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  1. 5 points

    Psych Grad School Wiki

    Ever wished you could look up who's taking grad students? Or find paid lab manager/RA positions, all in one place? Now you can! http://psychgradsearch.wikidot.com Psych Grad School wiki is a new resource that will let you hone in on who's actively looking for and accepting grad school applicants this season. It's modeled on the Psych Jobs Wiki - a long-running (and well-regarded) website that helps PhDs in psychology locate and apply for faculty positions in the field. Our hope is that this site will do the same for folks looking to apply to grad school or post-bac positions within psychology. Many faculty have already begun to post and share grad student and other paid positions in their labs; we anticipate that more will do so in the coming days, as information goes out over listservs, and reaches folks beyond social media. We also recognize that many undergrads may be looking for paid positions, either in preparation for grad school, or in the event that grad applications that don't go quite as planned. With that aim in mind, we've also added a section at the bottom for lab manager/research assistant, etc., positions - anyone can update these and post about new openings you've found. We encourage you to do so. A one-stop crowd-sourced resource makes the job market more transparent and better for the community as a whole; the editing process is quick and easy. See a job posting? Share it on the wiki!
  2. 4 points
    Agreeing with Hector here. I can see wanting to take electives at an online program, but why would you take your major --especially in the Humanities-- at an online program?
  3. 4 points

    Publication On PhD Applications

    Not profoundly. You're just getting the experience. The most important thing is to focus on your writing sample and clarifying the questions you'd like to explore as a PhD student. I also would keep working on languages (or start on something related to your area of interest). Finally, understand that there is no "reach/match/safety" in PhD admissions. As with academia as a whole, much also depends on luck. I also encourage you to look beyond the East Coast as being part of academia does require one to be mobile as possible, particularly if one is interested in a tenure-track professor job at the end.
  4. 3 points

    2019 Applicants

    First orientation's in two days, yikes, and then the department orientation is the day after. First day of class likely on the 27th? Haven't technically signed up for classes yet, but I'm pretty sure. Talked to my advisor for a bit yesterday and we're getting along well so far, so that's been really nice and also a relief. Currently working through Derrida's Specters of Marx.
  5. 3 points

    Publication On PhD Applications

    Like others have mentioned, having an undergraduate publication might be more about the experience than the line in the CV. It is a nod to your professional aspirations, but that's it. I second @Sigaba's advice of moving away from metrics as the structural force in your application. What @TMP and @psstein have mentioned also relates to articulating your application around your goals as a scholars, not location or fixation on certain programs. Furthermore, in doctoral programs the prestige that you see in rankings is often blurred by other factors, especially the specifics of departments. There are many programs ranked in the top 20 that were useless for me since there was virtually no Latinamericanist when I applied. Your geographical, chronological, and thematic interests underpin a strong application. Focus more on the questions that you bring in than scores, GPAs, and undergraduate publications.
  6. 3 points
    Speaking in terms of institutional and program reputation, ASU would be the best. How well that would translate in terms of an online degree program, I'm unsure. However, ASU has some name-recognition in academic philosophy because it has a graduate program in philosophy with some areas of particular strength (though unranked), and more generally is a decent, reasonably well-known large public university. The other schools will not have any such name-recognition. I can't speak to the online aspects of any of these programs, but I would ask you this--why do you want to pursue an online program? You'd be better served by completing your degree in-person rather than online if at all possible. A big part of a good philosophical education is talking to your classmates and interacting with faculty, and it's hard to replicate that adequately in an online space.
  7. 3 points
    Assuming that you score well on the Quantitative section of the GRE and get A's in Real Analysis I and Advanced Linear Algebra, I think you have a definite shot at NC State and possibly Duke. Conditional on strong performance there, I think you could even try applying to a school like University of Washington (though this is possibly a reach). Physics is a hard subject, and your GPA is pretty good. I'd recommend adding a few more schools like Wisconsin or Minnesota too.
  8. 3 points

