Things I want to do in 2012

Me, next year. Click for source.

Yes, I like to make my new year’s resolutions very early. In fact, one could say that I am in a perpetual state of making new year’s resolutions. Continuous goal-making is a blessing/curse we inherited from our mother. (Grace has the worst case of it, but then again, she’s the most accomplished of us all, so maybe there is something to this mania for making resolutions.)

Things I Want To Do in 2012

  1. Get a dog, which I don’t have to tell you. I already have. Like, a hundred times.
  2. Take a graduate-level English class at UVA.
  3. Take the GRE.
  4. Go hiking more often.
  5. Read 75 books (down from this year’s goal of 100, because I think I’ll be cutting down on my dog reading).
  6. Take a beginner’s ballet class.
  7. Try to take my writing more seriously; publish something, somewhere. (How’s that for ambiguity?)
  8. Improve calligraphy business; hone skills with flexible nib.
  9. Finish reading the remainder of Shakespeare’s plays (I think I have 19 more to go. Eek).
  10. Decide what I’m going to do with my life.

Do you have any goals for next year already? Am I the only one?

Week 9: Studying for the GRE

In honor of my sister Grace, I am imposing a set of weekly challenges on myself. For 12 weeks, I will attempt a different “challenge” each week–to do one thing every day for seven days, ranging from serious to silly. At the end of each week, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Cracking the GRE 2011, Princeton Review

In hindsight, perhaps this was a silly challenge. In the first chapter of my prep book, the authors tell you that it’s somewhat “useless” to try to study for the GRE for a period longer than six months. Seeing as I’m not even signing up to take the test any time soon, I might have wasted a week of challenges.

That said, however, I did learn a lot about this test that I didn’t previously know. For example, I had no idea that the test was computer adaptive (your next question will show up depending on how you answered the previous one). I didn’t know that the tests from August 2011 onward will allow you to use a calculator (yes!). I also didn’t know how surprisingly hard the vocabulary analogies are. No one uses these words. Henry James doesn’t even use them.

All in all, however, this week of “studying” with this prep book made me feel like I could take the GRE at some point and do decently well on it. So, that’s reassuring. What’s not reassuring is the fact that I don’t really know what I’d go to grad school for/think an English MA might not be worth the money. I still need to ponder these things.

Next week, I will be reminding myself that I once knew how to play the guitar!