(Closed) grad students thread

posted 9 years ago in College
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hi everyone!  I’m in my 3rd year of pharmacy school 🙂  This is my last year of classes and my 4th year will be all rotations.  I planned my wedding for the first weekend after I finish this school year.  I’m taking my first rotation off so we can have a nice honeymoon and plenty of time to relax before all the craziness of my 4th year begins.  

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@dynamic_duo: That topic has always been so interesting to me, expecially when specifically looking at eating disorders in the female athlete populations.  I never stuggled with this but have had a few teammates over the years that have gone fought eating disorders.

Hi all!  I am 24 and earned a BA in psychology and a BA in math education (5-12 grades, with a teaching endorsement in psycolofy as well) in Dec ’10.  I am currently in the middle of my second year of a two-year MS program in Statistics.  This semester has been awful!  Amazing, because I got married, but so incredibly busy.  Plus we have our comprehensive exams in January so there goes my winter break.  But it will be SO worth it in the long run.  I am a little on the fence of whether to continue onto a PhD program and teach at a university (very few opportunities for that in MT) or try teaching at the HS level for a while.  I am leaning towards HS because that way I can coach volleyball as well, which is maybe my biggest love after DH of course!

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m currently applying to grad school! I want to do an online program so I can still work (we live out in the middle of nowhere so there would be a lot of commuting involved otherwise). I graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I realized that I prefer working with younger kids and in order to get into the school system around here, you either need a lot of experience or a Master’s degree. So I’m going to grad school for Early Childhood Education.

I graduated undergraduate a year early, so even after 1.5 years out, I’m only 22. I feel like I need to go ahead and get more schooling out of the way before we have a family (We are going to start TTC in the Spring).

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Hey everyone!

   I decided to drop by and say hi since I’m still a ‘grad school’ bee, at least for the next 2 weeks. I’ve been in a neuroscience PhD program for the last 6.5 years. I already turned in my dissertation and my committee approved it (without any major revisions!) and I’m set to defend in 2 weeks. I’m tremedously excited and a wee bit terrified. I’ve been in school, continuously, for the last 24 years (I’m 27) and can’t believe it’s finally coming to an end. My next job will be a post-doc at another research university using techniques I think are supercool but I know nothing about, so it should be interesting (if intensely frustrating.) Sort of like grad school. All over again. Yay? 😉

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@MrsWrangler:

Good luck with the application process! If you have any questions about the interview process, let me know. I’ve worked doing recruitment at my own school, so I’ve been on both sides.

Post # 36
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ll have two semesters of coursework towards my PhD in a social science behind me as of next week. If I make it through this week. How do you bees stay motivated? 

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

great thread im not really suppose to be here but my husband is a graduating this coming march and im in my 3rd year one more year to go then im done im taking up b.s i.t then after that maybe ill take up optometry so i can follow foot steps of my father haha oh husband is a marketing student

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Owlet: Thanks! I don’t even know what to ask, the whole process just seems crazy (I just submitted apps this week, so the wait for interviews begins). Basically any tips & tricks you can think of would be great!

Post # 39
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just wanted to drop in with some encouragement from the other side – I got my PhD in developmental biology in 2009.  There were definitely times when it felt like I’d be in grad school forever, but all the hard work eventually pays off!  I’m a postdoc now, and since I chose my lab very carefully, it’s SO MUCH better than grad school.

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@Owlet: Good luck with your defense!  Just remember, if your committee wasn’t going to pass you, they’d never have allowed you to schedule everything.  Starting over as a post-doc is tough (just learning where a new lab keeps everything is very humbling), but it’s not so bad!

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yay grad students!

I’m in the 4th year of my PhD program–a joint social-psychology/neuroscience degree. I focus on intergroup relations/stereotyping & prejudice work.

I too went the straight-from-undergrad route and so I’m really hoping next year is the last year of school. We actually planned getting married around the degree–this summer I’ll be done proposing the dissertation but not yet started writing so it seems WAY easier to plan a wedding now then next year.

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m 11 months in to my PhD in Biology (Ecology to be precise). I absolutely love/hate it! haha. I’m not engaged yet but I suspect it will be soon… and we have talked about getting married in October. Mostly because that’s the soonest that it would even be possible, based on my fieldwork schedule. (From June to September, I work about 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, outside in corn and soy fields collecting bugs – until I have a mental breakdown or get heatstroke, then I take a day off during which I: a). get drunk or b) cry about how my day off has catastrophically reduced my sample size, then I get back at it. Ah, the life of a field biologist!)

I love it because if I have to be doing a PhD, at least I’m in a lab with a non-sadistic supervisor and a lot of supportive fellow grad students, post docs, and support staff. I hate it because I just have a moral opposition to the idea of working like a slave and I refuse to do it. If this means that by the time I get 5 years in I realize that I haven’t done enough work to finish for another 3 years, so be it. I’ll quit. I’m not married to the idea of having a PhD, I just got a good scholarship so I went with it. I absolutely can’t wait to have kids though, and anyone who so much as gives me a sideways glance about my choice to start my family during grad school is going to get an earful, haha. I’ve noticed sort of a double standard anyway, grad students without kids are expected to be slaves and love it and not complain. Grad students with kids leave at 4 to pick up their kids from daycare, and absolutely don’t come in on evenings or weekends, and aren’t expected to do a bunch of extra shit. So I’m pretty excited to be among those ranks. I am a little worried about the prospect of planning for a wedding while doing all this though! I have a feeling decisions are not going to be agonized over and a lot of compromises will be made…

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m a grad school bee! I’m finishing up my coursework for my MA in Political Science right now, and will hopefully have my thesis done in the spring. I’m TAing too so doing my own school work plus teaching/getting final grades in is so stressful.

My Fiance is also in grad school-he is currently applying to Math and Economics PhD programs while finishing up his Economics MA.

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Have my M.A.  Currently working on my Ph.D. program in the social sciences and finishing up my coursework next semester.  Hope to be A.B.D. by September, which is part of why we are getting married this December.

I’m avoiding writing two final papers right now!

Post # 44
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@earrings: A fellow NZ bee! *waves*

I’ve just started my Honours degree in Ancient History last semester and I’m loving it so far. I’m studying part time so that I can work at the same time without compromising my grades. I have to confess that I’m really looking forward to starting my dissertation and the thought of spending part of my summer perusing the LIMC in the library fills me with nerdy joy.

Post # 45
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Bumble bee

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@ebet24:  My SO is also applying to Math PhD programs!  Good luck to you both!  

Post # 46
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@araneidae:  That’s so true about the kids thing! I work in a lab and one grad student has two kids, never comes in on weekends, and works 10-4 most days. My PI never says a word to her. But another grad student got reprimanded for taking too many three day weekends and not staying late enough (she typically works 9-6/7). PhDs definitely are a love/hate relationship, I feel you on that one!

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