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I think I'm becoming bitchy & evil in this new age of waiting.

The littlest things are annoying me now.

The latest?

People who go to the Who_got_In and applyingtograd communities asking "Does anyone know of any good so-and-so programs?" or worse "Has anyone come accross programs in this subject that are fully funded?"

I know, logically, that I'm being bitter here, since my first thought is "Well, I, along with everyone else here, had to spend countless hours online researching every single university, checking out all of their rankings, professors, publications, and funding opportunities... and you just want us to give you a list?"

Locially, that's just mean. Once I get into a program, I'll happily distribute a list of programs that I found that offer full funding. But for now?

Let them suffer! >:-D

Oh, and while I'm spewing forth the poison in my heart, I also wanted to bitch about the people who are like "I know I'm late for applying to 2007 entry, but I just now decided that this is what I want to do. Can you guys read my SOP, show me some good programs, and will anyone here review my writing sample, or give me advice on what I should write about? Can anyone here tell me how to ask for a rec letter?" GRRRRRRR.

Just one more.

"I know that the review_my_SOP community is for SOPs, but no one over there has read mine, so I'll cross post it. Please read!" with no offer to read anyone else's. Someone once had the audacity to ask how I got so many people to read mine...

Simple, you just read theirs in exchange. And you do a good job. You don't just make one half-assed comment, but actually help them. (With one, I made a half-assed comment, but it was amazing, I just couldn't find anyway to make it better than it was.)

I sincerely hope that none of these lazy people will be in my cohort (and I hope that there's not some cruel wishmaster out there going "your wish is my command" and then admits them, but not me!), for it will drive me insane. I've always been happy to help people that wanted to learn, and who put in the work, but people who just want you to do their work for them?

It enrages me. Always has.

The day I become a TA will be a black day for lazy students. BLACK.

Date: 2007-01-21 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kazia14.livejournal.com
Oooh, that's annoying. I remember once in high school i had this hostory project done really early and a girl in my class asked for help... and could i read this.. and what did i think about that?... and can i proof read it? I put more time into hers than mine.

Bitch got an A and i got a B.

Since then i have never finished anything early.

I skipped those posts...

Date: 2007-01-21 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_into_shadow_/
...although when I saw them I blinked and wondered how they got into college in the first place. Of course everyone has to go through the process of learning about graduate school and what they want to do, but it's obvious there are those who do it because of love of learning/professional or personal development/etc. and those who do it because they have no idea what else to do with their lives.

Reminds me of my roommate in college. At finals time she started getting inundated with requests to proofread final papers because she was an English major and had the exact same complaint. No one ever offered to read hers, or even consider the fact that she had her own papers to do. (She did like to brag about how she could get like a 20 page paper out in like an hour so, but still...)

Date: 2007-01-21 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreadpirateange.livejournal.com
I'm glad you guys understand.

I do feel horrible for having these feelings, but suppose they are pretty common.

I like to help out as much as I can, becuase I know a lot of the things I'm good at don't come as easy to others (and definitley vice-versa, and I've been given so much help in my life), but people who want the fruits of something without being willing to put in the work enrage me like nothing else.

Date: 2007-01-22 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crimson-clover.livejournal.com
Agreed. It is exactly what I do not want to hear as I am waiting after working for MONTHS on my applications. My solace is that these people will work really hard and still not have a good application because you really can't do it last minute.

At least, that's what I tell myself, which is mean-spirited, but oh well.

Date: 2007-01-23 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xmobiusx.livejournal.com
The day I become a TA will be a black day for lazy students. BLACK.
My partner always says that I'm going to be one of those professors she would have hated. Of course, she knows that I know that she was a bad student.

Anyhow, I have a million reasons to add you. So I did.

Date: 2007-01-23 09:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreadpirateange.livejournal.com
Excellent--- I'll add you for the anarcho-everything.

Here's to becoming a badass professor!

Date: 2007-01-23 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iseealadybug.livejournal.com
I just spent the last ten minutes on here writing a semi-hateful post to someone like you've described... and then deleted it. Which was a good thing, I guess - no need to be super-mean on these things, even anonymously, but I have to admit that writing it felt grrrrreat.

Date: 2007-01-23 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreadpirateange.livejournal.com
No need to be super-mean when you can be super-vague and do it on your own journal, you mean. :-P

I was going to delete this post, as well, but there's no point. I will still feel the way I do, and I doubt any of these workshy folk will be wandering onto my journal anyways.
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