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  1. To the person who was rejected from Stanford and wishes you'd told them you were African-American... When the sting of the rejection wears off, I hope you feel pretty crappy about that comment. You should feel crappy about it. Edited for grammar and anger.
    12 points
  2. I guess I am just frustrated when people on the board post a rejection with something like "haha got into a better school anyway." My thoughts on this are: ok, good for you, you've made it. Now what is the point of your comment? Are you arrogant enough to think that if you got into "a better school" you also automatically should be accepted everywhere? Are you frustrated with this rejection—why would you be if you already got good options? So why being bitter/condescending? P.S. unless the comment is a joke. Jokes. I get those. Edit: grammar
    9 points
  3. There's a Harvard acceptance from March of last year with the comment "Only acceptance of this cycle! Don't lose hope at any time!" When my first few decisions were all rejections, I read that comment over and over. Sending warm wishes for Yale, MIT, and Chicago MA acceptances your way...
    8 points
  4. A couple of years ago, a user on here (can't remember their name or I would credit them) compiled the most kick ass, comprehensive list of questions ever. I saved it to my desktop, because I was so impressed! I'd also second that you should look for happy grad students. I ended up choosing my program over one with much better funding because I wanted to be in a place where I could have a good life as well as a good education. As soon as I saw how strongly they value camaraderie here and got to spend time with my then-future cohort mates, I knew I was golden.
    8 points
  5. I'm tired of lurking and just want to say that I'm glad I found this forum. Knowing that you are all in the same boat makes this process much more bearable. Seeing this kind of support is a beautiful thing.
    7 points
  6. Claiming UBC ! Also competitive financial offer! After these rough last couple of weeks, incredibly relieved!
    6 points
  7. I'm also going to agree to what everyone else said. If they did not think you would make a good addition to the program, they would have rejected you rather than waitlisted you. Right now you just have to be patient. Have you asked how the waitlist works? Is it ranked or not? If it is, can they tell you your ranking? Moreover, regardless of how the waitlist works, it will not be used until after admitted students turn decline their offers, which means at this point in the application season nothing you do can really increase your odds of getting in. The only additional email you should send ou
    6 points
  8. 1. Look for happy grad students that are friendly and communicative about the program. These will be your future friends and colleagues! Run down, secretive or unfriendly grad students are the sign of a poorly managed program or are an indication of uneven funding and a hypercompetitive atmosphere. 2. Check out the area and the living situation. You should plan to live close to campus your first semester so that you can fully immerse yourself in campus life. Ask the grad students questions about the area, the cost of living, how public transportation works and where the affordable housing
    5 points
  9. I see my comments have generated a LOT of responses. Let me say two (2) things: one, I apologize for the comments that people found offensive and repugnant in earlier posts. There is no excuse for that type of discussion on my part, and I take full responsibility for my actions. I think this should be a forum where people feel they can gather and calmly, intelligently discuss issues related to not only philosophy, but graduate school in general. Getting overly emotional and needlessly vindictive seriously undermines the prospects for calm, reasonable debate. I regret things I said that others
    5 points
  10. I got accepted to Syracuse and waitlisted at Wash U today. I'm currently visiting Arizona and loving it, so it is very likely I will turn these offers down. EDIT: So, I completely fudged my results entries. The comments with Wash U should be applied to Syracuse. Wash U was just a waitlist spot. But, at least the notifications are up.
    5 points
  11. Congratulations! You've just accepted an offer of admissions for graduate school. Here's the thread to discuss program, courses, research, conferences, housing, meet-ups, etc. with the other grad cafe peeps who have been keeping you neurotic throughout the process. I thought about including a form like in the admissions thread, but figured that this would more relaxed with less stats competition. So, introduce however little or much you want. Title courtesy of knightrunner.
    4 points
  12. Accepted to Binghamton.
    4 points
  13. Got the official numbers from Penn State: at least 25,400 per year, 80% of health insurance, and I got a fellowship for an extra 5,000 my first year. Also, they'll give me an extra 2,000 if I commit by March 21st. Apparently this is more common than I thought.
    4 points
  14. I don't understand why you guys are calling it paradoxes. All of those are good schools with lots of very qualified applicants. Somewhere you're picked, somewhere you're not; it seems to be an absolutely normal part of the process. Implying that it's impossible to be rejected from Northwestern (why, because it is a lower ranked school?) after being accepted to MIT doesn't seem right to me.
    4 points
  15. It seems that everyone in my cohort feels like they were accepted to this awesome program because of some quota they fill, be it with regards to ethnicity, class, race, or whatever. (I actually fill several nontraditional quotas--a bonus!) I mention this because WE ALL feel like we got into this crazy good school because of a fluke. Even those who are wealthy and white-ish. What I have noticed is that the wealthy and white-ish don't question it as much because they have models that have done it. You may not. In my family I don't. And that leaves me with a lot of splainin' to do. The more you h
    4 points
  16. I mean this in the nicest way possible, but sometimes friendship isn't always about being around when they're doing things you're interested in or even approve of. My best friend has been in and out rehab and off/on drugs a majority of our friendship. When she relapses, I'm there for her. When she is clean and sober, I cherish those months with her and praise her every step of the way. She's a "super senior" in undergrad and struggles to attend class, much less do the work or make very good grades. Grad school is out of the question with this friend. But I love her regardless, I value he
    4 points
  17. Just received the best news of this year: "Congratulations! We are pleased to offer you admission to the Molecular, Cellular, and Structural Biology Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota." So stoked right now!
    4 points
  18. OMG!! Acceptance to Harvard Systems Biology xD
    4 points
  19. Folks, I think I figured it out. I look at the people who are in programs and doing things I want to do. Fuzzy Suessian, Resurgence(ZN), etc and I notice a particular thing they have in common. They’re all above 200 internet/reputation points. THAT’S what you turn these in for, an acceptance! I dunno how the adcomms figure out who is who but they’re sneaky… good thing you have me here to keep them honest. Muwahahaha all I need to do now is post more puppy pics and I’ll be in for sure! *ring ring* Hello, Berkeley (BARKley?)This is Bowties – my puppy pics are trending and I’ve got
    3 points
  20. So happy to be contributing to this thread. I've read through all the posts here for the past month, hoping I would one day write about my own acceptance; today, it came. I was sitting in a boring meeting at work - when an email came through. It didn't excite me, since I completed my FAFSA application a few days ago and was receiving many emails from schools about financial aid that were unrelated to my admission decision. However, this particular email had the subject line containing the word "Congratulations!" It could only mean one thing. Yup. I had been admitted. I did my best to k
    3 points
  21. From MIT: "I am truly sorry to inform you that we are not able to offer you admission to the MIT philosophy Ph.D. program. This year, the number of exceptionally talented applicants for admission to our department greatly exceeds the number which can be accommodated and it has been necessary to refuse admission to many fine applicants." Now hold up a second...so MIT thinks I'm exceptionally talented? Oh snap.
    3 points
  22. Just got my acceptance notification from Duke pharmacology That's the one I'll be taking ... Super excited to have the application process done!
    3 points
  23. SLPamy

