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  1. 3 points
    I agree with this. When it comes down to the final round of applicants, it is no longer a numbers game. It's about research fit, SOPs and LORs. I also agree that it isn't about getting into a graduate school, it's about getting into the graduate school that will make you happy for the next 5-6 years. And it really shows which schools you are enthusiastic about and which schools you aren't.
  2. 3 points

    Fall 2014 applicants??

    I finished my M.A. thesis!!!
  3. 2 points
    I would heed against this advice, consider the following: Octopus could have things in his statement that resonate with the adcomm. He might even be a better writer than you! Hardly the same application. Another thing are letters, which everyone has immaculate, but again something could resonate. Perhaps Octopus would only be happy at these schools, why not apply? You shouldn't be trying to get into graduate school, you should be trying to get into the right graduate school. Furthermore, he is a post masters student. I don't know much about biology applications, but having a masters degree tends to ease the minds of many adcoms in general. Who are we to tell people how they should spend their money, or how they want to go to grad school. A graduate education is singular, no two degrees the same from student to student let alone from department to department. In my opinion, no school should be crossed off unless you do not meet the minimum requirements and you can afford the application fee. Too many people pick the wrong department, advisor, program: GPA is never the reason. (yes its monday night, im bored, and responding to a thread I don't know much about).
  4. 2 points

    Choosing a recommendation letter writer.

    To respond to CageFree and thedig13 (as well as the OP) and clarify, I am not attempting to say that you shouldn't contact POIs, and I freely admit that doing so could prove to be beneficial. However, I stand by my statement that contacting a POI is not necessary in order to be admitted (i.e. you shouldn't feel that it's a mandatory part of the application process), and both at the institution I'll be attending and two more that I applied to, the history department website specifically indicated that potential students should not email professors due to the high volume of emails they receive and should instead address themselves to the grad secretary if they have any questions about who is going on sabbatical or retiring. I can only speak from my experience as someone who didn't send any emails to POIs and was still admitted to institutions that offered viable POI matches for me (which I was able to confirm at visit day). TL;DR: by all means, go ahead and contact a POI if you believe it's necessary and fitting in your particular situation, but don't just do it for the sake of doing it if you have nothing important to ask or say (especially if the department website specifically advises against it).
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    HESA Applicants Fall 2015

    It might be a little early to start this... since I've officially deferred I kind of want to see who else on here will be applying to start in Fall 2015. Figured I'd start a thread where we can discuss what which programs we're interested in, give program search advice, etc.
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    Dramatic Literature Dabblers

    I’m still not sure about this “hesitancy.” I just don’t see it. Maybe I’ve marked too many undergraduate “compare and contrast” essays – the bread and butter of introductory courses – over the past few years to be impartial… But clarity in your SOP is more important than long-winded explanations here. Your SOP will be reviewed by faculty with decades of experience studying and teaching plays alongside other kinds of literature. Indicating to these folks that you have a solid grasp of the discipline and that you have something significant to contribute is really all that matters. Best of luck!
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    The GRE Literature Subject Test

    Hi madhusirmani! Welcome to our community. You are asking good questions, but I'd say they are the type of questions that suggest that you are just starting your grad school application journey. Lots of people can give you good advice here, but I really encourage you to find a professor at your university who can fully explain the grad school application process in the United States. We strangers on the internet can give you some great advice, but it will be so helpful to meet with a professor who knows the field and knows your work early on. You can also ask your professors to get you in contact with professors or grad students from your country who studied or are studying in the US. After that, go to the English Department websites at some universities that interest you. See what they list as the requirements and such. I found that looking at twenty different programs (that I wanted to go to!) and their application requirements helped me better understand my field and the process. And for more info about the subject test, go ahead and search for"GRE subject" in the lit/rhet/comp forum. You'll find lots of discussions about scores and preparation. Good luck! And once again, welcome!
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    Conference Participation

