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How should I navigate this grad school minefield?

I've just begun working on my grad thesis and am having a bit of difficultly connecting with my advisor. I want to proceed in the most thoughtful way possible. [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises on Sep 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Need recommendation for best book to use for GRE

Daughter planning to go to grad school to further study psychology and industrial management (sort of human resources) and needs a book for GRE others who have gone on to grad school have found very useful.
posted by Postroad on Jun 2, 2014 - 13 answers

DrPh after MPH, requirments

Hey All, I am loving my MPH, but, I hear that MPH's are a dime a dozen. And, if you want to go into a leadership role you need the DrPH. So I would like to go on, right after the MPH. I worked for 6 years in housing before starting my MPH. What are the G.P.A requirements for the DrPH? Also, is there funding for the DrPH, or just the Phd? Does Harvard have funding? I think their DrPH is a new program. Anyone have experience there? I am working and doing a fellowship, so my grades have not been as high. If I only have a 3.8 g.p.a for grad school, but have a lot of great exp, will that be enough to get into a DrPh program? Thanks
posted by TRUELOTUS on May 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Literature review hacks, please!

I'm in grad school and am writing a literature review as part of my capstone project. I have done a lot of initial research and have created awesome annotated bibliographies - it's just not enough, though. [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises on Apr 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Need help navigating my next steps with my job

I'm unhappy, and I'm planning to leave this city as soon as I can get things straightened out. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jan 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Comfy comfy bootsies

I want to feel like I'm walking on clouds. What boot is best? Cheaper but high quality is better. [more inside]
posted by ribboncake on Jan 14, 2014 - 13 answers

MFT application: letter of reference & personal statement samples? Help!

Hi Mefi Community, I would like to apply for an MFT grad program but feel a huge block when it comes to the personal statement, as well as the letter of reference(s). One of my recommenders has asked that I draft the letter of reference and he will approve it after review, but I've never actually even seen one of these before, so do not know where to begin! [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Jan 1, 2014 - 2 answers

Dell vs Lenovo or other Desk-top for writing paper, surfing net

I am not a gamer or anything, and I want a desktop for writing papers at home. I got the Dell 20 inch all in one for $349 but I cannot believe how slow it is on the internet- brand new out of box, and it froze a few times. I want to be under 500, ideally no more than $450. I like the flat screens at least 20 inch. Any advice? thanks!! i like the lenovo monitors and key boards. [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Dec 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Would it be ok to ask this person for a reference letter?

I haven't known him for that long. And am in a position of privilege [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Nov 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Am I too old (51) to go to grad school?

I have been thinking about getting my pHD—for a couple of reasons. Though I am a very well-established and published non-fiction author, I have been up for a few teaching positions lately and have been told that my lack of an advanced degree (I have a BA) is holding me back. In addition, I simply am interested in going deeper with my work; the degree I am considering is in geography, though history of science also intrigues me. The question: am I crazy to be thinking of this at my age? I don't want to get a degree strictly as a "broadening my knowledge" proposition—I want to be able to use it and to teach. But we're seriously talking being the oldest guy in the class, most likely. So, my questions: is it worthwhile? will it help me find employment teaching? does my existing experience count for anything? and where do I start? Thoughts, answers, advice...all appreciated. Thanks.
posted by soulbarn on Nov 11, 2013 - 23 answers

Grad school recommendation from someone I only talk to on the phone?

I'm gaining some volunteer experience in my field working for a supervisor I get along with great. I'd like him to write my recommendation letter for grad school. Problem: We've only met once in person, and that was five months ago. I've been working for him since then and communicating via phone and email. Is it appropriate to ask him for a recommendation letter? I'm not sure if he knows *me* so much as my work, but we do have a good working relationship.
posted by sunrisecoffee on Nov 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Why do some college degrees have specialized names and others don't?

I have always wondered why some degree programs have a specialized degree name (MPA, MBA, MM, MSW, MLS, etc.) while other degree programs are just an MA in ____ or an MS in ____. Who decides these distinctions and why? [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Oct 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Graduate School Choice!!!

