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For me aswell. 50 dollars is very little money.

Damn. I live for 2 weeks (sometimes more) with just that. Note that the food prices are almost similar here and there.
 
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Damn. I live for 2 weeks (sometimes more) with just that. Note that the food prices are almost similar here and there.
50 dollars here gets you like.. nothing. groceries usually comes at 200 dollars plus. But anyway you know when you are done at school, have you considered moving to a different country? I'll find you a nice place here in Norway. Bring your family if you want.:) Lots of eastern europeeans live here and they are great people. they usually live here a few years, save up money and move back home. these are usually polaks, latvians and lithuanians. never met a serb before.
 

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I'm not considering moving anywhere. For what I could gain in money, I'll lose in friends, family etc. Would love to visit though!
 

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In a huge dilemma. There's 2 master's studies that I'm interested in. And even though they are slightly similar in terms of them both expanding on the knowledge that I gained from my studies, one specializes, and the other is slightly more abstract, but seems at a higher level. To compare, from what I was able to conclude, the first one will make you a better worker, the other a better engineer.

Neither is bad, it's just that the 2nd one piques my interest a bit more, because of my personal ambitions. On the other hand, I think I'm better prepared (knowledge- and work ethic-wise) for the first one, and my friends will enroll as well so I would be able to have a good team for the projects that we will be given.

So...both? I'm probably talking out of my asshole at this point, but personally, the more I think about it, the more I'd actually love to finish both (not at the same time, of course). But I guess starting my life properly, starting to work etc., at this point, should be in the mix as well. It's like, for each year, choose 1.
 

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Finally going to a psychologist for my anxiety. is going great.

@Gagi you still studying? damn its been years. :D

Glad you're doing great.

Also, fuck you. :D This has been my main source of unhappiness and depression for years.
 
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My birthdays...

 

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It was two days ago on Friday.

Do you tell anyone in advance, or try to arrange stuff? I find that birthday experiences are entirely self-perpetuated and if no effort is put in to let people know or arrange even a small meal then it will never happen. My brother complains ever year that no one does anything for his birthday, yet he will not mention it so a soul in the lead up and then of course on the day everyone is busy, surprised or unaware and he will spend it like Keanu.
 
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I'm not complaining. I just can't be bothered. Birthdays are way overrated. You are getting older and closer to death... What to celebrate about that? Posted that picture of sad Keanu because of the self-irony. I prefer my birthdays to be like that and more days between them to be more fulfilling and exciting.
 
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I'm not complaining. I just can't be bothered. Birthdays are way overrated. You are getting older and closer to death... What to celebrate about that? Posted that picture of sad Keanu because of the self-irony. I prefer my birthdays to be like that and more days between them to be more fulfilling and exciting.

Yeah, used to feel that way myself too. But then this year, (some of) my family visited. After a couple of years of no birthdays (it's in the middle of the exams every year), it was a bit refreshing. Kinda felt happy that day, actually. No need to make the birthday unfulfilling just because of the (big-picture) insignificance of it. If anything, it's a day that has the potential to be all the more fulfilling, because you can invite people you care about, or even just treat yourself to something you usually don't. Same as with NYE etc. You can still have fulfilling and exciting days in between.
 
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In a huge dilemma. There's 2 master's studies that I'm interested in. And even though they are slightly similar in terms of them both expanding on the knowledge that I gained from my studies, one specializes, and the other is slightly more abstract, but seems at a higher level. To compare, from what I was able to conclude, the first one will make you a better worker, the other a better engineer.

Neither is bad, it's just that the 2nd one piques my interest a bit more, because of my personal ambitions. On the other hand, I think I'm better prepared (knowledge- and work ethic-wise) for the first one, and my friends will enroll as well so I would be able to have a good team for the projects that we will be given.

So...both? I'm probably talking out of my asshole at this point, but personally, the more I think about it, the more I'd actually love to finish both (not at the same time, of course). But I guess starting my life properly, starting to work etc., at this point, should be in the mix as well. It's like, for each year, choose 1.
Are these programs at the same university, or at different universities? In the US, prestige and cost would be factors as well.
Judging from what you've written, the first sounds like it has more "applicable" coursework, which I'll assume has more opportunities for business-y projects and maybe even has more hands-on work. The second sounds more theoretical, relying less on hands-on projects and much more on math and research topics.
I'm having a similar dilemma for online master's programs in computer science. One school focuses heavily on becoming a great software engineer, whereas the other relies more on math and feels better tailored for research jobs (machine learning / AI). Both schools themselves are pretty much equal in terms of prestige and cost, but the second program is newer. Still haven't chosen because all applications are due in the spring!
 
