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About qkhitai

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    2017 Fall
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    MA East Asian Studies

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  1. There's also been an 'official' silence with my new department and I've not really heard anything since I accepted my offer. I speak to my advisor-to-be regularly enough, but our chats are relatively informal. I've received no information from the school or department administration or anything. I don't even know when I have to arrive there for orientation yet. So yeah, it seems like this is quite normal.
  2. When narrowing your field, I think the best thing you can do is just keep reading and writing, as others have said. I started my BA broadly interested in early medieval China (c.200-c.600 AD). As I read more, I began to discover that I really enjoyed tackling themes such as ethnicity and identity, which led me down a path towards a specific dynasty that had a proliferation of related issues. I could probably give a breadcrumb trail list of different books and articles that helped to get me where I am now, research interest wise - in terms of what inspired me or grabbed me and made me go 'yeah, I want to do this kind of stuff'. Everything you read, good or bad, helpful or useless, contributes to shaping your interests; you can cross things off the list, focus in on specific themes, discover things you'd never thought about before. Unless you go and make that effort, you'll never find out what you're truly passionate about.
  3. I lived in mainland China and taught sporadically part time. Happy to answer any questions. Cost of living is probably the cheapest out of the East Asian countries, but it's generally harder to get by without speaking the native language. I think that depends on the person. I know people who went from nothing to HSK 4 in less than a year.
  4. I agree you should definitely go into your studies with an open mind and would add that you don't want to necessarily pigeonhole yourself into one thing or another so early. That being said, you obviously have your research interests and a broad area you want to work in. If my supervisor turned around and said I would be doing research totally unrelated to what I applied to do and completely divorced from my interests, I would certainly feel not only incredulous, but also quite angry. But it doesn't sound like your case is that extreme. Like fuzzy I have no idea what goes on in your field, and I also don't know what you signed up for as it were, but from what you've said it does sound like there is some crossover between what you want to do and what your advisor is proposing? Are you still doing remote sensing(?) and using other tools that you can carry over to another area (intertidal) in the future? Will you get valuable methodological/practical/whatever experience from wetlands work that relates to other areas you are interested in? For example, I have to do some work in areas outside my own field of interest from my own MA (I do medieval history, but I'll be taking classes in modern lit and ethnic theory), but from this study I'll pick up a new set of tools with which I can go back and use in my actual area. Is yours a similar kind of case?
  5. I generally schedule research days or blocks of time, where I can alternate between reading, writing and editing depending on my mood or what stage of the project I'm at. I'm very much someone who writes on the fly and I've never been one for meticulous planning. Having a more fluid approach works well for me, as I tend to write a lot in short bursts, rather than a little bit every day. Being able to more freely swap between all the various things I need to do tends to keep me on top of my projects and maximises my available time. Cool to see another Nano writer! I failed a few times, but finally got a win in 2015. Keep at it!
  6. It certainly sounds relevant and there are plenty of similar conferences in my own field I'd jump at the chance to go to. But there will be more conferences in the future, and if you miss one then you'll assuredly get the chance to go to another somewhere down the line. Also consider how important or rewarding attending any conference will be, and weigh it against your other priorities. I had to pull out of attending a conference recently, which was a shame, but I just had too much other stuff on my plate. I doubt anyone will fund plane fare from NA to Europe for you (although I'd love to be shown wrong), but you may get enough to cover fees and a hotel. If it's in 2018 you have some time to save some funds for yourself if you really want to go I suppose. Not sure what people feel about (partially) funding their own conferences, but it's something I might consider if the price was right.
  7. I imagine that's going to vary on where you go and what conferences you wish to attend. If you're in the UK and you want to attend a conference in France, it probably wouldn't be any more expensive than going to one in the UK. For the US and North America though, I imagine it's a stickier situation and I doubt it's a case of 'oftens'. I know the conference funding I get at my Canadian institution wouldn't stretch to a trip abroad, but maybe it's something that can be supplemented.
  8. Demonstrating language aptitude for my research area; I was near enough flat-out told this was a key strength of my application. Not relevant for everyone, but certainly essential for many folks in humanities or area studies.