    I agree with most of what TMP said. However, I find the "heels" comment to be rather sexist. Women do not need heels to appear confident... if that makes YOU feel that way, great... but women are under no obligation to wear heels (or dresses, or make-up). Besides, teetering around in heels when you're not used to them would have the opposite effect.
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    Verbal score is low, but the quant score is fantastic. Doing a MS shows that Octopus can handle graduate level coursework so the lower undergrad GPA is less important. I wouldn't rule those schools out, the SOP matters a lot. I'm not saying Octopus will get in, but they have a competitive profile. I checked out UCLA on the results search and found that somebody with a 3.8 GPA and a 160 V 153 Q got into their biochemistry program for this year. Somebody else got into their biomedical engineering program in 2013 with a 3.4 GPA and 156 V 154 Q. I do agree that most of the listed profiles are higher, with GREs >160 for V and Q and they have undergrad GPAs >3.8. It's hard, but what you need to do is not be some perfect number you have to show you have potential. I think Octopus has potential.
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    Modern Literature Ph.D Programs?

    Do you mean Modernist? British? Irish? American? Global? Your post is pretty vague... Really, your best bet is to look at scholarship you admire. Where are those authors working? Find those schools and see if they're interested in taking on new graduate students. You'll find out more that way than you will asking here, unless you are able to post very specific interests.
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    To these really helpful posts, I'll just add that Harvard's "Guidelines for Admission" page states that a score of "at least 650" on the Subject Test is a "positive addition to the application." Harvard (and a few of the other "highest-tier" programs) require both the General and Subject GRE, but all of those at which I've looked so far make it clear that neither of these scores will in any way determine an applicant's admission or non-admission. And as has already been said, a lot of really good programs don't even require the Subject Test (some are even getting smart enough not to require the General test anymore, I think!). All in all, I'd say that if you can manage a score of 600+, you'll be doing yourself a favor; if not, though, I seriously wouldn't stress about it too much.
  12. 1 point

    Too many research experiences?

    This is a good thing, not a bad thing. I will say though: only emphasize what is relevant to the programs/research interests in your SOP. Don't go on and on about every RA position you had, but just list them on your CV and say you have extensive research experience in your SOP.
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    Fall 2015 Applicants

    That's so funny thedig13-- I got the same score on my draft! I think us history majors love using nouns and prepositions Telkanuru - lol
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    Fall 2015 Applicants

