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  1. Hey, guys, I was wondering if any of you know anything about summer programs in comms for doctoral students, either in the US or abroad. I'd be mainly interested in departments that research digital & social media, but this isn't necessarily a requirement (sorry if this is a repeated post, I couldn't find anything related to the subject using the search tool)
  2. Failure Makes Me A Modern Boy

    I've done this before. The application process, not the blogging (though I have done that too). I'll interrupt this digression with another: I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Russian, a Master of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies and a Master of Arts in Slavic Studies. This is important to know because not only did my academic career diverge in the middle of my undergraduate years, it did it twice within the final days of my terminal graduate degrees. This could be indicative of a character flaw (mercurial, prone to boredom) that might be useful if I were more intelligent or creative. It could also be indicative of a lack of self-awareness and insufficient research before making potentially life-changing decisions. I would agree that I suffer from many of these faults. I think the nicest way I can sum it all up is that I'm not much of a planner. I would, however, argue that I have made it this far (I have two MAs and I work at a big-box retailer. Dreams do come true!) and that I'm relatively young, so I can always go teach English abroad and conveniently lose my passport. So far that's the best escape plan I have for avoiding the massive amount of student loan debt I have. ANYWAY. Like I said, I've done this before. I applied to about 8 Political Science doctoral programs thinking that a thesis combining Russian Studies with the study of Popular Culture would help admissions committees overlook the fact that I've taken about two Political Science classes in my life and had no one in the field writing me letters of recommendation. I don't suggest doing this. My mistake was convincing myself it was a much more interdisciplinary field than it in fact is. That, and basically not being suited in any way to attempt to enter it. Consequently, I got shut out. My advice is to talk to people in the field you're interested in before investing a lot of emotional and literal currency in a lengthy and arduous admissions process. I've apparently set my entire life up to be mostly a long example of what not to do in almost any given situation. But new things! Exciting things! I found out there's a whole area of study for people who are so institutionalized that they can't imagine not being in an academic setting, but also watch an enormous amount of television and like to make connections between television programs and things that aren't television programs (There really are only the two things). This time I emailed prospective advisors in advance (!) with a description of my research and a follow-up question as to whether I'd be suited to their program. Almost every single person I emailed responded positively, and a couple who didn't pointed me in the direction of others whom I might be able to work with. Oh, I suggest doing this a few months before August (Late May-Late July). This will be after the chaos of the end of the spring semester and before the chaos of the beginning of the fall semester. Some people didn't reply at all. I still applied to that program because it's a good fit, but I'm not holding my breath. That's that, then. I'll keep you updated with results from this season's hottest admissions process. As of yet, I have no news.
  3. Hey all, Anyone willing to review the first draft of one of my SoPs? I can offer an exchange and/or virtual brownies. This is for a Communication PhD program.
  4. Hi All, I plan on applying for grad school in Fall 2018 to pursue my MA in communication (I plan on pursuing my PhD and going into research and teaching). I sent out about 6 emails to get in touch with professors I'd potentially be interested in working with. I built a rapport with 2 of them. One is at CSU Long Beach and the other at CSU Fullerton (relatively close to each other). I plan on visiting the area next month for a few days and I've scheduled meet-ups with the both of them. I'll also be sitting in on one of their classes. I want to build stronger relationships with these two professors and I want to ask the right questions. I'm just looking for advice from anyone else who has visited potential mentors in person before applying to any schools. I really want to make the most of these meetings, but this is totally new ground for me so I'm not sure how to go about my interactions. All comments appreciated. Thank you!
  5. Advice on jobs