    Out-of-Field Anxiety

    I don’t want to discount others’ experiences, but I wouldn’t say that THAT many apply 3-4 times before getting admitted. Although not totally applicable to your situation, about 20 out of 30 in my CSD undergrad cohort applied our senior year, and everyone got into at least one school; I applied one round and got into 4/6 schools. Your stats sound good, you’ve got some experience, and schools want to have a variety of applicants and have nothing against out-of-fielders. I really think you’ll be fine, especially if you research schools and apply to ones in your range. And worst case scenario, if you aren’t accepted you can work for a year before trying again.
  9. 3 points
    You can publish in a graduate or undergraduate journal if you like, but I don't think it counts for anything in the admissions process. Publications in peer-reviewed, scholarly journals -- that's impressive. Undergraduate journals, not so much. Additionally, you may be giving away scholarship that you could develop into an article for a major academic journal later while in graduate school (undergraduates also, on very rare occasions, publish important articles in "real" journals). I would concentrate on improving the writing sample.
  10. 2 points
    Looks reasonable to me. I'd be pretty surprised if you didn't get into Iowa State, Purdue and Illinois, but they are good schools so I wouldn't say you have any true safeties on your list. Most programs will have an option asking if you'd like to be considered for their master's if you aren't accepted to the PhD and you can simply check that box. I don't see a master's degree helping your profile much and wouldn't recommend it unless you are independently wealthy. Since a MS takes two years and the PhD program that accepts you will at most only transfer one year of those courses, you are equally well off just reapplying if you aren't happy with your results. Instead of worrying about masters programs, I'd add another couple big programs in the match range (think OSU, TAMU, PSU) and a few lower ranked schools or biostat programs.
  11. 2 points
    One doesn't really specialize as an undergrad, at least not at the schools with which I'm familiar. One can write an honours thesis, of course, which would then take you to the entry-point for an area of specialization. If that's what you're talking about, though, then unless you're entering your last year, there's plenty of time for a path to suggest itself to you, and I wouldn't rush it. When the time comes, you'll need an area that you find interesting, and a problem you can sink your teeth into. You'll have to ask some kind of open question, and research your answer thoroughly. Doing this work at the undergraduate level does not require special skills, beyond the ones you pick up as a major in the subject. Knowing the relevant language could help, since it would open up more research outlets to you, and allow you to read the original, but it's not required by any means. At least, not usually; it would be very silly indeed to require it for unpublished undergrad research. For readers who might be thinking of ancient vs. modern as a PhD topic, I suppose I should point out that the ancient market is small, but steady, and that the modern market is sort of booming at the moment (but unlikely to maintain that momentum for more than a few years, at best, at which point it'll revert to quite small and more-or-less-steady). At that point, you'll need to learn the relevant language(s). Modern scholars often have a harder time, though, since it's not uncommon for supervisors to demand proficiency in Greek, Latin, and French, and often German, too.
  12. 2 points
    Hi @MarcHarold, what exactly do you mean by specializing in ancient/modern? Is there a particular distinction at your undergrad that you are referring to (like, are they two different majors?) or are you thinking more generally about the kinds of classes you want to take? Fortunately, if you are thinking generally, in most philosophy undergrads you don’t really ‘specialize,’ you just take classes your interested in (and in some cases, take a language that will help you read those particular texts you are interested enough in that you want to read them in the original language). I tend to recommend to my students who want to go to grad school in philosophy think of it like this: 1. Get a good, well rounded education in philosophy. Take courses from every topic plus the ones that interest you the most. ‘Specializing’ in a field in undergrad doesn’t really exist except if the school has distinct majors, but I suspect even then they wouldn’t look too different to grad committees. And realistically your interests are going to change. I started off in undergrad doing analytic philosophies of language and now my focus is largely on continental readings of Plato. 2. Learn a language you want to read that is related to philosophy you actually want to read (Ancient Greek, Latin, French, German being the big four). If you fall in love with Greek/Latin, consider double majoring in classics. 3. Take at least two or three classes in a particular topic you are really interested in, to give you a few chances to produce a solid writing sample on a subject you’ve looked at repeatedly.
  13. 2 points

    2019 Applicants

    i am so ready to be back in school. restaurant life 50 hours a week wears real thin quickly. but right now i'm reading john caputo's "against ethics" and judith butler's "frames of war" and having a good time with those.
  14. 2 points

    2019 Applicants

    Glad to see this thread still getting updated omg I'm still a ways away from UC Irvine starting but that September 26th start date is creeping up quick. I have two orientations next September (School of Humanities + Campuswide) and then a beginning of the year party. Also have an apartment, about to pick up keys in a few weeks' time and hopefully settle in by mid-September. It's a little bit surreal to call myself graduate student still (much less having a new institutional affiliation). I've been busying myself with MLA database deep dives as well as reading some books that are long overdue for me to read (all this time my UG library would have a full PDF of Cruising Utopia digitally lol). I don't have the jitters quite yet, but tbh once it hits September it'll definitely sink in for me. So excited for all of you!
  15. 2 points

