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    selecttext got a reaction from high_hopes in What on earth does 'POI' stand for?   
    I guess some of the graduate students here have never been chastised by their supervisors for their superfluous usage of abbreviations.
     
    The POI thing never sat right with me. 
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    selecttext got a reaction from Jimtastic in Windsor, ON   
    man i didn't even know there was a university of windsor
    ontario, you have so many schools
    way to go
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    selecttext got a reaction from mathsnotmath in Friendless in first year   
    Ok this doesn't apply only to grad school but life in general. To make friends, you have to be available  -  not just by having spare time but actively engaging people and activities. The easiest thing you can do is to ask the people around you if they would like to go for a drink. Try saying something like "this has been a long day, I need a drink - wanna come?". I think that people may be more likely to go for booze but you can try coffee or lunch too. If they say no, don't be on them to schedule an appointment - just be like ok cool, see ya later. Do not be pushy and actually go get that drink, even if it is alone! Requiring more effort but perhaps more satisfying is to join a group of some sort. Since you are having little luck with your peers, you may be better off doing something non-school related like a class at the gym, or joining some kind of hobbyist group or sports team or like a hiking group or whatever. Volunteering is also a good way of meeting new people. In all of those situations you could easily ask people if they want to get food or a drink after the activity. If they ask you out, say yes more than you say no! Be cool not creepy. Do not ask vague questions like "so what do you do on saturday nights" rather say "hey do you want to come over for dinner on saturday night". It just takes meeting one or two people. By the way (assuming you are a guy) do not expect that the first girl you befriend is going to be your lover <---- this is very important. Don't even let your mind go there because you could sabotage your chance at having a persistent friend group.
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    selecttext got a reaction from Salim_ in NSERC 2015-2016   
    In all likelihood, pgs results will be sent out in about 10 days
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    selecttext got a reaction from rockwell_ in How does one survive while doing a masters away from home?   
    i'd hope that a person entering graduate school would already the life skills of an adult
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    selecttext got a reaction from pearspears in How does one survive while doing a masters away from home?   
    i'd hope that a person entering graduate school would already the life skills of an adult
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    selecttext got a reaction from Langdon Alger in Windsor, ON   
    man i didn't even know there was a university of windsor
    ontario, you have so many schools
    way to go
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    selecttext got a reaction from intirb in "Playing" departments against each other   
    i would talk to the supervisor and not the graduate director
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    selecttext got a reaction from music in HELLLP! MSW: a lot of debt, a lot of lot of debt, or a some more debt   
    Anyways, you have to consider life time earnings, not just entry level salary. If an MS will improve your life time earning potential, then of course it makes sense to take on the debt- especially in light of the debt forgiveness program. By the way, your responses here were very defensive - certainly not the level headed and empathetic response i would expect from somebody wanting to be a clinical social worker.
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    selecttext got a reaction from MikKar in Canadian school applicants   
    ya stop freaking out people . like holy shit, get used to waiting a long time - it's a bureaucracy.
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    selecttext got a reaction from studentaffairsgrad in Assistantship Issue   
    maybe you can schedule a period, a week or two, over the summer to visit. He will surely cover your expenses. Just be firm in your availability. Did you bother to speak with his current or former graduate students before accepting?
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    selecttext got a reaction from BuddingScholar in Thesis topic suggestion in Computer Science   
    say what
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    selecttext got a reaction from dr. telkanuru in Buying a new laptop   
    I am on my third Thinkpad. My fourth will be the Thinkpad ultrabook. There is no better laptop. The keyboard is vastly superior to that of any other laptop. As a constantly typing graduate student, this is one of the biggest selling points. The keyboard is also spill proof as it has canals which channel fluid out from the bottom.  Thinkpads are also fairly customizable at the time of purchase, they are easy to upgrade on your own and they have an ultrabay which allows you to swap out the dvd-r for a second harddrive. They're pretty rugged and can withstand a reasonable amount of wear. I am a field ecologist and I operate equipment outdoors in the forest. These things are beasts . I also like the aesthetic better than any mac. There are innumerable reasons to get a thinkpad.
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    selecttext got a reaction from aberrant in Career Advice: PhD now or later?   
    you don't need that much research experience to get into phd programs. most important will be to make contact with potential advisors and have them agree to supervise you, and write an excellent statement of purpose which clearly demonstrates your motivations, research interests and career goals. it doesn't hurt to apply to more than one institution. trust me, it sounds as if you already have lots of experience - there are lots of phd students who can barely think on their own let alone do research. getting in isn't the problem.
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    selecttext got a reaction from zabius in Phd in biology with a bachelor's degree in engineering   
    There are so many areas of biology that are desperately in need of physically minded people. What aspect of biology interests you? sure you can work on applied topics in biomed/compbio etc but there is a huge need for engineers in fundamental areas of ecology and evolutionary biology. The biological world is your oyster with an elec background. you will easily find keen supervisors.
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    selecttext got a reaction from echlori in Help needed - Second thoughts   
    using two negatives in an english sentence confuses the reader.
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    selecttext got a reaction from dazedandbemused in Breaking up with programs   
    i've never met an electrical engineering student with feelings so in a way this is refreshing but also insane.
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    selecttext got a reaction from dazedandbemused in Breaking up with programs   
    your offers were dear to you? there are so many obnoxious people in graduate school. a toast to the new cohort.
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    selecttext got a reaction from iExcelAtMicrosoftPuns in Help needed - Second thoughts   
    using two negatives in an english sentence confuses the reader.
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    selecttext reacted to rscneurozombie in Breaking up with programs   
    You seriously waited this long to reply to your other 6 offers?  Might not want to tout the fact that you hogged 6 offers for weeks or months at the cost of others on the waitlist or hoping to hear from one of those programs before making a decision to attend elsewhere.
     
