Question with computer for grad school

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    I have accepted a GRA for grad school. I was talking to my advisor about the program and along the way says I will be getting a new mbp as part of grad school and gave me the choice of a 15 or 17 inch once school starts this august. I said I have no idea which one yet lol

    I was totally not expecting this as my undergrad experience relied on personal and lab computers to do work but here I am getting a new computer and my own office, with a window to boot! Totally shocked. This is better than my "real" job that I just left where I was a cubicle person with no equipment.

    However, is this kind of common? Do I keep it aka mine? or after I am done with the masters (in ~2 years) do I give it back? I didn't want to ask as it would appear tasteless but figure some may have been in a similar situation so what are your experiences? I know time will tell but just really baffled at it

    Now I just need to figure out what to do with this mb I bought a month ago...
     
  2. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    The computer should be yours to keep after your completion. Are you at CSU?
     
  3. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    Yep I am. So it's most likely part of the stipend they give me. If so, that is quite cool and very unexpected
     
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    Correct. Enjoy it!
     
  5. yayitsezekiel macrumors 6502a

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    sell the mb and get an iPad or a bunch of In n Out hahhahaa
     
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    They treat you nice there. Good for you. No such offers from my university.
     
  7. Surely Guest

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    You should get clarification from your advisor.

    My brother was "given" a 17" Powerbook when he was in grad school (full scholarship PhD) at CMU, and he had to give it back when he graduated.
     
  8. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    I hope so!

    Hmm, I hope that isn't the case. Makes me wonder why they are giving me a new one vs one that was turned in by a graduating student
     
  9. Surely Guest

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    My brother was given a brand new one as well.
     
  10. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    Hmm well I will just play it by ear I suppose. No big deal either way lol
     
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    True, and it really doesn't hurt to ask now. I would just say something like: "Hey I wasn't sure how this works..... Is the MBP a loaner as part of the program, or is it mine to keep?

    I think it's better that you didn't ask right off the bat. It's almost like asking about vacation time at a job interview. :D
     
  12. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Ask what the specs are and if it's yours to keep ask if you can do a paid upgrade and max her out :)
     
  13. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    Well I did not ask for specifics as you all mentioned but I did contact my advisor about the upcoming semester and he mentioned that I will have my office and computer all set to go once I arrive, which is cool:)

    I have no idea what the computer is besides it being a mbp lol

    I hate shifting the convo focus to the computer as opposed to the research but dagnabit I am curious!

    I would like to know if I can upgrade it/ is it mine? If it is, I would love to just donate my current laptop to my mom as she would love a computer

    Guess I will find out soon enough as I hate questioning a "gift horse" in the mouth in a sense and rather just be greatful
     

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