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To Grad School or to Not to Grad School?

I can't afford to go to graduate school. I also can't afford not to go to graduate school. tl;dr galore inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2013 - 20 answers

When do I disclose ADHD as a grad school applicant

Disclosing ADHD during the grad school application process: where/when/how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 18 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

Getting cold feet about getting a Master's degree

Another "should I go to graduate school?" question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 - 14 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

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

How do I figure out which graduate advisor to pick?

I'm not sure what to do about the "politics of graduate school". I am a beginning student in Fall 2012, and I have some serious issues. How do I decide my advisor? Am I just letting the stress get to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Qualifying exams: I laughed, I cried, I cried, I cried...

Grad school filter: I need a reality check on my qualifying exams. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 - 20 answers

I don't want to be a professor, I just want to be a lab tech who reads a lot.

Help me quit grad school. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 21 answers

Graduate School Dropout, No Graduation Day for You

My Masters program isn't the academic challenge that I hoped it would be. I'm paying a lot of money and spending a lot of time to do this in addition to my full-time job. Should I keep going or cut my losses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 - 17 answers

How much do admissions committees for cs grad programs care about GRE analytical writing scores?

How much do admissions committees for cs grad programs care about GRE analytical writing scores? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Can I go back to school yet?

Given my level of preparation, how reasonable is it for me to hope to get into a funded master's program in computer science? And can you suggest some schools that fund non-PhD students? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2011 - 6 answers

How Do I Become Ivy League Material?

In five years I'm planning to pursue an MA in an artistic field. I live near an Ivy League university; my current teacher has a degree from that university and is encouraging me to apply. I had ruled it out because I had never considered myself anything near "Ivy League" before (the closest I've come is blowing an undergrad interview for a different school). What can I do between now and then (five years) to make myself an attractive, creative Ivy League arts grad school candidate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Slightly chequered past a snag in grad school admission?

I'm an adult in my mid-40s applying to graduate school to train for a brand new career in counseling. I feel confident of being admitted somewhere, except for one potential snag: a long ago misdemeanor conviction that I now have to disclose on grad school applications. Will this hurt my chances for admission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Nobody's perfect, right?

How do people get over feeling discouraged after a setback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 - 18 answers

Ungrateful entitled prick with his head in the clouds? Or exploited lab rat with legitimate concerns? You make the call!

I'm having trouble dealing with dissatisfaction with my first post-college job, which makes me feel more than a little over-entitled. My frank impression is that the workplace is in shambles and that I'd been lied to in the interview process; more charitably, I'm wondering if perhaps this particular posting just isn't for me. Given the details, what's the best way for me to go about readjusting my mind for the position, readjusting the position for my mind (i.e. closer to what I was told it would be), or giving up the ghost and going for something different? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2010 - 13 answers

How can I get through this "recent graduate, broken relationship, doubtful future" slump?

Just graduated college and feeling very sad. Struggling with a major relationship change, doubts about graduate school in the humanities, and overall discouragement. Thoughts on feeling better in hard times of change, or even just what you've learned when you were 20-something that helped you get through it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2010 - 30 answers

Getting off my own lawn

I've been accepted for an MA programme starting in October but I'll be relocating as a mature student if I take the full-time route and I'm worried about about culture-shock. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2010 - 2 answers

Who is Fafsa, and will he give me money?

Where does an American start to figure out how to fund a graduate education abroad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2010 - 4 answers

How's the water down there? I'm thinking of jumping ship.

I am currently doing well in a great PhD program, but I'm thinking of a major change. Please give me your perspectives on the decisions I'm facing! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Good idea, bad idea?

Am I over-thinking this, or will attending grad school at a CSU (California State University) hinder further career goals? Help me eliminate one more thing from my grad-application-frazzled mind! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I use Facebook to my advantage for graduate school?

How do I use Facebook to my advantage for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 - 15 answers

"No, of course I like you. It's because I like you, I don't want to be with you. It's a complicated...emotion."

Help me stop crushing on my classmate! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Skippin' out...