So I've been debating where to take my masters for some time. I'm not here to specifically ask for opinions on schools but more so styles of school. [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Jun 24, 2013 - 11 answers

How to Prepare for Grad School, out of state, and Hit the Ground Running

I will be moving to Boston for Grad school. I would love a checklist of what I need to do to prepare, A. I guess just the move in general, but most importantly B. Making the most of the MPH program and hitting the ground running- 2 years is gonna go by fast. I have to secure housing. I need to make sure that I have enough professional clothes- so I am gonna raid the Loft clearance rack. Other than that, I am looking to find a free online Biostats and Epi course, and looking into/reading up on How to Network- everyone keeps talking about it, and I am a total introvert- so I know I gotta figure that out so I can get a job when I graduate. If such a doc already exist, or something like making the most of grad school (I already have the book Getting What you Came for) please let me know, or otherwise give me your advice on what you think I should do now to prepare and be successful, what you wish you had know or done. thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS on May 23, 2013 - 2 answers

So so grades and future employment prospects

I'm about to finish a master's program and my grades are less than stellar. How big of an effect might this have on my employment prospects going forward, and what are some strategies to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2013 - 6 answers

PhD dropout

I'm dropping out of a PhD program in a social science with only a masters degree. I need a real job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Should I go to grad school for a stats PhD, change jobs, or…?

Feeling a little stuck in my current job; unsure if I should go for the PhD or cross it off my list and change jobs. [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Apr 5, 2013 - 16 answers

PhDating

How do you handle developing relationships in grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Letters of Rec part Deux

I asked a professor for a letter of recommendation a year ago, but my plans changed and I didn't use it to apply for anything. I'd like to ask her for another one this year, and I would appreciate some advice on how to approach her about it. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Nov 16, 2012 - 8 answers

From Jerk to Justice League: How to be a leader, not a whiner? (Grad School Style)

From Jerk to Justice League: How to be a leader, not a whiner? [more inside]
posted by celare on Nov 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I apply to MSW programs now or later?

Do I have an appropriate background for admissions to an MSW program? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 10 answers

My Gut Is Saying "Run" but My Brain is Scared

I posted this question a few months back but would like to... ask again with a little more details. I bit the bullet and signed up for classes again, and after my first half day back, I'm now at home having a panic attack regarding my decision. I'm a historic preservation graduate student, and after a whole year of freaking out about what I want in life, all I really want is a job that pays well, or an incredibly marketable skill. I doubt I will get either with this degree. [more inside]
posted by ohmansocute on Sep 25, 2012 - 17 answers

MSW Questions

Interested in finding a good fit MSW program. Don't know what to look for, ask, inquire about while in the search. MeFe please enlighten me! [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Sep 10, 2012 - 5 answers

bipolar strikes again

What accommodations are available to people with bi-polar 2 in the grad school setting? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Sep 4, 2012 - 4 answers

How does one overcome a low undergrad GPA in a grad school application?

Your undergraduate GPA was not stellar, you spent some time away from school, then you got into the graduate program you wanted. HOW DID YOU DO IT? Special bonus if it was NYU Food Studies. [more inside]
posted by DeWalt_Russ on Jul 16, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm a student, I swear! Why won't you believe me!?

Grad school filter: How do I get my loans back into deferment as a masters-->PhD student? [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on May 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Moving forward after making a mistake?

It would seem that I've f'd up, big time. Now what? How do you move forward when you're fairly sure you've made a bad decision and can't turn back. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by farce majeure on May 7, 2012 - 31 answers

I don't wanna go!

Are they going to kick me out of grad school(linguistics phd)? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on May 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Getting into chemistry grad school with no chemistry background?

I would like to pursue research in supramolecular chemistry, but I am a couple years out of school and do not have a chemistry background. Also, I lack letters of recommendation. I am certain I cannot get into a decent Ph.D. program, but do I have a shot at getting in a Master's program? Or must I resort to taking classes at a university somewhere? [more inside]
posted by nhamann on Apr 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Do I have a shot at grad school?

Do I have a shot at grad school? [more inside]
posted by pmccain on Apr 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Choosing between grad schools: better funding or better advisor?

Choosing between grad schools: better funding or better advisor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 - 20 answers

Grad school or trades? (Snowflake details inside).

