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  1. KayAnne14

    Screw The Back Up!

    Hello my fellow potential grad school students! So recently, I've been getting a few messages asking me what I'm doing during the abysmal "waiting it out" process. Rather than going into detail on every single reply, I've decided a blog post would be the most beneficial to everyone, myself included. As much as you may think differently, I am new to this entire process myself. I say that because I want everyone to know one simple thing: I have no idea what I'm doing. Yes, I may have started this blog and yes, it may have connected with people, but that doesn't mean I'm some sort of pro! I am a 22 year old who decided to follow my dream and take the next step toward my next educational frenemy (aka grad school). So, let me answer the question that so many have asked: what am I doing to pass the time? First, let me just say a whole lot of nothing. Yes, I work, and yes, I'm partially continuing personal research on a few matters, but it boils down to doing a whole lot of nothing. I work 5-6 days a week, go to pt about twice a week, I try to do research but half the time I get distracted half way through and end up on random websites like Pinterest, Facebook, and the occasional YouTube which gets me hooked for a few hours. I would love to say that I'm continuing my research, which is coming along swimmingly, and I have made new discoveries which will soon lead me to the path of enlightenment. Or that I'm planning for my next step (grad school or otherwise) and have everything planned out to a tee. Also, it would be fun if I could tell you that I became famous in my short time period on this blog and am now in the process of publishing my first worldwide famous book that is soon going to be made into a movie and be sold out all over the world. After all, any of those options right now would be worth my time; however, sadly none of that is happening. The truth (besides what I already hinted to above), secondly, is I'm thinking about a lot of "what if" scenarios. I know I've touched on this a bit in the past, but I wanted to be honest with you. It's not like I write about something and then it magically changes the moment it gets over 200 reads. That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. The issue doesn't go away. No matter what you or I may try to do. The thought of rejection will forever linger in the back of my mind, and if you're like me then you're the same (hate to tell you). I think everyone fears rejection, after all, no one likes to be told "no" or that they aren't good enough. If you do like to be told these things...honestly, I have no advice or witty remark to make here so you've officially left me at a blank, but still. Rejection sucks. Especially since we all know how it feels. With the thought of rejection comes the scenario of what I (or you) am/are going to do if this whole expedition of grad school doesn't work the way we expect it to. In other words, what's going to happen next if this doesn't work out? Well, I feel like in that sentence lies the root to our underlying problem. I'm sure that you've planned out how grad school is going to work out for you, where you're going to go, and what is going to happen after graduation. I have to and there's nothing wrong with that! However, if you're like me, then the question of "what if" lies deep in the core and, like I said, here lies the problem. I know I've said having a back up plan is a smart move (after all, I probably have over a dozen at this point and I still continue to add to that list), but after typing this out so many times it got me wondering. When I started to wonder I came to a frighteningly, devastating, partial realization that may be only for me, but I'm going to tell you anyways because that's the point of you reading up until this point. If by having all these back up plans, like I said I did, then that, in fact, is my problem. I started to think that by putting all this effort into the "what if" question scenarios, I'm actually taking away from what I actually want to happen which is grad school. I know that with applications already in there's not much I can do besides wait, but I could still be planning out what is going to happen not "if" but "when" I get in. We (again, I'm assuming you're like me) put all this effort into the higher possibility that our dreams will fail, but that takes away our hope of fulfilling our dreams. So, and I know this is easier said than done, stop. Stop degrading yourself to your back up plan. If it happens, fine, if it doesn't then that's great too. But at this point, you back up plan has taken away enough of our precious time. Now it's time to think about what we WANT to happen, rather than think about what may or may not happen. Finally, my last piece of advice is simple: go shopping. Not literally, of course! After all, we are potential grad school students, we're beyond broke. But play around with a few ideas like, "where you're going to live once you get accepted?" Or, "what are you going to decorate your apartment like?" To which, may I suggest Pinterest. Spark the inspiration of acceptance and think about these things. Look at apartments, look at decorating/organizing ideas, and look at scholarship possibilities (after all, we're broke and need all the help we can get). You've got more fire in you than you realize, and I hope that this sparks a little bit of inspiration. Anyways, thank you all for reading and I apologize if you have read some of my recent stuff...had a little bit of writer's block and I think I may finally be out of it. Be sure to check out the #SpreadTheLove campaign on my blog, and I also have another poll about Facebook so be sure to check it out. Also, I love hearing from you guys, so thank you all for your comments, your "fan mail" for those of you calling it that, and for your shares! It's amazing to know that people actually get a small kick out of reading my writing and it really makes me happy. Hope everyone has a great week, and I look forward to hearing from you in some way, shape, or form! Until next time, K.
  2. KayAnne14

