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  1. Hi everyone, I graduate this Friday (well I'm walking the stage and I have 2 online summer classes to go) and I'm so nervous and scared for my future. I really want to go to grad school to get my MSW but I am so burnt out from undergrad that I am taking a gap year. Also it was so expensive to apply to grad school. My bachelors of science is in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Latino/a Studies. My dream grad school is University of Chicago but I am too afraid to apply or even apply to other schools. I'm so afraid of failure and rejection. I just wanted to know how and why you think you got accepted into those SW programs? I have done a lot of service and social justice activism/work in my undergrad, as well as being apart of many different orgs and having leadership positions. I just think my grades espeically senior year grades are not the best. I don't know my final grades but I'm hoping my GPA would stand at 3.0 or higher at the end.
  2. I know this forum is for graduate students. However, I plan to apply to grad school as soon as I'm finished my undergrad. I'm one class from finishing, and I need advice from others who have faced down the dragons of academic bureaucracy as well. I've been receiving my education at a well known Canadian research Uni. In my final semester, with one class left to complete, our family moved to Oregon. This was unavoidable, bankruptcy was involved, my family sold our home, and a job was offered in the Pacific Northwest. I needed to move with my family and try to finish my degree in Oregon since on my own, I can't afford the $20,000 that Canada requires in your bank account to extend a Canadian student visa (I'm an international student). Since moving to the state I've been submitting syllabus after syllabus to the advisers back in Canada, in attempts at finding a match for the one upper level statistics course I need to complete. I've been able to find two matches, the math and psychology departments agree the courses I found are on par. My stumbling block is one person. The "study away" adviser at the school. Despite my department signing off on the courses being equivalent, she's putting her foot down and refusing to let me take a course since Oregon State University is not on McGill's pre-approved host University list. When I asked how to get the University on the list she tried to deter me from even trying, telling me it's time consuming for her department. I insisted on applying anyway. It was extremely time consuming for me to do so. I had to call Oregon State and gather five pages of info for an application. I had to find the US department of education serial number for the school. Detail their grading system, and provide access to an adviser at Oregon State for McGill to send further questions to. This process took about four months, sine McGill's advisers refused to answer my emails, phone calls, or provide guidance multiple times. I started this process in May, and I completed the application in July. I only just heard back from the McGill advisers Oct 2nd. They only spent 30 seconds of their time to refuse my request. The adviser told me that since Oregon State University is on a quarter system instead of a semester system my request is refused. However there are many American Universities on the pre approved study away list on the quarter system, rather than the semester system, and my department had told me the class I'm trying to take *is* equivalent to the McGill stats class. I'd try to take a different equivalent class at a local uni with the semester system, except that all the STEM universities out here are on the quarter system, and the math is so high level, even at the STEM schools it is usually taught as a hybrid course that undergrad students need special permission for What would you do? I'm running out of time to get my application in for studying away, that's another consideration.
  3. I go to SFU in Canada and it's looking like my last semester's going to be a summer semester, ending in August 2018. The unfortunate thing is that most grad programs start in the Fall / early September. Anyone else been in the same situation? Is that too little time to finish up all the admin/paperwork I need to graduate from my undergrad so I can go to grad school right after (literally a couple weeks after I sit my finals probably)? Or is this impossible and should I just not bother and apply for the following year instead? I'm planning to apply for the MDEI program at Waterloo, btw.
  4. I am a (incoming) non-CS PhD student at UMD College Park and I am looking into the possibility of getting a non-thesis MS degree in the CS department (in addition to a PhD degree in a non-CS area). According to the department's policy manual, one of the MS degree requirements is to complete at least two 600/700/800 level courses with A/A+. To former/current students in the CS department at UMD, has this grade requirement ever been a problem for students? A minimum grade of A- would probably sound a lot more reasonable and I am not sure if there have been cases in which students were not able to graduate because of the grade requirement. Thank you in advance for your kind inputs (any constructive inputs from non-UMD students will also be greatly appreciated)!
  5. Hi everyone, I will be graduating with my MSSA (equivalent to MSW) from Case Western in December 2016. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips about applying for social work jobs. Here's a little bit about my experience: I do have my Bachelor's of Social Work and my LSW. I'm looking to get a job as a medical/hospital social worker. My BSW field placement was working with those experiencing homelessness, and also helping run a free medical clinic. I had two semesters of field at a cancer treatment center, and my role was providing supportive counseling, resources, and advocating for women with breast cancer as they went through chemo. For my final semester, I am doing my field experience at a children's hospital in the palliative care and bereavement center. I just have some general questions such as when do I start applying, how do I negotiate salary, what can I expect for my first job after graduation. I would love to hear about any experiences you all have had in the job application process and what it is (or was) like having your first job. Thank you!
  6. Hi, I'm about to graduate from a PhD in life sciences in the United States in a total time of 4 years and 2 months (no masters, straight from bachelors). I feel bad about telling some friends that I'm graduating and thank god I have a job aligned in industry (no postdoc). In my department there a lot of students in their 5th, 6th, 7th years who still do not know when they will graduate. Those of my colleagues who know I'm graduating ask me why so early, and why so fast, etc. I do not even know what to answer without hurting their feelings or making enemies. The truth is that I have published more than the average PhD student in my field, but I don't want to say that. Any advice? I don't even feel like celebrating with my peers and colleagues because of that. I don't know what to do, maybe I feel like my PhD is not enough. Thanks!
  7. Just in time for decision day: the APDA project releases data on how over 100 departments have done placing their students in jobs (including types of jobs and AOSs): http://dailynous.com/2016/04/15/philosophy-placement-data-and-analysis-an-update/
  8. Hello! I am curious to see if there are any recent graduates finding themselves in the same boat as me. I JUST finished everything I need to become an SLP (Praxis passed, last clinical rotation completed, clockhours accumulated, etc etc) and am waiting for my university to post my transcripts so that I can apply for temporary licensure in the state of California. HOWEVER, my university will not be posting my transcripts until JUNE and the California state board of licensing for SLPs warns that processing times after receiving transcripts can be around 6-8 weeks. That means that I am currently unemployable as an SLP and look to be for about the next FIVE MONTHS! I do have a great-paying job lined up for August working as a licensed SLP. But that is five months away and I have no money and no license in the meantime. Is any one else experiencing this lag time for processing? Has anyone? Does anyone have any recommendations? I am currently looking to work the next 5 months for minimum wage as a barista or look at if it is even possible to get a SLPA license in the meantime and do that work.. I don't even know if that's available to me. I'm just curious as to HOW I can avoid working a minimum wage job in the licensing interim after doing all that work to earn a high paid job. Sorry- does this sound whiny? ANYWAY, let me know if anyone is experiencing anything similar! Or if you have any advice! Thank you so much!!! Ingrid
  9. On another (unrelated) forum I remember reading that someone thought it sounds like a gift grab if you send out graduation announcements for anything but high school. Thoughts? This week is the "Bear Faire" for graduating ug seniors and we have the opportunity to order grad announcements and I'm on the fence about giving either set of parents the chance to order them. Yes, it's an accomplishment to graduate, and they could be used to say where DH and I are moving to next for grad school but it just seems... icky?
  10. Hi everyone! I just began my MPH this semester and I love learning, but I think I would like to finish next December instead of the following May if possible. My only concern is that this will be a lot of work to cram in. I would have to take 14 hours this Spring and next Fall as well as 6 hours (hopefully online) over the Summer while doing a Practicum. Has anyone done this before? Is it doable? I searched the forums and didn't find anything like this. If someone could help me out, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
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