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Does a degree measure intelligent?

About a week ago I went through this horrible self-esteem crisis. It occurred to me that almost everyone I know has a degree from a university, but that I do not. In an organization I am a member of, everyone there is a lawyer, professor, teacher, engineer, etc., and the friends I have all have Bachelor's or Master's degrees. Here I am with no degree and having dropped out of three universities – it makes me feel like such a failure. In the next two weeks I'll be starting truck driving school – I feel like it is something I can do and be successful at? – but I still have accomplished nothing that compares to a degree! [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jul 9, 2013 - 81 answers

Best way to manage PTO membership?

I am the treasurer and vice president of the PTO for my kids' elementary school. There is currently nothing in place to contact our members and maintain our membership list. We are slowly starting to get better organized, and I'm looking for the best solution. Can you help me wade through the options? [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Jul 8, 2013 - 13 answers

No you can't go to our university! We screwed up. Sorry!

How do I respond to the University of Barcelona rescinding my acceptance for a Master's program? You know, and hopefully to reverse the decision. Apparently they made an error regarding my qualifications. (mods, please take out the university name if it's possibly a bad idea for me to include it here) Last Friday, two days after an interview I received the following email from the University. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 4, 2013 - 10 answers

How Are School Libraries Different Now than 20 Years Ago?

How Are School Libraries Different Now than 20 Years Ago? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jun 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Graduate School Choice!!!

So I've been debating where to take my masters for some time. I'm not here to specifically ask for opinions on schools but more so styles of school. [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Jun 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Degree in market research with no math background? Quickly and cheaply?

Could I get a master's degree in market research or market analysis, even with a poor foundation in math? How long would that take? And could I qualify for any scholarships or anything to do it for cheap or free? (It might be a wild fantasy, but I have to ask.) Basically, I want to be that person that helps organizations target their advertising and campaigns in an impactful way by analyzing consumer behavior and consumer demographics. Details below: [more inside]
posted by peachpie on Jun 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Back-to-school kit for 51-year old single mom

My mom, who hasn't been in "school" since 1980, is going back for an associate's degree. I'm super proud of her, and I think she needs some extra support. What can I put in an awesome "back to school" package for her? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jun 21, 2013 - 33 answers

Any opinions on graduate schools of banking?

Is attending a graduate school of banking worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Jun 19, 2013 - 2 answers

What are colleges doing about HIV other than "get tested/use condoms"?

What are examples of colleges that are doing new or innovative things in addressing HIV? I am most interested in approaches directed at men who have sex with men, but any general approaches about HIV that are directed at everyone or at other high risk populations would also be helpful. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jun 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Returning to grad school after 2 year hiatus

So I'm beginning a statistics PhD program this fall and I'm concerned that my math skills have gotten rusty since I haven't done anything related for the past two years. I've been working as an actuary since I graduated college but I don't do that much math--mostly a lot of programming. Has anybody been in a similar situation to me? How was the adjustment for you? I'm considering retaking advanced calculus and linear algebra during my first year (probably next summer before I take 2nd year advanced courses) just to refresh myself again. I'm aware some people may think this is kind of pathetic but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Besides, it's only my first year. Is this frowned upon? [more inside]
posted by molamola on Jun 17, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I list a one-time (post-bac) college course on academic resume?

Making a fancy CV/resume for grad school application (a masters in art education). I got my BA 6 years ago (sort of unrelated field), I took a class semi-related to my field of interest last summer at a good university. Is it odd to list this one course in the education section of my grad school resume? Do I list my grade (which was an A)? Where would you put it?
posted by dahliachewswell on Jun 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Exchange Student to Scotland

My daughter is interested in studying abroad in Edinburgh for the equivalent of her 10th grade year (fourth year in Scotland). She has an open invitation to live with family friends in Edinburgh. However, there is zero information on how we can do this without help from an official exchange student program. The internets is no help. What are the steps we need to go through to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket on Jun 11, 2013 - 3 answers

how to engage in self-care when responsibilities get in the way

I'm depressed, in a gruesome summer class, and feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to handle both my responsibilities and my well-being. How do busy people balance these things? Why do we even bother with these pesky responsibilities that society imposes on us? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jun 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Take me to your ivory tower.

