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  1. 5 points
    futurespeechpath1

    What a dilemma!

    I wouldn't decline the seat at the accepted school because you really don't know where you are on the waitlist of your top 2 schools. I wouldn't take that risk unless you know for sure you'll get in the other 2 schools and really have no interest in going to the accepted school. A friend of mine got off the waitlist to her top school the day after submitting her deposit but she chose to decline the offer so you really never know.
  2. 5 points
    I don't know if this is advice or just a reality check. Whatever it is, I hope it's helpful. You're going to be told by many people that you're super intelligent with a lot of accomplishments so you're basically guaranteed to get a spot in a PhD program and probably a top one. You are super intelligent and accomplished, but it's REALLY hard to get into a program. You're competing against people who are just as super intelligent and accomplished as you (maybe more so). Don't feel entitled to a spot. Don't put a ton of pressure on yourself that you MUST get in this year. Do apply to a realistic set of schools (not everyone can get into a top school and not every top school is right for you)
  3. 3 points
    displaynamesarehard

    SSHRC Doctoral 2018-2019

    OGS and SSHRC are totally different competitions, but if you made it out of the University for SSHRC (and Vanier and/or Trudeau for some of you) I think you're chance of being ranked high enough to get OGS in your department is pretty good. It's easy to feel discouraged but try to keep some perspective and a little bit of optimism that you'll probably at least get OGS and you are definitely in the running for SSHRC. What I tell myself (whether it's actually right or wrong I don't know) is that I have a very good chance of getting OGS and a decent chance of getting SSHRC, but also that there are many other people applying for these things that are good at what they do so I might not and it doesn't mean I'm terrible (but the boost in income would have also be very nice). The competitions by nature judge us against each other but we should try not to because we all have different paths. I saw on reddit that one person said that the university they work at actually didn't hire anybody who had a SSHRC (doctoral or Phd) in the last couple cycles of hiring even though people with the awards applied. They said that the people who didn't get it actually outperformed the people who did (of the people applying to the job). So at the end of the day whether you get it or don't let's all just keep working hard towards those long term end goals (whatever they are). It's definitely an awesome achievement and endorsement of your abilities, but it's not the be all end all. Having said that. I also have to remind myself to try not to think about it too much since hopefully next week (fingers crossed, but definitely the week after if the last few years is anything to go off of) we will get the results and whatever they are it will be a weight off all of our shoulders. (Until next fall at least for those of us who re-apply...)
  4. 3 points
    xypathos

    PhD Advice for next year?

    I'm fine with you being upset with what I wrote. I could've sprinkled some sugar on it and beat around the bushes, but you need someone in your corner to tell you the hard truth. You clearly didn't have that someone this cycle. I worked full-time in undergrad, as a line cook and pantry chef. Plenty of people before you, your classmates, and future students worked full-time and still slammed out high grades at probably every university in the US/world. You're nothing special there. More than five schools work on continental philosophy and religion. That's just poor planning. If you want to be in a competitive philosophy department you need a M.A. in their field. You can get in to a PhD program without an M.A., your chances are higher than 0% but not by much. If you haven't seen it yet, the PGR (Philosophical Gourmet Report) is considered the preeminent ranking system but it also has a fair share of detractors. Recently Brian Leiter (founder) stepped down from running it and that's for the better - they have a solid Advisory Board in place now. Dailynous.com is also a top site to learn about the field itself, what prof is moving where, where the leaders in the field think the next hot subfields will be, etc. The people in the Philosophy forum here at GradCafe are far better equipped to handle philosophy questions. I can direct you to some funded M.A. options but they'll know even more. If you're wanting to do a PhD in Religious Studies (or Theology) with a focus in philosophy of religion, I can certainly help there. My intent was not to hurt your feelings but to simply tell you the truth, nothing more, nothing less. EDIT: Thanks for the kind words @Boolakanaka!
  5. 3 points
    Boolakanaka

    PhD Advice for next year?

