Welcome to the GradCafe

Hello!  Welcome to The GradCafe Forums.You're welcome to look around the forums and view posts.  However, like most online communities you must register before you can create your own posts.  This is a simple, free process that requires minimal information. Benefits of membership:

  • Participate in discussions
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Search forums
  • Removes some advertisements (including this one!)


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by 3dender

  1. You should post this in the SLP forum. Link: http://forum.thegradcafe.com/forum/95-speech-language-pathology/
  2. Housing market here is very fluid and will be active until August. I wouldn't give up hope yet. There are also a lot of people in your boat so it's not necessarily a problem with you but just that people have the luxury of holding out for ideal personality matches. Are you looking primarily at Craigslist?
  3. Sounds like totally normal thumb-twiddling you're experiencing. I'm going through the same while waiting for the next step. Funny enough, my WIFE is going through the same, after just FINISHING school and having to wait a few weeks before her job starts. Totally rational response to moments of limbo, I say.
  4. No that reason is because on some level they accurately describe reality. If you disagree with the above depiction, YOU offer an alternative, and I'LL decide whether I agree with it or not (spoiler: I probably won't).
  5. I don't know. Why look for something new and exciting when the cliche description is the most accurate? Cliches are cliches for a reason.
  6. This occurred to me as well. I wonder if these (mostly partnered) females get the feeling you've been hitting on them. In my experience it's not typical for a guy to just invite a girl to lunch or a concert unless he has romantic interest. Are you being sincere about your platonic intentions, or is there a part of you that "wouldn't mind" getting involved romantically? Women will pick up on that second part every time, and it will keep them from wanting to be alone with you. And if you keep trying, you risk getting the label of "that one creepy dude." Basically I suggest looking for some guy friends outside of school who share your interests.
  7. If you got admitted to half of your PhD programs you're clearly capable with words. Just be earnest, or maybe fib a little about how it was such a tough decision but ultimately you decided against med school, but you appreciate their support no matter what. Older mentors/supervisors understand young, confused people struggling with life decisions. It doesn't have to be Shakespeare, just be sincere.
  8. This may not be too helpful because to me it seems like it's going to be an absolutely personal decision, essentially coming down to what YOU (think you'll probably) want for your future. Obviously you know that there's no better place in the world for your field than NYC, and it will get you the credentials you need to enter any aspect of Digital Media, including at the most elite levels. Then again that may not be what you're ultimately after, and if you're comfortable with what Melbourne offers and think that's the right fit, then go for it. Then again there is something to be said for leaving your comfort zone. . . so you see where my comments may not be that helpful.
  9. I suggest perusing the 2017 Results Thread.
  10. I can't help but cringe when I read a comment that clearly de-prioritizes interesting work in relation to salary. Just because it seems at risk of being overlooked (at least in this thread), I'd like to point out that there are, in fact, important factors in determining your career path other than the size of your salary. Yes, debt should still be a consideration. So should your interest in your work, as well as the inherent value of such work to the world at large.
  11. Boulder has 300,000 in its metro area, meaning it's a city too. So the distinction is not as stark as you think. In the spirit of experiencing new (and, I can speak on some authority: great) things, you should just go to Colorado and learn how to ski.
  12. Am I the only one who thinks of "Groundhog Day" whenever I see this thread?
  13. It is mostly ants/roaches, along with some small house spiders. Wolf spiders don't usually get inside but they're around outside. We have an old house (1961) with plenty of cracks, and the ants can get annoying at times (it's difficult to notice a pattern). We also haven't gone out of our way to get traditional poison traps just because the idea sort of bothers us. . . but we're getting to that point. We've been trying homemade remedies with sporadic success. But you wouldn't need to spend more than $20-30/yr. for such easily available traps. The roaches are even less predictable. Do they start coming inside when it rains a lot to get dry? Or are they more active when it's dry and they need to find water? Who knows. We get mini-outbreaks every few months (by which I mean we see a roach maybe 4-5 times in one week), at which point we put out fresh boric acid pellets and they go away again. The Harris Famous Roach Tablets have worked for us -- a box costs $5 and we've had the same one for years. As for ground v. upper floor, that could very well be a factor that I don't have much experience with. I've always lived on a ground floor while in NC. I'm with you on hating roaches. Haven't gotten used to them yet, though I'm less ashamed of them since most people aroujnd here, even with newer constructions, have to deal with them. It's helpful to understand that here they're just endemic, and not necessarily a sign of filth or messiness.
  14. Not to be harsh, but if you don't have at least a vague idea of what area you want to eventually make a career for yourself -- Local Gov v. Environmental Policy v. IT -- you probably shouldn't be going to grad school yet. Why not just get a job in one of these areas for a year or two to see how you like it? You should at least know what your predominant one or two interests are before applying to school.
  15. I don't know much about Indiana's program but I do know that Harris is one of the best in the world, has a solid quant focus, and has a far-reaching name for international purposes.
  16. I think the Grad housing is a fine option, though I don't know anyone who has stayed there and I'm not sure on details such as cost. There have always been lots of international students going that route. The main downside is that the location, basically right next to the hospital, is not the greatest in terms of amenities and things to do. That said, Chapel Hill is a small town and you'll only be a 10-minute car ride from just about anything, as well as a 5-minute walk from several bus routes. My first post on the last page addresses this, in response to thetemp. Good luck on bugs, as ants and roaches are all over the place - even some new construction ends up having problems, but nothing that a little bait/boric acid can't fix.
