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  1. If I could like this 1000x I would. It is awful to think how selfish you are being right now. What you have done in paying two deposits and simply going "in circles" is certainly not illegal, but it is unethical and defeats the good faith that all of these schools have put on you to weigh the pros/cons and make a decision in a timely manner. You had plenty of time to make up your mind. Just go to the "Waiting it out" section on this forum and read about the people who are still waiting to get into ONE school. The longer you hold out means that one person on the Fletcher waitlist is go
    7 points
  2. It's not the fact that "everyone is probably as over this decision" as you are that should make you feel embarrassed. It's the fact that you're sitting on scholarship money at these institutions that could otherwise have really helped someone, or could have changed their decision. Just like the "unexpected 2nd round funding from SIPA" changed your calculus. And that's just selfish. And shameful. And sh+tty. Either put on your big girl boots and pull the trigger or make a date with the Karma gods. Your choice.
    6 points
  3. I do not think either of the previous two people were attacking her to be honest. The truth hurts sometimes. And I disagree, that you should "take as much time as you need". There are deadlines for a reason because the adcoms need time to refer to the waitlist if needed. Everyone else has to obey their guidelines, so what makes her so special?
    4 points
  4. Stooooooooopppppp Iiiiiiiiiiiitttttt! This is silly. Dani, I certainly don't feel you have to defend yourself here. Your prerogative is your prerogative. This is a huge moment for you. There was space needed for you to properly decide, and you are fortunate that you were provided more time. It also sounds like you're trying to be as thoughtful as you can be to others. Kudos. No one here knows all of the personal variables that you are calculating, nor the realties that you are facing. The AdComm likely deals with situations like yours every year, and I'm sure they have mechanisms in p
    3 points
  5. Yes, there can be a place for you in women's studies. What you have to understand is that the whole academy is your place by default, and that the creation of spaces that don't devalue voices unlike yours is an incredibly important function of women's studies departments. If you don't understand why that is, I imagine you don't really get what the discipline is about and don't have much of a future in it.
    2 points
  6. Here's a few suggestions that you might like: http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ http://emilyjanuary.wordpress.com/ http://101books.net/2013/05/14/why-i-disagree-with-critics-of-the-new-gatsby-film/ http://persephonewrites.wordpress.com/ http://helpfromcyranette.wordpress.com/
    2 points
  7. can we stop infantilizing traditional students by making it sound like an early twenty-something (who may have worked through school) doesnt understand life or cant be just as sure of themselves as you in their chosen life goals?
    2 points
  8. Hi everyone. I made it though my first year of graduate school. But my GPA is only a 3.41. I need to do better. So I'm planning to develop my vocabulary over the summer and to read even more than I usually do. Can anyone recommend any books/journals/authors to aid my intellectual development? I've never taken classes in philosophy or literary criticism--both of which I suspect would be helpful. I've heard somewhere that Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy should be required reading. Does anyone agree? I am a dramatic writing student, by the way. Thank you for your suggestions!
    1 point
  9. I'm committed to Fletcher, and I'm already considering internships/fellowships in Boston while I'm there. I was just wondering where fellow incoming Fletcher students are looking, if they are, for internships. I've heard its difficult to intern during the year but I would really like to try to juggle my commitments and fit in an internship. Where are the best places to look for/approach?
    1 point
  10. Damn, this is getting absurd. I think we are just arguing over each other. One side that feels you should just take your time and the other saying that you are just asking for bad karma. But hey that is life, right? Just one question my roommate had a Tufts deadline of 4/19 and she got $ too. Did you really have until May 1? Seems strange that there would that long a window. As you know, I disagree with you how you have done it so far but we will be spending the next two years in NY with a couple hundred other overeager people (google group emails every 5 min are getting annoying lol)
    1 point
  11. Email students from both programs. I'm a former Fulbrighter and I field emails all the time from people in just this sort of situation. Only people on the ground really know what each program is like and what you're actually going to be able to get out of it. Tell them your plans and ask them their advice. And stop it with the, "which is more prestigious" B.S., take the option that fits your interests best and excites you most because that's the one that will help propel you forward.
    1 point
  12. Date of post announcing that you'd received 2nd round funding from SIPA = April 22 Final decision deadline, Fletcher and SIPA = May 1 Today's date = May 16 SMH. You started this thread because you wanted advice, so here's mine: land the plane. Nothing is going to change in the next three days. And the choice of one elite program over another or one great American city over another WILL NOT drastically alter your life's trajectory. PS. I sincerely hope for your sake that the admissions officers at the school you end up declining don't decide to call their colleagues at th
    1 point
  13. nfnsprite

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    Congrats to the Latvians! And I hope more funding opens up for the alternates. At this point, I think ANYthing is possible. What a weird year!
    1 point
  14. Wow! Okay, first, let me just say that I agree that tying up funding is a pretty selfish thing to do, and that's why there are earlier deadlines for those who receive funding...after which the school can reallocate funding to alternate students should someone turn down their offer. However, as one of these second-round funding recipients at SIPA, I had actually already paid my non-refundable deposit to Fletcher BEFORE I found out about my SIPA funding. After being notified of my SIPA fellowship, I only had 5 days before their deadline, which simply was not enough time to make a decision, e
    1 point
  15. tend0n

