Let me see if I can help you, as I went through a similar process when applying for my BS in the USA - US schools wanted official copies of my high school transcript, which I did not have, because in my country there is no such thing as 'official' high school transcript. And the same issue prevails in some undergraduate institutions. So what I did was I asked the schools I was applying to, if I could send them unofficial copy now, and if I get accepted and decide to attend their institution, I will bring with me an official copy. Most schools agreed. Even last year when I applied to PhD programs from within the States, many schools asked for unofficial copies and gave me admission with the condition that I present to them an official copy when and if I attended their program. Since there are real people behind the application system who are monitoring the process closely, you should be able to convince them of what I did. If they demand that the transcript has to be official, then make it as official you can - which is simply printing it through your registrar's office, putting in an envelope and having a school official sign across the seal. I hope you will be able to do this. If it has to be translated, then put an original in an envelope in the manner described above, and have a translator translate it for you, along with a letter/form that verifies that the translation process was fair.
And no, you don't have to have a degree by the time you apply. You could be working towards the completion of it such that by the time you start your program here, you will have received your current degree. In this case, only send the transcript that covers classes up to the point of application.
sorry, can't help much. but one suggestion from me: also contact current grad students in the department. many departments don't release the numbers you are seeking (for whatever reasons). however current students in the program will/should. i would, if some prospective student were to ask me about my program.
well... unless you order ETS to send scores, the schools aren't going to get em - old or new. so in that regard, whatever you tell ETS to send to the schools will be sent - again, old or new whatever you make them send.
tho, the general consensus on this forum is that if you send both scores, the schools will usually look at the highest numbers in both (or more) scores. so you might be okay sending in both scores. to be on the safe side, i'd send only the best scores
bars - maybe. other social outlets (thru friends, clubs, volunteers, etc) - almost definitely. i guess it depends on your personality. personally, i find crowded and noisy places very distracting. which prevents me from laying out my 'charm', if you will so bars aren't the ideal places where i would go with hopes of finding someone whom i would like to date long term. but, you never know!
as for meeting other grad students, wait for the welcome event (which will/should be) organized by your college towards the beginning of fall semester. there you can meet several grad folks from several programs in your college. but if you want to meet someone from another program (arts, math, business, etc), go to their college website and look for an 'events' link - here they will say when they are having their new grad student orientation. and you can totally crash their party!
well, it was nice to write all that. now i need to put that to practice myself!
i say take it till you are satisfied and confident with your scores! one of my friends took it up to 3 times to increase his scores, and increased he did! he got into the top schools in his area with his scores, albeit i doubt it was only his gre scores that helped him.
yea, it does. i did it myself.. took a couple of months at least to go through their bios, current papers, focus areas, and such. but it was completely worth it.
not true! you can, and should mention few professors you envision yourself working with in that department in your SoP. in sciences, it is pretty common to name names and explain why you want to work with them.
didn't happen to me, and i think it's not very common. but if you have read the papers, it gives a lot of things to talk about when you meet people in person. it also tells them that you did your homework very well, and might/will be impressed with your dedicated passion.
your numbers are good, and i honestly believe you have pretty good shots are getting into a good program. but your question 'am i competitive' is difficult to answer because it entirely depends on the strength of the applicant pool for each application season. depending on the curve of gpas, gres, research experience and so on, your chances of getting in varies.
i strongly recommend you to contact few professors in several schools whose work inspires you to be a scientist, and see if they are taking any new students coming fall, and if your resume is able to impress them. i've discovered that writing personal emails to the professors, and being serious about your desire to do research plus showing respect for their work garners a lot of positive attention.
As long as you have updated endorsement on your i20 and use that to reenter the States (with a valid F1 visa), you will be perfectly fine. The 'enter US in no later than' date usually has no bearing on you reentering the country, except your very first time... if I recall correctly, you can't enter the US more than 2 months in advance, and of course, can't enter after that date has passed.
Sorry to hear that you had to cancel the trip. Hope you make it next time!
dude, you're overthinking, plus overreacting to something that is beyond your control. let me try to change your perspective of thinking, if i can: you are in grad school. that means you possess the power of rational thinking. in other words, you understand any logically explainable entity inside and out. but you do not know (yet) how to execute it. i'll give your own example: you see people having gf/bf, spending time together and such. you know that they must have come to this by going out, talking to each other, and heck, meeting first. you see both of them getting to point B from point A, although you yourself aren't able to do all those things which you know are possible and are being done by millions others around the globe. if it is possible for others, your rational thinking should tell you that you can make that possible too. all you have to do is change the way you view yourself. if you want to be a wallflower for the rest of your life, so be it. but be comfortable.. extremely comfortable with your skin (am not implying to your color). once you are in terms with your inner self and outer appearance (genotype and phenotype for peeps in my area ), you will realize that approaching people and socializing aren't that hard after all.
and as folks mentioned above, go to places where people of common interests gather. this will ease your way into meeting new people if you are super nervous about who you are going to meet. i usually grab a ball or frisbee and go to the parks. if i see a big group, i ask them if i can join, and they have always let me play with them. or if someone wants to play with me & my buddies, we let them in our group as well. and that's how i make friends outside my program/school. and trust me, seeking out fellows with similar interests always works, and you end up enjoying the time you spend in that group.
humans are a very sociable bunch of animals, my friend. all you have to do is seek out, and they will reciprocate.
few of my friends have done this on their trip to mexico and back, but they also took their i20s with them... just to be on the safe side. and i recommend that you do the same. the additional endorsement is nothing but a signature and new time stamp from your international center and shouldn't take more than few minutes to get. but, given that the semester hasn't started yet, they might need to change the 'enter US no later than' date, or something similar. it shouldn't take more than a day to make the change, imo. but whatever you do, please follow the rules and guidelines as directed by your international center. we int'l students have a LOT of rules to follow and one slippage could lead to disaster.
one who orders things in the lab, takes care of equipments, provides training to every new face, handle safety stuff and all the 'background' stuff that happen yet grad students and post docs are unaware of/indifferent to
2.9 miles, according to google maps. i bike to school, and will continue to do so till it starts snowing. then i'll take a bus (stops 3 blocks from home) and about the same distance from the stop i get off to campus. as someone told in their post, i too prefer to leave my grad student life back in campus when i go home, hence a little distance (but not too far) was what i had in mind while searching for an apt.
technically yes, as this is the widely held belief. but put yourself in your professors' shoes and ask the question - do i really want to take a student who is showing gre scores 5 years old? my advice to you is don't worry about something that's some 5 years down the road. if you want, you can start preparing for it now, or few years later.
why do you want to take gre now and report it 5 years later anyway?