    I'm currently working as a direct staff support for a home of adults that have intellectual disabilities. I thought I was going to be working a lot on communication with them but that part is pretty much 25% of it. The rest I am basically a caregiver-- cleaning the house, cooking, helping them with personal management, hygiene, etc. I'm looking into other jobs. I got an interview for an assistant to a teacher at a preschool but I'm not sure if that will better my chances at getting into grad school. I'm kinda having second thoughts about quitting the job search and sticking with the one I have but I'm not entirely sure. Anybody have any advice?
  6. When I decided to apply to Ph.D. programs, I had very little guidance and absolutely no idea what I was doing. I checked past threads here to get better ideas of what programs are out there/how to figure out where I stood as an applicant. I thought it might be useful for future applicants to answer some questions we know to ask when starting out the applicant process. Forgive my grammatical issues...having an anxiety-day. it's a lot of questions but that's because like, i am wordy and also i had alllll of these questions and more when i decided to apply. FIRST - You as an applicant 1. What did you study in undergrad? Master's (if applicable)? 2. What were your grades like in undergrad? Master's? 3. What are your research interests? 4. What teaching experience did you have before applying? 5. What about research experience? 6. What about miscellaneous experience (unrelated to Comm/corporate/private/etc)? 7. How old are you (or, what is your age group)? SECOND - Deciding to pursue a Ph.D. 1. What made you decide to pursue a Ph.D. in Communication? 2. Did you contact faculty at the programs you were interested in? What did you say? How often did you communicate with these people (POIs)? 3. Did you visit or contact graduate students? How did thaaaat go? 4. How did you decide who to ask for letters of rec? Were they all professors or did you get letters from outside of academia? THIRD - Actually applying 1. How did you look for programs? 2. How did you decide where to apply? 3. What was your biggest priority in a program? 4. How many schools did you initially set out to apply to, and how many did you actually apply to? 5. What were your GRE scores like (either specifics or vaguely)? How many times did you take it? Did you feel good about your scores? 6. How did you frame your experience/interests/fit in your statement of purpose? Did you focus on something more heavily than other stuff (like faculty or experience)? 7. Did you feel good about your applications? Why or why not? 8. If you knew then what you knew now, what advice would you give yourself? FOURTH - GETTING IN (OR NOT) - feel free to update/answer later 1. How many programs did you get into (and which, if you don't mind sharing)? 2. How many were you waitlisted for? Did you make it off the waitlist? 3. How many were you rejected from? 4. Did you get into your top program? Did you expect to get in? 5. Did you receive funding? 6. Once you've made your did you decide which school to attend? 7. If you didn't get admitted to a program, will you apply again? 8. What do you want to do with your Ph.D.? FINALLY 1. In retrospect...what was the best part of the application process? 2. What was the worst? 3. What advice do you have for future applicants?
  7. Advice on jobs

