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  1. i'm excited to start grad school but now i'm looking at the cost of everything...moving is so damn expensive!
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  2. the problem with living on a sublease is that you don't get to pick your roommates. there's 4 of us, and one of them is a serious dumbfuck. never cleans dishes (there was this one time when the sink was full for a month, filled with his shit, until I put it all in a bin, and left it outside, it was disgusting; another time, one of the other poor roommates cleaned the mess up for him and followed up with a sign "I'm not your maid..."), always sets the AC super low, does nothing but play video games late into the night (the walls are really thin btw), and most recently, has a dog that he does no
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  3. basille

    Chicago, IL

    I live in Chicago and have for many, many years. I'd be happy to provide information (and opinions!) to prospective Chicago residents. I'm also pretty familiar with the major universities (U of C, UIC, Loyola, DePaul). On edit: I am going to include a whole bunch of helpful info about Chicago right up front, and then people with specific questions can feel free to ask away. The city of Chicago is divided into 77 distinct community areas. Each area is pretty unique, and the cost of living varies depending on which area you live in. To make it more confusing, some community areas
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  4. I can only speak for my experience, but word of advice: > went to a top school > "a graduate degree from Princeton/Yale, what could go wrong." > more than half the class can't get jobs in the field. > reminds me of everything I read about law school, turns out the stats are quite similar (and similarly doctored) > realize half the class is just there to fund the program > they actually paid students to post on these forums and help recruit Also, everything you learn you could teach to yourself with an internet connection and a decent
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  5. You should figure this out ASAP, but personally I would not take on this much debt for a MA in the social sciences. To answer your questions: 1. It's not too late, but you should inform the school as soon as you can make up your mind, if you choose to withdraw. You are not funded, and you need to put your own interests first. I don't think this is "backing out" but instead it's making a financially sound decision. 2. I would probably contact the head of the department or the DGS (whoever you've been in contact with about your admissions decision), and of course also the advisor. Exp
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  6. From My experience with schools - they were focused on the speech course grades (which you look to have done well in!) as well as the writing end of the of the GRE (which you also did great on!) the only school on your list I had applied to was LIU Post, from your stats I think you would definitely have a chance. Good luck:)
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  7. ESU Alum here. They only take 1/3 of the incoming class from their undergrad , the waitlist on the other hand is about half ESU. But if you are a PA/NJ res it is SUUUUPER competitive
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  8. Hey as just a general preference on my end was only applying to the schools that did not send me generic unhelpful responses like "just apply and see what happens." Furthermore if the school flat out doesn't respond chances are that same experience might happen again come admissions. Idk if this is true for others but it worked in my favor when I applied to only schools that had returned my response. I just think that if they are too busy to talk with you now I feel that may be the same attention your application receives further down the line. Not a proven formula but one I trust
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  9. As someone who has studied/been abroad many times, I still get panicky whenever I have to leave home! I am also very comfortable living at home in the area I grew up in and with my family nearby. Each time I go abroad, even though I know it is my passion and that I am doing something to fulfill one of my dreams, I always get very nervous and anxious. My boyfriend has even made a joke of it now, always pointing out that I'm nervous to leave, but two days into my trip I'm completely fine and enjoying myself to the fullest! For me personally, it's the anticipation of things that get to me, no
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  10. You are much calmer than I would be! Go to the department chair. If they don't help, go to the graduate school. If they don't help, the dean of students. If they don't help, call Obama himself, damnit.
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  11. Sorry to hear. Usually funding packages come with conditions, some of them ongoing, so I'm curious to know if yours came with any as well? Chances are they can easily cut your funding if some of your conditions are not met. Did they go in detail as to why your funding is being cut?
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  12. I believe they are legally binding, but the devil is in the details. What exactly did they promise you? Is there a sneaky way for them to legally wiggle out of their promise?
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  13. I would advise you to go through the various preparation strategies. Let take a look 1. 3 Month Plan for the GRE 2. Take a GRE test to evaluate your current Strengths and Weaknesses. We also have 5 free GRE tests available on our website. 3. Have look at the GRE Freebies available on the forum 4. Have look at our official GRE Directories Quant and Verbal 5. Frequently take tests and practice. Practice, Practice and Practice. Best of Luck
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  14. I am not an expert in scoring GRE essays but based on the descriptions the ETS gives, I'd probably put you at 2.5. There are some repeated problems with your grammar, though your sentence structure itself is generally ok. You only give one example and it's pretty hard to follow. The second paragraph is too short and vague, and doesn't say anything new that wasn't already said in the first paragraph. Your third paragraph sort of makes a new point, but then circles back to a point you had made before, and you don't tie those two ideas together. It's not clear why the 4th paragraph is a separate
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  15. In our case, we are obligated to sell--it is an affordable housing unit and the city has a clause on the deed requires that we live there or sell. Even if this was not a requirement, we plan to leave the area and have no interest in being absentee landlords. Even with a reputable management company in your price range, you are legally responsible for a number of health/safety/occupancy issues and on the hook, if say, your cruddy tenants damage the building or violate housing ordinances (with fines levied by the city). Also, in a condo, I would argue you have some ethical duty to your neig
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  16. emmm

