Friday, December 7, 2007

Episode 10: GRE

When last we left our intrepid hero, he was so busy that he didn’t really have time to chronicle his adventures.

He finds himself engulfed by the Herculean task of fighting the Grad-School-Application Monster. On Monday, he attacked the GRE League with disappointing results. The battle started out promising with our hero besting Analytical-Writing-Section Man whom he’d had serious problems with during his practice battles. Then he finished off his first Verbal-Section opponent with equal skill.

However Quantitative-Section Man immediately hit him with his powerful I-have-no-idea-how-to-even-begin-solving-this-problem-or-eliminating-possible-answers move. Weakened, our hero limped on. He prayed that his next opponent would be another Quantitative, giving him a chance at redemption. (For those of you unfamiliar with the GRE computer test, you are given either 2 Quantitative and 1 Verbal or 1 Quantitative and 2 Verbal. One of the sections you do twice doesn’t count. It’s an experimental section wherein the GRE tries out new questions.) Alas, no. He was attacked by another Verbal, a much harder verbal. Could the first Verbal have been the one that counted? Our hero thought not, given that it contained an experimental question type unlike any of the other questions. Curses.

In the end, our hero’s scores where acceptable, but far lower than he had hoped (and lower than his high scores on the practice tests). He won’t find out the score of the Analytical Writing Section for a few weeks.

Now our hero must begin his fight with his half-finished applications in earnest. But our hero would find luck shining up on him this week, indeed! A secret mission that was scheduled to have him out of town and unable to work on the applications for the entire weekend was cancelled at the last minute when one of his fellow super-heroes succumbed to Unexpected-Flu Bug. While our hero laments the loss of the mission, he is thrilled to have the extra time. Because boy howdy does he need it!

With any luck, our hero will complete his epic battle with the application by the end of the weekend. Fingers crossed.

Will our hero finish his applications in time?
Will Unexpected-Flu Bug ever be stopped?
And most importantly…
Can Illinois beat USC in the Rose Bowl?

Go Illini!

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