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I am the awkward middle school girl with braces and frizzy hair

Waiting for someone to choose me at the dance. Anyone care to join me? I am drinking the awful Hawaiian Punch and trying to look like I am having a GREAT time staring at the floor while my heart rate races whenever a boy walks near. I have been pretty calm overall. I don't expect to receive any notification until February at the earliest. But now more and more people are receiving letters and I am starting to hyperventilate a little. It reminds me of when I was pregnant with my firs

captiv8ed

captiv8ed

Optimism

This past weekend I spent some time reviewing everything I could about *first choice* admissions and the kinds of qualities they look for in merit fellowship students. I really feel I am a very good fit for the program and have proposed a research topic that is not being done in the program yet. I have even worked out the notification timelines. The first deadline for dept. nominations is Feb. 4th and decisions for the fellowships come within 3 weeks so I figure notice for first round offers sho

missesENG

missesENG

Confessions

** Sometimes, like right now when I'm feeling a little down? I pull out my LORs and read them. LOL ** I am obsessed with looking "scholarly" at my intervew(s) ** If I don't get it together I'm going to flunk out of school because I'm applying to grad school!

coyabean

coyabean

A little summary of events so far... and many thanks.

Grad school application process has been a roller coaster ride for me. Before I began filling out the apps, I had a huge fear that I might got rejected across the board because of my close-to-minimum-requirement GPA. I was totally aiming at my safety school, nevertheless, I picked a couple ambitious choices and notified my recommenders in mid september. The first deadline was NSF GRFP. It took me a while to gather information and began writing the required essays. Surprisingly, I could not

Tall Chai Latte

Tall Chai Latte

"I like words more than numbers, and I always did." P.R. Halmos

As in the nearby blog, I too enjoy ordering from amazon, and we obviously get more timely feedback from amazon. I've made it through the first 100 pages of "I want to be a mathematician." Initially a slightly corny title, but a fabulous read about graduate school from the 1930s (so far). There are another 300 pages of autobiography to go. I'm beginning to wonder...on December 7th I received: "Your application... ...is complete for review and was delivered to the faculty admissions comm

appmatharmy

appmatharmy

Perpetual non-motion

Things I am waiting for: -- responses to the two journals I submitted an article, -- response from a conference committee about a presentation abstract, -- response to an application for a research grant this semester -- response from 10 graduate schools -- someone pointed out that i neglected to mention the NSF HBCU STEM research grant -- order from Amazon At this point the only one I'm sure of on that list is Amazon, and I have to PAY them to like me. I do not likey th

coyabean

coyabean

The good in the bad

I worried whether or not I had submitted enough applications. I worried whether or not the weird grammar and typos would disqualify me from the programs I applied to. I worried a little bit about the Letters of Recommendation but what I now realize is that this may be the biggest factor of my application and should have been the one thing that I should have worried about.... And I say this because I now have an application due mid-December that has a missing LOR from a faculty who I j

dbf

dbf

This American Life

Yeah, so listening to the latest TAL podcast isn't a good idea. This week's theme is, "Stories of people betting on things with very bad odds." Ira Glass need only visit the results page to find some low probability events. I did discover a possible research area...is it possible to determine causation with data mining techniques? Normally we would need to conduct a controlled experiment to conclude a causal effect, but we ought to be able to say something more than simple correlation

appmatharmy

appmatharmy

A new day

I thought yesterday was January 15th and since I was doing everything last minute I submitted my last minute application to a sociology program with a media emphasis and said, no more. I found out some time around noon that today is also January 15th and that if I wanted to do some more last minute applicationing, I could. Needless to say, this news was a free bag of peanuts covered in MSG sprinkles. Do I throw one more application in? I am a good candidate in general but

dbf

dbf

Here's to the refresh buttons and bookmark bars

Today I sent all the remaining applications, whether their deadline was today, the end of the month or later. Then I cooked something nice and turned on some Hootie and Blowfish. All last week I was checking this website but did not have any time to write something up here, working full time on the side and all. I must say though, it's a great feeling to have all this behind me. And every two days I get a few emails from schools, saying applications are complete or missing stuff, then I em

