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bugabooo

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  1. I'm not sure if any of you listen to Fleet Foxes. They're my go-to shower singalong music, though my boyfriend calls it "weird monk music." He listens to rap. Artistic differences, I guess. Anyway, their music really hits me sometimes whether comforting or not. I have a playlist on my laptop of music that I find grounding, and it includes songs like "I Can Feel a Hot One" and some others by Manchester Orchestra, a large amount of Fleet Foxes, a taste or two of both Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles, and the like. I play that playlist when I study or do homework, or whenever I just need to get my sh*t together and calm down. I was not accepted into the program at WMU. I found out on Friday by way of a letter that my dad read before me because it wasn't sealed. I can't say I'm surprised at this decision-- I had a feeling the day I returned home from Interview Weekend that there wouldn't be a place for me there. I respect this decision, because I don't think I was who they were looking for. I can't handle the constant party that their department seems to encourage. Being told that the current students go out drinking multiple times a week together is not something that I'm itching to be part of. As I whine about not wanting to party, I'm soaking in the fact that I'll be moving to Chicago in six months. I have an acceptance in hand from Roosevelt and an interview lined up with Elmhurst as well as campus visits to both next week. That's right: Chicago! I held Roosevelt up as my top choice, and now it's becoming real. I need to find somewhere to live. I know very little about living in Chicago, and I'll need all the help I can get. My family knows people all over the country and world, but somehow we don't know anyone in Chicago (well, I know a couple people my age there, but no one who could save me if I ran into trouble). I'm lurking on the City Guide thread for Chicago and all the rental sites I can find. I know Roosevelt has very easy access to all the train lines because it's right by the loop. They include a CTA Ventra U-Pass in tuition, though I don't actually understand how it works. My limited experience in Chicago has always been great. I'm really excited to be living and going to school there, but there are so many issues I now face. Being rejected from WMU has set the ball rolling to the Windy City. Now begins a new journey filled with big decisions-- will my SO be able to move with me? Will I be working at the university or elsewhere? Where will I live? Will I get enough funding from the university to avoid major debt? Where before I was comfortable in the excitement of not knowing, I'm now very uncomfortable in the excitement of decision-making. Here we go. Headphones in, chin up.
  2. After being MIA for nearly a month, I'm planning a post. I've made a lot of decisions in the past month. :) 

  3. @PattiJeane thank you!! I am so grateful for those like you who have reached out to me offering advice or encouragement. I'll likely PM you soon.
  4. Same! Now that I've gained a better understanding of how I stack up to other applicants in my field, I'm wishing I'd just paid those extra app fees. That was the biggest thing for me when I decided how many schools to apply to-- but now I'm wondering what would have happened if I had applied to UPenn or Harvard. Still, I'm going for an MA right now and there's nothing to stop me from applying to PhD programs at "elite" schools in two years. (I mean, I know that's a bit messy sometimes and all, but I think you all get what I'm saying.) I definitely don't regret cancelling my application to my current University's general psych masters, though! Even as a last resort, I would have been miserable. Like you said, it's a good problem and maybe even silly.
  5. (1) $0 (2) Hoping on as much FinAid as possible (of really any kind) through the University, but might be looking at ~$20k/yr for two years as a worst-case scenario. (3) Less than $500 debt on my card, a little more than 4k savings (4) Average entry-level with MA is 40k but the national average as of 2010 was 87k.
  6. Bumping this! I think it's a great tool that we should use.
  7. Anyone want to claim the recent Roosevelt Interviews and acceptances? I noticed some more since my posting early this month/late last month. PM me if you're comfortable with it! Just want to compare notes.
  8. Oooh, @FeelTheBern, that's a great track. Sorry to disappoint on Seattle!
  9. I have to admit... I got the Tech HelpDesk at one University to unlock my student accounts, totally by mistake! I thought I had my login info wrong so I called and they just unlocked it. I have access to my student email and could use it if I wanted to, and I have access to all the student service pages like financial aid, personal info, grades and holds, schedule... everything. It's all blank right now, because I haven't actually accepted their offer. But unlike Elmhurst, I don't think I was meant to be able to use all that yet. Oops!!
  10. Rejections are not always as negative as we all think. While I am rooting for you and hope you get some acceptances, I'm also happy that you're able to see the brighter side. It's not the end of the world, as we so often think it is. It's just a change of plans if it happens, and I like to think that those who can survive the application process (and interviews, and emails, and blah blah blah) can certainly do so more than once! After all, we've got to be pretty tough to do all this. I forget sometimes how abnormal it is, to go to grad school. We're not the rule-- in many cases, we're the exception to it even before we're accepted anywhere. Whatever happens, I think you'll find support here.
