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  1. The problem is that if you need to make a claim on your car insurance, there's a very good chance that they will find out that your car has been "garaged" in Michigan (that's the term, regardless of whether the car is in an actual garage) and then deny your claim based on fraud. So if you don't need to make a claim, you won't have any problems, but if you need the insurance, it will be retroactively cancelled, which seems like a catch-22 to me.
  2. I would highly recommend changing your name before entering graduate school, if possible. You'll still need to provide all names that you've ever been known by on your application, and your transcripts will remain under your old name, so it won't look like you're trying to hide anything. You're about to meet a substantial number of people who don't currently know you: if you apply under your current name, they'll have to learn both your old and new names, and depending on whether you're changing your first or last name, you may need to frequently correct people or explain your name change. If
  3. You're not talking about the life of a professor. Professors don't need to ask for days off. If they need days off, there is no "first consideration." It doesn't matter why they want a day off. They just take days off. There's a limit to how many days one can "take off" if one teaches, but the number of days that colleagues will cover classes for each other is greater than zero. At some point, of course, you'll get in trouble for missing 25% of your classes if you're teaching, and if you're un-tenured, you should be careful. But even if you're untenured and you qualify to compete at the bowlin
  4. If you go to the athletics department website and poke around, there should be options for "tickets" under some menu or another. For my future school, it was difficult to find information for out-of-season sports, but it looks like football and men's basketball involve somewhat significant cost, women's basketball something, baseball $3/ticket, and everything else free. I think I may become a groupie of the gymnastics team.
  5. Depending on your department and your tenure status, one of the biggest advantages of being a professor is schedule flexibility: if you want to pick your child up at 3PM and go to soccer practice until 5PM, you can (as long as you can negotiate a class schedule that ends before 3PM!). Doctors' appointments, sick days, etc. are all somewhat easier than in other jobs. That time needs to be made up, though. It can be at 2AM or on Sunday, but I think most professors work 60+ hours a week. At the same time, how many professionals with similar levels of education work less than 55-60 hours a week?
  6. Since you asked about humans and animals... Spouse: "Hey, hey!" Dog: "Do they have squirrels there?" Puppy: *pees on floor*
  7. This depends a bit on the position and what tasks one considers to be part of the "job." When I was a TA, I was paid for 20 hours a week, but I never worked more than 10, except for the weeks of the midterm exam and the final exam. My coursework and research, including both my thesis project and a project that I worked on with my advisor, were on top of that, of course. Of course, just about every graduate student "works" more than 20 hours a week, but trying to limit the duties of one's assistantship to 20 hours is a good idea, if it's possible.
  8. The first part strikes me as legalistic language: if the department's budget is cut by 50% next month, they have some wiggle room in the contract that they offered you. On the second point, it might be worth checking to see what .XXFTE means to your department. I'm moving from a master's program that talks about "100%" and "50%" appointments to a doctoral program that talks about "50%" and "25%" appointments: they mean the same thing (20 hours or 10 hours of work, with a full or half tuition remission), but my master's program talks about appointments relative to graduate appointments (i.e., 2
  9. Just to clarify: have they notified you that they won't be offering you funding, or have they not yet notified you about funding at all? If it's the latter, I think it's perfectly acceptable to email or call your POI or the graduate secretary and ask - they will understand that you have multiple offers and need all possible information before making a decision. If they have informed you that you won't receive any funding at all, that's a difficult situation. Personally, I think it's a mistake to do a Ph.D. without full funding, and I also think it's a mistake to do a Ph.D. at a place that won'
  10. Oh goodness, yes. Professors can get annoyed when students harp on "Does it look like I'll get an A?", but "Does it look like I'll graduate?" is a totally different situation. If you're not already aware of the scale in the class, definitely ask. You may be panicking because your average is a 42, but that might turn out to be an A-. Good luck! (Obviously I can't speak for your Ph.D. institution, but I can't imagine that a single bad grade would influence your acceptance, as long as you received your degree, your GPA stayed above 3.0, and it didn't indicate a pattern of slacking off. I once
  11. Could you take the class at your grad school and transfer it back to your undergrad? Or take it at another school this summer and transfer it back? Is it required for your degree? Good luck - I'm sure that you're working as hard as you at it. Don't forget to go to office hours and to see if there are tutoring resources available for the class. My undergrad institution was quite good about providing tutors for most classes; my best friend's school was not, and she hired a grad student to tutor for one class that she needed to graduate that she just didn't "get." It allowed her to squeak thro
  12. Don't pay if you're not intending to apply! Try calling the grad admissions office and explain, or hit "report spam" on their emails; they should stop eventually even if you can't convince a human to stop them now.
  13. I applied to one school where I needed to pay the fee before they would create the account where I could fill out the application - sounds like the same process that you just encountered! I wavered about whether to pay, but decided to do it - and by the time that I actually submitted the application, really regretted applying to that school. If I hadn't had to pay the fee weeks before applications were due, I wouldn't have applied. Maybe that's what they intended?
  14. I think that it's very normal to feel mixed emotions when closing doors, even if other doors are opening. At the same time, it sounds like you have some external forces (location and whatever is tying you to that location) exerting some pressure on you, which can definitely raise more doubts or mixed emotions. I clicked on this thread because of your title: I apologize for picking on you when you're feeling down, but I find the phrase "retarded" to be inappropriate in this context. You're sad, not intellectually/developmentally delayed or disabled. As with the phrase "that's gay" to mea
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