I need to figure out what I'm going to regret more: getting a masters degree, or forgoing grad school in favor of getting to know myself a little better. [more inside]
Have you ever gone through a long period where you wanted to be dating but couldn't? Looking for tips on how to re-frame being single. [more inside]
I'm applying to graduate programs for a MA in counseling. I'm closer to 50 than 40 and haven't been a student in nearly 20 years. One program wants "at least one academic reference" among my three letters of recommendation. Does this person necessarily have to be a former professor of mine? [more inside]
I am planning on doing biomedical engineering next year as part of a coursework master's. What bio-related job and career options will I have? [more inside]
What are your best tips/strategies for taking the GRE? [more inside]
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]
I like statistics. I like education. I loathe the statistics program at my university's school of education. [more inside]
How do I overcome paper writing anxiety? [more inside]
What exactly do the new-fangled "letter" of recommendation forms e-mailed to recommenders look like? [more inside]
Prequisites for Physician Assistant Programs: Community College, or University? [more inside]
I work in the field of higher education/college access and retention. I'm sort of interested in getting my Master's in Higher Education Administration. My new job offers 80% tuition reimbursement for grad school classes at a local university. Logically, I know I should take advantage of this opportunity, and start taking classes next semester, but I have some reservations: [more inside]
How do people get over feeling discouraged after a setback? [more inside]
I a doing a graduate degree in educational technology. I have two big projects to complete this year and I would like some help choosing useful/interesting topics. [more inside]
I will be applying for a master's degree program in Stockholm, Sweden. Can you tell me about the specifics of life in Stockholm—housing in particular—as well as Karolinska Institutet, or point me to places where I could get more information? [more inside]
Teaching a beginners course for a beginning instructor? Help me come up with a few ideas/guidelines for a intro tutorial for non-political science grad students. [more inside]
Is it too late for me to gain admission to the top PhD programs in the life sciences? What can I do to improve my chances besides the obvious? [more inside]
Anyone know of any graduate-level (PhD candidate) grants available to a Chinese girl studying Biology in the US? [more inside]
TaxFilter: I'm a Canadian who began a Ph.D at an American university. Tuition was waved and I received a living stipend of about $17,000 (paid monthly). This is pretty typical for graduate programs across Canada and the US. [more inside]
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]
My graduate school orientation is Wednesday and I'm getting nervous. Overeducated Mefites, I'd love any advice you have to offer! [more inside]
Looking for job experiences involving human factors or education that will help me decide which field of study to pursue.
Pre-Graduate School Question: I am interested in both human factors and education/education administration. Do you have a job related to either of these fields in some way? Can you provide a small window into this current or past job and help me decide which (if either) field to pursue? [more inside]
What is the best way to describe my future ambitions in my personal statement on my MLIS application?
I am applying to a competitive MLIS program in a couple months, and I would like some advice on how to talk about my somewhat unusual plans for the future. [more inside]
I studied mathematics and some computer science as an undergrad, and I loved it. I feel that my real passion, however, is in experimental sciences or engineering. What are some graduate school options for me? [more inside]
What are potential career options for an MLIS graduate interested in using language and translation skills on the job as well? I am a 21-year-old undergraduate student who will be graduating one quarter early in March 2011. This summer I'm applying to the UW's iSchool MLIS program and hope to start Autumn Quarter 2011. I am very interested in traditional library work, but in the last couple years I have worked hard to learn Spanish. I'm currently training to be a Spanish-English translator and interpreter as well, as this will help pay for my MLIS degree. I would really love a career that could incorporate my growing interests in linguistics and translation, as well as my interests in the research and service-oriented aspects of librarianship. Any suggestions? I know the State Department has some positions that would incorporate all these skills, and I'm looking for other options, too.
Is it worth it to get a M.S. or a Ph.D in Computer Science? What kinds of doors would they open? [more inside]
UCLA Graduate School app's Statement of Purpose: WAT? [more inside]
To what extent is it acceptable to "shop around" for graduate programs in the basic sciences (as far as initiating contact with potential labs goes)? In particular, is it ethical to contact more than one PI at the same institution? [more inside]
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]
Back to school filter: Looking for "New Media" Masters programs in a warm climate, preferably west coast. More details inside. [more inside]
This fall I'm starting a graduate program that requires me to be in Santa Barbara for 3 days/month. I currently live on the east coast. Where might I move to within driving distance of Santa Barbara that is not insanely expensive but still a "nice enough" place to live? [more inside]
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]
Where does an American start to figure out how to fund a graduate education abroad? [more inside]
What books or other resources would you recommend for someone interested in pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology? I have a degree in Communication and I am thinking of going to grad school for Communication Sciences and Disorders to become a SLP. I would like to know what I can do to prepare myself for the CDIS prerequisites I must take to qualify for admission to graduate school.
Should I quit my Master's program in Architecture? [more inside]
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]
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]
I've been recommended for admission to the graduate program I applied for!! Just a few questions... [more inside]
How do I use Facebook to my advantage for graduate school? [more inside]
I've been accepted to an MPhil course at Cambridge University. It's a great opportunity, but I'm not sure. Can you help me decide whether to go? [more inside]
Will a master's degree in English be useful to someone who wants to be a librarian? [more inside]
"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]
MPH + MS > PhD? [more inside]
[GradSchoolFilter] What's the most graceful, or rather least ungraceful, way to withdraw from a graduate program? [more inside]
I am planning to go get my PhD in chemistry and I am waiting to hear back from schools. I have already been accepted to 3 schools (one in the top 10), however, I really like some of the faculty at one located in the 30s in the rankings. How important are the rankings and will they have a big affect on my career?
Does anyone have any experience with psychology in graduate school? We recently started reading journal articles in one of our classes and it's quite a bit of work to understand what the articles are all about. I'm not sure whether I'm a little slow or whether I just feel intimidated, but really understanding what I'm reading is quite difficult. The method I've used for now, is to read the article a couple of times, highlighting what I think is important. Then I take notes on the article and it slowly comes to me. I'm not sure whether it's significant that I wasn't a psychology major in my undergraduate program. If anyone has any tips or tricks or other advice for understanding what we're reading, I'd greatly appreciate the help. Thank you,
After receiving my undergraduate degree, I tried taking some online english classes at a local community college while starting a job. Bad idea. [more inside]
Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
I'm thinking about getting an M.A. in Chinese studies. How useful a job qualification would it be if I didn't go on to get a Ph.D.? [more inside]
Help me ask a former professor for a letter of recommendation. Complicating details after the jump. [more inside]
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]