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sassygrrl
post Nov 29 2008, 11:50 AM
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I wish I could make up my damn mind. UW has a degree in masters of arts. Now I'm thinking curator would be really interesting. I still think I'm going to head to our local university and chat with some people. Also, thinking of contacting some professors online. My thoughts with speech pathology are a general reaction: I really don't like hospitals. The career is growing, but would it make me happy? I was also in special ed in college, but left the program. I want to do something that I'm passionate about, but I'm also considered about a career.



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post Nov 25 2008, 04:13 PM
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Congrats lananans!!

Everyone have a great turkey day!
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post Nov 25 2008, 10:50 AM
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Congrats lananans!


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lananans
post Nov 24 2008, 09:47 AM
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Counselors are a very good idea. I have found that they can be helpful...

I got a second reference! The third prof that I contacted said yes!!

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sassygrrl
post Nov 23 2008, 08:51 PM
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Grad school applications. Ugh!! Still don't have a clue about what program, and need to talk to a school counselor. I may set up an appointment next week at our local university.
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sassygrrl
post Nov 21 2008, 05:24 PM
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Yay lananans!

Star, I finally found my new USB port this morning. I don't think my parents have any of my old papers, because they threw out my old computer. I may try to contact one of my old professors(I found a few of them that still teach at my alma mater), but I was considering just starting over on the paper.

Tommy, I still don't know if getting my M.A. will give me hired. I know the program in UW is really good, but it may be the same case I had when I left college. It's the whole "What do I do with a B.A. in English?" I'm now considering special education, library science, or speech pathology.
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lananans
post Nov 20 2008, 11:59 AM
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I went with the second one after all, contacted him this morning...

We don't actually have an interview, for my program I send the bio sketch, clippings, resume, transcripts and references and they decide based on that. But I feel better now.

Thanks for your advice star!
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post Nov 19 2008, 11:32 PM
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(((lananans))) i think it is great that you are getting confirmation about references now. don't put added pressure on yourself to get all applications out this week. you want to make sure you have all of your ducks in a row, you know.

my suggestion would be to go with the second professor who knows you well. grad schools not only wants a student with good grades, but they also want a student with a solid character that can manage grad school. your professionalism communicated by your references and your interview can be deciding factors into getting into your grad school of choice.

good luck! keep posting in here if you need to vent.


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lananans
post Nov 19 2008, 04:16 PM
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my application isn't due until january 12.. but I wanted to get in in this week if possible. The way the references work is that once I have profs who have agreed, I submit my completed application, and the school electronically contacts the profs to submit their references, reminds them etc...

I am going to contact another prof today. Just one question though. I got an A in a lecture course about Vietnam History, but I never had any personal contact with the prof. Theres another prof who would remember me, because I was in his small seminar course, where I got a B+, but I took his lecture course afterwards and only got a 75.. although I think the TA's mostly marked those. Im leaning towards asking the second prof, but I need some advice.... this is proving to be very stressful.
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post Nov 19 2008, 01:51 PM
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How soon do you need a reference by, lananans? I would definitely contact another professor while you await to hear from the professor you contacted. One week without calling you might not seem like a big deal to the professor you contacted, but with deadlines for applications looming, I'm sure it feels like a lifetime for you. sad.gif

Good luck!


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lananans
post Nov 19 2008, 11:38 AM
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I'm applying for a MA of Journalism, and I have one prof who agreed to be a reference, but I emailed another, and he hasn't even responded to me! It's been a week! I don't know what to do... maybe its time to ask another professor.
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post Nov 18 2008, 04:04 PM
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QUOTE(sassygrrl @ Oct 14 2008, 10:04 AM) *
So I'm considering a MA in English or Library Science either here in GA or Washington. I noticed that you have to write a critical writing sample. I have no idea where my old undergrad papers would be, and I've lost touch with much of my professors. Any advice?


yikes. do you have any papers saved to disks or hard copies available at your parents' house? make a portable USB storage device your best friend for grad school. also, make sure to backup any work you have on a computer.

keeping my fingers crossed you can find your old papers.


