Rachael Kroot College is fun. Maybe you think I’m weird for saying that; maybe you agree. Regardless, there is a reason I personally decided to come back for a graduate degree. It’s not just because I wanted to change careers. It’s also because I enjoy being a student! I like learning… and maybe even more than that, I like living on a campus with my friends. Being social and getting work done at the same time, however, can be a bit of a balancing act.
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By Rachael Kroot, January 2014
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By Rachael Kroot Published December 7, 2012 Well, it’s almost the end of the semester, and I think I’m about ready to explode.
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Rachael Kroot June 25, 2012 The day after I worked through the possibilities (or lack thereof) with Dr. Smith at UGA, I got a call from Dr. B. at MSU. You’ll never believe this… he wanted to offer me an assistantship! Yeah, the news surprised me, too. Our conversation went more or less (but not exactly) like this: Dr. B. : We’d like to offer you a teaching assistantship, and I’m wondering if that’s something you’d be interested in hearing more about. Me: Of course!
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Rachael Kroot I emailed my contact almost immediately after receiving UGA’s acceptance letter. He already knew I had applied late and was hoping for a last minute assistantship offer. To reiterate the fact as tactfully as possible, I told him I was excited to attend but that my final decision depended on my financial situation.
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By: Rachael Kroot Published: January 11, 2013 After a great month off for winter vacation, I’m back in Starkville writing from the same chair in the same room I wrote from last semester. In fact, it feels like I never left. Of course, some things have changed; a new semester means new classes. Over the next few months, I will be writing to you in between my studies of: Physical Meteorology Weather Analysis II Broadcast Practicum II Television Production and a research class with Dr. B
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Rachael Kroot Updated June 2017 The second I made my decision to attend MSU, I was overcome with relief. Yes, I had struggled with the thought of moving to Mississippi… but once I knew it was happening, I embraced the idea. It was going to be an adventure, for sure. I never pictured life moving me to the south, and hey… when else I would get the chance to give it a try? This was going to be one of those crazy things people look back at years later and say, “that was supposed to happen, I just didn’t know it yet.”
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By Rachael Kroot Updated June 2017 Last week was my first round of exams, and you can guess what that meant… lots of procrastination and last minute stressing, right? Well, yes and no. I had three exams – one on a Friday and two the next Wednesday. So, I mixed up my study methods to test the results (“test” – haha no pun intended!).
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Rachael Kroot November 6, 2012 I’m taking five classes this semester. Thirteen credit hours. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have: Synoptic Meteorology, Weather Analysis and Research Methods. Tuesday and Thursday I have: Statistical Climatology and my Broadcast Practicum.
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Rachael Kroot Published March 16, 2012 Hello to everyone from my new home in Mississippi! Yes, I made it! Doesn’t time fly? It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about the GRE – and now you can follow my stories as I maneuver (successfully, I hope) the real world of graduate school. My journey here was quite long. Day by day, it went a little something like this… Wednesday, August 8th:
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By Rachael Kroot, January 2013 Sometimes as a grad student, you have to know when to go with the flow. I had a lot of plans for myself going into my second year: After my summer internship, I was pumped to spend more time practicing in the broadcast studio I was also really looking forward to applying what I had learned during severe weather events to our weather balloon launches and storm chases On top of that, my friend Isaac and I were hoping to conduct some research with the Jackson Weather Service Forecast Office
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For about two weeks, I didn’t know what to do with myself. My applications were complete. There was no more studying for the GRE on my lunch break; no more sneaking emails to professors from my desk at work; no more late night essay planning. It was all done, and the only thing I could do was wait.
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Rachael Kroot Updated June 2017 Better yet, I didn't do all that bad. I guess my months of studying paid off. How did I know my score so fast? That's the wonder of taking a standardized test on a computer... they calculate your math and verbal scores instantly! Then again, instant gratification (or disappointment) can make test day even more daunting than it is already. To make things a bit easier on yourself, I suggest you follow some of my tips, like... Test Day Tip #1: Register to take the test in a familiar location.
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by Rachael Kroot Published March 7, 2013 It has come that time of year when we graduate students need to start thinking about internships. Some of you may be opposed to the idea of working for free... or even worse, actually paying to work because you need to get the summer credit hours. I understand. I know how tight money can be and how valuable your time is. But as somebody who has already done two internships, trust me, the right company can make it worth your while!
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Rachael Kroot June 22, 2012 You would think as a writer, a graduate application essay wouldn’t scare me. You’d be wrong. There’s a lot of pressure behind writing an essay, especially when you know the admissions committee has high hopes for you. You feel like you have a lot to prove! Well, that’s how I felt anyway. UGA wanted my application by Monday, and I knew they were expecting something impressive. Luckily, Dr. Smith had given me some helpful insider tips:
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