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  1. 2 points

    Is this kind of grading fair?

    But you didn't complete 100% of the coursework. You failed to turn in one paper. And your classmates did complete 100% of the coursework. A final exam isn't coursework. They were rewarded for doing all the assignments, which you did not do. I agree that it sucks that this opportunity for a waiver came up unexpectedly at the end of the term, but you failed to qualify for that waiver by your own action (or inaction, as the case may be). I might approach the professor and ask if there's anything he is willing to do as far as a grade compromise for you, but I don't think I'd pursue it any higher up the chain of command than that, since you A.) didn't turn in an assignment and B.) apparently bombed the final, both of which are on you, not the prof. Just my two cents. Good luck if you do pursue it, and sorry not to be more positive.
  2. 1 point

    CUNY Update

    Ok so today was my follow up call. I was told applications are still being reviewed, that I should hear something early June. I know graduation is May 26 &27 so hopefully once graduation is complete there will be more time to designate to grad apps
  3. 1 point

    Is this kind of grading fair?

    But it wasn't the missing assignment that made you screw up your grade-- it was your bombed final. If the waiver only came up two days before the final, you should have been prepared for the final, anyway
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    Summer before Starting

    My summer is kind of cut into three distinct blocks. June: holiday (yes!) - so just a lot of lazing around, spending time with family, reading, watching movies and so on July: work for a month (back to the place where I am currently working). August: first two weeks: relax etc again, and then go off to grad school. I'm someone who needs a schedule for everything, so I was actually kind of freaking out about having this 1/1.5 months off during the summer. But I am so happy about it now - I am literally dreaming of lovely sunny days, reading by a lake/river and just doing whatever I please. That said, I have looked at the '10 books every sociology student should read this summer' thread and since I am not from a soc background I feel like I def should read at least some of them. So I'm trying to figure out what a good balance would be. I know I'm going to be reading a lot of soc stuff over the next five years so a part of me wants to wait until sept to start, but the other part is terrified of falling behind...
  5. 1 point
    I'm going to make a point for the other side of the argument, just to balance things out a bit. I also did 2 years of community college before transferring to a four-year. The biggest downside, at least for the field I am trying to break into (psychology), is that you only have two years to be a research assistant and gain experience that way, something vital for certain grad programs. It took me some time to find three great labs that had openings, so I was really only an RA for 1.5 years about. If I could do it all over, and I knew that I really wanted to get into grad school in psychology in advance (though, like others have said, it is pretty unlikely you will have that foresight just fresh out of high school, although some do) I would skip community college, if it was reasonable financially. So, I don't think grad schools will directly punish you for going to a CC, but, you may have less opportunities for research, which may or may not be important depending on your field. If research is important in your field, joining labs as a 1st or 2nd year will net you more experience and a higher chance at co-authored presentations and papers than entering as a 3rd year might.
  6. 1 point
    I got four admissions One from Oregon State U, PhD electrical engineering in energy system one from University of Kansas, Master in Electrical engineering,and continuing with PhD without reapply one from University at Buffalo-suny, PhD electrical engineering one from university of Florida, PhD electrical engineering All of them are admissions, and as yu see totally different areas. OSU, UB and UFL have the energy system area, KU doesn't have; and other research areas like VISL, digital circuit etc. are much the same. I am a girl, and can you give me some advices on choosing school? Please list the reasons. Thanks!
  7. 1 point

    Coming Out Gay

    One more thing: you asked if it was "necessary" to come out? We've established that your own comfort level is what's important, but I actually think it will be necessary further down the line to admit that you have a personal interest in your research. Some might disagree. But I think the best research lays out your personal interest on the table, then makes a really good argument (indirectly) for why you should still accept the results objectively. By the time you get to the stage in your research where you'd have to do this though, you'll have already figured out that NO one in your community is offended or maybe even surprised.
  8. 1 point

    Coming Out Gay

    I agree that sociology has to be THE safest discipline for coming out. People who do sociology TEND TO (at the very least, SHOULD) understand social inequality and social constructionism, and I would not expect anything but acceptance from your fellow students - especially if you're heading to a place that specializes in LGBT stuff. I would also argue that if what you're studying has anything to do with LGBTQ populations, you really won't have to come out. This is coming from the perspective of a straight person who does queer studies and is comfortable with the fact that almost everyone who only knows me for my research thinks I'm gay. Whatever your comfort level is with talking to people about your sexual orientation is what you should follow. Do NOT avoid it out of fear of being judged tho (or even worse, accommodating those who might judge you). You really should be fine. Don't take the bad energy that's infiltrated this thread as a sign. The topic title might catch the eye of some troll(s), but they don't represent the soc community. I'm with hoobers on this one too - homophobia is SO rare in sociology (in my experience) that I thought the original "OMG" response meant "OMG it's so obvious that you shouldn't worry!" Which says something about my own reaction when I first read the question.
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    Stipend Issue

