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20

Aug

Anonymous said: How much time would you say all of you spent studying a week, on average?

It definitely depends on the class and how well you’re doing in it.

On average, I’d say I spent 2 hours a night on homework? Sometimes more if I had heavy readings or had to write a paper, or work on a problem set. Definitely more like 3-4 hours a night during midterms/finals period.

But I truly think that if you can stay on top of your work, doing small attainable chunks EVERY day, then you shouldn’t have to slave over homework every night. The trick is not procrastinating and creating more work for yourself, which admittedly, is hard to do.

It also helps to create a schedule where you have “off” days to catch up on work. Most commonly, classes are offered three times a week M,W,F for an hour, or twice a week Tu,Th for an hour and a half. If you can make it so that most your classes are on the M,W,F schedule, you can use Tu,Th to do homework. Class one day, homework the next. That’s what worked for me.

Best of luck! Readers, do you have any other tips?

-Ashley

Anonymous said: Hi! I have a pretty sweet desktop setup with dual monitors that I worked hard to pay for and build myself, and I would not like to leave it at home :(. Do people in UChicago bring their desktops to the school, and if so, are they at risk of getting stolen?

Not that many bring them b/c lack of portability, but I can’t say I ever heard of one getting stolen. Keep your room locked and you should be fine. Laptops actually at much more risk, what with the portability factor! And the fact that you’re more likely to leave it out in the open/in your bag in public.

So yeah, bring it, live your dreams, make sure you quit your WoW guild if you’re worried about not finishing your thesis.

19

Aug

They are going to hustle and they are going to fight, no matter what,” Haley said. “That’s Chicago, a blue-collar city.

Anonymous said: Real talk: does the schools wifi block putlocker or other similar streaming sites?

nope.

18

Aug

Anonymous said: I'm starting at UChicago this fall and I'm a bit worried about the fact that I'm undecided. Is it important to know what you want to major in as a first year? Do you have any advice for someone in my position, particularly about picking classes?

undecided is a great way to enter UChicago, and picking classes will be pretty easy! just load up on the Core (2-3 classes/quarter) and one elective that sounds super cool. also, the meetings you’ll have with your academic advisor will really help with figuring this stuff out.

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thebrainscoop:

Science Needs Women: 
For Women in Science; the L’Oreal Foundation 

I’m sharing this video on any platform I can because when I first found it last week it had something like 1,400 views, but it’s the most beautifully produced and succinctly narrated video addressing some of the most complicated issues facing women in STE(A)M fields I’ve found yet. 

I’m sharing this for every time I’m called a “feminazi.”

…for every time I’m told that my concerns aren’t valid, our that our issues are imagined.

…for every time I hear “women just don’t like science,” or worse - “women just aren’t good at science.”

…for every time we’re told that we can have a family or a career, but not both - and for every time we feel like we have to decide between the two.

…for every time a study comes out saying as many as 64% of women endure sexual harassment during field work

…for the fact that women earn 41% of PhD’s in STEM fields, but make up only 28% of tenure-track faculty in those fields.

…and because we need more women mentors in these fields to stand up for issues that are not “women’s issues” - these are people issues that affect our collective society as a whole.

The women in this video are my heroes and they should be your heroes, too.

17

Aug

Anonymous said: are we allowed into the dorms before move-in day? to measure things and what not?

Oh honey.

Your dorm room will fit all your stuff. No worries.

Watch some netflix or play outside or something.

Anonymous said: So I sent an ask last week (?) about my friend lying on the common app. I guess my real question was not "how do I turn him in" but how do I stop feeling mad? Did you have friends who lied/exaggerated? Love him. Want him to get in wherever. But still feel angry.

My original advice still stands: let it go. Try to have confidence in your own merit.

Why do you care so much about your friend’s lie? Is this really about integrity? Lies always come to the surface, my friend. You don’t need to be the one to point it out.

Try to be less affected by petty, competitive stuff like this. It’s not about you. So don’t waste negative energy on it. Be above it!

-Ashley

ivannori:

gjmueller:

New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to a new device. A 23-year-old quadriplegic is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb.


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ivannori:

gjmueller:

New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to a new device. A 23-year-old quadriplegic is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb.

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Anonymous said: Would you recommend bringing books to college? I obviously wouldn't bring my whole bookcase, but maybe 3-4 to read between the start of classes and Thanksgiving break? I know I'll be busy and won't have too much extra time, but I've always liked reading something outside of class

3-4 isn’t going to take up much space, so surewhynot.

I recommend at least one of them be a comfort book that you’re happy to reread for the 54th time (Mine: the Westing Game)

Anonymous said: So I generally have no idea what the kids on my Facebook page are talking about when the start mentioning philosophers essays or obscure mathematicians. Am I supposed to know these things like I came from a public school and I feel VERY behind already before school has even started

i think you should take it with a grain of salt. i (zach) came from a public school in rural illinois and i didn’t know everything everyone was talking about right off the bat

but you can also take it upon yourself to learn about what they’re talking about 

16

Aug

Anonymous said: Does the student life fee cover different kinds of birth control like the depo shot for girls? Or the university's insurance plan?

Private insurance, due to the ACA, is required to cover many forms of birth control (not sure about depo specifically, but DEFINITELY the pill). I assume U-SHIP (the school’s insurance plan) is held to the same standard of covering BC, thought I couldn’t tell you for sure because I don’t have U-SHIP… Any followers know that could weigh in?

The Student Health Center definitely is a great place to go to get information on this question and ultimately to get a prescription for BC if you decide that’s what you’d like to do.

15

Aug

Anonymous said: For finals week, is it possible to have all your exams finished early on in the week? If something important comes up, do some professors allow you to take an exam early? For example, if the same class has an exam at 10am Monday and 10am Tuesday and you're designated to take it Tuesday, is there a chance that you could take it on the Monday by explaining your circumstances?

absolutely. this happens a lot, and professors usually mention it in class or on the syllabus or both. especially around holidays, end of the year, going home for winter break, etc