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What can YOU do for ME?

I've learned the hard way; never tell a woman to calm down, chill, or relax. But my relationships (thankfully) aren’t the point of this post. I think I’m managing all the waiting pretty well. No matter what the AdCom tells me – I’ll figure out a way to live the life I want. Pffft, It’s only the first week of February. Pffft, that “Results Post” from UT Austin Rhetoric… it’s probably imaginary, I think I’m doing well – and then I think, “they’d tell me first, right?” I think, “

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

 

Preparing for Recruitment Weekend

It's finally here. I leave for recruitment weekend at my future home (top choice program!) in only four days. I'm not nervous, per se, but I am definitely over-preparing. I re-read all of the emails between me and my future PI, the itinerary from the department, the research section for each interviewer's webpage, and my application materials. I've also started compiling a list of questions to ask during my one-on-one meetings and the group dinners. I've already been accepted, since I won a

Monochrome Spring

Monochrome Spring

 

Feeling Depressed and Unmotivated

I guess this is just what comes with the whole process of grad school applications. I'm doing my best to stay positive but I am constantly filled with doubt about how I really measure up to other applicants. I wonder why I even put myself through this in the first place and how all the money I spent could have been put to something else. Sometimes I think maybe this is just a defense mechanism. If I have low expectations, I won't be disappointed if I'm rejected, and will be extrem

moyru

moyru

 

I wish my lab had a window...

Hello fuzzy penguins, Winter and I are just... we're really not friends. It's perpetually cold, I can't go outside and run, and it's always dark. So as I sit here, curled up in fleece with the space heater blaring, I find myself picturing the future and its promise of warmth. Most notably, this upcoming August and September, when I (theoretically) start grad school. ...And yeah, the last few apps I have under review are at schools with winters just as harsh as my current homestead, but I ca

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pyrocide

 

I Love My Job

Sometimes my job drives me nuts but there are moments that make it worthwhile. Moments like this - where my students are inspired to build a Rube Goldberg machine outside of class after learning about potential and kinetic energy as well as machines. http://vimeo.com/84629817 https://www.dropbox.com/s/1362mr679toqo1b/2014-01-20%2015.38.29.mov

moyru

moyru

 

If I Had a Time Machine

If I had a time machine. My time machine would be a sledgehammer: just a sledgehammer. Nothing elaborate. To operate it I’d stick it between my legs (like a Harry Potter riding his Firebolt) and swish off to a far away time. Or perhaps I’d stand on the hammer. I dunno, I’ll let the engineers and the designers debate. This TimeHammerMachine would smash through dimensions and temporal structure, to hell with paradox… I smash paradox. How? I’ll let the physics and philosophy students explain.

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

 

"My R01 proposal came back with a 13, did you hear back on yours?"

Hi Bunnies, After spending all my free time in my sketchbook for the last week (as well as splurging with Avengers tonight, weee) I thought I should take a few moments off and try to write down some thoughts on grad school. Since I've been bad at blogging lately, I should try to rectify my lapse with at least some thoughtful words. You people, man. You're all so smart, driven, and accomplished. Overcoming all sorts of feats, earning all sorts of accolades, so well versed and talented.

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pyrocide

 

A Plan B I Can Finally Get Behind

I have been going crazy trying to settle on a plan B these past few weeks. I know that applying to 7 schools (a number I now think is too low) puts me at a greater risk for not gaining admission anywhere, and I need to be prepared in the case of a shutout. I'm not a kid who can just take a gap year, but I'm also not willing to go back to my old field. I think I may have found a solution. There are 2 MPH programs that are local to me that can be finished in 1 year that have late deadlines. O

NOWAYNOHOW

NOWAYNOHOW

 

Silence

Now is the time where things are truly out of my hands. My materials are submitted and my applications are complete. There's no room to improve and there is nothing I can say or do that will influence the committee decisions. But somehow I feel as if this point is less difficult than how things will feel a week or a month from now. None of my schools have sent out notifications of any kind, so I am comforted to know that I wait in silence with all of my fellow applicants. Other programs

NOWAYNOHOW

NOWAYNOHOW

 

I Can Kinda Sorta Maybe Relax Now! Also, I Am 100% Done With This Shit

All my apps are submitted and all my LORs got in. It turns out one of my writers was sick with the flu and he got log jammed with early semester work. Now just comes waiting for the next few months to hear back. However, working as a teacher, I have found that time passes by so quickly. In the classroom, anyway. In other news, a meeting today solidified my decision of wanting to leave my district. There's been many charters opening up in our district, and our enrollment been declining.

moyru

moyru

 

Sometimes You Just Have to Roll With It

Today is the deadline for Stanford. My app is in and I am just waiting on one LOR. I had asked my letter writer in November, and he agreed - he just asked me to send him reminders as the deadline approached. Well, I've been doing that....every time I log on, though, it says 'has not started' next to his name. ;__________; I'm hoping that I'll get an email at midnight or something letting me know it got in...just like another of my LORs did for the TIE program. Another one of my LO

moyru

moyru

 