[GradSchoolFilter] What's the most graceful, or rather least ungraceful, way to withdraw from a graduate program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2010 - 14 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

Should I retake the GREs?

I'm applying to grad school for a Masters in Library Science, and I'm unsure if I should re-take the GREs. I did very well on the Verbal and Quantitative sections - both scores were above the averages of accepted students for the MLS programs I'm looking at. But I only got a 4 on the writing section (putting me in the 41st percentile). The average for admitted students is around a 5. Will my admittedly poor showing on the writing section hurt me enough that I should take the GREs again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 - 17 answers

How do I deal with the fact that I hate teaching, or, how long do I hate teaching until I give up on grad school?

How do I deal with the fact that I hate teaching, or, how long do I hate teaching until I give up on grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me decide whether to go to business school

I'm trying to decide whether to go to business school (I was admitted to a top 5 school in the US), or earn an academic masters program on a full fellowship in Europe. I have to decide right away, as school is about to start and I just can't resolve my concerns. I'm not sure how much of a business person I am (although I've done some entrepreneurial things in the past). I just graduated from college (although I'm a bit over the traditional age), and I'm not really sure what I want to do with my life. Business school costs about $100k. The free masters program is much more academic -- and I'm eager to live abroad. How do I approach this decision? I've made pro and con lists, meditated, "listened to my heart" and so many things. My mind changes every five minutes as I think about different aspects of the decision. Help! I'm not sure what I "want to be when I grow up". When I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer and a writer -- and if I go to business school, I close the door on being a lawyer. I still want to explore a lot of things, and I'm afraid of being so much in debt when I go off to do that. On the other hand, I want to be economically secure and do have interests in entrepreneurship and other business careers.
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2009 - 19 answers

Oh, for the love(hate?) of academia.

I’m getting an MFA in creative writing in a fairly decent program. I’m starting my third and final year and faced with some choices as to whether or not mental sanity or career options are more important. I could use some feedback from people outside of the program. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2009 - 15 answers

Should I apply for a PhD?

In grad school; older student. Should I apply to a PhD program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2009 - 24 answers

Best way to go back to school in an unrelated field?

Possibly going back to school in an unrelated field (engineering); what's the best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I get into a PhD program?

Will my Chemistry/science grades keep me from getting into a PhD program in a physical science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Learning about already awarded grant money?

How can I learn more about the grant money my lab already has? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 - 17 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

Should I write a thesis for my MA?

Should I write an MA thesis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2009 - 11 answers

MLS = Man, Life Sucks

Should I/how do I propose the idea of getting a masters degree to my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Why doesn't math make sense anymore?

I've got math anxiety but not the traditional kind. I'm graduating with a math degree but I feel very insecure pursuing higher math. How did something this beautiful turn into a bugbear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 - 20 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 work through this bad data?

I'm a graduate student. My advisor asked me to do a favor for a researcher and clean his data for him and put it into SPSS from Excel. Upon looking at the data, I realized that it was totally screwed up. What can I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2008 - 13 answers

GradSchoolFilter: I know I can... but I can't.

I'm a grad student. I like the subject(s) I'm studying, I like research, and I know I'm capable of doing the work... except when I sit down to actually do it, I choke. I know I'm not the only one suffering from both imposter syndrome and perfectionism - how do you manage to get your brain to stop spinning its wheels and get to work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2008 - 33 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

Am I just nervous?

GradSchoolAnxietyFilter: I have no research experience. How do I describe my research plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Programs Emphasizing GRE over GPA?

Grad School help for a (formerly, academically) poor student. I have an abysmal undergraduate GPA... very, very poor (2.064/4.0). I have a very high GRE (1430 quant/verbal). I'm looking for an interdisciplinary Humanities/Social Science hybrid sort of degree (lots of flexibility...) from a respectable school that will give the most leverage to the GRE. Additional info: Undergrad degree is in Geography, (AB, 2002), relevant work experience is virtually nil, social service/portfolio is just OK (can be padded). In summary, is there a resource that will spell out for me the programs that emphasize GRE (preferably to the exclusion of all others)? Many thanks.
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2004 - 13 answers

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