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Grad school and family building

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathanael Apr 21. 10 Replies

Is it a decidedly bad idea to start having kids while in graduate school?Having only 1 more year of undergrad left, I have started looking at graduate programs. Also, having every reason to believe…Continue

Shared Occupational Interest

Started this discussion. Last reply by TKM Jan 31. 13 Replies

Having recently decided that I was ready to start pursuing a relationship again, I have a question about matters of mutual interest. How helpful is it, in your experience, to have an occupation that…Continue

The Week Before the Mudder

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Monster Aug 4, 2013. 5 Replies

I have my first Tough Mudder next Saturday. I've been training fairly regularly leading up to it and know that where I'm at now is where I'll be next week. Do any of you veteran mudders have any…Continue

Surviving the End of the Semester

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Dec 5, 2012. 4 Replies

Memento mori, my fellow men.It is the end of the semester, and I have nothing left in the tank. No interest, no willpower. Yet I still need to do a lot of work for a philosophy paper, as well as…Continue

 

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Nathanael replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Grad school and family building
"What field (besides law) are you considering?  What sort of financial support can you get from a school while studying it?  Why add a law degree? Generally, humanities programs don't offer great support, especially for those just…"
Apr 21
Jack Bauer replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Grad school and family building
"Is that an official announcement?  Heh. JB"
Apr 21
Matthew Williams replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Grad school and family building
"Right now I'm thinking a master's at the very, very least. I am seriously considering a dual master's/law degree. Ph.D work is highly likely, but I'm in no hurry to get there if it isn't urgently needed. The lady will be…"
Apr 21
Sean replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Grad school and family building
"Some people can pull it off, others can't. I thought I could work on my Ph.D supporting and raising a family at the same time.  It turned out I was wrong, and I eventually abandoned the degree.  You may be able to pull it off, but it…"
Apr 21
Jack Bauer replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Grad school and family building
"Not at all.  My oldest was born while I was in law school.  Everything was fine.  You tend to have more time when you're in school than when you're in the real world, actually.  And, babies aren't as expensive…"
Apr 21
David F. replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Grad school and family building
"When I finished my masters, we had our son.  I could not go back for a third degree for about 2 years.  The first two years of a little one's life take allot of energy time and focus. The first year is running on little to no sleep.…"
Apr 21
Nathanael replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Grad school and family building
"Quite a few of my friends in grad school are married with children.  It certainly can work, though more factors need to be considered. What kind of degree are you planning on?  What are your lady's plans?  Will you be close to…"
Apr 18
Steve Dallas replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Grad school and family building
"We put it off until I am done(3ish more weeks)"
Apr 18
Rick Shelton replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Grad school and family building
"It may not be a decidedly bad idea to start a family while in school but it does make both rather much harder.  I didn't get married while in the Navy because I understood what effect my military activities would have on a family with me…"
Apr 18
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Grad school and family building

Is it a decidedly bad idea to start having kids while in graduate school?Having only 1 more year of undergrad left, I have started looking at graduate programs. Also, having every reason to believe that the lady I am dating will be my wife in the future has me thinking about the children we will probably be having. I'd rather not delay in starting a family for too long, but I also want to be able to dedicate enough time to being a father.Naturally, this post is primarily (though not…See More
Apr 18
Matthew Williams replied to Dave KG's discussion What are the most influential character-developing books you've read?
"One of the most insightful books I've ever read."
Feb 26
Sebastian replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Shared Occupational Interest
"i think mutual interests are very important in a relationship. I absolutely love to travel and in case I would have a girlfriend who hates to travel, I couldn't enjoy this part of my life with her. I would always want a girl who loves o travel…"
Jan 31
D Whaler replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Shared Occupational Interest
"I totally agree with this as well.  Having had dated someone for over two years who was easy on the eyes but a complete space cadet I will agree that being able to meet at a similar intellectual level is necessary for a good relationship. …"
Jan 30
Rick Shelton replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Shared Occupational Interest
"Generally no, it doesn't matter what you and your wife/girlfriend does.  What matters is the respect you have for each other's career."
Jan 30
Regular Joe replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Shared Occupational Interest
""I think it's best to have someone on a close-enough intellectual level you can understand each other" I agree with this. IMO it's best if you have a partner who's in your intellectual ballpark. Not necessary absolute…"
Jan 30
Regular Joe replied to Matthew Williams's discussion Shared Occupational Interest
"I hear that. My wife is a lawyer. I'm not. But I was with her throughout lawschool and I've worked at an international law firm so I'm familiar enough with the industry that I can have an intelligent enough conversation about it.…"
Jan 30

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Walter B. Pewen replied to Ian Wilson's discussion So what is the point of all this? in the group Out to Build Bridges
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Fathers and Sons

There are groups on this site for fatherhood, but this one is specific for that special relationship that exists between fathers and sons.  Feel free to discuss matters relating to your relationship with your boy, your pop, or a guy who filled either role for you.Enjoy and God bless!See More
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How to teach sportsmanship

Let me start off with a hello to the group. I've been a long time lurker and this will be my first post.Onward.I'm a father of two. A daughter of 8 and a son of 5. Five and a half if you were to ask him.Up to this point in our children's lives, their exposure to sports was limited to gymnastic lessons, until a few weeks ago when we became a soccer family.Tonight at soccer practice my son had a pretty big meltdown which I would love to shrug off as a one time event, but being his father, I have…See More
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A discussion place for all things camping...equipment, advice, cooking, tips, recommendations, etc.
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Jeremy replied to Chris Hamm's discussion Who Wears a Watch Anymore?
"I have a timex easy reader that i wear quite a bit."
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Daniel Rodriguez replied to Chris Hamm's discussion Who Wears a Watch Anymore?
"I would wear a watch. But I would go for a pocketwatch than a wristwatch. Can't rely on batteries, you know."
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