    2020 Applicants

    Hello, Just wanted to tag in here and say that I am also an international applicant with an interest in Caribbean, transnational, and postcolonial lit!
  16. 2 points

    Publication On PhD Applications

    I very strongly urge you to transition away from a metrics-based approach to thinking about the craft of professional academic history and that you not think in terms of "padding" this or that. Academics can tell when an aspiring graduate student is a true believer in the craft or someone who is playing to the numbers. This isn't to say that metrics are worthless. What I'm trying to convey is that in your OP you offer zero information about your interests or your skills. You also present a view of personal professional relationships that is, at worst, cynical ("I am trying to pad my application a little bit....") In the strongest possible terms, I suggest that you rethink the relationship you have with the professor who offered you guidance on your paper. It's my hunch that you're on a different page, if not in a different chapter. That is, while he's talking about advancing the historiography of a field in a way that's beneficial to you as an aspiring professional, you're hearing "Here's a way to punch my ticket to a top twenty program."
  17. 2 points

    2020 Applicants

    That's so cool! I am interested in Caribbean lit and African literature too. Additionally, south east Asian for me. My interests just run the gamut of transnational postcolonial 20th/21st century lit. So happy to see someone with similar interests!
  18. 2 points
    Brown doesn't have a statistics PhD program, so I'm not sure which program you're referring to (applied math probably? Biostat?) I definitely would not submit your subject GRE score. I'm going to be a lot less optimistic than the above. I think your 161 GRE Q is going to really hold you back. Yes, you have good grades, but grad-level course grades are known to be heavily inflated. As said above, this would be mitigated if you were taking grad classes at Harvard, but not so much if you're at Villanova (49). I could maybe see a big school like TAMU taking a chance on you, but I think you're going to struggle getting into a top 20 program with a 161. I would do whatever possible to raise that score - even a 163 would help you significantly. I think Washington, Cornell, Brown and NYU are not realistic targets. If you improve your score to a 165, I think they could be in your "reach" list and schools like Florida and PSU could be targets.
  19. 2 points
    What sort of state school do you go to? Berkeley vs Montana makes a difference. Also, it's hard to say without your GRE score and those future math grades if they'll be submitted. Do you expect to get a 165+ GRE Q and do you think you'll get an A in analysis? So much depends on these 3 questions that I'll refrain from giving too specific advice right now, but I'd say those top 3 schools are going to be your reaches (but perhaps obtainable) and the bottom 3 are probably low matches - there's a big gap where you skipped like 30 spots in rankings that are probably your best fit.
  20. 2 points
    OP: The others have already nailed it in their comments, but I would also reiterate that it is not really necessary to get a PhD in Statistics if you want to go into data science (in a non-research role) and you are a U.S. citizen/green card holder. I know people who have gotten DS jobs with only a Masters in Data Science, Computer Science, or Statistics. There are a lot of Stats PhD's who end up going the DS route, but they are typically either: 1) international students for whom a STEM PhD is the most viable way for them to get a work visa in the U.S., or 2) American students who decided that academia was not for them (you'll find a lot of people with not just Stat PhDs, but also CS, math, industrial engineering, and physics PhDs working in this area). If you are certain you do not want to get a research-based position, you probably don't need to get the PhD. If this applies to you, you mainly need to get relevant work experience and possibly a Masters degree (though one of my friends got into data science with only a Bachelor's in Biochemistry -- he did later get an MS in Computer Science, though, which raised his earning potential and allowed him to become a Head of Data Science division at a health care AI company).
  21. 2 points
    Your grades in calc and linear aren't great, but your grades in prob/math stat are even more concerning. Even if you got an A in real analysis, I would say Oregon State is the only school that's close to the realm of realistic and I would be extremely surprised if you got in there. You will probably need an MS to get into any reputable statistics PhD, but even then, it will be around the level of Oregon State. Those other schools are simply not realistic for someone with your math grades. Edit: to clarify so that this isn't misinterpreted as B+s being disqualifying, I am talking about the pattern of Bs in core, low level prerequisites with no higher level As to prove that you can do math. Lower grades early on are not disqualifying and common, but if your math education stops there, not good. OP would probably have to take a few semesters of real analysis/numerical analysis and proof based courses and get As in them all, and take a grad stat sequence and knock it out of the park to convince PhD programs he can handle the coursework
  22. 2 points

