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Living with post-recession stress disorder

I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Where can I study bonobos in the United States?

What U.S. research labs conduct bonobo research, preferably at nearby research facilities? I'm looking into summer internships and graduate schools. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Oct 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... and I took the one where I went crazy for a month to raise my score 40 points... and that uh... has made all the difference?

GRE-Filter: I was happy with my GRE scores. Then, I received word that I have the opportunity to get into a super-duper-top-tier doctoral program previously inaccessible. However, my Quantitative Score--while still in the range of accepted scores over the years for this program--is now less-than-stellar relatively speaking. Is it crazy to think I could study intensely for about a month and improve my score 30-50 points? Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

What do I put on my CV for the person who is writing me a recommendation to grad school?

What goes on an academic CV, especially when one doesn't exactly have a huge academic history to draw from? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Tell me how to leave graduate school and still be successful

I am current a first semester history MA student at a highly ranked public university, and I cannot stand it. I'm planning on contacting the department secretary soon to tell her that I'm leaving the program. What can I do now? [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma on Oct 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Do I have to get my mom to measure all my artwork that's in storage at her house?

When creating an art portfolio for graduate school admissions, which may end up online or submitted digitally, is it completely necessary that I include measurements for all the pieces (especially if the original work is several states away at my parents house)? I am not applying for uber-competitive MFA programs, but arts administration/education/museum studies where the portfolio is usually not strictly necessary but can be helpful, I hear.
posted by dahliachewswell on Oct 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Is this an offer I'd be a fool to refuse?

I am a senior undergraduate biology student who wants to become a conservation biologist and a professor. I work part-time in a lab at my university, and my principal investigator recently made me an offer that on the face of it seems pretty great. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 24, 2012 - 28 answers

Conditional Admissions to grad programs--how common are they in the wild?

Grad programs--I've just heard (for the first time) that conditional admissions are A Thing. Would I have a snowball's chance with a good GRE score alone or will I have to take pre-req undergrad classes first? [more inside]
posted by wires on Sep 23, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I explain why my advisor isn't a reference?

My supervisor/thesis advisor has dropped off the face of the earth as I'm applying for jobs, so I can't count on him as a reference. How bad does this look, should I explain it in writing somewhere, and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Political science grad school: yes or no?

Political science grad school. Do you know anything about it? Liberal snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I write my dissertation at home?

How can I write my dissertation at home? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Aug 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Career Choice: Information Architecture or Public Health Evaluation?

Which field should I pursue--information architecture or public health program evaluation? Two very different directions, and I'm not sure how to decide between them for graduate school and my career path. [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Aug 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Can I start over in my own town?

New leaf, same old city? Seeking advice—both practical and symbolic—on attempting a "fresh start" in a city I've lived in for 10 years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3.

Applying for PhD programs. My GRE scores have expired, and I'm signed up to take both the general test and the EngLit subject test within a month of each other. Is this insane? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Asking for letters of recommendation by email?

Thinking about applying to graduate school while living off-campus-- when and how to ask for letters? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Aug 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Is an online MBA worth it?

I am thinking of pursuing an MBA in IT Management and have been accepted into an online program. But I've heard it said that if an MBA doesn't come from a top-25 or top-50 school, it may not even be worth having in the eyes of job recruiters and hiring managers. What's the real story? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Aug 15, 2012 - 25 answers

From Lawyer to Grad Student?

Can you tell me about legal anthropology? Am I foolish to leave a secure career to pursue it? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Jul 31, 2012 - 15 answers

IO Psych Angst

I'm an English major who wants to go to grad school in Industrial/Organizational Psych. How can I improve my chances? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Is a Master's in Public Policy something I want to do?

What sort of entry-level type jobs can I look for now to help me figure out if a Master’s in Public Policy is something I want to pursue? [more inside]
posted by Shesthefastest on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Requesting a recommendation for grad program unrelated to undergrad major

How do I ask my old professors for a grad school recommendation when my program of interest is in a totally different field? [more inside]
posted by constellations on Jul 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Quitting Grad School without a M.S.

Should I quit grad school? Or would it be "the worst mistake of my life" as many feel and/or have told me. Should I suck it up/grow up? Or is it as bad as it seems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 - 28 answers

What to expect during a grad school interview?

What should I expect when interviewing for a Masters-level nursing program? [more inside]
posted by lholladay on Jul 13, 2012 - 2 answers

PhD in nursing?

What do you do with a PhD in nursing? Is getting one a good idea? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Jul 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Do MSW rankings matter?

Do the rankings of the school matter when getting your MSW? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I afford graduate school?

I notified that I was accepted in my graduate program rather late (As in last week). I've decided to accept, but I have no clue how to go about getting loans. Bonus Q: What're the options for scholarships when it comes to grad school? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Asking for job advice for partner from future graduate advisor - etiquette?

