I stay up entirely too late at night, but I've found that this habit has its benefits. For instance, had I not been awake at 1:00am on Monday night, I would have never seen Condoleezza Rice on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson -- and I would have never learned that the former secretary of state is a political science professor at Stanford, she studied in Russia to complete her dissertation about military policy in communist Czechoslovakia, and her dissertation advisor was Madeleine Albright's father. Let's check out come other grad school news:
- As the economy has worsened, grad school enrollment has increased; check out the details to learn the less obvious reasons behind this trend.
- Are you struggling through grad school? Read this blog and find comfort in the fact you are not alone, and be sure to check out the comments.
- If you still aren't feeling too confident about grad school, perhaps what you need is a good pep talk.
- 20 grad students from UW-Madison got a taste of the high life when they ate lunch and spoke with Warren Buffett. I don't think anyone was arguing over that check...
The grad school rankings surveys are officially in the mail. The data being collected by US News, in collaboration with the market research firm Synovate, will be featured in the 2012 Best Graduate Schools rankings. Let's check out some more grad school news:
- Work/Life balance in graduate school is always a struggle, take it from Chris Wong at George Washington University.
- Hindsight is 20/20, but insight can be more valuable. Read about what Cristina Tang wishes she had known when entering grad school, you may save yourself some trouble down the road.
- A Yale University grad student organization is stirring up quite a controversy, what are your thoughts on the issue?
Paying for an education is nothing new, and apparently paying for a fake degree in Mexico is nothing new either. Mexico's Public Education Secretariat has been fighting to eliminate forged diplomas and professional licenses in Mexico, a country that boasts one of the largest markets for counterfeit documents. I'm sure some US students are getting bad ideas after reading this information -- at least check the rest of the grad school news before you fill up the tank, and head south of the border:
- Take it from her, she works in the admissions office -- here's the top 10 ways NOT to get into grad school.
- A Purdue grad student recently won $250,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? And she could have won more! Say good-bye to those student loans.
- Is your family having trouble understanding the demands and challenges you face as a grad student? Relax, you're not alone.
- If you need to be reminded to clean yourself, Columbia business school just might be the place for you...
As I write this blog there are Chilean miners being rescued from a collapsed mine. These men are courageous survivors -- hats off to them and those helping them, including Clint Cragg from NASA, who designed the escape capsule (dubbed the "Phoenix") being used in the rescue mission. Cragg attended the Naval Academy, served in the Navy, and received an M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Relations at the Naval War College. Looks like that postgraduate education was put to good use. Let's check out some grad school news:
- Speaking of great problem solving, in Boston some grad students offered a plan to fix "the Big Dig's" deadly rails.
- Need some help resolving issues of your own? Check out this advice on how to find a work-school balance.
- Graduate students in the Chicago area discovered a work-school balance of other sorts -- they are teaching at local high schools.
- Cheating is no way to solve a problem. Is using prescription drugs a form of cheating in college and grad school?
- Do you know anyone in med school? Take a look at how one blogger compares med students to grad students.
Graduate school often requires an immense amount of reading, which is why I've decided to include some videos on grad school news today -- sit back and give your mind a break. Let's check them out:
- Corey Anton, author and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Grand Valley State University, posted a video with some great advice about graduate school.
- If you are concerned about the transition from undergrad to grad school, check out this video from students at the University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School.
- Actor James Franco, who is also a grad student of literature at Yale University, recently screened his new movie Howl for his fellow students. You can catch a trailer for the movie, in which Franco plays beat poet Allen Ginsberg, at the conclusion of the article.
- What do you get when you cross Flight of the Concords with the grad school/post-doc science world?
In Revenge of the Nerds III Stan Gable, an Alpha Beta alum, becomes dean and abuses his power to frame the Tri Lambs. In PCU the evil dean tries to kick the cool kids off campus (including Jeremy Piven, who had less hair back then, look for yourself). Then Jeremy Piven grows his hair back, becomes Dean Pritchard in Old School and tries to take down Lambda Epsilon Omega. Well here's one more for the movies -- former St. John's University Dean, Cecilia Chang, is being convicted of embezzling $1 million in donations and using students as personal servants! She used students as chauffeurs, personal maids, and even had one kid bring her more money while she was gambling! Psh, undergrad deans are so immature. Let's check out some grad school news:
- ProfHacker recently wrote An Open Letter to Part-Time Grad Students. Be sure to view the comments and contribute to the ongoing discussion.
- If you're thinking about grad school, or still getting your feet wet, check out some advice for new graduate students.
- There is an interesting conversation about grad school taking place over at College Confidential.
- Is grad school a valuable asset for everyone? Check out some perspectives from people who have been there and done that.
- Congrats to the students from the UMBC graduate school of journalism! They won an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism.
- It's friday -- have a laugh.