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  1. Hey all! I was accepted into Penn GSE and was awarded a scholarship, but really not that much... and Penn's master's programs' tuition is quite high. Was just curious to hear from previously admitted Penn GSE students (and other master's students in general!), how you funded your tuition and made it work? I know some of my options, but just wanted to hear from you all personally! Also open to hearing currently accepted students too and how you are planning to fund your tuition. 🙂
  2. I recently got accepted to a super rad master's program in archaeology in England (consistently ranked in the top 10 in the world [brag brag blah blah]). I was so happy and proud of myself and absolutely psyched to go until I started talking to my sister about it. For some context on all the confusion I'm about to express: I had probably one of the worst career centers for archaeology at my undergrad institution. There were literally no resources and nobody in the office knew anything about getting started in archaeology. On top of that, there were only two archaeology professors in the entire college, and they were massively overworked and therefore unable to sit down with any of us and talk about what we should expect from grad school. My sister is currently doing her PhD in evolutionary biology in the States, and we started talking about my program and possibly deferring to next year due to COVID-19. I understand that there are major differences in terms of resources and procedure between our fields, and major differences between British and American grad school structure, but she mentioned that she was paid to do both of her degrees-- they were fully funded (?terminology?). In contrast, I would be paying roughly $30,000 for my one-year degree. This is, I'm sure you would agree, a whole heck ton of money. I thought it was normal. Now I just feel like I'm being scammed by a system that I don't understand. Everybody I've talked to (fellow grads) from my college indicated that I would also be paying a lot of money in the US, but now I'm not sure. Are there programs at home that would be fully funded or where tuition would be covered by my contributions to the department? Is it usual or even possible to be paid for my masters degree in archaeology? What is your understanding of what is normal to pay or be paid for an archaeology masters degree? This seems like something that should be totally obvious, so I'm feeling unbelievably stupid right now and am considering pulling out of the program completely. Additional facts because I feel like it might come up: 1. I understand that the UK higher ed system is known for being predatory when it comes to international students who will pay higher fees. It's generally understood that they have lower admissions standards for us and I was fine with being one of those putzes as long as I was getting a really good education. 2. I wanted to go to the UK because I want to study British/insular pre- to early-medieval archaeology specifically, and I want to be able to work in the field during my program. It wasn't a frivolous travel-oriented choice and I genuinely thought being there would be the best move for my career.
  3. Hey everyone, Hope you’re all doing well. I was an English Teacher in China for 2 years and I recently returned home. I would have loved to have stayed, but it was time for me to get back to my family. My former employers are now in need of an English teacher. I worked for a beautiful kindergarten in a city called Yueyang, in the province of Hunan, China run by a lovely Chinese/Australian couple who ended up being my second family away from home. This is a great opportunity for those that love to travel and at the same time want to make money. Living in China was absolutely thrilling and a great adventure. So if anyone would like to experience something new, please contact me directly through email: christinamarie.zambrano@gmail.com and I can provide you with more information. Thank you for taking the time to listen. P.S - If you've recently finished university, it's a great way to begin to pay off your debt. I paid half of my student loans within the 2 years that I was living there.
  4. Hi there, After contemplating graduate school for many years, with much consideration for my area of study, I finally decided that I would like to pursue a Master's in American Studies. I plan to apply to graduate school in two years. My question is whether to stay at my current place of employment or move onto a more intellectually challenging position that will most likely pay me less. Current Position Pros: a highly prestigious academic institute that could potentially bolster my CV friendships with faculty, and staff world-class speakers and programming that I sometimes have access to solid compensation and matching pension lively discussions on diversity and inclusion Cons: the position itself is considered entry level - which I didn't know when I accepted it I also thought I would gain grant writing experience in the role but there doesn't seem to be any possibility for that development my responsibilities are pretty menial and incredibly boring an incredible amount of office drama and low morale among staff little opportunities for professional growth Before I was absolutely sure about the course of study I wanted to pursue, I became interested in Foundation Relations, which I am still interested in. Thus far, I've taken a course in grant writing and work on a friend's Board of Directors as a grant writer. After recently becoming more frustrated in my current role, I began applying for positions directly related to grant writing and am starting to hear back from a few. However, on average, they pay about 20% less than my current position. I imagine that it will be a similar story for other positions I come upon given that my current organization has the privilege to compensate us fairly well. I don't want to make any fast and hard decisions but I also don't want to miss out on potential opportunities. Should I make the leap into one of these roles that would provide some intellectual stimulation and also help me maintain my writing skills? Or should I continue building connections at the job I am at now? Other ideas are to look for research jobs or to use the experience at one of these other organizations to move into a position at a better organization. That's also a lot of jumping around prior to graduate school. I'd appreciate any thoughts you'd like to share. Thanks!
  5. Hi, I was accepted into a good private school (Johns Hopkins University) for their master's program in Chemical Engineering. It is very expensive. It will cost around 53,000$ for the first year and 13000$ the second year. This is without the cost of living. I currently have 44K in debt from undergrad (BS in Chemical Engineering). Do I go another 66K in debt for a MSE in Chemical Engineering? Johns Hopkins is a great school but it is very expensive. At this point this is my only option for next year. Please comment!!
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