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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:13 am 
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omg so I have applied everywhere officially, portfolio etc included (waiting for one more letter of recommendation to get sent out, which he is on top of so no worries)

I'm going to vomit!

until march!
When I was in this boat (hard to believe it was already two years ago), I just tried to put it from my mind as much as possible. I caught up with friends, hung out with my partner and animals, read a ton of things I'd been wanting to get to, and cooked and baked like a demon. I know it seems like the waiting will be both interminable and impossible, but I promise that it will go by faster than you think, and in a year's time, you'll be singing the "Phew, that semester's over; bring on the nog!" song with the rest of us!

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Ahhh yeah I know you're right. I am also making plans for exciting things if/when I don't get in. So I'm not a panic-y mess of undetermined future.

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 Post subject: Re: Graduate Students of the PPK, Assemble!
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Oh PPK, please cross your fingers for me! I just applied for an awesome position in research and teaching at my old alma mater. The online form was malfunctioning, so I couldn't upload my CV and other documents, so I sent them via email. Hope they will be redirected to the person in charge, and on time! (The deadline is the first of January, so it feels rather critical.)


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Fingers crossed for everyone waiting on applications etc...

Only one of my professors managed to get his grades in before winter break. I hate waiting to know on my other two.

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I finished over a week ago but one of my exams felt like such a disaster that I was worried I failed. I got my grades today and I did really well in all my classes! I'm pretty proud of myself since I literally did all my studying this semester while balancing my nursing baby on my boobs and on very little sleep. I am officially done with all of my graduate school classes, and after one more semester of only clinical, I will be a nurse midwife!

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I just called HRM to check with them whether my email got to where it was supposed to go - and they said they couldn't find it! On the other hand, the employee I talked to mumbled something about correctly labelled mails being directly forwarded to the right place... so now I don't know anything I didn't know before calling, and I can only keep my fingers crossed...


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Please, application email, don't be in the SPAM filter!!


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Phew, it didn't get lost. Keeping my fingers crossed.


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I do not feel ready to go back to class next Thursday. I feel like such a spoiled brat, because all the young'uns went back to school today, but this feels like an abnormally short break. What happened to starting around MLK day?


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I do not feel ready to go back to class next Thursday. I feel like such a spoiled brat, because all the young'uns went back to school today, but this feels like an abnormally short break. What happened to starting around MLK day?
I don't head back until the 16th, and I still don't feel ready. I'm done with coursework so I'm just teaching - and reading for exams: aaarrrggghhh! - but between finishing my seminar papers (50 pages in 10 days!!!), grading student papers, and then rapidly switching hats into full-time mom/domestic goddess/kitchen witch/holiday hostess mode (the latter of which continued right through New Year's Eve), I feel like I'm still waiting for my break to begin, but I'm already staring down the barrel of course prep, syllabus, etc. Plus my partner just took off for a week and I have the inevitable post-holiday exhaustion, cold weather, SAD-induced blues.
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My undergrad school had a four-week break and that was great... now I only get three weeks. I am sooo not ready to go back on Monday.

Desdemona, I'm in a similar situation (although I only had one seminar paper this semester, thank the Lard). I finished my sem paper on Dec 13th, finished grading student papers on the 17th, and then launched into entertaining madness (hosted *three* different gatherings within one week). I'm now getting around to course prep and syllabus stuff.... How can three weeks feel so short? I am not at all rested!

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My undergrad school had a four-week break and that was great... now I only get three weeks. I am sooo not ready to go back on Monday.

Desdemona, I'm in a similar situation (although I only had one seminar paper this semester, thank the Lard). I finished my sem paper on Dec 13th, finished grading student papers on the 17th, and then launched into entertaining madness (hosted *three* different gatherings within one week). I'm now getting around to course prep and syllabus stuff.... How can three weeks feel so short? I am not at all rested!
Twinsies; we should get matching straitjackets and amphetamine and/or anti-depressant prescriptions!

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I go back on the 22nd after a month long break and I am also so not ready. I am premeditating not being ready.

So I have to be on campus from 12pm-9pm two days a week, due to stupid class scheduling. I'm currently signed up for three classes. There's a fourth class I could take that wouldn't require me being there any longer (I'd already be on campus) but which is interesting to me and relevant to my research. It's outside of my department and my advisor told me I can't use it as an elective but could take it for funsies. Taking a fourth class for no good reason... Is crazy, right?

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Since having a baby my MO has been not doing anything extra ever, so if you do it, you're my hero, c&s! If I were in that situation I would use the down time at school for getting my studying done. But I'm sure you can handle it if you want to!


