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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby Ques » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:09 pm

forcing myself over break to sit down and write lengthy scholarship essays is proving much more difficult than expected

also, the prompts for the boren scholarship seem incredibly repetitive, both within one prompt and when you consider them both as a whole:

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a. Explain the significance of your proposed country, region, and language to U.S. national security. The Boren Awards recognize a broad definition of national security, but you should make a specific, detailed, and focused argument. 
b. Describe how the country, language, and study abroad program you selected will help you achieve your career goals, including your plans to fulfill the federal service requirement.
c. Describe how the skills you will gain during your Boren program of study, including linguistic and cultural competencies, will help you help you fulfill the federal service requirement. If appropriate, you may also include relevant past academic, extracurricular, volunteer, internship, and professional experiences. Be specific. *


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Study Abroad Program Description (both the preferred and alternate program): Describe the study abroad program’s course of study and related cultural activities, as well as the administrative and support services provided (i.e., facilities, housing, resident director, etc.). Describe the language component in as much detail as possible, including the number of classroom contact hours and informal language study opportunities outside of the classroom. Describe your past experience in studying or speaking the language (or another language if relevant), as well as your plans for continuing to study and/or speak the language following your Boren Scholarship. *


i'm on my 3rd re-write already SIGH

on the plus side my grades came in and i got exactly what i hoped for, and my GPA is still in phi beta kappa territory
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby brlmski » Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:02 pm

writing my personal statement for grad school is excruciatingly difficult
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby inherently » Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:14 am

waiting for decisions is 100% the worst part of the grad school application process.

going to meet with the director of grad studies at UIUC though!
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby schiaparelli » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:36 am

today is the first day of spring semester for me
i'm a bit nervous and anxious and it's 6:30am over here and my first class isn't until 1:30pm (thanks, jetlag)
do you guys have any goals/resolutions/plans (fellow undergrads/grad students if applicable)?

mine are:
  • have better work habits through strict routine: my earliest class is at 12pm, so i'm going to try to block off 9am–11:30am as a work session every weekday. i'm really efficient and motivated in the mornings and totally useless in the evenings, and i'm hoping that a schedule that lets me work on autopilot will help make sure i get stuff done.
  • go to all my classes: advice i tell myself but am terrible at following. obviously i'm going to fall behind if i miss lectures, and catching up is always harder to do than just showing up and learning it the first time.
my classes:
  • senior capstone project (independent work + periodic meetings with advisors; this is what i'm most nervous about falling behind on, since it's so self-guided)
  • calligraphy II class (hoping it will be pleasantly relaxing and bring me even closer to my eventual goal of someday designing a typeface
  • experimental animation (have no clue what this class will be like, but it's under the CS department and taught by an art professor who's our one-man animation department, and everyone loves him)
  • designing human-centered software (HCI class that's supposed to be pretty straightforward/easy, and it fills a requirement)
  • semantics and aesthetics (yet another class i have no clue what it will be like, but i love the professor and it sounds kind of design theory-y, with lots of readings and discussions)
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby thephfactor » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:21 am

My resolutions are:

Study. seriously I need to study, I never do and it's starting to become more and more difficult to get by without.
Pay attention in class instead of browsing the internet.
Set aside time for creative stuff like writing, drawing, and maaaybe some fashion stuff.

And my classes this semester are:

(Intro to??) Digital Design: heard this professor is good, but not really sure what it's all about.
Principles of Programming Languages: Yeah I dunno I feel like this should be pretty easy... taught by my dad's MS advisor who he says is great. (my dad's def of great and mine are probably different tho)
Game Design as Art: babby's first Art class, first class in the Art building. Hype as fuck about it.
Intro to Game Programming: again, really excited about Game stuff. Probably the only thing that truly excites me about CS. Feel like this should be easy-ish, generally do very well in programming classes anyway and this is more interesting.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby ptozzi » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:35 pm

Resolutions:

-Save money.
-Become inactive in my fraternity. Dues are way to expensive for someone in my financial situation.
-As a result: use my free time to meet new people and study more.
-Keep my GPA above a 3.75

Classes:

-Sophomore Engineering Clinic II
-Math for Engineering Analysis II
-Fluid Mechanics
-Principles of Chemical Processes II
-Industrial Organic Chemistry (basically all the parts of Orgo II relevant to chemical engineering)
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby eufemism » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:49 pm

last semester i fucked up big time. lets just say my gpa was on life support. this new semester i NEED to get my grades up. since i never had to study before i kept doing that and it totally screwed me over.

goals for this semester:

- actually go to class. i only have class 3 days a week and my earliest classes start at 10 am.

