Just to make sure I knew what I was getting myself into, I went online to UC-Denver’s website and started filling out an application.
It turns out that this was a very good idea because there are several items I have to acquire before the April 15th deadline, and they’ll take some time to get.
In no particular order, I need:
- 1-2 recommendations (not required, but recommended).
- 2 official transcripts from Kalamazoo College (undergraduate studies).
- 2 official transcripts from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan), where I spent my Junior year of college (study abroad).
- Several well-thought out essays about myself (eek).
- A resume (how does this/should this differ from a job resume, I wonder?)
- GMAT Scores (this one is already in progress).
Before I looked at the application, I had no idea that I would need to get an official transcript (or two) from the year I spent on study abroad in Tokyo. It makes sense in retrospect, but I’m glad I found out now, instead of in a month.
In order to get the transcripts from Waseda, I need to:
- fill out the application form,
- get a copy of an ID that they will accept (hopefully my Colorado drivers license will be good enough
- buy an international postal money order (IPMO) for the cost of the transcripts (300 yen each), and
- mail everything to Japan with an addressed, stamped return envelope (possibly two).
The application form was easy enough to find, once I figured out who to email at the School for International Liberal Studies (SILS), which is the school within Waseda University that we foreign exchange students attended. It’s a good thing I have more than a month to get everything resolved, because I had a few follow-up questions about the request form that I sent back to the SILS office today, and I know I won’t get a response until at least 6 pm this evening, because Tokyo is 10 hours behind Colorado.
Really, the more I think about everything that just this piece of my application will entail, the gladder I am that I took a look at my application early. I don’t even want to think about what it would have cost me in postage alone to get transcripts and other documents over-nighted not just from Michigan, but also from Japan Yikes.