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Check the diploma/degree/certification that you are working toward:

PhD
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Carol Haynes

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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2007, 10:32:09 AM »
I believe in 'life-long' learning so I am now working towards two bachelor degrees ("Music with Humanities" and "GeoSciences") though currently I am taking some time off. I got a degree in Mathematics years ago.

I have also done some Art courses (drawing and watercolour .... not that I am an artist with any skill - just thought it would be fun) and other "high school" type courses (in Outdoor Education and recreation). Not to mention quite a few online courses related to software (including a course with Manchester Art College in the use of Photoshop).

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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2007, 08:35:01 PM »
Oh damn, i think my post above just made the bachelors get a bunch more votes! We're down by 3, now  >:(

[edit] whoa, Carol! I see you're quite a busy woman! So much studies :)
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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #27 on: May 16, 2007, 09:02:45 PM »
Wow, Carol. That's impressive and an eclectic assortment of subjects. One thing that teaching at a college has instilled in me is a desire to take more undergraduate courses and I intend to do just that after I finish my PhD... I'm too old for the tenure rat race so I might as well just keep learning!
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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2007, 01:46:00 AM »
LOL I have to be the only one in junior high... ;D
Looking to working to a Masters or PhD in a couple different computer subjects. Years away, but nonetheless!
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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2007, 01:52:14 AM »
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I have to be the only one in junior high...
well you are off to a great start!

ps. i don't think you are the only one, but one of a small handfull for sure, and we're glad to have you.  :up:

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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #30 on: May 17, 2007, 02:09:31 AM »
Wow, Carol. That's impressive and an eclectic assortment of subjects. One thing that teaching at a college has instilled in me is a desire to take more undergraduate courses and I intend to do just that after I finish my PhD... I'm too old for the tenure rat race so I might as well just keep learning!

That's more or less what I figured. I loved mathematics when I was younger and planned to do a PhD in Cosmology but there was no funding available and I started work. As I have got a bit longer in the tooth I have always regretted not getting more involved in classical music and so decided to redress the balance a bit. In the UK we have the wonderful "Open University" which allows you to study from home which is ideal.

My interest in Geosciences were a by product of Britain's brush with Foot and Mouth disease! At that time I was rock climbing and caving on an almost daily basis but F&M closed the countryside for months on end. Doing a geology course to fill in the time seemed like fun and I got addicted!

When I get round to finishing these two degrees (struggling at the moment with motivation, depression and financing it all) I may do something in the technology field (Material Science?) or possibly Astronomy (I fancy chilling out at the observatory on Majorca ;)).
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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2007, 02:16:06 AM »
we have open university here in Australia to, i tried it but lacked the motivation, i need to see people and talk to other students and the lecturers and tutors, seems to make it much more fun and motivation is a little easier, for me anyway.

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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2007, 04:16:38 AM »
we have open university here in Australia to, i tried it but lacked the motivation, i need to see people and talk to other students and the lecturers and tutors, seems to make it much more fun and motivation is a little easier, for me anyway.

The OU in the UK has face to face tutorials and summer schools - so there is some human contact. There are also personal tutors that you get to know and are very useful. It is true though that distance learning does take motivation and application (both of which I struggled with last year even though I found the courses I did fascinating). I am taking at least one year out at the moment - but then that is the beauty of distance learning: you can drop in and out as time/money/inclination allow.

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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2007, 05:06:33 AM »
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Thought some of you might like this

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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #34 on: May 23, 2007, 05:13:48 AM »
mouser, what are you doing there? ;D

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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #35 on: May 23, 2007, 09:52:17 AM »
Nice one Grorgy. Sadly, I think the cartoonist has really summed things up in my case  :-[
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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #36 on: May 23, 2007, 10:39:22 PM »
Since I was only allowed two, I chose Masters & PhD.  Like Carol, I too believe in life long learning, though my experiences with Universities has made me very anti-school in some ways.  On the flip side, my company pays for any degrees or classes that could be applied to the company, so I have an IT degree, MBA, and am looking at maybe a Masters in Network Administration or a Business Doctorate.  Any suggestions out there? 