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    Congratulations! See you in Latvia!!
    1 point
  16. Last night I had a dream that before flying into Germany, I had to go to Japan first, and meet with another ETA, and then we would fly to Germany together. Really? Fly to Japan first?? That makes so much sense, brain!!
    1 point
  17. Joe Horgan

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    I got it!!! 0_o
    1 point
  18. Speculum, Sixteenth Century Journal, I Tatti Studies, Renaissance Quarterly - representing the other side of the temporal divide Also Imago Mundi for those interested in critical cartography
    1 point
  19. Muqarnas, for Islamic art and architecture.
    1 point
  20. PMLA is also excellent, particularly for Film Studies and Theory.
    1 point
  21. #2, especially if it is the new prof I'm thinking of.
    1 point
  22. Chipstone Foundation's Ceramics in America, as well as American Furniture.
    1 point
  23. There is no such thing as "reaching too high." Apply to the places you want to go, and that's it.
    1 point
  24. Well, there's always the CAA's (aptly named) "Art Journal"!
    1 point
  25. crazyhappy

    Conferences

    I would, but I am bringing my dh and my baby. I will have to sneak out of the conference every two hours or so to feed the baby---that should be interesting! I am going to prove that this all can be done with kids (even if it kills me )
    1 point
  26. Appropriate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFt7EzpsZQo
    1 point
  27. nfnsprite

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    I feel the same way. Like the news really will never come.
    1 point
  28. SSP, this is going to be a brief reply but I'll come back to this in a few hours and add more information if I remember. If I don't, send me a PM. Okay, so I'm sure I and many others have examples of IRBs. But, the forms are different at each institution (and the ones at my institution have changed 3-4 times in my 5 years here), so I doubt looking at those would be of that much help. What you really need is to look at a recently approved IRB for someone doing similar research (so someone doing participant obsrevation). Some of this is, I think, you not understanding what IRBs really do
    1 point
  29. If you're looking for RC advice for the GMAT, the key is to focus on the information that is commonly tested (main idea, structure, 2 points of view, etc). Most students get bogged down on the insignificant details. If you're interested, we have a free series of videos that cover everything you need to know about tackling RC questions: http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-reading-comprehension Cheers, Brent
    1 point
  30. AKL

    UC Riverside

    I finished my internship at Wash U Med School last month. It was fun but I am sooo ready to leave the midwest. I did my undergrad on a little university in Germany so I guess every american university campus seems large to me Your description of the campus seems nice though I am actually not really sure when the orientation is.. I was planning to arrive a month earlier because I want to give myself some time to find a car. Did you do your undergrad in chemical engineering? If not, do you have to make up for some undergrad classes? I think I'll have to take 2 or 3 undergrad classes... Do you
    1 point
  31. soaps

    SIPA

    Of course. I just think things have shifted to the facebook and Google groups.
    1 point
  32. I don't have book recommendations, per se, but I thought you might want to consider taking a Yale open course or something from Coursera over the summer. Yale's open English courses has an introductory literary theory, and getting some theory in your background might be really helpful. Bonus: you can do the whole thing on your own schedule. Here is their website: http://oyc.yale.edu/english
    1 point
  33. mpheels

    Johns Hopkins!

    I'll be working on a PhD in Health Services Research, and I'm super excited! I'm planning to work through August 16th, then move on the 19th/20th. I just finished my IOL course today, and can't believe I have to wait three months until orientation!
    1 point
  34. Just FYI, "audiological rehab" might also be called "aural rehab" and they're the same thing. I did all my pre-reqs with Longwood Univ (which is in Virginia, out of state = $$$). Took language dev, phonetics, A&P, intro to audiology, and neurology; Two exceptions: articulation disorders (currently online with USU) and I am getting aural rehab with my grad school for the Fall online, but I could have taken that with USU as well. Have heard good things about all of the places offering online pre-req courses, so I really don't think you can go wrong. Tuition cost is the biggest differenti
    1 point
  35. Hi there I have received the official letter last week.
    1 point
  36. I imagine it's easier to get the word out if you have a written document as opposed to a patent or product. Linguistics is also a small enough field that it's not too overwhelming to keep up with the latest innovations in our field. It's also established practice to read and cite dissertations, and I don't know if that's necessarily the case in other fields that produce written work (probably not in all, is my guess). Also, this: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html
    1 point
  37. A good credit history comes from taking out debt and paying it back on time. There is some balance though of course, taking out debt too many times is a bad sign, but if you never take out any debt, then they won't know whether or not you're reliable! A credit card is not the only way to accumulate good credit though -- utility companies and cell phone companies are common examples of people who might run a credit check on you and thus appear on your credit history report. I think it would also be a good idea to request your free credit history report regularly. The two credit reporting ag
    1 point
  38. The answer to your question is going to strongly depend on your credit score, which I'm not asking you to share publicly, but just know that if it's under 650, it's best to go with a credit union credit card. The rates are low, but as someone else said you won't get many perks. If you have a score better than 650, you should definitely shop around. You can get a credit card with no annual fee, cash back options, low APRs, etc. Personally, I shopped credit cards by opening an account at www.creditkarma.com . They give you a breakdown of your credit and of credit cards that you're likely to
    1 point
  39. AKL

