahead and try those out first, and if you want to try out Barrons, I heard someone in my class talking good about it but I have not used for the general GRE and the book for that might be more reader-friendly. Try to schedule your time to have pages studied every week and try to leave a few weeks before the exam to do practice tests and see where you need more practice and studying. I have been studying for 6 weeks now, and still have half of material to go through but once it is done I know it will be worth it.

    I hope I helped you and if you have any other questions, let me know!

    Thank you for your comments again!

  3. Louise Says:

    Need advice for the GRE. Anything I can get will be a big help.

  4. Laura Herrejón Says:

    Hi Louise

    What I think is that you just need to set yourself a schedule in weeks until you take it and divide in equal parts the material you have to study. I recommend the Kaplan books better than any other brand, but I also recommend the gre flash cards from barrons and vocabulary cards from kaplan. They have been helping me a lot!

    I hope I can help!

  5. florida gators fan Says:

    I really like your site. Keep up the good work and I’ll look forward to reading more!

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