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  1. 5 points

    Any other fourth-timers out there?

    neverstop, I realize that nothing I say will dissuade you. Please respect that that is not my intention in this post. I am talking to other people considering unfunded offers. 1. neverstop's picture of the future is RIDICULOUSLY optimistic. "until you get that TT job?" "by the time I finish my degree"? Less than 50% of people who begin humanities PhDs ever finish. Don't assume that just because you want this OH SO BAD (and I get it, I really do), you will finish. Most of the dropouts also wanted the degree OH SO BAD at the beginning. Things happen. Life happens. Family disasters. Health problems. Multiple B+s in your classes mean you are asked to leave the university with a terminal master's. Then let's consider the number of people who *do* finish who ultimately get tenure--a number that is sure to decline as retiring professors' tenure positions are eliminated rather than refilled with a new hire. 2. "(and interdisciplinary degrees can be confusing to some employers)." No. Not confusing. Unacceptable. Outside of a very, very small handful of interdisciplinary programs that have a proven track record of job placement--and "proven" in the last five years, not over the past several decades-- an interdisciplinary PhD makes it all but impossible to get an academic job. It can also make you a tougher sell on the high school job market. 3. Student loan debt is not like other debt. 4. ETA: neverstop is painting a picture of zirself as somehow more deserving of both a spot in a PhD program and of an academic job because of willingness to commit to an insane unfunded PhD. The real world does not care about such romantic notions or false senses of nobility. This is a literature forum--Great Literature abounds will tales of how very very much delight Fortune gets in systematically destroying romantic notions and delusional wannabe-nobles, often in the cruelest ways imaginable. Don't fall into this trap.
  2. 5 points

    Unfunded and Accepting

    This is untrue. A majority of the top seventy five programs provide funding to admitted students. 5-7 years of loans for tuition and and living expenses will add up frighteningly fast. If I were in your shoes, I would wait, spend the next year working on my SOP and writing sample and researching fit like crazy, and then I would reapply. You can save up money during the next year, and Purdue will remember you and likely offer you money with an acceptance the next go-around. Take a very serious look at the numbers before making this kind of a decision.
  3. 4 points

    Unfunded and Accepting

    Just to back up what everyone is saying, do not pay for a PhD. To be blunt, a PhD acceptance with no funding is a rejection. Programs fund the students they want, despite what you seem to have heard - it is actually quite uncommon for them not to fund in some form, whether it's a public or private university, and whether you're coming in with a BA or MA (terminal MAs are a different story, but even doing that unfunded is generally discouraged if it can be avoided). There's a lot of talk (on forums like The Chronicle) about whether it's even ethical to admit PhD students in the humanities without funding, even for just the first year. If you don't even have guaranteed funding after a year, you should not even be considering it. I considered it when I was on a first-year funding waitlist at UW-Madison a couple years ago (I eventually got off and was awarded a fellowship, but accepted at another program anyway), but only because I had guaranteed funding for five years after, and because my grandfather had just died and left me just enough money to get by for a year without going into debt, and because Madison has a great placement record. But the DGS at the time was very wary of my doing it even then, and in retrospect that would have been terrible. DO NOT TAKE ON DEBT to do this. Especially since you already have a lot. I know money can often seem abstract, but eventually that much debt will come to be very real, and crushing. You will not be able to pay that much off, even if you are one of the lucky less-than-50% of PhDs to get a TT job. I don't think you'll be able to find a single well-informed person who thinks it's not a horrible idea. Sorry if this is harsh, but I think it's one of the few situations that warrants it. I know rejections are awful, and I've been there, but listen to people and don't do it. Re-apply - if they want you, they'll accept you with funding next time around.
  4. 4 points

