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m-ttl last won the day on June 6 2014

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  1. But it will help amazingly well with basic translations, conjugations, verbs, pronouns, tenses, etc..... which is exactly what this person is asking for. Sure, I don't NEED to know how to say "She has a pretty green shirt" in French for translation, but the fundamentals of practicing are all there AND duolingo isn't simply just the lessons they give you, you're given a slew of translation opportunities on the website which is how it runs/pays for itself. You give the world free translations, and they teach you how to translate. It's a GREAT resource, especially since the articles for tran
  2. Maybe. Many museum studies degrees are going to be either related to collections care/management and education (and by some extent, research), so I don't know if they'll meet your true goals. In this case, it's probably best to just outright email people who do things you'd like to be doing, or to buy/ILL/check out a few books on science based careers in museums. Actually, what will inevitably be helpful is just reading books about sciences in museums in general, so here goes: Books: A Practical Guide to Museum Careers A Life in Museums: Managing your Museum Career Nontraditional Career
  3. Hold up. To clarify: You believe you could get into a more prestigious school for the MFA in creative writing than say, a PhD in art history, am I correct? I think what needs to be said here, is that some people will always believe you have to be in a top ten. I think this is maybe true for fields like Philosophy, but not necessarily true everywhere, especially here. Keeping in mind that for many people in the field it's who and what you know. If your subfield is over-saturated, it's just going to plain be a problem no matter what. If you're not in the top ten BUT you know well connected
  4. Yeah you're going to be extremely limited on the West coast. UC Irvine discontinued their Appraiser's decorative arts courses some years back http://unex.uci.edu/areas/arts_culture/appraisals/ Your dec arts specific programs are limited in general: Winterthur/U Delaware, Bard, George Mason/Smithsonian, and Parsons/Cooper Hewitt. The amount of scholars working not in one of these above programs (or are simply in a general Art History department) but whose interests intersect with them are a fair few more, but concentrated on the East Coast. This was great for me because I wanted to mov
  5. Alright this may seem like a weird question, but how many of you first year grads feel vaguely ill or sick? I've been talking to a friend in my cohort over coffee about the weird, slightly "off" feeling we both have. We've only been in classes for a week and a half, but both of us feel like we have a sort of "new Grad malaise". Our symptoms are rather general and could probably be attributed to other things, but we've both felt slightly feverish at times, aching joints, and a nagging sort of exhaustion. The thing is, I might believe this was the flu if i felt any more sick, but beside
  6. This would be a different story, I think, if the person was a humanities student, where additional foreign languages are required. But it doesn't seem like that's always the case in STEM.
  7. I have basically nothing up and got accepted to a PhD -- but I have a pretty thorough LinkedIn. I just feel weird about loading up my academic papers. Like things may not necessarily reflect what I write now? And certainly what was acceptable to turn in for classwork isn't necessarily ready for publishing, so I'd want to refine and edit more People keep looking at my profile, however. I'm just not sure if I should put things up just to have something, or if they'll "taint" my highest quality work. Should everything be super polished and ready to publish, or are class papers fine? I'd also
  8. I would think your biggest concern would be knowing if you know how to (and can prove to yourself) you can buckle down and retain a steady pace of work, attend all your classes, write your essays on time, and finish your work, write in a readable prose not in a stylish mimic of James Joyce (which would be inappropriate for academic writing). You'd have to prove with multiple recommendation letters, and I'm assuming -- additional courses at a higher level -- that you don't just understand the material, but can also handle the actual work. If you can't prove the latter, at minimal, you won'
  9. I did (presented at) an undergrad conference shortly before I graduated this year -- and it was great because I was not expected to be totally practiced at it yet, but got the experience under my belt. It was great, and I'm glad I did it so that when I begin my PhD program in the fall, I don't feel as if I've never experienced a conference before. I'm also of the opinion that practice makes perfect, so while I took it seriously, I knew I would also make mistakes and learn from them for the next conference. I enjoyed it, and public speaking is a fairly common part of my field, so my question wo
  10. It *can* be ignoring someone. But it's "an indirect expression of hostility", like being sarcastic, "making jokes", procrastinating because you know it will harm the other person, being resentful, sullen, stubborn, and then using it to inflict upon someone else like intentional inefficiency or sabotaging work, or planned lateness. In other words, being a complete pain in the ass in such a way that it's harder to prove you're doing anything wrong. But it wouldn't, say, be the same as dealing with different regional or even country-based work attitudes (like, say, the commonalities of
  11. I always recommend museums for socializing. I suppose I'm technically cheating -- going to a museum can essentially be homework for me (and often is), but I try to recruit other people outside of my field to go with me. Though I won't start my program until fall, I did have a moment where i was doing 21 credits and working two jobs at once. I was lucky that I had work friends to chat with. Our biggest hurdle in having free time is usually that we don't schedule it, and don't plan it. People expect things to be easy and spontaneous like in childhood, but it just doesn't work out that way.
  12. For Art History, I just grabbed the CAA guide to graduate programs, but for History itself I'd just use the NCPH database for Public History and the AHA's by specialization search. I made a spread sheet of all the schools and a list of general areas I was interested in meeting - theoretically, geographically, specialty-wise, whatever, and chose to apply to the schools that had the most "matches" to me and my interests. When I had a long list of places that met basic areas of interest, I went back and looked for specific professors at each school. If none of them interested me, they went o
  13. Mm, I was told that I should simply "get fantastic letters from full professors" (this was from a non-tenured Prof w/ a PhD) as opposed to lukewarm ones. I actually had an ABD instructor explicitly tell my class that she would be a bad choice for writing LORs because she was ABD -- but that she was more than willing to help us with the applications process if we needed it. My full professors all re-iterated this by saying they were good choices because they were tenured. So the answer my school would give you? "No, we don't recommend it. You should just manage to get good letters from ten
  14. They won't bother. They don't want answers -- especially not from women who object to being dismissed. That's it. That's the crux of it -- I find the show offensive and dismissive and because they don't like my opinions and the fact that I object to marginalization as "humor", they will dismiss my objections. Big Bang Theory pisses me off for this exact reason. I couldn't ask for a more clear illustration of my objection to the show, its writing, and the attitudes that follow it. They did not want an actual answer to their question, they wanted validation and to feel superior.
  15. Because apparently this is how the show is written: Or: It's not actually funny. The joke is "haha look at these losers". I find that boring. I don't actually see anything related to myself as an "academic" so I think you mean STEM Academics. I could care less -- though I was raised by an original wave D&D player, it incidentally, has little to do with "academia" for me. I was raised in nerd/geek culture but I still find much of it detestable (see: San Diego Comicon refuses to admit there is a sexual harassment problem at Cons) We're also expected to laugh when a woman wanders int
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