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    wuglife427 got a reaction from meow_schrödinger in How much do you spend on "food" each month?   
    Are you married to Ron Swanson?

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    wuglife427 got a reaction from NMLogan in Who else is feeling crazy emotional right now?   
    I am, but for a different reason--I'm trying to decide between two schools. I'm leaning towards one option, but I really bonded with the people at the other school, and my POIs  there were extraordinarily helpful and generous with their time. The other day I was thinking about how I should probably attend X university, and then my POI from Y university sent an email just to check in and I immediately burst into tears. Also I'm feeling a bit crazy from being sleep-deprived because of midterms and thesis stuff, all of which is taking way longer because I can only think about grad school things. I also feel bad complaining about this--I know it's a good problem to have, and that two good options is better than no good options, but it really really really sucks. I think my friends, most of whom are still looking for jobs, are getting a little sick of me freaking out about this decision.
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from ElenLane in Anyone else starting at UCSC 2015?   
    I'm a fully funded domestic student entering the linguistics program. The department manager sent my offer as a pdf with official letterhead, a breakdown of the award by quarter (2 quarters fellowship, 1 quarter TA), and the signatures of the grad director and manager. I got this about a month after my acceptance, in late March. However, my offer was recently increased, and this was sent to me in the body of an email (i.e., not on official letterhead) by the acting grad director for the department.
    Basically, it seems to me that financial aid notification is handled at the departmental level. I would email the graduate director and manager for your department, and explain that you need an official statement ASAP to get your visa squared away.
    Best of luck!
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from scarvesandcardigans in Psycholinguistics info needed!   
    Just so you know, GradCafe houses Linguistics under Social Sciences. (It's a totally understandable mistake, though, since so many US universities house the ling departments in humanities.) If you're interested in psycholinguistics, some good places to look would be University of Maryland, MIT, a few of the University of California sites, University of Chicago, University of Connecticut...there are definitely more, but these are the first that come to mind based on my own grad school search. Also these are more syntax-geared, I think, so if you're interested in something like experimental semantics, you'll need to do more digging or ask someone who's more in that field. These are also all linguistics departments--I know that there are psychology and cognitive science departments with good psycholinguistic work, but I don't really know which ones. I would suggest you look at recent papers that interest you and that reflect the type of work you might want to do (in terms of the questions asked, the approach taken, etc.), and research the authors and their departments. That might at least give you a starting point.
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from katiekay in Who else is feeling crazy emotional right now?   
    I am, but for a different reason--I'm trying to decide between two schools. I'm leaning towards one option, but I really bonded with the people at the other school, and my POIs  there were extraordinarily helpful and generous with their time. The other day I was thinking about how I should probably attend X university, and then my POI from Y university sent an email just to check in and I immediately burst into tears. Also I'm feeling a bit crazy from being sleep-deprived because of midterms and thesis stuff, all of which is taking way longer because I can only think about grad school things. I also feel bad complaining about this--I know it's a good problem to have, and that two good options is better than no good options, but it really really really sucks. I think my friends, most of whom are still looking for jobs, are getting a little sick of me freaking out about this decision.
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    wuglife427 reacted to ERR_Alpha in popular things you hate   
    :(
    Jk, haha. Anyway- I totally understand not liking Family Guy. It's dumb most of the time. South Park though actually does some pretty funny political satires. I think I really like these shows because my mom forbade me from watching them as a kid... Then I discovered them in college and went crazy. NevER understood the Simpsons though.
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    wuglife427 reacted to Rose Tyler in From Undergrad to Graduate School-What are your reasons?   
    I love school, I'm not burnt out, and I'm really looking forward to graduate studies. And there isn't much within my field that I can do with just an undergrad degree, so I don't really see the point of waiting. Being able to defer my student loans is a nice bonus too let's be honest.
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    wuglife427 reacted to mb712 in Who else is feeling crazy emotional right now?   
    Thank god I'm not the only one. I assumed that once applications were over and decisions were out, the stress would go way down. NOPE! I go through an internal struggle daily over what school I want to go to and the countdown until April 15th feels way worse than application deadlines. Like you said, it's a great problem to have, but I'm also so worried about making the wrong decision. I was pretty sure I was leaning towards School A, then I learned faculty at School B had a million great things to say about me which of course caused irrational tears and a reevaluation. Sometimes I wish I had only been accepted at one place haha.
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from Much Anxious Very Waiting in Venting Thread- Vent about anything.   
    I was supposed to take a 1-hr flight home from an Open House, but it got cancelled so I had to take an 8-hour train ride. Then there were no cabs at the train station because the roads were bad and it was the middle of the night, so I had to call my brother and get to his place so I could crash there (he lives close to the train station, I don't). Plus side: I got to see my brother, and I had 8 hours to think about the open house and what I want from a graduate school.
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from Old Bill in Letting LOR writers know about admission decisions?   
    I sent my letter writers emails after my first acceptance--just basically said this school accepted me, they're high on my list, yay thank you for helping me get this acceptance, but of course I'm going to weigh all my options and visit and stuff. I'm going to send them one more email once I get all the decisions and make my final choice, but I thought it would be good to let them know I'm actually going to grad school. As for whether to update them after each decision--I applied to 8 schools, so I figured I shouldn't overwhelm them. With three schools, it might be ok to give an update for each.
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from IamLorde in And I thought interviewing would be hard...   
    I fell in love with one of the schools I've been accepted to at the open house. Next week I'm going to visit the other one...and I almost hope I hate it, just because it would be easier. If I love this place as much as I loved the first one, I honestly don't know what I'm going to do. Probably something involving spreadsheets and Ben & Jerry's.
     