    @wilsonrg With all due respect, xypathos is not only very respected on the board, but moreover and to the more germane point, his response provided answers that were spot on and lucid. Perhaps it was not in the tone or inflection you desired, they were nonetheless entirely accurate. A tad bit of advice and counsel, the academy is a long arduous road, filled with much more disappointment than success, and if this blunt but totally on point assessment already rankles you, perhaps you need to rethink your attitude as you go down this incredibly long path....
  6. 3 points
    Lemon2Lemonade

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    CU Boulder's loss. So...you are off to UMass-Dartmouth, congrats again! I am wishing all the luck in the world for you, don't let them change your essence, though. Let it grow grow grow 🤗 I am signing off now, sending good vibes to all. 🌞
  7. 2 points
    I'm sorry you're in this stressful situation. You mentioned you use Quizlet. Have you tried "Learn" mode in Quizlet? I know everyone has their own style, but what works for me is to create fill in the blank Quizlet questions. The blank should be the one or two words that are the most important pieces of information in the sentence. Then in Learn mode, I select just the multiple choice and "write" options, but not the flashcard one (too easy). For example "___ is a disorder of swallowing," or "The primary motor cortex is located on the ___ lobe." If there are powerpoint slides or handouts I try to use the words almost exactly, because more often than not, questions tend to show up phrased that way on the test. I also try to really break down information. So, instead of making one card with 5 bullet points about dysarthria, I would make 5 cards. Once you get 100% on learn mode, you can go through and star what is still challenging. I also create quizlet decks as I'm reading my textbooks, because I don't want to have to read it again. When there is a really tough concept or process, I find explaining it to a friend or family member in simple terms is really helpful because it helps me find the holes in my knowledge. Unfortunately, so much of pre-masters work seems to be rote memorization. In grad school we get to apply the critical thinking. When I first went to school I was an A/B student because I really didn't know how to study (and I wasn't that motivated), but when I went back for my CSD prerequisites, I knew I had to figure out how to be an A student and Quizlet coupled with tracking my study hours has done the trick. Good luck to you!
  8. 2 points
    FWIW, my anecdotal impression (from my acquaintances in history) is also that the job market there is better than in philosophy, though still terrible. Think along the lines of 100-200 applicants per job, vs. 300-600. Also, as everyone else has said, avoid Chicago's cash cows. It's totally possible to transition into philosophy from outside. It's not even all that hard, in the sense that loads of people do it. While a Master's degree in philosophy would certainly help, the most important thing is to make sure that your writing sample is up to snuff, and clearly philosophical. After that, work hard on your statement of interest, and on explaining why you want to move into philosophy. Clear and distinct (!) reasons are better than generalities, here: you need to make the case that you're serious about philosophy, and that it's the best disciplinary fit for you. All that said, it's worth reiterating that although the history of philosophy job market is much better than the market for most other general areas, it varies a lot by historical subfield. And scholastic/medieval's job market is terribad. On the order of 1-2 jobs a year (almost always at Catholic institutions). And although there are lots more open/open jobs, they don't often seem to go to scholars working in that time period.
  9. 2 points
    Almond

    SSHRC Doctoral 2018-2019

    It's a real tough slog, but its all out of our hands now and I'm sure that you, like me, poured your effort and time into your SSHRC app -- I'm proud of all of us for going through this gruelling process and for doing the best we can!
  10. 2 points
    samiamslp

    Priority Waitlist

    My understand is it means you are in the first batch of people on the wait-list that the program would send acceptances to as soon as someone declines their offer of attendance.
  11. 2 points
    chartblob

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Same here!! Finally some closure!
  12. 2 points
    globalhealthenthusiast

