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Grad school dreamin'

How can I lay the foundation for a very intential, awesome graduate experience a few years ahead of time? (I'm a hopeless planner.) [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Aug 19, 2014 - 9 answers

School Supplies for Graduate School?

I start graduate school in a few weeks. Yay! Problem? I don't know what school and/or office supplies will be most helpful to me. Can you help me out? Do I need anything besides paper, pens, highlighters, and post its? What am I not thinking of here that may save my scholarly life later? If it helps any, I am in a non-STEM related field. Thanks so much!
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jul 29, 2014 - 26 answers

I know nothing about grad school; is it for me?

I am an older student (in my 50s), graduating with my first B.A. in December, in anthropology. I'm very sad to leave school, as I have really enjoyed my time there (well, in this iteration--not so much when I was much younger). I absolutely LOVE going to classes and learning new stuff. I love the idea of continuing to be a student, but I'm not sure if grad school makes sense. But, mostly, I really don't understand how grad school works: [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Jul 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Unsure about path to academia

My goal is to become a university professor but I'm torn whether to do a second master's degree or go straight for a PhD. I can get decent funding for a master's but am I treading water? [more inside]
posted by nagoya on Jul 29, 2014 - 18 answers

How do I find an acute care nurse practitioner to shadow?

I'm applying to a graduate entry nurse practitioner program this summer (application due Oct 12). I know that this is what I want to do. I know the program I want, but I'd really like to see an ACNP in action. The trouble: I just moved to Columbus, OH and I don't really know anyone.
posted by shesdeadimalive on Jul 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Grad school application question help: Does this answer seem odd?

I am currently in the process of applying to The University of the Pacific's Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations. To answer one of the application questions I used part of a previous paper I wrote a few years back which I think answers the question well. I did cut and paste it with a few revisions and have been told it appears that way. A few other questions about it inside. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Grad school decisions

I've been accepted into two MLIS programs. I need help deciding. [more inside]
posted by gorbweaver on Jun 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Leaving Academia, but Sticking it Out for the Degree

Assuming nothing goes catastrophically wrong (which might not be a good assumption to make, unfortunately), I should be getting a PhD in about 18 months. I'm about 90% sure that I don't want to stay in academia. What steps can I start taking now to have a smoother career change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Because my paper just isn't good enough for journal A

How will I find journal B???? [more inside]
posted by Kalmya on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Should I pursue an MA in Higher Education Administration?

I am currently working my dream job in the Advancement/Development office of my alma mater. I've only been there four months, but I love it and they are already talking about promoting me! Yay! The only problem is that I need to earn Masters degree if I want to travel the career trajectory my boss plans for me. I have applied and been accepted at a relatively good Higher Education Administration graduate program with a concentration in fundraising management, and am due to start a summer class in just a few weeks, but I am feeling unsure. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jun 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Where do I give back the fake diploma?

Unemployed un-graduate seeks life and career advice. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by DRoll on May 28, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me find this oneoff comic about college/grad school w/superpowers

I have a memory of a one-off comic that I saw online one time about college and grad school. There was a sort of superhero or superpowers metaphor for the whole process of higher education. Black-and-white, in pencil (?), maybe some use of green. Help me find it? [more inside]
posted by gurple on Apr 30, 2014 - 3 answers

Grad School Tax Questions.

I'm entering a PhD program with full tuition covered and a stipend. I own a home with my fiancee, but my home is 2 hours away from my school. So for the first year, I'm going to rent an on-campus apartment. And I have some tax questions. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Apr 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Non-academic career options for PhDs?

My partner is finishing a PhD in a social science next year and is unsure about staying in academia. Have any MeFites been in a similar position? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Apr 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Calculus after being away from algebra for some time. Help me.

I am going to grad school in the fall. Hooray! Problem: I have to take calculus before I start and I am kind of freaking out. [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on Mar 24, 2014 - 24 answers

Should I go to professional graduate school?

I got into graduate school! But without funding. But it's for a professional degree, a master's in speech pathology. How can I decide? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Mar 3, 2014 - 22 answers

How do you decide where to live?

My wife is finishing up her MFA this year, and our lease is up in August. We have to decide where to live next, and it's giving us some headaches. Special snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Mar 1, 2014 - 29 answers

Dealing with a micromanaging boss, grad student edition.

OK, I know this question has been asked in various permutations many times before, but of course my situation is different and special. I have a boss who is a serious micromanager and very indecisive on top of that. It's driving me crazy and I need advice on how to cope. I'm a graduate student in the biological sciences. [more inside]
posted by Grey_Area on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

What do you (temporarily) do with an MA in History?

