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  1. So, it actually matters which one you are? I'm guessing that you are the one that believes in free-market liberalism, and am going to taylor my response to that. IN THEORY, a dissenting voice--if it engages critically and fruitfully with the existing canon--will not be shut down. If you can read Marx and respond to Marx in such a way as to respect the ways in which critique grows out of Marx, while simultaneously showing how this is better served by a different approach, you will provide a good (and perhaps necessary) reminder to scholars that they cannot take their political positions for
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  2. Definitely use the Magoosh apps. They have two vocabulary apps now. They are pretty good and free!
    2 points
  3. lelick1234

    Most In-Demand Field?

    Like what everyone was trying to explain, we don't do this for the big bucks.
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  4. I understand your desire to stay in academia. I feel similarly about academia and would prefer to spend 10+ years in grad school than leave to industry... I love it that much too! If it is your dream then I don't see why you shouldn't keep pushing for it. Since your advisor wrote a negative review and no one in your committee is standing up for you then that of course raises some eyebrows. Do you feel that you have been on track with your research progress? I would think having 1 middle author paper at this point would be on the very low end but I do realize that different subfields of bio
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  5. I agree with echo449 in that approach is going to matter here. I have seen people get burned in programs because of political disagreements--not because of politics, necessarily, but because they advertised those politics far and wide and were obnoxious/aggressive about them. (The best example that comes to mind is a guy who, during an election year, slapped a Republican bumper sticker on his car and actually spoke about "Obamacare" and "Obama's idiocy" in seminar. He got terrible grades from that professor and the next year was asked to leave the program. I don't know if one thing actually ha
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  6. fuzzylogician

    Backpacks/Bags

    People have different preferences, considerations, price ranges... there is no such thing as "the best" when it comes to things like backpacks in my opinion. That's why we can have 6 different threads and still need a 7th . Just wanted to make sure those older threads don't get forgotten--I'm sure at least parts of them are still relevant.
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  7. Daredevil is fantastic, but in that case it is best taken slowly. I'm all right with most gore, but there were still a couple things that shocked me.
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  8. To everyone who's still waiting or wait listed, DON'T give up! I was personally wait listed for the UofT MPH (Occupational and Environment Health stream), and I was very disheartened because the program only admits 15 students a year. However, I still sent a polite email letting them know of my interest, and I just stayed hopeful. And after a month of waiting, I got accepted into it!! So stay positive everyone! You're not out of the race yet!
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  9. Let's see. I started being interested in/reading about the Holocaust during the first semester of my sophomore year of college after I had a mental breakdown and a borderline psychotic episode. I had been interested in Romania since high school when one of my friends gave a report on Ceausescu in AP Language class (for whatever reason). I actually didn't much put the two together until I was applying for grad school, after I realized that I wasn't going to be able to get together the language skills to be a competitive applicant to keep working on what I was doing in undergrad (the Holodom
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  10. It sounds like OP deferred, then went back on his or her word by accepting another offer after committing to the deferral. If this is the case, it can be a very serious action depending on the type of program. For a masters program this might not matter as much, but if we're talking about PhD programs then this is a big deal. By deferring you're accepting an offer, you've committed to a program. Breaking that contract has serious consequences, both for your reputation in your field and for the programs that you're playing. If this is for a PhD then OP is burning bridges left and right.
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  11. Oh, so it's *your* fault.
    1 point
  12. Crafter

    The Ph.D. Pay Gap

    I LOVE this sentence!!!!!!!! Only people without kids think of kids as a hindrance or some sort of curse. Part of my decision to go back to school, considering my already good CV and education is because of my child. I want to be a better mom for her (and, as in international student from a developing nation, she will definitely benefit from getting her first years of school education in the US, so my decision to go to school having a child is actually a GOOD LIFE DECISION, even when that means that I will have to be a student for a few years. Of course, I am lucky to have the support
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  13. @ JaimeSLP congrats! Your dedication has paid off.... keep up the good work
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  14. Thanks, although I think people don't realise clinical depression can be equally hard to deal with. Your brain just shuts down and I am a very academic person and I have been struggling so much lately.
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  15. I'm going to try to keep this short because I need to head off to a meeting in about thirty minutes. Needless to say, more to follow later. rising_star, I've never considered myself naive with respect to the very real inequities involved in employment, be it academic or otherwise. I don't want to belabor the details regarding my own non-traditional path to going back to academia and to a doctoral program, but I think they bear repeating to address this charge of being naive about the realities of the market. I graduated from law school in 2009, right in the middle of the implosion at Wall
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  16. rising_star

