I was first rejected by my top choice school last year and so I went with my third choice at the time. I was pretty bummed about going there, but realized that they had more to offer than I realized. Fast forward to completing my first semester of grad school...
It sucks here! The ONLY Professor I wanted to work with has no funding now. The classes which helped defined the program and the school are NOW no longer offered. My friends (at this school) and I are pretty much pissed about t
I've been looking for an apartment for the past 3 - 4 days. I've searched through craigslist, yelp, rent, forrent, apartments, apartmentratings, and the university's off campus housing website. I still have no idea where I'm going to stay and the places I had an interest in turn out to be completely full. Other places which I thought were decent turned out to be worst than expected (this is all based on pictures).
When I look for an apartment, I look for certain things. The most importa
This year I applied to a total of 10 schools. Of those 10 schools, there was really only one school I wanted to attend. If I had my way, I would have only had applied to that one school, but I felt that I needed to apply to more schools. This particular school had a very unique program different from all the rest. It was an interdisciplinary program fusing art and computer science. Employers within my industry love this program and all the students pretty much had a job waiting for them rig
Only 1 week left before I have to make that final decision and I still don't even know where I'm going to go. I was accepted to 5 of the 10 schools so far, but the most important school has yet to give me a decision. Decisions were supposed to be released online yesterday, but still nothing and they finalized all decisions a couple days ago. I sent out an email to 2 different people in the department asking for an update on my status, but have yet to receive any kind of reply. I even sent it
It's basically the end of March and I still have not heard from 7 of the 10 programs I applied to. When will my decisions arrive? April 15th is fast approaching and I don't want to just decide on schools because I haven't heard from the more important ones on my list.
I woke up today anxiously waiting for the mail to arrive because I didn't receive any emails from any schools this morning. The mail is finally here and I look to see that one letter is from my dream school. My heart starts beating faster and I tear open the envelope. My hand starts shaking as I slowly pull out the letter. I skim it quickly looking for keywords such as "regret", "congratulations", "accepted", and "denied". I stuff the letter back into its envelope and leave it sitting on my
The wait is really getting to me now. The longer it takes a school to get back to me, the more I think that I've been added to the mass rejection email list which will probably be sent out near the end of this month. The thing that really irks me the most is being told that decisions will be sent at the end of March. I did a little searching to see if anyone had been accepted and I found one person. This gets me thinking back to my original thought that maybe I've been added to the mass reje
I received my first acceptance today from the University of Utah which is the same school Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar and Disney Animation, graduated from. I'm very happy because I was rejected last year and I would guess that it was because of my missing LOR. I'm very glad that I decided to find another LOR to replace him when I did this time around. I would probably be reading a rejection letter if I didn't.
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
If I can find someone to draft me a letter of recommendation, I plan on just giving it to my 3rd LOR so that he could just submit that. I'll send you a SOP and resume. Anyone want to take on this task?
I have sent many emails. I have called and been directed straight to voice mail. I don't know what to do at this point. I contacted another Professor, maybe he'll have pity on me and step up to write a letter. I also emailed my dream school and asked if they would still consider my application without the 3rd letter, but I am having my doubts. It seems really pointless now to even try to find any positivity in all this.
Last year, one of my LORs failed to submit my LOR on time. I reapplied this year and was told by him that he would start on it early so that he would just have it ready for me. My deadline for a few schools was 4 days ago and I am still missing a LOR from him. I called him the day of and he told me he would be submitting it. He also said that he knows I am worried, but he will have it in. I know he is busy, but we talked about the LOR in June and he had my SOP since September. The weeks le
Over this past weekend, I came down with a stomach infection from basically worrying too much about the missing letter of recommendation. This is actually the 3rd time that this has happened. My first time applying for graduate school, I worried myself sick because of the GRE. I became really anxious and my liver started retaining fat deposits (fatty liver). After the GRE was over, I was a lot more calm till April. I started receiving rejection notices because I was unable to produce that 3
I have concluded that even if my LOR is not able to turn it on time, I believe he will get them in eventually. I should probably concentrate on other things to be more productive instead of just worrying over this. I should have full trust in my LORs and understand that they probably procrastinate as much us as students. They also have lives of their own and possibly tons of other papers to write.
I think I am calm now.
Sent another email this morning begging for some kind of status update for the LOR. Still nothing...I probably should start calling and even showing up at his office if I get no response by next week.
I don't believe Professors intentionally try to screw people over. I keep telling myself maybe he's busy or perhaps there's a bigger issue at hand? Maybe he wasn't satisfied with the work I did with him then decided to completely ignore me and not write the letter.
The graduate admissions deadlines are coming up with the first (for my applications) being on December 15. At the moment, I am missing 1 letter of recommendation for each school and I feel that it may not arrive on time. I just sent out another friendly reminder today about the missing letter and I am very hopeful that I will get a reply this week. He did promise me that he would write one in advance and WILL have it ready by the time I need it. He's a very good guy, but very busy.
NOTE: I believe myself to be a bit absent minded when I write things. I tend to forget to type out words or leave in words and will not take notice even after re-reading my entries. I am apologizing in advance for any errors you may come across in my writing.
For my first blog entry, I will do the basic introduction and just talk a little about myself. I graduated from a California State University (CSU) in Spring 2008 with a B.S. in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. My GPA is