Do linguistics grad students have time to breathe?
February 23, 2011 5:35 PM Subscribe
Lifestyle of a Linguistics Graduate Student? I am starting a Ph.D. Program next fall, and I want to have an idea of how much time I will be spending on campus, working, studying, etc. Will I have time to sleep? Will I be burnt out and hating myself after one semester? What about money?
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So, I am probably going to be at certain university on Long Island or a certain university in New Jersey for my linguistics Ph.D(Both second tier, similarly ranked). My undergraduate major was not linguistics, but two languages. I did a post-bac year in Brain and Cognitive Science and Linguistics.
I am aware of a funding difference between the two schools, it appears that New Jersey School's base stipends are a good $4000 dollars better than Long Island School, and have similar costs of living. Long Island school has faculty that are connected with my recommenders and I would have the opportunity to work with Favorite Undergraduate Professor/Fairy GodMother in a academic setting(which excites me very much) so I want to go to Long Island School over New Jersey school but I also want to eat and not die on the street. I'm hoping that maybe the actual $$$ difference won't be so bad, but I don't have any information about my funding package yet(or really, official acceptances yet.).
If anyone knows anything about these two places and the stipends and if I am going to starve(hopefully I've given enough identifying information without totally outing myself), it would be appreciated.
But my main question is, how much time am I going to be spending at school, especially after my coursework is finished. My only experience with graduate level work load is through my boyfriend and his roommate, who are Chemistry Ph.D students. He's basically always at lab, although he goes through cycles of being burnt out and not going to lab, sometimes for two days at a time. His roommate is a first year, and she is basically out of the apartment from dawn till midnight. They have group meetings, and making-molecule meetings, and meeting with professors, and research and papers and problemsets and all sorts of things. It seems really jam packed. But he only had one year of classes, where it looks like I will be having three, if I take a full load every semester. (And the thing is, I don't mind if it's insane, I just want to know beforehand).
But Linguistics is not Chemistry. What are you expected to do? What is your everyday life like since you don't have a lab to go everyday? I know that sounds like something I should know going into it, but I don't really know who to ask. If it helps, I am going to specialize in the phonology/morphosyntax/semantics end, not so much the pragmatics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics end. Am I going to be able to sleep and maybe have a hobby I occasionally pursue, or will I be like my boyfriend's roommate, basically running on empty constantly(I do not know how she does it)?