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5/12/12 12:02 P

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Thanks!

And good luck, EDMERCER! Keep us updated on how it goes emoticon

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5/12/12 11:51 A

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Congrats, Lynn!!

"We are better than we know. If we can be made to see it, then for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."


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5/3/12 1:52 P

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I take my comps in July/August before the semester begins. I will be given potential topics and then on the day of I'll have a whole day to write with no sources just from my poor brain. And then depending on how I do there will be a series of oral comps encompassing everything from the written portion that was either unclear or wrong. Then its on to writing my thesis.





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4/5/12 11:20 A

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Good luck on your exams! They are definitely daunting.
I just found out last week that I passed mine! Never been more relieved!

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4/5/12 11:08 A

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I have to take comps next week! I'm a little scared, to be honest. It seems incredibly daunting.

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3/5/12 11:42 A

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Good luck on finishing your dissertation! I can't imagine having to do both a thesis and comps.

When classes get extremely stressful, all my healthy eating and exercise goes out the window :( Lately though, I've been cutting out most processed foods. I don't miss them, and on the times I do eat them now, I don't feel well afterwards. I miss exercising, and I hope that once this horrible month is over and spring is here, it'll give me the energy to get back into it.

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3/3/12 10:34 A

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Glad you don't have to do BOTH. I did a thesis, but that was our only option at the master's level.

This month, I am focusing on finishing my dissertation, getting my eating under control, and getting more exercise. Usually, when I am working out regularly, I don't have much trouble with my weight.

What strategies are you using on your health journey?

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3/2/12 3:52 P

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We get to choose between taking the comps and writing a thesis. The thesis option requires more classes and time, so usually the only people who choose that are those who are planning to go into academia and publish more later. I've heard that there is a push to change the exams into a portfolio, but, like your department, the idea falls on deaf ears.

The stress of grad school has definitely been a major cause of my weight gain. I can't wait to be done with it and get on with my life! Passing the comps is my ticket out.

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Lynn, I know the feeling. I did my written comps a couple of years ago (doctorate in education). We had a month to prepare to answer 4 questions. Then we had to go to campus and write for a day. We had 3 of the 4 questions that we had prepared and had to pick two to answer in that marathon writing session. It was horribly stressful and not at all authentic practice. Although I have to admit that I've occasionally written proposals and abstracts that way, I would never publish something written on that time schedule.

The wait is hard, but that is often what I feel like when waiting to find out if a publication will be accepted for a journal or conference. In a sense, that's a taste of being an academic, if you'll be expected to publish. What really made ME angry was that notices went out to our permanent addresses rather than by email. International students were penalized by that policy. Some people would not hear for more than a week after the decision had been made. In that case, I did beg the DGS to relent and send an email in addition to the official notice since most of us wanted to celebrate but felt we could not while others where on pins and needles (everyone passed, btw).

I've been involved in the planning for our graduate school and continue to challenge the "way it has always been done" on the basis of curriculum and learning theory. So far, the old guard doesn't want to make any changes. This is very frustrating in education since we all know better.

So, hang in there. It's a very stressful time - and one of the reasons I've gained weight over the last few years. I'm working on finding other ways to deal with the stress rather than eating sweets and drinking wine (carb addict here). I used to meditate and run - so I'm working my way back to those two habits and drinking more WATER and less coffee. If I'm too tired to write without the caffeine, I'm too tired to write!!

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3/2/12 2:12 P

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Does anyone else have to take comps this year? Or what are your experiences with them?

Last night I completed my comprehensive exams, which for my graduate program in Library and Information Science consisted of writing 2 research papers (8-12 pgs each) in answer to 2 questions of your choice out of 9, and you're given 17 days to complete them in the early part of the semester. I had to take a few days off of work to get them done and keep up with my regular classwork. Now I have to wait a few weeks to hear if I passed or not, which is torture. If I don't, I have the option to appeal and have the paper read by more professors than the one who created the question. If that fails, I get one more chance to take the exam.

I'm stressed out because it seems like relatively poor way to test someone's knowledge and their ability to perform well in the field. I also don't like the grading process and the high consequences. Anyway, I'm venting because I hate that I have to go through this. I can't wait to be done with the stresses of grad school.

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