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  1. NotAlice

    How to take notes- in history specifically?

    I'm a habitual note taker, so I take notes in all my classes. The discussion classes have fewer notes, but I jot down interesting thoughts and perspectives of others. Some of the lecture courses I've taken involved exams where you needed notes to study. I use A5 sized grid notebooks because they're easier to tote around. I just finished the first year of my master's and so far, I've tweaked my note taking style to involve writing down teaching strategies, sort of watching how the professors handle the classroom dynamics. I also annotate books or articles while reading and then while discussing. The class I TA for is outside of my area of focus, so I take copious notes to ensure I'm grading effectively.
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    The Positivity Thread

    I just posted a vent, so I thought I'd force myself to think of something good. My immediate thought is that I have a full bottle of Margaritas in the fridge and chocolate ice cream in the freezer. 😎 A more substantive good thing is that a final paper for a class is going to be much easier than I thought, since the professor clarified a few things in class today.
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I'm despondent, not quite depressed not quite happy. I'm finishing my first year of grad school and last semester was killer academically, this semester personal issues have plagued me. I expected all of this, even the loneliness of moving away from family and friends. I'm a non-trad student who has an established life "back home," but couldn't do my master's in that town. It's that last few weeks of semester where my own work and TA work is going to be piling in this week, then I'll move home for the summer and regroup. It would be nice if the personal life and academic life both went well for a semester. *sigh*
  4. One thing to consider if you are renting a house is who will do yard work. For most of the houses I've rented, the tenant was responsible for yard maintenance, so that requires paying someone to do it or owning your own mower and if applicable snow removal equipment.
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    Is stipend taxed?

    I'm a TA who gets a stipend and tuition remission. My stipend is paid monthly and treated as income. I received a W2 at the end of the year.
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    Commuting (~95mins, highway) Philosophy PhD Program

    I'm attending a Master's program that is about an hour (highway driving) from home. I opted to move. I crunched the numbers and even gas/wear & tear on the car made moving the better option. Other factors for me were winter weather driving, night classes (so driving home while tired), and missing opportunities because of travel time. I'm also a TA, so I have a desk at school, but it also requires being on campus more. I rent a small apartment and treat it like an office with a bed. It's close to campus so I can go home for lunch and chill. If you're commuting but need to be on campus all day, will you have a place to relax during down time? What I do instead is go home about every 2-3 weeks. I leave on Friday afternoon and stay until Sunday. It's nice to hang out, recharge, and see my friends.
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    The Positivity Thread

    I'm going to make it through this week! ?
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I'm moving to my new city in phases. I'm keeping my current home as I'm a non-traditional student living in an inter-generational home, so I don't have to move out all of my stuff. Everything is a mess of boxes, piles of books and clothes. Some I'm taking this week, some next when I'll have more help. I pulled a muscle in my neck and would rather waste time looking at new rugs online. The next few days are going to be hectic, fun and exciting but hectic.
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    Anyone else having a tough time apartment hunting?

    I'm moving about 90 minutes away, to a more expensive rental market. I've been procrastinating and tomorrow is the day I start making phone calls. I've already done a drive-by some places to get an idea of location, which ended up knocking some of the cheaper options off the list because of one reason or another. I did reach out to students and people I know there for recommendations, that helped immensely. Thankfully, it doesn't appear to be super competitive. Best of luck in your continued search. I agree with going in person.
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    My advisor is ghosting me?

    I'm starting an MA program in the fall. I've been in touch with my advisor and the admin assistant who handles department paperwork. Both have said that for my school things don't get rolling until the end of June or beginning of July, when the new fiscal year starts I think. I'd be more curious about the GA positions.
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    "Let's just TALK about it..." Decision Edition

    I found out this week that I'm off the wait list for funding at my school. It's a funded master's, so I'm very happy. I finish my undergraduate in two weeks and then I think about all the logistics for fall.
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    Pens/Pencils which brands do you prefer?

    I realize that most of this thread is older, yet I'm trying to get an idea of what others use. Right now I use Zebra M301 or Uni Kuru Toga for pencils. For pens, it's either Zebra or Pilot G2, depending upon what notebook I'm using. This semester I'm using Muji B5 notebooks - which are lightweight and affordable. I also carry a folder with regular sized filler paper. I like the B5 size, and I'd like to find some notebooks with more pages that are as cost efficient and with as quality paper as the Mujis.
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I'm finishing my undergraduate this semester and I hate that sense of detachment that is happening.I'm a nontraditional student, so it's similar to when I know I'm leaving a job. I'm excited about starting graduate school, but sad about this ending. Beginnings and endings often look alike, you just have to determine which way to face so it's not a sad event. I've also had a few instances where people who are part of a student organization I run have disappointed me, nothing major, just my every emotion feels so raw right now. Between grad school apps, decisions, all the things I have to finish this semester, and a part time job I took that eats all of my weekend time, I'm more than a bit stressed and overly anxious. I have a vacation/conference (not presenting) scheduled for right after I graduate, so I'm planning on chillin' and enjoying myself then.
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    "Let's just TALK about it..." Decision Edition

    I turned down one acceptance with funding for an MA program. I have another acceptance. I would have waited to make a decision, but they were pressing me for one, they were not the best fit for my research, and even though the program looked great, I just didn't see myself being happy there. It was hard, and I talked with my advisor and few other professors before doing so. After it was done, I felt a wave of relief.

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