    The Ph.D. Pay Gap

    I am really irritated with the argument that because some people persevered through rough circumstances, that somehow means that the system doesn't need to be changed. Yes, bsharpe269 and Chesire_Cat's dad persevered through this but, how many other people were unable to so we don't hear from them during this conversation (because they aren't on a forum for people applying to graduate school)? That's just like saying that because some slaves were able to escape from the South via the underground railroad, it's okay to keep the institution of slavery around. After all, if they really wanted it,
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  17. It really depends on what type of graduate program you're looking to get into. The rule of thumb would be that the better you do, the more helpful up to the point of diminishing returns (i.e. 166 vs 170). The caveat being that a low score can be more harmful than not (i.e. 60th percentile or lower). Aim for 4.5+ on the AW section though. Just remember the GRE is only 1 part of the application package and not necessarily the most important one.
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  18. I would go for it. you have nothing to lose at this point. They can't penalize us for advocating for ourselves Lol that would be against our code of ethics.
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  19. I think you're in a situation not unlike many people struggling with finding out what is right for them. Before you jump head first into a graduate program of some kind, ask yourself why you want to do so before preceding. Graduate school, in either psychology or biology, can last between 5-7 years depending on your program and things you do. Do you have something in either of those disciplines that will make you interested to pursue for such a long period of time? There's a solution to the questions I posed, and it can be beneficial to you in two ways. I highly recommend you look into volu
    1 point
  20. Chiqui74

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    My husband got a great job offer in NYC! We are moving in 3 or 4 weeks. I'm headed to Harvard on Sunday for the seminar, and I'll be staying in an AirBnB place halfway between Harvard and MIT. I'm so freaking excited.
    1 point
  21. Sorry, I did not know you had multiple sclerosis (as the post just said MS, which is a term I am not familiar with), I just assumed you only had depression. It is 4 weeks, so you are basically done. Talk to your professors and explain the situation, they will be understanding and will probably be lenient regarding the grading, attendance and times. You have already worked so hard for three terms, so doing your best in the exams will be enough.
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  22. History isn't second tier over here? Every time I tell people I study history they ask what the hell I'm gonna do with that or make some comment about me not liking money.
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  23. How long is the program? Is it three quarters? I think many programs are one year long, so the duration is not that burdensome. I would highly recommend against leaving without doing the exams. That is going to be a permanent stain in your record, specially if you want to apply for graduate studies in the USA. At least, by finishing a quarter or two you can blame on your depression for not finishing, A Master in a similar field might help you prepare for further studies in the USA. Instead of thinking about your depression and how difficult is everything, I think you should just do a s
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  24. Contact someone immediately. Can you do something to improve your grade in the class? Extra credit, retake exam, or change retroactively to pass-fail? Can you retake the class or take another one over the summer or next fall to replace this class? Maybe you can do an independent study with someone to replace this grade or some other arrangement can be made. Don't wait too long as it's possible that an appeal could be time-sensitive. This sucks, but don't give up! Good luck, and please let us know how this turns out.
    1 point
  25. Torque

    Los Angeles, CA

    Live near a metro stop. I live in North Hollywood. Takes 30 minutes on metro to get to either HSC or UPC. The metro pass is $100 for the entire semester and it's unlimited so it is very economical. It also allows you to read on the metro instead of having to devote time to driving.
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  26. skwaitinggame

    Fulbright 2015-2016

    I moved from alternate to accepted today for an ETA in South Korea !!!!!!
    1 point
  27. Shep