I like novels that take place in boarding schools (or in colleges that feel like boarding schools). I've been to Brakebills, Ault, Hampden, Devon, the Concent of Saunt Edhar (totally counts), the University of Missouri, Enfield Tennis Academy, and Hogwarts.* Where should I go next? [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Jun 5, 2013 - 75 answers

Saving money for a PhD program

Hi everyone, I'm entering a PhD program in statistics starting this August. I just finished off paying CC debt a month ago so I'm now starting to save up some money before I head out to California to start the program. I'm fully funded, but I was thinking about saving $9000-11000 before my program starts (I currently work at a 65k/yr job). Has anybody else done something similar, and if so, could he/she tell me about how having some money buffer changed the grad student experience? My other option would be, since I'm fully funded, enjoying my time traveling and doing fun stuff for a bit. Then I'd probably have a good 5000 to 7000 saved up instead of around 10000. Just wanted to see your thoughts. What would YOU do?
posted by molamola on Jun 4, 2013 - 41 answers

I saw my Grad school letter of reccomendation and the school knows.

Is this going to be counted against me? Should I take any action? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on May 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Do you think college is worth it?

I'm having second thoughts about going back to school, not only because i've seen a lot of people graduate and not be able to find a job so they can pay off their $30,000 loans but also because they might be over qualified for it or underqualified. If not that, then i'm kind of worried with the field i want to go into it would be really hard to find a job here(united states), and i'm starting to wonder if i would be better off buying text books/books and just teaching myself what i want to learn. What's your opinion on college? Do you feel like it's worth it anymore?
posted by earthquakeglue on May 27, 2013 - 53 answers

How to Prepare for Grad School, out of state, and Hit the Ground Running

I will be moving to Boston for Grad school. I would love a checklist of what I need to do to prepare, A. I guess just the move in general, but most importantly B. Making the most of the MPH program and hitting the ground running- 2 years is gonna go by fast. I have to secure housing. I need to make sure that I have enough professional clothes- so I am gonna raid the Loft clearance rack. Other than that, I am looking to find a free online Biostats and Epi course, and looking into/reading up on How to Network- everyone keeps talking about it, and I am a total introvert- so I know I gotta figure that out so I can get a job when I graduate. If such a doc already exist, or something like making the most of grad school (I already have the book Getting What you Came for) please let me know, or otherwise give me your advice on what you think I should do now to prepare and be successful, what you wish you had know or done. thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS on May 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me plan a fair morning pre-school schedule for my 10 year old kid.

My kid is late to school more often than I would like, because somehow the morning is never scheduled adequately. I'm not sure how much time is fair to budget her for things - obviously how much time it would take me to do them is too little, but how much time she would like to take to do them is too much. If I have a fair and reasonable morning schedule/wake up time, it might be easier to get her to stick to it and get her out the door. Other morning suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by corb on May 23, 2013 - 52 answers

Is going back to school really worth it?

I am 28 years old and just completed my first semester of college, which I was unable to do when I was younger for a variety of reasons. Is this is a good idea? Much, much more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by PrettyKnitty on May 22, 2013 - 47 answers

Looking for an App or program to record time/task details.

I am starting a new job in the fall and I'm looking for something to record how much time I spend on different tasks. [more inside]
posted by aetg on May 15, 2013 - 4 answers

We yell at children at this school?

A mother at my son's school yelled at him today. I am furious. I am also very confused about what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by RosiePosie on May 14, 2013 - 37 answers

How to help my son break free from his bully?

My son, Alex, age 5, started primary school (in the UK) in January. His 'best friend', Tom (also 5), is bullying him. How can we help Alex break free from Tom, and make new friends? [more inside]
posted by beniamino on May 13, 2013 - 18 answers

I can no longer start or finish even the most basic tasks.

