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  2. I am starting a Masters program this Fall (middle of August) and am already enrolled in courses for sessions A and B. Since I'm a nerd and prefer to read materials and textbooks way ahead of time, is it appropriate (or acceptable) to ask professors for their syllabus now? Or should I just wait until class starts? Can anyone give me any tips or suggestions about anything before starting my graduate program?
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  4. I think your logic tells you MSU already but you need some assurance. I think if you build relevant experiences while you are at MSU to match the jobs that you want in California, you should be just fine!
  5. All the conflicting job hunt information is confusing and overwhelming to me but thank you @Eigenand @spunky. I'm glad to know I was doing the right thing.
  6. If admin within the non-profit field is your goal, I would recommend MPA because you already have professional credential as a social worker with your BSW. It is great that you already have some field experience too because your experience would definitely help when it comes to policy development and implementation. Some MSW schools have administrative focused concentration so I would apply to MPA and MSW programs to see which ones you get accepted to. Maybe some schools offer you scholarship and that would sway your decision (you never know!). It is always good to have options
  7. My husband had a similar problem as the OP in a class he was TAing, and he finally asked the guy to leave. When the kid wouldn't, my husband threatened to call security and he finally left. He was worried he went too far, but his adviser (the professor for the course as well) told him, "Good. You're not doing him any favors by letting him act like that." They're not in high school anymore. They choose (and pay) to attend college classes, so the onus is on them to make good use of their time. You also have a responsibility to the rest of the class. They shouldn't have to suffer because of that kind of behavior. After my husband kicked that student out, he looked around the room and saw relief written on everyone's faces. And he was able to continue with the class more efficiently as well.
  8. Hello everyone, I'm new to the Grad Cafe. I'm an international 3rd year undergraduate student from another country who is seeking a funded phd program in electrical/computer engineering in the US (I cannot afford colleges in the US). In my first year of college, due to some health problems my GPA ended up very poorly (1.2/4 gpa in the 1st year). However, I have fixed it later on, and raised it to 3.3 / 4 by the end of my 3rd year. And I can say that my average GPA in the last two years is 3.5+. In my school it is usually very hard to get high grades, so I am right now the best student in my class. I am going to take the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests next month. I have no research experience since I am an undergraduate student. This summer I am going to do an internship at a major and well-known electronics company. I can probably get great recommendation letters. I am worried about my GPA being low for a funded phd program and I am wondering what are my chances to get accepted. Which engineering schools could match with my profile? Is there anyone who got admitted to a phd program with a low grade, and which schools? I would be very glad to hear your own experience. Thanks in advance for taking your time and recommendations.
  9. Thank you! That's very helpful! I've never heard of a review paper/historiography of a research area before. Where do you find them? Also, what do you all think about publications that were not well-reviewed but show up in everyone's citations? The controversial pieces that got people talking? Could one of those go on a comps list?
  10. @anon143 At the start of my first year I didn't register for classes until August and it was perfectly fine lol. Even if a class was technically full my advisor had the ability to make it work because apparently there is a form for everything and first years are usually given some flexibility because they have no idea what they're supposed to be doing. And I do understand your fiance's thoughts on renting vs owning, but he has to be willing to make some compromises if he wants to be with his wife after the wedding. I know there's all kinds of modern twists on marriage, but I don't get the sense that you 2 actually want to live apart. Plus you 2 will have to deal with this issue again when you apply for internships (and maybe post doc and your job after that) because limiting yourself geographically can make it harder to be placed. There are lots of threads on this forum about going through this process with a spouse that might help you begin some discussions with him about what grad school is like. Now this year up until the wedding if living apart makes the most sense then there is nothing wrong with that, however you're saying your only option is to deal with a long commute when it isn't. You can't change what your fiance chooses to do, but you can change your situation anyway you want. You could look into renting a place (solo or shared) closer to campus and reduce your commute, your University might have grad student housing that is nice and affordable, or you might be able to find a commuter room closer where you just rent it during the week and go back to your parents place on weekends. Regardless of what you decide, be certain that it is truly what is best for you and you're not just settling for an awful situation because you feel obligated to.
  11. I don't think it's true that political science departments in the US (&Canada!) don't do postcolonial theory. Some people that come to mind: - Peggy Kohn (UofToronto) - P.J. Brendese (Johns Hopkins) - Sankar Muthu (UChicago) - Karuna Mantena (Yale) - Keally McBride (USF) - Glen Coulthard (UBC) I'm sure there are many more theorists that I can't think of off the top of my head.
