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  1. I've recently gone through a vaguely similar situation so I'll chime in. Last August I started grad school in the humanities (Master's degree) right out of undergrad, and by the end of the semester I was considering leaving. Unlike you, I was absolutely MISERABLE, so that ultimately made the decision a little easier. However, it still was a decision that took me over a month to make and it involved a lot of agonizing and a lot of soul-searching. I actually posted here about it, you can find my thread somewhere in this forum, though I don't think it will be very helpful. Anyway, now I'm curr
  2. Thank you for the responses. I know I really should see how next semester goes, since I have been told before that it does take time to adjust. And while part of me really does want to adjust...to some extent I just sense that my heart is not in it. @rising_star: You make a good point. To a certain extent it's definitely apparent that I'm not ready to move away from home; I thought I would be, but I think the challenges of school combined with my lukewarm feelings toward this new city made me feel all the more isolated and distant from my support system. I know that at some point I'll have
  3. Hi everyone, I just recently finished my first semester of my MA in French. Earlier this semester I posted about experiencing depression, stress, loneliness, etc...basically the whole shebang. I started seeing a counselor and things did get better -- I got all my grades and I actually did very well, I made a few friends, and I felt slightly more adjusted. However, I am now seriously considering quitting my program, for various reasons. One is that I relocated 2000 miles for school, and while I wanted to embrace the new city and see a different part of the country...I am not a fan of wher
  4. I just relocated in August from California to Georgia for my MA. By doing so I moved away from all my family and friends as well as my boyfriend, which was definitely the toughest part. I agree with dbowe4415 -- it's REALLY important to maintain your support system from home. I've found it a tremendous help in my transition. Like others have said, relocating is without a doubt very difficult. My advice: be kind to yourself and, if you're ever feeling down, remind yourself that things will improve. Sometimes it seems like things won't but you WILL make friends and you WILL adjust. And maybe
  5. Like everyone has said, it's a matter of scheduling it in. That way you make it a priority. I personally never used to exercise but when I came back from studying abroad in France a couple years ago, 20 pounds heavier, I started hitting the gym. At this point, though, I just love feeling healthy and pushing myself to be stronger, run further, etc. Exercise for me is ALSO now a huge stress reliever, with the added bonus of making me feel productive even though I'm not doing schoolwork. I also like to set goals...I'm working on training for a half marathon, and to think that a few months ago I c
  6. I can't actually offer any advice, but like you, I just got back some (student) evaluations and was upset for a while. Nobody was mean or anything, but I always have difficult accepting criticism and it's apparently even more difficult for me when that criticism doesn't come from an authority figure. I teach a once a week conversation class, and while the class is very low-key (P/F, no exams or homework), I've found that it's really hard to get students to participate, so I end up either talking at them or leading activities that are, apparently, quite boring. So I completely understand.
  7. I LOVE Pilot G2 gel pens (I prefer extra fine, but they also have ultra fine, fine, and bold point). I usually just buy boxes of them at a time.
  8. I don't find my classes much more difficult content-wise, but I have been struggling with the different expectations. Meaning, I'm not really used to doing so much independent work with so few guidelines. Lots of self-initiative required, which I always had, but now it's actually necessary and sometimes actually tough to deal with. Fortunately though, two of my classes are cross-listed with undergrads so it has served as a nice transition. But we'll see how next semester goes!
  9. Ugh, just realized how much I have to do this month. It's relentless! The stress is mounting, I can feel it, and I don't like it one bit.
  10. Oh I feel you ktel...it's a $400-500, 5-6 hour flight for me Maybe next semester you could just plan one extra visit home!
  11. See, that's what I do in theory, but I have such a warped sense of when I am allowed to have fun. I definitely rigidly schedule my school work, but it ends up lasting the entire day. It's like I can't accept the notion of having fun! Or I can, but only on the weekends and only for a little bit, before I go back to work. In fact, I've signed up to volunteer all day Sunday, but even though I know I'll enjoy it I'm having a lot of trouble coming to terms with the fact that I won't be able to do work all day. Needless to say, I'm trying to work through this with my counselor... And I think the
  12. Well, currently I am in two MA-level classes (6000 level) that are actually cross-listed with undergrads (for them, it's 4000-level). I've definitely noticed a difference...nothing drastic, but there is a difference. So now I'm wondering if that same kind of difference in dynamic applies for the MA/PhD divide. Have you experienced this? I plan on talking to my grad coordinator at some point, but just wondering what you've seen.
  13. The Spring 2012 schedule has been posted at my school, so of course I have been busy planning my schedule for next semester I am a first-year Masters student in the humanities. I know this is something that varies by school and by department, but what kinds of differences are there between Masters and PhD-level courses? I'll be taking one PhD-level course because the ONE professor who specializes in what I am studying will be teaching it. However, for my other classes I have a few choices and am wondering if I should tackle these higher-level courses or avoid them altogether in an effort
  14. What do you guys do to handle stress? Here is my situation: when I started, I was absolutely OVERWHELMED with coursework. It seemed like grad school was just filled with nonstop assignments, nonstop reading. However, lately I've been feeling much less stressed about school -- my guess is that it's a combination of getting used to things, figuring out a list-making system that works for me (I live off lists), and, after my breakdown earlier this week, telling myself to take it a little easy and relax. However, sometimes grad school's notorious "reputation" for being a time-sucking entity, a
  15. You're in Berkeley?! That's where I did my undergrad! I had my first experience with counseling today, although it was just an intake appointment so not much happened. What's interesting though is that just even having taken this step makes me feel much more productive, like I'm doing something with myself. It seems so obvious now, but when you're in a funk it's kind of hard to see any rationality. Hopefully this good mood lasts, at least for a while. @runonsentence: That's exactly what I'm petrified of...reading the results. All I can say is, the last month has made me respect every
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