I'm planning to ask for job advice on behalf of my partner, from my future graduate advisor, because my partner's interested in a job opening at my future graduate school. Totally acceptable / useful thing to do, or a horrible violation of academic etiquette? [more inside]
posted by pants on Jul 6, 2012 - 17 answers

I don't even want to know how bad I am.

How do I get over my fear of criticism, especially in an academic setting? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jun 27, 2012 - 18 answers

"You are going to SCHOOL!" "but what is a school?"

Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Abandon ship?

I have a big, messy question about anxiety, student debt, grad school, loneliness, and employment. Here’s the crux of it: Should I go back to my PhD next year? If not, what should my plan for the next few months be? [more inside]
posted by The Art of Sockpuppetry on Jun 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Personal statement for graduate school

Applying for graduate school (PhD) in applied maths. Questions about personal statement. Relevant details within. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

I have never disliked school before.

Help me be less sad, plz. [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Jun 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Quit or stay

Another Ph.D quit-or-stay question: I'm really unhappy in my particular lab, and maybe unhappy with the whole idea of the Ph.D. I still like the idea of research - just want to work on a project that I'm interested in. What is the best way for me to be able to work on things that I like, possibly outside of a Ph.D degree program, but still in an academic lab? Looong snowflake details inside, summary at end. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Jun 13, 2012 - 16 answers

Should I, Can I change grad schools?

The school I wanted to go to seemed like they weren't going to accept me so I took them off the list a few months ago. I was accepted to another program which starts tomorrow. Whoops, on Saturday I got an acceptance letter from the first school. Now what?? [more inside]
posted by Danila on May 28, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me plan my next steps after graduating with a degree in biology!

Help me plan my next steps after graduating with a degree in biology! [more inside]
posted by gumtree on May 24, 2012 - 4 answers

How to decide what to do after college

I will be a senior in college next year. Up until recently, I was absolutely positive I wanted to go to grad school and become an archaeologist. Now, I'm second doubting myself (teal deer information inside) [more inside]
posted by raeka on May 22, 2012 - 26 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

From grad student to ... marketing-type-guy?

[Asking for a colleague filter] Marketing people, how do I jump from academia into your world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I graduate and find a job when I'm struggling?

I am in my 7th year of a science Ph.D. at MIT and I need to graduate. I have invested an incredible amount of time and energy in this process, and I definitely have a Ph.D. level of skills and knowledge by now. 7 years is not outside the norm for my department. The problem is that a number of circumstances occurring in a row have lead to a bad/toxic relationship with my advisor and slow performance on my part. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Leaving PhD program without burning bridges?

I am currently working on a Ph.D. but may have an opportunity to enter my field early. Is there a way I can drop out without burning bridges? When should I speak with my adviser about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 12 answers

I'm hungry.

Food and friends on food stamps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 - 72 answers

How much of an adult must an MFA be?

I'm going to graduate school, for a creative writing MFA! What can I do to prepare, and what's expected of me as an MFA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Grad student summer gig?

I am a grad student who needs extra income, but my department frowns upon outside work. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2012 - 25 answers

no seriously, is this masters worth it?

Help me make a decision I keep circling over again and again -- interdisciplinary masters that lets me do some cool research now, or continuing to work/exist in desired city and a more professional and/or appropriate MA/PHd in the next year or two? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to heretics go to grad school?

I need recommendations on a PhD program in ecology/conservation biology/interdisciplinary studies. I am a biology student who has strong nontraditional interests in cross-disciplinary work, popularization of science (i.e. making science relevant to non-science people), creating social and political change, and examining the relationships between humans and the biosphere from a holistic, non-anthropocentric perspective. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 14, 2012 - 21 answers

What does a typical PhD schedule look like?

What does a typical social sciences PhD's work schedule look like? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Apr 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Assistantships for professional master's degrees

How unusual is it to choose a professional Master's program without having an assistantship secured for the fall? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Major in Sanity.

I am either starting doctoral studies this fall or downsizing to a graduate student lifestyle in preparation for entering a program next fall (2013). What kind of living arrangement is likeliest to give me the best combination of economy and sanity? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Apr 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Grad school app sunk by half-time undergrad experience?

My girlfriend has been going through undergrad half-time. Adviser keeps telling her that grad schools will not look upon this favorably. True? [more inside]
posted by wires on Apr 8, 2012 - 17 answers

So I guess I'm an adult now?

Should a med student buy a house? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Apr 7, 2012 - 33 answers

What now?

I didn't get into graduate school. All of my hopes/dreams/etc. were riding on this. Now what? [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma on Apr 2, 2012 - 37 answers

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