  12. chicago, sankar muthu comes to mind easily... with that being said, one could realize that post-colonial isn' that hot in US polisci department without much research, you can find more scholars in sociology and literature with a methodological penchant for post-colonialism.
  13. hello everyone, I'm currently finishing up my second master degree in theology at an US research university, previously I've obtained a degree in philosophy overseas, I focus on comparative religious thoughts( relationship between political and religious thoughts, and some critical theory too) in both programs and I plan to apply this year, what I have in mind are programs with strong theory faculty, and if possible I might focus on the field of comparative political theory. So I wonder if it is a big disadvantage not having a empirical social science background? Will it hurt my chances a lot? Here are some schools on my list this circle: Chicago Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Notre Dame University of Pennsyvania, Georgetown,
  14. An international development organization, in response to a vitamin A deficiency among people in the impoverished nation of Tagus, has engineered a new breed of millet high in vitamin A. While seeds for this new type of millet cost more, farmers will be paid subsidies for farming the new variety of millet. Since millet is already a staple food in Tagus, people will readily adopt the new variety. To combat vitamin A deficiency, the government of Tagus should do everything it can to promote this new type of millet. Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation. The most important question here would be whether it would work. Most of the farmers are illiterate. They live with their minimum wages of salary. Thoer entire crop is lost if there is no down downpour. ALready with the crops they culture, they have enough issues to deal with.Now, when the government comes up with an alternarive plan for cultivaton of a high breed millet with an increased content of Vitamin A, it needs to be cultivated. When it is introduced to the farmers, they are not going to irrigate the farm all of a sudden so that high breed millet can be grown, many questions need to be answered. It is mentioned in the question that the farmers will be provided with subsidies. But practically speaking, will all the farmers be given sufficient money so that they can cultivate? Also, since it is a new crop to be cultivated, the method of farming migh also slightly differ including the pesticides and fertilisers to be used, the water content, nurturing method and so forth.These informations has to passed on to the farmers, so that they have an idea of what they are doing. Since the staple food of Tagus is millets, government can easily convince the farmers for its high breed cultivation. Farming always comes with a lot of insecurity, which has its basis on the weather,the funding alloted, other kinds of support from the government.
  15. People who make decisions based on emotion and justify those decisions with logic afterwards are poor decision makers.Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Decisions made on emotional grounds seems to be logically irrelevant majority of the times.I agree to validate the fact that emotional people are not good problem solvers, here decision makers. As history tells us, in police departments or any other government investigation agencies, the employees are not allowed to take cases which has any of their family members being sued or being the victim of the criminal case/civil case which took place. This is primarly because the superiors think that when these employees start investigating the cases mentioned above, they tend to bring emotional aspects into the picture making them to have a different level of perspective tending them to take actions on emotional basis rather than logical basis. THis does create irregularity in the court of law and there is clearly a bias, hence this activity is strongly discouraged. Our feelings should not affect the way we think. Maybe in some cases, we are forced to. As described in the question as to people making decsions on emotional basis and then giving logical explanations, they might be sometimes put in a situation where they donot want to feel superior, complexity of the situation must be taken into consideration. Probably for people having low self-esteem and an inferiority complex, they quickly make decisions to be in par with the surrounded people. But end of the day, it is only going to downgrade them. As they meticulously keep doing it, the fact of being insecure becomes more obvious, which was unnecessary in the first place itself. To conclude, there are two sides for the same story. It doesnt mean both are correct,it is about how we perceive them. Practically speaking, most of the times decisions based on emotions tend to be a disaster, especially when it comes to work.
  16. Wanted to add: I have been wondering how important it is to study at a school that follows a specific approach or to get supervision from a therapist who uses that approach. Although obviously I'm not in school yet so it's possible my opinions are out to lunch, I feel pretty strongly about the value and importance of the Existential approach compared to others that I've read about (although I haven't experienced them). That is why I'm going to the UK instead of staying here in BC. But is it possible to explore ones own approach to therapy even if the school focuses on a different approach? How much influence does the training program have over that type of thing? My understanding is that programs here tend to be heavy on CBT.