  17. It's one of the few places in the country that went pretty unaffected by last decade's housing crash. University + Liberal + Quality of Life + Limited space for growth = overpriced housing. That said, it's only really expensive in comparison to the rest of NC and other cheap-to-live states.
  18. I don't know that complex specifically, but all of the budget ones are pretty similar -- definitely safe, but otherwise you get what you pay for in a relatively expensive market (for NC). The good news is that your bus, the J route, is the most frequent, running every 15-20 minutes throughout the day, and every hour after 7pm. The last one leaves from the University at 11:30pm. Details below (you are stop 7): J Route PDF
  19. Yes I can't imagine a better bus system for a small town. Free buses every 15-30 minutes most weekdays. Depends on how far out you're living, but yes I think it's do-able without a car. The problem is that there's not much to DO if you're not ever leaving CH. But if your spouse has a car then you'll be fine. As for internet service, yes $45/month is about as low as it gets. You could try going back and forth between them and AT&T to see if someone will give you one of their totally arbitrary discounts.
  20. The Sanford degree travels pretty much anywhere domestically, from what I understand just a step below the elites like HKS, Harris and WWS. Stronger on the east coast for sure with a strong network in DC -- basically like the east coast version of Goldman. I'll be fine wherever I want to go.
  21. All the school's you've listed are the ones I would suggest for non-DC East Coast. Sanford is known for its education faculty, and Harris has some good ones as well. I'm not sure about HKS or Ford. You might check into NYU -- it's an MPA but I'm not sure how education-focused it can be. I only have one other suggestion, and it's overstepping my bounds a bit but I'll go ahead and say it anyway because I feel strongly: unless you want to help dismantle public education, please don't work in charter schools. There are good ones out there, but the movement itself is absolutely a Trojan horse for school privatization.
  22. Unless you use a lot of electricity that is high. I live in a 3BR/2Bath house with a family of 4, and our electricity runs from $50ish in the spring/fall to $150ish in the winter, with the summer in between. We don't have a TV, so if you watch a lot of TV this might be an okay deal. We are a pretty energy conscious family, fwiw -- our thermostat is at 74 in the summer and 68 in the winter. Our water bill, which we actually share with the 2BR/1Bath house next door (unique arrangement), is never more than $80, and usually $70. That's for 6 people total, albeit eco-conscious ones. A person of average environmental consciousness should probably expect to average $40 for water and $80ish for light (understanding that this will be much cheaper in the ideal climates of spring/fall and higher in the extreme seasons. If your place has gas heating your energy will be even cheaper. So yes, that's high, especially for just one person.
  23. Yes they'll have a fair amount of undergrads, but perhaps you can talk to them about locating you in a quieter section of the complex. Estes Park will be closest to downtown Carrboro/Chapel Hill, while Royal Park and Kingswood are closest to buslines. PineGate is the furthest away from campus, kind of in the no-man's land between CH and Durham. But if you think you'll want to spend more time in Durham/Raleigh that could be the way to go.
  24. Being a town and not a city, there is little in the way of studios. For that price you will need either a roommate or to look at the most budget-y of complexes, which I would hesitate to recommend. They're safe enough, but not in very good condition. In Carrboro there is one on the west side of town called Collins Crossing. They have tried to renovate it in recent years (basically kicking out all of the Latino/immigrant residents in the process), so the prices may have increased. A marginal step above that, there is a large sampling of complexes that will be more expensive than your price, probably in the $800 range for a 1BR. There are many such complexes along Martin Luther King Blvd. in Chapel Hill, off of Estes Dr. Extension across from University Place (also in Chapel Hill), off of Hwy. 54 Bypass in Carrboro, and off of Smith Level Rd. in Carrboro. There are also 1BRs on Fidelity St. which I mentioned above, but they will certainly be above your preferred budget. I wish I could be more helpful with your request, but I'm unfamiliar with this market as it's been over a decade since I was involved with it. My hunch is that you won't be able to live alone for less than $800, if that. Sorry! P.S. Just found one called Estes Park that apparently has 1BRs for $710. That's the cheapest I can imagine. But now that I think about it, another route would be Craigslisting to see if people are renting out garage apartments. A friend of mine was recently staying in one for $500/month. Definitely rundown, but cost effective. This one was at 208 Hillsborough Rd. Good luck!
  25. April is a little early to find a lot of stuff. We are on a college schedule here, so you see leases starting in either June or August for the most part. As far as specific places to look, there are some decent townhouse complexes that will be in your price range located on Fidelity St., which is a great location in proximity to downtown Carrboro. There's a complex at the end of Fidelity (400 Davie) that has a bunch of brick townhouses, maybe not 3BR but at least 2. There is also the White Oak complex at 105 Fidelity that's even closer to town. On the North side of town, there are a few complexes off of N. Greensboro St. which are also at an excellent, walking/bus location. These complexes are located on Todd St., Sue Ann Ct., Thomas Ln. and possibly even Pleasant St. (though I haven't been down there for awhile). Finally, there's a complex a little further west of downtown (actually very near where I live), on Westview Dr. which is right off of W Main St. near a cool coffee shop called Johnny's. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find something that fits your family out of all of these possibilities. (Garages, however, are few and far between in the rental community.) I'm much less familiar with Durham, but I know that in general you will get more bang for your buck over there. The 25-min. commute gets unpleasant from what I hear, but if you're a student you get a free pass on the Robertson's shuttle that connects Duke and UNC. I will be attending Duke this fall and will be commuting via shuttle. I hope this helps, and if you have any further questions just let me know.