    2014 SLP Admissions Thread

    I was just notified that I was accepted into Marquette and also into their bilingual program! I am so shocked and excited!!
    3 points
  24. You mean clicking refresh on my email/grad cafe/application status pages isn't suppose to take up all 24 hours of the day?
    3 points
  25. The future inhabitants of PSR!
    3 points
  26. Yes, some of them are really mean spirited too. "What!??! This is a joke, right? That's okay I'm going to f*#$ing Harvard!" So what do we get out of this? You weren't going to attend anyway, apparently. And now you're demeaning what might be someone else's only choice?
    3 points
  27. I have a couple of friends who are faculty members on adcoms this year, both in fields unrelated to political science. Both have been kind enough to listen to me mindf^k (sorry, there's no polite synonym) why I've gotten into certain programs that seemed beyond my reach, and flatly rejected from programs that seemed like great fits with better odds. The only pattern I could discern is that all of the programs that accepted me were public, and most of the ones that rejected me were private. One of the friends gently smacked me upside the head and said that I was looking for patterns where there
    3 points
  28. philosophe

    Acceptance Thread

    Praying to the acceptance gods that today will be a fruitful day for all
    3 points
  29. jazzyd

    Fall 2014 applicants??

    Benedict Cumberbatch looks like what happens to a potato when it's left in the cupboard for too long.
    3 points
  30. You usually need a compelling reason to defer. Most schools will not permit it just so you can sit home and watch Netflix. Alternatively, you could start at the program this year, and if you still aren't convinced finish up with the terminal masters and transfer (assuming you've gotten admission elsewhere). Of course the question has to be: Why were you applying to programs you wouldn't have been happy to attend?
    3 points
  31. I was thinking the same thing. Just the emphasis on "approachability" alone--not to mention the attempt to pull rank ("I'm a successful professional and you're just a TA")--seems like a tip-off. This guy's got issues with certain individuals being in authority, whether that authority is perhaps female or younger. OP: Looking back at some of the things you wrote about his complaints, I would be tempted to not believe any of them. "First TA to refer to the rules as laid out in the handbook"--yeah right. I call bullshit on that one. "Some students feel I'm dismissive"--which students? "They f
    3 points
  32. To HL Slam and any others fearing striking out this cycle, a few thoughts: 1) These applications do not define who you are as a person, your intelligence, or your promise as a future academic. If you want to be an academic, you will find ways of strengthening your application and applying again in the future. There are several folks on this forum who should serve as an inspiration... I forget who it was, but I read from one poster that they nailed Columbia after 30 applications. There is hope! 2) All the really good things in life bring with them the risk of failure. If you want it, don't
    3 points
  33. Regardless of the intentions, a basic rule of thum(per) we should all follow:
    3 points
  34. Poorly worded on his/her part perhaps, but I don't think it's terribly inappropriate for someone to regret not having highlighted structural obstacles that a person may have had to work especially hard to overcome. That would not have guaranteed admission --- we all know that, including the person who wrote that. But it might have shed light on why that person seeks to study political science. Having omitted that from a personal statement could be a very fair mistake. I spent a lot of time contemplating whether to state in my SOP that I identify as a minority in terms of sexual orientation. In
    3 points
  35. Yup. and also of grad students at schools I want to be in. And also young assistant profs that have moved on to great jobs. To the point where i can actually tell you who's been on who's dissertation committees...desperate stalkerish behavior
    3 points
  36. I think we are (A) hungover from the Stanford/Columbia rejections, and (B ) have given up all hope of trying to predict MIT's html-infused admissions notifications.
    3 points
  37. Fiz

