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May 28

Most affordable way to finish undergraduate college degree? (Bachelor's)

My partner had to leave college many years ago before completing his undergraduate degree. He now works full-time and a few months ago, he was able to start taking classes again at a different, local university. However, he has massive student loans already and this program may double his debt. There must be more affordable ways to do this, right? We are willing to get creative! [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 6:54 AM - 32 answers

May 26

How will digital technology impact schools?

I'm really interested in how educational technology will transform schools - help me find out more about this! [more inside]
posted by greytape at 3:55 AM - 13 answers

May 25

Can you identify this passage?

My Google Fu is failing me, and I'm looking for the source of this passage: "Sleep is the source of our strength, a balm for the sick soul, the best of all medicines. Each person from his own experience knows that often the best and only way to get rid of heavy anxiety or mental fatigue is for them to sleep. Happy is the one to whom the dream is invariably at a certain time, for a certain period and leaves as quietly and imperceptibly as it came."
posted by mecran01 at 9:33 PM - 4 answers

May 24

Resources and funding for my research on libraries and public media?

Hi! I’m interested in doing some research on collaborations between libraries and public media outlets. I am a full-time public radio employee (I’m an on-air host so what I’d be researching is not specifically job-related), and I’m not looking to leave my job. But I need a project! And I’d like to find resources not only for actually doing the project, but also for paying for it. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady at 2:07 PM - 2 answers

May 23

Where do librarians get their librarian news?

I've created a nifty new (free) website that could be useful as a reference and research tool, and I would like to share it with librarians (university level, primarily). What blogs, mailing lists, forums, etc... could I politely and non-spamily reach out to that might be interested in sharing such a resource? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder at 5:04 AM - 7 answers

May 22

He wants to be a lawyer, and thinks that cost is not an issue

My friend's son (1/2 way thru undergraduate school, paid for) wants to be lawyer. Not sure what type, but likes drama and money, (F Lee Bailey) and is smart and clever. . [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 9:24 AM - 46 answers

May 21

How much do I really need to study abroad?

I am a student in an Area Studies field, where study abroad is really important. But I'm not really sure how much I want to spend long stretches of time halfway around the world from my home. I was hoping that maybe someone with experience in this area of academia could give me some advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:57 AM - 14 answers

I can chill at Mass once a week

I'm considering taking a job at a parochial school. Tell me why that's a great or terrible idea. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:56 AM - 11 answers

May 17

Non-Profit Resources

ISO literacy funding & grants available to public school teachers at all levels. [more inside]
posted by Heatwole at 12:10 PM - 3 answers

May 15

Need some info about plagiarism policies in colleges

I’m writing a fictional story about a teacher dealing with a plagiarizing student. This is loosely based on actual events (I was an adjunct, not the student!), but it’s been more than a decade and my memory is sketchy. [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 1:07 PM - 14 answers

May 14

To MLIS or not to MLIS

Hi. Thanks to everyone who helped with my last question, about acing my library page interview--it paid off, because I got the job! Now: do I pursue an MLIS or not? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 7:12 PM - 10 answers

May 12

ISO: Weird, tragic, mysterious, and/or spooky history

What are your favorite history mysteries or tragic tales of historical disasters? The creepier, odder, and more mysterious the better! [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco at 11:24 AM - 47 answers

Reference Letters for Grad School

I'm looking into applying to an online Master's program offered in Computer Science. The program requires 3 reference letters to accompany the applications. I've been out of university for 10 years, so I doubt any of my old professors would remember me. Is it a problem to apply to a grad program and have all 3 reference letters come from various people at my current employer? Or is there some better alternative that I haven't considered?
posted by Proginoskes at 11:18 AM - 9 answers

May 10

How serious are "recommended" degree requirements?

The undergrad degree track I'm on has two options. My advisor is insistent on one, but not entirely clear about why. Should I listen? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 6:48 PM - 15 answers

Do I accept this fellowship?

I've been admitted to a top graduate program and got a fellowship that pays for all my tuition. Hooray! comes with strings attached and hesitant to accept. [more inside]
posted by treetop89 at 11:24 AM - 35 answers

May 9

Shushing, Hushing, Shooshing a candle?

The other day I was hanging out with a friend, and when I went to blow out a candle I blew too hard and spattered wax everywhere. She suggested that I hold my finger halfway between my mouth and the flame to protect against this happening, and that it also allowed for a much smaller quantity of air. I tried it out, and sure as hell it worked, I've been doing it every night since. I started thinking about it and it makes perfect sense; utilizing turbulence in the air to blow out the flame with less volume of air. My question is: WHAT IS THIS CALLED? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 at 8:18 PM - 5 answers

Antigua, Guatemala, Spanish classes and related questions

Hi, I am a reasonably experienced solo traveler, age 51, and a beginning Spanish language learner (I take a weekly in-person formal class plus homework and DuoLingo, and I'm at about second-year-of-high-school-Spanish-class level). I'm headed to Guatemala in a couple of weeks, one week for vacation in Antigua, and one week at a conference in Guatemala City. I'll be on my own. I'm going to do half- or full-day Spanish classes in Antigua during my vacation week, and I am seeking recommendations with a few snowflakes ... [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 4:14 PM - 6 answers

May 2

Practical ways to test whether I'd enjoy working as an engineer?

I'm considering going back to school for engineering. I've narrowed down possible BS degrees to computer hardware engineering, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering. I'm good at math and science in general, but how can I test whether I'd actually like doing the day-to-day work that's expected of engineers in these fields? Is this an impossible request? [more inside]
posted by pableaux at 5:54 PM - 8 answers

Help me learn to love writing!

I'm an academic but hate writing! I've managed to get this far in my career by forcing myself to write to deadlines, working with colleagues and doing leadership roles. But now I'm about to move into a research focussed post and have to get to grips with writing regularly (and enjoying it). What are you tips and tricks?
posted by janecr at 6:12 AM - 12 answers

May 1

Mental/intellectual fitness

I miss the challenge of constant critical thinking demanded in college and grad school. Reading the news is no longer cutting it, because I end up angry and depressed. I'm looking for ideas. Short of taking a class (I don't have the time unless it's self-paced), what are some creative and fun ways you keep fit intellectually/mentally? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 5:33 PM - 34 answers

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