I'm currently in a fellowship in my master's program. The fellowship is pretty specific (as it usually is) and in a field I knew nothing about but wanted to learn more of/also thought could help me serve a wider population in my career. Now coming up on graduation, I want to apply to another fellowship that could lead to a full-time job in my dream organization. I'm afraid because the two fellowships aren't related at all, the employers will wonder why I'm applying. [more inside]
I didn't want to admit it to myself but I have fallen into a depressive episode. The problem is I'm a second semester senior taking a heavy load and I need to graduate this semester. What can I realistically do? [more inside]
I'm finally doing my last semester of college, but the classes are so absurdly hard that I don't think I have the intellectual capacity to pass them, but I don't have the option to drop them or pare down my credits any futher; like, I just have to finish these classes and finish them this semester. Does anyone have any advice for how to do so? [more inside]
A close friend of many, many years is graduating from seminary soon, and I would like to buy a nice little gift, maybe $50-100. I'd prefer something that lasts and could be used or seen regularly for some time. Complication: I am not a Christian and would not be at all confident in my ability to pick out anything he would use as a minister. [more inside]
My lovely brother is graduating from university in southern California, and I'd like to get him something special, reasonably-priced, and memorable...that matches his interests...that I can order online or take home from Hong Kong, where I live. [more inside]
I have no kids of my own, but I do have 24 nieces and nephews. The oldest one is getting married in a month. My husband and I want to start a tradition of giving them something really great for the big milestones in their young adult lives. More inside... [more inside]
What is a good gift for my unpaid undergrad research assistant that says "thanks for all your hard work as part of the team" that will support her in her current or future endeavors in counseling psychology, but won't highlight next year's uncertainty about grad school? [more inside]
I've got the job. Now I have to navigate the paycheck/loans/benefits/retirement... Where do I start? [more inside]
My friend is graduating in 6 weeks from college. She is usually really animated and bubbly, but I was hanging out with her yesterday, and she mentioned in passing that she's thinking about going back to college for another major (she is currently getting her second major after her first didn't work out for her), but she's iffy on whether her dad will let her or not. [more inside]
I'm creating an online portfolio/website and looking for strategies of how to describe my career goals. Basically I'm wondering whether I should emphasize professional, or creative goals, or whether it's okay to have both. [more inside]
My youngest sister is graduating high school on her nineteenth birthday. Gift ideas needed! [more inside]
What is the true nature of Phi Theta Kappa? Also, what is the nature of my school if it is sharing my grade detail with this organisation?
My Partner is graduating this summer, with a degree in computing, I'm looking for a present relevant to computing that would be a timeless present.
I will be graduating soon and I'm debating whether or not I should go to the graduation ceremony. On one hand, I'm proud that I finished but on the other, I can't invite my family and I wonder if it's worth doing alone. Does the ceremony even matter? If I don't go, will I regret it forever? [more inside]
Do you know of anyone who received a posthumous PhD? How was the graduation ceremony handled? Who accepted the degree on their behalf? And, where were they in terms of their dissertation -- already filed, soon to file with a few revisions, etc.? [more inside]
This is a gift question, but not holiday related. Still, MeFi is full of experts.... So, my first PhD student just successfully defended, and I am very proud of her. The question is whether to give her a gift, and if so, what.... [more inside]
I'm graduating in the spring and have done well enough in my classes, but I don't feel like I really know how to *do* anything. Give me some direction? [more inside]
I'm helping to design a course for college juniors and seniors in the health sciences. What books (textbooks, popular non-fiction, or even novels), articles, essays, and websites would be most helpful for the students as they finish up their degrees? [more inside]
My younger sister is graduating from University (UK), with a degree in Press Photography. I'm looking for a quote to frame and give to my sister as a graduation gift. I have found many examples of typical 'graduation' quotes, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific, which will ideally fit a number of the criteria below. [more inside]
My fine stepson is going away to college soon. We have a pretty good relationship, and I'd like to give him something that would be a meaningful gift. I'd love to hear about what you received (or even what you would've liked to have got); anything from trinkets to books about surviving that first year away. Thanks for considering this.