  11. Same thing happened to me with Elmhurst. Turns out, it was just a way for me to access my application file-- and becomes a student portal if you actually become a student. However, I too APPEAR to have access to class registration, events, etc. I don't, actually. Like everything is there but when clicked I get errors. I'd advise you to email the program director or office of admissions at that school. That's what I did, and I was told that my confusion was common and then everything was explained properly. The person I contacted expressed that he actually hated the current system because it confuses applicants so much, and he's been lobbying for a change.
  12. Oh my gosh, I had no clue! That's really cool, thanks for sharing. I have skin issues that change with the seasons, and NYX has so many affordable options that are very kind to my skin. Their BB cream is one of my must-have products because it's so lightweight and it really looks like you're not even wearing any makeup. I'd love for people to think my skin just looks this great naturally. @raaawr I just can't handle gel eyeliner! I've tried SO many types, but I've gotten so good with the super thin brush NYX liquid liner has that gel feels clumpy and heavy. It looks great done right, though. Very striking on you, I'm sure!
  13. This is making me miss my blue hair! I have really dark curly brown hair, but I used to have neon blue and purple streaks all over while I was in high school. It looked so awesome and was tons of fun, but I was having trouble finding a job. I was told straight up that I would not be hired unless I changed my hair. After a few awful waitress/bartending jobs, I gave up and dyed it back- and immediately got a job outside of food service. I miss my fun hair so much! Because my hair is so dark/thick, it would take AGES to bleach it light enough to hold a bright blue. I'm really glad I did it, though. Love all the pics everyone is posting! I wear full face makeup every day. It's sort of my morning therapy. I find it very relaxing! BB creme, foundation, concealer, contouring (but I use powder), eyebrows and full eye makeup with winged liquid eyeliner. I love dramatic eye makeup, but I try to keep the rest of my makeup soft and natural. I grew up in theatre so I'm great at applying false eyelashes, but I hate wearing them! One of my favorite brands is NYX Cosmetics, and I'm in love with Smashbox's Photo Primer Water. Anyone else have some favorites?
  14. Man, that's really sad.
  15. To show how lame I am, I legit had to google that. It's definitely going on my grocery list! Thanks! I do keep to the sweeter, brighter wines. I just haven't gotten my pallet to a place where I can appreciate dry wines yet!
  16. I've very suddenly-- like within the past month-- developed a love of cheese plates. I've never been very adventurous with cheeses, which as a vegetarian is probably some sort of crime. My definition of a "cheese plate" is currently gouda, colby jack, mozzarella, and whatever else I have on hand. And lots of crackers! It's really hard to find wine pairing guides for vegetarians, so I'm experimenting with that as well.
  17. Hey everyone! Looks like I'll be moving to Chicago to attend Roosevelt University in the fall. I'm from a small rural town, and I already know that I may experience some culture shock. I'm hoping to get this thread to be a little more active, because I need all the help I can get as far as advice, tips, resources, personal experience... anything that could help me out! I'm looking for a one bedroom apartment-- if it allows small dogs that would be a huge bonus. I'm fine with commuting but hope to keep my commute at an hour or less. I've been trying to learn about the neighborhoods around Chicago, but since it's pretty overwhelming I figured I'd just bump this thread. I'm hoping that my SO will be able to move with me, which depends on whether he can transfer his job to Chicago and if he can find a nearby school to continue his undergrad in Secondary Ed. We're visiting Chicago next week so I can tour campus and meet faculty, but we'll have time to explore the area a bit as well. Anything at all would be helpful and highly appreciated. Thank you!!
  18. School Name: Elmhurst CollegeInterview Invite Received: 2/19/16 Degree: MastersType: Industrial Organizational Notified via: Email from an Admissions CounselorInterview Date: 2/26/16 via SkypeAdditional Info: I was told a couple weeks ago by the Asst. Director of Admissions that I'd be asked to interview, so this was not surprising.
  19. so, my rejection letter wasn't even sealed when it arrived. My dad read it before I did because it was open. I mean, I think I knew I wasn't going to be accepted there after I found out they were only accepting 3-4 people, and I've already been accepted to my top choice, but it still kinda sucks. But hey! now I know! No more waiting for that school.
