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Are You Going to Grad School ? ... Graduate school isn't for everyone (Feb. 1, 2012) ...item 2.. UMass Amherst Libraries -- Need Help with Turnitin? (17 February 2012) ...
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.....item 1).... FSU News ... www.fsunews.com ...

Graduate school isn't for everyone
Keep your options open post-graduation
4:05 PM, Feb. 1, 2012

Written by
Chad Squitieri
Senior Staff Writer

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www.fsunews.com/article/20120202/FSVIEW0305/120201017/Gra...|newswell|text|frontpage|s

Whether it’s off to medical or law school, a master’s or Ph.D. program, the job market or even your parents basement, different students have different plans after graduation. The question ever apparent in the minds of upperclassmen in the spring time is a question of just what exactly will they be doing after walking across that stage at graduation.

Some students know exactly what they will be doing, while some students take a perhaps more “fluid” approach to planning their future. The thing I find important, despite whether you are a student who has it all figured out or not, is to plan ahead and keep your doors open.

When I say keep your doors open, I mean give yourself as many potential opportunities as possible.

While many students may know exactly what they want to do, what harm would it be to create a few potential back up plans if need be? In my opinion, college is a time where students have the opportunity to learn as much as possible and can decide what subjects they truly enjoy. If you have your heart set on something, in no way would I suggest you give up on that dream, as I believe an individual naturally works better in a field they truly enjoy, however, it is important to err on the side of caution. Who knows what else you might find to be enjoyable if you branch out a little?

To make sure you are ready for whatever comes your way after graduation, I would stress to plan early.

The fact of the matter is that underclassmen, freshmen especially, rarely tend to think as much about their post-graduation lives as their upperclassmen counterparts do. This is only natural. However, at the risk of sounding like a guidance counselor, I would stress that the earlier you start setting yourself up for what you want to accomplish after your four years at Florida State, the better.

If you have a few ideas as to what you would like to do after school, then research exactly what type of qualifications will make you competitive for that position. Do you need a certain type of internship? Are there preferred majors? Do you need to take specific classes or certain exams such as the GRE or GMAT? All of this may be intuitive; however, it is something that is easy to keep putting off until the last minute when it may be too late.

Now graduate school may be the answer for many students, but I would stress that going to graduate school just for the sake of going to graduate school is a poor choice. In today’s economics climate, many students who cannot find a job after graduation tend to use graduate school as a backup plan. This may be only delaying the problem, though. Certainly there are career choices where a graduate degree will be very beneficial, but this is not always the case. It is important to research how heavily graduate degrees are weighed for the types of positions you will be applying for and determine if the potential benefit of the degree outweighs the cost. Taking on additional debt and forfeiting the opportunity cost of potential income due to attending graduate school is a decision not to be taken lightly.

In conclusion, planning ahead for your future and keeping many doors open can help ease the stress of entering the job market and help lead you to a rewarding career. Whether you think you know what you want to do exactly or not, giving yourself many options to chose from and carefully weighing out the costs and benefits of each option is a good game plan to stick to.

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.....item 2).... UMass Amherst Libraries ... www.library.umass.edu ... Services » Plagiarism Prevention at UMass Amherst (Turnitin)

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Services » Plagiarism Prevention at UMass Amherst (Turnitin)

Plagiarism Prevention at UMass Amherst (Turnitin)
Introduction

Turnitin is a plagiarism prevention service that detects textual matches between student papers and other documents available in electronic form on the Internet, in subscription databases, and in databases of student papers.

UMass Amherst Libraries licensed Turnitin as a stand-alone service for the UMass Amherst campus beginning in January 2006. As of fall 2007, the service is also fully integrated into SPARK courses. UMass Amherst student papers submitted to the service since January 2006 are stored in a special database accessible only to UMass Amherst faculty and not to anyone at any other institution that subscribes to Turnitin (hence student intellectual property rights are protected).

-----Turnitin Web Site Vs. Turnitin in SPARK/Moodle

UMass Amherst instructors can use Turnitin within SPARK or Turnitin with Moodle, or they can use the Turnitin Web site to assess students' assignments. Both are provided courtesy of the UMass Amherst libraries, but *the two methods do not work in conjunction with one another*. Student assignments submitted through SPARK cannot be seen by the instructor on the Turnitin Web site and vice versa.

-----Why Use Turnitin in SPARK or Moodle?

Turnitin within SPARK is ideal for instructors who already have a SPARK course and/or for large courses. We recommend that instructors use the Turnitin Web site when they would like to submit just a few suspect papers for review and do not wish to open a SPARK course account.

