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    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Application Season
    2013 Fall
  • Program
    I/O Psychology Masters
  1. At a previous job of mine, they were really into Steven Covey's planners and his ideas about planning. First thing's first, I would definitely get a planner. It doesn't have to be a Steven Covey planner, but you need a visual daily reminder of what's up next. Then, the thing that I learned that helped me out the most was the idea of "Big rocks vs. Little rocks". Basically, each day (or week, depending on your preference), you plan your day (or week) according to the things most important. So, let's say you have a paper due next Friday. One of your "Big rocks" next week would be to do resea
  2. My personal opinion is that he doesn't get it, or he's too shy to ask you out. If I were you, I wouldn't ask him out on a date. It's waaayyyy too formal and might freak him out. Instead, go grab lunch or coffee or take a walk... Something informal like that. But DON'T talk about research. In fact, once you two are out, make a pinky swear or something "cute" like that to not talk about academics. Maybe mention in passing that he seems like an awesome person but he's "mysterious" or something, and you want to get to know him better. Of course, I would still use research to get him to come t
  3. Ahhhhhhh!!!! I know EXACTLY how you feel!! I haven't moved to the new city yet, but I'm counting down the days until I do. On a side note: It's weird saying Goodbye's....
  4. Credit cards and car loans.. I would say no, your student loans wouldn't affect your ability to get them. Student loan debt is viewed differently in your debt to income ratio by these lenders. HOWEVER, I would say that it would affect your mortgage approval rate, because those lenders take EVERYTHING into account. But like rising_star said, I would wait, unless you have a guaranteed way of paying that debt off. And we all know there are no guarantees.
  5. I personally have my Facebook secured to the T, and I have two Twitter profiles.... One for professional and one for personal. Like nehs said, I do have my LinkedIn integrated to everything though.. and I also integrate both my FB and professional Twitter.
  6. I'm going to do some clicking to help out everyone! Please return the favor.... Cheers! http://db.tt/3oplTyRF
  7. The answer to your question is going to strongly depend on your credit score, which I'm not asking you to share publicly, but just know that if it's under 650, it's best to go with a credit union credit card. The rates are low, but as someone else said you won't get many perks. If you have a score better than 650, you should definitely shop around. You can get a credit card with no annual fee, cash back options, low APRs, etc. Personally, I shopped credit cards by opening an account at www.creditkarma.com . They give you a breakdown of your credit and of credit cards that you're likely to
  8. Hello all, I'll be moving about 9 hours from my current city for grad school, and unfortunately I won't be getting a TA/RA/GA, so my next option for employment is a part-time gig as a server or something akin to that, or an entry-level job in my field. Obviously I would want to work in my field while going to grad school, but my question is HOW to land a job in a city before moving there? I can't go for a face-to-face interview until I move, and while I do have savings, I don't want to wait until I move to land a job, thereby digging into my savings. When should I start looking? Where
  9. Working during school is going to pay the bills, and you'll graduate with experience in your field, which puts you ahead of most. I say do it, and invest in a planner. Even look at some Stephen Covey time management training. You will need to master the art of the managing your time, but if you take night classes and work part-time hours, you will be a much more attractive candidate after graduating.
  10. Unfortunately, you have two options: 1) Take out loans and pay it back later, or 2) Work your a** off while in school, and pay your own rent. I chose #1, because you must have a decent paying full-time job to pay room and board or any off campus rent. As a masters student, it is going to be REALLY difficult to get any kind of assistantship with a stipend large enough to pay rent. I wish the best of luck though.
  11. OP, I just purchased a 13" Macbook Pro Retina, and I LOVE it. Like, I'm emotionally invested in this thing. I decided to go with Pro over Air, because I wanted 8gb of RAM, which comes standard with the Pro. If you get 8gb of RAM in the Air then you're up to the Pro price, so it makes sense to go that route. I plan on having this for a few years, so I wanted the extra RAM for future use. If that doesn't matter to you, then I would definitely go Air. Also, don't forget about the educational discount that Apple offers. It's pretty decent. As for Mac or PC, I've had PCs all my life, an
  12. Do you need to carry around a laptop?
  13. Sounds like you and I are I'm the same boat. I would REALLLLYYY prefer to live off campus in a real apartment, but moving into an unfurnished place in a new city adds up quickly. The more I weigh the pros and cons, the more it sounds like I'll be relegated to on campus housing my first year. I guess things could be worse.
  14. Biscuits Thanks! I didn't even realize there was such segregation still going on in Chicago. Crazy. I'll actually be in the Loop, so transportation is the least of my concerns at this point.
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