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I feel my PhD has been a waste

Posted by Tall Chai Latte in Tall Chai Latte's blog, 19 April 2014 · 504 views

I'm not sure what's got hold of me lately. I feel my PhD has been a waste.

I'm close to the end of my fourth year. By September, it will be my fifth year in the program. When I started in the lab, I was assigned four different projects, all were outside of the lab's expertise (and of course I wouldn't have expertise either). I didn't really think much of...

I found an apartment!

Posted by moyru in EdTech Enthusiast, 11 April 2014 · 1,195 views

and it accepts ALL my fur babies!

It's within walking distance to campus, comes furnished, and includes parking.

I went to Boston last week for my school's open house and to check out potential housing. I only saw a couple of places, and I'm glad that one of the places ended up working out. I signed the lease and submitted the security deposit/last mont...

Spring Forward

Posted by NOWAYNOHOW in PhD, Please! , 22 March 2014 · 1,509 views

As you can see, I changed the title of my blog to reflect the fact that I'm no longer gunning for only sociocultural anthropology programs. I got my last rejection this week, and though I am still technically floating well below the top of one wait list, I'm choosing to look forward and not dwell on what is likely a dead end.

Fall 2014 is done with --...

An Ending to My Application Season

Posted by Monochrome Spring in Blooming Ecologist, 07 March 2014 · 2,433 views

I've finally reached the end of this roller coaster called Graduate Application Season.

I will be attending my top-choice university in a department that I didn't apply to with a professor that was never my main POI. After recruitment, it was a whirlwind of switching advisors, departments, funding nominations, etc. Things change, but they can be for the...

The secret to application success!

Posted by BowTiesAreCool in The Many Flavors of Rhetoric, 21 February 2014 · 2,893 views

Folks, I think I figured it out.

I look at the people who are in programs and doing things I want to do. Fuzzy Suessian, Resurgence(ZN), etc and I notice a particular thing they have in common.

They’re all above 200 internet/reputation points.

THAT’S what you turn these in for, an acceptance! I dunno how the adcomms figure out who is who but they’re sn...

Time Flies When You're in Grad School

Posted by MissMoneyJenny in MissMoneyJenny's Blog, 11 February 2014 · 1,658 views

It has been a long time since I've even come onto the grad café. Moving to London and starting grad school has really taken any free time I used to have to just surf the web and engulfed it, but I am incredibly happy about that.

First term has finished and I am now progressing into my second round of courses before I hit the heavy 4 months of dissertatio...

Big next two weeks

Posted by GeoDUDE! in Brittle Ductile Transitions, 10 February 2014 · 2,363 views

Hello all,

It's been a long while since I've blogged; I've been slacking. It's been an interesting couple of weeks. In late January I got accepted to UC Davis, which was one of my top choices!!! I'll be visiting later this month. I was really worried about my GPA, which killed my application last time. Well... small sigh of relief.

I'm thinking about qu...

I wish my lab had a window...

Posted by pyrocide in Pleiotropic Notions, 29 January 2014 · 652 views

Hello fuzzy penguins,

Winter and I are just... we're really not friends. It's perpetually cold, I can't go outside and run, and it's always dark. So as I sit here, curled up in fleece with the space heater blaring, I find myself picturing the future and its promise of warmth. Most notably, this upcoming August and September, when I (theoretically) start...

All About Interviews: Experiences for the GC Minions

Posted by biotechie in Musings of a Biotech Babe, 12 January 2014 · 2,760 views

My apologies for taking so long to get this post up! I started classes and have been pretty sick. As a reminder, the more questions you ask me, the more I know what you want answers to!

The purpose of the post for today is to provide my insights into interviews and hopefully ease some fears by helping you figure out what to expect at a biomedical science...

Criteria that Constitutes Happiness

Posted by annieca in Two Masters, an Archive and Tea, 13 April 2013 · 4,578 views

When I was deciding between Maryland and IUPUI, I was weighing the lesser amount of debt versus connections. Or at least, I thought I was. But then someone told me this:Pick the place that will make you the happiest, but remember that you always have the right to change your mind about what criteria constitute happiness. I love that quote. It told me that...

