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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

Academic etiquette advice for this special snowflake.

I graduated last spring with a humanities BA, I moved back to Canada the summer following and got in touch with local uni. faculty, looking to gain a little research experience. This led to me doing a little data-crunching for a faculty member, but fizzled out rather quickly as other commitments got in the way. Would it be inappropriate to contact her again? Not sure exactly how to approach this because I feel I more or less messed up by not being proactive enough the first time around. [more inside]
posted by csjc on May 11, 2015 - 1 answer

Kondo-ing my place. Should I keep books from grad school?

I went to grad school for counseling. While I work in the field (policy/government), I'm not working clinically anymore. Due to financial constraints, I have to stick to government work while I pay off student loans for the forseeable future (at least 6-7 years). [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on May 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Starting a grad program in the fall. Do I include it in my CV?

I'm updating my CV to submit with a book chapter proposal. I'm entering into a graduate program in the fall (already accepted, paid the deposit, etc.). If I were enrolled in classes at this very moment, I would include this in the education section of my CV with an anticipated date of completion...but right now what I have is an anticipated start date. Do I include it, and if so, what's the appropriate way to represent my situation?
posted by 2or3things on Apr 15, 2015 - 3 answers

"I'm desperate" is probably not the right answer.

Only a few graduate programs have invited me to interviews. One of the programs isn't highly ranked or well-known and isn't in the greatest location (let's just say it would be unusual for someone from my state to go...where? THERE?), but I need to think of a compelling explanation for why I would choose their program over others during the interview. To be frank, they'll probably develop as good a reputation as any other, but there's nothing special about their program that would make people rush halfway across the country. Still, how do I avoid sounding desperate or contrived during the interview?
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 11, 2015 - 15 answers

The Bobcat or the Tiger?

I got accepted to two PhD programs in physics, one at Clemson University, and the other at Ohio University. I have one week to make my decision and I'm frankly terrified of making the wrong one. I don't really know how either school is seen in terms of what a degree from either one would mean for my future career. I know that neither is particularly well known or prestigious (at least I'd never heard of them before I applied). So, can anyone, especially anyone who knows the ins and outs of grad school, and particularly anyone who has attended either (or both!) help me make my decision? [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Apr 7, 2015 - 71 answers

The smarter I get in school, the dumber I get in life

I'm finishing a Master's program at a top-10 university in my field. I'm generally pretty confident in my intelligence and am doing fine-to-great in school, but I am starting to make just dumb, inattentive mistakes in life. My questions: should I worry about this? How do I fix this? Have you experienced something like this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Writing a scientific manuscript

I've done all the analysis for my thesis, but how do I write a scientific manuscript? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Mar 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Applying and preparing for grad school in the computational sciences

I'm heavily considering pursuing a PhD focused on statistical and computational approaches to scientific problems, mostly those in the biological or cognitive sciences. This is my third year of undergraduate studies, and while I have some research experience, it's not very substantial. Is it worth applying in my senior year when I'm not confident in the strength of my application, or should I wait another year? Also: what about industry internships vs. research experiences? [more inside]
posted by sqrtofpi on Feb 17, 2015 - 5 answers

How to deal with grad school woes

2nd year student in a PhD program and I'm hitting some major roadbumps. Questioning my academic career, research plans falling apart, and absentee advisor(s) are all contributing to the problem. Would quit in an instant, but some complications recently arose. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Pregnancy: Is it like food restrictions and requires forewarning?

I received an admissions offer from a doctoral program, which is good news. They have an admitted students visit day, which they will cover costs for. I plan to attend. I am also pregnant. Third trimester pregnant. They are not aware of this yet. I also haven't gotten my funding package yet, but this should come before the visit. My question is this: do I need to tell them when I RSVP to the visit day that I'm pregnant? [more inside]
posted by robot vacuum on Feb 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Another snowflake considers grad school

Is "Well, it seems like an interesting way to spend a couple years" a good enough reason to go for a Masters degree (with funding)? [more inside]
posted by btfreek on Feb 3, 2015 - 11 answers

How to make use of a professional organization?

I'm in grad school for a masters in counseling, and our teachers are telling us we need to join listservs and professional organizations, so we know what's happening in our field right now. My issue is this: I have limited time every day, and I'm ADHD. Given these factors, how involved should I get in professional organizations? Are they helpful? Or are they the yearbook committee of the post-graduate world? [more inside]
posted by aaxelrod on Jan 27, 2015 - 4 answers

What to do with my grad school notes and readings after grad school?

New grad student here, back from 10 years in the private sector to get my masters (and if I'm lucky, a doctorate) in counseling/psychology. My question in brief: Should I hold onto my class notes and readings? Did yours come in handy after you left yon ivory tower? [more inside]
posted by aaxelrod on Jan 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Dear prof, you're the only helpful member of my committee. Please leave.