papercuts

papercuts

My first Blog

Thanks to the developers of this site! It's a great resource for those of us that thrive on feedback, but necessarily don't get much at this time. Here is my general situation for anyone with comments or questions about similar situations. I applied for the Masters program to NYU (math), Columbia (applied math), U of Kentucky (math), and RPI (math). I have full financial support from my employer (which makes me a minority, but a lucky one). I'm mid 30s, was a non-traditional underg

appmatharmy

appmatharmy

Mulligans

Ever since I submitted my applications, I've been having flashbacks to last year. Watching the ball drop on New Years Eve thinking that 2009 was going to be the year, getting my first rejection letter, the heartfelt conversations I had with my profs about being rejected, conferences, etc. In a way, I feel like this year is a do-over. While things have changed, while I have changed, here it is Jan 14 and I am (once again) waiting to hear back from grad schools. It's almost like last year neve

psychdork

psychdork

Test of Endurance: Results

So I succeeded in my attempt to refrain from constantly checking my applications status, with the exception of one moment of forgetful panic that led me to log in to my UT app (I thought I forgot to mail a doc but it seems all is well). When the time came on Sunday for me to check freely I logged into two apps, one showing no change since the day after Thanksgiving and the other showing that my app has moved from "Evaluation" to "Academic Review." At least I know things are moving along. The dea

missesENG

missesENG

Rejection can be good for you

It may be because I'm too pessimistic about the odds out there but the in the Waiting it Out forum was a very helpful way of getting myself out of the depressed mood. When you think about it actually rejection might also be a very good feedback for the rest of your life. Some people are made to do certain things and are only momentarily set back by circumstance but continuos failure might mean that you can live a better life through the pursuit of another ideal. I knew a girl who was stu

papercuts

papercuts

Things to definitely do 6 months or right before submitting

I just read over the following thread on the forum, which was incredibly useful: Go read it if you haven't already. Out of that discussion comes basically two things: 1) Some of the reasons your applications will be eliminated can't be helped at the moment, or even in the past 6 months. Your family might have been poor, so no extra classes for GRE. Your undergrad institution might be bad because you didn't have such great ambitions at 18 and didn't know that someday you might t

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papercuts

LOR Worries...

I just got back from my first interview and I felt that it went good, and I am leaving for another one tomorrow. I will talk more about these later, but I wanted to talk briefly about all of the worries people are having regarding their LORs. I know a lot of people say that the LOR is one of the most important parts of the application, and that without them it is hopeless. While that may be true for some programs at some schools, I can tell you that it is definitely not the case everywhere.

acup313

acup313

Things starting to look up?

One of my favorite lecturers replied to my email for a letter of recommendation. She said no the first time I asked her because she only had a M.S. and she felt that I would have a better chance if I were to ask someone with a PhD. She knows me pretty well and I found her class to be really enjoyable. I sent her all my materials, hopefully she finishes it in time. I'm not sure what to do about the fellow who completely blew it. Hopefully, everything becomes a lot clearer towards the end of

joro

joro

Explain in 500 words why you're a chump applying to Grad School

I did this before at the college level, when I was just finishing high school I applied to 10 schools and got rejected from 9 and wait-listed by 1 which turned into a rejection later. So I was hit hard with the reality of the rejection, but I learned from that experience. I learned that you have to really sell yourself and not write an academic essay for your PERSONAL statement. Most of the applications I did after that I got accepted into, I even managed to get a scholarship from an MBA program

papercuts

papercuts

UC Davis

UC Davis is one of my seven schools I applied to. Although I am going for Pharmacology and Toxicology, I still have vet school in mind, and UC Davis happened to have one on campus. Maybe I will make the switch in the future? Not sure. The writing prompts of UC Davis are just as confusing as Michigan's... And I had to enter grades of the classes I took one by one! After the LOR crisis, I got an email saying that my application is now complete. Phew. But guess what, I forgot to change th

Tall Chai Latte

Tall Chai Latte

I can't decide to be really mad, or to laugh

You know those dreams you have that are super real? I had one of those this morning. I was in my bed on my laptop, and I got an email from my dream school. It was an early acceptance email with a fellowship offer, followed by faculty telling me they were looking forward to working with me. The letters were realistic, the fellowship offer was nice but not enormous, and nothing was telling me that I was the most promising student ever and that all other thoughts before mine were nothing. The

delphi

delphi

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