I am also continuing my studies in German language and culture as well as a few other things (Master Electrician, Military Studies, Java/Mono & C#/.Net Web Programming, Linux Administration).  I even studied Electrical Engineering for a time, but couldn't finish the tests in the time allotted, so I gave it up rather than failing out.  I have most of the math and foundation material still in this noggin though, so I suppose the time was useful for something.  I have found so many things fascinating, that I find I can not stay focused on any of them for too long.  I end up trying to learn a subject intensely for a while, then put it down for another subject.  I keep this up until I get back to the original subject.  I guess that is why Java is on my list still, more than any other reason.

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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #37 on: May 26, 2007, 06:39:36 PM »
Nice one Grorgy. Sadly, I think the cartoonist has really summed things up in my case  :-[

What do you mean, in your case?

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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #38 on: May 26, 2007, 06:47:47 PM »
I did my M.A. thesis in theater at UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal) in 2005. Am now enrolled in the “études et pratiques des arts” Ph.D. program... at UQAM, still... That was probably a mistake.

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« Reply #39 on: May 26, 2007, 10:12:03 PM »
Nice one Grorgy. Sadly, I think the cartoonist has really summed things up in my case  :-[

What do you mean, in your case?

Well... didn't want to generalise and paint all PhD students with the same brush that I would apply to myself :D
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Re: POLL: How many students are active here (instead of writing up?!)
« Reply #40 on: May 29, 2007, 11:00:43 AM »
Currently an junior at Maryland in Psychology. I plan on going into graduate school in either cognitive psychology or counseling psychology and pursing a masters+PhD program.

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« Reply #41 on: May 29, 2007, 11:38:08 AM »
Thanks for casting a vote and posting Laughing Man (is it Viktor, per chance?). You've embarked on a long and rewarding process. I told myself coming into the PhD that I was doing this for "the achieve of, the mastery of the thing" and not with my eye on an economic payoff at the end of it. I still feel that way, though I wonder if I should have "stuck" with the MSc. Looks like Armando is feeling much the same way! The trouble is that the Masters degree always felt like a learner's permit and the PhD looked, from that perspective, like a licence to drive!
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« Reply #42 on: May 29, 2007, 02:33:01 PM »
I prefer spelling my name with a k even though it's a c in real life. But yeah, I want to pursue
it for the knowledge and not the money. Though one of my professors who sit on the graduate student admissions for counseling psychology at Maryland notes that it's sad how future psychologists are trained. Most of the time, the people who need the most help aren't the kind that can afford paying whatever amount per hour most psychologists charge. And often the psychologists charge alot because it cost them alot to go to those graduate schools. A vicious cycle of money sadly  :mad:

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« Reply #43 on: May 29, 2007, 02:40:31 PM »
Go for it then, Viktor! There are worse professions than psychology to pursue for the love of knowledge - you will have a real, marketable skill at the end of it. Another consideration is that as a PhD you'll have acquired both teaching and research skills, which are marketable irrespective of your discipline (I keep repeating this like a mantra to myself!). Finally, once you've got your PhD you can teach to earn your bacon and help those in need who may not be able to get help otherwise (as in, you would be able to keep your fees down or even donate your time at shelters and the like). I've no idea what community college instructors make in the States, but up north of the 49th the compensation and benefits are very good considering the amount of work that is required. You'd certainly have time for a practice outside of your teaching load. Almost all of the psych instructors I know at the college I teach at are in private practice as well.
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« Reply #44 on: June 14, 2007, 04:42:58 AM »
I have finished my masters, and am currently in a PhD program in materials science & engineering. :)

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« Reply #45 on: July 02, 2007, 11:22:47 PM »
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Ha! This is what I get for being out of the country for so long...a little late in the thread, but here goes.
OK, I took a MSc in Stratigraphy (Geology) about ten years ago, but I've been a professional photographer for 30 of my 40+ working years. Bite-sized trouble has a BA  in Drama ISTR. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz about six years ago.
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