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spectastic last won the day on May 24 2016

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  1. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I'm supposed to be meeting this really hot girl, but she keeps flaking because of her tight schedule of trying to find a place to live.. she did propose that we meed next week though. I'm usually not this patient..
  2. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    i haven't yet checked myself. I just got the email from one of the admin people about it . But judging from the direction everything is going in DC, I wouldn't be surprised if this stuff starts to disappear....
  3. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    yea no kidding
  4. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    I notice there isn't one of these around yet for the upcoming cycle. I thought I'd start one, considering application just opened a few days ago, and they've made some changes, like going from 2000 awards to 1000 awards. I can only assume that this means they'll cut down the number of awards from the undergrads, 1st years, and 2nd years alike. I'm a 2nd year applying, trying to get my first author in December. Otherwise, this is pretty much a wash for me I think. 3.5 UG GPA 3.8 Grad GPA Chemistry: battery electrode materials
  5. what's your career aspiration?

    thanks for your responses rakeruk and adelaide. I think my ideal situation is similar to yours, in that I don't want to work for a living. my adviser on the other hand, works for a living.. we're talking 60-80 hour weeks. He's here on the weekends, for like 11 hours/day, etc. I feel like that's the case with a lot of these companies, especially in downstream manufacturing. You either edge out your competitor, or you get out competed. Right now, it's in my best interest to work my ass off, because in order to qualify for these interesting research jobs, and not be a glorified technician at some big semiconductor manufacturer. Right now, I can envision two scenarios. I work hard, in order to qualify for a chill job that I actually like, and allow me to have the balanced lifestyle that we all want as human beings, and I get to take 2 months off to ride my motorcycle to buenos aires (ideal scenario). OR. I work hard right now, and a few years down the road, I'm a workaholic with no life, because either I focus all my effort on the mission, or give my position up to the next guy who's more ambitious and motivated than I am, and I end up working as a glorified technician, because that's how competitive the job market is. Realistically, the outcome is probably somewhere in between, and I know a couple of references who are actually in my field that I should be able to reach out to. But I also want to get a reading on what it might be like for others
  6. right now, I'm kind of conflicted between two opposite sides of a spectrum. on one hand, I want to work hard, put in my hours, develop my skills, and get ready for a competitive job market in a competitive industry, and work my way into an impactful position in my field of study. on the other hand, the rat race and corporate ladder isn't actually that appealing, and I want to have more free time for hobbies, friends, relationships, bucklist items like riding a motorcycle across south america, and be able to afford this through passive income streams like real estate and investing, living a minimalist lifestyle, and having a position that pays good $/hr. I realize that these two perspectives largely conflict each other, and it's a balancing act. However, I've yet to meet many people who have this balance all figured out. So just out of curiosity, what kind of careers are people here looking for? And what role does grad school play to help you get there?
  7. How do YOU prefer to take course/lecture notes?

    i try to do everything electronically now. hard copies are harder to keep track of. especially when the lecturer uses slides, it's helpful to just pull up copies of those slides and write notes in them, instead of wasting effort to copy what they write down. I use xodo app to edit pdf files, and i think evernote is popular for actual note taking. most tablets support this kind of stuff. not as precise as paper, but I still like it better than paper.
  8. How to give notice to boss?

    my situation was different from yours in that I actually hated the company I was working for, and was planning my departure for months, but they ended up firing me instead, which was a blessing because I got a nice unemployment package that enabled me to basically take a year break and ride my bike across states. However, I was pretty close to my first boss (at the aforementioned company, before I got moved to a shitty boss), and he was actually one of my letters of recommendation. He understood that the path i was on wasn't right for me, and that grad school was. I was lucky to have him as a boss though. I think most other managers there would've realized that I offered no further value to them, and thrown me under the bus. So it depends on what kind of character your boss is.
  9. Free TV

    pm sent.
  10. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    omg why would you write something like that on the internet??? you should be ashamed.... jk that shit's hilarious those are big ass babies too...
  11. We've wined, we've waited, now it's time to celebrate 2016

    someone should start a different thread....
  12. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    c'mon.. there are no filters here.
  13. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    teammates want me to smoke weed for the first time and test my functional threshold while high and see if it enhances performance and/or recovery....
  14. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    i pretty much stopped listening to my parents when i was 16. don't even try to explain shit to them anymore. just accepting that they don't know shit.
  15. Taking up a martial art - seeking advice

    the first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club the second rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club third rule of fight club, someone yells stop, goes limp, taps, out, the fight is over fourth rule, only two to a fight etc