I'm in my mumble year of grad school in a humanities field and will at long last be filing my dissertation this semester. I don't want to stay in academia, so I don't care how good or bad the thesis is; it just needs to be good enough to file. My advisor and two other committee members will probably sign off on anything. The fourth member is the problem. She's helpful, conscientious and would be likely to have lots of good suggestions for improvement. I want her off my committee. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jan 9, 2015 - 18 answers

evening computer science classes in NYC?

I'd like to take a computer science class after work, with as little hoop-jumping as possible. My interests are broad: compilers, programming languages, type theory, distributed systems, OS, numerical analysis. I am looking for relatively academic courses, basically advanced undergrad or grad school without committing to a master's program, not some kind of learn-to-Rails/MEAN/h4x0r boot camp. Is this possible? Any NYC-specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Reputation in an academic department – should I stay or should I go?

When I was an undergrad, I took a class with a high-profile professor, had a bit of a personal crisis, and handled relations with him poorly. I'm now hoping to do my doctorate in the same department. Do I have a chance of forging a good academic career there, or should I move on? [more inside]
posted by jejak on Dec 22, 2014 - 17 answers

My graduate program is a disappointment. Now what?

I'm at one of the best schools in the world. So why does my program suck so much, and what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Is getting a MPA/MPP degree in Europe useless for work in the US?

I'm considering pursuing a degree to further my career in child welfare, educational and cultural non-profits. As I'd love to spend time living abroad and I wouldn't get into a especially impressive school here in the US, I'm wondering if it would be useless to get my degree from a university in Europe (most likely in the UK). If it is worth doing, what schools should I be looking at? Would I be eligible for any sort of financial aid?
posted by youcancallmeal on Nov 24, 2014 - 5 answers

I want to quit my PhD but I am faced with an ethical dilemma.

I have just started the second year of my PhD in History (fully funded), and I want to quit because I don't enjoy it and it is making me miserable. However, my supervisor feels I am responsible for finishing the project, or at the very least I should stay for another year and publish two more articles. I don't think I have any legal obligations to stay / generate any more output, but do I have a moral obligation? [more inside]
posted by Vulpix91 on Nov 14, 2014 - 37 answers

Help me help my partner in grad school

My partner is struggling as a new post-grad student. I don't know how best to help them. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by mymbleth on Nov 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How to become a community college instructor with an MS in Ecology

I'm working on my masters degree in ecology and I'm exploring the idea of teaching at the community college level once I graduate. What should I be doing over the next 1-2 years before graduation to keep that option open and position myself to succeed if I decide to go down that path? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Nov 3, 2014 - 6 answers

How do make peace with my career anxieties so I can update my C.V.?

I am going to defend my Ph.D. in a few months. That means I really need to be applying for jobs. But I haven't touched my C.V. in months--years, probably--because every time I think about it I get overwhelmed by waves of anxiety and despair and impostor syndrome. How do I get past that and update the damn thing so I can start sending it out? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Oct 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Changes are hard.

I will enter a master's program in Fall 2015 in the humanities. I want to use the next year to become as prepared as possible. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Oct 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Gender transition and grad school applications

I'm a transgender woman in my last year of an undergraduate degree. I'm currently using male pronouns and my given name in most situations, but I'm planning to come out over Christmas break and use female pronouns and a new name in the spring semester, which will be my last before graduation. If I apply to computer science grad schools after I graduate, is my transition likely to cause complications which could hurt my application? [more inside]
posted by unknot on Oct 10, 2014 - 9 answers

I'm considering applying for a part-time PhD in Education. Am I crazy?

I am currently a high-school science teacher in the UK. I have recently had the crazy idea of pursuing a PhD in Education, part-time (and online) at a prestigious university (ranked top-5 in the world overall, if you are one to listen to rankings), while I continue my work as a teacher. [more inside]
posted by marcusesses on Oct 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Research Proposal from the Land of Make Believe

I'm in the process of putting together Ph.D. program applications and have run into a mental roadblock, namely being asked to put together a research proposal that I know is destined to be utterly meaningless. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Sep 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Who can help evaluate a grad school application?

I'm applying to grad school after a long time - it's been 15 years since undergrad. Is there such a thing as a career counselor/guidance counselor for grad schools (ideally in the New York City area) that can help your evaluate and help you improve your application? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Professors with interesting, quirky websites?

It seems like there's this trend for (usually senior) professors to have a website (usually completely devoid of any CSS) filled with advice to juniors, strong opinions, and notes on very specific topics. Do you know of any? [more inside]
posted by spec on Sep 19, 2014 - 19 answers

What is the statistical probability of me passing this class?

I just started grad school, and I'm feeling overwhelmed with my Biostatistics class. Can you recommend some resources to keep me from falling behind? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me survive my thesis defense

Hi, AskMe. A bit more than a year after this miserable question and this happier update, I am finally defending my MA on Wednesday. While my confidence is nowhere near as shot as it was when I first asked that question, I feel like my grasp of the subject I have dedicated the last several years to is nowhere near as comprehensive as it should be. Please help me get through this without crying. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Sep 8, 2014 - 16 answers

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