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Announcements from thegradcafe team about the site and forum.

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Comments, Questions, Etc.

Ask your questions about this site, e.g. the forum and results system here.

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City Guide

Ask the Cafe goers about a town or campus.

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IHOG: International House of Grads

A place for international students to come together. Sorry, no pancakes.

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The Lobby

What can I get you? Chit-chat here!

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The April 15th is this week! Freak-out forum.

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You're not the only one who is confused as heck. If you have questions about how to accept or decline an offer, this is the place for you.

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  1. GRE/GMAT/etc,
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Transcripts, GREs, Statements, Oh My!

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Waiting it Out

No, checking your mail ten more times a day won't get the notice there any faster.

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Decisions, Decisions

You've got some admits, now what? How do you decide between schools? Are you really making the right decision?

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The Bank

Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships, etc.

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Meet and Greet

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Meet other newbies enrolling at the same school you are.

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Officially Grads

Now that you're in, what about relocating, school supplies, housing, Grad Life, etc.

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Coursework, Advising, and Exams

What do I take? What about my grades? What about my *$%^ advisor? What about comps/quals/becoming ABD?

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How do I pick a research topic? Organize my notes? Find data? Pick which lab to join? Ask and answer questions about how to do research here.

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I have a TA position, now what?

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Writing, Presenting and Publishing

This is the place to discuss writing (theses, conference and journal papers, etc.), presenting (powerpoint, LaTeX/Beamer??) and publishing.

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Whoa. You're about to graduate. What now?!?!

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Interdisciplinary Studies

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Life Sciences

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    Toronto has given me the offer of a lifetime and is such a respected school, but oh dear do I want to study in the UK! For my own peace of mind, I am gonna sit tight and not make any decisions until I have all funding packages in front of me.

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    It's been almost a month. Is it normal to be missing the douche who broke my heart? WINE!

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    This cold is kicking my ass all over the place. Also can germs be transmitted to my students from the lab reports I'm grading? (probably should know this as ''microbiology'" is in the name of my degree...)

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    Please, please let me never write something so pretentious as "my research is located at the intersection of (thing you may have heard of) and (another thing you may have heard of)."

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