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  1. Thank you both for your feedback! I really like the white board idea. My SO did tell me at one point that she would really like a transparent board to do equations on. I have no idea where I would be able to purchase one though, but I would love to get it for her by the time she starts grad school. And to clarify the periodic table request - I just randomly googled "periodic table posters" and found many different kinds with more details and decorations than others. I just have no idea which one is the "best" or more useful for her work and which ones are just cool for decoration purposes
  2. This is a little unrelated to most topics specifically talking about grad school, but I hope this request is allowed anyway. I'm hoping that some of you in the sciences could recommend a place or a website where I can buy a really awesome periodic table poster for my SO. Since I'm on the humanities side of things, I don't want to screw up and get something that won't be helpful. Would anyone be able to recommend something that they have or would like to have? In addition, if you know any cool websites that sells neat science stuff to decorate my SO's room with, I would really appreciate that a
  3. You should never care more than your students. That doesn't mean you should shirk your duties or half-ass your lesson planning or grading, but treat all students equally with the average amount of energy for each one. Don't exhaust yourself by responding to every single email as you see them pop up (especially if a student is sending you one of those long grade-grubbing emails or if the same student is making up excuses every time something is due) - don't respond. If you have to, send a quick 1-2 sentence response and invite them to discuss the matter during office hours. Most students ta
  4. It's always good to keep in touch with former professors because you never know down the road when they could be of more help to you and vice versa. Example: Before graduating last year, I was aware that my mentor was in the midst of working on a book project that he really didn't know where to take it. I came across a book that I thought might be helpful to him, sent him an email about it, and it turned out it was exactly what he needed. Of course, the frequency of keeping in touch with them depends on how close you were with your professors before you left. I was very close to three prof
  5. It's not weird to attend as an independent scholar. The chair of my panel is an independent scholar, and she regularly attends RMMLA.
  6. I was also going to use most of my summer to do research and start writing my thesis before I'm officially enrolled in thesis hours next semester. Right now I'm quite burnt out though, so I could use a couple weeks off before plunging through more work. Although, I'm telling myself that the researching part is the fun part (which it is for me), so it shouldn't feel like the kind of work I've been doing this semester. And to return to the topic - I started a blog last year but never posted in it until my recent post on how to ask for letters of rec since one of my friends had no idea how to
  7. First off, I know very little about Claremont other than the fact that the campus is beautiful (I've been there during a PAMLA conference one year), but I know a year or two ago they got in trouble for lying about either their SAT or GRE scores so that their ranking could be higher, so that's one thing to keep in mind. The other is that Claremont is in California, which everyone should know isn't the most ideal place to live on a small budget. If I were you, I would look into the cost of living in the area and compare it to the other school that you were accepted at. Be realistic about how muc
  8. I'll be attending RMMLA too. I heard nothing but good things about it. They're very welcoming to grad students for one thing, and it's less intimidating to attend and present unlike the big national conferences.
  9. In my program, most students take 6 hours per semester, but that's because most of them are awarded GTAships (teaching two sections). It's highly discouraged for students to take more than 6 hours while they're teaching, but if they're not, they need to take 9 hours.
  10. There might be some problems if you don't finish the MA before moving on to a PhD. For example, there are some PhD programs out there that require students to first have their MA before moving onto their doctoral program. If you showed the doctoral program you were accepted to that you were on track to finish your MA, but you end up not finishing, that might be a red flag to the program that you might not be capable of finishing the PhD program or at least completing it in a timely manner. Do whatever you have to do to get done on time. Don't worry about writing a perfect thesis. A done th
  11. It really just depends. Typically your classes are transferable from what I've seen and heard from others, but there are exceptions with certain schools. For example, in my program, they require you to have the MA before pursuing a PhD, so in that case you'll have to take a couple years of coursework for both programs.
  12. Most of them are. And if they're not, they should be. If schools really wanted the best, they're going to compete for the best. Keep this in mind: When a school pays you so they can have the chance to woo you, they're not only saying they want you, but they're also saying we have MONEY. While it's always nice to be loved, it's also a universal truth that all god's children need money.
  13. I'm going to chime in with those who have been told by our professors to avoid unpaid grad programs. My post might come off as harsh and brutally honest, so I apologize for that in advance. No, you should never pay a cent for grad school. Even if you got your degree from a high ranked program and that helps you to get into a high ranked PhD program, remember that your debt will not go away the moment you start a new program. The fellowships you may and should receive for the PhD program you enter won't pay off the debt you collected while doing your MA. And we all know what the job market
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