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Recruitment Weekend - Day 2

Monochrome Spring

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The day started off great. We had breakfast in the hotel, went to lunch with one of the program directors, and then toured the town with grad students. Later, we went to a hockey game and had dinner with grad students in the next town over.

Then, for reasons I cannot divulge, I fell out of love with parts of the program. I saw a very dark and disturbing side that I had not expected. For that reason, now I am considering another school that I have an interview with in a few weeks.

I've learned a lesson today to not get your hopes up and not to put all of your hopes into one opportunity, especially in academia. I'm not going home as excited as I thought I would be. If anything, I am disappointed. But I'm going to move on and start looking at all of the options that are out there.

Edit: For any applicants who need help with what questions to ask at interviews and how to decide if the atmosphere of the department is for you, I highly recommend this webpage: http://www.esa.org/students/section/node/412




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I know how you feel. I just came home from an interview, and I loved so much about the program (and they loved me), but I think this one part of it might ruin it for me - I was certainly less excited coming home then going in. 

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Oh thanks for the resource, monochrome!

 

I'm sorry to hear that you found some stuff you didn't like about MSU. I hope you find the perfect university/department that suits you.

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I'm sorry that happened but glad you have another option. A little bit curious about what sort of thing could turn you off so much. It is a little torturous being an international student who can't get to a recruitment weekend -- I really worry that I won't know enough before I make a decision. 

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@Brisingamen: All I can say is that you really really really need to get a conversation going with current students in your POI's lab group, as well as the current students that are studying the things closest to what you want to study.

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I've resolved the issue by applying to a different and poi. A blessing in disguise because the department and poi are better fits for me in every way, shape, and form. : )

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Mono - glad to hear that you learned a lot from your interview about how well the school/program/POI might fit your needs and interests! I felt the same during/after one of my visits as well. Speaking to other graduate students, and asking as many relevant questions as you can are crucial to making this decision.

 

Good luck!

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