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  1. My goal is to earn a PhD in Marine Ecology but I don't have very much background in it or any research experience. I graduated from the Naval Academy 2 years ago with a BS in General Science (Biology/Ecology were not offered majors). Does anyone have any advice/know of any programs that could get me more research experience in biology/ecology to make me more competitive? Thanks!
  2. I am a senior student majored in linguistics in China. I am very interested in speech language pathology and would like to apply a master program of SLP in United States, but my GPA is low (3.40 for the first 3 year and maybe only 3.27 by WES) and most of what I've learned is about Chinese not English. And Chinese course structure is quite different from that in States so I'm not sure whether my prerequisite courses are valid. I've completed a 3-month clinical observation of audiology in a Chinese hospital, and will begin to observe the clinical work of a CCC-SLP in Shanghai next month. I learned Chinese Sign Language, and a little bit ASL. I am working on my BA thesis about the speech sounds of kids with CI implants. I now plan to take a postbac program in 2019 to get a systematic training in SLP so that I can prepare better for a master program in 2020. UW is my dream school but I learned that its postbac program is quite competitive. On UW website their complete details of 2019 postbac program haven't showed up yet. Can anybody who has done this program be so kind to give me some advice? Do I have to apply to CSDCAS or do the WES credential evaluation? Does this program need the personal statement, writing sample or some other materials? Do I need to take an interview? Thanks a lot!!!
  3. This is a complicated post. I am anticipating some brutally honest responses which will hopefully be constructive. I'm also anticipating some rude ones. First, I'm an escort. I have a bachelors in English literature from an average sized state school in Washington State. Outside the west coast my school doesn't matter to anybody. After I graduated I was a teaching assistant in Spain for a year and then came home and worked as a technical writer. Then I became a whore. Now I'm still a whore, and damn good at it, but stuck in a masters program in English studies where I did my undergraduate degree. It's a terrible idea. I'm aware. My undergraduate profile is as follows: Associates degree: 2.9 Lol. The second two years of my major: 3.4 I had a fat athletic scholarship which is why I went to this school instead of a bigger one. I'm graduating from my current MA program early because I need to get the fuck out of this city but also because I do not, DO NOT, want to do a PhD in the humanities. I don't think that's the right thing for me to do. One thing I've learned from escorting is that it's hard work that earns success not necessarily brains. There isn't anything exceptional about my clients except that they picked a goal and worked towards it. I have never been good at this. I come from white trash and hardly graduated high school. I am DYING to start over. At age 24 (almost 25) I have a small window of time to do so as I don't have any children (and don't want any for another decade), have a good amount of money saved, no debt, and am able to relocate anywhere in the world (happily so). I want to do a PhD in economics. How the FUCK do I get into a decent program? Are there any postbacs I should be aware of? There are a few in the US and obviously there are good schools that offer them. There are conversion diplomas in the UK (the University of London Birbeck for example). Thoughts? Anybody do this? Am I doomed? I believe it's important to be realistic. But it's also important to listen to the heart and trust the gut. I know I can do this. But what's the best route?
  4. Has anyone here done a postbac at UW? I just applied, and I'm wondering when they notify. The UW general admissions page says May and June, but the program STARTS in June! Another page says March, so... Any first-hand knowledge/ clarification would be super helpful! Thanks!! <3
  5. Bit of a messy background; pardon the length. Suppose I'm looking both for career advice and profile evaluation. Undergrad at Columbia University, graduated phi beta kapa & cum laude, in comparative literature. But have always had strong interest in sciences, math, and (of course) computer programming. A lot of my undergraduate work was in philosophy of science & epistemology. Did not take any CS classes as an undergrad, however. Upon graduating, had a Fulbright fellowship for study in German. Then, admitted to Stanford for Ph.D in comparative literature. Awarded the Whiting Fellowship (essentially the top fellowship offered at Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, etc.) Had a very good shot a tenure-track job but didn't think I could take living within a dying profession. The proximate cause of my failure to finish my dissertation was that I lost on campus housing, during the middle of the dot com madness. Impossible to rent a bathtub in an alley to live in for less than $1000 a month; the fellowship simply wasn't enough. So, went to work in software. As I had some programming chops I was hired as a "programmer writer" Have worked at (as contractor or employee) all over the bay area: Sun, Oracle, Microsoft, Nokia (smart phones), plus a ton of start ups. 100k+ salary, but of course that's in the insanely expensive bay area. Do not want to continue as a programmer writer, however. It's really only the programming that interested me and I don't get to do nearly enough of that. But I did learn a lot. I'd have to go in a read the code, cold, line by line, often without even minimal comments, on huge projects. I did much more than write API reference materials -- I articulated the architecture, explained the programming idioms and design patterns that evolved. I'm out of the bay area now, and, fortunately, I don't actually *need* to work for a while. But I am in Louisiana, hardly a software hotbed. I'm thinking of doing a postbac at the state university here (in fact I was just accepted and am enrolling), with the aim of applying to a CS or CE master's program. At the age of 40, though, it's going to feel very strange taking undergraduate classes, after I spent so many years teaching them. (Very different types of classes, of course.) The university were I doing the postbac, of course, is not a top-tier institution: will that hurt me much? Not sure if I'm aiming for a top-tier master's program, but don't want to rule it out, either. As I'm going to have to do the full run of math (has been far too long), the postbac is going to take a year and a half, perhaps. (There are path dependencies between the math classes and the CS classes.) I will probably test out of all the 1, 2, and maybe some of the third year CS classes, but I won't be able to take them until I finish the math. At heart, I'm still an academic, so I might even want to do a PhD, but, really, am too old. And I do like working and love writing code. And now I've see I haven't really articulated any clear questions. But I'd certainly love to hear your thoughts.
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