I’ve found this too be quite applicable to my collegiate academic life. With grad school deadlines approaching, you’ve all likely heard or seen me stress about how unprepared I am. I came into school loving math, and I’m leaving loving economics. I chose a major that supported both, and I assumed the math background it gave me would give me an edge when applying to grad programs in economics. I, however, was wrong. As it turns out, I don’t even meet the prerequisites. Since I go to a small school, I wasn’t given the opportunity to take intermediate levels of micro- and macroeconomics. And because it wasn’t required for my major, I never took the economics course in statistics when it was offered. These three classes are now laughing at me from the fancy websites of all the programs I’d love to get into. I have no doubt that I could easily soar through these, if given the chance.
I don’t want to settle for other programs. The options I’m facing are these:
1. Take classes online. This is the only way to go for micro/macro. When I emailed the director of one program, he advised me to stay away from for-profit schools like University of Phoenix. That school is such a joke, and I’m pretty sure we made fun of it almost every week in senior sem. My first instinct was to check my local community college. Since I was top 10% in my HS, I was (and should still be?) eligible to take classes there for free. Of course, they don’t offer intermediate levels either. I started googling, and I’ve become frightened of the prices for a lot of online courses. Finally I came across one with an application fee of $25 and a per credit charge of $25. Thus, I could take both courses for $175, but there’s no way that could be true, is there? I have to be missing something. It’s Park University in Missouri. Seems legit. Their classes run 8 weeks so I could take one in January and start the other in March. That way, I wouldn’t be crazy overloaded.
2. I’ve found two ways to take Stats next semester. The psych department is running Stats for Behavioral Sciences. They use a statistical program and all. It seems like it would teach all the right material, just applied to a different area. The problem here is both classes are full, so I’d need to convince the prof to let me in or do a directed study. The math department is running Probability and Statistics, which is different than the course in probability I already had. I checked with that same director, and it would cover the requirement for that school at least. The problem here is it runs at 11:00, and I already have a needed class then so I’d definitely have to do a directed study. The problem with both of these is that they would put me one credit over max, meaning I’ll have to drop tennis/badminton. 😦
Yoi and Double Yoi. I’m taking one complicated path to grad school. I’m also procrastinating a ten page paper for my political science final, a paper I wouldn’t even have to write if I had known I needed stats and had taken that this semester instead.