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  1. Any schools I mentioned by name in the OP are mentioned for research reasons. I know which professors would best align with my research interests at each listed location.
  2. Since the challenges of autism do not stop once one earns an undergraduate degree, or even at the end of the coursework stage of a graduate program, I wonder which schools may be best for autistic graduate students, at least in terms of disability services. I understand the advisor is a factor (as much as it is a factor for neurotypicals) but, so long as they fit one another, and not just in terms of research interests, the advisor is, unfortunately, not the end of the story as far as life as an autistic graduate student is concerned, even at the research stage. For the coursework stage I
  3. And it doesn't end once you've made an attendance decision...
  4. Having learned that the day-to-day work in two areas of observational (or experimental) work in particle cosmology out of three (data analysis and modelling) share quite a bit in similarities with theoretical work, I've been toying with going for observational particle cosmology, rather than theoretical particle cosmology, at the top-10 schools (potentially Harvard, Stanford or UChicago), provided that the POIs I would then choose actually do work in my area of interest mostly using data analysis and/or modelling (I don't think I have the dexterity to do instrumentation, or I am otherwise not
  5. Let's say that I was given unacceptable conditions for returning from medical leave; basically I had to self-fund at least the following year of a physics PhD. Knowing that doing so would result in a financial disaster, I am definitely withdrawing from the program, with the understanding that, if I still wanted to earn a PhD at some point, I would have to transfer. I could always mention, in an addendum (if there is space for one), mental health problems, going to mental health services (on-campus and later off-campus) on a regular basis for 75% of the only semester I ended up attending,
  6. Suppose that you want nothing to do with academia or cannot work in academia. (The consensus here with respect to academia is, in a nutshell: in humanities or social sciences, you would be lucky to find an higher-ed employer where prestige is considered "just a job skill like another", other than maybe a community college, whereas in STEM disciplines, higher-ed employers seem to treat prestige mostly as simply just one job skill like another, but in K-12 it may not even be a consideration) But nevertheless you know that all alt-ac jobs are neither open to interview you for this, nor will all o
  7. I often hear about how a leave of absence often ends up being the kiss of death for a doctoral student's graduate career. Even though family or medical reasons are perfectly legitimate reasons to ask for one. But I know that, even if a LOA is asked during the coursework stage, the department takes a big risk. Admittedly it is easier to calculate the risk of a LOA when the student is still in the coursework stage, especially if it is asked before any research is actually conducted by the student. One can easily imagine that often, students who take a leave of absence during the research st
  8. The only mail I get from a previous tenant were some pharmacy magazines; perhaps the last tenant used to go to pharmacy school and is practicing by now...
  9. The only school I know for a fact where postdoc legacy actually counts for anything is not for undergraduate admissions, but for law school at that particular school. It surprised me that Saskatchewan Law would treat a postdoc legacy the same as having a relative work for the same amount of time in another capacity within Saskatchewan... and the latter somehow gives a bump to an applicant. (Any claim to legacy status has to be mentioned on one's personal statement for law school there)
  10. I know some programs in other disciplines would rather wait until 2nd semester or 2nd year even, to even get lit review started (however when that occurs, one picks the remaining coursework based on lit review and what would otherwise be relevant to their research). But are you really saying that there aren't really not that many failures that occurs because of errors that can be traced back to a lack of grounding in the basic knowledge that is taught in the coursework or due to a lack of time? Doing research when you do not master the basics at a sufficient level can slow you down t
  11. You would have asked me during my first two months in Minnesota, I would have said my PhD institution without hesitation. Whether it will end up being that way in the long run, of course, will depend on 1) if I ever return from my leave of absence and 2) the research I will get out of my degree if I returned. But I know the departmental receptionist once said that she knew few, if any, people who would feel more strongly for their graduate institution (or any of their graduate institutions if there are more than one) than for their undergraduate institutions - and every single of the
  12. Sometimes I wish I could just trade in my ability to do research for perfect grades in any course for the rest of my life...

  13. That might be a crazy wish of mine but I wish I could get 4.0 in my coursework (and an insanely high score on the written comps) at the cost of complete inability of doing research... then again I would take the masters and run by that point; I would then try to take my career in another direction.
  14. Catria

    Dropping Out?

    Please, a resource I would strongly consider would be mental health services as well. Perhaps a mental health issue belies either why you wanted a PhD in the first place or why you doubt yourself by now...
  15. I might just be too risk-averse to succeed as a researcher...
  16. The reason why I mentioned PGS-D specifically was because I hold a Canadian masters... in which case I know there are Canadian supervisors that I would be able to work under, with a PGS-D in hand, that I wouldn't be able to otherwise. This means I have 2 years of PGS-D eligibility. If I start in Fall 2017, and I obtain it for 2017 I will have 3 years, but if I obtained it in 2018 then I have 2 years of PGS-D. The decision to drop out was made before NSERC awards for future application cycles even entered the equation. I know fixing the kind of mental health issues I am afflicted wit
  17. Yes; for one of the schools I applied to during last cycle I was the only Canadian applicant for that particular cycle (at that particular school, I was waitlisted and rejected on Apr. 15 off said waitlist due to the class size having been shrunk) I will have attended a doctoral program for just one full-time semester...
  18. Yay for the Libs actually fixing the scientific damage done, which may render a PGS-D (and also a FRQNT B2) within range. I'm about to drop out of my current PhD program due to mental health concerns. Suppose that I could get my mental health fixed before I go for yet another round of applications, in which case I would: Spread my applications between Canadian and American schools (within reason) which probably means less US applications Applying for funding such as a PGS-D Before I go around asking potential (Canadian!) supervisors for potential projects for PGS-D purpose
  19. It's not perfect, I know, but it's not worthless either. But if you can do more on your own, it is easier to become independent... Knowing when to give up is just as valuable as knowing when to persevere...
  20. For what I know it might be discipline-dependent but I feel that, in the hard sciences, coursework-induced frustration is not a good preparation for research-induced preparation. Then again, I tend to handle frustration rather differently depending on what induces it.
  21. But I think it might be best to address said anxiety with some time off. Perhaps I could try again but only if I address anxiety first.
  22. I don't feel like I am a failure for leaving, only that having the intellectual ability to carry out the intended project to completion (I'd like to think that I could complete the project to completion since I worked on a closely related topic as a masters student) would not have meant that I can't be driven insane the way I have been.
  23. The pains of my grad school experience are just too much for me to bear anymore... I'm leaving at semester's end

  24. I won't sugar-coat it: I'll leave my program once the semester is over. Because I knew that, if I stayed, I would have to retake these courses I dropped at some point, and that would just add fuel to the fire. Even that confidence-boosting gambit (retaking undergrad-level statistical mechanics, then take the grad-level one afterward) could also have been just as stressful; said gambit needed As in both the undergrad-level statistical mechanics and the grad-level one to work. Failure to obtain an A in either course would have signaled that the program just wasn't for me either. And al
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