And I mean anything. People, school, projects, hobbies... I always, always give up on the things I start. And it isn't even about losing interest. Yeah, there are things that I'll eventually lose interest in and quit and that's not really a problem. What bothers me is that I quit things I'm actually interested in, too. For example, I was so completely into a book I was reading last week. Really, really into it. You'd think I'd finish it, then, but I didn't. I have an entire library full of half-read books, most of which I'd love to start reading again but just can't. Won't. Cant. Ugh. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Name my Etsy store

You guys did a great job naming my vintage self-help blog. Now help me name an Etsy store that will focus mainly on items I picked up at school district auctions. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on May 4, 2013 - 25 answers

Letter of recommendation help

Help me choose who to ask for a letter of recommendation: professor who knows me but hasn't really graded me on anything yet v. professor who most likely does not remember me (at least not very clearly) but gave me a couple good grades. [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on May 3, 2013 - 10 answers

The hopelessness, it's bothering me.

How does somebody not let their miserable job situation and constant failure in seeking new employment affect their judgment? [more inside]
posted by maffechr on Apr 27, 2013 - 17 answers

So so grades and future employment prospects

I'm about to finish a master's program and my grades are less than stellar. How big of an effect might this have on my employment prospects going forward, and what are some strategies to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2013 - 6 answers

I have some questions about studying abroad

Has anyone ever studied abroad before? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Apr 24, 2013 - 26 answers

How can I balance school and work?

I just started nursing school, and I also work 40+ hours a week. It's only been two weeks of school but it's already killing me - I work, sleep, school, sleep. I've already fallen asleep in class and tonight I overslept and missed my ride to work - the work is flexible enough that this isn't an issue today. But I know if it keeps happening I'll end up doing poorly on both, might lose my job, fail school or both. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Apr 22, 2013 - 12 answers

Special needs teachers deserve a special thank you

We have received services from the school district and we are about to lose our teachers due to our daughter aging out of the program. We'd like to give nice and appropriate gifts to the teachers who have helped our daughter for the last two and a half years. [more inside]
posted by look busy on Apr 18, 2013 - 16 answers

What to eat during the week of a competitive examination?

Hi, I have a ranked examination in less than two months and I have to give everything I have. What kind of food should I eat at lunch so I don't crash sometime in the afternoon and at dinner for a good night sleep?
posted by lite on Apr 18, 2013 - 7 answers

PhD dropout

I'm dropping out of a PhD program in a social science with only a masters degree. I need a real job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

"And remember, children, always subvert the dominant paradigm..."

Is it possible to be a public school teacher if you have a strong anti-authoritarian mentality? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Apr 16, 2013 - 24 answers

How do I motivate myself for school in the aftermath of breakup?

I just broke up with someone and I'm feeling like a mess. Unfortunately I have to write five papers in the next month and a half that I have hardly done any research for. And give a giant presentation. I am freaking out. [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Apr 14, 2013 - 19 answers

Are online colleges really that awful?

I'm looking into going back to school...online, but online colleges seem to have a bad reputation. Are there any GOOD ones out there? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Apr 12, 2013 - 25 answers

Deciding to transition away from the legal profession-- too soon?

I'm a law student in Ontario, just about done 2 years out of 3. I absolutely hate the academic aspect of it, and I'm pretty miserable. I didn't particularly enjoy the practice experiences I've had either, at 3 different legal-aid type clinics working as a student in family law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. I have invested a lot of money into pursuing this law degree. Should I be giving serious thought to finding something else to do with my life as soon as I graduate, or should I stick it out and work my hardest to try to get a paying job in the legal profession, in the hopes that I will be able to pay off my student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Ideas for a ~$25,000 grant, First World / Snowflake edition

Assume you had $25,000 to spend on schooling or other professional training certification, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Apr 9, 2013 - 17 answers

World War II in 2 pages- GO!

I have to write a 2 page paper on the subject after the fold. Can you please reccommend me books/journals/articles that cover the topic? The shorter, the better. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Apr 8, 2013 - 5 answers

How to stay motivated as a 20-something facing years of MORE school?

