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  1. It is so difficult. If you have the option, try to keep scheduled hours at your office on campus. It helps keep a line between work and not work. I don't have a good work space at school, so I am home a lot. :/
  2. As a person who probably has undiagnosed ADD, research alone has been hell. No structure, lack of built in socialization, less in common with a group of people, these things have made it more difficult now. Plus, there is not the excuse of coursework to put off research.
  3. I really like PDF Max Pro 3. I had another one that I used, but for some reason (I can't remember now), I switched over and never looked back. It has all the features.
  4. I have had a 16 gb since 2011, I think. I am usually able to keep it about 1/2 full, but I don't store very much on it. When I had classes, it was very useful to take notes and keep articles. Now that I am ABD, I mostly use it as a Netflix viewer more than anything. I am more of a paper article person though, so I tend to print everything out anyway. Favorite apps: Evernote!!!! iAWriter-It is beautiful. So clean, so easy to use. Yes to the bluetooth keyboard. I bought mine online for about $20. Never had a problem. For PDFs, I like PDF Max 3 Pro. You can write on the PDFs, type on them, and highlight. It organizes them nicely too. Hours Tracker-this one helps me track how many hours I have worked, so that I can be accountable to myself and also so that I feel accomplished. Great for working on big projects. Office Time Lite does the same thing. I haven't used them in a while and can't remember the difference. Box, Dropbox. I found a deal with Box. They had a window where if you signed up with an iPad, you got 50 GB free for life. I store all my backup files on Box, and my live files on Dropbox. Calenmob is the best calendar I have found. Very clean design and syncs with GCalendar. SparkPeople-for tracking fitness. Grad school is hard on the body. I use my ipad at the gym, and watch a 44 min show while I do the elliptical. Then I open Sparkpeople and track my time. Dragon dictation. Amazing. Notability. My favorite note-taking app. You can write with a stylus, type, highlight, add audio, add pictures, bring in text from elsewhere, endless possibilities.Lots of different writing tools, widths, and colors. I think this one cost a little bit, but totally worth it. http://www.gingerlabs.com/ Redbooth. Great for collaboration and project management. I downloaded Things (to do list) but haven't used it yet Habits is an interesting one (very underutilized on my ipad!) Listomatic is a very easy to use to-do list (can you tell I like lists ) Meditation Music Radio is just that. It has many radio stations to choose from, and they stream different types of meditation music. Enormously helpful in grad school Paper. For drawing beautiful pictures. Pocket. For saving articles to read later. Alright, I am now inspired to start using the bugger for something more than watching Netflix again!
  5. Hello all, Quite a few years ago, I was on this board, gaining lots of insight on the application and waiting process. The info and support was invaluable! I am now a fifth year graduate student, working on my PhD. WooHoo!! For my dissertation, I am learning about how recent college graduates get their first jobs (or get into grad school ) out of college. I have surveyed recent college grads. Now I am in the process of interviewing parents. I am looking for parents of children who graduated with a BA from an American University between 2008-2014. If you are a parent: did your child graduate from college between 2008-2014? Are you willing to sit for a phone interview? If you are a recent college graduate, do you think one of your parents would be interested? Or do you know anyone else who fits the bill and might be interested? Please message me! The interview takes about an hour and happens over the phone. Interview subjects have seemed to enjoy the interviews, as it is a chance to talk and reminisce about their kids. I will give you more information via message. Thanks for your consideration!
  6. Hi everyone, I am 42 and I have been in grad school for 3 years now. I got my master's in Jan and I am pressing on for the PhD. Probably 3 years left. I was a stay at home mom who decided to try college at 35. The impostor syndrome is strong: I was a stay at home mom with no career experience, and my husband has always been in restaurant work. So, no money, no business capital. It has been hard but I love it. My boys are 12, 15, and 16. We are homeschooling the youngest two this yard, because I guess the whole thing wasn't difficult enough already? This semester had been the hardest of my life. Hopefully next semester is better.
  7. I guess definitions of cohort vary by program. I am in a cohort based program. All that has meant in my experience is that we are on roughly the same timeline. We had three required courses per semester the first year (1 of those was 1 credit) that everyone in our cohort took, but sometimes those classes would have people from outside our department in them. Each semester we also got to take one elective. After the first year, we were no longer bound to any class requirements. I would go for months without seeing certain people from my cohort in my 2nd and 3rd years. And our cohort was 9 people, so not huge. We never had any cohort specific group work. There has been one class that had group work, and that was an elective class. The nice thing about a cohort is that I have had people in the same place as me, working on our thesis at the same time, now taking exams at the same time. So we can commiserate.
