What no one tells you about grad school

I hate my school. Grad students are socially inept here. I moved July 25th and still have no friends. It’s not my fault. I only control my actions, not other people’s. If they want to be flaky bitches, that’s fine with me. But as soon as I find out someone is like that, I delete them everywhere out of my life: social media, my phone, etc. My best friend is actually my old manager from one of my shitty retail jobs. She’s 15 years older than me but is the only reliable person who actually invites me out to do stuff. If you’re suffering in grad school too, then I feel for you. Anyone who says you don’t need friends or that’s not why you’re there is stupid. Grad students have high rates of depression and it’s easy to isolate yourself. I wish I had the solution but I don’t because I keep meeting losers and pieces of shit here. I’ll post back when I find out how to make friends. Maybe the solution is that you have to move to a city where there are more people or that you have to look outside grad school for friends. Or maybe it’s not as simple as that and people sucking is just an epidemic now. I think that actually may be the problem. So many people are so full of shit and into themselves. Trust me on this. If they don’t give you the who, what, where, when, then they are not serious about hanging out from you and you should start ignoring them if you haven’t already.

Rejection

Yesterday, I received the unfortunate news that UNC has decided to reject me yet again. It was both shocking and somewhat unexpected. On Friday, I had an admissions interview with the UNC Master of Accounting program, which brands itself as being top 10 in the country and having a 99 percent job placement rate. On Monday, exactly one day later, UNC had already decided that I was not worth of admission. It is common for people to call to find out why they’ve been rejected. However, my interviewer was not receptive to my call and did not provide constructive feedback. She tried to dismiss my questions by saying my score was lower than other people. This could quite possibly be true but 81st percentile on GRE is solid and she said on Friday that my score was good. Throughout the interview, she kept saying I’m smart. Yesterday, she lamented that I’m not what employers are looking for. That doesn’t really make sense because I’ve never met any of their employers. Frankly, if I was not a good fit, then I never should have been interviewed. She said they are trying to build their class and most people would just be grateful for the opportunity. I sent her a thank you email that was never even acknowledged. They even made a new deadline when they could have accepted me. Earlier in the year, I was rejected from Vanderbilt. At least Vanderbilt gave the decision months after I submitted my application and provided tangible feedback. Vanderbilt said that my scores were lower than those who were admitted, my recommendations were not recent enough, and my GPA was good but not great. While it sucks to hear all these things, at least two out of those three were things that I could do something about. Also, accounting doesn’t seem like a very good profession to me. So I’m starting to care less. Another thing is that University of Michigan and UT Austin have better accounting programs. However, theirs require prerequisites. Most accounting programs will require financial and managerial accounting, statistics, and micro and macroeconomics. I took econ and statistics but I don’t really care about taking financial or managerial accounting ever. Another turn off was that the interviewer made it seem like the program would limit where students could get jobs. All the Big 4 recruit at top accounting programs and that’s not really a differentiator of UNC. However, she told me that most UNC students end up in Charlotte, Raleigh, or Atlanta . I don’t want to stay in NC after living here for at least 20 years. The only states I want to live in are TX, FL, AZ, CA. So if you’re considering a master’s program, it’s important to look at where students get jobs. UT Austin, most of them will get jobs in TX. At USC Marshall, most students will get jobs in Cali. If was seriously interested in accounting, then I would be taking those prereqs and probably applying to USC and UT.