- STUDY. It's so difficult for me to start and stay motivated throughout. will be a challenge, but need to persevere.

- use professor office hours and labs. i need to learn to ask for help.

classes:
Principles of Athletic Training
Statistics
Anatomy and Physiology
Kinesiology
Intro to Health Care


goals related to school:

- talk to people in class and be friendly/approachable

- study with other people

LETS GOOOOO :woop:
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby rjbman » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:49 pm

Educational goals for 2015:

Don't fail any of my courses so I can graduate in May.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby silvaeri » Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:03 pm

last semester of school leggo! like rbjman i too just want to graduate.

goals:
either use my current new job as an internship credit, or find some bullshit internship to use for my required credit so i can graduate.

figure out what the hell i'm going to do for my final thesis installation and make something baller.

put in work, been super burnt out of the design school and school in general lately. need focus and hunker down and design good things.

not fail my 1 credit career and internship class again (aka actually go to it).

make my schedule and adhere to it. this semester is extremely busy, work ~20 hrs/week in the mornings, then class until 6 most days (not friday), indoor (then outdoor) training for the cycling team M/W/Th nights and Saturday day. Then travel meets every weekend starting Mid-March.



classes:
Web and Interface Design - more coding and design of websites/interfaces. grad level class. basically what i do for my job already just more in-depth.

Thesis Studio - show up and fuck around / talk with my professor/classmates about our projects and how we want to go forward. also planning sessions for senior show.

Portfolio Studio - show up and work on old (or new) projects expanding them into pieces worthy of being put into a portfolio. also building my site if i don't have it up by then.

Intro to Marketing - good business prep. want to go more into advertising/marketing/brand management after school so hopefully this helps.

Career/Internship prep - lolz.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby wiggly--woo » Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:50 pm

goals:

- eat healthier
- waste less money
- not leave all work to the last minute
- get my dissertation finished asap
- find a university where a master's degree is vaguely affordable
- work 9-5 each day instead of just chilling during the day and then working into the early hours of the morning


also, really looking forward to a class i'm doing this semester, which involves, amongst other things:

- using a map of Amsterdam to get around an unfamiliar area of Birmingham
- making the usual journey from campus to your house by walking backwards (with someone watching out for you)
- spending twenty minutes walking around campus with a blindfold on (again with someone watching out for you)
- and doing a subversive 'performance' of some kind (e.g. having a very serious group study session at 1am in a nightclub)
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby Vaeltaja » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:07 am

School resolutions:

* B- or higher in both my CS courses

* Go to bed earlier on the weekdays... this means coercing my roommate to go to bed earlier too

* Work harder, play harder

* At least once or twice, if I'm ahead, say "fuck it" and just take off the day... probably including work...

* Keep up the pace and get a tad ahead if possible

* Head a successful convention for my club

* Cosplay(?)

* Give myself more than 20 minutes to wake up, get ready, and walk across campus to class

* Utilize my Thursday afternoons more than just slacking off for two hours before work

* Get that A+ certification

* Do the application to stay on campus for work

Classes:

* English poetry workshop

* Communications rhetoric

* Computer science game design

* Computer science introductory graph theory
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby thephfactor » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:46 pm

My Programming Lang's Professor made me feel conflicted today. I've been thinking about moving away from like Computer Scienc-y stuff in the future, veering more towards either design or writing. But he pitched getting a Master's in CS so hard, I started thinking about how much Rick Owens I could buy with 90k a year...
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby brlmski » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:20 pm

thephfactor wrote:My Programming Lang's Professor made me feel conflicted today. I've been thinking about moving away from like Computer Scienc-y stuff in the future, veering more towards either design or writing. But he pitched getting a Master's in CS so hard, I started thinking about how much Rick Owens I could buy with 90k a year...