What do you think: should I pursue grad school or a trade? [more inside]
posted by thebots on Feb 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Which phD program is better?

How do I know which Ethnomusicology graduate program is considered better in the field? And how do I decide where to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 answers

How do people quit grad school?

How do tell my advisor that I am dropping out of grad school and finding a job? [more inside]
posted by rjbiscuit on Feb 7, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I take time off before grad school?

What advice can you give to an undergrad working for a few years before applying to grad school? This is in the hard sciences. [more inside]
posted by oracle bone on Sep 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Obscure Honors Society: Worthwhile Investment or Complete Scam?

Have you ever heard of Sigma Alpha Pi? Not a frat or sorority, but a "society of leadership and success" is what they call themselves. I was asked to join my university's chapter. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire on Aug 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Am I crazy to quit my job?

Am I crazy to quit a government job in this economy to go to grad school full time? [more inside]
posted by Amistad on Jun 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me see if going to CS grad school (masters or PhD) could work despite a large debt load

Help me see if going to CS grad school (masters or PhD) could work despite a large debt load [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2011 - 17 answers

Dropping out of grad school

I'm planning to drop out of grad school in a few weeks. My questions is, when do I tell my advisor? I would wait until the last day of the semester, but I have a big presentation that will require my thesis committee member's time. I really don't want to do this presentation so would telling my advisor before this happens be a good idea? I also feel it would be more decent of me to tell my advisor sooner rather than later, but I'm not sure what to do. My advisor can be really mean and may make my life a living hell for the final weeks/days that I'm there (though I guess I deserve it). Any insight is greatly appreciated.
posted by Lost82 on Apr 26, 2011 - 17 answers

Is Epi for Me?

What do you know about careers in epidemiology or biostatistics? Please help me decide if epi would be a good career fit, and whether I should pursue an MPH or MS in the field. [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Apr 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Grad school application deadlines

Are there any Grad schools that I can apply to within next two-three weeks and plan to start sooner than fall 2012? [more inside]
posted by SomeOneElse on Mar 21, 2011 - 21 answers

Should I attempt a third undergrad degree?

I’ve settled on a professional grad programme I’d like to attend. It’s fairly competitive. Like almost every other such programme in Canada, minimum entry criteria include a four-year BA with a B+ average or higher (likely, much higher) in the final two years of study. Most will not consider applicants with any other profile, e.g., a three-year BA + GRE + additional courses taken as a visiting student, as has been suggested in other questions. I’m writing because I suspect I’ve got the stinkiest background imaginable - two undergrad attempts, and more. I sincerely thank in advance anyone with the patience to read further. [more inside]
posted by nelljie on Mar 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Is public policy right for me?

How does an English major start working/going to school in public policy? Bonus: is public policy really what I’m looking for? (Kind of a snowstorm inside.) [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Mar 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Draft Your Own Recommendation?

What Would You Do When A Professor Tells You to Draft Your Own Recommendation? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Mar 18, 2011 - 25 answers

Do linguistics grad students have time to breathe?

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? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Feb 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Looking for a traditional canon-focused English MA-- does it exist?

What is the best English MA grad school that focuses on literary forms and content, and literary canon? Secondarily, a PhD program that has a 'hidden' MA possible in this area? [more inside]
posted by reenka on Jan 21, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I survive being unemployed

Being unemployed is bumming me out. Help me make sense of this. [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard on Jan 8, 2011 - 9 answers

help me get into grad school!

Interested in graduate school (possibly in CS) but with lukewarm academic records and letter of rec. I also didn't major in CS. I'm already doing what most people recommend for someone in my position (work as a research assistant). What else can I do? Is this possible for me? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee on Jan 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Will one F on my transcript murder my chances at getting into a top MPA program?

Will one F on my transcript murder my chances at getting into a top MPA program? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 on Dec 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Changing fields and schooling? Which comes first?

I want to pursue microbiology but I'm not a science major. I'm 25 now and I just took my GRE in Nov. I'm working on my personal statement for grad school. I've had very little experience in labs...would it make more sense to get working experience first before school? [more inside]
posted by apfel on Dec 1, 2010 - 24 answers

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