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  1. Yep, it came from my dept secretary.
  2. Oh, also if you worry, you might email your advisor if you have one. When I made my decision I emailed the dept and my advisors, as well as faxing in the reply.
  3. I was starting to have the same fear, because I faxed the reply in 4/14. A week later I saw something that said it should be sent by surface mail. Aaah! Then why put a fax number on the stupid form? (That would make for a great, implausible story to tell - yeah, um I could have gone to mit but I didn't send the form in the right way.) Anyway, a newsy email came yesterday, with my info on how to set up email, get web certificates, etc. I just talked to a woman entering a different dept and she heard earlier this week. So apparently it's just a matter of when your dept. sends it out - I wouldn't worry. Maybe email your dept secretary if you're eager to get the web certificates. It's funny, part of me expected more, um, fanfare when I accepted the offer. I spent so much time on the decision it seemed kind of anticlimactic to have them just say "ok, great, welcome to MIT." I don't know what else they could say. When I was entering undergrad my school sent me a big packet with the school song and stuff, but that would seem a little childish at this level. But still.
  4. Crap. I just got my web certificate so I could access MIT housing office off-campus listings from afar, and they're mostly the dingy carpeted garden level studios and such that never get removed from craigslist. Also a few people who will waive rent in exchange for labor. Umm, no. PhD studies at MIT = labor enough for me.
  5. guestAshdown, or anyone for that matter, do you know what Edgerton House and the Warehouse are like? Ashdown is really pretty cheap, but I'd like more space and I don't think I could deal with a roommate (in my room, I mean; I'd consider sharing an apartment).
  6. What do you mean, to stay clean? Cheap soap?
  7. Yes, me too - state school to top-tier private. It's a little intimidating but I think we'll be ok. When visiting grad schools I was occasionally put on the defensive about my undergrad school. I'd scramble to explain that it's really good in my field (it is, damn it). Still, I could have gone to an Ivy less known in my field and NOT had to explain myself at this stage. I would have gotten really mad if anyone had said that to me. Just reading it pisses me off now.
  8. guesttt, have you tried MIT's housing office? I can't get in to see their off-campus listings from my computer but plan to go to the office in person in May/June. I hope they have good listings because, like you, I'm not finding much hope so far. It's a shock, having to pay so much for so little space. I've lived alone for a while and am not crazy about getting a roommate but there might be one in my future.
  9. rhodochrosite

    MIT

    Anyone else going to MIT? What are you guys planning to do about housing? Has anyone visited grad apartments in Edgerton House? I cringe at the thought of living in grad student housing but at least it's close and heat & electricity are included. Craig's List hasn't given me much hope so far.
  10. Do you think participating in a joint program at MIT somehow "dilutes" the MIT PhD? (Prestige disclaimer: I recognize this is a silly concern, but I hope to get an academic job someday, and want to give myself every advantage within my reach.) At MIT I can pick EAPS geology or the joint program with Woods Hole Oceanographic Instiitute. Same advisor, essentially the same classes either way. I have talked to students and can't make up my mind.
  11. My range is 13,000 to 28,000. Throw out the outlier and it's 20,000 to 28,000. The 13,000 and 20,000 offers are in low COL places, while the 20,000+ range is for expensive cities. These are for PhD geosciences programs and health insurance, fees, etc. are included in all but one case.
  12. The WUSTL page cracks me up. "Avoid open-toed shoes since associated with social agendas." And "Women in general wear too many accessories at the same time." Excuse me?
  13. How did your visits go? Have you made a decision yet? Hear from Penn State? I've just finished my last visit and am having a hard time with the decision. In the back of my head I think I know what I want to do but I'm reluctant to jump too quickly.
  14. rhodochrosite

    MIT

    I'm leaning very strongly toward MIT (EAPS); had a great visit and am eager to get to work on research there. Pretty nice $ too, though it's a ridiculously expensive place to live.
  15. 13,000 at Penn State for PhD program. Ouch.
  16. I'd like to live within walking distance (up to 30-45mins or so) of MIT. I hope to find a one-bedrm or large studio to rent or perhaps even a condo to buy; I think I might have enough saved for a down payment. Can anyone suggest the best neighborhoods for me to look at? Does anyone know how a grad stipend figures into the mortgage calculation? I mean, is it the same (to the bankkers) as a salary, or somehow less secure?
  17. I'd like to live within walking distance (up to 30-45mins or so) of MIT. I hope to find a one-bedrm or large studio to rent or perhaps even a condo to buy; I think I might have enough saved for a down payment. Can anyone suggest the best neighborhoods for me to look at? Does anyone know how a grad stipend figures into the mortgage calculation? I mean, is it the same (to the bankkers) as a salary, or somehow less secure?
  18. The grad center at Brown was always the best place to find housing for me. Not the housing office, but the bulletin boards. I got two fantastic deals from notecards landlords tacked up. Sometimes there are good postings @ Whole Foods on N. Main St. too. Good luck! You're even making me a little sad that I don't live there anymore.
  19. I'm interested in a variety of geo-bio-chem issues. You? I got into PSU and visited recently. I liked the department a lot, State College less so. On the plus side, it seems cheap to live there, according to current students and the cost of living calculators. Where else did you apply?
  20. Anyone been to KU, or is anyone going? Housing seems pretty cheap, compared to my east coast frame of reference, but I have a few other questions: is Lawrence wholly university-centered, how green is it, how walkable/bikeable, how expensive is it to own a car there (insurance, registration, city taxes if they exist)? Will the effects of that recent storm be cleaned up by fall (ie will my lab have a roof)? How hard is it to adjust to living in a red state (if one is very blue), and just how much of a liberal bubble is Lawrence? I've been admitted and am visiting soon, but am already growing weary of people asking why the hell I would want to go to Kansas. I need some ammo about what a cool place it is (if true) or a reality check if it isn't . I actually have a lot of options, but I'm very interested in the research at my lab and strangely drawn to the heartland.
  21. I like Providence a lot. I lived there more than five years, living in the Brown neighborhood but working downtown. The only crime I ran into was bicycle theft, and I walked everywhere, even at night, even alone (and I'm female). Maybe not the best idea, but my point is that I felt safe and never ran into trouble. It's entirely possible to live there without a car. Providence has charming narrow streets, colonial architecture, brick sidewalks, cool old mill buildings, the river, trendy underground kids, some good music and arts, a forever revitalizing effort going on downtown. I recommend it.
  22. Me too! I'm also looking at Penn State geosciences. How much would it cost to rent a one bedrm or studio within biking distance of campus?
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