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  1. So I'm curious to hear from some people who have already attended/are currently deciding on programs to apply to- how much did location factor into your decision? (there is a rant below so feel free to skip that and just answer if it's too much reading) Backstory: I'm originally from Texas. I went to undergrad about 2/3 hours away from where I grew up and loved the city I was in. Fastforward to MA applications and location didn't factor in at all for me. After asking for recommendations of programs that fit my interests I realized the closest program I was applying to was Oklahoma. I didn't necessarily avoid being close to home, I just didn't find any schools that were a fit for me. Now that I'm applying for my PhD this fall I'm looking at some completely different programs and one happens to be very close to where I did my undergrad (research interests changed, as they often do, and now this programs makes more sense for me). The problem is going home. Now that I live across the country going back home seems weird. I've enjoyed the independence my husband and I have had, especially since living so far away has meant that we are less obligated to go home outside of major holidays, breaks, ect (I don't mean to sound like a crappy daughter, but being newly married and having grown up in the same area, we often spent all our breaks/holidays/birthdays/and a lot of Sundays visiting relatives and we've really enjoyed traveling and just spending time together since we've moved). On the upside though we also miss the area we were in, a lot of our friends, and having the ability to pop in and spend an afternoon with some family instead of planning months ahead and spending a lot of money to go visit. We've also talked about having kids in the next 5/7 years, and I do see the benefit in being closer to family at that time. So I've noticed on a lot of people's CVs in my field either people tend to move around quite a bit while others stay in one spot: can anyone add their own experience? TLDR: Did you move for graduate school (or are you looking into programs that are far away), what factored into that decision, and if you didn't do you feel like that has affected/will affect your prospects in the future?
  2. Hi! I am wondering how much weight do y'all put into the PhD stipend and location while making a decision. I am confused between offers from UConn (polymer science) and UBuffalo (biomedical engineering). UConn's offering 9k more than UB for first year, 10k more for subsequent years. Personally I won't care about stipends so much, but 10k is quite a lot of extra money for grad students. But then again I will be thrown away in the remotest of of villages in UConn while with Buffalo, I will be living in a major city. I have lived in major cities all my life and moving to a place like UConn scares me a bit. As far as department and my research fit are concerned, I believe I have a better fit with Buffalo biomed. But then it is a seriously low ranked program while UConn's polymer program is one of the well known polymer programs. I feel like choosing Buffalo would really make me question my career decisions (due to the low repute), but then choosing UConn would basically kill my personal/social life and I might not feel as much at home as Buffalo. It's all so confusing right now, I wish I got an admit from my top choice right now so that all of this confusion becomes irrelevant. Anyway, I would really appreciate inputs on these topics from you guys.
  3. Funding vs. Location

    I've been fortunate enough to be accepted into several Psych MA programs, but I'm torn between two because of location and funding. One program is giving me a full ride and a stipend, but the region isn't ideal for me, and it would mean living apart from my SO (east coast vs. west coast) for two years. The other program is in a very expensive area and would require me to take out loans and accumulate student debt (I have none right now). I've wanted to live in this area however, and my SO would only be a 1.5 hr drive away. I'm excited about both programs, and either would take me in different directions (applied vs. experimental), which I'm open to. The applied program (expensive one) would help me get a job after completing the masters but the other (fully funded one) would better prepare me for a PhD program. What should I do?
  4. Duke/Vanderbilt

    Hey everyone, I would like some different inputs on living in Nashville vs Durham. As an international student, I would like to know if the neighborhoods where most people stay are diverse, and views on people of color? I currently live in New York city, and would like to hear your opinions. Thanks!
  5. I'm currently applying as an out-of-field (psychology and Spanish double major) student to graduate programs that offer 1.) the opportunity to complete prerequisites upon admission and 2.) bilingual opportunities, whether that be through a specific certificate program or they verified that they offer bilingual placements. I obviously have no idea where I'm going to get accepted, if anywhere, but since I won't have much time and all the schools are far from me I want to have an IDEA of where I want to go and what I want to base my decision on once I know where I have been admitted. How important should I make each of the following factors in my decision? 1. Location (I'm from PA and go to school in OH, so I won't be close no matter what, but I'm thinking more in terms of where I'd be most happy) 2. Ranking (does this matter for SLP grad school at all?) 3. If they have a separate 3 yr program vs. just allowing me to take prerequisites with undergraduates (I think the former would be better, personally) 4. If they have a separate bilingual certificate program vs. having bilingual placement opportunities (again, the former would be better I think, but not 100% necessary) Thanks in advance! My family members didn't go to grad school so I'm not really sure what's most important.
  6. Hi all, I must say that there are some fantastic answers from post-graduates here like that of @juilletmercredi's endless advice on spending time productively at grad school. I am sure there are many more enlightening posts on the same topic. It would be really helpful if people like her could give meaningful life advice for incoming grads at the stage of making decisions. My dilemma is one that a majority of my peer group, I believe, is facing - research and the guides are two important factors upon which one chooses a grad school, but when one just can't make up her/his mind based on these 2 factors alone (like in my case where all options seem equally attractive and even my current guides pointed out that I could not go wrong with any decision), what other extraneous factors creep in to have an enjoyable 5-6 years at the grad school? I do strongly believe, contrary to the popular opinion, that factors like the social life, weather and location too play a significant role in choosing a grad school. Your research is going to decide on your career, what you do apart from that will shape you as a person which is also imperative. In fact, I could also say that having a great life outside of your school would hold you in good stead through the difficult PhD times, right? Doesn't mental and physical well-being reinforce intellectualism? Also, for someone like myself coming from a tropical climate, weather is indeed a crucial factor. Not having been accustomed to freezing temperatures, wouldn't it take a toll on my health in the long run? That would definitely affect my research too, wouldn't it? I am sure there are many more factors based on which one must make their decision, I simply can't think of anything more. It would be of great help to incoming grads like myself if experienced people like @juilletmercredi guide us in making an optimal choice for someone who does not have the mentality of "put-the-career-above-everything-else" and making a compromise on other things even if it means a dx improvement on your research. Any answer would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!