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Miro last won the day on October 6 2013

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  1. My PI just informed us on Friday that he would be moving to a different university because they offered him a half a million dollar salary and other great perks. He would be starting at his new school on August 17, 2015. About me, I am in my second year of PhD program, I have finished all the coursework at my current school, passed my quals, and have my candidacy exam scheduled for August 19 2015. My current project was not renewed so I will have to start a new project regardless of where I go. I had previously switched schools due to personal reasons after 1 year. I have one week to decide ( ughh) so here are my options 1. stay at my current school by joining a new lab and starting a new project. this might take me 3 to 5 yrs to complete 2. Move to the new school but stay a student at my current school, I will keep my committee members, keep classes and quals. take me 4 to 5 yrs to complete since I will be losing close to one year to set up a lab. 3. change schools again. this will mean taking more classes, taking quals since the have them, get a new commitee and do candidacy exam. This will take me about 5 yrs to complete. making my total time in grad school 8 yrs. I need get answer to the following questions before I make my decision. 1. will I be paid according to my current school or the new school?the new school pay is $24,00 while ours pays $27,000. I currently have NSF which will end in may 2016. 2. how will this affect my relationship with my boyfriend, we starting talking about marriage not so long ago? 3. will by boss pay relocating fees and loss of deposit? i just signed a new lease that required $500 deposit. if you end your lease early I have to pay one month rent with is about $1200 a month 4. If i decide to go but keep current committee, who will pay for my flights across the country for me to meet with my committee members 5. How will my health insurance he handled? I am super stressed about my decision so I would like all advice and other questions that I need to get answers to. For me who have relocated or stayed behind, please give me insights on what have been the pros and cons
  2. I would am planning to apply for it this year with the due date being December 13 2015.
  3. I used to bring my leftovers for lunch or eat sandwiches ( PBJ, banana, turkey meats etc) and then i realized that all those go really boring and were not proving all the nutrients that I needed. Also i was overeating on some days. So to avoid that, I do food prepping. Here is a sample video of what i made this week ( it is not my video)
  4. I would go with lab number two. Biomaterials will open more doors for you in the future ( personal belief).
  5. when i come to grad school, an older student told me that they are three things you should consider when applying to grad school 1. Location 2. your colleges 3. your adviser ( PI) If you are happy with two out of the three things most of the year then you are good. if not then you either need to adapt to your environment or change. I took that advise when I was leaving my previous grad school because i was not happy with my location or my adviser. so it depends on what you don't like about where you leave. I would mention it and then state how the new places you are applying to will be different.
  6. I think that you should include it but don't elaborate on it too much.
  7. Greetings, Has somebody with an NSF-GRFP used the cost of education money to buy a laptop for school? is how does did you go around that?
  8. instead of switching labs, i know someone who switched school altogether. I am not sure how they managed that but they did it. if you can switch school, that would give you 7 more years to finish. You could also get a master and then go to another PhD program. Do you want to stay in the same field? I know some people who joined labs outside their fields.
  9. as a reward for finishing undergrad and signing up for 5 to 6 more years of grad school I bought a 2013 Prius C in 2013. It only carry 4 people comfortable however I am fine with that since 98% of the time when i I drive the car I am usually the only person in it. The car cost me $ 25,500.00 since i wanted all the trimmings. after 1 year and 4 months of owning the car, I still like it. I think that it is the cutest car on the road Her name is Miyo. I plan on driving this car for the next fifteen years. some of you guys will ask, what about kids and a husband well, my current boyfriend fits well in the front and the kids will be able to fit fine in the back until they are about 10 to 12 yrs old ( by that time my car should be about 15 yrs old). what about if you want to take a road trip with four other friend? In those cases we always rent cars beside nobody want to volunteer they car for a road trip with friends. the car is great on gas mileage and parking it is pretty easy. I only drive the car on weekends so i will consider changing my insurance to weekend only use ( i live really close to school since i hate driving in ATL)
  10. This is my first time living by myself and having to worry about budgeting. Here are a few things that I do to save money. 1. This is specific to African american women ( i no longer get single braids, i get crochet braids for $ 30 to $40 every three months instead of paying the $200.00 for single braids). 2. since i live close to school, i dont drive 5 days out of the week ( this forces me to walk/bike to work everyday and doubles as my excercise time) 3. cook big meals and put them in containers that would last me a week ( yay food prepping) I am trying to become a minimalist so right now i am going through my staff to see which ones i dont use. if i do need something i try to find in on sale or second hand stores depending on the cost benefit analysis.
  11. what kind of laptop did you buy? when is it a good time to buy a laptop. I need one before the summer ends .
  12. I was born in Kenya, come to the USA when i was nine. since then i have bee to Poland, Austria, Germany for extended period of times. In the USA I have been to all the major cities except for new york. I think the best/ most out of place i have traveled to is savooga Alaska ( i could literary see Russia) .
  13. Thank you all for the reply. The student received the NSF-GRFP so he has money.
  14. One of my friends wanted to join a very respected lab on campus in his department. The adviser is ranked top 4 in his field, publishes every week and graduate students in 4 yrs max. In the beginning of this semester, he had a meeting with the adviser and ask if he could do a rotation in the lab. The adviser told him that he should do his first rotation somewhere else and then come back since he had just taken in four new grad students. After he finished his rotation, he e-mailed the adviser again to tell him that he had finished the rotation and is now ready to start his. The adviser respond is this " Thanks for the note. It looks like I won’t be able to host you and eventually take you into my group since all four new students are doing well and it will be hard for me to take another one." he really likes this advisers since the lab is really aligned with what he wants to do and would join the lab even without a rotation. Can he convince the adviser to still take him? is so how. The other rotation that he did was okay, the adviser is respected however the lab has not been publishing well in the last five years and the research is not what he wanted to do in grad school.
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