    Unfunded and Accepting

    Don't do it. I know you want a Ph.D. right now, but do not pay for your Ph.D. Absolutely not. I paid partially for my MA and regret it, even though that is much more common. Reapply until you get a funded position. Worst-case scenario: you get admitted to a Ph.D. program who wants you to pay the first year and then you get funded (Indiana and UWashington, as far as I'm aware, do this). Even that is questionable, but do not pay for a Ph.D.
  5. 4 points
    Here is an example of what some of us would like to do upon getting rejection letters: _____________________________________ April 29, 1998 Herbert A Millington Chair - Graduate Studies Committee Whatsa Matta University College Hill, MA 01610 Dear Professor Millington, Thank for your letter of April 16. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me admission to your department. This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates it is impossible for me to accept all refusals. Despite W.M.U.'s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore, I will join the ranks of graduate students in your department this September. I look forward to seeing you then. Best of luck in rejecting future applicants. Sincerely, [your name here]
  6. 3 points
    And just to be clear, 97.25% of all people who reference Howard Zinn's book have not actually read it, but instead only know it from the reference to it in the movie "Good Will Hunting". Because a wicked suppah smart guy talked about it, it has to be wicked awesome, right?
  7. 3 points
    My status on the Temple website just changed to "University Acceptance." Wahooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
  8. 3 points
    I haven't posted much in the last few days... I am in a grading haze... But next year I'll be doing it for someone else! It looks like I am moving to Miami this summer, I am not wasting much energy on the prospect of waiting lists for my last few schools. I have a funded offer in a great program for me. I feel so lucky that I am going to continue my training with my mentor's mentor. I am having fun researching Miami and I am going down for a visit at the end of the month. Of course I have moments of overwhelming stress when I think about the move and beginning the program, but I am happy to deal with that pressure. BTW - I love the idea of starting a support thread next year. It would be great to communicate with everyone who is going through the same experience after sharing this process together.
  9. 2 points
    @Jack Kerouac, I agree with @splitends, the general knowledge in most humanities disciplines is that you can leverage well-funded offers to hopefully increase offers at other schools. I don't know about the sciences, but in the humanities where we get less love than the sciences, leveraging offers is a common and (in my opinion) often necessary strategy as a graduate student who needs to make ends meet. Especially if financial concerns could make or break whether you finish the program! I have friends who've done this, professors who have showed me how to do it, and it's a strategy I'll use if it turns out that I'll need to do so. Even for programs that aren't well-funded, if they want you, they will find the money. Seriously. A friend of mine at a state school in a program with few funds leveraged her offer from a private school to get money from the state program, which was really where she wanted to attend. She's now happy and fully funded. If a program is really interested in you, they will find the money. And while cost-of-living is one consideration, keep in mind that fellowships generally fund at a higher level than teaching assistantships no matter where you live. Also, be clear about the cost-of-living difference. Sometimes schools in lower cost-of-living areas try to say that their offers are lower because of the lower cost-of-living, but that isn't actually always the case. Sometimes that's just their excuse for low offers. One of the state schools I'm looking at in a low-cost of living area offered me a fellowship that exceeds the fellowship in a higher cost-of-living private school. Make sure you take the time to find a cost-of-living calculator, or go on Craigslist and check out the median housing costs on their listings. Especially with cost of living, there are a million calculators on the web to compare two different places. Also make sure you understand if your tuition is waived, or if you're being offered tuition assistance. The former is most desirable, as the latter is taxable and goes on your W-2 as earned income. These are all things you have to consider as you look at your financial situation (which, as graduate students, already sucks! ). My point is, if they want you, they will find the money. They may not always be able to match your very best offer, but they'll make whatever efforts they can to make their offer comparable. The key is that you want to negotiate only with the one program that, all other things being equal, money is really the only thing keeping you from saying "Yes! I'm will attend!" If that's your situation, then put on your negotiator hat and write a kind, respectful, carefully worded email like @splitends laid out. I would do this before the Prospective Student's Weekend, as it will take the stress away from your visit and let you focus on whether or not the program is the right fit for you. Also, I like to have these conversations in writing in case down the road there's ever any questions about what was agreed upon. You are well within established norms to negotiate as someone in English, and in the humanities more broadly. Good luck!!
  10. 2 points
    Hmmm. As another indebted student, I would suggest going with the shorter, more affordable school. I know Vanderbilt seems great, but I've heard it is relatively difficult to get English teaching jobs- you don't want to be stuck with all of the extra debt while you're struggling to find a school placement. The payoff of debt to future income for teachers is not a good one. I would take the financial aid offer from Vandy to OSU, and ask OSU for money. If they say no, you can think about Vanderbilt again. However, if they say yes, I would take the money and run. It is hard enough to be a teacher, much less one strapped down with debt. Good luck, J
  11. 2 points

    What will you treat yourself to?

    I will probably first treat myself to jumping up, screaming at the top of my lungs and scaring the life out of everyone in the coffee shop. From there, it's anybody's guess.
  12. 2 points
    Phil Sparrow

    Any other fourth-timers out there?

