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TakeruK

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  1. You should email them and ask for the change. If you do, the worst that could happen is that it's too late. But if you don't ask then you might not get into the MS program either.
  2. The feeling is mutual!
  3. I am really glad that my subfield is so new that >80% of the existing articles on it were written after the main journals make all of their text in the PDF searchable. It's only rarely that I have to go to a pre-2005 (ish) article that is indexed as a scanned version of the printed article! (The main journals in my field are electronic-only!)
  4. @Sigaba is certainly right about online security. My answer was in the context of given that you are going to have a web presence for your academic life, there's no cons to putting up a CV in your first year vs. your 4th year (or after graduation) other than what I wrote about having better use of your time/efforts. That said, as @Sigaba advised, one should certainly be mindful of what gets put up there! Personally, I chose to not separate my personal and professional social media. Well just barely: Facebook for social/personal interactions with both my friends and professional colleagues which whom I choose to have personal/social connections in addition to professional ones. I use Twitter for more professional interactions and for posting things that most of my Facebook friends (family and non-academic friends mostly) would not find interesting (e.g. oh look I found a new algorithm that does X 4% faster! or tweeting at conferences). I made this choice for myself because I do not want people to see me as "only" a scientist. By "people", I mean my professional colleagues as well as the general public. I think part of removing the ivory tower image of academics is to show that academics are people first and their profession second. In addition, I freely post political stuff and advocate strongly for what I think our field should do in regards to equality etc. I know that this is counter to some advice (e.g. by "The Professor is In") and due to my junior status in my field, I have a lot less protections than if a tenured professor posted similar opinions. However, I decided that I can't just wait until tenure to be the "real" me (and I may never get there anyways). I think I can do more good by being outspoken now than potential harm (and that the downsides, to me, are worth it). And finally, I feel an obligation to do things within my power and to speak out where I can because in general, I'm in the majority group for my field. To me, I believe that if there is a reasonable action I could take that will help people, it's my moral obligation to do so.
  5. I use Mendeley for exactly what you are doing with Dropbox. I save all of my Mendeley articles directly on my PC and it automatically syncs with all of my other machines. I have the Mendeley app too for use on tablet and phones. For me, the reason why I prefer Mendeley over Dropbox is that I don't have to worry about how to organize my articles. With the dropbox method (what I used to do), I had to manually organize each one and if I want to change the format, it's a ton of work. With Mendeley, I get a searchable database and with a few clicks, I can reorganize all of my folders and files. I also never have to actually search for a PDF in the directory, I just use the Mendeley database. And the second reason is that Mendeley automatically creates the metadata I need to generate reference lists for my own work. I've not written a bibliography by hand since I started Mendeley.
  6. Yes, you must convert the dollar amount. You have two options: For every paycheque, look up the conversion on that day and provide it. This is not a good idea unless you were paid a lump sum once or twice. The better way is to use the official averaged conversion rate and apply that rate. More information and links to these rates here: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/rprtng-ncm/lns101-170/104/frgn-eng.html
  7. Good luck!! I don't envy your situation, I'm currently planning for a move back to Canada and already the paperwork is piling up!
  8. First, I would say that you don't need to feel guilty. Sure, you can feel bad for your students because changing teachers is no fun, but you owe it to yourself to not feel guilt over it. You're not doing anything wrong! Is it possible to let your students know without jeopardizing your other job at the store? I'm not sure if the store is the same store where you teach the private lessons. Also, is there a compromise where you give the students more than 2 weeks notice but not necessarily telling them right now? I'm not an expert on when kids like to take music lessons, but do many children take the summer off because they are doing other things? If so, maybe telling them in June or so could help so that they get the summer to find someone new for the fall. In addition to the above, if you trust the parents and students, you can tell them in June but ask them not to tell others. Or, if you trust another teacher, perhaps you can arrange things so that when you do give your X weeks notice, another teacher will have spots open for new students if they are interested. Just some thoughts.
