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Freak Outs

NOWAYNOHOW

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I think we all have that moment after submitting our applications where we notice something that feels catastrophic about our materials. After pressing that submit button, it's too late to go back and change things...but that doesn't make the freak out any less stressful.

For example, I just realized that one of the KEY TERMS (if I was writing a title for my SOP, this word would be in there) could have been grammatically incorrect. I was using it as a noun, but it's only supposed to be an adjective! I started frantically Googling the words and their usage. Had I sunk my chances with one dumb and HUGE mistake? How had my readers (of which there were many) not pointed this problem out?! How did I not know?!??!

After a good 15 minutes, I turned to my works cited, and there it was -- these authors were using the word in the same way I was. A bit more Googling and it seems that despite an 'official' (ie. dictionary) distinction between the noun/adjective forms, that the words are used interchangeably. In the U.S., my usage is especially common.

CRISIS AVERTED! Or...crisis imagined?

How about you? Any freak outs so far? I want to hear about your freak outs, real or imagined. Did you find a typo? Did you spell a POI's name wrong? Did you submit an SOP with the name of a different program?




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I forgot a "the".  I imagine, hope, wish that the little mistakes are forgivable and adcomms are looking for potential not perfection. 

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I used the wrong acronym for the school in the title of my SOP document for one school. The information the SOP contains is correct, but the acronym for the school is missing a letter. I was just under the wrong impression of what the acronym for the school actually was. Oh well, can't win them all. :-/

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After countless revisions and submitting to four schools, I noticed the first word on my writing sample's bibliography was mispelled.  I wanted to cry.

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I just submitted my application! Then I realized two out of three LOR weren't submitted yet

:( I gave countless updates, and still no Rec. I'm feeling a bit lost at the moment, and hope this doesn't ruin my chances. 

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I just noticed a formatting error on my CV. Under my extracurricular activities I have Lambda Pi Eta and the next line should be bulleted and not my terms as president and the line after should be bulleted as well and read secretary. However the president part was directly after the name of the honors society and the secretary was bulleted. I looked over that CV dozens of times and had two other people take a look to make sure I didn't miss any errors and that it was visually pleasing. My heart sank. I can't shake the image of reviewers looking at it and shaking there head and then throwing my application in the waste basket. 

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Mypeace4life, if you have the time and if your reference has availability/office hours that I sugget you pay a visit to just follow-up. It happened to me recently. Many things could happen (spam mail, exam grading time, busy schedules etc.). Prayers it works out! :)

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Imistakingly wrote the same conference twice on my CV, when in fact two presentations were in different states. I referenced them in my SOP, and for whatever reason completely missed it for like 5 or 6 schools. Melt down when I saw the error.

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For one school, I accidentally used the word "training" instead of "coursework", which makes it seem like I have more expertise in the (secondary) subject area than I do. Worried they'll take that to mean I'm exaggerating everything on my SOP. :( 

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I had a freakout the other day: for the four apps I'd submitted thus far, I forgot to confirm if writing sample notes/bibliography count towards the page limits. :(

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If I gave it away, I honestly think it might blow my cover. Sorry!

Okay...was just curious.  But if it is that common in the U.S....just saying :P

 

I sent an LOR request to a prof.  It was not until later in the day I realized I had addressed the email with the name of a different prof. 

 

Earlier in the year I kept referring to a POI as Brian before I realized her name was Brianna. She never said one word about it and I just quietly corrected the mistake. I spoke with her on the phone last week and it never came up.  

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I thought I uploaded the wrong SOP with one of the applications but turned out I had remembered to check before submitting. That was a close call.

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I feel so blessed to know that there are others going through my situation. Applying to PhD programs is so tiring and stressful. There are nights when I cannot sleep. :(

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I reopened up the LaTeX file for my SOP for my fourth application, and noticed that it had a header line saying "Candidate for [first place and program I applied to]." I was sure I must have sent that header line to my 2nd and 3rd schools. Then I checked my rendered PDFs and saw that that line hadn't shown up at all.

 

I also thought an application was due on the 15th, then logged in on the 4th to see it had been due on the 2nd. I submitted anyway, but I've given up on any realistic hope (two of my recommenders still haven't submitted their recs yet). It was one of my top two choices, but that's life.

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I was freaking out that Vanderbilt might send out a rejection letter without asking for it, when Vanderbilt sent an email saying that they received it while I didn't submit the application...

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I think we all have that freak out where we think "Did I emphasise *that thing* in my SOP/CV enough?" Some extra-curricular activity or award or something that might just sway admissions committees your way. Or that you're just agonizing about unnecessarily...

 

One thing that did serve as a major freak out opportunity for me was the amount of time it took one of my LORs to be submitted. I emailed all the professors I wanted to write LORs months in advance, to be sure they had enough time. The last one to submit did so a day (calendar day, not even a full 24 hours) before the deadline. I was spamming him with emails and rushing in and out of his secetary's office. It was very stressful: the worst part being that it wasn't something I had control over myself. To his defense: he's been appointed to a new admin position and has been buried under the workload of taking over from the previous guy.

 

Finally, I do want to say it's very encouraging to see I'm not the only one with insecurities about the application process. Hope everyone gets in where they want to!

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hi ,

 

I am going to prepare synopsis for my Ph.D Topic. " Abolishing Death Penalty in general with special reference to human rights perspective "

 

I don't understand how to frame issues or how to write them specifically ?

 

Can anyone help me in this regard ?

 

Thank you, 

Jyothsna

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Can someone tell me what this means:

 

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. 

 

Does this refer to an applicants nationality or the country in which he earned a degree?

 

This is my freak out at the moment

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Can someone tell me what this means:

 

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. 

 

Does this refer to an applicants nationality or the country in which he earned a degree?

 

This is my freak out at the moment

 

 

It should be where you earned your degree. If you completed your previous schooling (or majority of, there's sometimes a cut-off) in English, then that's acceptable as official evidence of English proficiency. Otherwise, you'll have to submit TOEFL test results.

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