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I've never heard of the Purple mattress! Thanks for the rec. I had a friend that got a tuft & needle (similar to casper) and really liked it.

@rhombusbombus In terms of citation managers, I'd check with your university (probably the library) -- a lot of them have licenses for student use (probably zotero, seems to be popular with universities), so you may not need to pay for one out of pocket. 

Knowing that I'll be soon within a grad student budget, I've been focusing so much on buying products that last and are high quality -- I've become very thorough in my perusal of wirecutter/other niche site reviews. I just discovered carryology last week and all of the buy-it-for-life type sites, does anyone have any other sites that they use for trusted reviews?

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After reading through all 23 pages, I think I've managed to compile the most salient (at least for me) and still relevant pieces of advice as far as grad school supplies  Laptop - While most peo

What was valuable to me: -1TB hard drive to back up to -Bookcase (you accrue a crap ton of books) -Scanner (why have a filing cabinet when you can have a digital one that takes up no space at all)

FWIW, I recommend: A set of blank correspondence cards from Crane and postage to send thank you notes. Purell and lots of it. Your sense of humor--most notably the ability to laugh at yourself. At

1 hour ago, rhombusbombus said:

@savay I'll definitely check those sites out!

Anyone have bike recommendations? The place I'm likely to live is only a 15 minute bike ride from my lab. I'd be a fool to drive everyday.

I think "hybrid" style bikes are the absolute best option. They're light and move fast, like a road bike, but tend to have a little bit of suspension and added comfort in seat, handles, etc - and you can sit upright. They're targeted at bike commuters. I had a Specialized Ariel (until it got stolen) and it was absolutely perfect. There are other brands that make something similar. Also key - let someone at a bike shop fit you to the frame. If it's the wrong size, your wrists and legs will kill you.

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7 hours ago, ihatechoosingusernames said:

I'm planning on getting a Purple Mattress too! It seems so easy to get it delivered to my new apartment, and the online reviews are fantastic. 

With the purple mattress, sleepopolis has a coupon to get a free seat cushion when you order! 

http://sleepopolis-mattress-reviews.com/discounts/

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For you Purple Mattress fans, are you able to roll it back up when you want to move?  I too want to upgrade to nice mattress but when I have to move for intern year I'd like it to not be a huge pain in the ass to move.  If it rolls back up like it was when it came and can be put in a car then this might be something to look into.  

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On 3/18/2016 at 0:04 AM, scrivere said:

Clothing question-- Are leggings acceptable day-to-day attire in most (humanities/social sci) PhD programs?

When I visited programs, I saw plenty of (graduate) students in leggings. I'm no expert, just an observation.

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12 minutes ago, mk-8 said:

When I visited programs, I saw plenty of (graduate) students in leggings. I'm no expert, just an observation.

Same, but I wasn't visiting high-ranked, ivy league programs either. I think the acceptability of certain dress probably depends on the departmental preferences. I'm sure some programs are far more laid back than others. 

On 3/17/2016 at 9:47 AM, ihatechoosingusernames said:

I'm planning on getting a Purple Mattress too! It seems so easy to get it delivered to my new apartment, and the online reviews are fantastic. 

 

On 3/17/2016 at 7:17 PM, rhombusbombus said:

@Neist Yeah. The Purple Mattress has me kind of brainwashed. It's that 100 day try out period!

I've considered that one, too, but it's a chunk more expensive than the Casper ones. You should post your thoughts on them if you order one. :) 

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20 minutes ago, Neist said:

I've considered that one, too, but it's a chunk more expensive than the Casper ones. You should post your thoughts on them if you order one. :) 

I've also heard the GhostBed is pretty good too, and it seems to be cheaper than the Purple. Have you looked at sleepsherpa.com? They've got all sorts of reviews and rankings of these mattresses, and GhostBed ranked very high. 

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58 minutes ago, ihatechoosingusernames said:

I've also heard the GhostBed is pretty good too, and it seems to be cheaper than the Purple. Have you looked at sleepsherpa.com? They've got all sorts of reviews and rankings of these mattresses, and GhostBed ranked very high. 

I have not look at sleepsherpa.com. I'll have to check it out. Thanks! :) 

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1 hour ago, Neist said:

Same, but I wasn't visiting high-ranked, ivy league programs either. I think the acceptability of certain dress probably depends on the departmental preferences. I'm sure some programs are far more laid back than others. 

