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  1. I graduated HS in 1997, took some basics classes and fiddled around at a community college for a year after then stopped all together. In 2001 I started school again (community college basics). Basically from 1997 - 2004 I worked in various careers and even owned my own business. Then in 2005 I got into an amazing undergrad program at a very prestigious university. I graduated in 2008 with great credentials but could not find a high paying job in my field (not even a mediocre paying one). So instead I managed a boutique for a decent wage until I settled on a graduate program. Bottom line
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  2. No. If you don't have any other academic recommendations, get a former employer to write one for you. I hope that's a joke. How long ago did you contact the old recommenders?
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  3. rawera

    More LOR misery

    I do the mantra thing from 11:12 all the way back around to 11:10. Amateurs.
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  4. From my understanding, I'm a "non-traditional student" because I am old went back to school 12+ years after graduating college. Don't know if it's an official term with grad school adcomms, but my mentors in my current MA program refer to me as such.
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  5. I think some schools ask for the test just because they think they should and others ask for a score it's because they find it useful in disqualifying applicants. No one gets into a program based on their score, while some may be eliminated from consideration because of their score. This sucks and is a huge advantage to you: you generally don't need an amazing score, but just a good one--ideally north of 600. I don't know what you got, and I'll assume you're below that--but the good news is that you can and will get a good score. (If it turns out you need to retake). It's a test of attrition:
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  6. Man, if I knew how I would feel during this process back then, I would have tried a hell of a lot harder in undergrad.
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  7. Great thread. 1. Adding to the advice to talk to professors about programs and process - seek advice from junior faculty that you respect and whose work aligns with your interests, in addition to any senior/famous faculty. They'll have a better idea of what the application/job/disciplinary landscape looks like now. Not to suggest that senior faculty are out of touch, but the junior faculty will have had more recent experience with the nuts-and-bolts and the admissions and job market side of things are pretty different now than when your 60-year-old super famous advisor was in your shoes. I
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  8. Just sent the last of my applications yesterday! So happy to be done with that long, stressful, expensive process. But I'm already feeling like the hard part isn't over yet...even though I know there is not a chance I'll hear from schools for at least a month and a half or so, I'm still obsessively checking my application statuses for updates. Can't wait for April to put all of this behind me and have an idea of where I'll be living for the next two years of my life. Good luck to everyone still finishing applications and to those playing the waiting game with me!
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  9. marlowe

    It's the little things

    I love reading books and talking about them; I anticipate that doing that for a living will be a blast.
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  10. I'm not as old as you are, but I am the oldest in my program. No one's made me feel that it is an issue in any way at all.
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  11. Absolutely I'll take a break! I can't afford to lose sight of what matters to me--nurturing relationships with friends and family. I know some people work continuously and/or are hard on themselves about it, perhaps because that's what they value and that's how they derive their self-worth. That's fine, and I'm not judging. I just know that if I neglect my relationships with the people I care about, I would go insane. I'm now planning my career accordingly. (My value for building relationships, carving out such an appropriate existence given the constraints of academia, explains my topic o
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  12. Brandeis Grad School has a good conference in early March: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/43969 And the PCA/ACA is in Boston in April and they just extended their submission deadline to 12/22.
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  13. Sounds like her stats are very good! I don't think she needs to be nervous. Reading your daughter's stats makes me feel like mine are nowhere close.. so I'm taking another year to become more competitive Check to make sure the courses in her minor will satisfy those program's pre-reqs. Several post-baccs I've looked into don't transfer to other schools (i.e. non-academic credit). Hope the ones in her minor will be transferrable
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  14. Timshel

    Forum Stats for Nov' 11

    This is a clear indication of my anxiety and neuroses while filling out these applications.
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  15. I know this is a little late, but... Yes, I use Notebook for class notes and EverNote for random notes (paper ideas, book lists, and my own reading notes and book reviews). There is a way to back up your Evernote by going to FILE -> EXPORT NOTES TO ARCHIVE. I then put the archive file in Dropbox as it's quite small. Also, I suppose I could just as easily use EverNote for class notes but because I used to record my undergrad classes, Notebook allowed me to drop the audio file (and other multimedia stuff) right onto the note page. I think that by now EverNote has much of the same functionalit
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  16. I hear ya. This is a class that just started right? Or has this been a problem before? Maybe when the novelty of the class setting dies down you will feel more comfortable expressing yourself? I would like to think some professors are aware of issues like this for students and will take this into consideration when handing out grades. Do you write really strong papers? Another thing to remember is that you don't always have to be talking/thinking about what to say. Slow doesn't = bad. People think differently and whatever conclusions you come to in your head are not less or more valuable i
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  17. A bunch of girls wrote "Puh Tuh Kuh" on their hats at graduation. Hope this helps:)
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  18. "bishes" ? Sounds like deaffrication to me.
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  19. HA! I guess it does sound like a lot of programs, but I think I've developed a pretty efficient workflow, so it all seems pretty seamless to me. Being well-organized basically means that my bad habit of procrastination costs me less than it might otherwise. About the Mac... many (though not all) of the programs I use are only for Mac and that is why I bit the bullet and bought a MacBook Pro. I got the cheapest one available at the time and even though it was more than I should have spent on a new computer, I haven't regretted it for a moment. I would never willingly go back to Windows now.
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  20. Minnesotan

    Huge mistake on SOP

    I'm willing to bet that at least half of the professors who evaluate your application will know which university currently employs them.
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  21. It's kinda like the barbaric yelp from...who was that? Whitman? RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Heh, we actually were encouraged to do that in 11th grade when we read that poem in English. I was the only one brave enough to stand up and scream as loud as possible. Had an assistant principal come in to check on us.
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  22. I am also a NON CS background, i did my undergrad from India in mechanical engineering, i have 4.5 yrs work experience in software testing, working for two different MNC's. I dont have research experience or any papers published I am not aiming for top4... It will be really helpful though if someone can give me some names of universities where i have a good chance of getting funding and which will also be a safe category univ for me....
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  23. Is it a good idea to have your colleague (or some random friend) to write one for you if you absolutely can't find a 3rd recommender? (Or you posed as a colleague to write one for yourself, if you know what I mean.) And is it a good idea to send a few more email request for letter if I don't hear back from my potential recommender after a few days? (cuz I have a deadline in the next week) I sent him an email asking for letters about 2 weeks ago... he's actually my third recommender. I've had two set.
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