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  1. Is it worthwhile to quit my job to focus fully on my master's degree? My master's is currently unfunded, but I have a decent amount in savings and plan to hopefully work a part-time job to offset any loans I may have to take out. My undergrad was in Psychology, and I made the jump to Statistics and CS and the transition has been difficult, but I love it. My current job is unrelated to my field, but it is flexible and is funding my education, which is a huge incentive to stay. However, balancing both graduate school and full-time work is taking a toll on my mental and physical health. I have started having back problems and neck problems from sitting all day at work and sitting all night working on homework. The lack of free-time has also started triggering panic attacks. I've been seeking treatment for these conditions, but it all boils down to stress triggering these issues. I know if I really buckle down, I can get through the semester, but at what cost? Once I graduate, the types of jobs I can apply for pay a lot more than my current job. I'm feeling stuck because the situation I'm in is one that most would envy, but it's seriously effecting my health. Should I quit and focus on graduate school full-time at the risk of incurring debt, or should I stay at the risk of degrading health? Any advice, personal experiences, etc. would be extremely helpful.
  2. Minerva1917

    Working full-time during your PhD?

    Hi all, does anyone here have any experience working full-time during the all-but-dissertation (ABD) phase of their PhD? I'm really interested in getting a full-time job outside of academia when I'm ABD because I don't think I can support myself on PhD funding. At the moment, I am a high school English teacher hoping to pursue a PhD in English, history of American studies. If I get into any PhD programs, I would like to do a leave of absence from my current job so that I can fulfill my coursework requirements (which usually conflict with current 8-3PM high school schedule). Ideally, I would then return to my high school job once my course work is complete and I am ABD. Is this too ambitious? Will I burn myself out?
  3. If you're anything like me, you're thinking "jeez I haven't heard back/gotten accepted anywhere yet....wth will I do this fall?" In my desire to have some sort of a plan (if only for being able to work towards something and remain sane), I've thought of a thousand other things I'd like to/plan to do if I don't end up going to graduate school. Some are silly (biologist-turned-celebrity-chef) and some are legitimate (gain more research experience and network), but all have the potential to be extremely valid come graduation in a few months. What about you?
  4. I have a question about MSW placements--I know this is going to vary hugely by placement and program, but would love to hear from people currently in an MSW or who have completed a program. How flexible are placement days/hours? I am a wedding photographer (this is how I finance my life & education). I need to book weddings during the school year--I can't just not work for 4 semesters. But I would have to travel for all the weddings, meaning I might miss some Fridays. If I have my placement on Friday, how flexible do you think it would be for me to make up those hours on a different day?
  5. I graduate in May 2011 with a Master's in cultural anthropology and my dream is to pursue my PhD, however, I did not get into the only Antho PhD program in my city. I'm married and I own a house. Therefore, I have to stay where I'm at for a couple years (hence why I only applied to the one local program). I'm planning on applying to programs for fall 2013 but, until then, I'm working in an unrelated field to save up money. My focus in anthropology is on cyberanthropology (particularly social media) and I'm managing social media and PR at my current job. So I could tie it into my resesarch interests in a way, but my work is no way research/anthropology related. My question is, how do I stay desirable to an application committee? Will it reflect negatively on my application if I've been working full time for a couple of years in an unrelated field? Is there anything I can do on an on-going basis that will improve my chances of getting in for 2013? Any help and/or advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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