@echolikebells I only applied to 2 grad schools, and both were programs I was super excited about. If I didn't get it, my plan was to try again next cycle. Totally agree with the comment downthread that discourages you from applying to safety schools. Anyway, guess what happens when you only apply to two schools? You are SUPER FOCUSED on those two schools and give them the best application ever instead of a cookie-cutter application that you sent to 8 other schools. Best of luck to you!
I spent most of last semester stressing about the GRE, only to find that my program only considers it as a fractional part of my application. More importantly were my letters of rec and my writing samples. Anyway, GRE security is hilariously heightened. My small group had to wait in the lobby until we could be escorted upstairs. We were not allowed ANYTHING, including water and writing utensils. We had to go to the bathroom before the test, like it was an airplane or something. We had to be patted down (!!!) before entering the depressing, cubicled room. When we needed a new pencil or paper or something we had to put our test book and dull pencil up to the glass and look imploring until someone decided to give us supplies. In retrospect, so funny.
@guenna77 SECONDED WTF
@Meaghano Oh man I wish I knew what to do in situations like this, because I really do not. I mean, there is a laundromat near me that is so convenient but the guy who runs it is awful. He doesn't creep on me (except in the "she's a good little woman who obeys her husband") kind of way, but I now avoid the place like the plague because I got tired of his intrusive nature and habit of trying to talk trash about other customers, etc. So we go somewhere else where the washers break a lot but there's no one up front staring you down as you do your laundry.
@allreb It's so sad, because everyone thinks they are helping, not stressing you out! I was a barista for a while, and the reason I started making drinks for people before they had even ordered was because they were for people who always ordered the same drink. Like this lady: "I want a latte, but I don't want one shot and I don't want two- can you do, like, 2 and a half shots? And I don't want it hot enough to burn your mouth but I want it very hot, you know? And I want extra foam, and make it soy." And she came in every day, and she always ordered the same thing. We had a bunch of those, as well as people who just expected you to know: "I'll have my usual." "What's your usual, sir?" "The one I order every day? Half-caf latte, no foam?" Etc. But I get you! Here is what I would do: next time you go to your regular coffee place where they know your order, say, "Hey, I really appreciate you always getting my order ready for me, but actually I like variety in my life, so please don't do that anymore."
@Lorien Seret Clarrisa Olsen@ What an amazing idea, like tabbouleh salad with quinoa and no parsley! Totally stealing this. :D
I AM THE QUEEN OF LUNCHES! My husband and I bring lunch every day and mine are subway and grad school proof. Here's what I have learned: On salads I want to second the commenter above who said to keep things in separate containers. I had a frustrating time for years (I know! So sad!) because if I didn't eat my (prepped on Sunday) salad fast enough, it all went bad and/or slimy. Here's my current salad prep configuration: 1. Large tupperware full of 1 chopped head of romaine (goes bad much slower than green leaf lettuce) and kale or chard. 2. Small tupperware with three vegetables in it. Currently we've got radishes, carrots and peppers. Every morning I make a salad, then put dressing in my dressing container, which is small enough to fit inside because spilled dressing in your lunch bag= :( For salad dressing, keep the following in your house: Lemons Vinegar Mustard Oil Tahini Garlic Salt Pepper Oregano Dill Mix and match as you wish. This is how I have been making dressing for the past five years. Get into the habit of making leftovers every time you can while cooking dinner. While one of us dishes out dinner, the other fills tupperware with leftovers and puts them in the fridge. Usually we'll have chili, curry, pasta with grilled veggies, chicken/fish and rice with veggies, things like that. Also great to have? Bean thread noodles- the ones that have individually portioned bundles. Here's a quick morning recipe that we do a lot for lunches when we don't have leftovers: Ingredients (makes 2): 2 bundle bean thread noodles** you can also substitute packs of ramen! 1 squash, zucchini or eggplant 2 tomatoes 1 clove of garlic salt & pepper to taste Boil water, put bean thread noodles in, cook until no longer stiff (takes about 2 minutes). Drain and put into 2 tupperware containers. Chop tomatoes and put in pan with garlic, salt and pepper and saute for a minute or so, then add chopped squash. Cook until soft. Throw onto noodles. Done. I know it isn't fancy, but it works in Chez Moi.
@garysixpack Yup. It took me graduating from college to break the $10 an hour ceiling.
1. Grad school is no joke. It depends on your program, but most that I know (including the one I'm in) require about 90% of your time, brain and energy. 2. The only reason you should ever be in grad school is because, at the heart of it, you really actually want to be in grad school. Not because it's going to guarantee you a sweet job (nope in this economy and maybe in any economy), nope because you are trying to escape your life. 3. DO IT. Quit. If you love grad school & if you want to commit to it, I mean. You might even be able to get a job tutoring for $10 an hour or working as a student assistant or a TA, which will seem like a huge step-down for you financially but will be custom-made for students, as in DUH you should always put school first and of course they will work around your schedule!