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« Reply #975 on: March 11, 2017, 03:03:13 pm »
I'm trying to figure out my next steps. I am pretty sure that I want to apply to the MD/PhD program, which means I need to finish the Physics series, which shouldn't be too hard -- in fact, if I defend next Spring, I can just take it over the following summer. However, ideally I would then go directly into the program in Fall, and to do that I need to apply this cycle, which means I should have my MCAT scores, but I don't have time to study for the MCAT. A third year is looking questionable, because of  State budget issues, so I can't count on that. My side project, though, is looking super interesting, because we now have a working glucocorticoid receptor assay for intact tissue, so I could defend, then finish my side project as a volunteer, finish physics, and take the MCAT, applying for the 2019 cycle.
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« Reply #976 on: March 22, 2017, 05:32:25 pm »
So I decided I want to go for my BA so I went for it and finally applied for UCSB this semester! I'll find out some time this spring if I'm accepted or not. As for major, it was pretty much an equal toss up between archaeology, art history, or Asian studies for me, but I went with Asian studies because it was the easiest thing to apply to and it meshed well with my previous skill set. 

So now I'm back at community college finishing up my IGETC requirements. Two of my classes are going fine and I really like them, but the two that I'm taking online - Statistics and Critical Thinking - are a miserable slog.

It's been a whirlwind six months, honestly. I got a new job, entered a new relationship, broke off said relationship, was hospitalized twice - once for salmonella (lol) and then for a spider bite (lol wut), my grandma died, and of course all this craziness going on in the world just contributes to the general stress level. Now it's the middle of the semester now and I just feel kind of burnt out and unable to bring myself to care.

I'm trying to drum up the motivation to apply myself since these two classes are utterly crucial for me, but...blargh, just blargh.

That's awesome, I hope you keep plugging away at it.

I was having a hard time with math, but recently turned the corner on it after about a month of daily Kahn Academy sessions. Burn out is super lame, the last couple of papers I turned in were really half-assed, can't be bothered to give a fuck.
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« Reply #977 on: March 22, 2017, 05:36:39 pm »
Turns out that for Biochem I need to learn ALL THE MATHS.

I have to cram College Algrebra and Elementary Functions into this summer so I can start Calculus in the fall and continue the Calc series through the year.

Then next year, it'll be Physics W/Calc.

It's daunting, but what I have found most helpful is to funnel the feelings I get when clearing out a Dwemer ruin into getting an A. It works!
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« Reply #978 on: March 23, 2017, 04:07:16 pm »
There is something incredibly cathartic and consuming about plunging yourself into studying math and science. I am going to be super envious when you get ahead of me in math!
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« Reply #979 on: March 23, 2017, 04:11:39 pm »
After much thinking, I think my best bet is to take a gap year after I finish my Masters. I am on track to defend next Spring, and then I can take Physics and study for the MCAT over next summer, and apply for MD/PhD programs in Fall 2018 for 2019 admissions. I should be able to get a lab job or teach A&P at the community college to tide me over.
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« Reply #980 on: March 23, 2017, 08:09:51 pm »
Dammit

This A&P assignment is already interfering with my research. Not only that, but while teaching Principles required a weekly 2-hour meeting, plus 2 3-hour sections, plus one office hour, plus two to three hours of grading, it was possible to get it done in 12 hours a week, max. A&P requires one three-hour weekly meeting, two hours of dissection, two 3-hour sections, 2 hours of open lab, and, for the first year, sitting in on another TA's 3-hour section. How many hours am I getting paid for? NOT SIXTEEN.
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« Reply #981 on: March 23, 2017, 08:10:30 pm »
Oh, and it's conflicting with my preadsorption that I was going to finish Monday, and also I might not be able to go to Manitoba.
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« Reply #982 on: March 24, 2017, 12:31:09 am »
That sucks, Nigel.  :sad:
If someone does the Fine, youre right, Im clearly a terrible person, Im Satan, Im the worst person alive, I should just die thing in response to criticism of their harmful behavior, they are trying to manipulate people and flip the situation around so that they look like a victim.

As a neuroscientist I have to disagree with the perception that anyone is doing mathematical modeling of cognitive intelligence, yet; intelligence as an economist defines it, yes, but economists are worlds away from actual cognition.


Although it is outside the purview of this organization to offer personal advice, we can say -- without assuming any liability -- that previous experience indicates (and recent market studies corroborate) that given the present condition of the marketplace, continuing with your present course of action is likely to result in substantial in

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« Reply #983 on: March 24, 2017, 03:51:12 am »
That sucks, Nigel.  :sad:

Thanks, Freeky!

I think I may have worked it out; there is a cadaver pair we won't be using this term, because we don't have enough sections and they're pretty beat up from the last two terms. I've asked the professor if I can dissect ahead on them, so that I already know the anatomy well before I leave.

And also I'm definitely going, which also means not speaking at the Women in Neuroscience event, but, ah, fuck it.
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« Reply #984 on: March 24, 2017, 01:20:41 pm »
I love watching this thread.  It's really inspiring.

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« Reply #985 on: March 27, 2017, 09:25:22 pm »
I love watching this thread.  It's really inspiring.

Yeah this.
If someone does the Fine, youre right, Im clearly a terrible person, Im Satan, Im the worst person alive, I should just die thing in response to criticism of their harmful behavior, they are trying to manipulate people and flip the situation around so that they look like a victim.

As a neuroscientist I have to disagree with the perception that anyone is doing mathematical modeling of cognitive intelligence, yet; intelligence as an economist defines it, yes, but economists are worlds away from actual cognition.


Although it is outside the purview of this organization to offer personal advice, we can say -- without assuming any liability -- that previous experience indicates (and recent market studies corroborate) that given the present condition of the marketplace, continuing with your present course of action is likely to result in substantial in

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« Reply #986 on: April 05, 2017, 04:22:59 pm »
One of my classes this term is Social Problems. It's going to be a heck of a bummer, but I love talking about that kind of stuff. It's basically Liberal-Snowflake Critical Thinking 101.

At one point we were discussing social movements that enact change. The first example given was M.A.D.D., Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

For the second example, the teacher wrote B.L.M. and asked us what it meant. The overwhelming majority of my classmates said: "Bureau of Land Management".

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« Reply #987 on: April 05, 2017, 05:25:47 pm »
One of my classes this term is Social Problems. It's going to be a heck of a bummer, but I love talking about that kind of stuff. It's basically Liberal-Snowflake Critical Thinking 101.

At one point we were discussing social movements that enact change. The first example given was M.A.D.D., Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

For the second example, the teacher wrote B.L.M. and asked us what it meant. The overwhelming majority of my classmates said: "Bureau of Land Management".

:facepalm:

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« Reply #988 on: April 05, 2017, 05:27:15 pm »
I got my course reviews back from last term. Apparently my afternoon class LOVED me, but my 7:30am class? Not so much.  :lulz: Good thing I'm not teaching at buttcrack-30 this term.
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« Reply #989 on: April 05, 2017, 08:34:13 pm »
I got my course reviews back from last term. Apparently my afternoon class LOVED me, but my 7:30am class? Not so much.  :lulz: Good thing I'm not teaching at buttcrack-30 this term.

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