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  1. NotNomNom makes a valid point. If you desire to build a credit history, you will want to seek off-campus housing. Having a good credit report (e.g., making on-time rent payments) will boost your credit score and give you better credit card offers. You will have more options for housing in cities with higher cost of living too.
  2. I would also recommend checking out apartments in the surrounding Ann Arbor suburbs like Pittsfield Township and Ypsilanti if you are looking for affordable or budget-friendly options. I also believe the Ann Arbor public transit system is free to UM faculty and students. Please research if this is still the case.
  3. RyanS makes a lot of valid points. I also want to ask if this is your first time living away from your parents (assuming you did your undergraduate studies at the same institution where they teach and/or work). Assess yourself: is your depression due to living in a different location away from your parents or are you just not interested in the field of study? Can you see yourself doing something other than research? Once you have answered those questions, then you can decide whether it's worth staying in the program. Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, I will emphasize that this is not a normal academic year. The virus is making a lot of people anxious and stressful because so much is unknown about it. At the same time, follow your intuition. I believe you will have a better picture of your career direction six months from now.
  4. I wonder if I should pursue a doctorate in the near future. I like the salary and benefits at my current workplace, but I miss reading academic journal articles and writing about topics unrelated to the workplace. I also get excited when I look up graduate programs during my free time. Is a doctorate recommended if I want to enter senior management at an education nonprofit organization? I have master's degrees in education and social work. I am open to suggestions: how do you know if PhD is the next step?
  5. Look up the name "Ciaran" in Wikipedia. After that step, then you can see why some may think applying the name to the child could be seen as offensive.
  6. I am not sure which is more insulting and offensive to African Americans: having your adopted African-American grandson (1) dressed in pink, front and centered, in the family photo (scroll down to the bottom in the link, the girls are dressed in pink and the boys are dressed in blue) or (2) literally named "black" or "dark-skinned" or "little black one" in Gaelic? Mitt Romney's family should be ashamed of themselves. http://www.rickey.org/mitt-romneys-grandsons-name-literally-black-romney/
  7. Keurig (when I am home) and Starbucks (when I'm not at home) I love how you can make coffee, hot cocoa, and tea in Keurig machines.
  8. Blogs are not outdated if you want to spread awareness, insight, or reflection on specific current events, particularly real-world issues related to your academic field. In addition, the other websites that you mentioned above are easier for hackers to invade and steal your personal information. Nothing wrong with using old technology.
  9. I agree wholeheartedly with everyone has said. Only you can determine when the time is right for you to pursue a PhD. Keep in mind that you don't have to rush if you have further doubts. If your gut feeling is saying that you should wait, then listen since graduate school will always be there for you. However, if you feel that nothing else will make you happy, then apply to doctoral programs.
  10. MAC2809, I am not "tripping out" when I stated that applicants generally need a GPA of 3.5 or higher to increase their chances of getting into a competitive and highly ranked Education PhD program. I am referring to institutions that compete with the Harvards, Michigans, Ohio States, Stanfords, and Vanderbilts. MAC2809, master's programs are relatively easy to get into (minimum GPA of 3.0 is generally recommended). Doctoral programs, however, are a different story altogether (more competitive, higher academic standards, and fewer spots since students are PAID with a stipend to conduct research). It is expected that doctoral students will excel in their coursework. A cumulative GPA less than a B (3.0) in graduate school can put you on academic probation. Furthermore, it is not difficult to obtain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in a master's program if the courses and field truly interest you. Many students graduate from education master's programs with high GPAs. It's a disservice to tell the OP that their GPA does not matter if their goal is a PhD.
  11. wjdavis, the academic statement of purpose and curriculum vitae are an automatic given in the doctoral application process. But if you want me to be more specific, it is important that the OP mentions their academic background, why a PhD in (blank) field fits their research interests, their tentative research question(s), and identify professors who are familiar with and/or can help with the research question(s). It is also foolhardy for the OP to assume the other factors (GRE scores, letters of recommendations, professional experience) do not matter in doctoral admissions. Remember, a bad GRE score or negative letter of recommendation can lead to an automatic rejection (OP won't even proceed to the second stage of application review) since many competitive and highly-ranked doctoral programs receive more applications than spots available. As for your second part, very few education PhD programs admit students straight from college. This is especially true for higher education/student affairs and educational administration/foundations. On your list, the only program IMHO that doesn't require a master's degree is educational psychology because the curriculum is similar to psychology programs. Education is a professional field where theory informs practice (and vice versa), so of course it is recommended that an applicant have prior experience which can influence and enhance the future direction of the field. For instance, a master's degree in higher education or related field strongly increases your chances of being admitted into a Higher Education PhD program. From my own observations, the majority of doctoral students in the Higher Education program at Michigan had earned master's degrees prior to their enrollment into the doctoral program. For those who did not have a master's degree upon acceptance, they had over five years of work experience in higher education.
  12. You don't need an undergraduate major in education to obtain a PhD in Education. You can major in any field. What counts in the doctoral application process is a good GPA (major GPA > 3.5 out of 4.0), extensive research experience in an education-related field, good GRE scores, and solid letters of recommendations from professors who can write positively about your potential. A senior thesis and/or publication is a plus but not generally required. Depending on your field, you may need to complete a master's degree in education and have professional work experience before you can apply directly to PhD programs. This is definitely true in educational administration and higher education and student affairs.
  13. Redpill, you missed my entire point. Just because someone has a master's degree from Harvard does not mean they will be hired over a state university graduate in, let's say, the Midwest or South for that matter. That's reality. I know many competent professionals in the field of education who did not attend Harvard. If I was a hiring manager, I would want to hire the person who has prior experience in the field, understands the responsibilities of the position, the needs of the (underserved) students, and the culture in which he/she will be working with. The latter is extremely important. If a Harvard graduate expects to get a position based only on institutional reputation, he or she will be in for a rude awakening because that's not how the real world works.
  14. HGSEstudent, the "Harvard" name is only national / international in three fields: business, law, and medicine. Public policy is 50/50 (international development, yes; domestic affairs, not so much since Michigan and Wisconsin are equally strong in the area of social policy). If a prospective applicant wants to pursue a career in any of those four professional fields, then I highly recommend Harvard. Outside those fields, the Harvard name is regional (East Coast). For instance, no one outside the Northeast cares if you have a master's degree in education from Harvard. If your career focus is K-12 teaching, you will start off on the same pay scale as the directional state university graduate. Another example is engineering -- most employers hire from the MITs, Michigans, and Virginia Techs for entry-level workers. A Harvard degree in engineering isn't infinitely better than many flagship public universities with prestigious engineering programs. Michigan, Michigan State, and UCLA are considered the most prestigious programs for the study of higher and postsecondary education (if you attend ASHE events, Michigan and UCLA alumni dominate the annual conferences). At the graduate level, the department/program ranking is often more important than the overall university ranking.
  15. If you are cost-conscious, try to find a MSW program at a local public university. Make sure it also offers your concentration. This is a better investment than attending an expensive private or out-of-state public institution.
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