  8. Bigwords.com checks lots of different sites including half.com, amazon, abebooks, textbooks.com, and several others. They figure in shipping and give you the best combined price. I use a combination of purchased books, rented books, and library books to bring the cost down.
  9. I will share some more of my favorite apps. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/listomatic/id507098896?mt=8 I love this one because it has a very simple display and I can add photos, so I put pretty pictures as a kind of a reward and incentive to check my to-do list Health Habits. I snagged this one when it was free one day. In grad school, it is so easy to let things like exercise and flossing falll by the wayside, so this is an easy way to stay on track/ http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthy-habits-premium-health/id436854069?mt=8 Speaking of which-Calorie Counter. Track food and exercise. And it scans barcodes and saves meals. awesome program http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calorie-counter-by-fatsecret/id364140848?mt=8 I love Paper so much. I can create beautiful pictures while listening to a lecture http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper-by-fiftythree/id506003812?mt=8 Nightstand. Best alarm clock ever http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nightstand-central-for-ipad/id392480771?mt=8 Apps Gone Free. Every morning, the best free apps. Bargain hunting! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/appsgonefree/id470693788?mt=8 Extreme Agenda is my calendar. It syncs with ical and google calendars, and I can add cute icons. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/extreme-agenda-calendar-contacts/id397983960?mt=8 OfficeTime Lite. I use this to clock time, whether it is writing a paper, grading, or working on my thesis. Makes me see my producitivity. And cry a little when my hourly billing rate is $0 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/officetime-time-expense-tracking/id446200101?mt=8 WeatherHD. Most beautiful weather forecaster ever. however, it is a space hog. I have a 16 gb, so I downloaded Weather Live, which does the trick as well. SkyGrid and Flud are amazing news apps. Fotopedia, Smithsonian, Audobon, and 500px are gorgeous and make you happy about the iPad's amazing resolution/ More later. I promise I DO NOT work for Apple. I was totally overwhelmed with choices when I first got mine, so maybe this will help people navigate
  10. Like this? http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myscript-memo/id446368116?mt=8 I use this and it understands my horrible handwriting!
  11. I don't write full papers on it, I can't use zotero, and I too like to have many windows at once when writing. However, I will write entire pieces of a paper on it and then save to dropbox or email it to myself and finish on the laptop. I am not in math and science, so I can't speak to that.
  12. I got my iPad the first day the new ones came out. It has been my main take-to-school computer. For pdf reading, I use GoodNotes. I can highlight, write, or type on any page, in the margins or on the text. I can also add blank (or lined or graph) pages in the document for more notes. It has a nice looking bookshelf. For in class notes, I use Notability. I can handwrite my notes, type them, or speak them. I find handwriting to be the quickest. I have a Bamboo stylus that I love. With Notability, I can also hit the record button and record the professor so if I miss something, I can listen a second time. It has many pen colors and widths, as well as a range of highlighters. I can also take pictures or import images directly into a page. It is a really sweet app. For writing papers, I love IAWriter. Smooth, clean, simple. I do not write full papers with my ipad though, just chunks of it and then move to Word. I have a Onlive, which is a fully functioning Microsoft Office tool, which was free. Ask me any other questions. I love my ipad.
  13. I have 3 kids and a husband who came along for the ride. My kids are older, the youngest was in 4th grade when I started. It is tough but doable. The bad part is the cost of living. I got into a sweet program in Chicago but turned it down in favor of middle of nowhere. It was about the same stipend but there was no way we could afford Chicaog on it. Which was a bummer because it was a better program.
  14. Hi, I don't have time to read the whole of your statement. But I am not crazy about your opening and closing paragraphs. The first two sentences come across as awkward to me. Also, in your first sentence you say you are beckoned by sociology. Of course you are, that's why you are applying to graduate school! And the last paragraph sounds like you are kissing up and giving too much information. Good luck, the application process is a horrible one!
  15. I am a mile and a half. I walk to school most days. I am also on the bus route. The things I love about my neighborhood: it is NOT in the college area. My town is really small and dominated by the uni, but even at my distance, I am out of party and trash strewn zone. I am in an area with a lot of houses and most of my neighbors are families or singles who work at the school. There are some students, but it is a really quiet area. Also, I am a block from downtown. This gives me the ability to go to bars, shops, and restaurants that are not affiliated with the campus (although usually full of students and faculty). It helps to get that separation.
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