    2020 Applicants

    Interesting info regarding the incoming Harvard cohort: 1/3 have a BA only, whereas 2/3 have an MA BAs from Tufts, McGill, Princeton, Cornell, Barnard, Kenyon, Cambridge, Columbia, Bristol MAs are from McGill, Oxford, Georgetown, NYU, and Yale I find this intriguing as I feel it has often been said that you're less likely to get into an Ivy if you have an MA, but clearly that is not the case. And though many of these schools are Ivy equivalents, not all (or even most) are Ivies.
  23. 2 points

    Publication On PhD Applications

    I would go beyond this: most of the existing jobs are at R2/3s, SLACs, and PUIs, dominantly in the Midwest and South. It's equally worth noting that these jobs do not pay particularly well, especially given the time invested. If you're particularly tied to any location, I would strongly advise against pursuing a PhD. You have some choice as to where you go to graduate school. You have little ability to control where you go afterward.
  24. 2 points
    Hey Nghi, Hope you are doing well in your search for post-bacc research positions! Your plan was almost exactly the same as mine when I graduated with a bachelor's in psychology in 2017 hoping to apply to PhD in clinical/counseling psychology one or two years after working in a full-time research position. I do not mean to discourage you, but I would want you to know that you are not alone if the job application process gets rough. I, too, am an international student on F-1 visa, and I found the job application process extremely frustrating because of visa issues. My OPT lasted for one year, but most labs would prefer hiring someone who would stay for two years. I got very close to landing a few positions, but the labs were not allowed to hire me because HR refused to apply for H1b for me. I sincerely hope that you will have an easier time getting a job, but I would recommend having a plan B of applying to master's programs that helps for future PhD applications in addition to applying to PhD programs if getting a post-bacc position is not a viable option.
  25. 2 points
    Unless your AoI requires significant expertise in math/logic, and maybe even not in that case, retaking the GRE seems like it'd be a waste of time with those scores. Based on everything I've seen on this forum, I doubt those scores are what held you back (there could be a bunch of reasons, including just bad luck, but I'll repeat the writing sample mantra).
  26. 2 points

    Statement of Purpose HELP!

    Hey all~ So I privately messaged Izzie with some personalized feedback for this document, but I wanted to give a few tips for anyone who might read it later. These tips are loosely based on what I saw in this draft, and I only offer them here to provide other people with constructive criticism that they might can apply to their own SOP. These tips are mostly local writing tips rather than global level stuff. Make sure if you use contractions that you're wanting to maintain an informal tone in your document. If you are wanting a formal tone, do not use contractions. I've heard of both formal and informal tones being successful in SOPs, so just consciously be aware of what you're doing and why. Avoid vague and repetitive statements if possible. This is easier said than done, because it's not always easy to identify these characteristics in our own writing. Having multiple readers look over it can help you catch these statements. Completely personal preference for this tip, but rhetorical questions annoy the heck out of me. Avoid them. Please. Ask a question only if it's a research question or if you genuinely mean it as a question. Utilize active voice whenever possible. Some sentences require a passive voice for concision or clarity, but usually it can be made active. Avoid value judgments like "extraordinary" or "wonderful." Try to keep it factual or objective. You have a limited word count, and value judgments usually don't have room in this type of document. I was informed not to end a SOP too abruptly. Make sure to thank the committee for their time/consideration/etc. Hope this helps!
  27. 2 points

