Everything posted by tranquila
If this is your first time to live in a high latitude area like Madison, get prepared for the short day in winter (bright from 7 am to 4 pm). I wasn't aware of this in my first winter and got a bit depressed. An instructor was kind enough to point this out to me. Getting one of these lamps or travelling would be helpful.
*3 years in Ph.D. Don't attend drinking parties. Slightly introverted. Making friends slowly. For cohort: It's not abnormal that cohorts get close. It depends on the department and the cohort dynamics. My cohort are considered the most collegiate among all 5 or 6 cohorts in my program by the end of our 1st year. We are closer in age, few married or with children, most living on campus, no one too invasive or dominant, no strongly exclusive cliques. There are some regular dining out, trivia nights, game nights in our first year, like weekly or biweekly, but nothing mandatory. I'd say let
Some people I know went on to do a Master's degree (which are often less selective), or do one or two years of research/work, to accumulate more experience on their CV. This could also be a good option if you want to explore your research interest more (which would be a good reason in case you're asked).