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Strategies for reading in college

What are the best strategies for reading in college, and actually comprehending what you're reading to make connections? How do people read hundreds of pages a week and comprehend it all?
posted by markbao on Sep 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Eyeing a career change from Engineering: Am I being reckless?

I recently graduated and I've been working as a Jr. Engineer for a few months now. I realize now that this is not a career/field I want to be in and have been strongly thinking about going back to school to get a Computer Science degree. The problem is that I have 35k in loans from my previous degree and I need to make a decision soon. Am I being reckless for wanting to do a career change so soon? [more inside]
posted by This Is Reality on Aug 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Constitutional Law and Higher Education

I am currently interested in a legal counsel position at a large state university. While I am qualified for many aspects of the job, my one weakness is a requirement of having a good working knowledge of current Constitutional law and how it currently is applicable to higher education and similar institutions. I am looking for any good online (preferred) or even recently published resources that will provide that thorough knowledge that I seek. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2014 - 6 answers

academic library access for the independent academic?

I live in the West Midlands, home to a few good university libraries. Unfortunately, none of these libraries offer memberships to community members. My own alma mater, Birmingham City University, does not have an alumni library membership. It's very annoying. I would really like access to SagePub and T&F for journal articles. Can you recommend a university or college in the UK, Europe, or anywhere that offers remote access to their library's databases and where I could buy an annual membership?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 27, 2014 - 15 answers

What to expect at a university comms/marketing position?

I've been hired to be the Director of Marketing for a humanities faculty at a small but prestigious North American university. I've spent the last nine years at a mid-sized national ad agency. I start in two weeks. What should I expect in my new position? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 16, 2014 - 22 answers

Master in Bioengineering at EPFL vs Biomedical Eng. at Imperial College

I summarize this dilema below: I have been accepted at EPFL (Switzerland) for the master in bioengineering with an EPFL Excellence Fellowship and also at the MsS in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. Both Universities are very well ranked in these areas, as you can see in this bioengineering rank. In most rankings, Imperial College is a few places above EPFL and London is a great city but I would have a really good scholarship if I go to EPFL (18000$ per year) and the tuition is much lower (about 1000$ vs 13000$ at Imperial). [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Timeline for graduate housing?

How far ahead should I be looking for graduate apartments? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on May 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Masters in comp sci?

I started my undergraduate career as a math/comp sci major, and did that for two years at two different schools (transferred to a better school after my first year). At my second school, I went through some rough emotional times, and changed my major for several reasons... [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Apr 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Not academic now, but academic later?

What should I do now to increase my chances to getting into academia later? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Apr 5, 2014 - 26 answers

Tenure and promotion letters for college faculty

Academics, what is your institution's policy about tenure and promotion letters? Specifically, once the decision to award or deny tenure is made, does a candidate standardly get a letter detailing the committee's reasons? What is the letter like and who reviews it? Looking also for pointers to faculty handbooks where the letter process is described, and links to policies/recommendations from professional associations like AAUP or MLA on this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Relative and her college parted ways. She needs a new college. Help?

It's a really raw deal, but the point is that she needs to find a new college. She was going to a top-tier school (Ivy League). I'm helping her navigate this next challenge - but where do we start? What are good resources or people to talk to that could help us create a list of attractive and viable colleges? Or, if you have actual college suggestions, that's great too. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Anonymousness on Feb 12, 2014 - 36 answers

Daily Academic Newsletters

Do you have a daily email newsletter from your university that has a few notable stories and research that the University has done? I am looking to subscribe to daily academic newsletters from American colleges and universities. Something that goes out once a day, Monday-Friday, with something like a research story, a spotlight on a faculty member or student, notable news about the university, and things like that. I'm just looking for a link to the signup page. Thank you!
posted by cashman on Feb 4, 2014 - 13 answers

How do I begin working with a partner on school project?

I've managed to avoid working in school teams or groups since I was nine years old but no more. I have to do a research project to be submitted to journals for publishing with a classmate. Designing and carrying out a feasible project in a semester would already be a lot to me, but I need some guidance on how to facilitate the process with a partner. [more inside]
posted by Danila on Jan 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Quarter Life Crisis + Indecision Paralysis: How to deal & move forward?

I'm a 26 year old female "Commitment Phobe" seeking advice on 1) How to feel ok making a temporary/final decision about what to do with my life and 2) When to scrap, adjust, or follow through on my decisions when the going gets tough? Messy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Three odd negs?

Lecturer's odd behaviour from the semester is still niggling at me, what was it about? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Dec 28, 2013 - 31 answers

I might finally come to be worth something to society! Maybe...?

Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 8, 2013 - 4 answers

What do you wish you'd read before you left college?

