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mudlark last won the day on September 25 2010

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  1. I heartily agree with this. I'm nearing the end of my PhD, and my husband is a high school graduate. We have a very happy marriage, and the fact that I have higher earning potential is not an issue. He has a steady job that he enjoys and it has given us a lot of stability as I go through school. The thought of breaking up with him because he can't get on my "career ladder" is... well, it would be awful, because we have such a good relationship. That said, there are lots of things in the original post that make it seem like this guy has a general pattern of not having his crap together and
  2. Like you, I'm a social person and have a very hard time working alone all the time. The shift from coursework to solo research was so hard for me that I considered dropping out. Now that I'm nearing completion, I'm glad I didn't! Things that have helped me: Using facebook to my advantage. I created a writing support group with friends on facebook where we check in with daily goals and cheer each other on. I'm going to be on it anyway--may as well make it work for me. Making work dates with friends. Even though we end up chatting a lot, I find that having another person around makes
  3. I planned to write one chapter (35-50 pages) per semester, and found that it was a very manageable pace.
  4. Oh, these are great. Thank you!
  5. Does anyone have some lighthearted blogs about grad school and academia to share? My faves are the fabulous gif blog wheninacademia.tumblr.com and the sadly-no-longer-updating academictimgunn.tumblr.com. I also just discovered a new one, englishgradstudentshaming.tumblr.com--it's like that dog shaming blog, but for English nerds. My dashboard could use some new material, though--suggestions?
  6. If it makes you feel better, I won a CGS when I had no publications. I know lots of people who won SSHRCs without scholarly publications. The committee understands that some fields--like English--value solo-authored pubs that take more prep and production time. Really, it would be rare for an MA student to have published something so impressive that it would sway a SSHRC score. I've heard these exact same things (no pubs is common, the pubs that do show up on apps are rarely super impressive) from a full professor who has served on the adjudication committee at the national level multiple time
  7. I'm not sure how it works in the states, but in Canada SSHRC sends the money to your school and you get paid through their payroll system. Payment schedules will vary school by school... some monthly, some bi-monthly, etc. I get my SSHRC mixed in with my teaching income.
  8. I don't think it will hurt your prospects if you have a course-based master's with a capstone project. That's a really common set-up, and it makes a lot of sense. In my field (lit) in Canada, there's a movement away from having MA students do a thesis. It's a whole extra year of your life, and you end up with a long document that's difficult to use for other purposes. It's too long to publish straight up, so you have to be careful about being able to carve it into smaller pieces. But if it's just a series of journal-chapter-length arguments, you're not really getting the added experience of wr
  9. This really reads like you're a junior undergrad. If that's the case, go to your instructor's office hours and talk to him/her about the essay. Also check into any writing center services offered at your campus, as they'll be more willing to sit down and go over the specific grammar issues in your intro. People on the internet don't know what level of course you're taking, what the assignment was, or what you've been focusing on in class. They won't be able to help you like someone who knows the situation will. If you're a grad student, you desperately need to go and do a lit review of what
  10. If you look at the fine print, many awards administered by universities say that you can't hold them AND a "major award" at the same time. I've usually seen "major award" defined as anything over $13,000. This happened to someone in my department, and here's what happened (best as I can remember). Short version: they yank the fellowship (possibly retroactively) and pay you a SSHRC retroactive to an appropriate start date (May or Sept 2012, for this year's competition). She didn't lose a year of SSHRC, but they retroactively yanked the fellowship money she had already received. In
  11. You are not special. I don't mean that in a flippant way. It's really the most useful piece of advice I know. Worried that everyone is juding you behind your back? They're not. Because they don't care all that much about you because you're not special. Faced with crippling anxiety about whether or not your planned project is absolutely perfect? Stop worrying and get to work. You're not going to come up with a field-changer in your first year. You're not special. Still have some bad work habits that you secretly think are part of your creative genius? They're not, because you're not Keats, y
  12. Yes, I think it is. I know at least three students in my program who own their own place (including myself) and we're all in long-term relationships. Both of the other students have husbands in law school, though, and my husband makes less than my scholarship at his job, so it's not necessarily about having a second person to bankroll the project.
  13. I love my supervisor. He's a perfect match for my working style, and with him as my supervisor I'm producing better work on a better timeline than I ever have before. I love my committee members. They are super smart, super supportive, and just interesting human beings. I love, love, LOVE conferences--flying to interesting cities to listen to other people geek out about my little corner of the humanities? Heaven! I love my library, and my grad student borrowing privileges. I love the material that I work on, and am very grateful to have all this time to spend with *my* authors. I love tea
  14. I'm two years into my PhD and hoping to be pregnant by the end of the year. We'll start trying to conceive once I pass my candidacy exams at the end of this term. I wanted to hit that milestone partially in the hopes that clarifying my project through the exam prep process will up my odds of completing my PhD, and partially because I wanted to establish a good relationship with my supervisor before breaking the news. It's not that I expect him to be unsupportive, just that I want him thinking "Having a kid is hard, but mudlark NAILED her exams, so I'm sure she'll handle it", rather than "I don
  15. Long distance relationships are the worst! I did a year apart from my then-boyfriend now-husband, and it was awful. I also watched last year as every. single. long distance relationship involving someone in my cohort ended. Like, six or seven of them. I have no helpful advice, except for hang in there and try to end the distance as soon as possible!
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