    Indecision

    From what you've described, Rutgers seems like a better overall fit for you (and your preferred school). Given those considerations, unless the fellowship is highly prestigious (if it is just awarded by the school, it probably isn't) or covers the majority of your costs, it seems perhaps not valuable enough to turn down Rutgers. But only you can decide what is best. For PhD applications, you will need great LORs from people whose opinions are respected by the admissions committees at the programs you apply to. You are more likely to get great letters if you are able to do work that interests y
    1 point
  17. I just finished an MS in epi and I bought most of my required books except for an intro course I really had no interest in. I did go back and reference my intro biostats book in subsequent classes. One hard thing about looking up help with biostats is that not everyone will use the same notation... It's hard to jump into some random author's explanation of a concept when they are using notation that looks familiar but means something different. So at those times I preferred to just go back to a book that I knew. Also, there are a few very well-known epidemiology textbooks that are co
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  18. If only I had taken it that year! 700+ for sure!
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  19. Advice I was given if not getting in this cycle was to email/call/send a letter to whomever sent you the rejection and ask them what was wrong with your application. It will show your passion, and they will have your name in the back of their hand next season when you possibly apply again. You'll also hopefully get feedback on what they like in an applicant
    1 point
  20. I think it's really up to your study style and what you think you'll find useful in the future. I bought my first PH textbooks (used), such as Intro to Biostatistics. I'm in Epi, just finished my first year. I thought I would reference it more than I have, but maybe the book will still be useful in the future. You seem to have a good starting point--buying what you think is useful and renting the rest.
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  21. Treating grad school like high school or undergrad, i.e., not coming to classes well-prepared, expecting to have the professor do a knowledge dump that you can somehow upload to your brain. Not treating funded grad school like a job. It's your job. Half of your time is for your TA or RA work, and the other half is for your writing. Do the writing and outside reading. Being disrespectful of professors - badmouthing them to other students, surfing the web during class, Facebooking, etc. Yes, there are grad students who do this juvenile stuff. Don't be that person! Not working to a
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  22. @hippyscientist You learn something new every day!!! Oh, btw, for you and @rhombusbombus––grad assistants can now register for the AETNA dental plan! Yay?
    1 point
  23. Hello, Long time follower, first time poster here! I just wanted to update anyone looking to this forum for updates that I was on the waiting list for UOFT's SBHS program and I received a recommendation for admission today at 3:30pm :)! If you're on the waiting list hang in there! You're maybe next, wishing you all luck!! To anyone enrolling this September, EXCITED to see you all there :D!!
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  24. I was just at campus two weeks ago, I guess you're the PhD student he mentioned was starting! It's you, me, and two other PhD students! Small group of us.
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  25. i had a professor in religious studies once. he told me that there are three types of people... those who can count, and those who can't.
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  26. We all have two kidneys...
    1 point
  27. Ahhh I am just now seeing these posts! Lots of exciting news. I've been accepted to UNLV, Cal State Fullerton, Sonoma State, and Bradley University. I currently live in central Illinois, and I will be moving across country to the west coast probably! I'm stuck deciding between CSUF and UNLV...a good thing I guess!
    1 point
  28. @UrbanMidwest It is crap that we don't/can't get paid and like morlvera said, the fact that we have to pay for the credits makes it worse. My comment on funding for field students is maybe more specific to my institution. Out in Farmville (yeah, that's a real place) money for agencies is almost nonexistent, but when the agencies do pay a stipend my program ran into a bigger problem. The paid student were being treated like employees--they were under-trained, put into dangerous situations, and sort of supervised. Certainly not to the level that you want a field student to be supervised. Th
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  29. An Imperial College Masters can lead you to the top-ranking funded PhD programs in the UK and North America. Perhaps after PhD, you can find a high-paying job at the Masdar - that is, if you want to come back to your part of the world after a Masters at the ICL and a top-ranking PhD in the West. As a highly-regarded researcher or professor, you can make greater contribution towards building Masdar than as a Masters and PhD student there. If you want to explore opportunities in the West after PhD, then Masdar degree won't be much help - not because it's not good, but because that's
    1 point
  30. Do not retake it. And ignore the poster suggesting that qualifying exams are related to the GRE. They are not related at all, in any way, shape, and form. The Subject Test is an arbitrary, standardized test, designed to make money for the ETS. Qualifying exams are purposeful, carefully designed examinations of material vital to your field. They involve consultation with your advisor and other faculty members, and require actual critical thinking & knowledge. The conflation of the two is one of the most misleading things I have ever encountered here.
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