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Schoolhouse on the rocks

My boyfriend might take a while to finish school. How can I be more OK with this?- Or should I? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Jun 27, 2012 - 74 answers

Should I go to my 10 year high school reunion?

10 year high school reunion this weekend. Wasn't going to go, now have second thoughts. My life isn't great and have underachieved. Is it worth going to for curiosity? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Jun 26, 2012 - 30 answers

Multimedia school?

Are there any universities/colleges/institutes that have an all-in-one program for video, photography, print and web design? My online searches have come up fruitless as most programs seem to be separated out. Location doesn't matter, nor does degree/diploma/certificate received. At the end of it I want to be able to shoot, light, edit, etc video and photos and understand and apply colour theory, typography, page layout, etc for print and web designs.
posted by n-clue on Jun 25, 2012 - 10 answers

My 12 year old stepson recently revealed he's been bullied most of the year at school. Help us help him!

How do I help my 12 year old stepson cope with being bullied ? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard on Jun 24, 2012 - 25 answers

Where can I go to school abroad for cheap?

Where can I go to school abroad for cheap? [more inside]
posted by gcolmes@gmail.com on Jun 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Depression question: there are many like it, but this is mine.

Dealing with feeling lousy, and possibly capital-D depressed, when swamped with school demands and most of all, terribly uncomfortable with seeing doctors. How? [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Jun 19, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I move on?

Please help me move on. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Jun 18, 2012 - 12 answers

How to find a good tour company for a middle school trip?

I'm involved in organizing a trip to Washington, DC and Virginia for a group of about 25 Californian junior high students for next year. We've been looking at Worldstrides as a tour company. Anyone have experience with these guys - or any *really* positive experiences with other similar companies? [more inside]
posted by SpiralT on Jun 3, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I get through the day with two autoimmune diseases?

Within the last month, I've been diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders. I'm tired, everything hurts, and my life is pure insanity right now. What are your hacks for getting what you need when life simply isn't giving them to you? What about from the ones you love? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 1, 2012 - 27 answers

I'm a student, I swear! Why won't you believe me!?

Grad school filter: How do I get my loans back into deferment as a masters-->PhD student? [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on May 30, 2012 - 11 answers

What's my next move?

At a work-life crossroads: 23 years old, college grad, getting laid off, about to get married and buy a house, struggling to find the next job, in school but thinking about going back for more degree(s). Seeking general advice on my next steps. [more inside]
posted by wansac on May 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Finding grants to start a private, nonprofit school

Some folks in a small town dear to my heart are hoping to start a private, non-profit elementary school. I've offered to help out finding grants. But it's... confusing. [more inside]
posted by staboo on May 16, 2012 - 4 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

I'll trade you 2 gushers for the rest of your chee-tos

What are the hottest desserts in the school cafeteria right now? [more inside]
posted by scose on May 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Moving forward after making a mistake?

It would seem that I've f'd up, big time. Now what? How do you move forward when you're fairly sure you've made a bad decision and can't turn back. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by farce majeure on May 7, 2012 - 31 answers

I don't wanna go!

Are they going to kick me out of grad school(linguistics phd)? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on May 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Getting into chemistry grad school with no chemistry background?

I would like to pursue research in supramolecular chemistry, but I am a couple years out of school and do not have a chemistry background. Also, I lack letters of recommendation. I am certain I cannot get into a decent Ph.D. program, but do I have a shot at getting in a Master's program? Or must I resort to taking classes at a university somewhere? [more inside]
posted by nhamann on Apr 29, 2012 - 14 answers

What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program?

What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Apr 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Do I have a shot at grad school?

Do I have a shot at grad school? [more inside]
posted by pmccain on Apr 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Help find a cite for a study

Can anyone help find a cite for a study? I think I heard about it on the radio at some point. It was a study that recorded classrooms - I think high school - and then talked about how much classroom time was spent on girls' discussion and questions and how much on boys. It also surveyed student/teacher perceptions of the time spent, and had a follow-up component where teachers tried to even out the time. Thanks in advance!
posted by kavasa on Apr 25, 2012 - 6 answers

What is an appropriate amount of clothes for a teenage girl?

What is an appropriate amount of clothes for a teenage girl? In specific, a teenage girl in a private school (but not a boarding school) that requires a uniform. How many changes of casual clothes should she have? How many changes of uniform? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2012 - 22 answers

Sometimes you just gotta say...

Thinking about going back to school, but I have some questions about things, and hoping people can help me and answer them. (Information and questions inside.) [more inside]
posted by mephron on Apr 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to heretics go to grad school?

I need recommendations on a PhD program in ecology/conservation biology/interdisciplinary studies. I am a biology student who has strong nontraditional interests in cross-disciplinary work, popularization of science (i.e. making science relevant to non-science people), creating social and political change, and examining the relationships between humans and the biosphere from a holistic, non-anthropocentric perspective. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Brides of Christ, Lock and Load

I am writing a piece that includes a child's experiences in a Catholic elementary school in the early 60s. I was looking for memories of the details specific to such a place. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Apr 9, 2012 - 30 answers

Need "hook" for 7th grade lesson

I am a technology specialist and I am designing a lesson for 7th graders on stereotypes, racism, getting along, choices and I need a "hook". [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Apr 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Grad Student in search of perfect digital inker

Tablet or Digitizer that works responsively with MS OneNote v2007 or 2010? Heading to grad school in the fall. My memory recall is much better when taking notes by hand and besides I have some math classes that will cover expressions that don't lend themselves to typing on a keyboard. Years ago had a fujitsu convertible laptop provided by a past employer that worked great when in tablet mode for digitizing handwriting using the stylus but I'm not so keen on purchasing one now as I don't want to outlay that much cash. I could either go for a digitizer - something like the WaCom Bamboo (but NOT the WaCom bamboo as its got known issues with OneNote) or even a full tablet that can do inking and supports OneNote. It seems like the new rage of tablets that Apple ushered in don't do much with digital ink (its all touchy feely touch screens now) and are better suited for consuming content then creating it. Your experience and advice? Difficulty: Budget under $700
posted by TestamentToGrace on Apr 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Why would a school turn a prospective student away?!

