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Re: university

Post by caramarydaisy » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:02 pm

aw, nerves are horrible.

what dyou teach?

i often think about going into teaching one day, but i know im still not ready..
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Re: university

Post by let it ride » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:04 pm

Yes! Don't worry, you'll be fine on both accounts. Nerves are a good thing (I think) as it means you care about making a good impression or doing well in general :)

Tomorrow marks officially 4 weeks until my MA dissertation is due in.
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Re: university

Post by squirrelboutique » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:06 pm

caramarydaisy wrote:aw, nerves are horrible.

what dyou teach?

i often think about going into teaching one day, but i know im still not ready..
Developmental English!

I'm not sure I could teach anything but college/university. I have a lot of freedom to do what I want in my courses, don't have to turn in lesson plans and things, and I don't have anything to do with any parents or anything.

And thanks, Astrid! You're going to do awesome with your dissertation, too.

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Re: university

Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:28 pm

ah, hello old friend! it's been a while since i had a rant in here. my thesis is due in a week tomorrow and i am almost there but there are so many little fiddly things to do with it that i feel utterly overwhelmed. i am trying to be methodical, work through each chapter and get it to a stage where i could submit it straight away and then check it converts to pdf with no problems, but it is painstaking. urgh.

also, i had a bit of a whine about this in the popfest thread but i didn't want to overwhelm everyone in there with my misery, but i am utterly terrified of my viva already and it's not even going to happen for at least a few months after i submit. i had awful nightmares about it last night. i think i just don't know what to expect.

in summary: ARGH!

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Re: university

Post by Carys » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:03 am

I've mentioned this on Twitter and such, but it's a hard one to condense, so I'm asking to advice here.

I'm starting an MA in Linguistics in October - I have a place at Goldsmiths, where I did my first degree. I applied to Goldsmiths, because it has these pros:
- The MA is 'sociocultural approaches', which is what I'm interested in
- It's close to home (15 minute walk)
- It's familiar
- The hours are such that I can still work full-time
- There is the possibility of funding - I am still waiting to hear though.

However, the course isn't well established and, excluding dissertation, you only do four modules over the course. There's not a lot of variety or choice. It also doesn't cover some of the 'hard' linguistics that most courses do, because of its bias towards sociolinguistics.

I looked again at courses (sort of wish I hadn't) and saw that Queen Mary do an MA Linguistics with a sociolinguistic pathway - again, exactly what I want to do. The pros of Queen Mary are:
- Twice as many contact hours
- Much broader coverage of the topic, including 'hard' linguistics
- It's rated the best London Uni for linguistics across the board
- It's a comparatively rich department - they fund several PhDs each year.

However, there's no chance of funding, and I'd have to go down to four days a week - I could afford to, but I'd have to take our a CDL for course fees. I anticipate it'd be a higher workload, too, and it would take a lot of organising, as the modules aren't on the same days.

I want to do a PhD after this, and am not sure if going to Queen Mary would improve my chances. If I get funding from Goldsmiths, that's the decision made, but if I don't... what should I do? Help!

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Post by crystalball » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:18 pm

Without being in any way an expert on this, I doubt doing the MA at Queen Mary as opposed to Goldsmith's would make a difference to your chances of doing a PhD. The only thing I can think of is that if you reckon the QM degree is better then that might affect your decision on whether to carry on or not. PhDs are different to MAs (in the Humanities, anyway) in that usually you would find the person you'd like to supervise you and just go where they are. That's what I did with mine. Have you already thought about who would be a good person to do a PhD with in the area you're interested in? If they are at Queen Mary then doing your MA there might be a good idea because you'd get to know them and it'd be an easier transition. Otherwise, it might be better to just do what fits with your life at the moment and see how it goes. Does that make any sense?

Then again, I don't know if you should listen to someone with an abandoned, half-written PhD on their hard drive.

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Post by Carys » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:27 pm

Thanks for the tip-off, M.

Honestly, I'd be happy to go to Goldsmiths just to save me the hassle. I just worry taking the easy option doesn't bode well as the basis of a possible career.

Re: tutors - it's early days, so I'm not sure, but I can imagine doing stuff around language and sexual identity. Sadly, I doubt I'd get Deborah Cameron as a tutor... I'll certainly think about it. I got on well with the course convenor at Goldsmiths, who wrote me an unbelievably good reference - her specialisn is language and gender, I think.

Another friend suggested making sure I go to lots of conferences, so I might start going to the ones I can afford.

