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Developing a Relationship with my Professor

Hey all, I'm an incoming master's student with plans to apply to my institution's PhD program after my master's. As the first person in my family to go to college (let alone graduate school), I am quite green in many respects. What I'm really worried about is the professor(s) I want to work with in the future--how do I go about developing a professional relationship with them? I'm afraid of creating a negative impression about myself if I keep badgering them during office hours and blatantly trying to ingratiate myself with them. Also, any advice you could give me would be really helpful--especially with regards to a master's student in the humanities field. What should be my main focus and what common errors should I avoid?
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil on Mar 28, 2009 - 12 answers

To whom it may concern:

I'd like to see examples of great cover letters, please. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Mar 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Can I Break into Information Architecture at 40?

Is it realistic to become an information architect in NYC after the age of 40? I'm concerned about the bias that exists in the computer industry and the expensive cost of training for this career. [more inside]
posted by thenewyawkah on Mar 3, 2009 - 3 answers

Grad-school visit: what to ask?

Visiting potential grad school. How best to make the most of my visit? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Feb 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Grad School Blues

Thinking about leaving grad school (maybe for good?). What's the best "next step"? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Feb 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Phd, what next

PhD, what next [more inside]
posted by nootnoot1 on Jan 29, 2009 - 15 answers

Coming from an art-school background, I have *none* of the requirements for a CS grad school. Am I hopeless?

How do I start a MS in Computer Science with no applicable background? [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Dec 19, 2008 - 12 answers

What software is helpful for writing a masters thesis?

What software is helpful for writing a masters thesis? [more inside]
posted by metricfan on Dec 4, 2008 - 14 answers

looking for wonderland

I'm writing an MA thesis based (in part) on American McGee's Alice... problem is I haven't played it and can't seem to find a copy for Mac OS in Canada. [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on Nov 3, 2008 - 15 answers

How to turn nine empty months into an opportunity

In what worthwhile or cautionary ways have you spent a gap of downtime before grad school starts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me sound like the perfect applicant to schools of public health

I am an anthropology senior, and I'm applying to various schools of public health. How do I make my graduate school application the perfect application? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Oct 9, 2008 - 7 answers

help me move my tiki

Questions about TikiWiki and web hosting - how can I improve web resources for my grad program? [more inside]
posted by scribbler on Oct 9, 2008 - 3 answers

A new direction? Or stay the course?

Deciding on a life direction(and paging allkindsoftime, in particular!) [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Sep 27, 2008 - 5 answers

How to deal with the heartbreak over a bad grade?

How to deal with the heartbreak over a bad grade? [more inside]
posted by shamble on Sep 25, 2008 - 24 answers

Advice on Emailing Professors When Applying to Grad School?

Any advice concerning email communication with professors who I'll be contacting at the various schools that I will be applying to for PhD programs in Political Science? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Aug 27, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I find a Research Experience in S.F. without starving…

I am a recent graduate of a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, an interdisciplinary degree, and have just returned to San Francisco to try and get some research experience (in social science research) but because I don’t have any real background I am having trouble getting anything… HELP! [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Aug 13, 2008 - 9 answers

Should I let myself be exploited for a year in academia?

Should I take this job offer to work at a wage that's barely livable so I can get into grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Applying to grad school

Applying to grad school. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Should I go back to school to become a programmer?

I have a bachelor's in architecture but after a few years of work experience I have begun to feel that it may not be my bag. At work I find myself spending more time tweaking my computer and finding new tricks than actually drafting. [more inside]
posted by mockdeep on Apr 23, 2008 - 19 answers

dealing with a low GPA on grad applications?

Ways to mitigate a low undergrad GPA for grad school applications? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Apr 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Where should I go to grad school?

Help me choose between grad schools: I am accepted (with fellowships) to the math depts at both UC Davis and Penn State. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by milqman on Apr 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Grad school backdoor?

Say parents regularly donate to a university. Does this have an effect on their kid getting into its Grad School? [more inside]
posted by sentient on Mar 20, 2008 - 19 answers

Starving Artist seeks funding

How do I pay for grad school? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on Mar 13, 2008 - 28 answers

M.A. or M.S.?

M.A. or M.S.? I'm getting a Master's in Politics and hoping to teach in a university someday. Which should I get? Does it matter? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Mar 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Living in Berkeley as a Grad Student

Tell me what it's like to live in Berkeley, from the point of view of a grad student. [more inside]
posted by barnacles on Mar 3, 2008 - 22 answers

To boot or not to boot?

Should I give my co-advisor the boot? Question about dealing with a difficult advisor for my grad program...a nice, long read awaits you... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2008 - 15 answers

What to say?

Grad School Interview questions... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Feb 4, 2008 - 8 answers

mba application tips?

I am applying to business school for an MBA at a top school. I only have experience working at a non-profit, and some social service experience. I have grad school experience in Social Work. Any suggestions/ ideas of how to market my experience? What are some tips for being a successful applicant? Thank you! [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Feb 4, 2008 - 5 answers

I regret to inform you...

How can I best petition for the reconsideration of a grad school application? Or should I even try? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Dec 9, 2007 - 13 answers

What on earth should I put on my graduate school application CV?

What on earth should I put on my graduate school application CV? I was a good student, but didn't win any scholarships, and my work experience is irrelevant to the academic discipline. [more inside]
posted by limon on Nov 30, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me better my chances of getting into grad school.

