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  1. Have you tried looking at the CVs of the professors at schools you might want to work at someday? Try seeing where THEY went to grad school--it should give you an idea what kinds of schools can land you those kinds of positions (as well as what kinds of work/publication records).
  2. According to PNPI, 11% of low-income, first-generation college students will obtain a Bachelor's degree within six years of enrolling in school, compared to 55% of their more advantaged peers. We should be very proud of ourselves!
  3. PS. I was also choosing between these programs for my master's degree, and ended up going with a third option. But, looking back, I think I would advise my past self to choose Harvard (primarily for the resources).
  4. FWIW, Nashville is warm, but not very sunny. It rains a lot. One important consideration is financial aid. Independent schools often don't pay well, so which master's program will put you in the least amount of debt? Also, Vandy doesn't seem to focus too much on rural ed either. Both programs have people who focus on social justice and teaching as a political act, but I think both emphasize urban education. Also FWIW, you can have great autonomy over curriculum at some public schools--it just depends on the school.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Levon3

    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.
  8. Lots of my colleagues use backpacks. I have never heard anyone speak of it as unprofessional.
  9. 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.
  10. Unfortunately, it's quite thin and tenuous.
  11. So glad to hear this! ??
  12. varies year to year. I know at least on person who's gotten off the waitlist at Stanford. But it is rare.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. You've gotten some good advice thus far. I would add that if you want to pursue a graduate degree in education, having at least a few years of teaching experience would be a big help. Additionally, you might consider the non-profit world. There are tons of education related non-profits doing great work, and that could allow you to have your hands on many different aspects of education, and to get some instructional experience to see if it does whet your appetite for becoming a teacher.
  20. Not at your school or field, but my interview visit was a lot of schmoozing, getting to know current doc students, chatting informally with professors, seeing the campus, and then sitting down with my potential advisor and later potential labmates to learn about current projects and talk about research interests. It was a very full day for an introvert. I would make sure to prepare your 1-minute elevator pitch about research interests, and it might be helpful also to have several small-talk topics for all of the times you'll be meeting new people during meals and/or campus tours etc.
  21. This might be a question to ask the program director.
  22. Levon3

    NSF Fellowships

    hm. I am still required to work in my advisor's lab, even though I am funded by NSF.
  23. http://www.unco.edu/NHS/mathsci/grad/phd_edmath.html
  24. Thank you, @fuzzylogician!
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