    To echo Sparky, an unfunded degree can also make you a much harder sell on the job market. No teaching experience? No fellowship? These kinds of things, which fund you, are markers of being vetted by at least one institution. I can't imagine a job search committee overlooking a lack of both.
  13. 2 points

    Fall 2012 Applicant Chit Chat

    Oh. HOLY CRAP! I JUST noticed that I got promoted to Cup o'Joe with over 1,000 posts!!!! I sure hope that over 500 pieces of advice has paid off....
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points

    Waiting it Out: Meme Style

    Thought this thread could use some paranoid parrot:
  16. 2 points

    2013 Applicants...

    This forum has absolutely helped me, no doubt about it. Before stumbling upon this forum I thought I could get into grad school with just good grades and a high GRE score. HA! Who was I kidding!? Anyway, I am currently waiting on 2 NSF summer internships that I think will help my applications immensely. The anticipation is killing me, it feels like a precursor to my grad school apps.
  17. 2 points
    Advice for the GRE: Get into routine and get into routine early. If you're a night owl you need to snap that relatively soon. Your exam will be 8am or 1pm (I think). You'll want to start a routine of waking up at some certain time, having a good breakfast, and getting your mind warmed up by doing some reading and math questions in the morning. Also, start getting used to doing some practicing at all times of the day, with an emphasis also on the time frame that you'll be taking your exam. I made the mistake for a while of just doing a lot of night work because that's what I was used to. That back fired on the first time I took my gre. Anyways, get in routine and get used to eating breakfast if you don't already now - it will pay off. Also, attend a conference if you can and meet a professor or two that you want to work with. Many that I met were really impressed that I was at conferences as an undergrad and that I was actively socializing with faculty.
  18. 2 points

    Fulbright 2012-2013

    Kind of describes me right now during this excruciating period: It's really too bad I have to teach tomorrow at 8:30 am. It's an hour and 15 minutes that I will be away from my computer to hit the 'refresh' button.
  19. 2 points
    It usually will come as part of a recruitment package. The best offers usually start with a year or two of pure fellowship, where you get paid just to be there (and free tuition, of course), followed by a year or two of TA. Sometimes they might start you right off with a TA and scholarship. Sometimes you might become an instructor for a semester or two after you've graduated. It all varies depending on the institution and their needs at the time. Go for the best financial package you can get.
  20. 2 points
    I wont be applying to Grad Schools until next fall, but I'm beginning to get some of these annoying comments! Here are the most irritating thus far: "That's going to cost you like $100k! How will you ever pay that off" ... And then I have to explain what funding is. " You're going to apply to Yale, Columbia, AND Johns Hopkins?! I didn't know you were that smart.".... Gee, thanks [*]"More school? You know you won't be out in the workforce until your 25/26 [i'm 20]?"... I typically respond sarcastically, "wait... what?! I didn't even think of that... I better reevaluate my future aspirations..." and lastly, I had this conversation earlier today Friend: "You want to study what?" Me: "Biostatistics" Friend: "I've never heard of that... I don't even know what bio....biowhatever is....?
  21. 2 points
    waitlist for University of Oregon.... where is that damn wine bottle!!
  22. 2 points
    Yo, go visit you guys. Or better yet, try to talk with current graduate students if you can. I think my school has a reputation, but I don't think that reputation is accurate. Or rather, if it is true for a minority of students, it's not accurate for me as a graduate student. Wisconsin was super-competitive because of artificial scarcity. I don't think we're likely to return to that in sociology grad schools (one professor told me that back in the day, all the Harvard PhD just took normal summer jobs because they needed the money. She was a typist in this really sexist office every summer. Impossible to imagine now). Some places encourage competition, but I bet they do it selectively. Like for Harvard, I would guess that the quantitive/networks people felt like they were competing (for ASR articles, for jobs, for attention whatever--it's had good results) but maybe the ethnographers and people doing historical work experienced a really different environment. You know? I wouldn't believe everything you read on the internet, is all I mean, and even if it is true to some degree, unless there's a clear structural reason for it (like there was at Wisconsin, or if one huge name adviser has like 40 students or something, or maybe what people above say about UCLA, I don't know anything about that), I'd bet it is irregular even at a department it's "true" for. At my school, I find myself cooperating with people from my same adviser, not competing with them. She has us look out for each other ("I'm worried about how his lit review is going. Will you talk to him about it and tell him not to freak out? He worries too much"). And I know she'd be like that at any school. I'm actively trying to recruit more people to come work with her from the admitted students to come here and work with her because to me, that's more people here with similar interests, more people who could read my work, more people that could suggest useful criticisms. Competition vs cooperation is probably as much about the adviser as it is about the department. One of the hot shot person here has taken to pairing up one of his most favorite students with other people who have potentially interesting projects that they don't have all the skills to do yet. It's assigned collegiality, and it's very much created by the adviser, not the department as a whole. My cohort has some potential cooperation in it because we happened to get along really well. I want to work together with some of these people because I straight up like them. That seems less likely for the cohort below me because, for whatever reason, they just hung out together less and hang out less. We experience the same program and the same advisers, but different levels of collegiality. Also, just a note, we don't have that many co-publishers that come out of our department, but I know like eight people who would take a look at a draft paper of mine and give me thoughtful criticisms. This is also probably something that you can only figure out after you've been admitted though, because that's the only time you can talk to real graduate students, unless you have the social networks to know people already in the department. My recommendation to you, whereever you go, have all the first years meet together for a drink at a bar a few days before school starts. That's one thing we did, and the younger cohort didn't do, that was a small step towards going down a friendly path.
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points