Problem is that I'm losing steam at this point, facing many more years of school ahead of me if I'm accepted into professional school. How I can shake the feelings of uncertaintly as I keep plugging away? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Apr 7, 2013 - 20 answers

Should I go to grad school for a stats PhD, change jobs, or…?

Feeling a little stuck in my current job; unsure if I should go for the PhD or cross it off my list and change jobs. [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Apr 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Head start for the advanced learner

My almost 3 y.o. has been accepted into the head start program in the summer. Will they be able to work with him as an advanced learner? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Can anyone recommend a good school to become a barber?

I have been looking online for advice and recommendations regarding training to become a classic barber. Can anyone recommend a school that has barbering as it's primary focus? I am not interested in a cosmetology school that also teaches the skills necessary to work in a barbershop, or learning from a teacher who cuts and styles women's hair but also does men's hair. Is there a good place to learn and master the skills associated with the classic barbershop (clippers, scissors, straight razor, etc.), from a teacher who specializes in these skills exclusively? [more inside]
posted by maleru on Apr 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Masters in maths? Difficulty level: Have bachelors in graphic design

Dear Mefites, a long time ago I got a degree in graphic design but never worked in the industry. Along the way I somehow (don't remember how or why or when) became interested in math and I finished a graduate diploma in maths as a distance learning course in my free time. I am considering applying for masters programmes in maths or related subjects but ... can I? Should I? [more inside]
posted by Cat Set Go on Mar 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Health insurance subsidy?

My wife and I are both graduate students living on about $30k a year in southeastern Pennsylvania. We're about to turn 26 and will be losing our health insurance coverage through our parents. Does the state of Pennsylvania or the government offer any sort of subsidies or vouchers to help us purchase our own insurance? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 30, 2013 - 13 answers

How Do I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Art School?

Due to a mix of laziness, depression, social anxiety and loneliness, I'm not doing too great in school. I really need to get it together, and I just don't know how to do it. I feel tapped out at the end of the day and I'm tired of it. I like art, but going to school for it just isn't very fulfilling. I'm thinking I just need to get through it and I'll be okay, but how do I develop the work ethic that my classmates have? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Mar 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Health (and maybe legal) concerns living with rotten smell?

A little over a week ago, right before everyone left for Spring Break, the fridge in my girlfriend's dorm apartment died and got quickly replaced the same day. Everyone just came back yesterday to the smell of rotten food (lots of meat, especially) because the new fridge had broken shortly after the new one was installed. ResLife replaced the fridge again, but everyone's everything reeks of the smell it was drenched in for the week. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Angulimala on Mar 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Planning to have a baby before getting married?

So, I'm trying to get some opinions here: My fiance and I have been engaged for 4 months and are in our mid-20s. We are both in school (undergrad for him, grad for me), but due to my income, we wanted to wait one more year, so that it would be financially better for us (e.g., paying tuition, etc). We are both interested in having children, however, something has come up for me health-wise (ulcerative colitis) that would make it less safe (because of medications) to have a baby later on, compared with now. Here are my questions for you: 1) Would you have a baby before marriage? What would be the reasons? 2) Has anyone actively planned this before? How did it work out? I know some would say suck it up and push up the wedding, but it would save us a good 20K or so.
posted by queenba on Mar 16, 2013 - 49 answers

Making the Most of a Full-time MPP Program

I recently accepted an offer for a spot in a full time MPP program from a very decent, non-Ivy school. My funding (per an assistantship or researcher position) reduces the total tuition to approximately $3000, and the program provides an allowance for an unpaid or poorly paid summer internship. I have enough money saved to avoid going into debt if I work part time. I want to offset the opportunity costs of two years outside of work by making myself as employable as possible. [more inside]
posted by pinterecki on Mar 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Economics Grad school?

What are my chances of getting into a decent economics grad program with a math degree with a "meh" GPA (3.2ish), a law degree with a pretty good GPA (3.7+), and a high GRE quantitative score (790)? Also, how much does the prestige (rank) of grad program matter in the economics field? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Mar 7, 2013 - 11 answers

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