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  1. I'm upping this for the newbies. Great advice in here.
  2. Expect to be wined and dined. Enjoy it because it's a great opportunity to meet scholars you're interested in working with (even if you don't attend that university)! All I advise: Be open, friendly and polite. Some of the prospectives you'll meet (even if they choose other places) will be future colleagues. Don't be a tool and brag. (This happened during one of my visits). Note: After being admitted, don't feel the need to visit EVERY school you got into. If you know you're definitely not attending, skip the visit. I felt like on the admission weekends, I was tiptoeing around trying
  3. I'm visiting friends, spending time with family and backpacking Europe! This is my last summer of freedom as my program is year round for the next 5 years... Please enjoy your summers guys!
  4. Definitely check out programs that are strong on the life course. Minnesota is the one that comes to mind. Other ideas?
  5. I'd just suggest really learning the various models/different statistical coding languages. By really understanding what components that work together in a model from a statistical standpoint, you can gain a lot of insight into why certain models are used in certain situations and be able to interpret the results from academic papers (using models you know). For me, that was a very good jumping off point. There's a lot of quant stuff going on in sociology now. Social network analysis is the new big thing, it seems. Personally, I'm very excited about event-history modeling since it allows
  6. I'll be attending one of the universities mentioned on this list for demography in fall! My advice: Look carefully at which specialties are combined with the demography degree. One of the reasons why I chose my grad school is that the my area of specialty in sociology is one of the best in the country. This combined with the fact that the demography degree is so well-respected played a vital role in my decision. Similarly, the school I chose preferably had a well-respected population center. Just in response to Demographer's comment about it being less competitive, it's not. It's
  7. I just made my decision between 2 great schools. I used the same sort of criteria as FertMigMort, now that I think of it.
  8. I'm a bit nervous about relocating as I know absolutely nobody where I'll be moving. This is my first "real" move, so I'm just nervous about getting settled: finding friends (how did I make them in the first place!?), finding a roommate, finding an apartment--and just living in a town I've never been to. I am a veteran of cold weather. Seriously, it's not that bad once you get used to it. For a good jacket that fits most seasons, I'd suggest one that was made of QUALITY wool or down. Good wool will be thicker--and not scratchy! Check the liner to make sure that it's sewn tight/po
  9. I tried to make it clear I had been accepted to/was looking at similar universities as I think disclosure is important. I opted to take the approach to just talk about research/whatever came up instead of my decision. I felt I just had better connections with students and faculty whenever I decided not to disclose what schools specifically I was looking at. I think it helps professors look at you less as an applicant but more as a student in the program. This will result in a better discussion than when they're discussing their view of x school--and trying to sway you. My feeling is that
  10. Advice I was given regarding my gap between UG and G: "ENJOY BEING YOUNG AND IN A CITY. GO OUT WHENEVER YOU CAN." This is was completely out of left-field from a prof I always considered very very straightlaced. Ha
  11. Ha, giacomo... You can pay the oversize luggage fee and we'll be even. Seriously though, Europe is on the bucket list (if my bank account will be so kind).
  12. Well, actually...this summer I might have enough for a really nice trip as I'm basically enslaving myself to work right now. However, I'm just concerned that I'll spend too much...and all this work for grad school will go to waste. bah.
  13. You're seriously reading my mind right now. I feel like I'll be old by the time I have the $$ to afford to fulfill my terrible wanderlust.
  14. Spiltends, agreed! For my job, I need to dress "business casual" although I find it just not looking good on most people. For my last visit, I went with something that was more me: nice jeans + nice shoes + blazer. The other students were dressed in your typical ill-fitted "business casual" clothes. Advice: Girls, just get a nice looking blazer, not the $10 one you see at the store. A good blazer seriously makes your outfit look more x1000 more polished than a cheap one and it will last longer. I think one of the reasons I've never liked business casual is that for those of us who are yo
  15. Dress like you're going to a decent office job where you need to wear a nice dress/skirt/pants + nice top. Don't go too dressy, but look put together. Also, if you have a chance to spend time with grad students outside of the visit out/at a restaurant---go. They will answer more honestly and you'll enjoy the visit more. Caveat: don't get drunk and make an ass of yourself.
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