    2nd Thoughts/Cold Feet

    Wow. First off, I just want to profusely thank each and everyone of you. Thank you for your anecdotes, your advice, and everything you had to say. To be honest, I haven't really thought much of many people on this forum, and a lot of times I found myself shaking my head in disbelief and thinking, "If these are the kind of people that are in graduate school, I'm not so sure I want to be there with them." But hearing from all of you is so gratifying and inspiring, and it infuses within me hope that not everyone in academia is a stuck up douche bag. Up votes for all you motherfuckers if I could d
    3 points
  38. Fiz, I just want to say that I was in a very similar situation as you. I'm the first and only person in my family to graduate high school conventionally. I'm the first and only person in my family to attend college. My high school GPA was actually lower than yours and I am also a product of the community college system. Everything you are feeling, especially the cold feet, is normal for anybody. The reason I asked you where you got in was because I was trying to figure out how far away from home and what type of city you were moving to. That does make a difference. And let me be
    3 points
  39. I think I'm the earliest one...but I just accepted Duke's offer of admission. Feels good to start planning for the future! Good luck to the rest of you! I might do a summary post later when this thread is wrapping up.
    3 points
  40. I hit my like quota before the end of the first page. I totally agree with Graditude's advice. Seeing a close friend, a homie from the hood in Houston, Tx get his PhD and become a chingon, seeing my girl from immigrant parents and one of the worst neighboords in Dallas go to Berkeley and seeing her evolve into a badass, those experiences have had a profound effect on me, more than they will ever know. It wasn't even anything they said, but watching them go through the process made it seem like a real possibility for me. I'm the youngest in my generation by at least 5 years and was first to gra
    3 points
  41. I've been offline a lot more this last few days. This is a quick note to congratulate all those who have been successful so far. And to those who haven't, you're in very good company.
    2 points
  42. A major problem though is that the GRE imposes a certain standard of objectivity, namely who can do X amount of questions under certain time constraints or who can write X amount of pages in a somewhat coherent and eloquent fashion. This standard of objectivity inherently caters to people who understand and comprehend in a certain way. Although I did well on the GRE, I think it is unfair to juxtapose my scores next to someone equally as capable of me, but who reads a little slower or whatnot, and then to draw the conclusion that I must have better reading comprehension. The way most of us, I i
    2 points
  43. TDazzle

    Fall 2014 applicants??

    Just came back home to see an email of acceptance for Columbia. Super excited.
    2 points
  44. I refer the thread to Gary King, founding father of my people: http://gking.harvard.edu/files/gking/files/psgrad.pdf.
    2 points
  45. Good luck AC!! Given the circumstances, maybe they'll overlook it. Out of curiosity, which school is it?
    2 points
  46. Oh my god. You two. I'll take Watson, thanks!
    2 points
  47. I am in the same boat as well!!! Just threw in 3 more applications for master programs because I am not holding my breath for the remaining PhD programs. Is it bad that I am still hoping for miracles? Because I can't help it Just know you are not alone, Skylarking. I found that it gives me so much strength knowing someone else is going through the same process and literally in the same situation with you. I am so glad we have each other for support.
    2 points
  48. It's like a train wreck.... I can't turn my eyes away from it all.
    2 points
  49. Come on. It's insulting that you think I would not know the difference between moral realism and political realism, and the fact that you laid out definitions is a bit ridiculous and seems quite patronizing to me, I'm not an 18 year old college freshman. This response may seem juvenile and again, I do not want to waste time bickering on here, but that was insulting. I sketched a sketchy comment on a discussion forum. I think moral realism can relate to Geuss' political realism (or at least what he takes to be practical realism in a very general sense) in a very simple way, and that is basicall
    2 points


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