    Take another read over your post and see how conceited it sounds.
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    selecttext got a reaction from csibaldwin in Breaking up with programs   
    your offers were dear to you? there are so many obnoxious people in graduate school. a toast to the new cohort.
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    selecttext got a reaction from student12345 in Breaking up with programs   
    your offers were dear to you? there are so many obnoxious people in graduate school. a toast to the new cohort.
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    selecttext got a reaction from Maracas in Breaking up with programs   
    your offers were dear to you? there are so many obnoxious people in graduate school. a toast to the new cohort.
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    selecttext got a reaction from Janie M. in Prestige vs. Happiness? Still can't decide...   
    I thought it was for a PhD and I was referring to academic positions afterwards.
     
    I think that it is a bad idea to accumulate another 43 000 in debt for a masters. The bottom line is you can't afford it. You can thank me in 10 yrs. This laissez-faire, at any cost attitude towards education is bankrupting americans left and right. Meanwhile these prestigious universities are pumping out graduates and devaluing their degrees. Graduate school applicants are too fatalistic to consult on these decisions - you really need a financial planner to spell out what $80 000 in debt actually means. It's one thing if the end game is to become a doctor or a lawyer, but if you are going to have to grind and toil your way to the top and compete with other graduates, the 43 000 is nothing more than a notch on the belt. Maybe you will have to work a bit harder when you graduate from a less prestigious university or maybe not, but surely that is better than a crippling debt that will probably follow you for at least a decade if not more.
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    selecttext got a reaction from anxiousanthro in Prestige vs. Happiness? Still can't decide...   
    I thought it was for a PhD and I was referring to academic positions afterwards.
     
    I think that it is a bad idea to accumulate another 43 000 in debt for a masters. The bottom line is you can't afford it. You can thank me in 10 yrs. This laissez-faire, at any cost attitude towards education is bankrupting americans left and right. Meanwhile these prestigious universities are pumping out graduates and devaluing their degrees. Graduate school applicants are too fatalistic to consult on these decisions - you really need a financial planner to spell out what $80 000 in debt actually means. It's one thing if the end game is to become a doctor or a lawyer, but if you are going to have to grind and toil your way to the top and compete with other graduates, the 43 000 is nothing more than a notch on the belt. Maybe you will have to work a bit harder when you graduate from a less prestigious university or maybe not, but surely that is better than a crippling debt that will probably follow you for at least a decade if not more.
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