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uhhhhh grad school application: how do I do this when i feel bad

I'm applying to grad programs in the humanities and I'm working on my writing sample and it's bad. I feel like a failure, and it's impeding my ability to get this shit done in time for December 8, my first deadline. How do I get over it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2016 - 16 answers

I want to be a teacher. What's my plan?

I have a BA in Not Teaching. I don't reeeaallly want to go through a whole Master's program. I live in a state with ZERO Alternative Teaching Certification programs or placement opportunities (the one through my local university and alma mater just shut it's doors). I don't know what to do. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 10, 2016 - 14 answers

To Temp or Not to Temp?

I'm currently applying to grad school and working a couple part time jobs to make ends meet while taking the last set of pre-requisite classes for grad school. I'll be finishing up my classes by the end of this semester, leaving me with a 6-9 month chunk of time between finishing up class and potentially going. I'd like to be able to save a bit of money before starting grad school if that happens. Do I look for a temp job to fill that time or something else? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Nov 6, 2016 - 7 answers

In lieu of quals...

I'm currently in the first year of a PhD program in physics. Right now I am just taking classes. My school does not have a qualifying exam, and there's not much I need to do outside of my classwork. However, I don't want to live from homework to homework -- so I'd like to set aside some extra time for textbook-reading and problem-solving. Have you done this? Tell me about your experience. [more inside]
posted by miniraptor on Oct 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Masters Programs Like the European Graduate School

I'm looking for other programs like the European Graduate School that involves giant(s) of continental philosophy offering a moderately expensive Master's degree on continental Europe. [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson on Oct 1, 2016 - 2 answers

How can I make sure to get a good assessment of a situation?

I'll be going to Japan for three weeks soon and need to use that time to figure out if I want to live there again after past traumatic (and good!) experiences. Obviously, vacation is very different from daily life. How do I make sure I can make an informed decision? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Oct 1, 2016 - 13 answers

How do I land a job working at a university?

I moved to a new area recently and found a Master's program I'd love to attend. How do I land a job at this university, so I can attend in the future, after having accrued some free course 'credits' in the system? [more inside]
posted by erattacorrige on Sep 25, 2016 - 24 answers

How did you (YES, YOU SPECIFICALLY) pay for grad school?

The "how to pay for grad school" articles that pop up in a Google search are WOEFULLY LACKING in specifics. I'm looking for actual, specific tales of how real people out there in the world financed their Masters degrees. Feel free to get brutally honest. [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco on Sep 20, 2016 - 83 answers

Awesome Grad School vs Mental Health

I've started a Master's degree at a top university in the world (for my field) in Europe. It is an incredible opportunity that is very unlikely to come around again. However, I suffer from depression and being away from my support system while in a rigorous academic program does not seem to be the best for my mental health. My friends and family say they support me no matter what, but they all tell me that if I leave this program I will regret it for the rest of my life, and I'm afraid of living with regret. [more inside]
posted by Robocat on Sep 20, 2016 - 17 answers

Certificate of health for the chronically misdiagnosed

I am considering going back to the programme in Japan that I quit three years ago. They need a certificate from a doctor/therapist assuring them I am fit to go back. Things are complicated. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Aug 30, 2016 - 16 answers

Career Advice for a Young, Indecisive Teacher

I'm a young teacher struggling to determine my future career and life path. Is having self doubt in spite of outward success normal? How can I go about being more decisive about my future? Boring details to follow! [more inside]
posted by Fastest Pokemon on Aug 12, 2016 - 11 answers

"Cold-Calling" A Prior PhD Student Whose Dissertation You Read?

Is it appropriate to email a former grad student of a professor you might like to work with to ask about their PhD experience and the future of the niche field they studied? [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on May 30, 2016 - 17 answers

Should I help a colleague with a job? Even if I find them mildly evil?

This is the prettiest question I've asked and I feel pretty crap asking it. However, I'm a student about to enter the working world for the first time, so I don't know what the rules are around this kind of thing. Help please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2016 - 46 answers

Keep track of my life. My WHOLE life.

How do you organize your tasks, thoughts, and notes in a way that (a) helps you prioritize and focus and (b) makes them accessible long-term? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on May 23, 2016 - 38 answers

Picking my thesis project

Will anyone (besides me) care what I did my master's thesis on, if I'm planning on going into industry right after? [more inside]
posted by btfreek on May 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Should I go back to school?