    2019 MPH CANADA

    Just got the admissions offer from McMaster Global Health with scholarship! Only have a week to decide to accept or not though!
  13. 2 points
    Not sure about the claim that history's job market is better than philosophy's. I was under the impression that it was the other way around (though both are very difficult). I'd like to see some data that suggest otherwise. I agree that MAPSS/MAPH is a bad idea, but a terminal MA is certainly useful, especially for someone trying to enter from an adjacent discipline. It's just important to go to a fully-funded one with a good placement history, not something like those Chicago programs.
  14. 2 points
    Don't go to the MAPH/MAPSS programs; they're a colossal waste of money. Take some upper-level or grad courses at your current institution (since you work there). This will help you get letters, possibly give you a starting point for a writing sample, and give you some exposure to the discipline. Then apply to programs, with plenty of fully-funded MA programs on your list.
  15. 2 points
    Just on a pure job market level, history's job market is better than philosophy's. I too, find intellectual history fascinating, which sort of puts us both in a tough situation. As you no doubt know, many scholars look at intellectual history with moderate suspicion. They suspect it's a way to disproportionately focus on dead European males, while Pocock and others have shown multiple ways forward. My own irritation aside, a few questions: what specifically interests you about Scholastic metaphysics? What research question would you try to answer in a dissertation, and what would your methodology be? If you're asking a historical question like "what intellectual currents caused Anscombe to meld Thomist thought with Wittgenstein's thought?" then you should be in a history department. Getting a minor, and developing a top quality philosophy writing sample would almost certainly help your case. I wouldn't go for the MAPSS. It's not cheap, and unless you've serious gaps in your preparation (e.g. you need to know Latin, but don't), a terminal MA isn't tremendously useful.
  16. 2 points
    An alternative account. I emailed the place I was waitlisted on Tuesday. Then, they emailed me back to schedule an interview for Wednesday (they mentioned in the email that they were glad I reached out and showed I was still interested) and we had the interview. Wednesday night I was accepted. So moral of the story, I dont think there's any harm in reaching out now to ask about your status and let them know if you have the intention to go there if you get off the waitlist.
  17. 1 point
    coffee4lyfe

    Coming out of student retirement

    This post is for any grad students who took a year or two off before returning to SLP grad life. I am officially going back to school this fall, and am currently trying to curve my anxiety about not remembering anything from my CSD major days. It has been about 3 or 4 years since I was in the thick of my major courses. Will I be completely unprepared come the start of grad school? Luckily I have saved most of my notes/readings from undergrad, and I'm planning on slowly going through them. But just want to see if anyone else out that has had a similar experience and/or is feeling the same way. Thanks friends!
  18. 1 point
    Do you think maybe you might second guess yourself? I did this constantly for a lot of classes. During the exams I knew the answer but then I’d get in my own head and end up answering wrong. I understand not having a lot of time to re-take a class. I ended up retaking mine during the summer session otherwise I would’ve been set back an extra semester. I’m positive though you’ll pull through with that B. I’m rooting for you!
  19. 1 point
    Norhaha

    2019 MPH CANADA

    Omg congrats! what a quick turn-around from your last post haha, I'm praying for a good email soon...
  20. 1 point
    I'm an undergrad at SXU right now I know as of now 7 of the seniors submitted their deposit to SXU but I also know 2 declined who are also undergrad at SXU. I also read on a forum quite a few people declined their offers to attend SXU. I'm sure you'll get in!! There are a a lot of grad students at SXU who got accepted off the waitlist.
  21. 1 point
    You need to aim for more As in your COMD classes. Just imagine that these next classes determine the rest of your life. You’ve already gotten some Bs, so I’d really suggest you find a method of studying that results in more As (and not rely on the professor rounding grades) You won’t be fairing well if you have a C in your COMD classes. (Because Cs are considered failing/need to retake in grad school)
  22. 1 point
    Balleu

    Northwestern Fall 2019

    Hi all! Starting a History PhD at NU, moving from Oregon in August-ish. Moment I thought you all would appreciate: I'm setting up my NU email address and laughing at the idea of having an expected graduation date.
  23. 1 point
    sgaw10

    The Positivity Thread

    I just won an Apple watch for giving $5 toward my class gift
  24. 1 point
    MPH2021

    2019 MPH CANADA

    I am also waiting! I believe it was just the initial round. I think the first email was received on March 23rd - noting that the Dalla Lana was making a "recommendation" to the school of graduate studies for the acceptance - essentially an acceptance. Most recently, I believe those individuals received their official offer. Fingers crossed for those who are waiting - I hope we hear back some good news When they respond let us know
  25. 1 point
    haylz