  20. Rejected from Western Michigan University's I/O Psych Masters. They're only accepting 3-4 students this year, and I was among 14 applicants who were invited to interview weekend out of a couple hundred applicants. They seem to give WMU undergrads priority consideration, and I both hate and kind of understand that. Interview weekend was ridiculous- see my blog about it. They put us through a lot. I'm a fairly competitive applicant, but this rejection wasn't that surprising after the interviews. I already have been accepted to my top choice, which certainly cushioned this blow.
  21. Okay, for context: literally everything else at this school has been hosted online. I couldn't even send my LoR by mail, they too had to be uploaded to the school's application portal. Other programs at this school seem (looking at results search) to notify applicants through email that a decision has been posted in the message center of the application portal. The email from a faculty member told me it'd be through the mail, and I was really surprised. Plus mail takes a long time to get to me as I'm in a pretty rural area, so it's basically guaranteed that other applicants will find out before I do. I told another applicant about watching their mailbox and he mirrored my reaction: "It's 2016. Do you think they realize it's 2016?" I'm filing it myself for the first time- my parents are pretty hush hush about their finances even to me, so my mom has always just done it for me. But now that I'm filing independent and don't need to factor my parents in, my EFC is really low. I think that seems to be a good thing? I think it means I qualify for more... help? I filed it a month ago when I did my taxes. I don't know. I don't know anything.
  22. I just... I just want to KNOW. I interviewed eleven days ago and I know the faculty (AdCom) met this past Friday to make the decisions and they're sending notice through the MAIL that I was told to expect this week or maybe next week and I'm SO ANTSY. I'm just going to melt into a puddle of stress if the weekend comes without a letter. I was totally fine until this morning. I am no longer totally fine. And I have literally no experience with loans or finaid so I have a constant underlying crisis about how unequipped I am to deal with all that. I know this isn't the thread for finance, but really I'm whining about how I somehow have to figure all this out on my own and it's very confusing. (Yeah, I did the FAFSA and I've applied for assistantships. I just don't know what happens now with the FAFSA tbh.) Plus my manager keeps trying to open my position at work! My district manager came to our office yesterday to kinda scold her, because I'm not leaving until probably August-- yet she keeps saying how I'm "about to leave/ about to be gone" and how they're "going to be short staffed any time now since I'm leaving." It's honestly nerve-wracking because she's always talking about my departure as if it's days or weeks away.
  23. I've scheduled visits to two campuses in the same area. One has already accepted me but hasn't made any funding decisions yet. The other hasn't even finished processing my application, because they have a ridiculously late deadline (like not until early summer). Both contacts have enthusiastically agreed to my proposed visits. So, now what? I feel like the dog that just caught her own tail: I didn't think I'd get this far... now what? My SO and a close friend are coming with me for my 4-day trip, and we're staying really close to each campus (switching hotels partway through). I want to open up a thread for discussion about visits that are not interviews. I'd really love advice or just to learn about the experiences that others have had.
  24. Wow, thank you for your replies. @TakeruK: Good idea on what my SO and our friend could do while I'm busy. I have a tour scheduled for the three of us through the university, but I'm also going to be meeting with the program director, the founder of the program (thank you, connections), and a current student or two. It'll be at least a half day on campus, but no other activities have been offered or brought up. I've been a bit lost on what my friend and SO should do during that time. We'll be in downtown Chicago for the first two and a half days and my SO has never been there before, so hopefully our friend can take the lead on activities without me-- and then we'll check out the museum and aquarium and fun touristy stuff! I have amazing rates at both hotels I have booked, but I hadn't thought of asking about student or university discounts at local attractions! Thanks! @rising_star: My contact for the school with late admissions is actually the assistant director of admissions at that school. He said he'd personally give me a tour of campus and set up a meeting with a current grad student in my program. Like the first school, that's the extent of the plan for now. I haven't specifically mentioned my two-person fan club that will be with me, because I don't know how to bring it up without it being really weird . Cost of living is going to be higher than I'm used to at either school because both are in the Chicago area. I'm planning on asking for advice on that while visiting, especially from current students, because neither school assists students with off-campus housing and my SO would hopefully be moving with me.
  25. Honestly, I thought the same thing about the PDF. I still find it super weird, but after a handful of current students separately all told me the same thing, I did it their way. I guess it protects against formatting issues, and a .pdf can be opened on nearly any device, but it's a lot of steps to go through for one simple act. I got really positive responses from each one I sent (a total of five), so I guess it was the right thing to do. Really involved and I think too complicated, but it seems to have gone over quite well. Personally, I think a nicely composed email would/should have been fine. A handwritten note is probably nicer as long as you have good handwriting!