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avflinsch

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  1. Started the Masters at 52, finishing it now at 55 - The last class is tonight. The PhD is being started in September - still at 55, but I figure that I will be 62 when that is complete.
  2. Yes, and preferably multiples of both. The external hard drive is for backups, make sure to keep backups, you never know what is going to happen. My external has saved my ass at least twice when the one in my laptop crashed, and when the laptop died a few weeks ago. The backups are also good when you want to refer to a version of some document that you wrote 3 months ago. The usb keys are for transferring documents between computers in those places where you can't use the cloud for storage.
  3. It may depend on the school, but they may be taking the 'best of' for each score when there are multiple exams. In this case, you would end up with a Q:165 and a V:160 for a total of 325. Also each program may weight scores differently - the Q score may be more important in math and the sciences, while the V score may be more important in the humanities.
  4. good news (you have been admitted)
  5. Similar situation here, I finished my undergrad, and immediately jumped into a related terminal/professional masters (Master of Information aka MLIS) as a part time student. When I did this, my main idea was to have a second card to play if I were in the process of looking for another job in the future. I did not have any intention of doing the PhD initially, but towards the end of the second year, I realized that I did want to go on the PhD in the same program (which required the masters for admission). I should mention, that I finished my undergrad at 52, then immediately jumped into the masters program which I will finish in May, before starting the PhD program this fall. What mainly helped me is that all 3 fields are somewhat related, and by the time I applied to the PhD program I already had ~30 years work experience in the industry. The other thing that helped was that I was, in the words of one of the POIs that I interviewed with 'a known quantity', having completed my undergrad, and doing my masters at the same institution. In his opinion, I was less of a risk because of that, since they already knew what my academic work was like. So, to answer some of your questions - Time - only you can answer that, in my case it did not matter for the masters, but your mileage WILL vary.... Research credibility - Nobody really knows what research is like at the PhD level is like until they have actually done it. I think that most admissions committees realize that, but it may make a difference is some fields. It didn't make a difference for me, and I suspect that in HCI, practical experience is probably more important anyway. Long term goals - You are correct in the comment about employment and salary. Full time academic jobs can be difficult to come by, but that is also field dependent. In my case, jumping directly into academia after completing the PhD, would most likely result in an overall decrease in income. My end game is to have something to do after I retire from the professional life for additional income, and I did make this clear when I was interviewing for the PhD. From where I stand now, my professional retirement with full benefits should happen 4-5 years after finishing the PhD, so this is not an unreasonable goal. The high opportunity cost is also something to consider. There are really two things to consider here, lost income and lost time. In my case, the time is more important than the income. I will be doing the PhD part time, without departmental funding (because of the part time status), but I am also a full time employee of the university, and employee benefits will cover a significant portion of the financial part.
  6. You should also check out the places from http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/
  7. Judging from this, I would assume that you are living in NJ. I would try to get to as many places as possible that are listed in Weird New Jersey
  8. Take a close look at the application requirements. If it states 'all schools' then send them all schools (including the one you would like to forget), if it states 'schools where a degree was granted', then only include that one, and your current one (since you are expecting a degree from them). .
  9. I have been working on the Busch campus for close to 14 years now, and several of my colleagues live close to campus - The area around the Busch campus is fairly safe, not all that much happens in Piscataway. Downtown New Brunswick and the area around the College Ave campus can get pretty dicey at times.
  10. This was a major disagreement between my wife and I when we first got married. She liked crunchy, I hated crunchy. If it has the word 'butter' in the name, it should be smooth, like butter. Would you want to spread chunky butter on your morning toast? The only good use for chunky/crunchy peanut butter is for cookies.
  11. One year a long time ago, there were penguins who didn't wear hats when swimming. This made their mothers livid. "Unacceptable!" Frightened, they screamed, "Bears!" Nobody seemed convinced so instead of going swimming they tried juggling. Their mothers tried everything they thought would teach her a skill. However, she couldn't even make oatmeal without disastrous results. So, the penguins gathered money (obviously) trying to purchase a bear. Towering over them, a grizzly beast danced, devouring all bears with such ferocity that even God enjoyed it. Afterwards, God congratulated the penguins and applauded them. "You did it!" Suddenly, the grizzly beast started dancing vigorously. There was an acromantula nearby. It challenged the preconception that magical mushrooms were magical. Sparkling, the magical mushrooms were spreading throughout town. Nobody with pyromania thought grilled cheese would spontaneously erupt into nine identical squirrels! Nevertheless, the penguins elucidated the benefits of sparkling water from Iceland. Suddenly, Iceland exclaimed, "Enough!!! No more penguins. Kill all of the arcades on Monday because King Arthur suffered from sphenisciphobia." Tragically, everyone forgot lasers cure bug madness, meaning none of them stripped the violet beast of his powerful jaw bones. So while some arms spouted Kool-aid, others chopped nuts. This phenomenon halted commerce. Together twenty-five yellow dragons danced sporadically inebriating all anger gods, while academics drank champagne profusely. Who were they? Snotty undergrads eating free Tetrahydrocannabinol Chlorate. Homicidal kittens emerged from congressional hearings purring rhythmic improvised melodies, infuriating the associate professors who stripped them intermittently of all credentials. The incredulous kittens meowed like dragons farts. Except Bruno, who mewed like tinkling bells. Understandably, one chicken farted. Then, surreptitiously, two giraffes killed the conspicuous dragon. Audaciously, someone belched "RAWR!" Startled, four punks flew down from the Appalachian, a bit wide-eyed, and jumped into a brobdingnagian beam of protons, flipping fingers zestfully. Meanwhile, the paladins prophylactically committed themselves to diabolical plots. Therefore, lemonade became the de jure punishment for audacious acts. Worms squirmed and dug tunnels into Harvard where walruses
  12. apple pie
  13. A better term would be 'hardcore' and that is not boring. You can also get a plain black anywhere, just try to get a 'tall, sugar free, caramel, soy latte with a double shot' at your average truckstop/diner while traveling.
  14. It doesn't seem to be an interview request, but they may have some questions about your application. There may have been something in it that wasn't quite clear to them. I got a request similar to yours, but it was after an interview with a poi. It turned out they were unclear on my funding requirements, as I did not specifically mention it in my personal statement, and only checked off the 'I need some funding assistance' box on the application.
  15. air horn