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Officially rejoining this thread in the new year! I re-enrolled in my Masters yesterday, after having to defer it this year because work got crazy. I also transferred from the generic Masters course (in international development) to the specialised gender and development version. Excited!

Woo congrats! I don't know how you do it while working full time! I tried but I think 25-30 hours work and two courses is my MAX.

Are you doing the Applied anthropology in participatory development (gender) one? It looks similar to what I do http://www.uq.edu.au/ccsc/postgraduate-programs

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Provisional acceptance, dudes. The Ed-in-Chief just wants to once over the final super minor corrections I just made (a global search-and-replace of 'gesturers' with 'speakers', plus a few other things) and then I'm in**! Huzzah!

**This is the crazy write-rewrite-rerewrite-rererewrite paper I've been working on for more than a year. YAY.

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Sweet!!

Today is my first day back after the holidays. I had intended to be back a week ago and get going early, but then I got sick and just said "Nuts to THAT" and festered in bed instead.


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Tedious annotation work is tedious. I'm even trying to break it up into small bits! Sigh. Also, I thought this would be the last round of video annotation for the project, but I just realized I should re-watch all the videos and do separate annotations for something else. I hope to be done with the current stuff by the weekend. But then .... if I decide I should do the additional thing .... I'm pretty sure I'll be stuck annotating for another month. =/

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Another not-ready-to-be-back right here. This will be the most intense semester of my degree and so I'm trying to get my butt in gear early, but so far today I have wasted 2 hours sitting in front of my computer in studio. We'll see, hopefully my brain will agree to focus soon.

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This is a self-congratulatory post. I managed to complete my research papers a week early (save for a final proof read of one of them), which means I get a full week off before semester 2 classes start.

I'm exhausted.

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KICK asparagus. Well done mendelian! Enjoy your week off!

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Erinnerung wrote:
Officially rejoining this thread in the new year! I re-enrolled in my Masters yesterday, after having to defer it this year because work got crazy. I also transferred from the generic Masters course (in international development) to the specialised gender and development version. Excited!

Woo congrats! I don't know how you do it while working full time! I tried but I think 25-30 hours work and two courses is my MAX.

Are you doing the Applied anthropology in participatory development (gender) one? It looks similar to what I do http://www.uq.edu.au/ccsc/postgraduate-programs

Gooood luck!


Yep, I'm doing the MAAPD at ANU. I'm just doing one topic at a time, hopefully it's doable! I just started a new job and my new boss studies too, so she's super understanding if I need to take time off. I also found out that one of the guys who works in the NGO office I volunteer at is doing the same topic as me this semester, so hopefully some healthy competition will keep me on track! It'll probably also help to be able to talk to someone face to face. The upside to doing everything online is being able to listen to my lectures in my pyjamas while eating cake, but the downside is potentially ending up kind of unmotivated.

I also just accepted some more volunteer work, coordinating the e-gender bulletins for IWDA. I'm really hoping that this is a smart move that will keep me on top of gender and development issues, rather than something I'm going to curse myself for in a few weeks' time.

Also, your course sounds really interesting! I've seen so many comms and advocacy jobs going at NGOs recently, it sounds like a smart move!

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I went to Starbucks to work on some reading, but instead I wrote a sonnet. Grad school, sometimes I think am just not good at you.

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I went to Starbucks to work on some reading, but instead I wrote a sonnet. Grad school, sometimes I think am just not good at you.


My primary accomplishment in graduate school the first time was a series of comic strips about how much I hated graduate school. They are awesome comics.

My semester doesn't start up until Thursday! I was supposed to have yesterday, today, and Tuesday all to myself to relax and mentally prepare and put some healthy food in the freezer and stuff. (I spent most of the rest of break being the only parent in charge of the kids. In Oregon, in the winter, when my super active 3 year old couldn't go outside.) Instead I got super sick! Woo.

Two of the three classes I'm taking this semester are ones I actually want to take though. What fun! And provided I pass one of them, I start thesis work next semester.

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I went to Starbucks to work on some reading, but instead I wrote a sonnet. Grad school, sometimes I think am just not good at you.


My primary accomplishment in graduate school the first time was a series of comic strips about how much I hated graduate school. They are awesome comics.


At least you got something good out of it! My sonnet sucks, but I had fun... and I did eventually do my work later that night, so maybe it's okay.

I'm sorry you're sick during your last days of freedom! But it's probably better than being sick on top of classes... maybe?

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