I'm hoping to get into a Computer Science Masters program somewhere next fall, and am looking for some advice on bettering my chances. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2007 - 9 answers

Tests and Politics...

Grad school questions... GRE time (Saturday)... I have checked out the past questions asked about free practice sites and found a couple of them useful. I am terrified that I am going to bomb since I just can't seem to wrap my head around any of the math concepts. I haven't take math since HS and that was 16 years ago- but I'm great with statistics. Anyone have any good thoughts on how to use my statistics knowledge and apply it to the math portion? Also any more free practice sites to recommend? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Oct 18, 2007 - 27 answers

Social butterfly or talking head?

PsychologyFilter: Getting ready to apply to grad school. I am torn between two programs... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Sep 20, 2007 - 4 answers

Getting into Grad School with a substandard GPA

I'm looking for advice on apply to grad school along the lines of Computer Science/Cognitive Science. Major problem: Low CGPA blues. [more inside]
posted by Alex404 on Aug 29, 2007 - 25 answers

I can't decide if I want to move to another city.

I have an eating disorder and I can't decide if I want to move to another city. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2007 - 13 answers

I'm looking to e-mail some faculty members of a graduate program. How do I do it and not seem rude?

I have my eyes on a very specific sort of graduate program at a University that while not top-tier, will be tough to get into. I'm looking to make some contacts in the program: What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 23, 2007 - 14 answers

I need MBA advice to make sure I don't waste two years and $100k

Is an MBA worth it for me, or am I just trying to keep up with friends who all seem to have letters after their names now that we're hitting our late 20s? [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy on May 17, 2007 - 15 answers

Career in the social services, but my heart isn't in it.

Career in the social services, but my heart isn't in it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2007 - 12 answers

Put Me Through Grad School Boot Camp!

How do I prepare myself for the challenges of an MA program in the six months I have before it begins? [more inside]
posted by awenner on Mar 6, 2007 - 16 answers

Music and Grad school in Richmond, VA

I have a 2 part Richmond, VA question. First, anyone out there graduate from VCU Psychology grad program? Second, how is the music scene in Richmond for someone without a band who plays original acoustic music? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Feb 20, 2007 - 11 answers

What's a good way of deciding if I should wait a year before applying to grad school?

What's a good way of deciding if I should wait a year before applying to grad school? I'm in a surprising circumstance that my music career might be somewhat sustainable and potentially profitable, and with many of the new opportunities coming at me, I wonder if my plans of going to grad school could be placed on hold for a year. What's a good & rational way to decide? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Dec 7, 2006 - 13 answers

Can I still go to Grad School?

Can I still go to Grad School? Will a second undergrad degree help? [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred on Nov 14, 2006 - 17 answers

How can I get ready for a grad program in econcomics?

I'm about to enter a graduate program in economics, but as an undergrad, I studied anthropology and sociology. I'm feeling really out of the loop. What do I need to do, learn, or get to be ready for econ at the graduate level? [more inside]
posted by laura763 on Jul 27, 2006 - 9 answers

Homeless in the fall?

Questions about grad school housing: 1. Anybody know a good site to find apartments on? I'm moving to Mt. Pleasant, MI in August and need a place for me to live that takes cats. I tried rent.com but its not helping much. 2. Are there any sites that help match you up with roommates? 3. Living with your classmates? High compatibility or just plain dumb (I'll be in a class of 7) [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on May 16, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I back-out of a verbal agreement to work in a graduate school lab rotation?

I recently got into a graduate school program which would fund me for the next 5 years. The thing is, in the first year I am expected to do lab rotations (3 in total), and I talked with a professor about seriously wanting to join hs group rather enthusiastically without consulting others first. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Academic and Non-academic fusion?

Are there hybrid academic fields out there allowing one the option of working in the service of various causes while possibly teaching if one is able? Thus far, I have become interested in the NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH in NYC and THE ANNENBERG SCHOOL OF CULTURE OF COMMUNICATION at U Penn. Does anyone know about these schools / know about other hybrid programs / fields? [more inside]
posted by withdillemma on Apr 22, 2006 - 7 answers

Real World vs Academia, Lose lose?

Is the choice between academia and “real world work” a lose-lose situation? Is it possible for someone with a BA in English to transition into PHD programs involving poli sci, government work, public policy / advocacy thereby offering non-academic options? [more inside]
posted by withdillemma on Apr 14, 2006 - 23 answers

Law School v. Grad School

I want to acquire a law degree for the best value (in terms of quality and cost). How much will earning a masters degree first enhance my qualification to a prestigious school? The second question I have is how much a masters degree will enhance my qualification for scholarships? There is no question that a masters would make me a better law student and enhance my education; however, I am wondering whether the financial investment in grad school is worth it for what I want to accomplish. [more inside]
posted by j-urb on Apr 5, 2006 - 16 answers

how do I survive work and grad school?

INSPIRATIONFILTER:I need suggestions and inspirational stories on how to balance a full time stressful job and grad school. [more inside]
posted by TheLibrarian on Jan 25, 2006 - 15 answers

How do I quit talking like a valley girl?

white girl ebonics filter: How can I learn to quit talking like a valley girl? [more inside]
posted by tinaguppie on Jan 24, 2006 - 29 answers

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