All Topsy Turvy

Posted by 1Q84 in Right Now I'm A-Roaming, 12 April 2013 · 8,824 views

All Topsy Turvy So, a lot has changed since I last posted. I received two offers in quick succession and now I'm currently in LA and have visited both schools and talked to the graduate advisers.What a whirlwind!I came to LA intent on attending the public school because I thought that their tuition waiver would be the most beneficial and I had heard better things about t...

Visit Day - What I Look Out For

Posted by St Andrews Lynx in St Andrews Lynx's Blog, 12 March 2013 · 4,775 views

By this stage I figure I'm something of an expert at visiting potential grad schools. As mentioned in my earlier posts, I looked around a number of American universities when I was over in the States last summer (before the applications were even created). I visited several UK universities for formal interview days and informal introductions. Last weekend...

Now that the Dust has Settled...

Posted by viggosloof28 in A Future Historian's Journey to PhD, 01 March 2013 · 8,863 views

Now that the Dust has Settled... Back again after a fairly long absence! :)And gentlefolk, it's finally March.  I know for my discipline (history), programs are probably about half-way done returning decisions.  I personally applied to ten schools and actually heard from the last of them on Monday.  I'm extremely relieved to be done with the waiting game, and am extremely happy with how...

Like Watching Sausage Being Made

Posted by TheFez in TheFez's Blog, 16 February 2013 · 10,404 views

Like Watching Sausage Being Made This week I got a peek behind the curtain at the application review process and it's not pretty. As they say "a little like watching sausage being made".At a social function I overheard some discussion about the PhD applications under review (in another department at another school on another planet with no specifics about any individuals, I swear).Using...

Playing Hard-to-Get (by accident!)

Posted by Amerz in Amerz's Blog, 08 February 2013 · 6,012 views

I unintentionally found out how to get schools to respond to your application much sooner. I noted in most of my applications that I would be backpacking and only available by email, and possibly Skype (internet connection permitting), after February. To be fair, at the time I thought this was true. I just ended up pushing my trip back until later because...

And now we wait

Posted by psychdork in Psychdork's Blog, 06 February 2013 · 3,316 views

I realize it's been some time since my last post, but there really wasn't anything exciting to write about until recently.So now I'm in that never-ending waiting period. Every day I find myself staring at my phone, demanding the email notification light to start blinking. And then it does, and I think, "wow, it really worked!". Until I read the email, whi...

What If??

Posted by obiwanitakenobi in 20/20 Hindsight, 15 December 2012 · 4,165 views

I bet that right now, there are about a million "What if??" questions running through every one of our brains... But the scariest one is "What if I don't get in?"I'll speak for myself-- that seems to be all   I can think about lately. A couple of days ago, I made myself write out a Plan B (which started off seriously: "look int...

T-minus 12 days.

Posted by Fell4Ever in Asian Studies Masters, 03 August 2012 · 1,837 views

This might just be my last blog post here on The Grad Cafe, and it is an exciting turn of events. How I went from a 'decaf' lurker to a Master's Student is certainly a trek I will not soon forget. I still wake up some days just wondering how I got into such a great program when everyone just seemed to out-qualify me, but there are those days w...

Where has my summer gone...getting ready for it all to start

Posted by orst11 in A Senseless Game, 22 July 2012 · 1,313 views

So less than a month until the big move. :)  I'm both excited yet freaking out at times. This whole process is about to finally end and a new journey will start and hopefully it ends as well as this one.  

Anyways, as many obstacles it seems like a person confronts with this whole process they must not forget the journey isn't over until you are really...

August 20: The Journey Begins

Posted by Medievalmaniac in The Alchemist's Path, 19 June 2012 · 1,729 views

OK, I lied. I actually start TA orientation on August 6.FINALLY!What a long, strange journey this has been. First, the application season-that-wasn't. Then, the application season that ended in a fully-funded offer from a perfect-fit school. Followed almost immediately by the cancer diagnosis. Followed by the year of chemo and radiation. Followed...



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