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post Nov 18 2008, 02:52 PM
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sassygrrl, my advice is go with library science, if you're looking to get a job as a result of your degree.

My M.A. in English was a labour of love. I was so happy I did it. But in terms of hireability, it got me only one job, and that was as a sessional lecturer, which meant begging to have my contract renewed every year, no security, etc. Last year I started on my PhD, and had considered English as a possibility. I went back to my alma mater and met a dept. head who told me "absolutely not. If you want a job in academia, then get a degree in Cultural Studies, or Linguistics. Even English Lit departments prefer those to English Lit. degrees."

So now I'm doing my PhD in education.

Finding a former prof is easy. Look them up online. The good ones are always happy to help. Choose one who will know you by name, and fire off an email. I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Good luck!


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post Nov 18 2008, 11:41 AM
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sassygrrl
post Oct 14 2008, 09:04 AM
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So I'm considering a MA in English or Library Science either here in GA or Washington. I noticed that you have to write a critical writing sample. I have no idea where my old undergrad papers would be, and I've lost touch with much of my professors. Any advice?

Thanks!

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ululah
post Sep 15 2008, 10:17 PM
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Cecilia, thanks for the well wishes. I really appreciate your reply! I'm not concerned about prestige or big money, I'm just afraid that I won't be able to find a decent-paying job in my area. You have eased my mind though. I have no desire to work for a big firm, either, so I will definitely be looking at all the other options. For me it's all about enjoying (or at least tolerating) what I do and being able to use my brain after years of being a drone.
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post Aug 28 2008, 09:22 PM
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I definitely wouldn't consider legal aid or labor law to be dismal. Many people who start out in those areas go on to be judges and political leaders. Personally, I have no desire to work for a big firm (even if I could get into one). Big firms pay well, but you won't see sunlight for several years! I'll most likely clerk for a judge for one or two years and then hopefully work as a public defender or prosecutor for a while. I won't get paid a lot, but I'll get a ton of experience early on in my career.

I wouldn't worry about getting into a high ranking school per se, but rather finding a school with good public interest and clinical programs. I took a lot of trial advocacy courses and did a clinical with the federal defenders' office. Getting hands-on experience has definitely given me more confidence in my abilities.

Also, there's no need to completely rule out academia. A lot of law schools hire lawyers in the field to teach courses such as research and writing, trial ad, and negotiations.

Whatever you decide, good luck!
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post Aug 25 2008, 10:15 PM
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QUOTE(cecilia @ Aug 23 2008, 08:27 PM) *
Do you know what school you would like to go? What area of law you would like to practice? I went to Temple, I'd recommend it. Also, if you have any desire to study abroad, go for it. It's totally worth it. I went to Rome my 1L summer, and Tokyo for 2L spring and summer.


I am married and I own a home, so I can't leave the midwest. I'd kill for academia, but I won't get into a good enough school for that so I'm either going to focus on being a legal aid attorney (working for peanuts at the local nonprofit) or a labor attorney (working for peanuts with a local labor union). Despite my dismal employment prospects I truly believe that I will love being a lawyer. I actually enjoy mounds of paperwork and digging through boring court cases online.

Abroad sounds awesome but I'd never be able to afford it. I'm using the GI Bill to pay for school and it doesn't cover those kind of expenses.
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post Aug 23 2008, 08:27 PM
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Do you know what school you would like to go? What area of law you would like to practice? I went to Temple, I'd recommend it. Also, if you have any desire to study abroad, go for it. It's totally worth it. I went to Rome my 1L summer, and Tokyo for 2L spring and summer.
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post Aug 12 2008, 12:21 PM
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QUOTE(cecilia @ Aug 12 2008, 09:39 AM) *
I just graduated law school, if there's anything you want to know.


Congrats to you! I haven't even gotten in yet but I plan to apply this fall. My chances of getting in are not good, but I'm going to do my best.

There's not much specifically that I want to know, unless you have pearls of wisdom for me wink.gif. I am all ears if you have advice! I would like to learn everything I can from those who've been there/done that.
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