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Random question that has nothing to do with this post, what are you getting your PhD in? I'm in college (a senior this fall!) and I'm considering getting one some day, but not anytime soon, probably in a scientific field (yet to be determined). Any tips for surviving it or things you wish you knew before you started?
I'm getting my PhD in history, but I will tell you that the sciences are a smarter approach. There are not a lot of options for humanities PhDs, but plenty for those in the sciences. My advice: go to the best school you can and one that specializes in what you want to study, work hard to get an assistantship and keep it, take out as few student loans as you can (none if possible), take an opportunity to study abroad, and find a professor that you work easily with. The last piece of advice is the most important. If you get an advisor that you don't see eye to eye with, he or she can make your life a living hell. I know from experience. Also, keep in touch with your advisor regularly. He or she is the most important advocate for your advancement. Good luck. If you have any further question, feel free to email me. I have a close friend getting her PhD in physics who I can ask for you about more specific things about a science PhD.
How about "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts"?
Hi and welcome...do not think I have seen you around here before...
"I notice that you keep looking this way. Have we met? My cooler is over here on the picnic table. How about a beer? Your tat is very interesting -- sorry, I guess I was staring."
Wow history, something I embarrassingly wish I knew more about haha. Thanks so much for replying and the tips!I'm a math and physics major, but I'm thinking about going into either: applied math, statistics, computational linguistics, or computational science/engineering. I know getting a PhD is hard work, so I want to get a masters first. Hopefully in Europe because their schools are much cheaper (and I get to go to Europe!). Do you think this a good idea to get a master first and to go to some unheard of school in Europe? Rather than just staying in the US and going straight for the PhD. Since I'm a US citizen, the chances of me being able to work in Europe are slim after I get my degree and I know the graduate school you go to is important for getting jobs, especially in the US. Also, how do grad school admission committees feel about people who take time off before applying? I desperately need a break from school.
I've also considered Biostatics or Epidemiology
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