    Decisions, Decisions

    The question is ... are departments willing to enact this for me? That is how I know I am truly wanted
  25. 2 points
    1. comparing yourself to other students is a great way to make yourself feel like shit. guess what, as awesome as you were in the small pond of your undergrad years, you will NEVER be the best in your field. you'll NEVER be the best in your department, either. that's not me being pessimistic, that's reality. and the faster you can stop comparing yourself, the happier you'll be in grad school. because it isn't about being THE best, it's about being YOUR best. for real. stop comparing. 2. definitely don't compare yourself to people you love. that's a good way to stop loving them. quit it. 3. education programs are a VERY different animal from PhD programs. the field of education has a very different reputation and is perceived (right or wrong) to have a very different level of rigor. i mean, if you gotta start comparing yourself, at least do it with someone in your field. but even then, quit it.
  26. 2 points

    What will you treat yourself to?

    A huge Nutella and a spoon. Until I choke to death. That is all.
  27. 1 point
    I will get accepted. I will get accepted. I will get accepted.
  28. 1 point

    Fall 2012 Applicant Chit Chat

    Just got a fellowship at UIC!
  29. 1 point
    Or about the documentary they saw on the History channel. Or, they start talking about the area of history they like to read said books about (usually, WWII military history).
  30. 1 point

    Official Admitted Thread

    Just got into LBJ MGPS- no funding.
  31. 1 point
    So I joined Tulane's admission facebook page, and I noticed that they posted a list of places from where different admitted students are from this year to show I guess that people apply from all over the u.s. The first one listed is albuquerque where I'm currently living. so mentioned it to a co-worker who is a tulane grad alum, and i asked her what were the chances that was me and she said: "pretty good, everytime i say something about tulane here people ask me if its an international school" win!!! lol
  32. 1 point
    Today seems even slower than yesterday :/ just put me out of my misery, grad schools!
  33. 1 point

    What should I do?

    They can't "not accept" the cancellation. They can't force you to go to their school. But it is possible that you can ruffle some feathers and set yourself up to have some hurt feelings with someone whose path you have to cross later in life. Personally, I say accept the offer and then pull out if you have to. There will be many who disagree with me, for a number of reasons. But I think that it's unreasonable and even unethical for a school to force you to make a choice before all of your other offers are in, and if that's the way they're going to play the game, then they're going to have to deal with people pulling out after having accepted. That's my thinking, anyway. I've been fortunate that my schools have not forced me to accept early and were understanding when I said I was waiting for one more decision. I think it's only fair.
  34. 1 point

    Who else has heard nothing?

