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About Levon3

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  1. I see you are at Columbia, which is where I got my master's as well. Their financial aid office helped me apply for the grad plus loan, and answered all my questions.
  2. Heads up to potential participants: the age range does not go beyond 30.
  3. This, of course, depends on your field. Columbia offered me exactly $0 in stipend, and most of my colleagues worked multiple jobs + took out loans to afford their PhDs.
  4. Look under "the menu," perhaps under business? http://forum.thegradcafe.com/forum/14-business/
  5. It's really not that bad, y'all. I live in the music row area, and feel much safer than when I lived in my hometown. What's your price range?
  6. 2. I did mention the circumstances that led to my low undergrad GPA. But I tried to do it in a brief mention inside a much longer sentence about all the things that I accomplished during my undergrad. It worked for me. 3. I had a letter writer mention that for me. If I hadn't known she was willing to do that, though, I think I would have mentioned it in my SOP. I believe it is relevant information--90% of low-income, first gen students don't graduate on time. So I think it puts my accomplishments into perspective.
  7. Also, they may halve the number of fellowships next year...
  8. I've heard that it happens, but unfortunately I don't have any information on when.
  9. You will find some advice here:
  10. I use google drive, so it's fairly easy to stay organized.
  11. I sometimes do. I bought a case that came with a keyboard. What I like about it is that it's a little less conspicuous than a laptop if I'm taking notes during a presentation, but I definitely don't type as well on it. I make more mistakes and am slower.
  12. Also, you might try searching the results page to see a range of scores that have been posted for your program choices.
  13. @being11, you can see average GRE scores for your program on the US news and world report site, and you may also find average scores on the schools' websites. Additionally, you might contact them to find out if they have a minimum cutoff score, which would save you the application fee if you have no chance.
  14. I bought one "for grad school," and I love it, but have found that I hardly ever use it for school. I rely far more on my macbook pro. I mostly use my ipad for entertainment.
  15. ahhh, that's so hard, @optimiscallyanxious.