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Old April 29th, 2016, 08:22 PM   #1

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My failed shoots for graduate studies


Perhaps undergraduate degree (Bachelor's degree) was the furthest I could get at that point, but I don't have much regret about these.
Lessons? I could share one or two:
1) Learn to focus! Graduate studies often require focused, dedicated attention to one specific area of study.
2) Abstain from computer games? I know I have lost countless hours to these games; I finally lost interests in games a few years ago.
3) Check your goals for graduate studies
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Old April 30th, 2016, 03:54 AM   #2

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Time is the only truly un-renewable resource. Use it wisely. Tempos Fugits Momento Mori.

On the other hand, all of our mistakes are lessons from which we can grow and become a better person. You are young yet, and perhaps Graduate studies aren't your personal path. It is time, past time, to do some serious thinking about how you really want to spend your time hence forth. Find a worthy goal, and pursue it with passion. When you fail, as we all must, re-evaluate, and proceed. Try not to suffer, or cause others to suffer.

Don't overlook your blessings, and be civil and charitable.

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Time is the only truly un-renewable resource. Use it wisely. Tempos Fugits Momento Mori.

On the other hand, all of our mistakes are lessons from which we can grow and become a better person. You are young yet, and perhaps Graduate studies aren't your personal path. It is time, past time, to do some serious thinking about how you really want to spend your time hence forth. Find a worthy goal, and pursue it with passion. When you fail, as we all must, re-evaluate, and proceed. Try not to suffer, or cause others to suffer.

Don't overlook your blessings, and be civil and charitable.
Currently, I am quite sure what I'm going to do.
OK, trials and errors are necessary but ONLY so much to a point.
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How are your grades? And in which field? I know certain fields don't have as rigorous an academic admission standard, and for some, undergrad grades are only a limited part of the credential. So, there's always hope unless it's like super-competitive T-14 law schools or something.
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How are your grades? And in which field? I know certain fields don't have as rigorous an academic admission standard, and for some, undergrad grades are only a limited part of the credential. So, there's always hope unless it's like super-competitive T-14 law schools or something.
If you look at my writing (OK, I've usually been quite proficient in vocabulary since my high school years, but my organization is quite horrid), my grades were about 7 most of the time in a 9 point system.
Seriously, all of my senior undergraduate history classes didn't go beyond 7.
The first shoot was really about my professional potentials, which I got none.
I got way better grades when I tried to shoot for Linguistics, but this still didn't go beyond 7.5. (My talentlessness in phonetics, typology, and historical linguistics somewhat dragged me down).
While I minored in History and took a few Political Science courses, I just learned that "perhaps standardized academic study isn't for me!"
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If you look at my writing (OK, I've usually been quite proficient in vocabulary since my high school years, but my organization is quite horrid), my grades were about 7 most of the time in a 9 point system.
Seriously, all of my senior undergraduate history classes didn't go beyond 7.
The first shoot was really about my professional potentials, which I got none.
I got way better grades when I tried to shoot for Linguistics, but this still didn't go beyond 7.5. (My talentlessness in phonetics, typology, and historical linguistics somewhat dragged me down).
While I minored in History and took a few Political Science courses, I just learned that "perhaps standardized academic study isn't for me!"
I know certain Canadian universities use 9.0 system, and 7 is not a bad mark. Have you actually applied and got rejected?
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I know certain Canadian universities use 9.0 system, and 7 is not a bad mark. Have you actually applied and got rejected?
Yep; my problem was NOT just the grades weren't good enough, I lacked the professional and academic potentials for graduate school.
Then again, the end of my academic life opened me to something else.
I still don't know what I might do if time is rolled back 15 years.
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Yep; my problem was NOT just the grades weren't good enough, I lacked the professional and academic potentials for graduate school.
They told you that you lack the professional potential for graduate school?

Here's some tips on that...

1) showering and brushing your teeth every day is mandatory. Combing your hair isn't but could make you some brownie points.

2) Wear shoes and keep your genitals covered.

3) Don't swear or use crude language. Say nothing about race, ethnicity or gender.

4) Leave your porn at home.

5) Don't use tobacco in any form (These days shooting heroin is more acceptable)

Based on my 16 years in college and 30 years of working in corporate America, I think that about covers it.

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They told you that you lack the professional potential for graduate school?

Here's some tips on that...

1) showering and brushing your teeth every day is mandatory. Combing your hair isn't but could make you some brownie points.

2) Wear shoes and keep your genitals covered.

3) Don't swear or use crude language. Say nothing about race, ethnicity or gender.

4) Leave your porn at home.

5) Don't use tobacco in any form (These days shooting heroin is more acceptable)

Based on my 16 years in college and 30 years of working in corporate America, I think that about covers it.
By the way, it just happened that my talent for researches and professional developments were quite limited.
I opened this thread as a lesson for others who may pursue graduate school; I might have left loads of words on the Internet and is quite knowledgeable about some areas, but I don't consider myself academically inclined.
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