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  1. I'm hopping on the bloated chicken repulsion wagon. I can't do it. Avoid: canned tuna - The oceans activist in me says eat lower on the food chain: sardines! "white fish" corn products refined sugar cheap honey - A lot of supermarket honey is cut with corn syrup and all nutritional benefits are lost coffee that isn't rainforest alliance certified (i.e. most coffee) - My apologies for coming off as a preachy environmentalist, but I feel strongly about this. Most "shade-grown" coffee is grown under a uniform eucalyptus canopy, which is nonnative to South America and useless habitat for cloud forest species. I drink Cafe Vita's Woodland Park Zoo or Tree Kangaroo blend. Any cheese labeled as "cheese food" - What does that even mean?
  2. Cool --- Did you apply to the environmental science program, or public policy? Or is my acronym guesswork wrong? Have a great visit!
  3. First, my apologies for crashing the Yale FES thread. I just wanted to give you the views of somebody who did not apply to this group of schools because of the financial uncertainties. I think saying that attending a public university will lead to an equal or greater amount of debt than a private, elite school is very misleading. It varies program to program, but overall I think contacting professors with funding is the best way to go about securing your finances and having a debt free experience regardless of public vs private. Morlock, I don't know your research interests or goals but: If you decide to put off school, I would suggest you network in addition to applying for scholarships. I applied to a masters program in a public institution that doesn't accept students without a secured source of funding. I networked with 6 different faculty members and got an idea of who had money to spend. Before I was officially accepted, I was offered a graduate research assistantship on a great project that covers tuition and pays a comfortable stipend. So there are a lot of options to weigh. I think if you are uncomfortable with the financial outlook, it is a great idea to take a year to set things straight!
  4. What specific area of environmental policy are you interested in? Which discipline do you gravitate towards? I am inclined to say that a degree from a resource management program may be more in line with your goals than a public policy program, but this carries the weight of my bias from a professional and academic background in ecology/resource management. As someone with experience working in the government, I've noticed that the people drafting management plans and making policy recommendations are people with advanced degrees in either environmental management or a field specific to the issue (say, wildlife biology). Something I did in the decision-making process was search program names in linkedin. What are alumni currently doing? Does this work tend to align with your general interests? It was very helpful to see what people were able do with a degree in x versus y. Hope this helps.
  5. I guess "dribbling" is too polite of a way to word drunkenly spilling great gobs of stew into a beard with each heaping spoonful. I've only ever witnessed this once, but my oh my it was memorable.
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    Netflix binging

    I agree, House of Cards picks up after a few episodes. I didn't like it at first, but then… wow. If you like things strange, creepy, and confusing: "Twin Peaks" is my favorite series and it's available to stream.
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    shipwreck tourist attractions (CLEAN THEM UP) zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance facebook huffington post
  8. There is no menu, but potluck dishes that are mostly gamey stews and green bean casserole... …The guy next to you is dribbling gamey stew in his beard.
  9. Best of luck! What program did you apply to?
  10. harboring a botfly larva in an unspeakable place on one's body
  11. I began my SOP with a narrative. It wasn't about my childhood, but an experience I had while working in the national park service. I chose to write an introductory narrative because it was a more creative way of 1) highlighting my experience working in the field, 2) explaining what I am interested in, and 3) explaining how my experiences have shaped my interests. It was tricky to write, but I felt like the end result clearly acknowledged everything in the instructions provided by my school while still being interesting to read. Before I started writing my SOP, I wrote out every single experience I could think of that has been important in developing my interests and goals. I also wrote detailed descriptions of all of my academic research, work, and volunteer experiences. I carefully read my program's SOP guidelines, and experimented with different angles, mixing and matching narratives to descriptions of my qualifications. It was a long process, but I found that getting everything down helped in developing something interesting and cohesive. I agree that a story can be a kiss of death. Just don't write about your childhood, and make sure your story naturally ties into the rest of your SOP (don't plug in a story just to have a story. Weave the concepts into the body of your statement). Good luck!! FYI: I was accepted into my top (and only) choice school, though who knows if my SOP helped. But it didn't get me rejected.
  12. Yes, it is a nudibranch, though I couldn't tell you the species. Swiped it from google images!
  13. At the risk of sounding like Grad Cafe's crazy bird lady: go birding! Finding birds is fun, identifying them is absorbing, and watching them is a thrill. Ebird is a great site to explore recent sightings wherever you are or want to go. I also support the extra long hike and camping idea! In general, I think any outdoors or physical activity will help keep your mind off of the wait.
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