    2019 MPH CANADA

    Education consists of a Honours BA in Sociology as well as a Honours BPH (in progress). My cGPA of all of my credits (close to 40) is a 3.3. My BPH last two years is a 3.9 GPA. I have both work and volunteer experience in public health, both over 2 years. Gained some research experience completing my undergraduate thesis.
  26. 1 point
    It's final exams (papers, rather) season and I am super stressed about that (oddly less stressed than last semester, however; I know my writing process much better now and have started my research in advance. Professors were more proactive about demanding drafts in advance.) I feel like a machine. Concurrently, I am dating a very sweet, caring guy who has depression and who has difficult life circumstances and whom I am unable to help and that hurts. And to add to that, I'm feeling impostor syndrome so badly. One of my theory based courses is particularly challenging, and the professor has even mocked me for my contributions in class which only adds to my anxiety about not being good enough for academia. I haven't had time to chat with my family; my mom is sick but tells me she is doing better. Communication with the rest of them is not frequent. My apartment looks like a tornado passed through it. I get up in the morning, make a quick breakfast, go to the gym, eat something really quick, shower and spend all my evenings doing schoolwork. This is a lifestyle that people who are not in graduate school wouldn't understand--for them, work starts at 9 and ends at 5 (or at specific schedules.) For us, work is always with us. Even during breaks, you are supposed to consume knowledge like a beast. There is never a moment of rest.
  27. 1 point
    This is a great observation. My wife became a little frustrated that I agonized over my personal statement, ending up with about 15 drafts to produce the final product, haha. While I may fixate on details and become a little obsessive, the PS can hurt your application if you make an error or don't communicate well. In an effort to be supportive, people will downplay the significance of elements they don't understand. While the perfect is the enemy of good, you should be serious in your preparation and execution. It is possible to find balance between building unrealistic expectations and being afraid to try. You can't anticipate with absolute certainty what a POI and admissions committee will respond well to. Some elements you can control more easily than others: GRE, GPA, personal statement, and reaching out to POI. Some are more difficult: research, professional, and life experiences, your personality, the personality of faculty, funding, the saturation and relevance of your area of research interest, and the strength of recommendation letters, etc. If I wasn't geographically constrained, I may well have applied for top schools, just to see what I was capable of. As it stands, I'm incredibly happy I have this opportunity in front of me. To be honest, I'm glad I only joined this forum once my application process was over, or I may never have completed it. The advice and guidance here is both generous and overwhelming. This is a process, not a binary result, not pass/fail; understand that not getting in this cycle isn't really failure unless you reject the opportunity to learn and grow.
  28. 1 point
    Understandable. When I graduated, I listened to the song "Rivers and Roads" on repeat for like six months. Also, even when you go to grad school, you will always have a special place in your heart for your undergrad institution. And I'm really glad I have that, because my graduate institution has been a nightmare, haha!
  29. 1 point
    My work, as mentioned above, focuses primarily on Irish Modernism with a postcolonial twist. I’ll be sending out an article examining Irish authors’ response to the loss of Gaelic. The essay, which features Said and Fanon postcolonial criticism and Kamau Brathwaite’s notion of Nation Language, focuses on the dichotomy between Irish nationalism/revivalism (Yeats, Gregory, Synge) and the burgeoning Modernist movement (Primarily Joyce) in terms of how to respond to England stripping the national language and the importance of language and dialect in regards to national identity. I’ll be starting UNH’s PhD in the fall and will continue my work while branching out to Irish Modernism’s legacy in postcolonial literature. James Joyce, at the moment, is the current lynchpin for my next projects, although I’ll include in some form W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Salman Rushdie, Derek Walcott, etc throughout my research. I also work with British Modernism in terms of Empire and colonialization, particularly Virginia Woolf and EM Forster. I actually started my Master’s program as an Early Modernist, focusing on theatrical adaptations of Shakespeare’s female characters through the years. I also presented at a conference on Marlowe’s transformation of the tragic hero and it’s modern day equivalent in tv shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Obviously, I didn’t stay in Early Modern. My advice is to keep an open mind because you may find your passion lays in another area of literature or theory. For me, it was a Modernism class which swayed me to me current passion. I sat conferences out this year to focus on applications, but in the past I’ve presented at SCMLA and MMLA, as well as some regional conferences.
  30. 1 point
    bayessays

    April 15 resolution?

    So happy that it went well! Congrats on your first choice and best of luck!
  31. 1 point
    Grad10101

    2019 MPH CANADA

    I received a wait list email for MPH at western today.
  32. 1 point
    socchi92

