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Old 07-16-2009, 11:56 AM
 
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What is it like when you are going for your Masters?

I found my first two years of college were very difficult, the next two a little easier; but what about Masters? What can one expect?
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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It's easier providing you are decent reader.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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For me it was a lot of research and paper writing. And you have a lot of text book reading. They expect you to do everything on your own, and then you come back and discuss as a group.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Once a grad student gets into the swing of things grad school is not too bad.. There was a lot of reading for each of my courses and little time to complete and write papers.. Two papers a week of 750-850 words soon became kinda easy. A laptop was a must for me because I traveled to class then work via train. All through grad school our papers were sent to a plagerism site by the professors. No more than 8% of each entire paper including our final project could be referenced. We also got heck for not referencing a line or two and were given a deduction per sentences. Sentence structure is very important in grad school.

I am sure a lot of grad schools are somewhat similar so just think outside the box and never ever take credit for anothers work. My grad school GPA is 3.79

Good luck and you will do just fine..
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Strong readers and writers who are cool with working nearly exclusively under their own steam will do fine. Don't expect a lot of hand-holding, and don't expect slack to be given if you don't keep up with the reading or assignments. It amazes me that there are people who come out of undergrad not having experienced that, but it happens.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:32 PM
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This highly depends on what subject you are studying and what school you are going to.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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It does really depend on what you are studying. But if you are one of those people to whom school comes pretty easy, you shouldn't have a hard time. (Or at least that was my experience)
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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I am going for my masters this fall. I am nervous, especially about all the studying and writing! It seems I haven't written an essay in quite some time..
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I havent reached that point yet but have many friends who have gotten their masters and they all thoroughly enjoyed it. They liked the fact that are you strictly studying the field you enjoy and a lot of your research and papers are on topics you choose to study. I think that also makes it easier for people. You are more motivated to learn things you want to know about.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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Just make sure that if you do decide to do your master's that you don't let your advisor push your research in a direction you aren't interested in. (I only say that b/c that's what happened to me. I went in to speak with my advisor and select my thesis topic and he said, great that sounds interesting but no one will care, so here's the topic you are going to do. Choose this one or this other topic that is essentially the same project, which I did and sincerely regret. I was miserable working on a project that I hated and it has pushed back the date when I will receive my MS. Don't be like me! If you go to grad school, study something that you love and don't let anybody else tell you differently)
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