A special picture for Amanda.
Today’s sandwich of the day is Curried Chicken Salad on a Croissant.
This is my office space in the CPRP. I share a cubicle with two other students. Noticed the boxes on and under the desk. Those are the boxes my survey supplies come in. Boxes of envelopes and printed surveys. I keep those boxes around because they are my organizing tools when I’m preparing my survey packets. Stuffed envelopes in this box, envelopes with address labels in that box, returned surveys in this box and so on.
Last Sunday night, I invited my fellow coursemate, Yuan, who’s also my neighbor, over for dinner. I made Bak-Kut-Teh and soft tofu with oyster sauce. Yuan from China, provided me some insights regarding the process of applying to graduate school from a mainland chinese point of view. Here are some fascinating facts :
1. An average chinese student will apply to about 30 grad schools (I only applied to five).
I didn’t apply to more because each application will cost me around US$50. And besides the application fees, to send additional TOEFL or GRE scores also cost money as ETS will only send the scores to 5 schools for free. I think, on average, an American student will apply to about 6 schools. “How can a chinese student afford to pay all the application fees?” Thirty schools, $50 each, that will come up to $1500 (RM5500)!! Yuan informed me that many times the students don’t pay the application fee, they just send it the application. They may pay the application fees for some application but not all. And the ironic thing is some of the students are admitted even when they don’t pay the application fee. I’ve always assumed that the application will not be reviewed if the fee is not paid.
2. In some Chinese universities, almost all the graduating seniors will apply for graduate studies in the US(Among my UPM Biomed class, only 2 students applied for graduate studies overseas and I’m one of them).
I have several hypotheses as to why Malaysian students do not apply for graduate studies in the US.
a) Life is comfortable in Malaysia.
b) Lack of information regarding graduate schools in the US. Most PhD students, even foreign students, are supported by the university through research grants etc.
c) Lack of support. There are so many Chinese students in the US and they have websites etc to help students who are in the application process, and they offer assistance to incoming Chinese students.
3. Most professors in China graduated from a university in China. Few Chinese who graduated with a doctorate degree from the US will return to teach in China.
Many professors in Malaysia do have doctorate degrees from overseas but I think lately there are more and more lecturers with Malaysian degrees.
My roommate, Jeong, who’s from South Korea, said that the situation is opposite in South Korea. In order to have a chance at being a professor in South Korea, you’ll need a foreign doctorate degree and they highly value a doctorate degree from the US.
Anyway, Babyville is also a small Chinatown. In my building, out of 10 apartments, 7 of them are inhabited by mainland Chinese students.
Next time, I’ll invite my Indian coursemate over for dinner and gather fascinating facts about graduate school application from an Indian student’s point of view.
Next Monday I’ll be the presenter in my doctoral seminar class. This semester the doc sem is on classic studies in psychology and education. The students, 9 of us, were given a list of topics to choose from and I chose Bystander Effect.
I came across this issue back in Malaysia when I borrowed this book titled “40 studies that changed psychology” from the UM library. I have yet to prepare for the presentation but here’s the gist of it:
Many years ago in NY, a woman by the name of Kitty Genovese was murdered on the street somewhere near her own apartment. The man took over 30 minutes to assault, rape and finally kill Kitty. This would not have been an exceptional crime in NY except that there were 38 witnesses to the crime and none of them did anything to help Kitty.
I chose this topic because I find it intriquing. I think since the time I read about this I’ve always reminded myself that I shouldn’t be a bystander and in any emergency I should be the first to take action. But things are not as simple as that. Well when I’ve finally read all the assigned articles and finished my powerpoint slides, I’ll do a summary here.
I really like the oven that comes with this place. So far I’ve roasted Tater-tots, chicken, and baked my first brownies.
This is an old picture, right now at the right hand corner there’s a microwave which completes this kitchen.
Noticed the Darth-Tater on my desk? I bought that at the Meijers near NTBI. At first I thought I might give it to Timothy but then I decided to keep it. I wonder if he was disappointed. Well that’s another piece of junk that I’ve accumulated so far.
NC4 had the famfest on saturday. Famfest is the first family event held by NC4 and about 90% of the members signed up to go. The event was held at this place called Tuscarora at the foothills at the Poconos. I was supposed to go but then the rain came and didn’t leave till the next day. Here’s a picture of the flooded playground in the backyard.
Today I attended the first research forum for this semester. Basically the research forum is where the doctoral students and professors of the Dept of Special Education gather about 3-4 times per semester. The main function of the forum is for the students to present qualifier proposals and results and get feedback from the faculty.
There seems to be fewer and fewer doc student in the dept. This year there’s only 1 new doctoral student and she’s from Russia. Only 8 doc students attended the meeting today.
I proposed my qualifier last semester and I have yet to really work on it yet.