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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 4:00 pm 
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Holy shiitake, you guys. I've been busting my hump working like 14 hr days 7 days a week for the past few months and it totally paid off!!!!! I had to give my research talk to my group today and I had really good data and my advisor was blown away. I didnt think he'd be impressed but he was. He told me to get a few more examples in my data table and write up a paper ASAP. And even though my shitty project isn't working that well he said it's good enough and gave me the green light to move forward on it. Which is another paper in the bag. I think he decided not to berate me about it because the results from my other project were so good. He told me to finish up these two projects and start writing my thesis. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Two months ago he was telling me I might not graduate without staying another year (without pay). So if I can keep this momentum going, I will probably be able to defend in December! My health might go to hell since I'm surviving off Taco Bell and Loving Hut and sleeping like 4 hours a night but I don't even care any more.

And in even greater news, my husband defended his thesis on Friday and passed! He has an on-site interview at that tech company on Thursday and I'm crossing my fingers it goes well. He's on coursera cramming as much machine learning stuff into his brain as he can until then, poor guy.

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 4:09 pm 
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Oh and I just wanted to thank everyone here for listening to me rant and being so supportive. I've just had such a bad time lately no just in school but in life and this thread and the PPK have really helped me get through it.

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 4:32 pm 
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Congrats couroupita and mr. couroupita!

I totally know what you mean about survival food. I just stocked up on tofurkery and hummus. Hopefully by the end of the week I'll get to have a little break.


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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 5:49 pm 
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Yes - coroupita and the mister!!! (And I so relate to the "survival food"; we have serious Mother Hubbard situation going on here because I haven't had time to cook proper meals and now with my partner laid up there hasn't even been any grocery shopping. I was just joking to a friend that the menu tonight might consist of my soon-to-be-famous recipe for "bread sandwiches."

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Tomorrow I will pass my oral exams, go directly to a bar, and then lay in enough food to start cooking like a crazy person, because I have really, really missed rattling those pots and pans!

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 6:19 pm 
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I PASSED!!!!!!! (The medievalist on my committee said he's never had so much fun in an oral exam - and he's been teaching since 1970 - so I'm taking that as a compliment!) So relieved, so exhausted, and so happy that I never have to do that again. I just have to research and write a dissertation...but not today! Tonight we drink gin and eat pizza and watch rubbish on TV! I love you, PPK!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 6:32 pm 
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Woooooooooooooooo! Congratulations! I hope your night is full of gin and awesome, you have more than earned it.

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 7:23 pm 
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Congrats!

My last class this semester is tomorrow and I have a huge paper due and an exam to study for...ugh. I have to take a break every now and then to refocus.


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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 8:25 pm 
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Desdemona wrote:
I PASSED!!!!!!! (The medievalist on my committee said he's never had so much fun in an oral exam - and he's been teaching since 1970 - so I'm taking that as a compliment!) So relieved, so exhausted, and so happy that I never have to do that again. I just have to research and write a dissertation...but not today! Tonight we drink gin and eat pizza and watch rubbish on TV! I love you, PPK!!!!!


Congratulations!!!!

Those of us doing the general qualifying exam this year have been holing up in the library and studying non-stop, almost. I'm getting scared. The more I read the more I realize I don't actually know anything. It doesn't help that the date still isn't set on account of a graduate chair who is terrible at deadlines. It's going to be in June, so it could be anywhere from ~2 weeks to ~6 weeks from now.


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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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Desdemona wrote:
I PASSED!!!!!!! (The medievalist on my committee said he's never had so much fun in an oral exam - and he's been teaching since 1970 - so I'm taking that as a compliment!) So relieved, so exhausted, and so happy that I never have to do that again. I just have to research and write a dissertation...but not today! Tonight we drink gin and eat pizza and watch rubbish on TV! I love you, PPK!!!!!

Congratulations, that's fantastic!

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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OH FRABJOUS DAY CALLOOH CALLAY!

Well done, lady!

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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Congrats, Desdemona!

Tea, good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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My advisor sent out a list of possible project topics for next fall and though my processing power is severely limited right now (it's finals week, I just started a new job, and personal life stuff), I managed to read through it closely enough to realize that there are at least 2 topics that he and I are both interested in. So I probably don't have to spend the summer panicking about not having a topic by fall.

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 8:14 am 
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Congratulations, Desdemona!

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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Husband is at his job interview right now! Poor dude was so stressed out I took the day off and drove him to SF. Now I'm sitting at my computer in a cafe waiting for him and trying to work on one of the two "original research proposals" that are required by my program. Ughhh....independent thinking is hard, guys!

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 5:44 pm 
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Anyone else working on the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship? Or anticipating applying for a regular Fulbright and/or any of the various other graduate research grants that start opening up in the fall?

I just finished up the FH app--it's a really intense process! Regular Fulbright is now requiring that Japanese studies applicants submit a Japanese-language version of their project proposal in addition to the English-language one, so I have that to look forward to!


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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:26 am 
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Working on my MRP. Everytime I write something I want to take my paper in a whole new direction. I've never had such a hard time focusing a paper before.


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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:46 am 
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My semester is over, my semester is over, my semester is over, and it didn't literally kill me.

I was in a three way tie for the worst grade on the final for one of my classes, though, completely blowing my chance at an A in that class.

(The grade was 45%! The class average was abysmal, though, so I am still within one standard deviation of the mean!)

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MSW student here. I love my program, but it is so. MUCH. WORK. Ugh.

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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We handed out TA evaluation forms at the end of the class I was TAing, and we got the evaluations back today along with average scores and an anonymous list of how everyone else did for comparison. It turns out I am objectively the worst TA (out of 11 who ran tutorials [it's a very big class with 33 tutorial sections]).


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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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Sorry, Tea! Is it an undergrad class? I think a lot of undergrads can be unnecessarily critical because the reviews are anonymous and also because a lot of them expect an awful lot of hand holding (obviously not every undergrad feels this way but I've encountered a lot of students with major entitlement issues who didn't realize college =/= HS). Pick through the reviews, figure out what your legit weaknesses are, and work on them for next time. Some of my reviews were that I was too "hard" (graded more harshly than the other TAs, even though grading biases were accounted for in the end), "mean" (I wouldn't let students work through their entire problem set during office hours, i.e., do their hw for them, and wouldn't listen to them complain about how tough the class was), and unapproachable compared to the other TAs. I didn't worry about the first two issues and worked on trying to be friendlier and explaining concepts better. By my last quarter of TAing my reviews were mostly positive, so I guess I really benefited from the feedback even though it was embarrassing and hurtful in the beginning.

I don't think it's particularly helpful to rank the TAs. That would make me uncomfortable!

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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coldandsleepy wrote:
My semester is over, my semester is over, my semester is over, and it didn't literally kill me.
Right?! Honor the achievable, my friend!

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Dates have been set for general qualifying exam. July 2,4, and 5.

We've been quizzing one another today and I'm realizing that I basically know fork all, so now I feel like I am going to die.


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Officially started summer school. Blah! So much work in so little time!


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Finished my last semester of coursework a few weeks ago and stoked that I made it into my field's honor's society. Also, completed my first rotation in cardiology and dermatology this past Friday and everything went well. I got a lot of good compliments from clients, so now I'm excited to begin my Orthopedic surgery rotation tomorrow.


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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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Tea wrote:
Dates have been set for general qualifying exam. July 2,4, and 5.

We've been quizzing one another today and I'm realizing that I basically know fork all, so now I feel like I am going to die.
I felt exactly the same way before mine, but in the event it was fine, and yours will be, too. Breathe, and think of how happy you'll be when it's behind you!

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