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  1. I echo much of what has been said. You seem to be wanting to do a PhD because you can't find a job. And viceversa. It is unclear –in your post– what your expectations and and professional aims are, and that may bleed into your interviews/PhD applications. Let me give an example: you started your post excusing yourself for not applying to a PhD right after college because of personal circumstances. As-is this would harm any job/program application. I think you are right, you have good credentials and you should get into programs. Yet, you may want to revise the way you market your work. What are you saying in your applications that is not compelling enough?
  2. I started with two GRE books, the official one and another one. That helped a lot. When you manage the content, practice the timing.
  3. Contact the International Student Office at your school. They should help you with this. It is a legal question and you want the most accurate response possible from the people that are sponsoring your visa.
  4. Welcome 2018 applicants! I wish you the best! I'm a 5th year but this forum was very important for me when I applied. I'm here for you!
  5. I think that somewhere in the ProQuest or electronic submission platforms there is a item that says that you can't (or shouldn't) publish more than x% of your dissertation before the book (I'm a book field) so that presses want to publish it.
  6. I was so nervous!!! I thought I was going to be friends with the other international student because, in my stupid head, being both of us new to the country would push us together. As a historian, I should have known not to generalize. I became with the youngest person in the program. My cohort was varied in age too, I think only one person came straight from UG, two from MA, and three others like me had been working before grad school. Age was never a problem for me. In my program (and this is for @kaufdichglücklich) it was a coincidence that the people most obsessed with age were the 25-. And not even all of them, of course, just two or three (I think that when they turn 30 they'll still be obsessed with age hahaha). Anyway, @NoirFemme I don't doubt you are going to be awesome. Actually, you need to be professional. If you are building professional networks, I agree with @nevermind that this happens if you approach grad school as a job. From where I see it, you can have a job and then have a life and be successful. Actually, I find it quite comforting to have a handful of friends outside grad school with whom I go out, watch games, rant about whatever, and relax. Now, @rising_star if you were referring that there are other things you can do as a professional to be successful in academia, I agree. I don't think @nevermind was suggesting that, but based on your post, it seems it was ambiguous. By "taking grad school as a job" I mean do everything you need to be doing to learn, do research, write your dissertation, and become a scholar. Becoming a scholar involves service, mentoring, listening, negotiating, being a colleague, etc. So, yes, there are many other things besides coursework: workshops, panels, mixers, and –recently– unions.
  7. Aggh... My GPA was 3.8 I think. I took GRE twice, both times I did better in Q than V (I'm better at maths). I remember my writing was 4.5 the first time and I wanted to bury my head in embarrassment. The second time was better. I got into a program like the ones you are aiming at. I second @nhhistorynut: focus on your SOP and writing sample, they are *crucial* for your admission package.
  8. There are a bunch of us the cycle to school so we had this issue of good backpack that looked professional and didn't kill our backs. I use a Northface bag that looks sober. A friend uses commuting waterproof bags and keeps a more serious bag in his office at school.
  9. OP asked what are your responsibilities. So I answered what are my responsibilities. I think their question was either to gather information on what to expect or to know because they were just curious. I'm not saying every field was the same (or even that every department is), nor I don't think the OP was aiming for that answer either.
  10. Attend lectures, take notes because student can ask me questions, have office hours, grade, and teach a couple of times a semester.
  11. Yeah, we already asked about this here. There was no definite answer, but I'm assuming what you did. Now, @NicSpain16 you own your time. You can do whatever you want. In the post linked above we suggested you got all the information in writing. Do you have an offer of admission to the PhD program? If you do, you should be able to defer entry under certain circumstances. Those circumstances usually are commitments that you took/appeared before the offer (a boy in my program was offered a Fulbright before he got the offer so he deferred) or events that you couldn't have anticipated like your parent's serious illness. If you have a "plan of going to Spain", I would talk about it ASAP with my advisor so that he can back you up in deferring. Remember what we said earlier: you should have everything in writing!
  12. Mine was funded by a NGO from my country (which doesn't exist anymore).
  13. Since you are planning to do research in the long term let me break something to you: writing always takes time from something else. Of course, your clases are going to be more manageable if you don't have another 'distraction'. As researchers, we are doing many things on different fronts at the same time: grant applications, publications, teaching, seating in a committee, reviewing a book (my field is book-based), delivering a talk, putting a panel together, etc. Considering your grad school ambitions, as you put it, it seems to me you have more to benefit from a publication with this PI than to hurt. First, he can be a potential LOR writer. Second, you'd have a publication in your CV (it doesn't matter the topic, it's a publication). Third, you'll show you can manage your time professionally. Fourth, you'll show you are resilient in your research, ready to collaborate with others. Fifth, the experience will teach you how to navigate the paper-publication world (if you haven't already).* Now, what you have to do is decide if these benefits are worth your time. I am not familiar with your discipline, so you should evaluate why this move at this time is not in the best of your interest. * I say "show" because in our applications we tend to say that we can do X and Y and Z, but with this you'll have evidence that you can do them.
  14. I wouldn't mention it the way you worded it here. I would turn it around to your favor. There are two different things here that you should mention in two different moments. It seems clear you have to talk about your diabetes because there was a major change in your life. But in the SOP narrate your story not as an excuse, but as a victory. It talks about your resilience, your commitment, and your ability to do A work. Focus on the second two years that reflect how you manage it. Once you are accepted to a program, you can talk with your department and student health about support available for you.
  15. In addition (and this goes to international students that might be reading), residency status direct informs how we do taxes and what we report. There are some internal awards that my fellow American do not pay taxes for and I do. In my school, international students and scholars have access to workshops and free software and that made everything a little bit less confusing. I have used Thomas Reuters software.