My job hunt has proved to be totally fruitless and I find my lack of success concerning. I have a career path picked out and think going back to school could help, but given that it's nothing that's currently trendy, am I wasting my time? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on May 5, 2016 - 13 answers

I'm a Senior In Psychology, And I Can't Figure Out What I Want To Do

I’m a psychology major, a senior, and I have two semesters left before I graduate. I really don’t know what I want to do. And I feel scared and paralyzed because of it. I want to go to graduate school, because I enjoy studying psychology, and I am afraid that with just a bachelor’s degree I won’t be able to find a good job, but in order to chose a grad school, I feel like I need to have an idea of what career I want to achieve with grad school. [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on Mar 28, 2016 - 22 answers

Masters dilemma: Great opportunity, not sure which path to take

I have a sizeable scholarship to get a Master’s at a school that has a great job placement rate at some pretty cool companies. However, it’s for a field that I don’t know that much about and have no professional experience with, plus I've been accepted into programs directly relevant to my current field. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Mar 24, 2016 - 11 answers

Need general pointers re: grad school paper composition

What are some common and/or basic mistakes people make in academic writing? Looking for tips as a US grad student whose native language isn't English. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Mar 1, 2016 - 19 answers

Maybe we can get together and you can mentor me... someday.

I'm a grad student and lucky to have people I work with who are often thinking about my future and putting me in touch with people who might be able to offer me good advice. I'm never sure how to respectfully handle these introductions. [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Feb 25, 2016 - 10 answers

I feel like a marathon runner collapsing feet from the finish line.

I'm in the last semester of my Master's program, and cannot find the motivation to do anything. Help me help myself finish. [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Feb 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Timing a grad school visit

What are the pros and cons of visiting a grad school on an admitted students day vs. visiting on a regular day? [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Feb 11, 2016 - 6 answers

Lopsided GRE score and grad school apps: great verbal, terrible quant!

I'm currently applying for master's degrees in public policy or disability studies, and two of three schools I'm applying to required the GRE. None of them stated a minimum score, but I'm stressing out about it right now after receiving my scores this morning. They turned out to be incredibly lopsided; my verbal score was 163 (92nd percentile), my analytical writing score was 5.5 (98th pecentile)...and my quant score was 142 (12th percentile). How should I offset this? [more inside]
posted by Elephanzee on Feb 9, 2016 - 21 answers

I WANT TO GO TO THE SCHOOL PLZ LET ME IN KTHX BYE

I am working on my grad school application essay and am freezing up. I haven't had to write an application essay since 2002 and I'm not sure how to begin. Help! [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Feb 9, 2016 - 10 answers

How do I maintain healthy boundaries? (grad school + work edition)

I told my boss I wanted to start a Master's program. She decided it would be a great idea if we did it together. I'm worried she might expect me to be their tutor/cheerleader for the next couple of years. What to do? [more inside]
posted by ADent on Jan 20, 2016 - 23 answers

Anxiety + peer + professor = rough last semester of grad school.

So, a year and a half ago I asked this question. The good news? Almost done with grad school! The bad news? I have to take a class with both the peer and the professor this semester, and my anxiety in full-swing. [more inside]
posted by socktothepuppet on Jan 17, 2016 - 12 answers

grad school coping mechanisms

I'm halfway done with an intense 1 yr biology MS intended to get people into med/dental school. There are less than 20 people in the program, making me feel like I'm existing in some bizarre microcosm where everything I do (particularly grades/academics-wise) is under scrutiny. My classmates are competitive in a way that I'm not used to and don't like. I'm dreading my second semester. Help me make it through successfully. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Dec 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Generic letter of recommendation -- what now?

I'm applying for a fellowship, and my recommender showed me the letter he sent out on my behalf. Turns out it's rather generic and, while very positive, does not give examples of my supposed awesomeness. [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Dec 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Really bummed about a not-great semester

I'm a masters student in computer science / electrical engineering. My goal is to work as a software engineer, hopefully somewhere good, but I'm afraid I'm going to blow it. Help me put things in perspective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2015 - 20 answers

Are we not feminists?

I recently joined the board of my professional school women's organization (in a, for what it's worth, traditionally male dominated profession). Maybe I shouldn't have. [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Dec 13, 2015 - 30 answers

Coming out in grad school admissions

I am applying to full-time MBA programs after 5 years in industry. A major part of my life lately has been coming to terms with my sexual orientation. Would it be appropriate to mention this in essays and interviews? Or do I play it straight? [more inside]
posted by ista on Nov 22, 2015 - 28 answers

How personal should a grad school personal statement be?

Applying to grad schools -- I've accomplished a lot, but I've also been through a lot. How do I talk about the latter in the personal statement, if at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2015 - 13 answers

Will applying for a job that's not related to current one look bad?

I'm currently in a fellowship in my master's program. The fellowship is pretty specific (as it usually is) and in a field I knew nothing about but wanted to learn more of/also thought could help me serve a wider population in my career. Now coming up on graduation, I want to apply to another fellowship that could lead to a full-time job in my dream organization. I'm afraid because the two fellowships aren't related at all, the employers will wonder why I'm applying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Dealing w/ being an Average Jane engaged to a brilliant genius?

