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romeo6
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Jan18-08, 10:24 PM
P: 54
hmmm...is this advice, or rip into a guy when hes already pretty low?
My school has challenging qualifying exams and only 20% pass 1st time.
I didn't take until my 3rd year and didnt finish up til 4th year so only began research full time in 5th yr.

Am international and TA so had to take FULL schedule of classes (now totalling over 90hrs) to maintain visa status until I passed qualifying exams, also had to teach/grade, and do extra private tuition as salary is barely above US poverty level...very bad salary for us grad schools.