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  1. @1PhDplz ugh, I'm sorry you have to deal with that professor's attitude. It's unfortunate that some think their job is to gatekeep, not to teach. I second Hope.for.the.best, but in addition is there tutoring on campus? And definitely don't feel ashamed to ask your department head or advisor to clarify "satisfactory progress" requirements. They're often deliberately vague in print to encompass a variety of situations.
  2. Are you expected to be taking classes and doing your own research on top of that? If so, no way it's OK. I'm not in your field, but at my university we're expected to do 19 hrs per week of RA or TA work to earn our keep on top of a 12-credit courseload that includes thesis hours - additional work for the advisor not directly related to the thesis would be a labor problem we could complain about to our grad student union. Before confronting your advisor, is there a department head, union rep, or graduate school representative you could discuss your situation with?
  3. Hi there! I'm TAing geography classes this term and have several international students who are struggling with English - extensive misspellings, odd turns of phrase, and grammatical errors. Should I grade them to the same standard that I would punish native English speakers for writing so sloppily, or cut them slack? Would it be seen as picking on them to offer corrections, even if I don't take points off? The professor just told me to "use my best judgement" but I need some help calibrating it. Opinions from people who had to learn English in school or as adults are appreciated!
  4. Hi everyone, Is it ethical for a professor to make my grade in his class contingent on doing free work for one of his personal paying clients? His class teaches data visualization techniques and it started out with him expecting us to learn 5 coding languages in 2 weeks from Google! There was no prerequisite for any computer science either - I'm a geologist. And now he's said that he's giving me such a "great opportunity to hone my skills" by being assigned this job as my final project, but I know from his advisees that he bit off more than he could chew on this commission. I'm confu
  5. I had a Moto G 4 that worked well in a small package - sound quality was OK but not great, but it did everything I needed!
  6. Hi @ceterisparibus9 Welcome! If you're in good shape nowhere in town is more then a 20 minute bike ride from anywhere else. I'll second Halek, the bus system is OK (but honestly, great for a small town) but runs on the hour and if one bus goes off schedule the entire system starts running late. Good for groceries and general commuting, not great if you urgently need to make a meeting. Downtown can be pretty happening if you keep up with the town's schedule of events, and has a good variety of food and pubs. In addition to being a college town Corvallis is also a retiree town so the tone i
  7. I've the lead TA for a 100-level lab geography science class at a state university, in change of about 160 students in on-campus and online sections. My question is, once I've noticed that a student has poor grades and I've sent them an email or two inviting them to office hours and reminding them of course expectations, and they never reply and barely show up for class, am I a horrible person for not chasing them down further? Because I grade 110 assignments per week I have to admit that I'm not the best at noticing what concept each student is struggling with over multiple lab assignments (a
  8. Since they're a visiting professor, I would recommend that you bring in an admin (under the guise of "let's make it easy to answer questions!") and a tenured or tenured-track professor (defendable along the lines of "Let's make sure your (Mx. Prof's) expectations are in line with this institution's"). I'm so sorry you have to put up with this, I'd be tearing my hair out. And yeah, take all the notes! Maybe even ask to record the session on your phone so you have review and make sure you didn't miss anything. It sounds like Prof has ghastly time management habits, and you can't be expected to r
  9. I did the same long-distance thing, and I'm hoping it won't backfire on me! I was looking on craigslist for rooms for rent in a house. I only considered ads for place with all female housemates, plentiful photos, and well-written descriptions. I set up Skype interviews with the potential housemates, and they gave me a video of the house. I'm feeling pretty confident about it, especially with google earth to scope out the neighborhood and Facebook to research my potential housemates.
  10. Peanut, I'm sorry that the universe threw you such a crappy dice roll two admissions cycles in a row. There's still hope! I got admitted to 0/2 my first year, 0/5 last year, and 3/4 schools this year. The good news is that you have time to make yourself that much of a better candidate (and, heck, to through-hike the Appalachian trail if you feel like it). There's been some great advice so far on this thread. I found it most helpful to start a blog on my two involuntary "years off", where writing could force me to think critically about news and scientific papers in my field. The process of wr
  11. Hello there! I'm going to be starting my M.S. in Geography at Oregon State University next fall, and was wondering if I'm going to meet anyone else on the forum there! I'll be working with Dr. Michael Campana on transboundary groundwater issues.
  12. Hi all, I had the wonderful problem of being accepted to more than one program for a Masters in Geography and I had to make a very, very tough decision. I chose Oregon State over San Diego State based on funding, breadth of interests, location, and support for graduate students, despite the fact the San Diego State had a professor (let's call her Dr. M) who seemed to me like she would be an excellent mentor. I also found a great mentor at OSU, just with a slightly different research concentration. Unfortunately SDSU couldn't offer me enough funding, and I felt like OSU would be a better o
  13. I agree with @OhSoSolipsistic. Also, I took non-degree courses in statistics and programming before applying to Geography programs, and professors looked on that very positively. It's not looked down upon at all! It shows dedication to your studies. As for the application process itself, its superficially similar to the undergraduate process with the transcripts, scores, and LORs. However, there is one crucial difference - academic fit. In your application you're going to have to demonstrate that you've contacted professors, scoped out their research, and then argue why you are uniquely w
  14. Hi Wolven, I can sympathize! I'm also an anxious, scatter-brained introvert and the whole grad school application process was out of my comfort zone. The GRE is very much like the SAT or ACT, and wasn't as scary once I was sitting down taking it. I had to bribe myself through two chapters a weekend of the study manual with chocolates, but I made it. It looks like you're in a tough place with finances and self-doubt, but I hope you know you are far from alone. Don't compare your worst moments to other people's best ones. I know it sounds cliche, but it's never too late to start a new
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