I'm currently enrolled in a History Ph.D. program and will be eligible to leave with an MA in a couple of months. I've applied to finish my doctorate elsewhere, but, given some recent developments in my department, have decided that I would really rather leave after my MA regardless of whether I get in elsewhere this cycle. Help me brainstorm options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2014 - 6 answers

a can't-MIIS opportunity.

Asking for a friend: what's life like as a student in Monterey, California? Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jan 25, 2014 - 12 answers

What to do after applying for grad school?

I just applied to grad school (for a professional program). Should I be doing anything now that I've submitted all my applications? I'm visiting a few of them, but I'm wondering if I should be following-up somehow (like after an interview) or just wait for a decision? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on Jan 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Anybody familiar with The University of The Pacific in Stockton, CA?

The problem is I am finding a lot of conflicting info regarding the quality of the school in my research. Does anybody know anything about the quality of the school? More specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jan 17, 2014 - 7 answers

From ABD to MD

Leaving academia and going into medicine: when to jump ship? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jan 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Explain student loans to a twentysomething!

I'm trying to figure out how federal student loans have changed in the past 5 years, including the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Dec 20, 2013 - 3 answers

I just got my masters in Biophysics and want to leave. Should I?

I'm in a Ph. D. program in Biophysics. I'm getting paid to be here. I've joined a lab and finished the classes, but I still have at least 2 and a half long years of research to go. I don't care for my project, I don't care for the town I'm in, and I don't even know if I care about science anymore. Finally someone noticed and I've been told I need to step up my game. [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Dec 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Another MFA Creative Writing question

What can I do to make myself a strong MFA CW candidate? [more inside]
posted by dearwassily on Dec 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Narrowing my son's grad school search

My son is a junior physics/math major at a small midwestern state university. He needs to start looking at graduate programs. He would prefer to stay in research or academia. How can I help him start this process? (B.S. for me) Location is not an issue. It's more a question of what programs offer the best opportunities and fields of study. How can we find out that kind of information? How can I help him start with a reasonable number of candidates?
posted by DaddyNewt on Nov 27, 2013 - 16 answers

If I reapply to grad school, will my application get shot down?

An academic mentor says I should wait a year and submit The Strongest Application Ever to guarantee my acceptance. I said if I get rejected this year, I'll spend a year developing more research experience and reapply next year - no problem! What do I have to lose, right? Everything, according to him: he says he's concerned that they automatically look unfavorably upon re-applicants. Is that true?
posted by sarling on Nov 27, 2013 - 17 answers

How to kick ass when you're depressed

My depression seems to have come roaring back all at once this weekend. I know how to take care of myself in the long-term scale, but I have an important and difficult life event in two days, and a lot of work to do in the interim. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Whom should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

I'm a liberal arts major who wants to study Nutrition Science. I know that a letter of recommendation from a community college teacher generally doesn't carry as much weight as a letter from someone teaching at a university. Unfortunately, I have only taken science classes at the community college level. Is my case an exception? [more inside]
posted by aphorist on Nov 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Unsavory colleagues: How do you deal?

I'm in a specialized graduate program and I love what I do, but I have a difficult time dealing with some of the strong personalities in my class. I have one year left, but the dynamics are toxic and draining, and it's affecting my well-being. Seeking suggestions and strategies for survival! [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Oct 30, 2013 - 13 answers

I finally made some decisions, but I'm pretty sure i was wrong. Help?

I recently switched to part time at work and moved back in with my parents so that I could attend grad school full time and I'm beginning to think that I made a horrible mistake. Would it be a terrible idea to leave school and try to figure out another direction? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Oct 19, 2013 - 17 answers

Profs of MeFi et al, help me ask for recommendations for grad school?

I'm in the process of applying to graduate school. I need to ask for recommendations. I am really nervous and concerned about this and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Oct 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Letter of recommendation from department graduate?

I'm considering applying to an MS program in statistics at a competitive school. A guy I've worked with holds a PhD from the statistics department at that school, and I think he'd give me a pretty good recommendation if I asked him for one. But I'm unsure whether or not that's a good thing to do, as this fellow isn't a professor. [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Oct 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Who should write my letter of recommendation?

Two of my recommenders are obvious choices. Who should write the third? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Oct 14, 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

How can I finish my MAT graduate degree in another school?