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Post by PYT » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:48 pm

Hmm. It's about time I posted on this I think. Whilst Dan does a real person's job up in Wakefield, I (Hannah) have resigned myself to 3 years of PhDing at Sheffield uni. To be honest, it's going ok at the moment, I was just wondering if there were any other Anorakers doing PhDs? Because I know at some point I'm going to want advice from/need to have a little rant at some nice friendly folk!

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Re: university

Post by Nicole Diver » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:46 pm

Hey! I'm 4 months into a Geography PhD at Nottingham Uni. While there are some things I could happily rant about, it's mostly going nicely so far. What are you studying?

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Post by PYT » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:04 pm

Hooray, there is someone! I'm in the planning department, but really doing a kind of urban geography/sociology/cultural studies combo. It makes more sense than it seems to, promise!

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Post by Nicole Diver » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:54 pm

Ooh, I'm doing some urban conservation planning modelling type thingy - possibly some cross over? Mine's from a ecological theory and policy point of view. I think there may be other PhD types here. How are you finding it so far?

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Re: university

Post by 80sfan » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:04 pm

I am also a PhDer. 1st year. At York. In Linguistics. Forensic Phonetics, to be more precise. Not Geography-related, that's damn sure.

I feel like I have no time to actually do constructive work and feel like I'm getting absolutely nowhere, which is my gripe. And I think it's a common gripe, which makes me feel better.

How do you guys find the motivational factor?
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Post by PYT » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:25 pm

Well right now I'm finding the motivational factor a proper struggle, because I'm fighting with theory and philosophy and those elements don't come naturally to me at all! Tips on how to incorporate the theoretical stuff would be much appreciated, that's for sure!

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Re: university

Post by julieocean » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:05 pm

Hello fellow sufferers. I am a third year at Leicester writing a history of ITV regional programming in the Midlands. The third year is a bad place, so I won't share my experiences (they're all tainted by a nightmare chapter I can't finish and the fact that my archive has just moved to Lincoln), but I'm happy to listen and give advice if you think it will help. It'll probably be rubbish though as I don't seem to be doing it very well :(

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Post by Carys » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:21 am

I was wondering if anyone has any insight into choosing a decent MA dissertation topic. I'm a little bit baffled about what to choose - it seems impossible to come up with anything original. I'm not short of ideas but I'm just not sure what to run with.

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Post by PYT » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:03 pm

Carys wrote:I was wondering if anyone has any insight into choosing a decent MA dissertation topic. I'm a little bit baffled about what to choose - it seems impossible to come up with anything original. I'm not short of ideas but I'm just not sure what to run with.
I think the only advice I have is to choose something you're really interested in. Sounds obvious but it just makes the whole process so much smoother. What ideas have you got?

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Re: university

Post by Carys » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:55 am

I was thinking about doing bi-invisibility in the 'gay marriage' debate, but had also thought about women's talk in same-sex relationships, or collaborative/competitive talk in band rehearsals. I guess I want it to be as original as is possible for an MA dissertation (i.e. possibly not very). I'm feeling like the bi-invisibility thing might be a go-er.

I have my last exam for the year this weekend - it's another 72-hour take home paper, starting 3pm today... Erk.

After that, I have six months until I start back at Uni, so I would really like to make a solid start on my dissertation, because I'm working full-time and won't have a great deal of time next year to do it.

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Post by PYT » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:39 pm

Bi-invisibility sounds like a good idea, seems to strike that balance between something you can definitely put your own stamp on and something that there is previous research to work with. Sadly I reckon the others would possibly end up being mega-hard work (especially with working full time!) due to literature being hard to come by... so you'll just have to do a PhD as well! Though I may not be saying that in a couple of months time when I'm struggling with upgrade papers and the like...

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Re: university

Post by Carys » Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:35 pm

In the long run, I am hoping to do a PhD, so maybe I'll come back to some of my ideas at a later stage...

I created a folder in my Dropbox called "Dissertation" today. Exciting times.

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Re: university

Post by crystalball » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:13 pm

PhDers, are/were any of you working full-time while studying?

I'm getting itchy feet and thinking of re-starting work on the thesis I abandoned in 2003. This could be the worst idea ever: I have to keep reminding myself that I walked away for a reason and the reason was that I couldn't afford not to work and it was all way too much (and now I've got a baby as well). But you know when you walk around in a daze sometimes, thinking that your life is incomplete with half a thesis and a gazillion hours of studying and notes and ideas sitting in a folder waiting to be opened again? Or maybe this is my mid-life crisis.

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