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Are these programs at the same university, or at different universities? In the US, prestige and cost would be factors as well.
Judging from what you've written, the first sounds like it has more "applicable" coursework, which I'll assume has more opportunities for business-y projects and maybe even has more hands-on work. The second sounds more theoretical, relying less on hands-on projects and much more on math and research topics.
I'm having a similar dilemma for online master's programs in computer science. One school focuses heavily on becoming a great software engineer, whereas the other relies more on math and feels better tailored for research jobs (machine learning / AI). Both schools themselves are pretty much equal in terms of prestige and cost, but the second program is newer. Still haven't chosen because all applications are due in the spring!

Same uni, same price etc. So that's no factor.

I guess you got it right, but I thought the second one prepares you for the positions that are higher up. But I might be wrong. Still, both of them are very valuable, especially because they come after studies which are already regarded as (one of) the best (a professor told me we make up the top 2% of software engineers in our country once we finish the 4-year studies).

Anyway, I chose the first one, simply because it's more of a known field for me, plus I have a few friends there and we'll be able to work on projects together. But I haven't written off finishing the 2nd one sometime in the future. I still want it, I just need to really get in rhythm and flow, be as efficient as possible, because I do need to get a job sometime in the future, and that time will most certainly come in a year or so.

That depends on what you already know so far (and what you want to study as well). If you're looking for a complete career switch (you've studied biochemistry or something, right?), then I guess it doesn't really matter as much, but if you're looking to do something that brings together both fields, you have to see what that actually is, and then you'll be able to make a decision.

I've dabbled a bit with AI during my studies, but I'm a far better s/e. If you want, I can help you inform yourself.
 
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Same uni, same price etc. So that's no factor.

I guess you got it right, but I thought the second one prepares you for the positions that are higher up. But I might be wrong. Still, both of them are very valuable, especially because they come after studies which are already regarded as (one of) the best (a professor told me we make up the top 2% of software engineers in our country once we finish the 4-year studies).

Anyway, I chose the first one, simply because it's more of a known field for me, plus I have a few friends there and we'll be able to work on projects together. But I haven't written off finishing the 2nd one sometime in the future. I still want it, I just need to really get in rhythm and flow, be as efficient as possible, because I do need to get a job sometime in the future, and that time will most certainly come in a year or so.

That depends on what you already know so far (and what you want to study as well). If you're looking for a complete career switch (you've studied biochemistry or something, right?), then I guess it doesn't really matter as much, but if you're looking to do something that brings together both fields, you have to see what that actually is, and then you'll be able to make a decision.

I've dabbled a bit with AI during my studies, but I'm a far better s/e. If you want, I can help you inform yourself.

Hm, yeah I'd have gone with the first program too.
Maybe 'research' wasn't the best way to put it, and it's not a research degree if it doesn't have a thesis component. I would agree in that work experience should come soon, though. Still, smart idea to pursue a master's during the current economic downturn.
If you're still on the fence, you could look up alumni from both programs on Linkedin and ask for their opinions.
And yeah, I'm considering a career change. I actually studied chemical engineering, but this was a bad year to graduate.
 

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Turns out Master's will have to wait for a year. Feels like I've got a rug pulled out from under me. And it's all my fault.
 
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Turns out Master's will have to wait for a year. Feels like I've got a rug pulled out from under me. And it's all my fault.
oh thats nothing m8, I wasted 2,5 trying to get my masters degree all in all, and now i'm 35 and only just a dad lol.

don't worry about it too much, stick to it and you'll be fine I promise
 
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oh thats nothing m8, I wasted 2,5 trying to get my masters degree all in all, and now i'm 35 and only just a dad lol.

don't worry about it too much, stick to it and you'll be fine I promise

Yeah I could find some reassuring things here - after any large personal crisis, I've made some changes that have made me better.

But this isn't even that. I've been studying 2 years longer than my peers (so 6), and still haven't finished. Add this year for failing to enroll, then add a year or two for master's (depends on whether or not I'm working), and if I want another one double that. I'm 25, haven't a work day in my life, am not earning anything at all so I can't lead a life that's more than basic. I'm also single, don't go out that often because I've got all of this hanging over my head all the time; can't really relax. All this results in me not really feeling good about myself for years because I'm not living up to my potential and a standard I know I should hold myself to. It's a constant fight.

I'm still gonna stick to my plans, don't worry about that. I would hate myself if I didn't get at least one master's degree. The reason I want one so much is because I don't want to feel like I barely finished my studies. I want a clear win.
 
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