    I would just ask (I think the apartment thing and budgeting is a good context for when you ask), but they know we are poor grad students and need/want to know what we can afford, etc. It's not like you are a millionaire penny pinching. It's a reasonable question, and they know the students positions.
  10. 1 point

    Coming Out Gay

    yeah, um, i have played the queer activist role in a number of pretty hostile climates, so while i understand and appreciate your potential willingness to try and "get the concept," it doesn't really warrant you posting a reply to a question like this about safe spaces. grad school is often a time when major life issues pop up, and there's research somewhere that shows that mental health issues come about in grad school at an alarming rate, and when wrestling with coming out questions it's really important that queer people think this stuff through for their own well being. like what other people said, sociology as a discipline is definitely among the most queer friendly i've ever seen. i'm leaving a program in sociology at a school of education (where sexuality stuff SUCKS, by the way), and i'm starting a phd program where gender and sexuality are pretty commonly studied. a lot of questions about whether it's okay to come out or not really depend on your sense of the school climate. i agree that carrying the burden of the closet is one that can be incredibly stressful, so really do your homework about this one. look through the student list and see if there's anyone explicitly studying queer issues, and maybe email them. if you have a decent relationship with the grad director, maybe reach out to them. i did that when i was first admitted and they kindly connected me with queer resources on campus as well as a student or two that is actively involved in the community. if you're having trouble with finding all this info, you can PM me with info about the exact school you're going to and i might be able to see if i can look up school climate information or even local info about queer resources. it's a tough decision, but it sounds like you're working through it.
  11. 1 point
    I included a recommendation from my favorite community college professor with both of my graduate school applications, and I was accepted to each school with competitive aid for master's programs. If you take your time in community college seriously, graduate schools will, too! I graduated from high school with a 4.0. Then I spent two years in community college, taking aggressive course loads. My last semester was about 25 units, including chemistry -- not my cup of tea! Like you, I already knew I wanted to go to graduate school, so I participated in courses and activities related to my topic of interest in addition to my general education courses, even though many of those extra units would not transfer to a 4-year school. I graduated from community college with a 4.0. I can't say my journey was without stumbles: Up until the beginning of my sophomore year, I planned to transfer to San José State University (for journalism and graphic design), but then I suddenly decided UC Berkeley was the only school for me (for media studies, American studies and public policy) -- right before applications were due. The CSU and UC systems have a few different transfer requirements and courses, and of course have different major requirements. I ended up taking all of my required transfer courses and major prerequisites for Berkeley in my last semester of community college -- so if admissions accepted me, it would be without knowing how well I did in the courses they cared about most, or if I'd manage to finish them all. I was so happy and relieved that they accepted me anyway! I successfully transferred to UC Berkeley, and am graduating on-time as a double-major this semester (yay). So, if you plan carefully, you can go to community college, accomplish all you desire and still graduate in a 4-year time frame. I wrote proudly of my experience in community college in both of my graduate school applications. And community college was a great experience for me. I never said I went there for financial reasons, because that was only a part of the value -- although I do have zero debt from college. Going to community college was an excellent beginning for me: I remained active and relevant in my locality -- where I plan to have my career -- and I made connections with people of different ages, life experiences, professional backgrounds and goals, and not just twenty-something academics. Community college was relevant in my graduate school applications, because I did a lot of work towards my graduate school ambitions there. My community college not only served as a great launching pad, it's also been a great support network for me. They awarded me a large transfer scholarship, and my work there helped me secure two other large renewable undergraduate scholarships. Many of my professors there still advise me today. A few of my community college friends transferred to Berkeley as well, so we have a community at Cal, too! Heck, I include my community college A.A. degree in my e-mail signatures. My advice to you is, make the most of your time anywhere, but only go somewhere you'll be proud of your work. If you go to community college, go the extra mile; challenge yourself inside and outside of your major fields. Think of it as a smorgasbord. Make yourself well-rounded. Take classes and do extracurricular activities related to your future graduate school interest. Build yourself a network of contacts related to your interest. Develop relationships with local scholarship programs, so you can afford to transfer. Try to take as many classes as possible for letter grades, to impress schools with your achievement and transparency. Use community college as your time to shine in a smaller circle. Respect it. Ace it. In no way does community college rule out graduate school, as long as you excel there and at the 4-year you transfer to. Good luck!
  12. 1 point

    Philadelphia, PA

    Around Penn, there is a bike lane on Walnut Street (the northern side of campus) that goes from around 23rd street over the bridge, and around 34th street you have to merge back into traffic. When the South Street bridge is finished (supposedly December of this year, but I wouldn't put money on it) there will be a similar lane going from 25th and South Street over the bridge and a good way down Spruce. There aren't bike lanes in West Philly, but plenty of people do bike it -- you won't be the only one. Keep in mind that Penn has several blocks of "interior" space with no roads (look at the campus on Google Maps and you'll see what I mean), so you may have to walk your bike a few blocks depending on what building you're headed to. For more info, you can check out this map or contact the very nice people at the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia. Drivers treat everything with animosity -- bikes, pedestrians, other drivers. Be prepared to bike very defensively. There is also the usual level of ignorance regarding sidewalks (lots of cyclists bike on the sidewalks, and lots of drivers think that's where they're supposed to be).
  13. 1 point
    Rachel C

