Signup date: 05 May 2008 at 6:11pm
Last login: 18 Dec 2008 at 9:08pm
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i think you should have offered your supervisor condolences when his dad actually died, not months later. and i also think you should send your friend a card, even if she lives in america. emails are just a bit too easy and quick sometimes. just my opinion...
so what - that's life. famous people usually get paid a lot for not doing that much (just think of hollywood actors for instance). institutions that associate themselves with a famous person tend to profit from that in many ways.
what has all that got to do with "deserving" a position through education, hard work etc? both the university and amis are probably getting a good deal out of the situation by added publicity, attracting new students and so on. universities and celebrities have to earn money too.
i did a touch typing course when i was 17 (i'm 31 now), at school, on an electric typewriter. i had to beg my parents to pay for it.
it's certainly been worth it - i save a lot of time compared to other colleagues who can't touch type and once i get into the flow of it i can write stuff down before i forget it.
it's also really great for chatting and getting lots of mails written in a short period of time...
student speak: act of god = i did not back up my stuff.
buy an external hard disk and usb stick and back up onto them. back up regularly onto dvds/cds and keep them in a friend's house. you'll be very grateful in case your house burns down/gets burgled or flooded. it happens.
take a sandwich/salad/fruit in for lunch
only buy good quality durable clothing (like leather shoes) and then look after it well, it'll last long then
don't buy clothing that can't be machine-washed
check out ebay before you buy things, it's often cheaper, even when new
don't own a car if possible
try and use a (cheap second-hand) bike where safe, cuts down on travel costs and makes you fit(ter)
buy grocery, bread, meat etc in large (and cheaper) portions and freeze what you're not using straight away
eat less meat, it's more expensive than veggies
check out leaflets, ads and bulk-buy when stuff is on offer (toilet paper, canned items etc)
buy birthday/christmas presents throughout the year when they're on sale or on offer and keep them until the occasion comes up (i always buy body shop christmas gift sets for half price right after christmas and give them away as presents the next year...)
bake your own cakes instead of buying them
oooh, i have plenty of tips i've been a cash-strapped student for so long!
don't eat out
don't go to cafés/buy expensive brand coffees or muffins when you're out
don't drink alcohol, go for coke or something cheap in a pub (if you go)
don't buy brand products
try and shop in aldi
if you're buying new appliances, make sure they're energy efficient
when you're buying new bulbs, get the energy-efficient ones
switch off appliances (tv, hifi etc) when you're not using them, don't leave them on standby
turn down the heating in the winter, have a fluffy blanket for watching tv
don't buy juices/soft drinks etc, just drink water or tea at home
carry a small water bottle when you're out and about in town/at uni and refill it for free
it sounds like you have a very nice and concerned supervisor. he's really making an effort to pull you through. i hope my future supervisor will be like that! i think you should meet up with him in person, tell him about your situation and say that you really appreciate him as a supervisor. you're going to need someone like him if your situation drags on or gets worse.
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