    Program Rankings

    From what I understand, the U.S. news ranking is considered the most important.
  33. 1 point
    Did anyone conduct a mock interview? I had lunch with my friend, mentor, and recommendation writer (PsyD), and she put me on the spot, grilling me on every aspect of why I chose the school, why a PhD, what my research interests are, which professors were aligned with my goals, how my professional experience made me a strong candidate, what I wanted to do afterwards, etc, etc. It was helpful insofar as it really allowed me to practice expressing my thoughts to someone who could actually appreciate the answers, rather than talking to family and friends who have no specialized knowledge in or appreciation of the field. It was a useful rehearsal.
  34. 1 point
    My partner is in history, at a non-fancy but R1 university with a pretty strong faculty, and her advisors have a policy of strongly discouraging anyone from seeking academic employment in history unless they are studying Asia or Africa. So it certainly isn't good. Whether philosophy is any better, I'm not sure. But the thing is, you have to consider not only the philosophy market, but the sub-market for history of philosophy, Medieval specifically. And that's also a very very bad market, at least from all the data that has been made available by the APA and all the philosophy bloggers and so on. The less in-demand (or the more over-represented) your sub-field is, the harder it is to get a job.
  35. 1 point
    The job market comments was more based on my own understanding of the situation. The AHA has claimed that roughly 55% of all history grads end up with some full-time academic position, but they're very vague as to what that means (TT, Full Time non-TT, Adjunct, Postdoc, etc.). Brian Leiter's blog tends to be pretty good about issues with philosophy placement. Here's a recent enough (Oct. 2018) article: https://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2017/10/placement-in-phd-granting-program.html As for the MA, I'm glad we agree about the Chicago programs! I tend not to hold them in the highest regard, as I've seen woefully underprepared students come out of them.
  36. 1 point
    Gold piece of advice ❤️ also, I cannot second enough what @bloomeighty said about financial independence! Very true! It's hard when we're used to a place/a situation/people and then life changes and we just have to move on. I'm quite older than you guys (graduated in December 2013) and at the time I think all of us were so tired of school and so eager to "start living" that we didn't feel emotional at all. I think it's more of a cultural thing but here in my country engineering students seem to graduate never wanting to look back haha cursing everyone and everything related to their undergrad experience. I didn't see it that way... I had a great undergrad experience, which gave me my best friend, a 4-year relationship (which ended, but yeah that's another story rs) and great memories... Unfortunately... people move on and it's hard to keep in touch =( we start by meeting once a month, then once every two months, then at birthdays... and then the inevitable happens: meetings at weddings and baby showers! haha your old group of friends is now in their early 30s!! But you know what? That's the beauty of it! I mean... I met my best friend at my very first day in college, 10 years ago. And she's still my best friend. We talk about other things now, but sometimes we just sit and remember classes, teachers, people from college, search their profiles on FB HAHA and it's so much fun. The good ones, the true ones? They'll stay. ❤️ As the time passes by you realize you have less people around, but the ones you have are the real ones! And it'll be a blast for all of you to share all of the milestones of your lives: first job, first salary, first apartment, first marriage and so goes on.
  37. 1 point
    akraticfanatic

    Dear 2020 applicants...

    If this helps anyone who's applying next year, I saved a document with specific fee waiver info about the schools to which I applied (a range of PGR-ranked programs): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pmJIC0afrhvPp1_Uf-VJxQQ3ZM_RGEYeneorKCZQWO0/edit?usp=sharing I'm also told it's possible to avoid many of the GRE score report fees by asking individual programs whether unofficial reports are sufficient.
  38. 1 point
    lmao I am so glad that I'm not the only one who is thinking like this! I accepted my offer like 2 weeks ago and I got an email back saying like "okay cool thx for letting us know" but I'm still so nervous something will happen and they'll just be like "so, about that offer..." We are being too paranoid lol. We just need to calm down. They can't really do that because 1. they had plenty of time to choose those who they wanted to accept and 2. they know we probably rejected other offers. it would crazy if they actually did that
  39. 1 point
    Thanks for the detailed response ! As of right now, I am not super interested in dysphagia as well, but maybe after some shadowing I will be !
  40. 1 point
    I am so happy and excited for everyone who has found their program this fall! I will be attending NCSU (my top choice!!!). I didn't get accepted until this week. For everyone who is still in limbo, I'm sending positive vibes for good news your way. Thank you all for keeping me a little more sane over the last few months. I wish you all the best in your next steps!!
  41. 1 point
    cassidyaxx

    UConn Fall 2019!

