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    PhD - Comm, Library & Info Science

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  1. Will I be too old to start a PhD?

    I am in a different field, but I just started my PhD, and I am over twice that age, and know of several others that are 50+ also.
  2. Planning a class event - on or off campus

    What type of class is it? Only asking because you might be able to integrate some of the course work into the event theme (obviously more difficult for some course topics than others).
  3. Carbonate Advisors?

    I thought the same thing also, but I suppose that it is better to have an advisor that is bubbly and energetic than one that is flat and stale.
  4. One thing to remember is that the deadline is for things that you have control over. The schools usually don't start looking at everything until a few weeks later, they know that sometimes that it takes a while for things like letters, test scores and transcripts to arrive. It is also not unheard of for you to be conditionally admitted upon receipt of some final documentation. That is what happened to my daughter, she was invited to apply to a specific program that she had not considered late (early August), submitted everything she could, and had 2 of the 3 required letters uploaded. She was notified about the conditional admit a few days before classes started and the department registered her for courses, but she was not officially admitted until the final letter came in a month later. In other words - get everything in that you have some control over CV/Statement/Writing Samples, and make sure that you have requested things like transcripts/test sores/letters from wherever they need to be requested from.
  5. Windows on a mac

    I have been running Windows under Parallels for a specific app where there is no decent Mac equivalent for the past 8 or so years. The only real issue is that the function keys that are used in the app require pressing the fn key on the keyboard in addition to the function key when using them. I only do this on my iMac, for the few times that I need the app on my MacBook, I just suffer with the crappy software that is available for OSX. FWIW - there is no decent 3270 terminal emulator for a Mac, plenty of good ones for Windows,
  6. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    In general all office politics suck. It is not limited to the graduate student office.
  7. How to Communicate a School is Your First Choice

    There is only one reason to apply early, and that would be if the program has some sort of rolling admissions policy. This is more likely to happen when applying for professional master's programs rather than academic ones.
  8. his is what worked for me - note that I am a very nontraditional student (finished my undergrad @52, masters @55), and I took a somewhat risky approach to the personal statements. For my master's application it was a brief description of how my varied academic and professional paths let me to point where I was applying for admission. At most there was a single sentence relating to my first exposure to the subject of interest 35 years earlier. This was followed by a detailed description, of how my professional life related to area of study that I was applying to. The final section referenced how my future goals were changing and slowly changing towards education others. The intro to the PhD application statement stated the trigger for applying to the program by referencing a conversation with a trusted friend (who does hold a PhD) stating that there were only 3 reasons for doing so, the final reason being that I can't get enough school, and that I still had questions - questions that did not yet have answers. This was followed by how my professional and educational experience would be a great asset to the program. The next section referenced the work 2 of the current researchers in the department, and how my intended area of research ran parallel to and overlapped theirs. The final section was somewhat risky - I specifically mentioned that while I might be older than other applicants, the age difference combined with real-world experience is a significant advantage in some respects. The last section also mentioned the same future goals I had towards educating others.
  9. sexual harassment?

    Sexual harassment - YES Overreacting - NO Next steps - find out where and who to report this to. You should probably start with student support services or the campus police. You may also have success going to the university's HR department, as they are usually well suited to handle this type of issue. Frankly, I am appalled at what your supervisor said, that was totally inappropriate (and borders on harassment itself). I would have a hard time holding my tongue and not replying with a 'maybe that is how you got where you are' type of comment.
  10. How do YOU prefer to take course/lecture notes?

    Me too, and I use that for documents that I am currently working on, and it is particularity useful when I am switching between my desktop and my laptop. I also have several large datasets, which are larger than what is usually available on the free cloud services. The USB sticks are useful when doing presentations, you never know what kind of network service is available in the room where the presentation is happening - and for some reason it is usually not available whenever I need to do a presentation...
  11. How do YOU prefer to take course/lecture notes?

    I started out using the app and the free downloadable pdfs and really liked the concept. These work well, and only cost the price of printing the pages. All you need to do is print off as many of the pages as you need, and use any pen/pencil you want on them. As far as sending to the cloud, there is an option in the app to send the document to yourself via email. One big advantage of saving to the cloud happens when others are using the app also, this way you can easily share notes. Unlike many of the other digital conversion apps, these don't require a special electronic pen and expensive preprinted pads. I did try the microwave erasable pad, but didn't really like them - it is sort of a pain to stick the pad into the microwave to erase them. The new Everlast ones have a different 'paper' and can be erased with a bit of warm water and a quick scrub with a paper towel. My main complaint is that the require the use of a special pen (Pilot Frixion gel pens) to be erased, and I prefer fountain pens. Fortunately the pens are not all that expensive. I will probably use a combination of the downloaded pdf pages and the Everlast pad. You have nothing to lose by using the downloadable pages and the app and see if you like it.
  12. How do YOU prefer to take course/lecture notes?

    For my masters - Pretty much everything I needed to read was either in a pdf or online. Notes were taken by highlighting and adding 'stickie notes' within the pdf, for online readings, I converted to pdf first, then added the stickies in the pdf. Class notes were done by writing on rocketbook pads, scanning and uploading as a pdf, where additional stickies could be added. The only thing I may change going into the PhD is to use one of the everlast rocketbooks - no more paper. Write, scan, upload and erase. As for additional school supplies - external hard drives, and a box of usb memory sticks, backup everything and backup often. - an erasable whiteboard - invaluable for planning and reminders
  13. popular things you hate

    Only if they belong to someone else
  14. As others mentioned - transferring grad courses can be problematic. One thing to look into is to see if your current undergrad school has a 4+1 type of program in your area, where you take grad level courses in your senior year and then transfer into their grad program for an additional year.
  15. 10 years from now

    In 10 years I will have finished my PhD, and will have 21 years in at my current employer (which happens to be the same university), so I will stick it out for a few more years until I get 25 years in for full retirement benefits. After that it will be retirement and looking for a teaching position somewhere other than where I am living now. This will involve - Selling my current house Getting the hell out of New Jersey (I love the state, but can't afford to keep living here) Moving somewhere with enough land so I can keep some bees, sheep and chickens Fulfilling my end dream of being a gentleman farmer and part time professor