    Philadelphia, PA

    As a former Penn undegrad of 08, I thought I'd add something to this forum. The metro DOES go all the way onto campus from downtown. You would need to change from the blue line to the green, and there is a stop right across the street from Wharton. Plus a couple of more green line stops around campus. As for housing, I would suggest either living near downtown, where you can get a studio or one bedroom for 1000/m or more, OR live in west philadelphia if you want lower rent. I would definitely avoid the undergrad areas, aka anything really between walnut and spruce and 41st to about 45th. But there are some really nice areas of west philadelphia, and many professors live in west philly. The worst areas are the ones directly around campus and around the blue metro line (aka marketish). So while 44th and market may be horrible (complete conjecture here!), 45 and spruce may be really nice. Penn, Drexel, Temple, etc, are all very close to downtown while still maintaining a strong campus feel, but there is no doubt that there are dangers. I personally know two people who were shot in the leg the four years I was there, and there were more that I didn't personally know but were affiliated with the school. But I lived there for 4 years, and was never scared to be on campus. The incidents on campus, like shootings, happen in every area of the city, including Old City. So don't think of one area as 'dangerous' compared to another. Like any city it has it's problems. Also, a car is a HUGE expense in Philly. It's easily 20$ to park anywhere longer than an hour, if you even find parking, and if you're at Penn or Drexel it's just not worth it unless you live outside of the city. I know one person as an undergrad with a car, and he only had it bc he'd graduated and worked outside the city. As for the city itself, it's awesome. The food is some of the best I've ever encountered. Due to strict PA liquor laws (like no wine at the grocery store!) most places are BYOB, and every neighborhood has 5 tiny restaurants with 10 tables that serves 5 star food at 3 star prices. There area parts of the city that have markets or parks or museums or whatever. Plus the city is close to DC and NYC if you need to get away!
  14. 1 point
    Postbib Yeshuist

    Denver, CO

    Thanks for the comments everyone. My wife and I leave tomorrow to head up for a look around. We'll keep in mind the neighborhoods mentioned and I'll post back with any questions that come up while we're there.
  15. 1 point

    Madison, WI

    I grew up in Madison and currently live in the Twin Cities. I have a deep love for Upper Midwestern cities, especially Madison, Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Chicago and would recommend any of those cities to anyone. Yes, it's cold and snows in the winter, so if you can't handle that, you probably can't handle the Midwest in general. If you're looking for martini bars and clubs, Madison's probably not the place for you. But if you'd like farmers markets, coffee shops, laid-back bars, and lakes, it's perfect! I remember when growing up people always like to say that Madison has the most restaurants per capita than any other city in the country. Not sure if that's technically true, but if feels true. I'm a big fan of the Weary Traveler on Willy Street.
  16. 0 points
    I'm teaching at a private school.
  17. -1 points

    Coming Out Gay

    BJeeeeesus!! OMG
  18. -1 points

    Coming Out Gay

    I am sorry. But this queer thing is difficult to digest for me. I dont really get the concept. I might understand the idea with time.
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    Coming Out Gay

    For real. While sociology might be a safe spot to come out, sometimes it doesn't seem like a safe spot to joke around sometimes. The extreme liberal ideology makes it hard to make joke (although at times they will be tasteless), because all of the ''bleeding hearts" take everything you say so seriously. I didn't view the original comment as overly offensive, in fact--i thought it was a joke. Judging by the last reply, I guess it wasn't. However, I really feel like in sociology you're allowed to speak your mind, so long as your mind aligns with a liberal ideology. Makes it hard for people who like "shock value" comedy. To the OP--i can almost promise you that it will not be a problem to come out to your new department, and good luck.
  20. -1 points

    Damage Control

    Sorry but this is a bit pathetic. If you acted "proactively" by mentioning this to them it would not look good in my opinion. This is not something to be concerned about at all.
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    Or for that matter of fact, had everybody taken the finals, then the class average would have gone down and I would still be getting a B despite the fact that I had not submitted that one assignment.
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    Napoleon Bonaparte

    Is this kind of grading fair?

    No, I think it matters because. For others their score was average of 5 Assignments + Homeworks + 1 Midterm. But for me it was average if 5 Assignments + Homeworks +1 Midterm + 1 Finals. An incredibly dull analogy would be to compare speed of two people, one of whom run only 100 meters while the other run 200 meters. Obviously the one who run larger distance will have lower average speed than the former [for obvious reasons]. This dosent meant that the latter has lower performance than the former.

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