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  1. I've forgotten how to read for school and I'm psyching myself out about it. How the hell do you take notes on books? I'm sure I knew how to do this when I was in undergrad a decade ago, where has that knowledge gone? What the hell is an SQ3R chart? Why are peanut butter M&Ms so delicious? I'm dealing with the big questions today. And I totally wouldn't make it on to Matt Damon's Noah's Ark to Mars with the elites. I bet they don't know what an SQ3R chart is either. Bastards.
  2. I'm not sure what the housing market is like in your area, but at least where I'll be I've managed to find a bit of a compromise. I'm going to be living in a house with 5 other people, which I'll admit sounds pretty awful, especially for someone who strongly values his/ her privacy! Living with this many people means that I can afford to live in a nicer place, close to school, and pay significantly less than I would if I lived alone. Here's how I'm keeping myself sane: I am going to be renting one of the two rooms in the basement. It has it's own entry/ exit door to the ho
  3. I definitely empathize with your exhaustion over missed deadlines! I keep finding the coolest fellowships/ grants etc, and it always seems like the deadline was last week! However, I think part of being in grad school is being responsible for your education and not passively waiting for other people to spoon feed you information. There might be a listserv you could sign up for that would give you information about scholarships, you could check in at the international office a few times a semester, talk to your adviser, etc. The information is out there, but it's not going to come and find
  4. I believe they are legally binding, but the devil is in the details. What exactly did they promise you? Is there a sneaky way for them to legally wiggle out of their promise?
  5. I've spent the last 8+ years living in Asia. Now I'm back 'home' in the US. Reverse culture-shock is kicking my butt!
  6. Hey @yabent, Even without school funding, I've decided to go to Georgetown. It's my dream school. I have some savings, I've applied to a lot of scholarships, and I have found quite a few funding opportunities that I can apply to for the second year. That being said, I know I'm taking a major gamble. I'm terrified of that much debt. I hope this risk pays off for me, but I know that it might not. If it doesn't, I'm looking at some long, hard years financially. I've made my peace with it and I spend my spare time looking for more funding. Good luck with your decision! Fletc
  7. hey @Ardent_PhD and @roboticx, you guys will probably find a lot more helpful information in one of the engineering forums in applied science and mathematics. Applied Science and Mathematics Good luck on your search!
  8. First off, for future reference for everyone: Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Source 1) Public schools are not government agencies. They are funded by federal, state, and income taxes, but they are in no way equivalent to actual government agencies (FBI, Post Office, Social Security Administration, etc.) Parks and cons
  9. Golden Girl, from personal experience, I know that not getting into a school that you wanted to go to can be very depressing/ anger making. There is of course the possibility that you do have a legal claim. However you will need to speak with an attorney to determine if that is really the case. That being said, I think you are really grasping at straws here. "Being denied a privilege is a punishment in some cultures or families" This is true, in some cultures or families. But even in those cultures and families (not to mention a courtroom in the US) it's not a violation of your rig
  10. I'm sorry to hear this happened to you. This might be a good first resource. What You Can Ask and What You Can’t – Legal/Illegal Interview Questions It should be noted that this is for employment, not school admissions. I'm not sure that the same statutes apply. Also, laws and protections do vary by state so you will probably need to do some research on whatever state the university is in. I would suggest talking to a lawyer who specializes in either education law or possibly employment law to see how strong your legal claim is. Honestly I think you will be fighting an up
  11. First I would say that I don't think you are correctly interpreting the First Amendment. "Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief. The Supreme Court interprets the extent of the protection afforded to these rights. The First Amendment has been interpreted by the Court as applying to the entire federal government even though it is only expressly applicable to Congress. Furthermore, the Court has interpreted, the due process clause of the
  12. I believe this particular interpretation of public higher education is incorrect for several reasons. 1) The mission of universities is not to educate "all" students. In the mission statements from top universities around the country, there is literally no mention of educating "all" students. Further, the "goal" of public universities, as stated on their websites, is to conduct cutting edge research and develop knowledge for the benefit of the larger society. University of California Mission Statement University of Virginia Mission Statment University of Delaware Miss
  13. I didn't get funding either. I got a scholarship from Fletcher and I'm going to try to see if Georgetown will match it. Either way I'm pretty set on Georgetown. I've got some savings and a decent shot at some other scholarships, just wrapping my head around all that debt! It looked a lot more manageable in July!
  14. Bumping this thread. This is going to be my dilemma for the next few weeks! Would love to get other people's opinions
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