I spent some time talking to one of the profs at school today - graduation at the end of the summer is doable, and grad school starting in September. The cost is having a very busy summer, not taking some extra undergrad courses that would have been fun, and having some deadlines a lot sooner than I thought they were, but it seems worth it.
The application deadline is Feb 1, but the chair of the grad program is pretty much saying that's the official deadline but get the application in whenever. He's very casual about things like deadlines & paperwork, which has it's good and bad points, but it worked in my favour when I wanted to change my summercourse from studies to studio (I think I'm the only student who is worried about not enough studio courses, but the fun ones were all studies), and have extra time to do the assignment. He's agreed to supervise another independent studies project for me next summer, details to be finalized later. I signed up for the graduate studies open house tomorrow, and will spend some of my lesson time asking David for advice on how to decide things like who I should ask for references & what to submit for my writing samples. I have almost no writing beyond the essays I did for musics & cultures, which is only a second year course, so I'm not sure if I should use that, the handout I did for class presentations last year, write something just for the application. (There are essays for this year's music course, but not due until after the grad school application is due - the topics haven't even been given yet.) Then I need to come up with some kind of personal statement that I'm not even sure how to start. Perhaps they'll have more information of what they're looking for at the open house, because what's on the website is pretty vague.
It's hard to believe how time flies. It doesn't seem like that long ago that I was thinking about where to apply for my undergrad degree, and worrying about if I would get accepted, and now I'm so close to graduating. Also, I'm having to think of "what next?" sooner than I expected - graduation seemed so far away when I started.
What do you do with a degree that's mostly history courses? Grad school in musicology is going to happen whatever, but it would be nice if I could actually end up using it for something beyond the fun of learning lots of interesting stuff!