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]
posted by terrierhead on Nov 12, 2013 - 19 answers

Letter of recommendation from department graduate?

I'm considering applying to an MS program in statistics at a competitive school. A guy I've worked with holds a PhD from the statistics department at that school, and I think he'd give me a pretty good recommendation if I asked him for one. But I'm unsure whether or not that's a good thing to do, as this fellow isn't a professor. [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Oct 14, 2013 - 8 answers

When did laptops become a standard purchase for college?

That is, when did the vast majority of US college students/their families start seeing laptop computers as a necessary purchase before going to school? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Oct 9, 2013 - 100 answers

Studying in Romania?

I want to study abroad in Romania, but none of the organisations I know about (e.g ISA, CEA, IES) have programs in Romania. Are there any programs out there? [more inside]
posted by acthelight on Oct 7, 2013 - 9 answers

What are some useful directions for grad school?

I'm an engineer with a career in software and I recently finished an MBA from a good school. I'd like to keep the learning going, preferably in something that complements my background, but I don't have any specific direction in mind. I guess I'm hoping that someone might suggest something that's entirely off my radar. What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Oct 5, 2013 - 7 answers

What's the deal with the MSL degree?

Goes by several names: Master of Studies in Law, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Science in Law. Wikipedia says: "a master's degree offered by some law schools to students who wish to study the law but do not want to become attorneys." I'd never heard of such a degree until recently -- is it present in the public consciousness? I read MBA or MFA and I have intuition for what those involve, but not so much MSL. [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Sep 27, 2013 - 12 answers

What was it like to be in college on 9/11/2001?

What was it like to live on campus at a residential U.S. college on Sept. 11, 2001? How and when did news spread about the attacks? How did students around you respond? Did people flood outside, gather in small groups indoors, congregate at television sets? Did professors cancel class, or set rigid attendance requirements? I'm interested in generalities as well specifics. What was the mood like on that day and immediately afterward? How did the pulse and the life of the campus alter that day? Especially interested in colleges and universities NOT in communities that were directly attacked.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 26, 2013 - 103 answers

How to get Emory to Rescind Award to Anti-gay Activist?

Emory University is planning to give a distinguished alumni award to H. Eddie Fox, who has been leading the fight against the inclusion and equality of gay Methodists in the Methodist Church (among other accomplishments). Students/staff/faculty are currently mobilizing to have that award rescinded. We have less than a week left. What is the most effective way to pressure Emory to rescind that award? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Sep 22, 2013 - 6 answers

How long to get ADHD diagnosis?

I've never had insurance before and am getting it soon. I have seen counselors in the past and have been told that I might have some sort of ADHD and maybe depression. I do have trouble in school, especially in math and science classes. In order for the disability services at my school to provide me services, I need a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist to evaluate me. How long after I sign up for one of these will I start seeing him or her? How many sessions are there usually before they can evaluate me properly? I need to do this in a span of 4 months for spring semesters classes so I can receive accommodations. Is this asking too much? Will it be too quick? [more inside]
posted by eq21 on Aug 16, 2013 - 17 answers

I want a new job. I'm not well qualified. What can I do?

I've been working a data-entry job for almost two years now. I got it as a temp position shortly after finishing college. It became full-time a year later. I graduated from a good school, but late, and with mediocre grades in journalism, my major. I stuck to the temp job because I bombed out of freelance work. This failure aggravated my self-loathing and convinced me to abandon journalism, for which I have shown little talent. I abandoned it for a dead-end job. I would like a job with better chances for promotion and with better pay. How, if at all, do I find such a job, considering my mental health, which sabotages each stage of the hunt, and my poor qualifications, which don't help? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Help with finances during intensive college program

I've been accepted to the program of my dreams, but I'm not allowed to hold a job while in attendance, and my EFC is higher than my family can afford, so my school-determined need is too low for me to even support myself with loans. Are there any options I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by orchidgenes on Aug 4, 2013 - 17 answers

Should I do an undergraduate honors thesis?

I'm entering into my final year of undergraduate studies. As an Honors College student, I have the option to complete a thesis this year. I've already made it through the preparation semester and had my proposal accepted, but I'm not very passionate about the topic I selected, and I'm not sure if the effort of continuing with the project will be worth the reward. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by rensar on Jul 31, 2013 - 22 answers

Fifth time's a charm?

My college career spanned eight years, two states, and four schools. All I have to show for it is $40,000 in debt and no degree. How do I sort this mess out? Should I even try? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2013 - 13 answers

How to commiserate with a fellow student who scored far below the group?