    Do NOT go into a medical SLP career

    @San Blas, sounds like you’ve had a rough day, and probably more than that. I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling. I do wonder if this is the best outlet for that frustration. As aspiring SLPs, I think a lot of us come here for help and support with the education/licensing process. While I think it’s helpful to hear SLPs experiences, the tone and anger from your post feels unhelpful. There is a medical SLP forum on facebook that I think would be more suited for you to vent and get support. A lot of folks having hard days and asking critical ethical questions of their peers can be found there. I’ve shadowed medical SLPs and while they face challenges, the purpose of their job is clear and they are largely respected by their co-workers. My point is there are better opportunities out there and I truly hope that you find a more fulfilling workplace or path. Best of luck!
  28. 2 points
    I'm sorry you've been having a bad time in your current setting, but it sounds like your personal rancor at your hospital is seriously biasing your opinion of the entire field. To play devil's advocate, the school setting has problems too: packed schedules with group sessions that mean not enough time is spent on individual goals; having to provide therapy in a broom closet, cafeteria, or hallway; and living in fear of litigious parents that are made their kid doesn't qualify for services. For that matter, any job anywhere has its problems! Productivity demands in the healthcare field are problematic and cause serious ethical dilemmas. If you work in a place like this, get the hell out and try something new, but don't dump all over the profession in the process. Research shows that when were treating APPROPRIATE patients, we can and do make a difference!
  29. 1 point

    2020 Applicants

    Thank you so much for this. I'll keep this in mind while working on my applications, and I'll try not to let my anxiety swallow me whole.
  30. 1 point

    Fall 2020 Application cycle

    Alright, I figured I'd kick us off - who's applying this cycle and where? I'm undecided about whether I'll work the field or do a PhD afterwards, but I have an MA in Art History, so I'm applying to places that specifically have a strong emphasis on architecture or visual culture materials, have a thesis or MRP, and are in a city with strong cultural ties. My list, in order of interest, is: 1. Joint MI + MMST at U of T 2. Film + Photo preservation and collection management at Ryerson 3. Dual MAS/MLIS at UBC 4. McGill MiST - Project
  31. 1 point

    Profile Evaluation: 2020 Statistics Phd

    The GRE is more like a filter. A high GRE Q won't get you in but a low GRE Q will disqualify you. With that said, I strongly recommend you spend some time studying and retake the GRE. It should be pretty easy for you to get 168+ since they are mainly high school math. You can also consider retaking the GRE math subject test. I am saying this because with your math background and some preparation, a 90% is very attainable for you.
  32. 1 point

    Help - Choice of third LOR writer

    Personal opinion: #1 unless #4 has a PhD. For #2, two months is not enough time to write a strong letter. For #3, Data entry and prepping questionnaires is important work but doesn't demonstrate research aptitude or independence, which makes me lean towards #1 instead. Also in terms of status, a postdoc is the same as a VAP in the sense that neither are tenure track.
  33. 1 point

    Out-of-Field Anxiety

    I was an out of field as a psych major and got into all 12 programs I applied to! I had a few prerequisites done but a few weren’t done until that spring after I already got into the schools! You’re so fine as long as your gpa, GRE and essays are good, 100% apply.
  34. 1 point
    It could possibly help your application to ask one of your LOR writers to mention that you plan to take certain advanced math classes in the spring semester of your senior year (like Real Analysis II and whatever other advanced math/stat classes) to ensure that you are prepared for graduate school. But the most important things are the grades on the transcript you submit with your application (which won't have your spring 2020 grades) and the letters of recommendation. I think you should do well in admissions for most of the schools ranged 16-40 and your chances are above average at Duke and UW (conditional on good performance on the GRE and in Real Analysis and Advanced LA). Penn State has a good reputation, and physics majors who have also taken some advanced math (namely real analysis) are usually looked favorably upon by Statistics adcoms. In fact, an alumnus who just graduated from my PhD alma mater got a TT job at University of Minnesota Statistics (without a postdoc) and his undergrad major was Physics.
  35. 1 point

    I failed my thesis.

  36. 1 point
    Hmm. I did sort of choose departments based on prestige and city rather than fit... OK. I'll work on the writing sample. Thanks team.
  37. 1 point

    Orientations... There's so many!

    My orientation is on early September! I’ll dress casual and bring notebook and pen
  38. 1 point
    Feel free to PM me for specific advice re: Ed Psych programs
  39. 1 point

    Personal statement help

    Try to have an opening statement that makes them WANT to keep reading. Best advice I received. So, when I wrote mine, I thought about that. Here is the first line, "My radio crackled with just two words 'Caleb' - 'pavilion.' My heart sank as I raced across the campgrounds hoping to reach Caleb in time." In the next few sentences, I continue with the story (boy with special needs heading to a meltdown that I was trying to get to in time, but didnt) and how my experiences with scouts with special needs led me to SLP and then tied it into the prompt "why I felt I could make a difference in SLP." I also wrote what I had done to prepare for grad school. (In my case, I knew I wanted an online program so I did my undergrad as a hybrid) so I told them that. Advocate for yourself and dont be afraid to showcase your strengths. Just find that balance so you dont sound arrogant. Everyone has a story. Tell YOURS and find a way to draw them in from the beginning.
  40. 1 point

    I failed my thesis.

    THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT! I learned a lot from this experience even if it was difficult and I will be able to carry that knowledge on to my PhD studies
  41. 1 point

    I failed my thesis.

  42. 1 point
    I wrote my methods section first, because it was the easiest to write and by the time I was writing, I had already finished my data collection. I was doing data analysis simultaneously, so that part happened more iteratively - as I conducted my analyses I went back and edited sections to make them accurate to what I did. I wrote the results next, as that was second-easiest. Methods, data analysis, and results altogether took me from early September through mid-December to complete (including reviews of drafts and consultation with my advisers), so around 2.5 months. I wrote the intro/literature review next. (In mine, the intro and the literature review are two separate sections, but the intro is very short - like 6 pages). It took me about 2-3 months to do this, so I worked on it from January to March-ish. It was easier to do this because now I knew what I was introducing, so I tailored my lit review to refer very specifically to previous research/theoretical work that pointed to the precise kind of research and analyses I ended up doing. If you write your lit review before doing your methods and results, you may have to go back and edit a lot to tailor your lit review to your work. I didn't do an iterative review process with this - I drafted the entire thing and sent it as a huge complete chunk to my adviser. Perhaps risky, but I knew from previous experience that I wouldn't have months and months of comments back, so that's what I did. Then I wrote the discussion. This was the hardest part to write for me and I hated it, but I think it took me about a month - so I was done in April-ish. That was just enough time for me to get the comments from my lit review back, which I addressed in like 2-3 weeks, and then comments for my discussion, which I also addressed in maybe 1-2 weeks. I did not update my lit review unless I was aware that a new work had been published - so I didn't go looking for works that had been published in the last 2 months since I had submitted my draft. But I was receiving article alerts from journals and people also sometimes sent me articles, so if I received something and I knew where it would fit well, I wove it in.
  43. 1 point

    These are my reasons. What are yours?

    thanks alot for information provided by you always good and supportive. <a href=“https://www.webmentorz.com/bank/arihant-fast-track-objective-arithmetic/”>fast track objective arithmetic</a> . really appreciate your regular and hard work.
  44. 1 point

    September Subject Test

    My sentiments exactly. I'm registered for the September exam. Wimsey, my studying strategy is pretty similar to yours. I have also thrown the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory into the mix. Yes, I agree entirely. The Norton Anthologies are super-fun to read, but the fun for me is kind of diminished when I recall that I'm supposed to, you know, remember what I'm reading. Ha. Not sure if y'all have seen it already, but you can find additional (helpful) information about the exam on this thread: https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/99854-gre-literature-subject-test-a-discussion/. Some people who did really well on the test posted tips and tricks on the thread.
  45. 1 point
    Thank you. I didn't realize they had an article out about their policy. Regardless of their change of policy, I don't think I want to attend a college that doesn't accept ALL of me. It's not worth me going into debt for.
  46. 1 point

    September Subject Test

    I’m terrified! I’m on the fence about taking it, but it’s only a few months away. I was looking at the October exam, but I still have to raise my GRE general score, too. 😳
  47. 1 point

    Decision time: share your dilemma

    I went to SAIS straight from undergrad and chose classes based on sheer interest. Russian Economic Policy in the 90s? That sounds like fun! Now 3 years out from grad school, I wish I had had a better understanding of the skills I needed. I could have learned Russian Economic Policy in the 90s with $1.50 in late fees at the public library - to quote Will Hunting. Not only will you get more funding, you'll also get a more beneficial education. In hindsight, I would have taken classes in Public Finance, Public Sector Economics, Political Economy of Inequality, Mediation, Conflict Management, U.S. Constitutional Law, Policy Writing, etc. Historical courses are way more interesting to me, but you can learn about Belgian Independence on Wikipedia. You can't learn effective policy writing or substantive public finance knowledge on Wikipedia. That said, if you know for sure you want to join the Federal Government, $80,000 in debt is manageable if you do income-based repayment with the Public Sector Loan Forgiveness Program - what I'm doing. If you want to do private sector, then be a lot more worried about debt since there's no way you can make that disappear in a decade other than paying them off in full.
  48. 1 point

    These are my reasons. What are yours?

