So after waffling and wondering, I've decided to get off my butt and apply to graduate school to get a MA and perhaps later a PhD in History. Yeah! Eventually, I would love to teach, preferably junior college--or if I get a PhD, at a university.
Now, of course, I'm lost. I just sent off an email to the dean of the history department at the university I am applying to after a suggestion from the admissions director I spoke to.
So, will it kill me that my GPA is a B- average? I went to junior college and that's why my GPA is really blah; I hated it and really didn't do well. I transferred to a four year university and did much better. I got fantastic grades in my major and my minor, just mediocre in my other classes (except a gen ed liberal arts math class everyone almost flunked and then the prof got fired ). I know I will have awesome recommendations, and I know I wrote some fantastic papers. I'm taking the GRE in August once they change it. Now that they have calculators I'm not anxious at all about it, as I've always done well on those sorts of tests (I expect a mediocre score in math, but whatever, I hate math). My history professors seem to think I will get in without a problem due to my papers and grades in their classes, but I'm not so sure thanks to my overall GPA.
Anyway, I'm just terribly anxious and I am not entirely sure what to do at this point. I am also pondering sending an email to one of the professors who is a specialist in the area of history I want to study but, God, what do I say?! I also don't have many options as to where I can apply, as many schools are requiring fluency in a foreign language and Latin as admission requirements, so I'm only applying to one school as I'm stuck here in California. Help me, O Amazing FSUers, who have seen me through high school and college! (Scary.)
This would have been easier if I did it when I was an undergrad and could waltz on into my history dean's office, but he's kind of an hour away...