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You know you're in your first year grad school when

  1. Oct 24, 2008 #1
    These are a part of your daily life.

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    (couldn't find the best forum to post this in, but wanted to share it)
     
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  3. Oct 24, 2008 #2
    Haha, so true man.

    I guess for math students, just replace Jackson with Munkres or Dummit and Foote.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2008 #3
    :smile:
     
  5. Oct 24, 2008 #4
    Not me. I don't drink coffee and prefer oatmeal over ramen.
     
  6. Oct 24, 2008 #5

    Moonbear

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    Fair trade organic coffee? Back to the lab! They're paying you too much to be sitting around drinking coffee if you can afford better than Folgers or Maxwell House! :biggrin:
     
  7. Oct 24, 2008 #6

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    Haha, I have the Munkres book right now on my desk. Just been working on my Topology assignment like 2 minutes ago.

    Almost done too! And it's due Nov. 4th! Hope to get it done this weekend, which would be very nice.

    I complained about this before. We have like 20 questions and my assignment is 8 pages of LaTeX, so far and I have like 2 questions left! It sucks even more because I feel like I'm the only one knowing what's going on. All the other students struggled to get 3-4 of them. I feel like my help is only giving them answers so I just avoid them now
     
  8. Oct 24, 2008 #7

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    Not conducive to brain fitness ...
     
  9. Oct 24, 2008 #8
    I'm in first year grad school and have none of those things..
    you're stereotyping..

    I eat rice, have three books on fluid dynamics and I drink chocolate milk.
     
  10. Oct 24, 2008 #9

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    Depends what field of study you are in ... if it's physics, Jackson is practically a given.
     
  11. Oct 25, 2008 #10
    Ugh. Isnt' that the truth?
     
  12. Oct 27, 2008 #11
    Oh, I hate you Jackson!

    I'm in my second year, but I skipped the second semester of Jackson E&M to take statistical mechanics instead (the classes were at the same time). So now I'm going to have to do more Jackson this Spring. Life will suck.
     
  13. Oct 27, 2008 #12

    JasonRox

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    I have a question... is graduate school funding in the US that bad?

    I hope it's all for jokes and giggles.
     
  14. Oct 27, 2008 #13

    Ben Niehoff

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    I don't eat Ramen or drink coffee, but Jackson is surely a part of my daily life. At the moment I'm really hating dispersion relations...
     
  15. Oct 27, 2008 #14
    Yes it is. I find it terrible actually unless you are going to a school that has a union. I know for what I make, it isn't nearly enough to make ends meet. This will change once I start my PhD and get payed double what I do now but for my masters I need to dip into my savings to pay for things like health insurance, car insurance,....basically all of my (worthless) insurance comes out of my savings.
     
  16. Oct 27, 2008 #15

    cristo

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    Count yourself lucky: you don't get paid anything to do a master's degree here in the UK.
     
  17. Oct 27, 2008 #16

    Moonbear

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    Actually, many institutions in the US don't pay for master's students either. Only Ph.D. students get guaranteed stipends. It's NOT a salary, it's a stipend. It HELPS with living expenses. I always thought it was a pretty good deal to get paid anything to go to school, so I don't know why people spend so much time complaining about it not being enough when we could be making them pay for their education, not paying them for it. Our students get $23000 a year plus health insurance and tuition waivers, and they aren't even asked to teach for it! That's more than some of our staff earns a year. If you factor in the free travel when you go to conferences, you're making more than a lot of people get as a starting salary out of college.
     
  18. Oct 27, 2008 #17
    WHAT!? How does that even work? And its not like I'm getting paid just to go to school. My TA work takes up about 20 hours a week of my time and can be very demanding. I think after you crunch the numbers for tuition and actually hours work we only make about $20 an hour.
     
  19. Oct 27, 2008 #18

    JasonRox

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    I'm getting $23000 and it's like tax free. And the government is giving me an extra $3000.
    Health insurance and dental insurance is paid for.

    I wouldn't do it if I didn't get paid a decent wage.
     
  20. Nov 2, 2008 #19
    Ah, but you forget the fundamental rule of graduate students. Don't pay for what you can get for free. My parents own and run a coffee roasting business.
     
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