Dwr

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  1. Impostor Syndrome

    I do not understand enough to even ask questions or ask for help.
  2. PhD Horror Story

    At the point where she had been made to go through all of this hell and was doing the last submission things, and one of the deans scolded her because she forgot to fill in a line, I cracked up because that is exactly the kind of insanity and disgraceful behaviour that I have witnessed.
  3. Thank you so much! Yes it is so difficult and confusing.
  4. Thank you fuzzy, this is helpful as always!
  5. Hello, I've received an email which says to check my CAQ application for a new message. There was a red new message blinking thing. It could not be clicked on. I logged out and in, turned off Adblock, etc. and currently there is just nothing. No message, no letter, no idea if refused or accepted., and nothing on forums similar to my problem. Anyone has an idea what to do? Thank you.
  6. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    There is a person who makes me feel everything good I have should really just belong to somebody else.
  7. Grades and Misery

    Maybe the idea is better implemented in some systems than others and it has not been so in my experience. The only time I ever got a relatively good grasp of things and produced good work was when I was left completely alone.
  8. I do not think you can judge a grieving student like this. AND the first year juggling four-five roles is not enough to judge somebody by. Professors forget vitally important things all the time, yet nobody tells them they need to go find another job. It is merely assumed that it is everybody else's job to remind them of things, and most of the time, everybody does (the secretary, the assistants, etc). If you are at the bottom of the hierarchy and do not have a strong support network, it is not shocking to have difficulties. Conversely, being extremely good at details can also show that somebody is not a good researcher if they get lost in them.
  9. Grades and Misery

    It must be obvious that there is no such thing as learning all there is to learn. I believe learning and being graded are separate things. Getting review for your work until it is of publishable quality, yes, being given 'assignments' and then being graded on them, no. This also has to do what you start with after undergrad. Undergrads are treated as babies and given clear, dumbed-down solutions where what they need to be trained in is pointing out messy problems. You could take this back a long way. I find a lot of things about formal education bizarre.
  10. Grades and Misery

    I think grading graduate students is weird. I got horrible grades for most of my classes, but once done with them, produced work judged to be of remarkably high quality. I also find the very idea of a master's programme difficult to understand (at least, in a theoretical field). You are either sitting there and learning (undergrad), or producing work which makes a theoretical contribution to the field.
  11. Decided but not funded

    I will have to go and make the best of it. I'm not complaining about the school I am going to either, just the location will make life something to cope with rather than enjoy for five years. That's all. I would likely be happy at Oxford. Thank you for explaining the workings of the ertegun thing. They really should make that clear, and also send a bulk email for rejections. They are rude and unclear. On the web page it says "if you have not received an email by the end of April, then blah blah". So what do people do, sit on their hands for a month to work out it's a no?
  12. Decided but not funded

    It's about the same climate. I did not write a post about this to explain to you why I make the choices I make. I wrote because I earned the right to an option that makes me happier, and I cannot really have it because of funding problems. Do you also need colour pens?
  13. Decided but not funded

    Well it can be horrible if it is very far away from where you want to be. It's not the case that I'm trying to insult bits of land.
  14. Decided but not funded

    Thank you Fuzzy, it is nice to have talked about it.
  15. Decided but not funded

    Absolutely no way of hanging around here, so as you say, I will have to learn to be happy with what I have and make things pleasant around me. However, at this point I am so tired. Thank you for being helpful.