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  1. So I'm starting to gather materials to study for the proficiency exams. I need to take: Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. Any tips for finding study material? I've been out of school for six years and only took one quarter survey courses of inorgo and pchem. I know ACS provides some study guides but I heard they aren't really relevant for the exams, plus they're expensive!
  2. Bringing your own unlocked phone or buying an unlocked phone and then getting a third party carrier (MVNO) is definitely the way to go. I use Ting (on T-Mobile network) because I wanted to be able to hotspot without paying extra and with a Google Voice number to keep calling and texting costs down. Project Fi is good as well if you're into using/buying Google phones. AT&T Go also has a $40/month unlimited calls and texts, 6 GB data plan that is a good value. Look into Red Pocket mobile as well. There are so many choices out there.
  3. I'm in the same boat, looking at Massachusetts to North Carolina. All the U-Box styles are $1500 easily which is just too expensive for the minimal amount of things I have. Truck rentals are even more expensive for that distance because of the one-way mileage not to mention towing your car. I'm looking into borrowing a minivan with a trailer hitched and just driving that down and back, and then driving my car down. Which means a crap town of driving ahaha, but way cheaper - just gas money. As for cats, we moved ours recently up here from Ohio. We tried drugging them once and they freaked
  4. Me too! Right now I'm in the middle of panicking of how to move all my things as cheaply as possible haha.
  5. Yup, like the other poster said, just fine. It's a student area and thus can be full of parties and noisier haha. Roxbury is the area I'd avoid as a solo women myself.
  6. Orono! My mom's home town! I've been there loads of times and absolutely love the area. Honestly, it's such a small town with cheap living, there's nothing to really avoid. Will you have a car?
  7. Yeah, Somerville is awesome. And popular so higher rent prices. I'd also agree that Cambridge tends to be pricier. For apartment shares in Somerville, my friend is paying $750 for one bedroom in four, and has paid $800 before for one in five. I'd second taking the T from Davis to Harvard (it's fairly cheap and 50% off with student pricing) or riding a bike. Though you could walk if you wanted, everything is very walkable!
  8. I'd say it depends on the specific area, probably nothing under $1200-$1300 for a one bedroom. Many more around $1400. My sister is searching right now but more in the Brighton, Allston area. Which school are you trying to be close to or which T line?
  9. Mid-April should be fine. A lot of complexes only require 60 days notice so stuff starts opening up in June for the 2018-19 school year. I think getting a lease to start in June will be tricky. Most run Aug-Jul ish. Your best bet would be to sublease a place for the in-between time.
  10. I'll also be heading to UNC Chapel Hill this fall. I started looking at housing already as for my undergrad college town everything would be gone by April. I'd really like to avoid apartment complexes if possible. Any tips on where to look for one bedroom apartments with central AC (preferably no carpet) under $850? What are some local realty sites? I prefer my peace and quiet and definitely want to stay away from the loud, party areas.
  11. @FishNerd I feel you! At least in my case the stipends aren't that different although cost of living is higher in the one. Visit weekends do make a difference though. Exactly, I don't want to feel guilty for having fun! I guess at some point, I'll just have to put my foot down and show that although I work hard, I play hard as well haha. I can't stop thinking about the research at school B, it has me so excited, so I guess that's my real answer right there. Being passionate about my research does lead me to be happier anyway, and the flexibility of having choices will be good.
  12. I think that's the direction I'm leaning towards as well. I do appreciate comfort, but a passion for what I'm researching will make everything much more bearable. Also for the flexibility.
  13. I'm torn between my two choices. Very clearly two different schools in terms of atmosphere. I feel really comfortable at one, but there's really only one prof I'd want to do research with. The other is super intense and people seemed stressed out, but the research is very interesting!
  14. @karljkafe hey fellow Ohioan! Thanks, that does help. I keep swinging back and forth and it's good to know that others are in the same position.
  15. School A: a good school. It was a wonderful location – everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and I got a great vibe from the university. I could see myself making friends or at least hiking buddies quite easily. Mountains, hiking and snow nearby, although the summers will be super dry heat and it never really gets cold. The entire visit weekend was very organized, and I was able to talk with grad students about their research group. Everyone kept mentioning work-life balance and how it was very possible. People seemed more relaxed and easy-going. Professors conduct weekly meetings in a hands
  16. Ahhh, I lived in Cincinnati for a good part of my life and I'd take Wisconsin in a heartbeat. It looks like you thought everything through carefully so I'm sure it was the right choice! I also feel bad for other schools. My flight to Arizona costs so much! I could fly to Europe for that price.
  17. I was rejected from both of my top choices in terms of research fit and left with two schools that only had one professor I was interested in. I feel bad for being disgruntled because they are both good schools (otherwise I wouldn't have applied haha). I hope visit weekends change my mind in terms of what research is actually going on and the flexibility and freedom of doing what interests you, otherwise I'm looking at staying at my job which I absolutely love (and pays much better haha). I have my first visit coming up this weekend which is rather exciting!
  18. Rejections out for UW This means I was rejected from both of my top choices in terms of research fit and left with two schools that only had one professor I was interested in. I hope visit weekends change my mind, otherwise I'm looking at staying at my job which I absolutely love (and pays much better haha). Sigh. I wish more schools did interviews. I do so well in person but always horrible when it comes to writing.
  19. As a hard science person, all my deadlines were Dec 1st as well. That's probably why we hear back earlier. It's also rough because if you haven't heard by this point in time, your chances are almost null (especially when you see it graphed out as in that other thread).
  20. I was just wondering what an interview with a professor during visit weekend comprises of. Should I prepare a list of questions and how broad of a range of topics can I ask about? I assume this is my chance to learn more about them, their research, and their lab.
  21. Just got my rejection for UMich. Pretty bummed as it was my top choice with an excellent research fit. It was a nice email though.
  22. I was wondering this as well for financial reasons. Thanks for the helpful info.
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