So I screwed up undergrad, pretty much eliminating the possibility of an academic career for myself, and got engaged to a guy who is in the most academic of careers. I'm envious and embarrassed about my lack of career path compared to his glittering academic future, and my current job is really not long-term sustainable. Hopeless, miserable, and alternating between feeling bitterly envious and then tortured by guilt for being such an unfair jerk, I'm being a bad partner, and I really don't know how to navigate all this. [more inside]
posted by bugperson on Oct 2, 2015 - 63 answers

How to choose between several internship options in a graduate program

I am currently doing a two-year M.A. program at a European university, and soon I have to choose between three options for a 10-week internship to begin next quarter. I want to choose the internship that will best set me up to be a competitive Ph.D. candidate, but it's hard to make a decision between options that each have their own pros and cons. What criteria should I use or what aspects of the programs should I give the most weight to when making this decision? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2015 - 1 answer

Grad school spring admissions and fear of missing out

Are there significant drawbacks to starting a grad school program in the spring as opposed to the fall? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Sep 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Can stress make you reconsider relationships?

I'm pretty stressed out (and maybe depressed?) and it's making me annoyed all the time and unfortunately, surfacing niggling feelings that is making me reconsider my relationship. Now I feel even more stressed and just plain guilty and mean. How do you think clearly through stress/depression/anxiety/etc. about this kind of issue and differentiate the stress-thinking from everything else? [more inside]
posted by buttonedup on Sep 9, 2015 - 30 answers

Got a generous job offer but am having trouble deciding

I'm a recent college grad about to start a master's in computer science. I'm in a very fortunate position in that I've been interning at a national lab in New Mexico this summer and have been offered a fellowship that would cover my tuition, pay me a stipend while in school, and give me a full time job after graduation. But I'm not sure that this is what I want for my career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Putting my career eggs into too many baskets -- writing and libraries

For close to a year I've been searching for a mid-career public library job in the northern half of the US (I'm employed, but I need a higher salary or a cheaper city); I've had a bunch of interviews but no offers yet. I am also seriously considering applying for a MFA in fiction writing. But I don't know how to handle trying to do both. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Aug 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Dealing with impostor syndrome in graduate admissions

How do I put my achievements into context as I apply to graduate schools, and not fall prey to impostor syndrome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2015 - 11 answers

Finding the middle ground between monomania and apathy in studying

When studying, how do you find a balance between obsessively picking through every little detail to the point of burnout and falling back on a definition of "good enough" that really isn't good enough? I would especially be interested in suggestions for a context where there is a lot of reading thrown at you with little structure, like graduate or medical school. Any suggestions on how to structure such material without wasting time or burning out?
posted by Seeking Direction on Aug 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Master's vs. PhD for a Program Evaluation/Impact Assessment Career

I'm halfway through a two-year master's degree in an applied social science field, and would eventually like to work as an evaluator for a non-profit or the government. Should I pursue a PhD on top of the master's? [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Aug 17, 2015 - 5 answers

When to say "thanks, but no thanks"

I've been accepted for an MS program starting in September. I recently learned that I'm still in the running for a really interesting opportunity that I would have jumped at a couple months ago. Is this the point where I need to tell them "sorry, already doing something else"? [more inside]
posted by btfreek on Aug 3, 2015 - 4 answers

The perfect grad school bag?

I'll be starting a 2-year master's program in August, and I want the perfect school bag! Requirements: 1) stylish, 2) fits a 14" laptop and a couple of textbooks, 3) made of soft leather or sturdy canvas, 4) not a backpack, and 5) reasonably comfortable to carry. [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Jul 23, 2015 - 22 answers

Should I buy it? House edition

I have been wanting to buy a house in my city for several years and am finally in a position of stability (financial and otherwise) to do so. This is exciting! I want to make sure pursuit of this particular goal does not foolishly jeopardize other long-term goals, and need some help sussing out genuine rational concern from irrational fear of commitment. [more inside]
posted by ista on Jul 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Can a place cause depression? Help me get over this.

I had an awful experience during my PhD. Managed to finish, and have been happily employed across the country for the past few years. This summer, I made the mistake of signing up for a 2 week workshop back on campus. I'm only 3 days in, and I'm stressed, lonely, anxious... the way I was for much of grad school, but not since. I can't leave before the workshop ends, and I have no friends or family here, and no access to professional help. How do I survive this, while being productive with my work and putting on a cheerful facade?
posted by redlines on Jul 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me find housing in New Orleans

I'm moving to New Orleans for a one-year masters program and need an apartment starting this August. I've never been there and can't visit before moving. Please help me find a place to live! [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jul 6, 2015 - 7 answers

The Tower of Hanoi: Forex edition

I am going to spend most of my savings on grad school living costs over the next 3 years. Hope me figure out how to best manage my currencies? [more inside]
posted by monocot on Jul 2, 2015 - 1 answer

MFA programs (visual art) ~ What should I expect?

I'm having trouble getting anyone to give me an overview of what an MFA program will be looking for in a student, how applications will work, or the types of programs and what those distinctions mean. [more inside]
posted by defymynd on Jun 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Less money, mo' problems?

In the bigger picture, which masters program will I benefit from most? [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Jun 11, 2015 - 16 answers

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