My nephew is graduating high school and is headed to Washington DC for college! What would be a unique and useful gift to give him? [more inside]
Hi Metafilter, I'm about to graduate this Summer from a college in Europe. It's for a creative profession and I'm currently honesty considering to repeat the year. Considering the circumstances (more below), would it be silly to volunteer a rerun of the year? [more inside]
I agreed to be the guest speaker at the graduation for a graduate-school program. Students, families, and teachers will be present, about 60 people total. All the grads are getting the same degree. I have a similar degree and now I work in the field which they will be (trying to) work in. (It's a competitive, low-paying field, and the students are well aware of that fact.) I do guest lectures all the time at university classes, sort of like career-day presentations, but I get the feeling I should be talking about big-picture stuff, be optimistic and empowering and inspiring or whatever. Thing is, I don't know how to do that, but I want to make sure the audience gets something useful from my speech. How do I best approach (and format) a 30 minute graduation speech? It's in 1 week.
Okay, so I am a community college faculty member who is supposed to wear my academic regalia to our graduation ceremony next Saturday. I've got my gown and hood, but I can't find my stupid mortarboard anywhere. My wife has hers, but as her noggin is significantly smaller than my enormous melon, when I put it on it looks like I'm being sucked into a wormhole head first. So what I need is: a) a basic shiny black academic cap and tassel, b) that fits giant heads, c) at low cost, d) delivered in the next eight days. I've found places on line where I can do this for $45. Is there a way to do it for $20?
My nephew is turning 18 in a week. He is graduating from high school in June. He has no idea what he wants for a gift for either event. tl;dr: What might a socially active gaming-nerd turned forestry major find useful or enjoy before or during his first year away from home? What do you get for the guy who's pretty content with anything he gets? [more inside]
The majority of my friends are in medical school and are graduating this year. I'm a baker and wanted to give them all small gifts that are cute/tasty/medical or graduation-related. The only thing I could think of is decorated cookies (I do shortbread or brownie cookies) but any suggestions on shapes? Nothing too complicated, please! [more inside]
Looking for movies with a classic graduate cap toss: the speech is over, the plot comes to a pleasing conclusion, and then everybody, preferably the whole school, takes their hats off and tosses them in the air, in slo-mo. The sky is blue, it's a stock photography moment. What are movies or TV shows with this oh-so-cliche scene?
Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
Lots of life changes: graduated from college, different relationship, became a freelancer all in the last year. Feeling aimless, nostalgic, and in need of some perspective. [more inside]
I just accepted my first real job offer! I'm excited, but kind of freaking out about adjusting to a traditional working lifestyle. [more inside]
I got the job offer! ...Now what? [more inside]
How do I plan for or learn to cope with huge changes in my life this year that include graduating university, getting married, moving cross country? (sorry long!!) [more inside]
These were four miserable years, and they were supposed to be the best? I guess the best years still lie ahead of me? [more inside]
What goes on an academic CV, especially when one doesn't exactly have a huge academic history to draw from? [more inside]
To be optimistic or realistic - should I drop this class or not? [more inside]
I am graduating next May (2013) with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Computing Technology from Colorado State University. I have 3 years IT & Network Support experience and just about 2.5 years web development experience through Student positions. I've done the whole freelance thing for the last 5 years as a Wordpress theme guy. How do I approach getting a full time job after college? [more inside]
Several years ago, my husband's close friend died suddenly. Now the friend's oldest son is graduating from high school, and his wife asked my husband (and others) to pass on some personal accumulated wisdom and memories. What kinds of things should we address? [more inside]
Graduation time! How can I make my own semi-fancy/straight-up-fancy graduation invitations? [more inside]
Where can I get affordable college grad pictures, complete with cap (if applicable?) and gown, in Toronto? [more inside]
Boston-specific (or not) graduation gift? [more inside]
I am graduating this weekend with a BA in History. I wrote a senior honors thesis and really loved the process of conducting research. Is there a way I can continue researching next year, while I'm not in school? [more inside]
Any suggestions for a restaurant in Baltimore where we can have (just) dessert for ~20 people following the Goucher graduation? A reservation would be ideal to assuage the stress of relatives. [more inside]
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]
Graduation gift for a close friend getting their masters in education? (More inside) [more inside]
Help me find an inspirational quote that is non-religious. [more inside]
My nephew will be graduating next month from medical school in PA, then going off to a seven-year (!) neurosurgery residency in CA. In honor of the occasion, I plan to give him a check along with some sort of goofy and memorable gag gift but my brain is fried. Can you give me some ideas and (if applicable) links? About him: He's tall with an athletic build (I swear he must have been adopted!), a runner, has a girlfriend, loves goofy and quirky stuff, and will do or wear most anything on a dare.
My sister is graduating from law school. I've just realized I should probably get her a gift. But what?! [more inside]
Corporate ladies, help me pick an amazing gift for my newly corporate bff. [more inside]
Please help me plan my post grad life (aspiring designer). [more inside]
Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate? [more inside]