While graduate school is often touted as a way to specialize in a given field and increase earning power, opponents argue it can put students into debt without helping them get better jobs. Here are some pros and cons of going to grad school:
Gives the job market a few years to bounce back
Opportunity for more specialized student loan debt
Provides more impressive credentials to parents’ friends
Can experience college life anew as mature, wizened 26-year-old
Increases chance of finding perfectly matched partner while staring across piles of paper at law school study session
Will make you stand out among other unpaid interns
Undergraduate degree suddenly good for something
May be unable to communicate with people who haven’t gone to grad school
No money left to frame second degree
Only small percentage of PhDs actually go on to be featured in History Channel specials
Could be a lot of work
Will have to say thesis topic out loud
Impossible to truly relive glory days of co-ed madrigal singers
I don't think there is much Mark can do against an enemy as invasive species. But, we'll see soon. The DOA just showed up today to "investigate the strange beetles Mark found on trees in Wallace Wood's tree farm."
And, I might be dim, but considering the simple Faustmann model (below) couldn't Wally Wood cut down the trees today and receive almost as much revenue (i.e., stumpage value, V) relative to waiting one more year? It isn't the optimal time to cut down the trees (t*) but it still generates stumpage value, right?
Alternatively: (a) is Wally an all-or-nothing guy who thinks those who finish second are losers? and/or (b) do some types of beetle infestation make the trees unsuitable for sale?
And if Wally is the big shot forester why did it take a visit from an outdoors journalist to find the beetle infestation?
With residents struggling to adjust to newly imposed restrictions on water usage amid the state’s continuing drought, California officials assured citizens Monday there are still plenty of other resources available for them to waste. “Although we as a state must take serious and difficult steps to conserve water, we want to make it clear that residents are still welcome to keep squandering every other resource as usual by leaving TVs on in empty rooms or throwing out perfectly good food,” said Department of Water Resources spokesman Mark Aronow, adding that, while it is crucial that Californians observe constraints on decorative water features and other nonessential uses of water, individual residents and businesses should feel free to continue their regular practices of putting recyclable containers into the trash, paving over soil to expand parking areas, and leaving storefront doors open with the building’s air conditioning turned up. “As long as you’re not using excess water, there are no government regulations stopping you from driving your car a handful of blocks to the convenience store and leaving it idling outside while you head in to buy bottled water or a styrofoam cup of coffee. We just ask that, afterwards, you make sure you hand-wash your vehicle using a single bucket of water instead of spraying it off with a hose.” Aronow added that if residents did their part and focused on wasting other resources for the time being, then the state’s water table could recover, and future generations of Californians would be able to know the joys of poorly setting up a lawn sprinkler that directs the majority of its water onto the roadway and sidewalk.
Fearing that any further delay might prevent their movement from having any meaningful impact, a consortium of leading conservationists confirmed Wednesday it is attempting to get a head start on preserving the planet Mars.
The newly formed group, known as the Redder Tomorrow Foundation, has reportedly begun fundraising, developing awareness campaigns, and crafting policy proposals, all with the aim of establishing safeguards to protect the natural beauty and delicate balance of the fourth planet from the sun. ...
According to sources, the Redder Tomorrow Foundation recently began setting targeted goals to ensure the preservation of Mars’ untouched terrain, noting that thousands of breathtaking geological formations—including numerous mile-wide craters, a cave located in the Tharsis bulge, and a large swath of the Olympia Undae dune fields—were facing imminent threats from development and industrialization. ...
Sources from the Redder Tomorrow Foundation confirmed that it has had no problem raising funds now that most donors to conservationist causes have realized their efforts on Earth are a lost cause.
... if Ol’ Wally Wood is growing hardwoods, he might get a cutting in once or maybe twice in a lifetime… Unless he inherited a stand of mature oak, and is replacing as he goes with sound forest management practices, Susan may be waiting for a long time to get a ring on her finger…
In order to gain insights into her loveless future, Susan should be comparing the growth rate of the stand of trees against interest rates. And with such low interest rates she should realize that Wally Wood will never pop the question!
Men have often been accused of being unromantic, and the reason most of us are this way is because, 90 percent of the time, any kind of grand romantic gesture on our part ends with the woman being utterly terrified. "Aw, that's so sweet! [Runs.]" I have serenaded women. I have purchased a single red rose on a first date (I planned a picnic; she brought a friend at the last second). I have made mixtapes. I have written bad poetry. You name the flesh-creeping romantic gesture, I have attempted it, only to see it end in catastrophic failure.
And I'm not alone. Witness now the poor souls who attempted to pull off some [...] "Cameron Crowe movie finale" action, only to have it go spectacularly awry. ...
It's my 8th-grade year, roughly 1998, and I have a MASSIVE crush on a girl named Abby. Abby was popular and pretty, and I was into the theater and had a bowl cut. As is so often the case with girls who are popular and pretty, Abby was on the girls soccer team. I was in the band. I played the clarinet.
One day, I decided I was going to attend one of her soccer games. My father, who I must stress did not stop me despite knowing my intent, drove me to the game and dropped me off. I hopped out of the car, clarinet case in tow, and walked to the field, full of the kind of confidence that can only come from sheer delusion.
I stand next to the bleachers, which were scattered with the few parents who could get off work by 4 p.m., and I put my clarinet together. By this point, I had been spotted. The girls knew I was there, and they knew why I was there. Abby wouldn't even look at me.
Even then, I figured what I had in mind would win her heart, because I thought real life was like the movies.
Right before the game was set to start, I began playing. Pep songs. On my clarinet. Accompanied by nothing but the inaudible sound of a collective sad empathy from the parents and utter mortification from the one girl I was trying to impress.
Needless to say, she didn't really speak to me after that until roughly our junior year of high school. Now, as adults, we live in the same large Southern town. According to Facebook, she's married to a lawyer. I bet he never played the clarinet for her.
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