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Golden Monkey

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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from Cra2y_G1raffe in What you think the adcoms are saying about your application   
    "Geez, this guy's old... and his GRE scores suck too. Maybe he forgot his bifocals that day."
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from gwualum4mpp in Anyone Regret Anything? (2010-2011 Edition)   
    I would have started applying earlier. Like 10 years earlier.
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from Erpnope in Manhattan to New Brunswick -- Daily Commute Impossible?   
    Rents in Manhattan are ridiculous. It's probably a bit more practical to live in Jersey and take trips to Manhattan for recreation. The NJTransit trains go from New Brunswick to Penn Station for $13 though.
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from brequie in grad school at 42?   
    I started my master's at 40 and started on a PhD a couple of weeks ago at the age of 44.
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from Loc Nguyen in grad school at 42?   
    I started my master's at 40 and started on a PhD a couple of weeks ago at the age of 44.
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from Xanthan in Very Very Stupid Question   
    Oh, and I kept thinking "poi," that Hawaiian side dish:



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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from Cptgreen in grad school at 42?   
    I started my master's at 40 and started on a PhD a couple of weeks ago at the age of 44.
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from Tiglath-Pileser III in If I knew then what I know now...   
    Heh, I waited 15 years after undergrad to start grad school. If I were doing everything over and reapplying to PhD programs, the one thing I'd do is apply to more of them. Of course, funded PhD programs are much harder to get accepted into than unfunded master's but I didn't anticipate just how much harder. So the one thing I'd do differently is apply to more programs. I didn't apply to a few because they were overseas (should have applied anyway just to see what they said,) didn't apply to one because I thought the web site description seemed vague (but maybe their program is a lot better than their site,) didn't apply to another because it seemed like there was no funding (in truth, you'll never find out what the funding situation is until you apply,) and... just plain forgot about the last one (that was just dumb.)


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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from clinicpsych22 in What you think the adcoms are saying about your application   
    "Geez, this guy's old... and his GRE scores suck too. Maybe he forgot his bifocals that day."
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from psycholinguist in Things you hate about your school   
    Just curious as to how your mother got the impression that people with MFAs tend to get $100k jobs? Did she mistake the letter "F" with "B?"
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from lambspam in Things you hate about your school   
    Just curious as to how your mother got the impression that people with MFAs tend to get $100k jobs? Did she mistake the letter "F" with "B?"
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from the007expert in Things you hate about your school   
    Just curious as to how your mother got the impression that people with MFAs tend to get $100k jobs? Did she mistake the letter "F" with "B?"
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from ZeeMore21 in Things you hate about your school   
    Just curious as to how your mother got the impression that people with MFAs tend to get $100k jobs? Did she mistake the letter "F" with "B?"
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from mandarin.orange in Things you hate about your school   
    Just curious as to how your mother got the impression that people with MFAs tend to get $100k jobs? Did she mistake the letter "F" with "B?"
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from hejduk in Things you hate about your school   
    Just curious as to how your mother got the impression that people with MFAs tend to get $100k jobs? Did she mistake the letter "F" with "B?"
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from ktel in Things you hate about your school   
    Just curious as to how your mother got the impression that people with MFAs tend to get $100k jobs? Did she mistake the letter "F" with "B?"
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from Aaron McDevitt in Climate Change   
    I'm moving from northern New Jersey (right outside of NYC) to Arizona. Being from the South, and having lived most of my adult life in California and Florida, I absolutely hatehatehate the winters here. This year, I slipped on the ice and fell down the stairs, injuring my back. Then I fell three days later and dislocated my shoulder. Then while I was going through physical therapy for my shoulder, I slipped on the ice again and fell on my injured shoulder.

    I am completely finished with winter. You can have it. I never need to see snow, sleet, or ice again.
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from mandarin.orange in UCLA student rants about Asians on Youtube, gets death threats, withdraws from school.   
    The remixes of this are incredible. This is my favorite:



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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from mandarin.orange in Let's compare student debt! How much do you have?   
    One of the effects of starting grad school 12ish years later than everyone else is the fact that I had money put away from all those years of working. So coming out of my master's, my debt is zero. My PhD is funded, but the stipend isn't enough to live on, so I imagine I'll be dipping into savings a bit, which I'm prepared for.

    I didn't go to grad school for so many years because I looked at the finances every few years and thought, "I can't afford that!"

    But finally at some point, I realized I could.
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    Golden Monkey reacted to switch in Too old for a PH.d?   
    Here's one more piece of information about ageism. An article about Madonna confronting age stereotypes. She says that older people are not allowed to be adventurous.

    A PhD certainly qualifies as an adventure so non-traditional students are viewed as inappropriate risk takers and crazy rather than balanced adventurers.



    Pop superstar, Madonna says she refuses to fit into anyone’s idea of what a 50-year-old woman should be. She accuses society of suffering from ageism according to online reports: “Not only does society suffer from racism and sexism, it also suffers from ageism.” The singer said that she had no intention of changing her exercise routine or form-fitting clothing to suit the norms of society.



    Adding that she was not a conformist, Madonna was quoted as asking, “Once you reach a certain age you’re not allowed to be adventurous, you’re not allowed to be sexual.”



    Madonna, who is now living in the UK with her husband, Guy Ritchie will be 50 in August.

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    Golden Monkey reacted to switch in "Non-Traditional" Grad School Applicants   
    I'm talking about the very best top 15 programs. I never see non-traditional students in the PhD programs at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, MIT, CalTech, etc. I only see non-trad students in lower programs beyond the top 30 or top 50 rankings. And within those programs there are still some traditional professors who test non-trad students. For some non-trad students that is not a big deal, but for others the professor asks essentially, "What is wrong with you that made you such an older student?" There are still a lot of traditional professors especially in the top programs. And fields like mathematics, the sciences, revolve heavily around precocious views of intelligence. The Fields Medal, for example, is for the MATHEMATICIAN UNDER 30 who has accomplished whatever. There is an equivalent medal in economics. The TOP SCIENTISTS have to be PRECOCIOUS, NATURALLY SMART, BORN SMART, EARLY ACHIEVERS.
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from Ludwig von Dracula in Something to think about   
    I could have written pretty much the same article, only it would have said "Holding Down a Job," or "Being Unemployed," or "Working Part Time."
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from m.giugno in Who else has still heard nothing from a school?   
    GaTech seems to be really screwed up.
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from wendychina in What are the results so far for the older applicants?   
    Wondering if any of the older applicants had very different results from applying to master's programs than you did with PhDs? At the age of 38 (about to turn 39,) I applied to 3 master's programs and got 3 acceptances. Two were programs I was genuinely interested in, while the third was a "safety." Other than scholarships + loans, none of them were funded.

    While applying to PhDs, I got 3 rejections out of 4 applications, despite the fact that my work during my master's degree was, well, honestly pretty good, plus the fact that I had LORs from some pretty well-known professors.

    Makes me realize that when applying to unfunded masters programs, getting accepted isn't that big of a deal. When getting accepted to funded PhD programs, it's a pretty big deal.
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    Golden Monkey got a reaction from jynx in UCLA student rants about Asians on Youtube, gets death threats, withdraws from school.   
    The remixes of this are incredible. This is my favorite:



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