You can make that stuff without a Master's in CS. My brother has been out of school for four years with a BS and he cleared over a quarter last year.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby meatjacket » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:03 am

opposite of senior-itis here:

have done completely mediocre (barely passing in all core classes and only A's were electives) all high school, now i suddenly want to really work and put in the effort for the last semester of my last year of high school. all a's baby.

This is what i've been missing out on! Dammit it feels good.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby JewTurk » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:16 am

AP studying begins.

Not worried about Physics, Calc BC, Psych or either Economics.

AP flaxy and AP Chem are stressing me the fuck out though. AP Chem is what nightmares are made of.

Godspeed.

wrt college

My honors college application essay got me $1,000 to my college account, can use it for room and board/books/food plan. Currently working on a scholarship through my work (Cinemark) and I'm hoping to get at least $1,000, my manager said kids with similar applications to mine usually got upwards of $1,000 depending on their essays.

Still looking at getting a double degree, Graphic Communication and Electrical Engineering are the two most reasonable yet interesting fields I'm currently looking at.

I'll have quite a bit of credits from all of my clep tests and AP tests, then I'm doing this summer program that I also got a scholarship to cover the cost. Right now I'm signed up for three different cultural study courses and I'll complete them in a month. I'll get to spend that time on campus touring different places, getting a feel for the town etc.

Excited.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby brlmski » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:34 am

meatjacket wrote:opposite of senior-itis here:

have done completely mediocre (barely passing in all core classes and only A's were electives) all high school, now i suddenly want to really work and put in the effort for the last semester of my last year of high school. all a's baby.

This is what i've been missing out on! Dammit it feels good.

My last semester in undergrad was a 4.0. Sometimes having more work makes things easier because then you have to buckle down and get to work as opposed to fucking around.

Tip for people who want to do well in school: surround yourself academically with like minded people. They don't have to be your best friends or someone you spend most of your time with, but as long as they are tolerable and not huge competitive asses, being around motivated being is the biggest source of external motivation.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby ptozzi » Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:07 pm

My school's administration is starting to irritate me. I received a merit scholarship that covers ~90% of my education (tuition, books, room & board, meal plan). Housing isn't guaranteed for juniors and seniors, and I was told that if I move off campus my junior year (not by choice, but because I am not guaranteed an on-campus dorm), I have to pay for housing out of my own pocket. It's like they're just taking away half of what I worked so hard in high school to earn.

I went to this school because I was going for next to nothing, and now I'm going to have to pay somewhere around $500/month for up to 24 months? Beyond frustrated.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby Ques » Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:05 pm

met with my adviser yesterday and he wants me to rewrite my scholarship essay and wants it redone by... monday

sigh
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby inherently » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:56 pm

I was just accepted into UCLA's Ph.D program!!!
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby absurdmind » Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:19 pm

the campaign against austerity measures and budget cuts i helped organize is really starting to take shape. 5 months ago we had about 10 people in our room, tomorrow we expect several hundred at our first rally. and our petition will be at thousands of signatures soon. for those of you in proper cities with established left wings that might not sound like much, but im excited for the future - the thought that the midwest may not remain apathetic, and that students here can be motivated to action too.
also my grades are steadily improving and i wish i cared more earlier on because my gpa could be better. im really loving school lately.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby navin » Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:00 pm

starting pre-med in a week
super fucking nervous
clases from monday to friday, 7 am to 6 pm with half an hour for lunch :cry:
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby Mippipopolous » Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:47 pm

Currently taking a class called "Bad Boy Byron," and it's everything I ever dreamed it would be you guys.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby Yoder » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:31 pm

Any tips for applying for research and internships? Mostly research, not sure where to look for resources as far as composing a personal statement (ironic, I guess to look for outside help on that) but any general advice on things is appreciated.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby smass » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:11 pm

somewhat frustrated that universities make you take irrelevant gen-ed courses before you make any major courses. I did horribly in all my pre-requisites and its a crazy difference in my grades now that I'm taking courses that actually interest me and relate to what I want to do with my life. I wish I could re-do freshman year and actually put some effort into it.

