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Everything posted by BlueNahlchee

  1. Well, I will say that after applying to many PhD programs for 2017 admission, nothing has been more frustrating than transcript requests. The MOST frustrating part about transcripts is that there are still a ton of graduate programs that require us to request official transcripts to be mailed from their respective institutions after we submit our application (to be fully considered for review by the admissions committee, even if we have not received any unofficial admission offers), and often, these institutions will only accept hard copies via snail mail! Even when many universities are offering electronic official secured PDF options! Seriously, this is 2017... Some institutions I request transcripts to be requested from have both first-class mail & overnight delivery options (though the second options always costs like crazy, but I always choose the second option if it's available, since the registrar office takes their sweet time to delay the delivery if a first-class option is requested), and some only offer their infamously sluggish first-class mail option. I find that first-class mail transcripts from their respective institutions sometimes take up to TWO weeks (or even longer) to get delivered, even though I requested them WELL IN ADVANCE! Some of these institutions' registrar office take FOREVER to process the transcript order and won't officially mail it until 2-3 days (or even longer) after initial request... simply ridiculous. Another frustrating part about these is that the admissions office of the graduate programs I applied to will email me (or nag me, if you can call it that, haha) to remind me that they still have not received the transcripts. I mean, what else am I supposed to do? I've done all I can by requesting transcripts to be mailed well in advance (as well as triple-checking that the recipient addresses are entered correctly). Sometimes I even had to order more copies because they were just taking so long to get delivered. And sometimes they were just plain lost in the mail! Does anyone else here found transcript requests to be the most frustrating part about graduate applications? Or does anyone have any transcript horror/annoyance stories to share? I'm relieved that more and more schools are only requesting official hard-copy transcripts (or ePDF) after an applicant is admitted, which makes this whole process SO MUCH EASIER. However, a large number of schools (including some I applied to) still require official HARD COPY transcripts mailed by snail mail to be fully reviewed by the admissions committee (even if you have not received an unofficial admissions offer), which I find it ludicrous, seeing that this is 2017 (and ePDF transcripts save so many trees). I will say that if it wasn't for all these transcript requests, I would definitely have saved a substantial amount of my savings that went to graduate applications...
  2. A very encouraging message from your recommender!
  3. Cool Guess
  4. Was the entire TGC not working at all for the last 24 hours? I couldn't sent any messages or post topics or replies at all throughout the forum. Just curious if anyone else experienced the same. Glad to see that it's back now though. Thank you!
  5. Oh wow, that's gotta be super frustrating, especially having to go to the post office! I really hope all the universities and their respective grad programs transition to electronic transcript options in the next year or so - and hopefully our old schools will stop charging alumni ridiculous prices for transcript orders too...
  6. Oh I see - thank you again for your help!
  7. Congratulations Egret! UCR will be awesome. Some schools are just too slow at getting back to us...
  8. Thank you!! Best of luck to you on your applications as well!!!
  9. Anyone? I guess I'm probably the only one who had problems/frustrations with transcript requests during the admissions process haha...
  10. After receiving my admittance to one of my top choices, I probably slept infinitely better than I ever had in the past four to five months... I can breathe again... 

  11. Just got admitted to my top choice!!!
  12. Admission at last!!!!! To my top choice!!!!!!

  13. Just regular black coffee for me - pretty boring, right?
  14. Very nice!! Congrats to you Forest owlet! Are you going to be studying owls?
  15. Congrats on Duke and Chicago!
  16. Two rejections for me this week - let's see how the rest of the week folds out...
  17. Hello! I'm having trouble submitting results on the survey page. I filled out everything required correctly in "Submit your Results" but after I submit, I get a blank page with an error message at the top "Could not open socket", and my submitted results aren't available when I search them. I was wondering if there is a current glitch with the results section? Thank you for your help!
  18. Yep, it's all working now - thank you!!
  19. Angry Pirate
  20. Whew, glad to see that I'm not the only one experiencing this... I've seen a lot of error messages on internet, but I've never seen "could not open socket" before haha.
  21. I always loved three day weekends but this is a particular weekend that I'm not enjoying as much as I should, especially knowing that no one will send out any decisions until Tuesday at least...  

    1. DBear


      scary thing is that leaves only 6 business days in Feb

    2. BlueNahlchee


      That's true - February is so short... 

  22. Probably a little early - if the deadline was February 1st, they probably won't be reviewing it until at least two weeks later (in case if they are still waiting for applicants' supplemental materials like GRE scores & official hard copy transcripts to arrive, which sometimes arrive after electronic application deadline dates). I applied to some programs that were due on February 1st, but I don't expect to hear back for a while at least (but I am also hoping that these programs' admission committee will go through their review process quickly too... ).
  23. Let's just say I bid my farewell to a large portion of my hard-earned savings after I completed all my applications... I think I would have saved SO MUCH money if all those schools I applied to didn't request hard-copies of official transcripts from the respective schools (and most of them required transcripts from EVERY school attended, including those I didn't receive a degree, so I had to send transcripts from community colleges where I took coursework, etc - so annoying...).
  24. Yum bacon Though I almost never eat it nowadays since I'm trying to watch my health haha. I might get some backlash for saying this, but I'm not a fan of Jimmy Johns... I don't care how super fast their delivery, etc. might be, I just don't like their sandwiches. None of their sandwiches I've tried don't taste good at all (to me, at least). EDIT: And speaking of Jimmy Johns, there happens to be a Jimmy Johns ad on the forum homepage. I guess they won't give up until I change my mind about their sandwiches lol.