  17. Thanks for the input. Although Spunky I'm disappointed to hear that. I wonder why the hours would be any different here? Maybe their program required less hours than the college requires for registrants? So far the BC College does seem pretty unhelpful and vague. They state on the website that they will not give out advice about non CPA/APA programs and they suggest getting an accreditation service (or whatever they're called) to look at the international degrees and determine if they're equivalent before applying. I don't know that that's even possible before I have the degree, and if it's possible to get them to look at a few different options. I did ask my own therapist and she said it is a total crap shoot with accreditation with the college. Although somehow she is an RPsych with only an MA so I'm not sure how she swung that?... she did suggest I go for the DPsych, though, as it would be more likely to transfer to Canada (and elsewhere). It is terrifying embarking on this without being sure, though. I wouldn't want to be stuck in the boat that those other UK grads were and have to register as a counsellor. It seems like the counselling regulations are pretty lax and some of the counsellors around here have done online certificate programs from sketchy schools - I wouldn't want to be lumped in with those counsellors after getting a doctorate!
  18. What stands out to me in the OP is the absence of people. As in, networking connections. Degrees mean nothing if you don't have a network to tap into. My advice would be to find a mentor. Cold call/email if you don't have one person who can connect you to someone to help you write your resume or get experience or help craft your Ph.D applications. Also, do you use LinkedIn? If not, I recommend it. Not only is it great for organizing your accomplishments, but you can basically stalk the profiles of people in your dream positions. It also helps build your network in a somewhat informal manner.
  19. Thanks Horb, but am so anxious. .....
  20. I'm half-crippingly worried about my ability to perform on the GRE and being weeded out without ANY of my materials being looked at. Has anyone gotten into a top program in American Studies with less than stellar GRE scores? Brown, for example?
  21. It's good that everyone has the same classes so they won't be filled. In English, we are more divided according to track (i.e. literature, linguistics, writing, etc.) and then in literature according to our area of specialty. There are 500 level classes, but those really are for the master's students. The Ph.D. students take 600-700 level classes and by the time I was registering in April, there were only 3 literature classes left. So, a great deal of difference. I do hope you are able to work things out. During my undergrad and MA I had a 45 minute drive each way. It gets very old, especially when you have been on campus all day and need to work more once you get home. The drive drained any energy I had left, leaving me like mush. Good luck!
  22. Hi Keziem, Course based (MEng) programs are notoriously difficult for international students to get acceptance. (At least in Canada) These are considered professional programs and the fees are usually 35-50k for 1 year. Needless to say this is not affordable for many international students (I imagine you would need to show proof of tuition cost and living expenses which would amount to about 80k on the high end). International students usually apply for MASc which in Canada usually has guaranteed funding (depending on the school) which covers tuition and a very modest living allowance. Based on your profile I think it would be slim even if you improve your GRE your GPA is quite low (2nd class honours) since A's are 70+... your GPA doesn't translate that well (though I could be wrong about this). Getting into either a research or course based Masters at the universities you have mentioned would be extremely difficult. University of Waterloo has an interesting online Power MEng in Electrical Engineering that might be worth exploring. I think there are other online MEng programs that might be options to explore. If you are looking to use university as a immigration tool it might be beneficial to look at lesser known schools (try looking at Maclean's Magazine Rankings for Canada) and applying to an MASc application. I think that course based programs are largely out of reach to take on campus but MASc should be an option, many might still be looking for January and May intakes. Best of Luck
  23. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts! @MarineBluePsy To expand just a bit, we haven't been renting because we save a ton of money with our currently fabulous commutes. We have rented a place together before, when we lived in a different city and needed to. He actually works in finance and his firm belief is that renting is a waste of money if you don't "need" to. Rent money could instead be mortgage money, put towards owning your own property. I appreciate all the advice about the commute and having office space. I will try to get him to better understand what being a PhD student will really be like.. I think he's just clueless about this world! Well, he has said that if we don't get a house in a year or so (after we actually marry and being w/ our parents will then be weird), then we can settle with renting. Of course, that will still be one year as a miserable 1st year, but maybe I can suck it up. There's an older student in the program who commuted 1.5 hours a few days a week for three years. She said it was awful but doable. So with that in mind, one year is fine.. @cowgirlsdontcry I'm supposed to have registered, but I actually missed the first orientation because half a year ago I planned a vacation for that very week. Then I took my time because of these second thoughts.. Also, I'm not sure if it's different for English PhD? But in CP most/all of the classes for 1st years are the same and there's no issue with classes being filled up. Again, thanks much!
  24. I think you should be looking at NC State and some other schools in the 15-30 range (lower for safeties). And if the adv math classes / gre subject go well, apply to top schools too. Also, I'm assuming you've talked to your research mentor about this? I'd trust whatever he says over anyone on this board.
  25. Are you trained in the continental tradition or analytic?
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