California Filter: I'm a recent graduate of a Master's level counseling program and cannot find work that will enable me to fulfill state requirements for licensure. I'm considering enrolling in an Associate's degree program in a closely related field with better job prospects. I'd be relying on federal financial aid to complete this degree, which is specifically an Associate's in Science. The problem is that the financial aid office claims that I cannot obtain federal student aid because I already hold a Bachelor's. Apparently, at this school there's a cap on federal aid - they don't offer it once students graduate with a BA or BS. I called Direct Loans to confirm this, and they said they'd never heard of this. The financial aid office suggested that I use private loans, but that's not an option for me. At all. So.... I'm turning to the hive mind. Any info is greatly appreciated!! Has anyone had this problem? Figured out any workarounds?
posted by luciddream928 on Apr 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Need a postbacc in NYC...

What would be the best post-bacc program in NYC for my situation? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Apr 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Predict test questions or read them all?

Is it better to predict a test answer then look for the choice that matches or read through each answer choice on middle school standardized tests? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Mar 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Healthy preschool snack to make for kids? Allergy restrictions

Egg-free, cow's milk-free, wheat-free, nut-free snacks to make for my nursery class in two days? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Mar 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Help my SO and I solve this intricate PhD two-body problem.

Help my SO and I solve this intricate PhD two-body problem. Options galore! [more inside]
posted by kuju on Mar 26, 2012 - 35 answers

On The Fence

Should I transfer schools and move far away? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Mar 24, 2012 - 27 answers

Choosing between grad schools: better funding or better advisor?

Choosing between grad schools: better funding or better advisor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 - 20 answers

how to tell if a shy guy likes you?

how can you tell if a sort of shy guy is into you? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Mar 18, 2012 - 30 answers

Life/School/Work advice, please!

Struggling, College Educated 23-year-old Needs Solid Life Advice [more inside]
posted by foreversport on Mar 16, 2012 - 26 answers

Advice on moving out of my parents house

Moving out of my parents house, need to figure out a budget and a place to live [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Mar 11, 2012 - 15 answers

What are my chances of getting into a graduate program?

I have an bachelors degree is business but want to get my masters in education. I'm applying to Hunter College's School of Education in NYC. What are my chances if I do not meet the admissions requirements for an undergraduate major in liberal arts or science. This is a link to the admissions requirements page: In general, what are the chances of getting into a graduate program? What do admissions look for when selecting prospective students? Are Hunter's graduate programs for education competitive to get into? Can I lower my chances of getting acceptance if I submit my application too close to the deadline?
posted by flowers103 on Mar 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Stopping people from talking to me while I am trying to do schoolwork or study?

Best possible solution to ward off people who try to talk to me while I'm studying?What have you done that worked? Urgent! [more inside]
posted by pixienat on Mar 5, 2012 - 31 answers

Grad school or trades? (Snowflake details inside).

What do you think: should I pursue grad school or a trade? [more inside]
posted by thebots on Feb 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Can stage curtains of unknown origin be tested to get certification of fire code compliance?

Our school is being asked to remove the stage curtains to comply with fire codes, since we do not have documentation proving they are fire safe. Rather than buy new curtains (gulp), is there a way to send a piece of the fabric out for testing and to get back the necessary fire code certification? I'm in MA, if that matters. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Jim Biancolo on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Interviewing Firms...

I am a recent graduate. I want to visit to design firms and do short, factual profiles of them on a website for students. What questions should I ask, what will firms not answer, and is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Feb 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate?

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Feb 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Lesson Differentiation: PE Filter.

How can I differentiate PE activities for young students when they're sick? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Feb 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Teacher-Filter: Looping?

Teacher-Filter: Looping? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Feb 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Which phD program is better?

How do I know which Ethnomusicology graduate program is considered better in the field? And how do I decide where to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Does anybody have any experiences using Ebooks for graduate level study? In particular Kindle books or books from Coursemart? Making citations?

I'm going to be taking a few graduate courses online while traveling abroad. I need three textbooks. All three are available for the Kindle through Amazon. Only two are available through Coursemart. I bought a tablet with the hopes I could use it for the texts and avoid carrying three more books with me when traveling. I see two potential problems, that being said my question ultimately has two parts: [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Feb 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me maintain a positive attitude in medical school.

Help graduate (medical) school not grind me down. Recommend me stress / harm reduction techniques for maintaining positivity and a general sense of optimism? [more inside]
posted by kurosawa's pal on Feb 10, 2012 - 10 answers

What's the frequency, Kenneth?

Need advice on recording my lectures. I use presentation software and I move around the lecture hall/room interacting with students. I want to record audio directly to my computer while moving around a classroom. What equipment and software do I need to do this? I am open to all suggestions.
posted by jadepearl on Feb 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Taming a wild child

Help me tame our 7 year old daughter before she makes all of the boys in her second grade class cry. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Feb 8, 2012 - 36 answers

Learn From Home, an Age Old Craft

Can I teach myself to be a silversmith? More specifically, I want to make nice rings, with drusy and cut stones, and maybe some raw brass pendants. But how do I start? [more inside]
posted by ohmansocute on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

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