    I'm currently working as a direct staff support for a home of adults that have intellectual disabilities. I thought a majority of the job was going to be on communication with them but that consist of 25%-30% of the job. The rest I am basically a caregiver--cleaning the house, cooking, helping them with personal management, hygiene, etc. I'm looking into other jobs. I got an interview for an assistant to a teacher at a preschool but I'm not sure if that will better my chances of getting into grad school. I'm having second thoughts about the job search and just sticking with the job I have. I have a second job and between that and this other job, I don't have time to shadow SLPs. When I asked what I needed to improve on, the admissions said my GRE could use some work. I'm studying for the GRE but I feel that that is not enough and I don't want to waste my time with this job and not doing something else. Any advice would be great!
  8. Hi! I would like to seek advice on how to improve further my Statement of Purpose (SOP) to be submitted to the University of Canberra. I am from the Philippines and I would like to pursue a Master of Strategic Communication in Australia.I have read multiple blogs on how to write an SOP, but I would like to know on what would be the best approach.Also, here are the key points the agency mentioned that must be included in my SOP:- Your personal, academic, and employment circumstance in the Philippines;- Your reason/s for choosing to study in Australia rather than in your home country;- Your reason/s for choosing the education provider (school);- Your reason/s for choosing to study the program (course);- The relevance of this program/course to your educational and/or professional background;- The relevance of completing this study to your future career plans in your home country, including prospect employer and remuneration;- Your travel and visa applications history in Australia and other countries;- Your potential circumstance once you arrived in Australia, including your accommodation arrangement, researched knowledge of the state/city, basic living expenses, and source of funds -discuss sponsorship of family member/sYour help is highly appreciated. ------------------------------------------------------ I pursued journalism knowing that was where I was good at. But with the dangers that journalists face in the Philippines, I welcomed the idea of doing communication in a corporate setting. That desire, however, took a backseat when I was hired as a customer service associate for a real estate company. After two years, I decided to pursue my original goal.I took up an online certificate course on Corporate Communication to know the basics of concepts such as strategic corporate communication planning, employee communication, publicity and media relations, and crisis communication. It was a stepping stone for soon pursuing a related master's degree and landing my present job, which is into Marketing Communications.The Marketing Communications department in SEAOIL is divided into two based on media – digital and traditional. I am the sole Marketing Communications Officer and my main focus is internal communications, in which I used digital and traditional communication channels to inform and engage employees. Since I am the only Marketing Communications Officer, I also have become exposed to content conceptualization and strategy development for changes in branding of the company. This made me discover my talents along the way. I realized my talents in planning and conceptualizing – that by earning a master's degree in Strategic Communication would develop these talents and help me further contribute, assess and direct the communication direction of the company. In addition, I choose to study to be a Master of Strategic Communication in the University of Canberra because of its holistic curriculum. Some of the units are Strategic Communication Planning, Risk Communication, Issues Analysis and Management. In addition, I will have the opportunity to increase my knowledge on some units in Marketing Communication. Contrary to the Philippines, pursuing further studies in Communication focuses either solely on Media and Sales and Marketing.I will be funding my own study in Australia as I do not have any relatives to finance my studies in Australia. My parents are about to retire, leaving my sister and I to care for ourselves.In regards to my travel history and visa application to other countries, I have travelled to Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. As of this writing, I have also been granted a visa to travel to South Korea. It will remain valid until September 2017. My sister and I will be travelling to South Korea on July 4 and will be returning to the Philippines on July 12.
  9. Hey everyone! I applied to some MA programs in Communication in Canada universities and has been rejected by McGill,UBC and Western. However, I still got no reply from UT, SFU, Ottawa and Carleton. I'm so anxious at this time. Wonder there's anyone applied to the same program with me?
  10. Hello friends so I received this from one of the school I applied you guys think it's a good sign?
  11. I got put on the waiting list for Pacific U's SLP masters program. Anyone else? I'm curious how many there are. Also, they said they don't disclose wait list positions which makes it harder to know if I should wait it out or not. Anyone else have this concern?
  12. Hi, folks I'm applicant for master's degree in Communication. I narrow down into two universities. One is SDSU the other University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My interest is health communication. SDSU has good faculties for health communication, but here is no funding. They said I'm on wait list for GTA, so they are not sure about the position of Teaching Assistant. San Diego whether is good, but living expense is so expensive I guess. UW-Milwaukee does not have any strong curriculum for health communication. But one or two professors are working on similar field, not exactly heath communication. However, they offer me full funding. Living expense is relatively cheaper than San Diego. SDSU sounds good when it only comes to the field of study. However, financial problem is always driving me crazy.. When it comes to UW-milwaukee, I'm little bit worried about the ranking of that program because I want to continue for Ph.D in top school... I hope. I am planning to continue to study for Ph.D In this situation, I'm a little bit confused which choice would be better for me. Any advice would be great help for me.
  13. Hello, Heard some individuals got acceptance letters today...however I did not receive one yet. is this a bad sign?
  14. MGHIHP Speech Path?

    Hi everyone! Like many of you, I'm having a really hard time making a decision. MGH was originally my top choice. I have always been really impressed by its clinical affiliations, on campus clinic, and of course its amazing reputation. However, I noticed that MGH requires about 20 more credits than the other schools and requires an extra semester of classes. Many of its semesters also require 6 or 7 classes as opposed to 3 like many of the other schools do. I wanted to know if you enjoyed your experience, and whether you found the work load to be overwhelming. Did you find these extra classes to be beneficial in your placements? I have heard some stories of other girls in the program who were mentally and emotionally drained by MGH's demanding workload. Although I love MGH, I can't help but wonder whether I would be slightly less stressed out at another program in Boston. If anyone is currently at MGH or went to MGH or had a friend at MGH, I was wondering what your opinion on this was. Is the workload crazy? Is it manageable? Did you like it? Thank you so much in advance!!
  15. Just found this awesome site! So far, I have heard from 6/7 schools. Waiting to hear from University of Oregon PhD in Media Studies. Has anyone heard from UO? I had an interview on 01/31/17 and they said mid-Feb. for decisions but now we are approaching mid-March. Amitted: George Mason University, University of North Dakota Waitlisted: Penn State University Rejected: Cornell, UC Davis, Washington State (Pullman) Still Waiting: University of Oregon
  16. Hey guys, I am new to the forum! I just have a question that has been bugging me, I would really appreciate some feedback or suggestion regarding my situation. So yesterday, I received a notification from UW Comm Lead department that I got into their waitlist. I replied to that email, reaffirming my interest in the program as well as attaching an updated resume. The advisor replied to my email today, saying she really appreciate that I continue to show my reaffirm interest for the program and that she partly want to see who from those in the waitlist are genuinely interested. She also mentions that she welcome additional recommendation letter or a revised materials. I was thinking of getting my current supervisor to write me one, do you think it is a good idea? Should I re-do my personal statement or video application? I'm just really anxious. Do you think I get a high chance of getting accepted? This is the only graduate program I applied to and I really want to get in. Thanks!
  17. Hi everyone! So i'm kind of in a dilemma, I recently got accepted into Temple University's Media Studies and Production Master's Program and into Indiana University's Media Arts and Sciences Master's Program. I really like both programs but I'm definitely having trouble deciding... Temple is offering me a one time scholarship for $10,000 and when I spoke with the Grad Program director at Indiana he said the Master's program is fully funded. Even so, i'm still not sure which school is the right fit for me. Any advice on how to decide or any opinions on the schools' programs? Thanks!
  18. Campus Visits

