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  1. Trying to understand the PhD life in US

    I would dispute this. I have several friends who are master's students. I had a friend who befriended undergrads through sports leagues, etc. I'm not close in age to the undergrads, so I didn't try to make friends with them, but I don't know anyone that judged my friend. I work a lot of hours--probably 50-60 hours per week (I am slow), but lots of people in my program work a more balanced life. I am in the social sciences and have summer funding (for part-time work). It is enough to survive on. Depends on the program. some places it's encouraged; some it is discouraged. It may be unwise if you're funded, though, because another year to strengthen your cv and get publications can be very beneficial for your job prospects. Yes, the same city can be boring for 5 years. But this is the price we pay for the thing we want (PhD). I think travel varies greatly from school to school. I have generous travel funding for conferences, so I try to attend 3 or more conferences per year. That is all I have time for now. I second TMP in advising you to search the answers to these questions in other parts of the forum, as they've been answered in greater detail and with more nuance elsewhere. But I will try to come back and give more thoughts tomorrow.
  2. Acceptances have already gone out, so I don't think the OP needs this advice anymore, but for future applicants, I've heard the cutoff GRE score is 315.
  3. HGSE 2018

    I think the main question is, can you afford to pay $70k for a degree that you don't need for your career? Especially since subsequent admission to the doctoral program is far from guaranteed. Don't get me wrong, a master's from Harvard would certainly open up career doors, but in education it is not guaranteed that those doors would be lucrative enough to justify the debt.
  4. Grad. School Supplies?

    Lots of my colleagues use backpacks. I have never heard anyone speak of it as unprofessional.
  5. Harvard Ed. M. Funding 2018

    I think they vary quite a bit. In 2013, I was offered a $20k scholarship/merit award, but that wasn't enough to enable me to attend. And it seemed to be on the high side, too, compared to other posters. As far as I could tell from other posters, they take into account how much savings you have in their offer letters, so I guess I was "lucky" I didn't have any.
  6. Columbia TC PhD Economics & Education

    Unfortunately, it's quite thin and tenuous.
  7. Transcription of qualitative interviews - which program?

    I use inqscribe's free version.
  8. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    So glad to hear this! 🤞🏼
  9. 2018 Education Applicants

    varies year to year. I know at least on person who's gotten off the waitlist at Stanford. But it is rare.
  10. Are there any Straddlers out there?

    Yes, I learned this recently, too. I think "blue-collar" might be a more descriptive way to differentiate, but even with that there's a lot of variety in income levels.
  11. First-generation student (or not)?

    I'm also a first-generation college grad. When I arrived at undergrad, I couldn't figure out why people were calling it that--I didn't know what it was "under." My sibling and I were the first in our entire extended family to attend university (aunts, uncles, cousins). Now I have an aunt and a few cousins who have degrees, but we're still the exceptions by far. This makes family gatherings difficult sometimes--they can't understand why I don't get a job and start making money. They really can't understand why I bring work home. This has caused a great deal of friction in my family when I'm home for holidays. I take some time off to enjoy their company, but they do not understand that just because I'm home for a few weeks doesn't mean I have that whole time to just sit and talk or help work on the farm. I know that many of you are saying having a parent in academia does not give you much of an advantage, but I think having parents who can advise you on the right type of college is a pretty big advantage. My parents told me they couldn't help pay for it, and because I never met with a college counselor, I assumed the only school I could afford was the one down the road. Looking back now at my test scores and grades, I should have been shooting much higher. Of course, you could say it's all worked out--I'm in my dream graduate program now, but I can't help thinking how much better prepared and articulate I might be if I had gone to a more rigorous undergraduate institution.
  12. FWIW I had a similar experience and it turned out to just be a hangup with funding negotiations between my POI and the dean. It was not a no. Good luck!
  13. Financial aid question

    And even if they don't put it in your package, you might visit the financial aid office and ask--you may qualify for one that wasn't included on the official letter.
  14. Research with professors outside of your university

    To the OP, definitely make sure you talk to your advisor about this. I made the mistake of proposing a project with someone outside my institution (since I am externally funded, I thought I would be free to pursue my own projects), and it turned out to be very much against the wishes of my advisor.
  15. Grad. School Supplies?

    Those of you who don't like google drive, have you used backup & sync app? It makes it much less clunky imo. I also use an airport time capsule as the backup to my backup.