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Grad school self-comparison is the worst. Help me stop.

I'm in my second semester of a professional master's program at a top-10 program. I can keep up with the classwork, but I get really caught up in comparing myself to other people. It not only makes me feel horrible, it significantly takes away from me doing my work. I'm prone to depression and lots of social anxiety anyway (I do have a therapist, we haven't talked about the self-comparison as much), but am well-liked in my program. I'd say I'm about on par with other folks in my program in terms of accomplishments (some have much more, some do less), so my intense feelings of inadequacy are mostly unwarranted. However, when I hear people talking about doing things I'm not (eg working with professors more than me, getting fellowships), I feel absolutely terrible. What should I be doing or trying to do to knock it off? Mental hacks, philosophical approaches, practical tips all welcome, though I should say I understand intellectually that there will always be someone doing more than me and that's life.
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2014 - 10 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

How do I find a job and move out?

What advice can you give to an unemployed graduate like me who wants to move out into the city? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me avoid defaulting on a bank loan and ruining my credit score in the UK

Large debts, and I'm about to default on a bank loan. Panic ensues. (UK filter). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

I really messed up.

I was asked to leave my masters program, but given a written assurance that I could reapply to the program. Now, four years later, I'd like to approach them about coming back, but I have no idea how to do so--and of course there are major complicating issues involved that are entirely my fault. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Giving up on research. What next?

Recent bioscience graduate is unsure what to do with his life. Science writing a possibility. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 - 4 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

How do I start saving money now that I'm actually making it

If you were 22 and making a good amount of money at a new job for the first time, what would you be doing now to have a better life later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 - 59 answers

Would it be rude to ask a professor for a potential list of other professors?

I'm in the process of looking at graduate schools in philosophy, which is a difficult task when trying to match up my niche specialty with potential professors. I've been able to track down five different professors, but I was wondering if it would be rude to ask if they had any suggestions on where/who to look. I'm located in the United States, but this academic community is 99% located outside of here, and browsing the associated journals and conferences hasn't been too helpful because the names I'm coming across are graduate students and names that aren't popping up on Google.
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Unfinished degree in resume

How do I write an abandoned graduate degree into my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Biochemistry Masters Program: Is a medical school environment worth it?

Biochemistry Masters Program: Is a medical school environment worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Cancel him and let him go!

I'm going to wash that man right out of my hair! Help me figure out how! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Advice for Finding a Job Out of State, Where to Move

Now that I'm about to graduate in 6 months,where should I move to in the Southwestern U.S. and how might I find an IT job there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Education v. bricks and mortar?

Will I regret spending my savings on further education? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2010 - 6 answers

New job anxiety.

Just started a new job and I've become HORRIFIED by life. How do I stop panicking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2010 - 37 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

Should I have been applying to scholarships instead of spending my summer at the beach?

How common is it for competitive liberal arts applicants to enter graduate school with outside scholarships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Worst reason ever for getting a PhD?

I've been academically wronged on an epic (to me) scale. How to overcome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 - 38 answers

Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent

Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Can I even get in to grad school?

High standardized test scores, great references, low GPA, need to take classes online - can I go to grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Should I apply for SSHRC?

How stringent are SSHRC's GPA requirements? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2009 - 10 answers

Free degree or let loose passion?

I work for a university with a generous tuition discount and after two years of research my conclusion is that the graduate programs here are generally for people who return to their same jobs (with the exception of med and law school). Most programs rank above the top 30 and the reviews from alumni and current students have given me the impression classes tend to be weak. Help me here! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2009 - 2 answers

How to apply for a mycology phd?

My husband wants to get a doctorate in mycology become a mycologist. We don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Failed to get a PhD, now what?

I just failed my PhD quals for the second time and they're going to kick me out of the program. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2009 - 27 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 I get into a grad program in Canada?

How likely is it that I'm going to get into a grad program in Canada? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 - 9 answers

890 Ok?

Give me the straight truth here, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2009 - 25 answers

Is it possible to earn a post-graduate degree in a field unrelated to your undergrad degree?

My boyfriend wants to return to school and get a degree in psychology, but isn't sure of the best way to do so, especially considering the caliber of schools he is targeting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me get through school!

Anyone ever have trouble getting though social work school when they wanted to become a therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I prepare for graduate technical interviews in software?

In about six weeks I expect to have a technical interview for a graduate position with MS. What can I do between now and then to be as well prepared as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2008 - 7 answers

It's not me, it's you...

I'm currently finishing my MS & am in interested in going for a PhD, just not with my current advisor. Without getting into drama & gossip, I will not be able to maintain my sanity doing a PhD under him. How to ask someone else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2008 - 7 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

Tips on going to grad school in Israel?

Considering applying to grad school in Israel. Any tips/advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me help others!

What tips can you give me when writing my personal statement for a graduate social work program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Grad school recommendations: whom to ask?

If I've been out of college for twelve years, from whom do I get recommendations for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2007 - 11 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

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

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