    (Note: I will of course go to the second open house with an open mind, not determined to have a bad time. I just worry about the looming decision sometimes.)
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from MathCat in And I thought interviewing would be hard...   
    I fell in love with one of the schools I've been accepted to at the open house. Next week I'm going to visit the other one...and I almost hope I hate it, just because it would be easier. If I love this place as much as I loved the first one, I honestly don't know what I'm going to do. Probably something involving spreadsheets and Ben & Jerry's.
     
    (Note: I will of course go to the second open house with an open mind, not determined to have a bad time. I just worry about the looming decision sometimes.)
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from Clueless91 in And I thought interviewing would be hard...   
    I fell in love with one of the schools I've been accepted to at the open house. Next week I'm going to visit the other one...and I almost hope I hate it, just because it would be easier. If I love this place as much as I loved the first one, I honestly don't know what I'm going to do. Probably something involving spreadsheets and Ben & Jerry's.
     
    (Note: I will of course go to the second open house with an open mind, not determined to have a bad time. I just worry about the looming decision sometimes.)
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from Scarecrow24 in FALL 2015 APPLICATONS   
    I got my NYU rejection while at another open house, shortly after talking with another prospie about how we hadn't heard anything from them and had probably been rejected. When I saw the email, I laughed and gave the other guy a high-five.
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from PsychandPhilo in How did you celebrate/recuperate?   
    (I'm not going into psych, but I'm a psych minor, also getting interested in psycholingusitics. Hi.)
     
    When I got accepted, I was on a bus on the way to my first conference. I very quietly called my parents so as not to annoy other passengers, and didn't really celebrate because my presentation was set for 10am and I really needed sleep.
     
    When I got waitlisted at MIT, I was actually already headed to a Maslenitsa celebration (Russian Carnaval--lots of pancakes and alcohol). It was a fancy benefit ($170/plate) my friend had scored free tickets to. I decided this admissions decision warranted a little extra celebration, and now I will fondly remember the night I got wa(itli)sted at the Russian Embassy.
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    wuglife427 reacted to zadigblue in Best Rejection Reactions - 2015   
    If their SOP was written like that, no wonder they didn't get in. Sounds like a drunken rampage through a thesaurus.
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    wuglife427 reacted to Crucial BBQ in Best Rejection Reactions - 2015   
    It is a Ron Burgundy quote from Anchorman, in case you didn't know.  My favorite is: "milk was a bad idea", although few under the age of garbleglug#4gaa understand the reference. 
     
    By all means, use it! 
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from athlete2academic in How did you celebrate/recuperate?   
    (I'm not going into psych, but I'm a psych minor, also getting interested in psycholingusitics. Hi.)
     
    When I got accepted, I was on a bus on the way to my first conference. I very quietly called my parents so as not to annoy other passengers, and didn't really celebrate because my presentation was set for 10am and I really needed sleep.
     
    When I got waitlisted at MIT, I was actually already headed to a Maslenitsa celebration (Russian Carnaval--lots of pancakes and alcohol). It was a fancy benefit ($170/plate) my friend had scored free tickets to. I decided this admissions decision warranted a little extra celebration, and now I will fondly remember the night I got wa(itli)sted at the Russian Embassy.
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from mb712 in How did you celebrate/recuperate?   
    (I'm not going into psych, but I'm a psych minor, also getting interested in psycholingusitics. Hi.)
     
    When I got accepted, I was on a bus on the way to my first conference. I very quietly called my parents so as not to annoy other passengers, and didn't really celebrate because my presentation was set for 10am and I really needed sleep.
     
    When I got waitlisted at MIT, I was actually already headed to a Maslenitsa celebration (Russian Carnaval--lots of pancakes and alcohol). It was a fancy benefit ($170/plate) my friend had scored free tickets to. I decided this admissions decision warranted a little extra celebration, and now I will fondly remember the night I got wa(itli)sted at the Russian Embassy.
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    wuglife427 got a reaction from isilya in How did you celebrate/recuperate?   
    (I'm not going into psych, but I'm a psych minor, also getting interested in psycholingusitics. Hi.)
     
    When I got accepted, I was on a bus on the way to my first conference. I very quietly called my parents so as not to annoy other passengers, and didn't really celebrate because my presentation was set for 10am and I really needed sleep.
     
    When I got waitlisted at MIT, I was actually already headed to a Maslenitsa celebration (Russian Carnaval--lots of pancakes and alcohol). It was a fancy benefit ($170/plate) my friend had scored free tickets to. I decided this admissions decision warranted a little extra celebration, and now I will fondly remember the night I got wa(itli)sted at the Russian Embassy.
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    wuglife427 reacted to ashiepoo72 in Best Rejection Reactions - 2015   
    I know this is an acceptance, but it made me laugh out loud so I had to share. Courtesy of an NYU Musicology admit:

    "... BY THE BEARD OF ZEUS!"
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    wuglife427 reacted to nuih in What Has Been Your Biggest Challenge In Applying To Grad School?   
    Convincing myself that I am capable, somewhat at least?? lol.
    Second is deciding where to go, and that the school is the right choice for suuuure...
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    wuglife427 reacted to xolo in FALL 2015 APPLICATONS   
    I just got my first PhD admission. I’m slightly freaking out. 
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    wuglife427 reacted to isilya in FALL 2015 APPLICATONS   
    Why does every place I visit have to be so awesome????? This is going to be such a hard decision!!!!
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    wuglife427 reacted to Sarochan in popular things you hate   
    Eye contact.
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