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    Washington, DC
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    Art, Science, Music, Eating, Travel, Cooking & Baking, Exercise, General dweeb-ery.
  • Application Season
    2014 Fall
  • Program
    (Science) Education, Masters

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  1. Not going to UMD but went there as an undergrad. Most grad students look into graduate gardens in adelphi. Some students also rent from the Varsity (pricey) on route one as well. Check out our student paper's classified section for more housing. http://www.diamondbackonline.com/classifieds_diamondback/
  2. I own a MBA 11" from 2011 and it has been faithful. Even though my 3 year warranty expiration is approaching, I only had to have one real fix (LCD started screwing up) which I got fixed next day. I love it because it's so portable and lightweight, and it runs as well as a full sized macbook (the new macbook pro retinas and beyond are a hair faster when powering up from sleep). When I was a lab tech it was very useful. I like things "mini" so my reasons for getting the 11" over the 13" are fairly trivial (as well as the lower price). However if I had to do it again, I'll do the 13" just fo
  3. I think for your situation a masters is as far as you should go for your education background. You do not need a PhD in ed to be qualified to teach or lead. It sounds like you only want to get into an education program to be qualified for something, but that's what masters are there for. PhDs are so you can contribute to research in educational theory. Ask around first before investing 50,100k into a masters program.
  4. I was offered 16k and I turned down Columbia; if you're going into the classroom you really don't really benefit from the 75k or so you sink for the 50k degree plus about ~25k living expenses. A lot of people find that they love what they do, or worst case scenario are "stuck" in their situation and it's not like the kids or your coworkers will give a damn where you got your degree from. If you are absolutely dedicated to high ed later, I'd say Columbia but you have to go out on a limb to kiss up and make an impression on a few professors within the one year you're there because there's m
  5. I officially made my decision this morning. So instead of Columbia, I'm going with JHU! I did get a 16k offer around the 19th, but as OCD mentioned the Yelp reviews were a major deterrent. My SO who is an AP at a top-ranked public HS also indicated the negative vibes of Columbia as not being student-focused. He was a comparative lit major before he became an educator and he knew the reputation Columbia had in English, but understood that they didn't give a rats ass about student education but were more about recruiting renowned faculty (which wouldn't make a difference if you're being tau
  6. This point is the main deterrent for me attending TC. I don't want to get stiffed because I am "just" a masters student with an intent to teach. If I'm dropping $50k in a single year (not including room and board) for my education, I want to be able to have a good relationship with my advisor and potentially get involved in research to get a leg up into a PhD program. The school I'm gearing towards had me interview with my advisor and discuss their program, research opportunities, and even funding opportunities via fellowships and a program through the county I already intend to work in.
  7. Just got my decision today via apply yourself (Admitted!) I was just about to give up, no word on funding though (probably not happening because it's the MA + Cert program).
  8. Call me a tool for buying into the apple hype, but I vouch for the MacBook Air. It has the portability of a tablet yet with function on par with a MacBook Pro but cheaper. Ever minute problem I've ever had with it, I just go to the apple store and they fix it- never bad to pay a cent for it. Everything from slight cosmetic damage to a weird screen problem solved without an interrogation. And the extended warranty was only like a little under 200 dollars on top of the computer price so you get that back easily with the amount of service you get. SURE, you're paying 3x the amount of a 500 dollar
  9. I feel like at 23 we're in social limbo (It's actually a line to a Blink182 song). You're not like irresponsible college student shit faced drunk on weeknights; they want you to have a job and your own place, but at the same time no one at works takes you that seriously because you're fresh meat. I am literally told everyday I look like a teenager by both teachers and students. And it's like... geez, thanks. And not like I was doing all of that crazy stuff as an undergrad, I was always ridiculously serious and responsible due to my circumstances (immigrant family, I pretty much wore the p
  10. If you want to teach, you can get a one year masters and I think if you're a male esp. with a non-traditional background, they would LOVE you. Schools yearn for strong male role models. If you're interested in secondary education you might be stuck with math though unless you can earn 18-30 credits in the area you want to teach. HOWEVER, I wouldn't think the nursing route is a bad deal... if anything, see if you can get into med or PA school after a BSN undergrad. A lot of "non-traditional" students KILL IT when they go back to undergrad because they have a lot more self-discipline in th
  11. I feel amateurish for saying this, but I really like learning about EVERYTHING with the exception of physics and theoretical math. If I had all the money in the world I would have been a double biology (with neurobiology & physiology specialization) and art major with a german minor. I'd probably spend my whole life in school. I just ended up with the neuro-phys and a sprinkling of the other two (no minors in either). I just took just about every other course that appealed to me and graduated with a ridiculous number of credits in a number of depts. I love to discuss and learn about just a
  12. I am losing weight currently so I eat healthy and I count calories. I prep "toppings" for salads and just pop them into pre-made mixed green tupperwares I have. Everything is already pre-measured and pre-cooked so it's as easy as grabbing it out of the fridge in the morning. I have a costco membership too so I buy bulk frozen protein. I don't even really buy dressing anymore and just squeeze some lemon or a dash of vinegar onto my salads with some EVOO. I inhale salmon and tilapia like nobody's business and eat a lot of chicken breast too. As for carbs, I cook a batch of quinoa on
  13. False alarm today: I got my JHU acceptance followed by an email from Columbia that was prefaced with "we got your application..." but it was advertising the JFEW scholarship (for women); unfortunately due to my personal circumstances I don't think I'll be spending 2 years in NYC because my SO works in MD. I was so pumped! At least I got JHU?
  14. Nice! Some of the pros I recognized in JHU is due to my location and desire to also pursue a PhD, a smaller cohort allows for a more intimate setting and therefore have better recommendations and experiences for a PhD. Not to mention, as of this morning JHU is #1 in education by US News! http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-03-11/news/bs-md-graduate-school-rankings-20140310_1_towson-university-world-report-law-school The main reason why Columbia is appealing to me is that Science Education (Columbia's MA I applied to) is not available as a PhD at JHU and I feel like if I already establis
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