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  1. FYI employees (I.e. TA/RA stipends) who are full-time students at the university they are employed at are exempt from paying social security (and Medicare). This is a federal tax perk; the university doesn't foot the bill. I don't know about tuition though, I didn't get a 1098, just a W-2. And yup, it you don't make over a certain threshold, it's likely you won't owe any federal taxes or at least owe very little.
  2. I agree with what everyone has said. I have a slightly different take on a couple topics, so here is a couple things I've learned (probably have posted something along these lines in the past)... - While I agree with others that it's good not to gossip, it's also good to learn who you can trust and vent to. I have someone in the department who is a good friend of mine (not in my cohort) and I can just completely vent to her, and she vents to me. She's never betrayed my trust, and sometimes it helps just to have someone to do this with. Frankly, I get annoyed easily, and I'm also a complaine
  3. Also, if you want any informal info about the program, I have heard quite a few things from previous prospective students and professors who are familiar with the management department.
  4. Just out of curiosity, was this for the OB/HR PhD program in the business school at Temple? I was under the impression they were closed to PhD applications this year (I had wanted to apply last year but they weren't accepting applications, and the prof I spoke to wasn't sure when they were re-opening the program. The strategic management dept is very different, and I've heard some not-so-great things about it, but that's a different story).
  5. Just wanted to pop in and say good luck to everybody!! I don't have anything helpful to add, just happy to see some OB/management folks on here this year
  6. So just my experience with the grades thing...(as others said, probably very program and discipline specific) In my master's program, it mattered; I wasn't going to get into a good PhD program without top grades. However, now that I'm in the PhD program, I care the least amount about grades than I ever have before. We have to keep a 3.0, so my motto is "B to a PhD." So far I've gotten A or A- in my classes, but I wouldn't stress too much over a B. While some others in my cohort *Freak Out* about grades & classes, it's not my focus. What's going to get me a job is my research and the
  7. This is probably a good exercise for me right now due to my being in the throes of writing a massive paper this weekend. I love the research part. The program is a great fit for me and the flexibility of scheduling things on my own time is awesome (even though that often means working through the weekends). I am already looking forward to classes being over after my second year, but I figure it's better to be into the research anyway--I'll be teaching and doing research the rest of my career, not taking classes, so I try to look at it that way The people in my program are very nice and sup
  8. From what I understand if you are just a student on a student visa your wife can't work. But if you are an employee of the school and being funded by them, I think there is a way. A quick google search revealed this, the answer about halfway down looks pretty helpful about F1/F2 and J1/J2 visas: http://ask.metafilter.com/144492/Can-a-Canadian-work-legally-in-the-US-if-their-spouse-goes-to-grad-school-thereand-how When I was going through the visa process with my spouse, I relied heavily on this site & forum: http://visajourney.com/ Good luck!
  9. Some other wedding tips: try for the off season (Oct- March), keep the guest list small, and get married on a Friday or Sunday for even more discounts. I saved a ton of money doing this. Many were shocked at the low price I paid for my wedding based on the venue, etc. Also, if you do use vendors, shop around! I also saved a lot of money by doing research; the one vendor I booked last minute ended up being WAY more than I should have paid. But there are so many ways to cut down on a budget. It's not worth going into debt for a wedding. Another option is to have a civil ceremony now and then
  10. Yes, I would recommend specifically talking to an I/O professor if you can, not just a psychology one (though I find it interesting that the professor who teaches I/O psych isn't from that background at all--it's a pretty big area, not just a "sub-research interest," really a whole different field of psychology, though is related to social). Yeah if there are any OB professors in the business school (management department) they could also be good to get in touch with. Some OB professors have a PhD in I/O psych and the fields are similar enough that they should be able to offer you some good ad
  11. While I have to preface this by saying I'm not expert and this is just my opinion, I do think your research experience is more than adequate. While it's not directly related to I/O, it is psych related (and deals with social interactions), and a great deal of the methods/etc are going to be similar to I/O psych. For example, you're probably familiar with APA, SPSS, maybe you have experience with coding, etc. This is awesome! Professors that I know LOVE it when potential PhD students know what research in the I/O area entails. As long as you can relate your research experience to I/O, I think i
  12. Based on what I know about I/O programs I really don't see how this will hurt you. Many students go into I/O (both master's and PhD) without any work experience. They are going to care way more about your research experience. There might be a few applied I/O programs that want you to have work experience, but most of the academic ones are going to be more focused on your research. If you do well on the GRE and get good LORs, combined with the profile you presented, I think you have a great shot. I don't think there is a need to wait and work before applying, unless it's something you want to d
  13. If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me this My parents each kept their names and hyphenated mine and my brother's. I did, and still do, respect my mom for keeping her name and giving it equal weight to my dad's, even though I can't say I ever loved my last name. Everyone always asked me, "so, when you get married, will you be Alexis Smith-Jones-Edwards?" etc. Well, I did get married, and dropped my maiden name for my husband's. His was just simpler and nicer. My brother, on the other hand, has kept his hyphenated name, and his wife changed her name to his (so they are Mr. and Mrs.
  14. Definitely not! Sorry for jumping to that conclusion-- it sounds like you have a tough master's program with a similar level of difficulty to the start of a PhD program. It certainly doesn't diminish any of your concerns or struggles.
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