    Hey Everyone -- I thought it might be nice to start a thread about campus visits for a few reasons. See if other folks are attending the same visit weekend as you. If you've already toured a campus give some insight and impressions. If it's an interview weekend, what types of questions did you/should you ask, what did they ask you etc. It would also let us connect on the same schools. That being said -- is anyone planning on going to UT- Austin's communications studies weekend in February? It's one of my top choices so I'm definitely going to try to go.
  19. About 20 days ago, I was told that I was put into the waiting list for the PhD program of communication at UMD, which was really depressing news for me. Now although I have an offer from another university, the winter in that state is too cold for me, and I suspect whether my health condition can withstand the cold winter there. My parents are also anxious about this. Unlike many other applicants, I applied for only three PhD programs and UMD is my first choice. Now I really wish I have the opportunity to be accepted by UMD, where the weather is milder so that my parents don’t need to worry about me too much in China. If anyone who is accepted by this PhD program plans to reject the offer, could you please make the decision sooner and give a space to those on the waiting list? Your earlier decision is REALLY significant for my family and myself! Thank you so much!!! You can contact me with my email: Thank you once again!
  20. Advice on Comm Programs

    Hey all! So, I'm pretty sure this app season is a wash for me. One of the things I've discovered, though, is that many Comm programs seem to have programs that fit my interest. Coming from an anthropology background, I'm not super sure how to go about finding these programs. So, if you know of any programs that relate to my interests (digital communication, geek culture, gaming culture, etc) or a place that I could find a list of potential programs, please post below and let me know! Thanks so much!
  21. So I got accepted to FSU's online distance learning program for my masters in speech-language pathology. I haven't heard much about it. This is my first and only acceptance (I'm still waiting to hear from the others) Does anyone have reviews or heard anything from people currently in the program? Thanks!
  22. Sampson (2006), in "A survey of public perception and response to heat warnings across four North American cities: an evaluation of municipal effectiveness", has found that "the effectiveness of the communication of safety precautions to different populations needs improvement". He also identified that "there is a need for more effective communication with people who are vulnerable that they need to be concerned about their safety". What do you think could improve this problem?
  23. UCF Spring 2017 Applicants

    Is anyone waiting to hear back from UCF for Spring 2017? Has anyone been accepted? I wanted to start an official post for this term so all the UCF applicants can talk/discuss/vent here
  24. Hi all, I've been talking with some alums and current students at some of the programs I'm applying to and wanted to know if it's a good idea to incorporate what they told me about the program and if so, how I'd do that. This would be stuff that's not explicitly posted on the website. For example, for school X, apparently the school is very generous in their support for graduate students and I'd like to write something along the lines of "I am confident that the program's generous support for its students will help further my academic goals" I've been told quite a few things about how research is conducted, the overall atmosphere, how closely students work with faculty, focus on research vs. teaching. I don't want to seem like I'm throwing out unfounded information, but I haven't been able to come up with a concise and eloquent way of saying "I heard from alums and current students that your program is awesome and I really want to attend because xyz" A friend told me that she incorporated stuff like this successfully in tailoring her SOPs but.. I'm not sure how..
  25. I want to learn more about science and environment so that I can report on issues in these areas with more authority. I was a really good biology student in high school, but could not continue it. What programs can I consider now? I'm 26, and a fairly accomplished journalist with 5 years of experience covering pharmaceuticals and healthcare in India for an international news agency. Thanks in advance for any thoughts/ideas/suggestions.