    The wait is over. I'm in, full tuition and stipend. It's 7am where I am, and I can't quite compute.
  35. 1 point
    Rawwww, I'ma give it to ya! --With no trivia! Raw like cocaine straight from Bolivia My HipHop will rock and shock the nation like the Emancipation Proclamation Weak emcees approach with slang that's dead You might as well run into the wall and bang your head I'm pushin force; my force your doubtin I'm makin' devils cower to the Caucus Mountains...
  36. 1 point

    Waiting it Out: Meme Style

    ... so far... at 4:30 EST? ...
  37. 1 point

    Fall 2012 Season

    No worries on the misread, it's the thought that counts. And thanks. One thing I've realized during this process is that, for me, getting the rejection out of the way is better than the waiting around. I am an obsessive/compulsive planner. Which, I have recently discovered, is really just code for "Seriously woman? You're a control freak!" Sitting around waiting on other people's decisions ... not really something I'm good at. The last month or so (well, really, the 3.5 weeks between rejection #1 and #2 *ahem*) have been cripplingly terrible. And I've realized that it's not, in fact, the fear of rejection. At least, not primarily that. No. It's the complete inability to make anything resembling a plan. Am I moving? I don't know. Am I going to grad school? I don't know. Do I need to look for a job? I don't know. Oh dear gods, give me something to go on already!!! Clearly, If I can't make plans, I absolutely cannot cope with life. Back in the days before the interwebs, it may not have been so cruel to send out interviews/acceptances before (or, seriously, LONG before) the rejections. I mean, it's not like high school where you've got dozens and dozens of people all applying to colleges, often overlapping, and hearing all their results at the same time. Most of the time, in my experience anyway, even if there ARE several people applying to graduate programs, they're usually applying to different ones. So without the internet, if you get skipped on the invite/accept party, it's not like you'd know. But we DO have the net. We DO have places like GradCafe, and the results survey. So we absolutely DO hear about the invites/acceptances that are going on. We know when shit is going on with a program and we're not hearing from them. So what's the point behind hoarding the rejections? It's not like they're doing anybody any damn favors. Anyone else feeling this, or is it just me? We now return you to your regularly scheduled insanity ....
  38. 1 point
    @venti - I think I'm going to cut them out and invent my own season 3 in the interim. Like seriously.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    I just got into Boston U (and posted it in the Results board). I had my guard down, it being a Saturday afternoon. It was an email from a POI, so don't fret if you applied there but didn't receive notice yet. He mentioned that the grad school won't sent out official offers for a while. (if you want more details feel free to PM, I don't want to be tacky) Congrats to the other recent acceptances. But I wanted to say thanks so much to everyone on this board for being so supportive and helpful over these past few months. The kind comments and PMs have helped me immeasurably. Since my application season is winding down (save for a couple of wait lists and an imminent rejection from ND) I just wanted to sincerely wish everyone who's still waiting the best possible luck. This time last week I was thinking of alternatives next year (partly where to live, partly what to research, partly which Starbucks to work at), and now I have a couple of funded offers that are great fits for me - which just goes to show the importance of staying hopeful and optimistic. Thank you all so much.
  41. 1 point

    Paying for a Master's

    One thing worth considering is that not getting a funding offer for the first year does not equal no funding whatsoever. I was admitted to an MA program in a prestigious school with no funding; however, after taking out loans for the first year, I was fully funded for the following years. Not sure if this is an unusual scenario, but it worked out well for me.
  42. 1 point

    happy and jealous the same time

    Like you alluded to earlier, the expectations for admissions are completely different for the two fields. Psychology (both Experimental and Clinical) has been getting more and more saturated by prospective graduate applicants, and its created this upward pressure of research experience needed to gain admission somewhere. I got accepted into a top Psych-related PhD (CMU SDS/Psychology) with only a year out of school (and working as a consultant, not a research assistant/lab manager), but that was definitely not the norm among the people I met at the interview. The norm to get into a decent program is now 2-3+ years of post-bacc full-time research experience and/or a Masters with a fair amount of research competence reflected by your letters. As an undergrad, I presented a relatively large amount of different papers/posters and had a couple of R&Rs in three pretty different fields (social psychology, game theory, and behavioral medicine/epidemiology), and my letters were glowing because of it, which served as a strong enough signal to avoid having to get extra research experience. I have colleagues now, though, in my school's Psychology department who came in in their late 20s because they had to build up their CVs just to get looked at by top schools--when I ask professors who got their PhDs a decade ago, they are still in shock over the sharp increase in expectations during the relatively short time-span. Point is, you chose to get into Psychology. Your fiancé chose to go into Education. Both are completely different fields and the profiles needed to appeal to top schools are completely different for both. If you got into Psychology because it's a passion of your's, you wouldn't be happy doing Education, even if at a better school. You're getting training for your career and your future--not anyone else's. There's always going to be disparities around you, so it's best to just focus on yourself and be happy with what's in front of you and not what falls into the lap of anyone else. Ultimately, you're in charge of your future, and even though academia isn't as much of a meritocracy as many of us hoped for, there is still ample opportunity to 'move up' between stages in your career, so work on doing that rather than ruminating over counterfactuals that can no longer be changed.
  43. 1 point

