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  1. I think it's really a good idea. I recently bought a refurbished Macbook from Apple website and honestly, I can't tell that it's not new although it was $500 cheaper than the new ones. I did some research on the internet and I could almost find no complaints from people who shopped the refurbished store on Apple website.
  2. At UCSD, most engineering PhD students (at least CSE and ECE departments that I know of) get around $1900/month after tax for RA and around $1700 /month for TA.
  3. Maybe I'm not familiar with the general assumption...do you mean before or after tax? For me, it makes ~$4.5k difference and changes my answer.
  4. I went through something similar this time last year. I was choosing mainly between two offers, one from a rather young professor with a strong reputation of being overly hands-on, and the other from an older, really famous, hands-off professor. I remember listing all the pros and cons of each after talking with each profs students and chose the second offer, but I have found out about another downside that this kind of advisors could potentially have which I didn't notice back then (not generalizing, just think about this too). And that is, because he doesn't get involved very much in my proj
  5. Sorry for the title, probably not what you thought! My adviser is one of the most well-known people in his field. He is the chair of the department and a couple of other research organizations, and basically has achieved most of the things he probably could have aimed for. Consequently, he does not really have that "motivation" for research anymore, and as a result, his students are "on their own". This has actually resulted in some not-very-competent graduates (and even a couple of drop-outs) from his group in the past couple of years. Now, two years before I start my PhD this Fall, h
  6. Thanks fuzzylogician! I checked the meetups of my area. There were plenty of them and plenty of opportunities for new friends. My only concern is the age range of most of the people using the website which seems to be higher than what I aim for. SeriousSillyPutty! Great advice on small talk and those language tips. I will certainly use them. And wow! I was happily surprised to learn that you enjoy conversations with internationals more than many Americans. I wonder if you/Americans in general feel the same way about a more involved relationship. I mean, you're right that it may be easier to
  7. Thank you guys! Great advice... I guess both of you feel that that making friends with the locals should take priority. But, how easy is it? I mean, how receptive are Americans to foreigners? To be fair, my group of friends here at home is not very open to newcomers, even when there is no problem with the language. So, I don't expect Americans to be more receptive. What do you guys recommend? Improving on my English skills is certainly good advice. But, what else?
  8. A few weeks from now, I will start not only a new stage of my education but a new stage in my life. Moving thousands of miles to the US, from a country with a completely different culture, to start grad school is big enough to freak me out and make me unbearably anxious, especially, knowing that I will most probably stay in the country after graduation which makes it more like immigration. And immigration is tough!!! But, I guess I am lucky to start this process with grad school. I mean, there are many international students like me, and obviously, the environment is much more foreign-frien
  9. Although I am not in Humanities, I have always been curious to learn how things happen in a typical PhD program. I have noticed that the majority of these kind of writings are written by computer sciense people and as you said, some things which are the norm in engineering and sciences such as collaborative research papers are not so in Humanities. That said, I guess there are many experiences and many feelings, that all PhD students go through.
  10. Hi everyone -- I just finished reading this small book about a PhD student's experience at Stanford. It is very much different from other PhD-related writings in that it is not intended to provide grad school advice; the format is more like a story. For me, it was much more helpful in giving an inside-look into how things work in a PhD program, and I actually enjoyed reading it! Anyways, I liked it. Thought you might too You can read/download it here: http://pgbovine.net/PhD-memoir.htm
  11. Actually, I am! Sent you a PM...
  12. Hi! Yes. It is random, unless two students submit a request to be roommates. They must set their preferences in the housing application exactly the same so that the office can pair them... At least, this is what my friends at UCSD told me. They had managed to select their roommates themselves this way!
  13. Nice to meet you Rita and Mesa do not seem to have long wait lists. I saw on the housing website that they are currently making offers to those who applied in April (for single students). It seems OK to me!
  14. icthere

    San Diego, CA

    Hey everyone! I will be going to UCSD for a PhD in CSE. I took at the on-campus housing. Rita and Mesa seem to be more suited for me. Has anyone lived in both places and could share their experience? Also, I am looking for a roommate. Let me know if you are interested
  15. Hi all! I'll be joining CSE this fall. Would love to meet those who will be going to San Diego. Also, I am looking for a roommate. I'll be applying for on-campus housing. If you are interested, please let me know
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