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    East Coast
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Special Education
  1. A little background: I went straight from undergrad into a master's program, then after I graduated I took 2 years off from school to work and get some "real world" experience.This fall I'll be heading back to school for a PhD. I feel like I have a general idea of what to expect from having done my master's program, but at the same time, I'm also expecting the PhD to be way harder/more time consuming. So here's my question for those of you who have done both: How was your experience (in terms of time, work/life balance, intensity, etc.) different between your master's and PhD programs? I know this will vary by discipline but I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!
  2. I was also wondering about this. The PhD program I'll be starting in the fall is set up the same way and I'm a little confused as to why. Maybe so that PhD students can TA undergrad classes that are typically earlier in the day?
  3. Authorship

    In my experience, having your advisor as 2nd author is a given if they helped with the paper/poster (but you still get to be 1st author).
  4. Baltimore, MD

    I'm not familiar with the MICA dorms specifically, but I used to live in the Mount Vernon/Midtown Belvedere neighborhood which is next to Bolton Hill. The area is very walkable and there are buses & a light rail train that run through MICA's campus to other areas of the city, so you could definitely do without a car. In terms of price--I rented a spacious 2 bedroom, fully furnished apartment for $1700/month ($850 per roommate). Unfurnished, you can find a lot cheaper. Safety-wise, there is definitely some crime, but just be smart about it--don't walk alone at night, don't have your phone out/headphones in, pay attention, etc. Keep your wits about you, and you should be fine. I moved to Baltimore 3 years ago for my Master's and stayed in the area (because Baltimore is awesome). Feel free to ask me any questions!
  5. Johns Hopkins or UCSD PhD Biology???

    I'm not in your field so the only thing I can advise on is location. I moved to Baltimore 3 years ago to do my Master's at Hopkins (at school of public health). I absolutely LOVE Baltimore--so much so that I decided to stay and still live here. Obviously it's going to be very different from California, but as long as you can handle colder/grayer winters, you should be fine. Baltimore has an awesome arts and foodie scene, lots of fun outdoor areas, and is super close to DC (1 hr), Philly (2 hrs), & NYC (3 hrs), so there's always something going on. As for your SO, the job market in Baltimore is decent, and it is only an hour from DC, so many people live in Baltimore and take the train to DC for work. Again, it depends on your SO's field, but there are a lot of academic , government, & policy jobs in this area. Ultimately choose what is best for you and your career, but don't let Baltimore scare you away from a great program/degree. Also #EastCoastBEASTCoast