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Hello TMers, I have a few questions about grad school application and commuting. 1. If I apply for one school consecutively, do I get any disadvantage (caused "just" by applying twice) ? For example, I apply in Fall 2013, gets rejected, and apply again Fall 2014, is there a disadvantage? Especially, I want to know if there's some checkbox that I have to fill in, saying that I'm applying to this school again. 2. This is a more serious problem. I am applying together with my girlfriend (soon-to-be fiance), who is pursuing grad studies in another field. Finding a school that admits both of us will be difficult. Therefore, I want to allow for some "distance" between the schools we get into, so that commuting would not be too much of a problem. My opinion is that 20~30 min commute (one-way) is just normal for any environment, so I am willing to allow up to 1 hr one-way. So that's about a distance between Princeton and NYU, for example. Do you think this will affect my graduate studies? I'm thinking of leaving my home in the morning, stay in school until 6~7pm and come back home just in time for dinner. I know that this will seriously limit my time devoted into courseworks for the first two years, but I'm more concerned of what is to come after that i.e. doing research. Feel free to comment on anything related to these questions. Thank you!
I will be applying to economics Ph.D. programs this fall, but before that, my wife and I are moving to one of a few cities that are part-way between her new job and my likely eventual grad school. (Yes, I will be putting all my application eggs in one or two baskets, but that's another matter.) We need to choose a house based partly on location and commute times. Based on the houses that are available in our price range, our options are basically for me to have a 30-minute commute and her a 40-45-minute commute, or for me to have a 50-60-minute commute and her a 20-25-minute commute. She will be working at an 8-to-5 job five days a week for the foreseeable future, whereas I might have a more flexible work/commute schedule because I'll be in school. My question is: in most major U.S. economics Ph.D. programs, what is the weekly on-campus class and research schedule like throughout the five or six years it takes to graduate? I figured the students are on campus five days a week during their first two years when they have a heavy class load, but then maybe they don't need to go to campus every day after they start their doctoral research project. In your experience, do students and/or their mentors think it's acceptable, desirable, or feasible for the student to meet with their mentor in person once every week or two and communicate over email/Skype/phone the rest of the days? It seems like the internet would make writing, researching, and data-crunching from home quite easy. The point being, if I only need to make a long commute every day for the first two years, we would be much better off choosing a city that gives my wife a short commute. Thanks for any advice you can give me.