Yard Work? No Thanks

Ahoy! I see my fellow bloggers have taken the time to update recently. Perhaps I’m a bit narcissistic but I’d feel better if I had another of my TARDIS pictures in the blog listings. (This is an interesting phenomenon. A lot like when your neighbor mows his law and you feel compelled to mow yours.) So here I am – updating: My grass isn’t any greener than yours. I have officially started my final semester of my undergrad education. For the first time in my college experience I feel

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

 

All About Interviews: Experiences for the GC Minions

My apologies for taking so long to get this post up! I started classes and have been pretty sick. As a reminder, the more questions you ask me, the more I know what you want answers to! The purpose of the post for today is to provide my insights into interviews and hopefully ease some fears by helping you figure out what to expect at a biomedical science, molecular biology, immunology, or similar interview. I have a few questions that were in my message box, but other than that, I'm just go

biotechie

biotechie

 

Finding Things to Do to Pass the Time

I'm lucky that I have a job to keep me busy throughout the week. I'm already in the midst of assessments and preparing for parent-teacher conferences. On my down time and weekends, however, I find myself compulsively checking my email and these forums. I know March will be here soon enough, but right now, it seems so far away. I've recently started pushing myself to go to the gym on a consistent basis in order to de-stress and get in shape. When I don't get around to going to the gym,

moyru

moyru

 

My Apps Are Better Than Good! (and other lies I tell myself)

My apps are better than good - they're done. nearly My writing sample is solid! My SOP sets me apart! Everyone likes me in the GradCafe chatroom! This overwhelming doubt and second guessing (do I really want to specialize in anything? why can't I just drink coffee and talk big theories with neck bearded folks at the local coffee shop) will fade away. It's not a matter of IF I get accepted it is only a matter of WHEN. I won't lose friends. Relationships won't d

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

 

I'll show you mine

Ahoy. The blog is titled “The Many Flavors of Rhetoric” because they told me I could name it whatever I want and I was hungry. So: Here I am in the middle of Grad School app season. Follow my angst, share my excitement, and (some other tagline because someone told me things look good in threes). Meet me: Undergrad Male, ruggedly handsome. Middle-of-Nowhere Uni that accepts everyone and graduates few. (GPA 3.69) Major: Rhetoricish Minor: Psychology GRE V164 Q150 AW 4

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns

 

Back to work...

I've enjoyed my two weeks of holiday vacation. Alas, it has come to an end, and tomorrow it's time to return to work... I love my job but it's definitely hard adjusting to a regular work schedule again. I bet it's just as tough for my kiddos. I am anticipating reviewing rules and procedures...two weeks is a long time for 4th graders... On the bright side, my applications are done and submitted. At this point, there's nothing I can do except wait and see how it turns out. It brings me b

moyru

moyru

 

What do you mean when you say the fridge had a "catastrophic failure?"

Hi little Otters, When I started this grad school app silliness, pretty much everything was horrifying. I thought the feat of studying for and performing well on GREs was terrifying. The prospect of asking LORs for letters was intimidating. Bearing my experiences and shortcomings in my SOP was like facing an angry, objective mirror that kept yelling at me for mixing up effect and affect. (I still think I've probably got them switched them around wrong somewhere ) However, nothing has been n

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pyrocide

 

Pets and Grad School

One thing I've been thinking about lately is how my pets would handle the move across the country, if by some chance I actually got into HGSE. I've had Pirate (the cat) since I was in high school and have had Gordie (the dog) for about two years. I think Gordie would adapt more easily, as he's used to going on road trips. He's experienced snow once, too. Pirate, on the other hand, would take some time to adjust. He's never seen snow; I wonder what his reaction would be. I also wo

moyru

moyru

 

The Panic Is Starting to Set In

I was panicking the other day about my LOR coming in late. I had notified my writer in November, and had sent polite reminders. Around the end of December, I was really freaking out when I received a response saying she was out of town but would work on it when she got back. It hadn't been submitted yet. Today I received an email notifying me that Harvard app's deadline was extended to Monday (it was originally tomorrow), so I breathed a sigh of relief. The LOR should be on time now. Now, I'm

moyru

moyru

 

Introduction and Stats

I figured before I delved into my journey I should provide some background information. I'm currently an elementary school teacher at a Title 1 district. I love being in the classroom, but I aspire to be an edtech coordinator/technology specialist. I'm really passionate about education and technology, and my dream job would be supplying urban schools with technology and training educators in using it effectively. (I come from a low socio-economic background, and this is why I want to w

moyru

moyru

 

The Answer is Always Phosphorylation

Hey there kittens, Recently I've been granted a blog on this here wonderful site and I thought a quick intro post was in order. While many of these blogs are documentations of personal experiences during the harrowing graduate school application process, I'm hoping to focus more on general topics that affect many of us who have been wearing down our F5 keys to nubs. I'd like to hash out the nuances of talking to other grad applicants (both in terms of peers and anonymous members of online c

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