I'd like to know what options I have for finishing a MAT (or MIT) graduate degree in and around Boston when basically I'm missing the practicum and student teaching but have acquired almost all required academic courses aside from that. I'd want to transfer something like 70-90% of my credits. I can no longer stay in my program (thanks to my advisor's say-so: it's not that I'm failing), and transferring 2 classes within the institution (to another Education degree) is possible, but I'd have to reapply, and basically take 70% of the new (general M.Ed) degree. I do like this degree. However, at this point, I've been in school so long I can't take it anymore, but I do want to teach (in an alternative school, granted). Yes, I know I can teach without a degree; at this point I would really rather not simply quit, though. [more inside]
posted by reenka on Oct 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Applying to grad school, not sure who to ask for the recommendation.

I am currently in the process of applying to grad school. I was counting on my former advisor (who wrote a glowing letter of support for me when applying for my previous job) to write me one, but am not getting a response. I would like suggestions on what to do/what other types of people qualify to write a graduate school recommendation. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Oct 9, 2013 - 9 answers

What are some useful directions for grad school?

I'm an engineer with a career in software and I recently finished an MBA from a good school. I'd like to keep the learning going, preferably in something that complements my background, but I don't have any specific direction in mind. I guess I'm hoping that someone might suggest something that's entirely off my radar. What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Oct 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Applied Stats vs. Biostats

How flexible is a master's degree in biostatistics compared to one in applied statistics? Is this even what I want to do? [more inside]
posted by Comet Bug on Oct 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Where can I find reliable economic data for Iran?

I'd really like to write a paper exploring the macroeconomic effects of the Iran sanctions for a grad-level class, which requires some analysis of raw data. However, official data sources are obviously unreliable and I'm not having much luck finding unbiased unofficial data, gah. Does anyone have any ideas of potential data sources? I have access to a good academic library. Thanks!
posted by superquail on Oct 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Need help with a difficult professor

I'm a first-year masters student taking a course that is supposed to be the core curriculum of my discipline. My program is in systems ecology. I find myself increasingly frustrated with this professor and increasingly unable to hide it, and now he wants to "meet with me to talk about student-instructor dynamics". I need some help coming up with some strategies to deal with this professionally. Difficulty level: I'm a new graduate student, and he's the director of my program. The program is brand-new (just started spring semester of last year) and this is one of two core courses, both of which are taught by him. His course is so terrible that I'm considering transferring to another program within the university. Excruciating detail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2013 - 45 answers

When to give up

Following my previous questions, I went back home during my summer break of grad school in Tokyo and felt a lot better, while still anxious about going back to Tokyo. I have been back at grad school for four days out of which I have spent every single one crying. Or actually weeping and sobbing like a child. I can't take this any longer, but I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Sep 29, 2013 - 37 answers

What's the deal with the MSL degree?

Goes by several names: Master of Studies in Law, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Science in Law. Wikipedia says: "a master's degree offered by some law schools to students who wish to study the law but do not want to become attorneys." I'd never heard of such a degree until recently -- is it present in the public consciousness? I read MBA or MFA and I have intuition for what those involve, but not so much MSL. [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Sep 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Too late to begin applying for PhD program in Sociology for this fall?

Or should I wait until Fall 2014 to apply? [more inside]
posted by black_lizard on Sep 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Graduate school or babies? Or both?

I'm considering applying to graduate school, but I also want a family. Can y'all help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve on Sep 21, 2013 - 20 answers

Should I go to school for public health?

I need a (new) career direction and am thinking of going into public health, probably through a Masters’ degree. Cost is not an issue; my health problems are. Also, I have no idea how to pick a school/degree track and what sort of work to expect after I'd graduate. Please help? [more inside]
posted by mismatched on Sep 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Grad school exit interview

I'm leaving my graduate advisor's lab (engineering/biochemistry) after getting a PhD and spending some time as a postdoc there as well. The two of us are going to have lunch in a few days as a farewell/exit interview, and I'd like advice on what questions I could ask him that would be the most helpful for me. [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Aug 26, 2013 - 2 answers

We Can Dissertate If We Want To

How do you force yourself to work hard when you just don't care? I'm looking for practical tips/tricks, cognitive/behavioral strategies, and MacGyver-ish life kludges for pervasive procrastination. [more inside]
posted by therumsgone on Aug 26, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I grad school: management skills edition

I'm a grad student in the sciences, going into my (mumble) year. I've been assigned an incoming grad student to show the ropes. Great! What the hell do I do? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Aug 20, 2013 - 9 answers

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