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  1. This week I cleared my calendar, including any chance at socializing, to get some work done. But I can't concentrate for more than 10 minutes. I'm pining for a "normal" life (I had one, rejected it, and wound up back in academe). And alllll the little projects around the house seem to be needing my attention immediately. You know, so that they'll be out of the way so I can concentrate on my work. Really dig in and get some diss pages written. In just a minute. When I finish writing this Very Important Post on Grad Cafe.
  2. Hello, everyone, I'm a couple years into my graduate education and would like to hear your thoughts about making friends vs. meeting colleagues in grad school. I guess the distinction I am making boils down to personal/ professional. So many people I have met have talked about how the friends they made in grad school were valuable friends for life, and this sounds great. But as most will acknowledge, there is a line between personal and professional that causes trouble when crossed. Some topics aren't appropriate to discuss with work colleagues (like other work colleagues, for a glaringly obvious example). For you, where is the line? Do you confide in your fellow grad students about grad school problems--classes, professors, advisors, exams, etc.? Or do you keep this line intact and only talk about this stuff with friends and family outside the "office" that is grad school? Thanks!
  3. Thanks, fuzzylogician. This is good advice. I cannot express how frustrated I am that the rules that my department posted that are supposed to help us through this are full of holes. And that a few faculty who have been there for decades still don't know the rules (what?!). And that unfortunately for all of us, our grad admin is only helpful when he wants to be but wields a lot of power. Anywhooo...Thanks!
  4. Does anybody have a dissertation proposal story to share? Anything related to deadlines that got missed because no one told you what the deadline was, communicating with multiple faculty, some who rarely respond to emails, departments that don't communicate the rules but expect them to be followed, etc. Also, advice on how to deal with difficulties like these tactfully without sounding snarky or blame-y (sometimes I feel like writing, "I sent you an email about this two weeks ago") would be great! Most of the faculty are great, but I am just not catching on to the styles of others. Thanks!
  5. Oh yes, faculty awards! I always forget about stuff like that--great idea.
  6. Sounds like a very sincere feeling of appreciation, and I am sure it comes through in your interactions with your advisor. For most faculty, I think it probably means a lot to know advisees appreciate (and don't take for granted, even though it's their job) the time and effort it takes to be a good advisor. So showing respect for your advisor professionally, showing consideration of his time and expertise, and saying thank you after meeting will probably go a long way.
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