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  1. 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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    "Let's just TALK about it..." Decision Edition

    I'm waiting to hear on funding, not sure when that will be. I have two acceptances for MA programs (yes, there is hope of funding with both of them). I have enough to keep me distracted, but still obsessively checking my email.
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    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Just as an FYI, Madden is at Saint Louis University, not WUSTL.
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I am in my final semester of my undergraduate. I am tired and everything hurts as I recently said yes to a part-time weekend job in a field I want to work after grad school. So, now I have no free days and have to restructure my sleep and study schedule as I already had full days at school due to classes and other obligations. I'm a non-traditional student and my body doesn't respond like I'm 25 anymore. Only 12 more weeks, then it will all be manageable. I am currently eating cereal for dinner.
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    2018 Blooper Real*

    I had two bloopers on one of my applications. I put the wrong semester as a start date for a class tutor. Caught that after one application. Also, my writing sample has a stupid footnote error. I edited it and forgot to change one footnote to ibid. It's noticeable (now, of course) because there are several cites from the same book on that page both before and after. So it's book cited, ibid, ibid, ibid, same book cited, ibid, ibid, ibid.
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    Fall 2018 Applicants

    So, as/if acceptances arrive, what is a good crafted response, proper etiquette I guess, to let a department know you've received notification but are waiting to commit until you hear from other schools or funding?
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    Grad. School Supplies?

    I had a desktop built by a computer savvy family member. One thing I did was buy two monitors, which has been extremely helpful. I ended up with a Dell that pivots, so you can work vertically. It's not a necessity, however, it is nice when I'm writing papers.
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    Medieval Applicants (2018)

    Medievalist here, applying to MA programs for next fall. My senior thesis involved 12th century English charters and I'm at the intermediate level in both Latin and French. Currently procrastinating on French homework.
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    How important are friends/social life in grad school?

    I am one of those students that will be finishing my undergraduate as an older adult. I work not to make age an issue. My peers are my fellow students, we are moving through an experience together. While literally I am old enough to be the mother of some of them, I don't want the role of mother hen, I'm not their advisor. There are many ways to find connections with others besides age, we discuss movies, music, class assignments, future goals, etc. I don't expect graduate school to be any different in that regard. Making time to get to know fellow students is important to me. I'm not usually the one staying out until the bar closes, but I like it when I know a group of peers well enough that someone will notice when one of us is having a bad day or be excited when something good happens.
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    Do you save old papers?

    I also keep everything.
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    "Find professors you want to study with"

    Thank you @rising_star and @TakeruK, I will do as you advise.
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    "Find professors you want to study with"

    I am also interested in this question as I'm currently researching professors. I've been trying to find books or articles and read some of their work, and how it was reviewed by their peers. Aside from the academics, I really want to a good working relationship with someone. My current faculty advisor rapport has me spoiled as we really get along well. This is sort of a tangential question, which I hope you don't mind me adding in. While I know rate my professor is fraught with issues and requires really reading between the lines, does an overall poor rating affect or factor into anyone's decisions? Does it give you pause or what other factors should one consider, aside from the fact more people leave feedback about a bad experience, when reading a slew of bad reviews in someone who otherwise looks like a good fit? I've also been advised to try to meet as many of these professors as possible. I'll be attending a few conferences this fall which will give me an opportunity to do so, the others I will probably email to start.
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    Short Name vs Long Name

    I've used my first/last name most of the time. In some professional settings, I will use my middle initial. There is a historian in my field, although with a slightly different specialty, with the same last name and the male version of my name and the same middle initial. For instance, if I'm Alice E., he's Alistair E. So one thing I will not do is publish just with my initials as I've seen him do for a few articles. My name is fairly distinctive as it's not super common, but not enough to be memorable on its own.
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    On Campus Graduate Housing

    This is more of a general question, as I realize each university will have specific guidelines. I'm applying to master's programs this fall, still narrowing down the schools. For a few of the possibilities, I'd prefer to live on campus. I'm an older single student who would prefer to live alone. I also like the convenience of having all utilities included without worrying about separate deposits. The schools I'm considering have limited graduate housing and deposits and applications seem to be due in the fall semester for the next year. So how does one sign up for graduate housing if they 1. don't know if they're accepted yet and 2. no idea of funding? Do you risk a deposit after you get your acceptance if you haven't heard about funding yet? Will some schools hold graduate housing until April funding notification dates? Obviously people will be cycling out as they graduate. As I narrow my list, I'll contact those specific schools, but I'd like to get a sense of how this has worked for others. Thanks.

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