Probably :)

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7 hours ago, ihatechoosingusernames said:

I've also heard the GhostBed is pretty good too, and it seems to be cheaper than the Purple. Have you looked at sleepsherpa.com? They've got all sorts of reviews and rankings of these mattresses, and GhostBed ranked very high. 

The GhostBed does look good and I like that its cheaper than Purple.  The only thing that kinda bugs me is I can't find any mention of it being flame retardant.  That's pretty important and I'd prefer they use a knit thing the way Purple does instead of chemicals.

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I know that the topic has kind of moved on, but I've found a lot of high-quality women's business casual and professional clothing at thrift stores. Things still with tags on, in like-new condition, from brands like Ann Taylor, designers carried at Anthropologie, Banana Republic, J. Crew, etc.

Most of my nicest clothing (the kind that gets compliments) was purchased for under $10 an item by careful searching of the racks in periods when I had more time than money. Just a suggestion for those finding this thread now, like me!

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On 3/22/2016 at 2:07 PM, cyborgchild said:

Did anyone hold on to their GRE prep materials (textbooks, flash cards) when you started grad school? I'm thinking of donating them or giving them to a friend but wanted to make sure I wouldn't need them again.

You can donate them to the public library and then they'll be accessible to students that can't afford to buy them.

7 minutes ago, steveshooman said:

I know that the topic has kind of moved on, but I've found a lot of high-quality women's business casual and professional clothing at thrift stores. Things still with tags on, in like-new condition, from brands like Ann Taylor, designers carried at Anthropologie, Banana Republic, J. Crew, etc.

Most of my nicest clothing (the kind that gets compliments) was purchased for under $10 an item by careful searching of the racks in periods when I had more time than money. Just a suggestion for those finding this thread now, like me!

It always amazes me that people donate clothing that still has the tags on it.  Maybe they're all shopaholics and will just buy anything and everything lol.  

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1 minute ago, MarineBluePsy said:

It always amazes me that people donate clothing that still has the tags on it.  Maybe they're all shopaholics and will just buy anything and everything lol.  

Closeout stores are also pretty amazing. Some of my favorite pants came closeout stores. I have multiple pairs of Dockers slacks that I got for under 20 bucks a pair. Yay. :) 

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2 minutes ago, Neist said:

Closeout stores are also pretty amazing. Some of my favorite pants came closeout stores. I have multiple pairs of Dockers slacks that I got for under 20 bucks a pair. Yay. :) 

A closeout store?  Is that the same as an outlet store?

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Just now, MarineBluePsy said:

A closeout store?  Is that the same as an outlet store?

Basically, yup. All new clothing. Usually name brand. Quite cheap. There's one close to my in-laws and whenever I visit I stock up on clothes. 

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6 minutes ago, Neist said:

Basically, yup. All new clothing. Usually name brand. Quite cheap. There's one close to my in-laws and whenever I visit I stock up on clothes. 

Oh I see.  Yes I do go to those for some staple items.

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Thanks for all the mattress suggestions! I have a bit of a different question: sturdy, reliable, yet fashionable shoes for ladyperson feet....perhaps something like oxfords. I will be walking around 3-4 miles per day with my new program, rain, snow, or shine, and my shoes tend to get worn quickly! I ask because I tend to dress formally, not wearing sneakers to class.

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I can only imagine that people: 1) Buy things they don't really need and never get around to wearing them, 2) Are given clothing that is not their taste/size and don't have a way to return the items, or 3) Some other option that I haven't considered that would explain new clothing going into a donation bin.

Either way, I'm the beneficiary and am happy to see this phenomenon continue!

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Just now, Cat_Robutt said:

Thanks for all the mattress suggestions! I have a bit of a different question: sturdy, reliable, yet fashionable shoes for ladyperson feet....perhaps something like oxfords. I will be walking around 3-4 miles per day with my new program, rain, snow, or shine, and my shoes tend to get worn quickly! I ask because I tend to dress formally, not wearing sneakers to class.

I've been thinking about this as well! Whenever I go on sites looking for reviews (like the femalefashionadvice section of reddit), I see tons of support for a shoe brand called Corso Como: https://shop.cccorsocomo.com/

They are apparently made with comfort in mind and people say that their flats are really good.

You could also try different kinds of loafers or smoking slippers (some loafers can be found here): http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/womens-flat-loafer-moccasin

If anyone else has recommendations, I'd also like to hear them! I'm constantly looking for shoes that will last a long time, as I walk tons every day.

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