    Yes, it is all BS

    "Notdisgruntled," I believe I have just as much right to voice an opinion on this thread as you do. However, name calling certainly doesn't make your argument any stronger. I am not a curmudgeon, cranky, disgruntled, nor am I dragging anyone down. I was simply stating a fact that came not only from my actual program, but several librarians in academia and public libraries around the country. Yes, this caused quite a bit of disillusionment given that I had years of experience in the library field. The cost was astonishing and quite frankly, the coursework was embarrassing. However, that
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  28. The problem is with *them* and *their* insecurities. It has nothing to do with you. Grad school is great at bringing up all a person's self-doubt, fears and weaknesses, in part because it is much less structured than undergrad. To combat their own insecurities, people bitch about others for working too hard. Or not working hard enough. Or wearing pink cardigans all the time. Or whatever. You say that you have some friends in the cohort? That's great. Focus your energy on them. It is possible that once your cohort move away from the coursework and get more settled in to their own research
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  29. I have to say I disagree. Limit your search to the top-20, look for 3-5 programs, and be willing to not get in anywhere and move on. Your goal isn't to get into grad school. Your goal is to get a job after grad school.
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  30. Your GPA is over 3.0 and you seem to have decent research exposure. I suggest you apply to 8-10 programs across the spectrum but still programs you can realistically see yourself attending. You do want to get your GRE into the 85-90 percentile range to offset your GPA a bit. Also I wouldn't look strictly at microbio programs, try looking at some of the umbrella programs out there - you may be pleasantly surprised. Begin working on your statement of purpose over the summer because that is one of the most important parts of your application package. Also start looking for recommenders (you'll ne
    1 point
  31. Every engineering major usually has to complete a capstone design project. What I did for my capstone project has nothing to do with what I'm doing for my master's or PhD. Basically you learn to work with a team and an industrial contact - those are transferable skills that can work both at the grad and professional levels. A design project is viewed slightly differently than regular coursework since it's more akin to what you would encounter in the work force. How poorly did you do on the project? I wouldn't stress too much over it, just be able to explain what you did and learned from th
    1 point
  32. Languages: wouldn t you need to learn a Native American language if you chose that path? That can be much harder than just learning European languages. Language learning can be achieved quite fast with FLAS and other summer programs. 3 languages from more or less the same language group is doable. But you should show aptitude by taking at least 1 course in each, to be admitted. I confess that languages were a consideration for my choice of historical period at first. While I would not want to go into too much detail on that (trying to maintain anonymity) , I can tell you that the language r
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  33. Sometimes people just grow up. I know I did.
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  34. I am currently using the Magoosh app too. I'll attempt to learn 50 more words by tonight. Thanks
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  35. Poiple

    GRE: Vocabulary help

    You can study the words in whatever order you wish. I'm currently learning vocal through several sources (Manhattan flashcards, Magoosh iPad apps, reading, and making my own flashcards). You just need to do whatever is best for you.
    1 point
  36. Not to be brutal, but I would put forward the idea that if he cannot deal with you choosing what is best for you and does not encourage you to pursue the course you love, but instead pressures you towards a different course, he is not your soul mate.
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  37. get a 32 or 64 gb ipad: 16gb isn't isnt very future proof or enough.
    1 point
  38. Yeah, I would wholeheartedly disagree with being nice on grading. I've stopped feeling bad about poor grades. It was extremely difficult for me as a 4.0 student to understand that some of my students were perfectly happy with a C in the class. It's a tough pill to swallow when they just don't care that much. However, I make sure to take the time out to explain to students the differences between A, B, C, and D work so that they can choose for themselves how much effort they want to put in. I teach public speaking, so it's fairly cut and dry, but I am able to finish a vast majority of my gr
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  39. My little piece of advice, silly as it may seem, is to use a binder and carry it with you to every class. Preferably a binder with tabs. During my first semester as a TA, I made PowerPoints and uploaded them to the course website after each class, I always handed back graded assignments by the next class meeting, I developed lesson plans, and I brought print-outs with all answers to the preassigned study questions. Basically, I did my job. Nevertheless, some of my student evaluations were "neutral" about whether I was prepared and organized, and some even disagreed. I couldn't help but wo
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  40. BE NICE, especially with grades. Don't give any grades you feel you do not want yourself. It's sometimes easy to be consumed by the new powers, trust me.
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  41. Only some of the MPH streams at UofT do interviews. Nutrition and Dietetics and OEH have interviews, Health Promotion does not, and I'm not sure about the other streams. I'm in Nutrition and Dietetics, if you have questions about UofT.
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  42. They start in March (Nutrition and Dietetics is usually first, as they want to get their offers out before the Dietetic internship programs release their offers in early March) and continue into April. I heard back on March 6th last year. The website states mid-April to June, but most of the people I've spoken with had heard back by the end of April, at least for the MPH programs. Of course, that may have changed this year - I'm not involved in admissions, so don't have any inside scoop! Sorry I don't have any better timeline for you. I know the Graduate Director was working on admission
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  43. In the U.S., most schools won't take you for a bachelor's program if you already have one unless it's a special program like second degree nursing programs. There's no restrictions for master's unless an individual school has one.
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  44. spunky

    The Ph.D. Pay Gap

    aww... don't leave! plz! this topic is so ratchet and has gone in so many different directions that i'm now addicted to it. it has everything! generalization fallacies, complaints about fictitious subsidies that don't exist, thinly-veiled arguments in favour of the the natural sciences over the social sciences... gosh, if we can throw in a Agatha-Christie-style murder in here it would be PERFECT
    -1 points


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