lovethequestions got a reaction from Thanks4Downvoting in Improving My Chances of Acceptances for next Year
In terms of publication--I have actually gotten the opposite advice on two separate occasions from professors (that is, they suggested I be cautious about publication). Their reasoning was that, whereas with conference presentations, if it goes poorly, it's over, when you've published an article, it will never go away. So if you have a less-than-mature scholarly perspective (as I know I still do) or even flat-out errors, those will count against you in your future career. Their advice was, present away; but be very cautious about what you seek to publish.
lovethequestions got a reaction from ANP in Facial Hair, Shaving & Grad School
At a party this weekend, the students in my program discussed precisely this phenomenon (preponderance of beardage among grad student men). We determined that most, but not all men can carry them off, and came up with the following rules for growing a beard.
1) It has to be groomed (no Tolstoy beards).
2) It has to grow in evenly (no patchy beards, sorry).
3) It has to not make you look like a complete tool. (This one, I admit, is slightly more subjective. But I'm sure you can all picture the beards I mean.)
On the other hand, I recently moved to the Midwest from the South. And if I were a dude, I think I would grow a beard regardless of whether I could pull it off or not, just to have the extra layer of insulation in the winter...
lovethequestions got a reaction from Sparky in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
I don't think anyone is necessarily lying. When I applied, all of the schools told me straight up that I would be competing against everyone in the applicant pool, not just other Assyriologists. I do get the sense that how badly the school needs students in a particular area influences which areas they pull from most heavily--but that's just one factor among many that makes up the magical question of "fit." If you're applying in a program that doesn't have any students in your field, that makes you a relatively better fit. Also, the professors you are talking to do not in fact see any of that money. Really, they just get asked to work unpaid overtime for the time they spend reading applications. Not that I feel particularly sorry for them...just pointing out that no one has any reason to deliberately screw you over.
lovethequestions got a reaction from mikazukipie in Pressure to Decide Before Visit
First, congratulations! Second, there's a reason the schools have all entered a binding agreement not to require you to make a decision before April 15. It's true that it sucks for them and for the unlucky person at the top of the wait list if there's no time to negotiate with someone else, but you absolutely have the right to take the time to make the right decision.
That being said, one option to (hopefully) make everyone happy is to be very aggressive with researching the school in the meantime--talk to or email with all the professors you'd be working with, ask if they have current and/or former students you can talk to, etc. Even if you don't get a chance to actually see the campus, you might well find out something that will help the decision along.
But I still think you should not feel guilty about taking your time, if in fact you just can't decide before you visit. You have to be your own advocate. Good luck!