    4 months ago, I took a big decision in my life. Actually, I turned 44 and felt it was time to get early retirement, even my salary will drop by 30% but I don't care. I don't see any reason to work 8 hours a day for just 30% of my salary. Moreover, after years of doing the same thing every day, I felt there was nothing I can learn from my job , nothing at all. For that, the best thing I believed was to go back to grad school (I am still waiting for acceptances from several institutions) where I can learn new things, be a " true learner". By the way I am an interpreter and worked with US Army at NTC and JRTC.
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    After reading through all 23 pages, I think I've managed to compile the most salient (at least for me) and still relevant pieces of advice as far as grad school supplies Laptop - While most people have a laptop, it was recommended by several people that folks in a new laptop (unless yours is less than two years old) and make sure you get an extended warranty (one that will hopefully last the entirety of your program). Note: look into funding opportunities for laptops within your department. Some will finance a new laptop for incoming grad students! Desk - L-shaped came highly recommended, given the extra space. While i love my little desk, I may invest in a larger one by year 2. Chair (Desk) - Investing in a good chair was stressed many times. You will likely be spending many hours hunched over a desk. get one that will be comfortable for your back, but won't put you to sleep. Chair (Reading) - a separate reading chair was recommended for those hours upon hours where you'll be reading. a comfortable chair or couch was recommended. Printer - there was some debate regarding the pros/cons of a printer. In an increasingly digital age, I don't think a printer is completely necessary. ESPECIALLY because so many universities have printers available and printing costs included within stipends. But this will depend on the person Scanner OR File Cabinet - One person had recommended getting a file cabinet and regularly organizing it so as not to fall behind (if you are someone who likes having physical copies of everything, then go for this option). HOWEVER, someone then chimed in to say screw a file cabinet. just get a scanner. and i thought that was an excellent idea! just scan everything you need and chuck the physical copies (unless its like your birth certificate or something) Coffee - Coffee maker, coffee carafe (to keep it warm for those days of marathon working), french press. you get the idea. ALTERNATIVE: electric kettle for tea drinkers Large Water Bottle - lets be sustainable folks! Snacks - for those long days Wall Calendar Dry Erase Board Noise Cancelling Headphones External Hard Drive Dongles - actually didn't see folks write about this, so I'm adding it! Dongles/adapters are constantly changing based on your device. Get the one that is specific to your computer to HDMI and VGA, and you should be set for most campus systems! Paper shredder - unless your campus has a shredding removal service like my current one has. I'd say take advantage of that Travel - Luggage, toiletry bag, international travel adapter/converter, etc. You will presumably be traveling a bunch! Get the right travel accessories if you can Desk accessories - post its, highlighters, pens Notebooks - it seems like everyone has been unanimously pro-moleskine notebooks on here. mmmm I'm not! What *EYE* recommend is going to your local art supply store, and buying sketchbooks from there. They are usually so much cheaper. And most art stores have artist and student memberships available, so you can get major discounts. I just showed a sale and got all my notebooks and pens for less than $30. Just my opinion Software - Just some of the software that came highly recommended and that I felt like was still relevant today: Evernote. Zotero. Scrivener. CamScanner. Nuance. iStudiez Most of this is hella obvious. But some of these I hadn't even considered! And its nice to think about these things early so you have enough time to save up or search the internet for deals. I curated an Amazon wishlist based on the information i listed above. Let me know if you'd like me to post it here and make public! And remember: 90% (if not all) of this is OPTIONAL. Let's not make academia seem more inaccessible than it already is. You will excel regardless of whether or not you have these things. There's always borrowing. lending programs through your university. free services through your libraries. There are options! Hope this is helpful to those reading this post 8 years later! It was certainly helpful for me. Aside from curating a great list of things i want, it also helped distract me from decisions this week ://////
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    RA/Lab Manager/Post-Bacc

    Anyone had success applying to post-bacc work as an international? Were employers willing to work with you and help arrange visa stuff? I need to start reaching out to PIs for backup options, but I'm wondering if its generally 'too much work' for any lab to take a non-US citizen, regardless of how well qualified they were.

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