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About Shnoztastic

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    Fire ecology, hydrology, Geomorphology, landscape epidemiology
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  1. I just got back over the weekend from visiting Idaho. I have to say that I really liked it. It seemed really affordable and there are more options than were readily apparent online. I have a dog and would ideally like a house but am considering roommates of it can help me save money. Moscow definitely seems to have more varied housing options than Pullman.
  2. @HistoricScout, congratulations! Manhattan (or Manhappiness) is a great little city. Manhattan sits around 50,000 people. I'll admit that it does not have great public transportation. I grew up there before leaving for undergrad. Manhattan is one of the more expensive city's in Kansas but is consistently considered one of the best college towns in the country and is high up on listings of best places to retire. Since I've left, quite a number of student rentals have been built near Aggieville and campus. It shouldn't be too difficult to find a pet friendly rental bearish to campus. The campus
  3. Both are definitely good schools. @Bayesian1701 brings up a good point. Berkeley is very pricey out of state and the City of Berkeley is insanely expensive. My sister attended Berkeley for grad school and apartment on the Oakland (cheaper) side was something like 3k per month to share. Unless you have a ton of spare cash hanging around I'd skip on Berkeley... UNC is a great school and Chapel Hill is a good town. Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Durham are way more affordable than Berkeley. Chapel Hill is 'expensive' for NC and the Southeast but it's got nothing on Northeast or West Coast living.
  4. UChicago is a phenomenal institution that will prepare you academically and help hone your interests. UChicago isn't an Ivy, though. I'd argue that it is definitely as well respected. Name does carry weight (ie Ivies, UChicago, Berkeley, Stanford, etc.) But program and research fit is probably more important. In the states the Ivies often are not as strong as many public institutions at the Graduate level in terms research. This is, of course, program specific. Just some food for thought ?
  5. Would you be willing to get a master's first? Some programs are willing to consider individuals for master's. If you're willing and funding is available I'd asked if they could consider you. If they were willing to take you for a PhD I don't see why they wouldn't. It seems like more and more Geography PhD programs are requiring a master's for admission. Best of luck!
  6. I'm flying out next week for an official visit but will be trying to fly out again in April to find a place to live and sign if possible.
  7. Also: Jazz fest is happening during AAG
  8. I recently received an acceptance to my top choice (yay!) With funding decisions coming soon. My POI asked if I would like to the funded College of Graduate Studies recruitment days. I notified them that I would. The department's admin promptly arranged a flight and sent me the confirmation. The visit is next week and I still haven't received an itinerary for the visit nor lodging/hotel reservations. Would it be appropriate to ask for them? Being that the recruitment is across all graduate studies, I'm not sure (if even appropriate) if I need to email the department or the College o
  9. @IsItAprilYet Yay Geography! Me too! I just received acceptance from the University of Idaho and am also still waiting on Penn State. Good luck!
  10. NCSU definitely has a good program and carries weight on the east coast. Looking at earnings of grads can be deceiving too. I'm sure many USC grads stay on the West Coast where cost of living is MUCH higher and pay reflects that. Cost of living in the Carolinas and SE is generally fairly low. The research triangle has many good STEM jobs with very competitive salaries for the area and many of those salaries can go further for the area than a higher salary on the west coast.
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