I'm required to take a Chem course for my major and its confusing the hell out of me. Fashion and chemistry?? I pretty much failed high school chem....how am I supposed to understand it at college level? I'm horribly bad at math and science isn't one of my strong suits either, so I'm worried about how much it'll affect my GPA and the level of motivation I have at the moment. I'm probably just going into it with a bad mindset. sigh.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby ramseames » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:05 pm

smass wrote:
I'm required to take a Chem course for my major and its confusing the hell out of me. Fashion and chemistry??


Fabric/material properties are all about chemistry, makes sense to me that you'd learn at least a little about it
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby thephfactor » Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:13 pm

smass wrote:somewhat frustrated that universities make you take irrelevant gen-ed courses before you make any major courses. I did horribly in all my pre-requisites and its a crazy difference in my grades now that I'm taking courses that actually interest me and relate to what I want to do with my life. I wish I could re-do freshman year and actually put some effort into it.

People always say this but for me, as a technical major, gen-eds were great. It was really helpful for me as a person to have to fulfill gen-ed requirements. The speech class I took in my very first semester (Argumentation and Debate) honestly affected the way I think about the world in general for the better, for example, and I can honestly say that I've valued all of the non-major classes I've taken just as much as major requirements, even the throw-away Gerentology course I took. In fact, for a Computer Science major, I have a pretty low tolerance for straight math, meaning I enjoyed my gen-eds more than the requirements of Calculus 1 and 2, and Linear Algebra, etc., and found them to be as a general rule less difficult.

I guess this post isn't really about anything as much as "every person is different", which is a pretty strong argument against gen-eds anyway... but I certainly found value in them. And providing a certain uniformity in background I think has a positive effect on the level of communication we can achieve.

EDIT: and what do you know it's my first procrastination after-effects of the school year! two entire assignments to be done by tomorrow!
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby spahdfgo » Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:49 am

I don't complain much and i'm generally a stress-free kind of person but I have to do an internship for my last year and so far, i've probably sent something like 30-35 resumes and gotten maybe 5 answers, all negative obviously.

But there's an offering at MMM for exactly what I'm doing and I want it so fucking bad.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby CleanThug » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:46 pm

CleanThug wrote:Alright care-tags, I need your help

My high school offers an opportunity for 3 kids a year to study abroad in Germany, Spain, and France(depending on what language you take/have taken in the past). The program is completely free and you're abroad for about 10 months(!!!). I'm absolutely set on going to Spain, no doubts about that, I just really want to give myself the best chance of winning.

It's not as competitive as you might think, I'll probably be up against about 15 people at most. I've done most of the application, and teacher recommendations, all that's left is the interview process in January. They're really looking for the applicant that wants to go the most, you dont need a crazy gpa or anything. What can I do to distinguish myself from all the other applicants? What would you say? I don't have the best grades but I think most of my teachers will I've good recommendations and I think I can woo my intetviewer with personality and poise(this sounds so douchey but eh).

Help me out! Would love to hear any/all opinions


My interview went really well, said most everything I wanted to and my parents did well also.

I find out tommorow, really just want to find out if I won or not already.

Will report back!
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby silvaeri » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:01 pm

really stressing rn because i can't use my current job to fulfill the internship requirement to graduate and i have no time to pick up a "real" internship because i'm either working or in class all day every day. and i'm just mad that we need to have this stupid requirement when i'm gaining more valuable work experience by staying with my current job.

really close to breaking down and begging my advisor for any way to exempt me from the internship credit so i can just fucking graduate this semester.
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Re: overdressed, undereducated: let's talk about school!

Postby yubbermax » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:03 pm

Starting the 4th week of the semester and we've had 6 snowdays (tomorrow incl) and I still haven't had my Monday night class -_-
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