  9. I have a week before my UG dissertation deadline and I just discovered 30 relevant theses/articles on my topic hidden away in my downloads folder. I downloaded them ages ago and then promptly forgot about them. Some of them are certainly useful, others maybe not so, but I still have to go through and see what's what. But with the deadline approaching, I'm sure I'll have to compromise in places to get everything in on time, even if a few sources remain unread. I'll just have to read them afterwards and learn a lesson from not organising my research properly.
  10. Well it doesn't sound like you're doing much wrong then. I was going to say your coursemates don't sound like very nice people if no one them wanted to go for a birthday meal, but if you only told them on the day then that is kind of short notice I suppose. It still sounds like something is off though if they're that friendly but you're the only one ever stopping to talk to them. Provided it's not a one-on-one 'date-like' scenario, their having boyfriends is irrelevant - although at this age and stage of life, I'd like to think people weren't so jealous/worried that a man and woman can't be platonic friends. I am sorry to hear things aren't going well - it doesn't sound like you're at fault for any of this. A part of me wants to say just cut your losses, because why should you keep putting effort into hanging out with them when they give you nothing in return. But on the other hand, I've also had coursemates who I was never close to - when I was in a similar situation to you -, yet they eventually became my best friends. Friendships can often blossom in the strangest and rarest of ways, without either person ever thinking they would be friends with the other. So maybe compromise, pull your foot off the gas for a bit and see who else is around. Keep putting yourself out there and getting into new situations where you can meet new people. I don't know if it helps, but if you speak a another language then that's an easy way to meet people - native speakers or otherwise. You can always try mobile apps or social websites as well - I've met quite a few friends that way over the past few years.
  11. Tuition plus $10,000? Does that mean proof you can pay the tuition and then that you will receive/have $10,000 on top of that? My funding (TAship) covers my tuition, but doesn't stretch to $10,000 after that. The above linked site (cheers @TakeruK) says 'In other words, a single student entering a four-year degree program with an annual tuition fee of $15,000 must demonstrate funds of $15,000 to satisfy the requirements'. Not sure where this extra $10,000 is coming from. Thanks for starting this thread. I really should look into this and sort out my own permit soon...
  12. I just started jogging recently; the first time I've properly exercised in ten years. I'm having a great time and it's been really rewarding, but doing a morning run tends to leave me pretty exhausted and unmotivated to get my work done afterwards, which isn't ideal. I usually work best in the evening and I enjoy morning runs, so I don't want to swap my schedule around. I'm thinking of just prioritising my work for now and getting a bit fitter over the summer when there aren't so many deadlines.
  13. I can sympathise with being the only male in a group of females, that's happened to me before multiple times and it can be really tough. Because I smoke I managed to make friends with other smokers in those groups, but I wouldn't recommend tobacco use as a healthy way of making friends... But it also sounds like you need to take more initiative. Just waiting around for people to invite you to things isn't really your 'best effort' is it? Go and plan some nights out or a study session and invite people. Maybe a new bar or restaurant opened up in town that you want to check out, or there's a concert or a film on somewhere. If you just keep hanging around alone and not trying to get involved, it will only reinforce the image you might have as a loner in their eyes. Speaking from experience, if someone is always off doing their own thing, others can tend to assume that their life is going fine and that they have friends of their own, or that they just like being alone - when in fact the reality is quite the opposite. But if you don't speak up, they won't ever know. It doesn't sound as if your coursemates don't like you if you still talk to them regularly (and presumably pleasantly), so maybe that's the trap you've fallen into. If you do invite them to things and make more of an effort, but they still don't want to hang out with you, then them's the breaks sadly and they won't be good friends for you. You can also try and do more extracurricular stuff with folks outside your course with similar interests, provided you have time. Go and try new things, go to events or locales even if you're alone and try to strike up conversations. I've met plenty of people when I've gone out alone to a concert or a bar, you just need to put some effort in, instead of waiting for everyone to flock to you. It doesn't seem like you have a problem talking to strangers and meeting new people though, so maybe you can put yourself in more of these situations.
  14. Anyone have any news? Been quiet here lately. Any last minute acceptances?
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