  9. Usually the Cost of Attendance by the school could be a lot higher because 1) they often include the cost of the board program at the school, not actual groceries, which is a lot higher and 2) they include the books and supplies cost for a typical undergrad courseload and buying all new things. For example, my school's CoA for books and supplies is almost $3000 but I actually spend like $100 per year on average. But yeah, don't forget to include all the day to day expenses and special expenses that Warelin wrote. Other costs you might have missed (small but they will add up): Are utilities included in housing? (e.g. gas, trash, water, internet?) Whether or not the costs are worth it depends on your program and your career goals!
  10. Oh I thought you had to file a 8843 with every tax return as a F-1 or J-1 student. If you are unsure, you should go to H&R Block or some other qualified tax agent that will take financial responsibility for your returns in case of an audit (not sure if the tax service at Walmart covers this). I know that at H&R Block, they will guarantee that they do it right, and will pay for any costs you face due to an incorrect return. They are pricey though, however, H&R Block offers a free audit of past returns. I did this for the past returns and it turns out I missed claiming $30 of credit. You only pay if you want them to file an amended return on your behalf. I chose not to, since it's $100 to do that and I would only get $30 in credit. I don't have any good tax advice for you since you are in a more complex situation than I ever was! But I do have some advice on tax filing: 1. If you are seriously concerned about whether or not you need to file amended taxes, I would definitely pay a professional to do it. If I tried to do it myself, I would spend tens of hours and probably still do it wrong. So if you decide you need to do something about the past returns, I would recommend paying someone. 2. The best tax advice comes from professionals who will take financial responsibility for their advice. So people like me on the Internet can provide experiences that help you decide what to do, but we're not experts! Similarly, the international student office are not tax experts. My school's International office has a strict policy of not providing any tax advice because they are not qualified. Instead, they pay for tax lawyers to come to the school and give workshops. I think it's unfortunate that your international office told you what they did, because I think it might be wrong.
  11. This will vary even within the same field! Here are some examples within my field. The numbers are not really "average" numbers, but the number of papers you'd publish in order to be competitive for the top postdoc positions. I don't include other numbers because we rarely have a minimum paper count to graduate and if you're not aiming to go into academia, then your paper count isn't as important. The degree length is about 5-6 years. If you are an astronomer that works on building instruments to go on telescopes or designing software to run telescopes, you might have 1 or 2 papers at the end of your degree. If you are an astronomer works on from large survey sets that takes several years to complete then you might have 2-3 papers by the end of your degree. If you are an astronomer that works on specific stars or planetary systems, then you might end up with one paper for each system, which could be like 4-5 papers. And if you are a theorist that works on new ideas of star/planet interactions, then you might have 6 or more papers. How do committees evaluate these differences? Having your letter writers talk about the work you put into the paper is important, especially if you are in one of the subfields that produce fewer papers because each paper takes a lot more effort. Also, committees do consider the number of years in your degree. Writing 4 papers in 5 years is more impressive than 4 papers in 6 years, with all else being equal.
  12. I don't think so? I'm not sure what you mean though.
  13. To go to the mountains it would be a lot easier with a car. There may be tour buses that take you out there but it's not really that cost effective. Transit in Vancouver is great within the city but not really helpful to get out around the province. Also if you are seriously looking to explore the whole province it's a really really big place! You will definitely need a car for the stuff outside of the city, like the interior region (wine country) etc.
  14. This is a complex situation that I don't have full knowledge of. But here are some thoughts that might be helpful: - If you file as a resident alien in the US, you may not be able to file as a resident of Canada anymore. This means that you cannot claim the TL11 thing and your parents cannot claim your tuition benefits. If you are a non-resident of Canada without Canadian income, you just file a blank return essentially. (My Canadian spouse living in the US with me makes no Canadian income and they do not file in Canada). - I have no idea what's better for you. I highly suggest a consultation with a tax agent at H&R block or something. - You won't go jail! - I use a Mac with UFile online (not the software). I have always been able to print out the documents. There's an option to download the PDF paper return. Actually, when I file my Canadian taxes with UFile online, they automatically detect that I am not eligible to NETFILE and direct me to the PDF. So look for that. If UFile doesn't say that you can't file online, make sure the info is correct! i.e. ensure that you are using your US address, which indicates them them that you are filing from outside of the country
  15. I don't think it's possible for anyone to force you to attend any school. You will likely lose your deposit though. This is a possible option but I would ask NYU to extend the deadline first.