    Need Advice on a Professor

    Your initial conversation seems odd but I wasn't there. It's hard to say what you were doing that might have appeared flippant or joking. It seems to me that she's harder on you in class because you're a grad student and the others are undergrads. Maybe the others need more encouragement to contribute. High expectations are good, and your paper mark suggests that you're meeting them. And her telling you that you should read the articles in depth is pretty mild criticism. The big indicator that she likes you (or at least respects you) is that research position. Advisors don't hire researchers they don't like, so to me that overshadows anything else that might be odd about your interactions. My snap judgement is that maybe you're being a bit thin-skinned. Learning how to take criticism is a big part of graduate school because it happens constantly. Your advisor isn't your friend and doesn't have to be nice, especially because she's rewarding you where it counts (grades, opportunities).
  44. 1 point

    happy and jealous the same time

    I think you should try to be happier for you fiancee. The admissions process is confusing and complicated. As you said yourself, applying out of UG and out of a Masters are two different things and Education and Psych are different fields. While I understand that it's frustrating that you had to work hard and reap little from your efforts, you need to understand you two are in different circumstances. I don't know any of the specifics, but I think Education programs tend to put more emphasis on experience and stuff rather than research. Plus, she hasn't been accepted yet, she just got interviews. Look, the bottom-line is, even though it was difficult, you did get accepted to a PhD program, and it sounds like she is well on her way to achieving the same thing. I think you need to push your bad feelings aside and be supportive of her and her accomplishments.
  45. 1 point
    One thing I would add that has been somewhat alluded to but not addressed entirely is make sure those individuals who you would like to work with get along with one another and respect one another's opinion. If you later find out that your prospective dissertation committee contains individuals who cannot stand one another, then unfortunately you may have stepped into a political debate that has nothing to do with you. The best way I feel to gauge this is by first asking the professors themselves if they like working with Professor's X, Y, and Z. I would attempt to confirm their opinion of one another based off what graduate student's think as well as what the secretaries think. Getting to know a departmental secretary really well will I think aid in your time at whatever university you decide to attend; they know the loopholes and they know who to talk to, so asking what their opinion is may give you some clues that you might not otherwise get from your visit about the status of the department. Please feel free to refute any of my comments.
  46. 1 point

    From MSc to PhD

    Hi, so it looks like I'm going to be offered a funded MSc which is great but Its a smaller department. My advisor has a strong research program, meaning he publishes every year in work im really interested in. I am worried that after I get my MSc, when I apply to PhD programs that my application will be rejected because I got it at a smaller smaller/low ranked program. Its a thesis based masters. Anyone have any clue to this?
  47. 1 point

    Reject Something

    you should go something like this Dear Princeton University, Thank you for rejecting my application for the fall 2012 admission. While I assure you that your rejection letter was carefully reviewed by me, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me admission to your department. This year, I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of programs rejecting me, it is impossible for me to accept all rejections. My rejection decisions take into account not only the universities’ prestige, but also the suitability of the department’s program to my personal interest. Hence, despite your university's outstanding qualifications and previous experiences in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore, I will join the ranks of graduate students in your department this fall. I look forward to seeing you then. Best of luck in rejecting future applicants. Sincerely, Meep
  48. 1 point

    GRE and GPA

    I think that it will actually be really transparent and make your GPA look worse if you try to boost it by taking undergraduate courses. That's like going backwards and wouldn't inspire confidence in your level of work or your judgment.
  49. 1 point

    Sh*t Grad Applicants Say

    Hopefully this will work. My friend and I go through this everyday. We died laughing the first time we saw it because it absolutely reflects this whole process.
  50. 1 point

    LOR for forgettable student

    I haven't been a TA yet, but being on the other side of asking for letters, I wouldn't want a recommendation letter from someone who doesn't feel like they can say good things about me. Just tell the student and they'll ask someone else, who might be able to write a better letter. Sometimes it's hard for a student to know who will be able to write a good letter for them.

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