-----Faculty Use of Turnitin

Faculty using Turnitin outside of SPARK must contact the Library for account information. Faculty may use plagiarism prevention services during the grading process as described in the Academic Regulations 2007-2008, pp. 7-8 (www.umass.edu/registrar/media/academicregs.pdf ):

"Intellectual honesty requires that students demonstrate their own learning during examinations and other academic exercises, and that other sources of information or knowledge be appropriately credited. Scholarship depends upon the reliability of information and reference in the work of others. Student work at the University may be analyzed for originality of content. Such analysis may be done electronically or by other means. Student work may also be included in a database for the purpose of checking for possible plagiarized content in future student submissions. No form of cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or facilitating dishonesty will be condoned in the University community."

-----Student Use of Turnitin

Students using Turnitin to submit assignment for their Moodle course can review helpful resources created by the Instructional Media Lab.

-----Academic Honesty Policy

The Academic Honesty policy and procedures created by the Ombuds Office and sponsored by the Dean of Students were revised in 2007.

-----Academic Honesty Information for Faculty and Students

The Education Subcommittee of the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Student Plagiarism supports a Web site on academic honesty for faculty and students on plagiarism and intellectual property. As a portion of that Web site, the Subcommittee provides the following sample paragraphs for faculty to edit and include in their syllabi to inform students that they will use one or both of the services in their course. The Subcommittee also recommends faculty discuss plagiarism with students on the first day of class.

-----Sample Syllabus Statements

If you plan to use the Turnitin plagiarism prevention service for all assignments in your course, include this paragraph in your syllabus and review it during the first class meeting:

As a condition of continued enrollment in this course, you agree to submit all assignments to the Turnitin for textual comparison or originality review for the detection of possible plagiarism. All submitted assignments will be included in the UMass Amherst dedicated database of assignments at Turnitin and will be used solely for the purpose of checking for possible plagiarism during the grading process and during this term and in the future. Students who do not submit their papers electronically to the service will be required to submit copies of the cover page and first cited page of each source listed in the bibliography with the final paper in order to receive a grade on the assignment.

If you plan to use the Turnitin plagiarism prevention service for selected suspect assignments, include this paragraph in your syllabus and review it during the first class meeting:

Students should be aware that suspect assignments (e.g., those without drafts, without works cited pages, or with large departures in style) may be submitted to Turnitin by the instructor for the purpose of checking for possible plagiarism. Submitted assignments will be included in the UMass Amherst dedicated database of assignments at Turnitin and will be used solely for the purpose of checking for possible plagiarism during the grading process during this term and in the future. Students must provide an electronic copy of their assignment to the instructor for submission to the service when plagiarism is suspected, in order to receive a grade on the assignment and to avoid possible sanctions.

-----Need Help with Turnitin?

For account information, assistance with, or comments on Turnitin, visit
www.library.umass.edu/tools/turnitin/
For questions, contact: turnitin@library.umass.edu

For assistance with using Turnitin inside SPARK, instructors should contact Academic Computing's Instructional Media Lab (545-2823 | instruct@oit.umass.edu). Students should contact the OIT Help Desk (413-545-9400).

Last Edited: 17 February 2012

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Jes Borland presenting at SQL Saturday Chicago 2011
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Jes Borland presenting "Make Your Voice Heard!" at SQL Saturday 2011 in Chicago

Jes Borland is a Database Administrator at Kimberly Clark, with over five years of experience in SQL Server. She is an active member of the Wisconsin SQL Server user group, PASS Women in Technology Virtual Chapter, blogger and tweeter.

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SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will was held Mar 26, 2011 at DeVry University Addison Campus1221 North Swift Road, Addison, IL 60101.

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Jes Borland at SQL Saturday Chicago
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Image by Michael Kappel
Jes Borland presenting "Make Your Voice Heard!" at SQL Saturday 2011 in Chicago

Jes Borland is a Database Administrator at Kimberly Clark, with over five years of experience in SQL Server. She is an active member of the Wisconsin SQL Server user group, PASS Women in Technology Virtual Chapter, blogger and tweeter.

blogs.lessthandot.com/index.php/DataMgmt/?disp=authdir&am...

SQL Saturday Chicago
www.sqlsaturday.com/

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will was held Mar 26, 2011 at DeVry University Addison Campus1221 North Swift Road, Addison, IL 60101.

SQL Saturday #67
www.sqlsaturday.com/67/eventhome.aspx

View the high resolution photo on my photography website
Pictures.MichaelKappel.com