Boy Meets Blog on Pause

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There were two reasons I moved to Salt Lake: love and grad school. Before I start school I have to pass the GRE so I have been studying nonstop since August. I’m enrolled in a Kaplan course that takes up a lot of my time and has already helped improve my practice test scores. I study an hour before work, I study on my lunch hour, I study on my breaks, and I study after work. I also still work full time, I’m still getting used to my new city and state, and I’m about to move to downtown Salt Lake City in a few weeks. I also started a small business. (More info about that soon.) In other words, I have very little time to write. I’m taking the GRE at the end of October and after that I can be a real boy again.

I haven’t ceased writing. I have a few outlines and ideas, just no final drafts that I want to make public yet. A few things I’m thinking about now: the “purpling” of Arizona, Glenn Beck and Mormon polygamy, the Kearns Building downtown, what it means to be vulnerable, immigration policy, urban gardens, the fraud known as reparative therapy, the history of tea, prison reform, and organizing a Showgirls viewing party in Salt Lake.

I can’t kick my addiction to books so I’m still reading a lot. Currently the books shaping my ideas are The Devil’s Highway, A Queer History of the United States, Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Eating Animals.

I know I haven’t been posting as often as I used to so I wanted to make it clear why. Once the GRE is over I’ll have a lot more time to write and explore Salt Lake. Until then, a few things are on pause.

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  • Dean
    September 29, 2012

    Sorry my generation has forced your generation into studying for the GRE, GMAT, SAT, etc. When I took those tests our guidance counselors said they were supposed to test the ability to think rather than specific facts, so studying for the tests was not possible. I suspect someone in my generation, under the guise of “enhancing shareholder value,” convinced the admissions officers and graduate review boards that applicants “had to study” for the tests, not to improve the quality of education but to improve the profits of test prep companies. I wonder if Bain invested in Kaplan?

    • J. Seth (I go by Seth) Anderson
      September 30, 2012

      It’s stressing me out! I go into each practice test feeling really confident but then don’t do as well as I think I will. I just took my 4th practice test and I’m kind of disappointed by my scores this week.

  • agaymormonboy
    September 30, 2012

    Good luck on that beast. I took it two the general GRE along with a subject test two years ago. Kudos to you for investing time and effort into it. The best resources I found were three-fold: used GRE books at the DI, (Barron for vocab, GRE for Dummies for clearly reviewing concepts on the math side, and Kaplan challenging questions) flashcards of my own design, and anything I could find from ETS, most importantly a discontinued CD with two full practice tests.

    My scores weren’t very consistent between actual tests and practice tests but definitely improved over time. What Kaplan teaches strategy-wise really helped me as well, especially in regards to taking more time on the first questions. I’m not sure how much has evolved since the 2011 test changes despite taking the experimental precursors so I hope I’m not spouting off irrelevant information.

    Again, good luck.

    • J. Seth (I go by Seth) Anderson
      September 30, 2012

      Thank you! I need it! lol I just took my 4th practice test and my scores slipped a little this week. I have 3 more practice tests and only 4 more weeks to make a lot more progress. but then it’s over. Forever. :)

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