    My Life In Ruins

    It's kind of weird to see how far you've come in the past few months, or few years even. For most, the time of applications has finally come to a close and peace can finally happen...at least for a moment or two. You've finally gotten those letters of rec., the horrifying test scores went through swimmingly, and all the transcripts and writing samples have uploaded with as little drama as possible. To which I say: good for you! You've made the first steps into a life long career choice and you will always have my support. While I once said, "let the games begin," now I must say, "let's get down to business." Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the next few weeks will be some of the most peaceful that you've had in a while. However, these next few weeks will also spark your inspiration for research. You'll find yourself not only looking at places to live, jobs available, etc. etc. etc., but you'll also look deeper into your career choice. For those archaeology wannabes, our lives will officially be in ruins, and it's not strange to think that the ruins are exactly where we wish to be. While my life will (hopefully) be in the ocean, many of you will be spent in the sands of Egypt (maybe deciphering a 2400 year old papyrus...you know who you are!), in the jungles of the Amazon, or in the freezing Alaskan snow...I'm sure there's something there, but don't take my word on that. For those education wannabes, books will consume your lives and research will be your battle ground, to which I say: I want to know what you plan to research. To those science wannabes, the lab will become your home, your lab coat will be the new fashion, and the periodic table (from what I gather) will become as basic to you as your computer keyboard. Every subject as their own ruins, and every subject has their own struggles. With that being said, however, nothing worth while was ever achieved easily. You'll each have your hardships, you'll each have your points of disparity, and you'll each have those moments when you begin to question yourself. DON'T QUESTION YOURSELF. You started this journey for a reason, so do your best to remember that reason. Write it down, make a poster, do something to where you'll be able to see it as inspiration rather than a question. I plan on keeping this post sweet and simple (after all, Pinterest is calling my name for apartment inspiration), but I wanted you to at least read what I had to say. In fact, I have a little treat for you. A quote. Not from me, I promise you, but from an old story I read a long time ago that always just stuck to me. "But the rewards for struggling is that after the struggle, you know what it means to live." - Fruits Basket. With all the books that I read, very few leave me with as much inspiration as this one did (no matter how weird it may seem). Also, remember I told you that I read this a long time ago, so don't judge me if you look it up to see what it is...don't judge. So, here's to a life in ruins... - K. P.S. Please be sure to check out and vote on the #SpreadTheLove campaign to help let me know which organization you want to see supported in the hopes of spreading education for future generations! And please be sure to share on Facebook to get other people involved! The more people we gather, the bigger the difference we can make. Hope to hear from you all soon!
  3. Only because "the thing no one wants to talk about yet everyone needs to think about at some point but no one wants to because it may seem like you're heading towards failure" was a bit long to be title worthy... Welcome back, guys and gals and all those lovely folks who have read my writing before...you know, in that one "blog" post... I hope everyone is having a great day! Why? Because I'm about to ruin it. I know, I'm such a horrible person, but it was bound to happen eventually. In my last post (So, you've entered the abyss...) I briefly discussed the idea of having a back up (or BU for those loyal readers out there...you know, the entire one of you). Well, now it is time for me to elaborate. This is the one thing that everyone who begins the grad school process must come across at some point, however briefly it may be. The truth of the matter is, though, this is going to be the path that some of us end up taking. I thought it best to bring it into the light. Now, the BU plan is different for everybody and doesn't have to be set on a single thing. For example, I'll use myself. While my graduate dream is to become the world's best and most well-known maritime archaeologist by the time I'm in my early 30s, I have a hugely different back up plan...12, in fact. What can I say? My OCD causes me to plan for multiple contingencies. After all, you never know what may happen! So, obviously, my next plan is to become a world renowned writer. Just kidding! While there may be one or two of you out there who are actually getting what little amusement you can out of my writing, it's not my next plan of action. A plan of action, yes. I wouldn't have a three or four half written books sitting on my computer for nothing if it wasn't. Apart from becoming some sort of writer, I may end up starting my own dessert food truck where all the fandoms can unite in the form of your new favorite desserts. (And before you ask, I do have baking experience. I used to be a dessert baker at a local...well, that's beside the point.) If that doesn't work out, I'll go work in a museum somewhere, or maybe do an internship abroad, or, heck, I don't know, become a hard core princess of some small unheard of country! Although not every single one of those may seem attainable (the part about me becoming a writer part, because of course it's possible for me to become a princess), that's beside the point. The point is to have a plan. Any sort of plan, because any sort of plan is still some sort of plan. So, while you are starting to have that little inkling in the back of your head of something else that may seem a bit interesting to you, my advice: look into it. Entertain the idea of actually accomplishing it. That being said, however, don't let a simple back up plan distract you from your main goal. You've got it within your to get yourself where you need to be. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. At least now you know that you'll always have my vote of support. So now go! Go out and make your back up plan. If you don't get into grad school, then show the world just what you can do without it. Don't cut yourself down before you've even begun to fully stand up on your own two feet. Become the tree that rises towards the heavens and who's broken vines and branches have only made you stronger. If you get accepted into your dream program, that's amazing! But if not, then don't worry because there is something better out there for you, even if it takes you a little while to find it. I really wanted to end this little post on a high note so it wouldn't be so depressing, and I hope that I achieved that... Thank you for reading this far and I hope that one day I get to hear what your back up plan may or may not be. Be sure to stay in touch and good luck with all your future endeavors! Sincerely, K.
  4. KayAnne14

