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  1. I somewhat agree with the original post, but I don't think it has to be so all or nothing. Maybe the OP just got nothing out of a lot of the advice because he/she did his/her research so well. But, for example, there are so many posts asking "OMG I got a 710 on the verbal, should I retake it for a 790 which is what I HAVE to get to get into school X?" And those people are always given the best advice: that mincing scores and obsessing about numbers will not make a better application. And I think that is the best advice, not just anecdotal, uncorroborated evidence of which we will never kno
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  2. I started painting and revamping my old hobby of writing very short poems: I just applied to grad school, my applications now are done But the waiting and the hoping Are certainly no fun!
    3 points
  3. JoeySsance

    Wordle your SoP!

    I thought it would be, which is why I played around with the layout to see which word would end up embedded inside the "Q." I like how it ended up being "Ph.D." That juxtaposition happens to say a lot about my academic commitments.
    2 points
  4. This is pretty cool! Here's mine. It's essentially most of my SOP except for the names of professors, my top choice school's name and a few authors' first names. I even left in some French words, mostly from the titles of books I've used in research and I opted for the colors of the French flag. Voilà!
    2 points
  5. The object of the game is to get as drunk as possible so you don't really care once the rejection e-mails start to roll in. Take a drink every time... A science program shows up, and you remember that you are in the humanities. Someone posts an "Other" about a mass e-mail. ...two drinks if you received that e-mail as well. A school that you have applied to shows up, and even though it's not your program your heart skips a beat. A school that you have applied to shows up, and even though it's not your program you check your e-mail/voice mail on reflex. A school that you have
    1 point
  6. eklavya

    the BEST new year!

    Only 5 days! And comes 2011. With it comes the news of hope and destiny we all have been so desperately waiting for. While some programs and schools have already handed out interview and/or admission offers (I got into 2/7 programs!!), most of us are eagerly waiting for the adcomms to gather together, look at our application files and start sending out the good news. And I can feel that it's not really that distant from hereon. No doubt the waiting has been tough. Now that the holidays are (almost) over, it is going to be even more difficult after this weekend. But don't get bogged on t
    1 point
  7. murkyama

    Science Fiction

    Why are you concerned that programs won't take your work seriously? I agree with tinapickles who said it's how you frame your work. I think that if you can establish the grounds and needs and find faculty that you want to work with then you've gotten over the hump. If you aren't sure how seriously faculty will take your work, you may want to contact those that you are particularly interested in closely working with to find out what their preferences are and how well you'd fit with them. It is just as much about your work and your fit as it is theirs. Besides, if you are a strong writer, which
    1 point
  8. was1984

    Wordle your SoP!

    Here's mine:
    1 point
  9. As a second year, I started a wiki for everyone in our Master's program (1st and 2nd years) that has answers to basic questions that I asked when I first started: Where's paper for the printer? TA tips, good restaurants in the area, how to use our stupid computer system for grading, etc. I wish I had started it in my first year. I actually learned a lot from other people that posted. And I like to think I helped some first years not feel like idiots when trying to print or find basic supplies. Our department does a crappy job of explaining this stuff, so the wiki has been helpful.
    1 point
  10. What you write sounds familiar; I think most (if not all) new grad students ask themselves these kinds of questions. I know I did. There are several issues here that you may want to address. First of all, can you take classes with the other first-year students next semester? Make an effort to get to know them. It may depend on the particular department, but at least in my department (and actually in all other programs that I know anything about) we definitely make an effort to include new people in our group. Don't assume that the other people in your year won't welcome you. To the contrar
    1 point
  11. $48 only lasts you 2-3 days??? What in the world are you buying? I can feed a family of six for almost a week for $48. Learn to cook cheaper food--and be glad that you get something. Some of us don't qualify even though our income is pretty low.
    1 point
  12. I hope your goals are a bit more focused than that.... Just getting a random psychology PhD from an Ivy League School is not very clear or practical. Do you know what area of psychology you want to go into? Also, a 3.22 GPA will be low for Ivy League Schools but you do have a very good GRE score.
    1 point
  13. poco_puffs

    Science Fiction

    Just to affirm one of your choices, Oregon has seemed pretty friendly to sci-fi. I'm not sure which professors are working and advising in the area, but I can think of at least three students off the top of my head who are working into scifi from varying directions. At least two women in my department are approaching different film/novel franchises in terms of fan culture and fanfic, and one of them was even on the panel of experienced grad students who shared their works in progress with the incoming class. It doesn't sound like that is your *exact* cup of tea, but I figure it shows that the
    1 point
  14. love the thread! ...so here we go worst: 1) Stanford, for the following reasons: a) App fee ($125!) was a rip-off b.) need to go through every single page of the app to edit one minuscule thing at the end of the app c) finding where to login was not straightforward d) after submitting 2 official transcripts and 1 scanned transcript, I still got an email that they want another set of scanned transcript!! e) on top of that, my chance of admission is pretty dang small!.. arghhh 2) Purdue, for requiring me to list all my classes with their textbooks.. thank Goodness, they only wa
    1 point
  15. tinapickles

    Science Fiction

    I have a strong interest in sci-fi as well and did some research. The conclusion I ultimately reached (after talking to a handful of graduate students) was that you can "do" a project on sci-fi just about anywhere. I talked to, for example, a friend of a friend who is currently attending U-Mass Amherst for his PhD and his dissertation focuses on zombies as representations of societal construct of the other; another friend-of-a-friend is working on post-apocalyptic literature at Binghamton. I think its partly how you want to frame your work and what you want to work on. I searched through the p
    1 point
  16. ". . . these forums are simply evidence of our very human impulse to understand what's beyond our control." [i don't know how to quote people on this forum, but this is from lifealive's post two posts up.] A legitimately profound statement--doubly impressive seeing how shallow the subject matter can often seem.
    1 point
  17. murkyama

    Grammar

    You may want to check out Martha Kolln's Rhetorical Grammar and Donald Murray's The Craft of Revision.
    1 point
  18. JohnBom

    The positives thread

    Mental note to self: Do not read this thread unless you want to dive even deeper into the ocean of insecurity.
    1 point
  19. It doesn't always happen that way, but I would say it is a safe generalization to argue that people usually study the group with which they identify with; i.e., women often study women's history, Jews often study Jewish history, African Americans tend to study African American history, etc. I don't know that this applies to other countries though?
    -1 points
  20. wtncffts, Thank you for your excellent points and comments, very refreshing. Let me also clarify that while I do have some personal interest in this topic, my interest is primarily driven by a desire to foster understanding. You've said a lot of things, some of which I agree with and some of which I disagree with. Counter-arguments, I believe, are meant to challenge ideas and further clarity as well as understanding, and I am not oblivious to yours or others' arguments. You are absolutely correct that my question is more focused on "Does it necessarily have to be this way?", rather th
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  21. my ultimate goal is to obtain PhD degree. I got GRE score of V: 710, Q: 780. Only thing that's concerning me is my low GPA. (3.22) However, I really want to get into Ivys. That's my dilemma.
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  22. I remember when I was younger (early college) and wanted a PhD, my uncle looked at me and said something to the extent of "We'll have to pay for more school?" Nevermind the fact that my family stopped helping me with tuition my second year of school (not for any bad reason; they couldn't help after awhile), nevermind the fact that my uncle is not my parent and therefore is not obligated to pay anything, but he still acted like I was putting a burden on him. Then there was my roommate during my application process, continuously making comments about how she was "soo glad" she was going to b
    -1 points


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