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    GPA on CV?

    Is there an accepted standard for whether one should put their GPA on their academic CV? I'm not applying for jobs- I'm recently ABD and using my CV for things like grants and conferences. I'm moderately proud of my 4.0 in my MA and PhD, but I also don't want to look tacky. If yes, should I put my PhD, MA, and undergrad GPAs, or just PhD? Since this might vary by field, I'm in the humanities
  2. I'm in a similar position-- between the fellowships I received, I could go abroad for about a year and a half. I'm leaning towards just taking one fellowship (10 months) though, because I don't really want to do that to my S.O. (who can't come) and because I'd like to make sure I get get enough teaching experience before I go on the job market (my program doesn't really let students lead classes or sections during coursework, just TA). I'm just worried that if I'm rushing to finish up research I'll regret it. I also really like both of the fellowships, and would feel a bit sad turning one down, particularly because its from an organization that I hope to get more funding from in the future. Its a tough decision (but a good problem to have, I guess!) and I'm glad to see how other people are dealing with it.
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    Bloomington, IN

    Does it have to be fully furnished? That will make finding a decent price a lot more challenging, and frankly you can find cheap used furniture on many of the local/university message boards every year. (don't know if you have a student ID yet, but the IU classifieds are here: https://one.iu.edu/task/iu/classifieds). If it absolutely needs to be furnished, your best bet might be through the university. I know some graduate students who live in these university apartments for example: http://www.rps.indiana.edu/redbudapartments.cfml. Its usually more expensive than living off campus, but they do have graduate student housing, and a lot of international students live there their first year. There are also several companies that organize students into groups for apartment or dorm style living in the city and provide furnished rooms. Not many graduate students take advantage of these, however, because as far as I understand they usually house lots of rowdy undergraduates. If you're up for dealing with that though (or can find another graduate student to go in on an apartment with you, perhaps?) it might be something to check out. Many of them are a bit further to campus but run private busses to school. For instance: https://www.americancampus.com/student-apartments/in/bloomington/campus-corner/floor-plans or http://villagemp.com/. If you're willing to do an unfurnished or partially furnished place (like maybe there's a bed but you have to get the other stuff), you might be able to find places on craigslist or the graduate student professional organization housing board: http://www.indiana.edu/~gpso/resources/housing/. My general recommendation in terms of walkable neighborhoods are the area just south of campus (Elm Heights/Bryan Park) and just west of campus (Prospect Hill/Near West Side). I do know of graduate students who live North of campus, but its by the stadium so it gets kind of noisy. The east side by the mall is fine if you don't mind taking the bus to school and being a bit further from downtown. My first year I found some other graduate students renting a room in a semi-furnished (bed only, pretty much) 3 bedroom house in Bryan Park through craigslist; it was a lot cheaper than living on campus, and I don't think I spent more than $150 on furniture.
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    Bloomington, IN

    Hi guys, Im currently an MA student at IU. I actually like living in Bloomington a lot (I moved from a larger city), because its easy to get around and affordable. I have been able to keep myself busy and develop some fun new pastimes here (its a good place to explore your outdoorsy side, or your musical side-- the music scene here is pretty fantastic for a town of this size). As far as where to live, I would recommend against the on-campus graduate student housing (unless your program is paying for it, which I've heard to happening for one or two people). Its fine, but you can get nicer places, reasonably close to campus, for a better price. I do know of some international students who didn't want to deal with finding a place the first year who lived on campus, and said it was fine, but they all moved off campus by their second year. In general in terms of nice areas to live (I think this has been mentioned in this thread before), you'll probably fine as long as you avoid the area by the stadium. I really like area the several blocks south of campus, the Bryan Park and Elm Heights area, although its mostly houses, so its better for families (or for having housemates). The Prospect Hill neighborhood just to the west of campus also seems like a nice place to rent a reasonably price house. A lot of graduate students live east of campus by college mall, or just south of campus (between 3rd and 1st street). Many apartment complexes in these areas cater specifically to graduate students, and refuse to rent to undergraduate. In these types of places, you can pay anywhere from 450-700 dollars for a one bedroom. You can pay less rent if you go in with a roommate for a 2 bedroom type deal. House owners post on craigslist, although you'll have to sort through the ads from the big apartment complex companies to find them. To find decent apartment complexes that rent to primarily to grads, just do a google search of something like "bloomington, in graduate apartments special," or spend enough time on craigslist. Hope that helps, and best of luck with your applications!

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