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avflinsch

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About avflinsch

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  • Birthday 12/28/1961

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    PhD - Comm, Library & Info Science

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  1. I am not female and not at UNC, so I won't comment on fashion there. August on the east coast anywhere south of of the New England states can be pretty brutal - be prepared for much more humidity, and the temps don't drop quite as much at night as they do in New Mexico or Colorado. You will also be getting there in the middle of hurricane season, so be prepared for rain. As for carrying stuff around, it seems to be pretty evenly split between backpacks, messenger bags, and smallish briefcases. Use whatever is most comfortable for you. Personally, I switch between a briefcase big enough to hold my laptop, a few pads, folders with materials for whatever I am doing that day, and a large leather overnight bag that holds way too much stuff.
  2. We both had good experiences there. For me it was both as an employee (good place to work, but the pay sucks compared to what I was getting in private industry), and as a student. I am not all that familiar with the Political Science department, I do know that my daughter has Eric Davis as an advisor, in the United Nations concentration.
  3. For the personal statement, I basically said that since I would have 21 years at Rutgers as an employee when I finish the PhD and would like to remain as an employee for a few more years after that (in order to get the retirement benefits), but would be looking at something afterwards - possibly a contract at another school for something to do after retirement.
  4. I just noticed this - My daughter is in one of the Political Science Master's programs at RU, I finished my undergrad there, did my master's there and am starting the PhD in the fall (all occurred after age 50). There is a pretty good sized population of us older folks here at all levels.
  5. This is something to absolutely consider - different fields will have different opportunities. There is a very big difference between what can be done after a PhD in the hard/soft sciences and the pure humanities. In the case of the original poster, finishing in your early 40's would put you on the borderline for a purely academic position (like it or not age discrimination is a very real thing). In my case, starting a PhD at 55, I know that there is almost no possibility of a tenure track position when I complete it. This is something that I specifically pointed out in my personal statement and interviews, and balanced it by stating how my years of professional experience would be beneficial to the overall program.
  6. For admission to the program, age should not matter. In fact, you could swing it to your advantage by mentioning how your professional experience relates to the program that your applying to.
  7. I finished my undergrad after a 20+ year gap in the corporate world, then jumped into a professional masters and am now starting the PhD (all while working full time). In each of my personal statements I specifically referenced the advantages of of having many accumulated years of real world professional experience and work ethics, and how that applies to the world of academia. Swing the experience angle to your advantage, the typical corporate BS, is not all that much different from academic bureaucracy. The hoops you need to jump thru may be different, but hoops are hoops.
  8. Both R and Python have hundreds of user contributed packages/libraries. There is a very good chance that someone has already created one that does exactly what you need, or something close enough that can be easily adapted to your needs. It is a good idea to learn both, and there is nothing to stop you from from doing part of the analysis in one, exporting the data midstream, then continuing in the other (and switching back if needed). Personally, I use a combination of SPSS, Matlab, R, Python and other languages as needed. Some things are easier to do in one platform, and some things are easier to do in another.
  9. In general your new 4 year institution will take the credits that you transferred from the 2 year school, but will not include them into your GPA. When you do apply to a grad school, you will most likely need to supply both transcripts. They will get the GPA from your 2 year school, and a different one from the the 4 year school. They may or may not recalculate the last 60 credits, it would depend on the school (and possibly the program within the school). As for retaking the courses, it would depend on the policies at your new 4 year school.
  10. It varies by program, even within the same discipline. The program I applied to required the masters to be considered for admission, some other programs in the same field did not.
  11. The answer is 'it depends'. For admissions - If the school has a rolling admissions policy, they will review applications as they come in. In many cases this will be program specific (some departments will do it, while others may not). If they are not doing rolling admissions, then they will not review things until after the deadline. In this case it may be beneficial to start the application early, so that you can get all of the basic details in, have transcripts sent, get letters written and sent etc. It will also give you more time to write and polish your personal statement so you won't be rushing when the actual deadline looms near, but submitting it way before the deadline won't make a difference in the decision outcome. Many schools have multiple deadlines, usually an early one for funding, and an absolute drop dead one that they won't accept applications after.
  12. Third option - do what I did Take a full time job at a university, use the tuition benefits to pay for the education. This is a pretty standard benefit for most schools, most will even pay for your kids also (which was the main reason I took the job in the first place). I finished my BA this way, full tuition paid by employee benefits, I only needed to pay for books and fees. Most of the masters went the same way, until I tipped over the salary limit for 100% tuition, and got cut back to 50% for the final 3 semesters. The PhD is currently partially funded by employee benefits, and I have been promised a part time teaching position which will cover the remainder starting in January. It might take me a bit longer by going part time, but overall the costs were less than making a car payment.
  13. Not for philosophy either, but my daughter got admitted to a political science program 2 days before classes started.
  14. Same here - master's completed, but the PhD starts soon.
  15. There are two things likely to cause problems in the ink flow, either you are holding the pen at too high of an angle with respect to the paper, or have the nib rotated. The Lamy has a somewhat triangular grip, so you are more or less forced to hold the nib in the correct position, my suspicion is that you are holding the pen at too high of an angle. see http://www.richardspens.com/?page=ref/ttp/sweetspot.htm for a better description