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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

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

Tips for staying motivated in Grad School

Two years into a Ph.D. program in the biological science (in the US) and I am in a lab doing research. The lab I'm in takes a hand-off approach to our research, so much of the motivation to do projects must come from me. Unfortunately I'm the kind of person who needs deadlines and strong guidance, and without these two things I've begun to drift a little. Any tips for keeping my eyes on the prize and staying immersed in my field? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Yet another financial advice question

I need some advice about career plans, graduate studies and whether to rent or to own. Mostly in the financial context but also, of the bigger picture view -- am I being overly optimistic, am I too focused on career? [more inside]
posted by table on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 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

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

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

Should I stay or should I go now? (school)

Graduate with BS in biology or stay longer for CS (at state school)? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm on Jan 17, 2012 - 8 answers

He loves round-bottoms..!

My boyfriend might be failing out of graduate school. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Columbia or Yale MPH?

Should I go to Yale or Columbia to get my MPH? I'm already in NYC, but I'm hearing unhappy rumblings from students at Columbia. [more inside]
posted by reren on Apr 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Stipend vs. Fellowship

Science graduate students! How does funding from fellowships affect your stipend? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Apr 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Do linguistics grad students have time to breathe?

Lifestyle of a Linguistics Graduate Student? I am starting a Ph.D. Program next fall, and I want to have an idea of how much time I will be spending on campus, working, studying, etc. Will I have time to sleep? Will I be burnt out and hating myself after one semester? What about money? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Feb 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me stop procrastinating, stop panicking, and get my schoolwork back on track

How do I overcome paper writing anxiety? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Nov 27, 2010 - 30 answers

Grad school advice?

My graduate school orientation is Wednesday and I'm getting nervous. Overeducated Mefites, I'd love any advice you have to offer! [more inside]
posted by honeydew on Aug 16, 2010 - 25 answers

YANMT, but I can't afford a therapist so you'll have to do.

QuarterLifeCrisisFilter: I've been thinking about my future career and considering going to grad school. I only have a vague idea of what I might like to study, but I know I want an advanced degree (preferably sooner rather than later). Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by funfetti on Jul 13, 2010 - 25 answers

Phone interview for a scholarship

What should I do to prepare for a (scholarship) telephone interview? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 22, 2010 - 6 answers

A Meal Fit For A Thesis Defense

What food should I bring for my thesis defense? [more inside]
posted by cabezadevaca on Jun 17, 2010 - 17 answers

How to balance a PhD waitilist with PhD acceptance?

How do I balance my waitlisting to a wonderful PhD program with not messing up my acceptance to a great PhD program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 13 answers

fear of commitment (to graduate funding)

Graduate funding: I got it but don't want to accept it yet because I'm waiting on word from better graduate funding. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Can anyone recommend a good graduate school for Nutrition Major?

Hi, I only have 1 1/2 years till I'm completely done my undergraduate nutrition degree in Canada. I've already established that I want to pursue a masters, however, the only school I have been checking online is Columbia's Department of Nutrition because it is the only school I can think of which offers a decent program. Is it true? If not, does anyone have any good suggestions (NA, Europe, Asia)? [more inside]
posted by pixxie on Dec 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Both feet? Both feet and a hand?

I always knew I'd go back to grad school to get my PhD in English, but have I shot myself in the foot by picking 2009, aka the year of financial armageddon and joblessness, to apply to top-notch programs? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Nov 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Give me a qualitative analysis of the GRE.

At the very last minute, I'm applying to grad school to get my PhD in English. Hooray! Except that I'm abysmal at math. How much will that hurt my chance at top PhD programs in English? Because I've got two weeks to A) teach myself basic algebra for the GRE, and B) stop psyching myself out to the point of panic attacks. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 28, 2008 - 42 answers

New England & American Studies Programs - Help Make Me Smart About Them

American Studies scholars, please help me compare 2 programs in New England and American Studies and get some general advice. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

How can I view my graduate applications' recommendation letters?

Is the university wrong about my right to view graduate application recommendation letters? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2008 - 17 answers

How to pay for Grad school?

Best book or online resource for funding Grad School? [more inside]
posted by limon on Mar 2, 2008 - 6 answers

How technical/specific should my grad school personal statement be?

Grad School Filter: How technical and specific should my statement of purpose for my Computer Science PhD application be? [more inside]
posted by christy on Dec 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me reconcile emotionally with my new graduate degree.

I'm finishing a master's program in the next few weeks and I'm feeling horrible about my experience acquiring it. I did a 2 and a half year accelerated nursing program that led into a master's to become a nurse practitioner. I am really excited about the field and looking forward to where the degree can take me, but the last year and a half (the master's portion) of the process was so emotionally damaging I'm not sure how to move on! [more inside]
posted by hurricanemag on Nov 28, 2007 - 21 answers

Looking for a resource to have a graduate admissions statement of intent read and critiqued please.

I am applying to grad school. The deadline is approaching. Where can I go to get my letter of intent (personal statement) read and critiqued? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Grad school for dummies?

So I'm thinking about going to grad school... [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Oct 22, 2007 - 20 answers

A sure MIIS.

What can you tell me about the Monterey Institute of International Studies? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Oct 3, 2007 - 4 answers

Unofficially auditing university classes?

Is it weird to ask a university professor if you can audit his/her class without officially enrolling in the university as an auditor ... and, as part of the arrangement, asking the professor if you can submit papers and have them graded and evaluated? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Aug 8, 2007 - 43 answers

Paying for graduate school

Help me figure out the best way to finance graduate school abroad. [more inside]
posted by dead_ on May 10, 2007 - 4 answers

Should I consider grad school if I already have a good job?

I'm 26 years old and already making a good living. Should I consider going to grad school for international relations or international affairs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2007 - 19 answers

Will grad school indecision leave a poor first impression?

Should I introduce myself to potential graduate school advisors at the earliest opportunity, or wait until I'm better prepared and less indecisive? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 1, 2007 - 11 answers

Needed, Masters in CS

I will begin an academic program for an MS in Computer Science starting Fall, 2007. The upside is that I have a year to prepare, while the downside is that I clearly have some obstacles to overcome, which are that [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2006 - 15 answers

How to write a killer Letter of Intent

I'm going to pursue a Masters/PhD in Cognitive Visual Neuroscience. I now know how to ask for letters of recommendation - thanks - but how do I write a killer letter of intent/application essay? Alternately, what are the major mistakes/pitfalls new students make when writing such a letter? Answers need not be Psych specific.
posted by fake on Aug 16, 2006 - 13 answers

How to write a reference letter?

I have been asked to write recommendation letters for an undergrad who is applying to grad schools. Should I just automatically use a separate sheet, or should I use their form if they provide a lot of space? Any general tips for the structure of the letter? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Dec 28, 2005 - 11 answers

How long is a thesis?

Mefi Doctors: A recent Ask Metafilter question prompts me to ask - how long was your thesis? [more inside]
posted by handee on May 25, 2005 - 47 answers

Grad school worries

I'm a little worried about applying to grad school. I've read an awful lot about it, and I'm looking for some advice from actual people. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on May 13, 2005 - 16 answers

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