    The Trail We Blaze

    Hello my amazing fans and readers (if there are any), Welcome to my first blog post...ever! I know, I can't believe it either but here it is. So, as I was thinking about what to write and what people would actually want to take time out of their busy schedules to read, it brought me back to how this whole journey got started. While that was true, I've decided (after a few seconds of debate with my inner workings of my crazy mind) we aren't going to talk about that today. Why? ...because I kind of don't want to right now. Also, because I feel like those of you thinking of entering the process have your own idea of what it's like and honestly, you aren't too far off. What most people don't know is what happens after. That's where I come in! So, what happens after you apply, you ask? You get to be one of the many lucky people that get to enter into the abyss (note: connection to past post that got me started in the first place...see what I did there?). The abyss, for those new readers here, is a whole lot of...well, you guessed it, nothing. Now, nothing can be both good and bad. For those unlike me, you get a lot of stuff done. For example, you completely reorganize your room, you get to finish your undergrad career, you get to pretend to have a life outside of work. However, for those like me, the story is a little bit different. You, my fellow compatriots, get to be engulfed in self pity, you get to be unhinged due to nerves, and you begin questioning the meaning of life. If you think I'm exaggerating, think again! I could mention having a back up plan being formed in this time frame (it should be, by the way), but I've already written about that as well. So what happens in the abyss between self loathing and thinking about every possible contingency scenario? A whole lot of nothing. This is something you're going to be doing a lot of during this little waiting period between applying and hearing back with a decision. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The reason why I'm writing about absolutely nothing is because it gives people a way to talk it out with someone other than that little voice in your head. That little voice that is beyond annoying and doesn't know the definition of the term "shut up". However, while the self loathing is almost inevitable during this time, there's also a small spark. If you're open enough to seeing it, that is. This spark reminds you of your true passions, whether it's what you plan to go to grad school for or something else entirely. This little spark allows you to see the path that you were meant to take and this little spark also reminds you of why you started. It's this moment that truly starts your journey into the future and it is this spark that will lead you to happiness. For some, it's barely visible. I'm a part of this group, sadly, but I know it's still there. For others, you get to be encompassed in a fiery blaze of glory and accomplishment. (Again, lucky you.) So enjoy it, no matter what group you're a part of. Enjoy the abyss because it's only in the darkest of times that one is able to see even the smallest amount of light. Follow your own path and enjoy every step of the journey because nothing easy is hardly ever worth achieving in the end. So, my fellow readers, welcome to the abyss and enjoy the darkness. I hope to hear from you all soon and thank you so much for reading. To all of you out there, I can't wait to see/hear how your journey ends. Sincerely, K.
  5. Would be delighted to know if anyone got through the design Impact program. If possible pls connect on mail - ivymuk2010@gmail.com
  6. So does anyone know about this fairly new Masters of Science in Additive manufacturing and Design program (established 2017)? I applied to it and got accepted as a self-supporting student. Did anyone else apply to it?
  7. I just got back from the visit day where they revealed some stats about this year's admissions. The following include both MS and MS/PhD applications. ~950 applications 224 were sorted into the Admit/Possible Admit pile 181 were admitted (19% acceptance rate) 57 were invited to interview for 5 quarter and 3 year fellowships (6%) The vast majority of people invited will receive the 5 quarter fellowship for the MS before moving into a funded PhD. The MechE department has 5 Stanford Graduate Fellowships to hand out which provide funding and an increased stipend for 3 years. Stanford is only interested in funding students whose eventual goal is a PhD. All letters will be sent out sometime in mid-March. The takeaway from this is that there are still 124 MS students who have no idea they've been admitted yet. Just wait if you're in this boat.
  8. I have got the PhD offer in Chemistry with TA from the University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA. (Fall 2017) I want to know how good the university is for the PhD program (Chemistry)? What is the Job oppurtunity after my PhD ( I am interested to work on Analytical Chemistry)? I am an international student. So it is hard for me to verify the education quality. USnews shows the university as non ranked, thats why i have no idea how good it is. Please give a overall idea about the university, life in Maine etc. It will help me a lot
  9. The department's website says acceptance processed by April 1 st. Anyone heard anything from UConn? Do they usually delay reposes? Thanks
  10. Does anyone have any idea when MIT ME will send out their decisions for MS/PhD this year? Anxiously waiting rn.
  11. So for a Canadian student studying in Lebanon, and getting his BE from the best university there with a GPA of 2.96, and a similar GPA in the last final 2 years, is there any chances to be accepted for the unfunded ME program in civil engineering at University of Toronto? In addition, when do they reply usually? Any info is HIGHLY appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  12. Hey guys, We've been trying to exchange information on TheGradCafe's Survey but I feel like it hasn't been working well, and maybe it's better to talk here than there, so we can have the survey exclusively for results. I'm creating this topic so we can share our application status regarding both PhD and MS applications within the Mechanical Engineering department. Best of luck! Marcelo
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