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    West Lafayette, IN
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Communication//Media Studies

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  1. One of my advisors did a program at North Carolina State University and seemed very pleased with it.
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    About NCA, ICA student membership

    Depends on where you're at. I bought it when I started my PhD, but my program paid for it. So I wouldn't get it unless you're: 1. Planning on going to a conference AND 2. Getting your PhD. If you are getting your PhD, I definitely would also go to one/both of them if your department has a travel budget for grad students. That said, being on the mailing lists is free, and those are good. So sign up for the email lists.
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    Advice on 3rd recommender

    I didn't have any recommendations from my undergrad institution, nor would I have been able to since I graduated 13 years before I was applying. I've never heard of that as a requirement, or even a recommendation, unless you're going from your undergrad degree STRAIGHT into a PhD program. But it sounds like you already have a master's. So yeah, you don't need one from undergrad.
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    Which Masters am I eligible for?

    I agree 100% with Warelin. There's no point in getting a master's degree unless your specific career goals require it, or your company will pay for it. I highly recommend going to work for a few years, if you haven't already. It gives you a much better view of what you do (and don't!) want in your career.
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    Funding Spreadsheet?

    Whoa! Magic! I'll include a link on the spreadsheet.
  6. Hi - welcome! 1. What was your GRE score? 163 verbal, 151 quant, 5.0 writing 2. past college GPA: BA - 3.4. MA - 4.0 3. Did you have any publication experience? Nope 4. Did you have and related work experience in the field of communications/media studies/film? Not directly. But I spent 10+ years in management at various tech companies, which -- given that I'm interested in online communicative communities -- probably helped. 5. What school were you accepted to and what did they offer full funding? I was accepted at Purdue (full funding, guaranteed 4 years, 2 classes each semester), and MSU (full funding, but I declined before I got the details). For other funding stuff, I've started a spreadsheet for people to record their experiences: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1r563bGkj3JsqGrnNKIct1phwgoqJou1ZKdq3iifhAdQ/edit?usp=sharing
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    Debating options

    I would ask, in general, what your goals are. It seems that you've been somewhat directionless since graduation, which is fine -- you're young! It's okay! -- but a graduate degree is a longterm relationship. What are you hoping to get out of it? Where do you want to be when it's over? If you go PhD, what are you wanting to research? If you're going LIS, what are you wanting to do with that (since people with library degrees actually becoming librarians is getting fewer and further in between)? I would say that your first step is some soul searching, and getting a better job. The better job will give you the freedom to go to graduate school because you want to, not because you have to escape your current situation. It will also give you the financial resources to apply (it's expensive!), and to afford to go, since I doubt your MA or MLIS would be funded. Ideally, it would also give you educational benefits - if you get even an entry-level job at a big enough company, you may very well be able to pursue graduate school on their dime. I find that a lot of times in my life when I've been unhappy with my life/job, it's more because I'm unhappy with who I am as a person, not necessarily the situation. It might be worth meditating on whether or not you're happy in your own skin. I call this "Life broken, add more schooling!" Having been there, I don't recommend it. I know this isn't the answer you wanted, and I'm sorry for being the rainy cloud on your parade.
  8. That's not obnoxious at all - thank you! Too much time has passed since I made the post to edit it, but I appreciate the correction. 🙂
  9. @Hk328 is correct, based on the programs that I saw. Alternatively, if you don't have an academic writing sample in English, you could also translate a chapter or two of your paper into English. You might have to modify the language a bit to get the same nuance (I've heard that Arabic is dense/more detailed than English), but I imagine it would do the trick all the same.
  10. In my previous life, if a company hired a new employee from another part of the country, they would pay relocation costs (typically negotiated based on how valuable the employee was). Is this a Thing in academia? It's a few years away, of course, but should I start saving NOW for what could be a cross-country move, or is it reasonable to expect that a tenure-track assistant professor job would come with a relocation budget?
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    Favorite podcasts ?

    News/Politics: Radiolab Presents: More PerfectStay Tuned wtih PreetThis American LifeTrump, Inc.What Trump Can Teach Us About Con LawArms Control WonkHuman Interest or entertainment: CriminalRadiolabEar HustleI Only Listen to the Mountain Goats Fictional or nonsensical: Welcome to Night Vale Everything is Alive Sleep with Me (for putting my active mind to sleep)
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    Tattoos in grad school

    Is your university an environment where you can discuss the "not cool" aspect with that professor? More than likely, since you're in a field not known for high emotional IQ, he doesn't know how inappropriate the comment is. Alternatively, could you mention it to the Title IX people at your school? Maybe they have suggestions of gentle ways to give him feedback about commenting on women's clothing/style choices? It's shitty that you have to defend yourself against harassment - but this IS harassment. And you shouldn't have to deal with it to go to work.
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    Question about assigning TAships

    I have a strict no student rule on Facebook. I gently explain that I don't ever want them to wonder if their grade came from our friendship, and that they should be able to call in hungover to class without me knowing about it. Tell her that you can re-friend her after the term is over. People understand. They want their privacy too.
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    First Time Adjuncting

    A few things. - Figure out who is the best teacher of your class in your department, and go sit in on some of his/her classes - Build relationships with students, but keep in mind all the various laws (FERPA, sexual harassment, etc.) that are relevant. - Your school may have a "be a better teacher" certificate or something along those lines. Do that. - Plan for your technology not working. If you're going to show a powerpoint, what will you do when it won't work? Consider these things and have a backup plan - Activities! Have a variety of activities to help people who learn in different ways learn the material. - Carry spare chalk or marker board pens with you - you can't be guaranteed that the classroom will have them, and they'll be working. - Remember that your students don't know it's your first time. Act confident, and they won't know the difference.
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    Best Device for Reading PDFs

    For my MA, I used Evernote. I've now switched over to Mendeley for the PhD. If I had stayed in industry, or were planning on staying in industry, I'd've stuck with Evernote.

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