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Tuesday, 14 August 2007

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Sisyphus

Gaaaaaaah!


Harumph.

I'm off to eat some beans and rice now. Or maybe ramen. (Must. Not. Go. On. Rampage!)

SEK

My sentiments exactly. Granted, this was arguably the most talented student I ever taught, but still, if I'd gone to Cambridge, maybe the Ivy bias would've worked in my favor. (That's assuming, of course, that I could've gotten into Cambridge ... which I couldn't've.)

Sisyphus

Yeah, and what type of people with what type of family bankroll get in to Cambridge ... like we need more of those people around in academia! Meanwhile, my student who worked her way through John Hancock and then here won't get in anywhere cause "here" isn't a name feeder school for grad school ... oh wait, this applies to me too ... how many profs have we hired who aren't ivy or oxbridge? ... sigh. I hope at least JHCC will have a spot for me.

SEK

For the record, this former student of mine's the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants and completely deserving. We should aim our envy at her talent, not her checkbook.*

*Which, of course, is all the more infuriating.**

**Not that I'm baiting her to comment or anything, mind you.

Adam Roberts

Which Cambridge? Or doesn't it matter?

SEK

The prestigious one?

Karl Steel

Which Cambridge? Or doesn't it matter?

I would guess that in the USA it doesn't matter which college.

todd.

I had heard rumors that in some fields "guaranteed teaching" is something people wanted, but I never really believed it. Wonders never cease.

SEK

C'mon, todd., we all want money, n'est ce pas?

Rich Puchalsky

In most of the physical sciences, grad students get all the teaching they want. It's guaranteed research stipends (i.e., they pay you to work on your dissertation) that are more valued.

todd.

Yeah, what Rich said. One of my friends in chemistry even got a $5,000 "signing bonus." Which really is just silly.

(I should say that this person was not at UCI.)

Nate

If you're taking requests you should write a corresponding post on how to get jobs after grad school.

SEK

I'd need someone to write that one for me, Nate.

Robert

I agree on the 1st and 5th step but I will just get my graduate degree online. I'm planning to take film studies graduate programs at Columbus,OH
Columbus College of Art & Design.

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