    UC Riverside

    I am a biotechnology major from Germany so my area of interest is also in biotechnology. What is your area of interest? Where are you planning to move? Do you know any other people that are going to be in our class?
    1 point
  40. TeaGirl

    Buying a new laptop

    I just want to toe in and say software problems like Spyware are not the fault of the specific laptop brand or the hardware. It's just poor software setup. In any case it's very hard to find a laptop free from bloatware on purchase so a good first step when buying any laptop is to google what bloatware comes with it and how to remove it. That usually includes removing all those "trial" software that keep popping out ads and other random stuff. I too got a Samsung series 7 chronos and I'm very happy with it (especially after I tinkered with it and replaced the HDD with an SSD). Windows 8 is
    1 point
  41. Found this post by a current SIPA student in the Google group. It reflects what I've heard from both friends at SIPA and other current students I've interacted with. Say what you will about the administration, but large classes/inaccessible professors is a stereotype that just doesn't hold water. Thought it was relevant (bolding is her own):
    1 point
  42. I'm an Associate Professor at the University of Washington and I'm on Psychology and Neurobiology admissions committees. I'd like to write a blog starting with 10 tips for interviewing (since I see students make some pretty basic mistakes) and generally explaining what we, as interviewers are looking for.
    1 point
  43. AnthonyGose

    Rate my GRE ESSAY!

    I didn't think I was being harsh. I thought the passage was too short in length and too shallow in content. I thought the awkward vocabulary lacked precision and that the grammatical errors made the passage generally unclear. Additionally, I didn't really see how any of the examples provided support for the conclusion. Pointing to a couple of historical examples of one person or idea influencing another may establish a descriptive fact about how the past can affect the future, but in no way does it establish the normative claim that the past ought to ground our future decisions. On this note,
    1 point
  44. AnthonyGose

    Rate my GRE ESSAY!

    http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/score_level_descriptions Seems like a 1 or 1.5 to me.
    1 point
  45. Hi all, I would like to ask a very silly question here. I tried google the meaning of this term but I still don't quite get it. The application system ask me to enter the details of three referees. There is one column called "affiliation". Some told me that you should fill in the academic institution this referee is working. Some told me that it is referee's relationship with you (such as supervisor, etc.). Also, there is another column called "Title". Some said you should fill in the work title of the person, such as vice dean, or associate professor. I'm wondering if this is so as the
    1 point
  46. Hi people, I am currently hesitant in whether or not to write a very specific CS subfield I'm interested in the statement of purpose. For many thesis-based master programs in Canada, they do not need students to specify which subfield. I am thinking of whether specifying a subfield would make adcomm feel that you are more prepared and focused. Back to the topic. I hope to hear some opinions of people who are currently doing research in the following fields. 1. Software Engineering 2. Database Systems 3. Theoretical CS (Algorithms) 4. AI/ Machine Learning 5. Human Computer Interactio
    1 point
  47. I have confirmed my first and second letter writers and am now hesitant in looking for the third recommendation writer. If you were me, which one of the following professors you would go to ask for recommendation letters? Please share me your opinions. Thanks very much. Professor A, who taught me two senior level classes and I got perfect grades in both of them. I believe that he has very good expertise in his field and was known by some good universities in US. However, he cannot remember my face because the classes he taught is big lecturing classes. He also has some quirky temperament
    1 point
  48. Hi, thanks for the opinion. This is what I am thinking now as well. Initially, I also write my interested subfield in quite absolute terms. In my first draft of SOP, I structured my essay in such a way that everything is tailored to the ultimate focus -- database systems. All the courses I've taken. Some description of certain research projects. etc. After some time, I personally feel that it might narrow down my choices, especially after I find out that it is possible that some schools' database research lab seem not going to admit new master students in some of the years. I changed the SO
    1 point
  49. this is also my fourth time: 1st time: i applied to 1 unfunded masters program and i attended it and completed the program. 2nd time: i applied to 2 PhD programs in a related field. (only applying to 2 was stupid) I was rejected by both. 3rd time: the year after that i applied to 10 PhD programs and was accepted to 2 - only 1 of which was funded. I attended the funded one and i am currently wrapping up the masters portion of it with the intention of switching fields. 4th time: PRESENT. I am applying to 5 programs in a different field from my previous 2 masters, but both of these masters
    1 point
  50. *looks around then raises hand* This is my third time applying (which might explain some of my freakouts lol). Right now I'm feeling pretty down about my chances but others keep telling me to keep my head up. Honestly, it's not that much different than applying for a second time, you already know what you have to do and what to expect...but it is frustrating going through it again. I also find it a little embarrassing to be honest, but I just have to keep reminding myself that the timing right now just plain sucks. It is what it is. Each time I apply I improve my application (first tim
    1 point


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