    Yes definitely! So for restaurants it really depends what you like. My favorite around here is Chuck's margaritaville and steak house. It has Mexican/steakhouse food and it is awesome! There are also some good ones on campus as well. My favorite pizza place on campus is husky pizza. A nicer restaurant just a bit off of campus is red rock. For towns, there's not too much worth seeing outside of Mansfield. If you're in Manchester, Manchester has a whole bunch of good places. Maggie McFlys and artisanal burger company in Manchester are awesome! As for parks, Mansfield hollow is a nice walking trail area right down the road from campus for Manchester, there's wickham park which is beautiful. West Hartford is near Manchester and they are the place to go if you're looking for something a little more upscale. They have a plaza called blueback square which has a ton of boutique shops and amazing restaurants. They are a little pricier but not unreasonably so. Really Manchester and Hartford are the go to areas, they definitely have the most stuff to do. However there are definitely some good spots in storrs/ Mansfield as well.
  42. 1 point
    Duns Eith

    Shut out

    I am sorry to hear. It is quite heartbreaking. I know you'll already be asking yourself over and over what you need to fix and improve, or whether to invest in applying again. Let me say this: whatever your choice for next year, remember your worth is not bound up in decision letters. You're more than your grades, recommendations, written samples, or standardized test scores. Your anxiety over the process is normal and legitimate. Your lack of offer does not mean you are incompetent. You can still love philosophy as a professional or as an amateur/well-invested hobbist, even if someone else did not choose to invest in you this time. Don't settle for a life that you know you cannot live with. You can face another round if you really want to; shut-outs are not uncommon.
  43. 1 point
    Bopie5

    2019 Applicants

    The journal that accepted my paper on white racial anxiety in Kate Chopin's short fiction went live this week! Yay for my first academic publication!
  44. 1 point
    Dark Paladin

    Applications 2019

    It was the hardest decision I've ever made but I have declined Penn's offer and will be heading to Yale next year. I honestly still feel very conflicted, but I am incredibly excited for what is to come. Best of luck to everyone else!
  45. 1 point
    telkanuru

    Applications 2019

    This is so far removed from reality that you should have laughed in his face. Not a red flag; a May Day parade in Moscow.
  46. 1 point
    Alex1995

    Final Outcomes

    Accepted Columbia's offer today!
  47. 1 point
    I'm not a Waterloo MPS student but I currently sit in one of their classes as my undergrad professor was kind enough to let me do so. I can 100% vouch for the great success of the MPS program. The co-op there is a huge hit and the final hire rates for Co-op are like 98%. Anecdotally, in only the first round of applications, around 36-40 of the 43 students found a job, mostly at the federal level. A bunch of students went during the reading break to Ottawa for a "Policy Jam" networking session with some government executives. Some of the students literally got Co-op job offers on the spot during that time. In addition, the final term can be done remotely as it's a major team project - most students choose to do a casual or FSWEP for this term. So in reality, the Coop earnings are actually $30,000 or even more (and, honestly, that $20000 figure has been there since 2011. Based on current rates of pay for students, it's closer to $25000/37500 now). After this, they would be eligible to be bridged into a full-time position. Not only that, but the atmosphere of the program is great. The professors (I know around half of them now) are very helpful and the coursework is focused on getting a job. The cohort is super friendly to people - back in 2017, students in that cohort invited me to the MPS bar night even though I was still an undergrad. This year, they're very welcoming of me being a guest in their class and seem to bond well together. They also have their own exclusive classrooms, lounge, office, and study space on campus. As for your inquiry about private sector, you could if you wanted to, but the vast majority of students end up in the public sector just by nature of the program.
  48. 1 point
    slouching

    Keeping up with readings

    This article on how to read for grad school might be helpful.
  49. 1 point
    Congrats on getting it done! I wouldn't sweat it, you'll have it on your CV for applications and it was good practice. I wish I could redo my first conference presentation over, but instead, I just used it as a learning opportunity. Sometimes that's all you can do!
  50. 1 point
    I took a year off between my Bachelor's and Master's. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to do research or more applied psych. So I honored my long-life dream of living abroad by becoming a visiting student at another uni. Took some more applied classes there and came to the conclusion I definitely want to do research. Because my Master's thesis had a lot of drama (outside my control), I knew I was most likely gonna graduate late (during my PhD) or would have to basically work 24/7 to finish on time. So I again took a year off, also to prepare the GRE and the like. I also worked part-time as a research intern in a consultancy firm. All good experiences. I'm now pretty rested and full of ideas to really go for that PhD. Everyone has his/her own path. For me, these diverse experiences have been incredibly helpful in both my research and just for my mental health Just do what is best for you!


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