I have just finished exams, and I did quite well. As per my study group's practice, we all emailed each other our results. We all scored between 80 & 90 percent - except one member who scored in the mid sixties. I want to answer his email, but I'm not sure what to say. I was surprised how low he scored, he's pretty smart and was an excellent contributor to the group. What are some words I can use?
posted by Mario Speedwagon on Jul 7, 2013 - 16 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

This has escalated quickly

Son of 1066 had early acceptance to a university six hours away. And we've been planning for him to go there since early December. Last week he decided he now wants to go to the local university and live with me. Acceptance is a given due to his grades. This is going to save me tons of money. The problem? I have had basically zero social life for the past sixteen years because I only had him on the weekends (no regrets). But I was really looking forward to meeting some friends and possibly even dating. So how do we go about transitioning from part-time mom and kid to full-time, loving, supportive, independent mom and adult son/roommate? Advice on any aspects of having a relative/roommate would be appreciated.
posted by 1066 on Jun 19, 2013 - 31 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

Feedback on Draft Campus Policy About Free Speech

My school is currently working on a new "Respect for Freedom of Expression Policy". A PDF of the latest draft is available here. I would appreciate any feedback about ways to improve it, especially from the perspective of allowing maximum free speech, protest, and dissent, and limiting the ability of the school to crack down on campus activism. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on May 21, 2013 - 9 answers

When the "very best" isn't good enough

I'm graduating college, but it hasn't gone 100% how it should have. I struggled both academically and mentally (have been getting help for both, but it's a process without any "magic bullet"). I have had a lot of pressure from all sides of the family to go into medicine, but I have to see how it is first (through an internship). How do I confidently defuse their nagging questions and bring them back to reality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 19 answers

How to stop ruminating on "what could have been"

I chose a degree path that ended up being much different than I expected, and regularly beat myself up for not choosing a certain other one four years ago. In all honesty, the "other" choice would have definitely come with its own problems, and may have even been worse. However, I constantly get tempted into thinking "what could have been". How do I accept that both choices probably sucked equally, and that you never know what life is going to throw at you, good or bad? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 27, 2013 - 18 answers

How to help a grieving student?

I am a (new) professor at a small, rural university. One of my students has had to take an emergency leave due to a death in their family. Aside from assuring them that they need not think about their schoolwork at all, and that we'll work it out when they're ready, is there anything else I can do to support them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2013 - 19 answers

What's it like being a university staff lifer?

After three and half years as a university staff member, I'm trying to figure out my next step. Tell me about your college staff career and help me decide whether the field is right for me, longterm. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Apr 11, 2013 - 10 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

Resource to find average class size at colleges.

I'm looking for an established, respected online resource that can give me hard numbers on the average class size at American colleges. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Mar 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Day in The Life of a professor or research scientist

I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on the daily experience of a university researcher in either psychology or the basic sciences as well as a meta-review of the job as a whole. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Mar 14, 2013 - 5 answers

The Transatlantic Librarian

Give me insight, tips, and strategies for transitioning from American to British librarianship. [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Mar 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Useful social network, or waste of time?

What is FacultyRow.com? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Feb 28, 2013 - 7 answers

What are example of no confidence votes by college students?

What are examples of college students holding a vote of no confidence for their college president? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Clearly, this proves that I'm stupid

I can't seem to wrap my mind around the language of higher level math. Definitions, theorems, and proofs make me fall asleep, but I really do want to understand. Do you know of any good resources that can help me out? [more inside]
posted by lucia_engel on Jan 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Balancing career and adventure.

My friends are all prepping for careers, and I'm wondering how I'll balance mine with the many things I want to do that are (probably) mutually exclusive. Looking for insight. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jan 27, 2013 - 10 answers

What should I use this free elective on?

I have a free elective in my final undergrad semester. What should I take? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 16, 2012 - 40 answers

My life was ruined by a dollar sign

Do you work in college admissions? Have you successfully navigated paying for college education? Are you an adult? I could use your advice on how to pay for my education, or advice to just give up. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Dec 5, 2012 - 27 answers

How does going back to school work for single parents?

How possible is going back to school as a single parent. Straight up; I need to know everything. How much did having children affect your attendance and grades and how did school change your relationship with your kids? Did you pass? Was it worth it? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousmoon on Nov 28, 2012 - 31 answers

university media planning for an early career researcher?

I was asked to consider teaching for a couple of days at a university here in the UK which is great. But I have zero experience in creating lessons plans. I have found some useful free-to-use lesson plans online that I am tailoring but I can't seem to get an indication of what I should provide to the university department leaders in advance. Should I only send the lesson plan and readings? Should I omit readings from what I send my future bosses? Help me make a proposal map so I can sort it all out for the future! It's a media studies department FWIW.
posted by parmanparman on Nov 3, 2012 - 3 answers

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