    For giggles, I plugged in my old SOP from last year's application cycle (when I was reasonably successful) and got an overall rating of "fit and trim," with a slight overdependence on nouns and prepositions. Just in case anybody wanted to know how this webpage would rate a successful SOP.
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    I think this might also be the case, particularly for women or URM applicants who might be a bit easier to distinguish in a pool of applicants.
  16. 1 point
    I disagree with the second sentence. Even my broader topic (behavioural epigenetics) is so new, that only several professors in the country, much less a grad school, do it. Then I have to consider the professors that can't take grad students, and I'm pretty much left with only one professor each from a few schools. You still want to seem somewhat focused on your topic and not all over the place, too. I still don't get what's with the negativity with knowing what you want to research. I've found that it leaves a good impression with the POIs that I've talked to.
  17. 1 point
    Yes. It is what interests you, so name it. Plus I think schools appreciate you taking time to research their faculty and potential advisors so they know you actually are interested in their program. I would make sure not to list only one however as this appears kind of narrow and not flexible with research, which is not a good look to have going into interviews.
  18. 1 point
    Right. In my opinion, I think your interests are varied and general enough to be applied to many, many grad programs in rhet/comp. Primarily, because pedagogy is such a strong part of rhet/comp in general, most if not all programs will have a strong emphasis here, though you might want to check out the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) or the Writing Center Journal to see which institutions are represented by their scholars as being leaders in writing center pedagogy specifically. Generally speaking, feminist rhetoric will be similar: there are lots of people doing work here at many institutions. You might be interested in checking out (or joining) the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CWSHRC) and more specifically the related conference FemRhets to see where scholars interested in this work are located. Here's a link to former conference programs: http://femrhets.cwshrc.org/past-conferences/. Though, if you have a specific historical interest related to this area (maybe with your interests it would be contemporary feminist and cultural rhetorics?) you might be able to narrow down the search a bit. Nonconventional texts and media, which you will see more under the term of multimodal composition, is also a big topic, but narrowing it down to graphic fiction is helpful. I just did a bit of poking around on the Kairos website and found a number of articles that might point you toward scholars and institutions doing work in the area; here's the link: http://www.google.com/cse?cx=006155699516671758047%3Abyaez4fl6ce&ie=UTF-8&q=comics#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=comics. With all that said, I stick to my claim that you will have the resources to succeed at many programs. Nearly all unis have a writing center now, and feminist and multimodal scholars are a staple to any department. Though, with that said, you might want to look into Michigan State if you haven't already. It will not be a safety school by any means--it's regarded as one of the top programs in the country--but I feel as though the program would align well with your specific interests in cultural studies. I have some personal reservations about the program we can talk about if you PM me, but there's no arguing it's a great program. I'm sure you'll get better advice from others on the thread, but I think this is at least a good place to start!
  19. 1 point
    Okay, now we can get started! If writing centers are an interest of yours, check with Academicat; one of her main interests is writing center administration. She's heading to Ohio State, but I can't remember what other programs she applied to. For feminist rhetoric, University of Arizona, Miami University, Ohio State, Maryland, Arizona State University, and Penn State are all great places. Miami and the two Arizonas both have funded rhet/comp MA's... I think. There are definitely more, but those were the programs on my radar. The great thing is that most all rhetoric programs will welcome students who are into nonconventional texts or media. I don't know of any with a stated cultural studies emphasis, but since rhetoric is found in pretty much any medium, you'll likely be encouraged to go out and discover some ripe pop culture texts for analysis! I am working on an article right now about a queer feminist zine that was popular in the early aughts; I also work with Twitter hashtags. I've never had a problem convincing a professor in rhet/comp that a certain text was worth studying. Still, it may be wise to look at the last few issues of some of the big journals in our field (Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, CCC) and see if anyone is doing the kind of work you want to do. Then, see where they work/study and where they went to grad school. That may help you narrow down the list. As for your concerns about your competitiveness, I'm with Chadillac. You seem like you actually have some pretty strong assets under your belt. One of the great things about our field is that prestige of your undergrad institution doesn't hold weight. I don't think I know any rhet/comp grad students who came from the Ivy system! Rhet/comp as a field flourishes in public institutions (I don't know of any privates that even offer a rhet/comp emphasis), so don't consider your undergrad a deficit.
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    How reliable is Kaplan GRE prep?

    Oh, and I've heard Kaplan scores are generally higher than the actual GRE, but don't let this freak you out. I scored 165 and 167V on my Kaplan practice tests, so it wasn't that far off. I scored 159 on the first Powerprep, and 162 on the second. The best thing these practice tests do for you is make you an expert on how to take the GRE, which makes up a huge part of how to do well on the GRE.
  21. 1 point

    How reliable is Kaplan GRE prep?

    From my personal experience, I would recommend you take as many practice tests as you can. I took a few Kaplan ones, Manhattan Prep, and DEFINITELY take the Powerprep tests--those come directly from ETS so they are most like the actual GRE. (I scored between 159-167V across my practice tests and got a 165 on the real test. I didn't do the math portion of the practice tests because my discipline doesn't really care about it as much, but I scored 151Q). For the verbal, study vocab. Vocab is the way to go. I used an app on my phone so I could test myself wherever I was. Honestly, I spent more time studying vocab than anything else. It helps to use the words in context. I'd also practice reading comprehension if you want to raise your verbal--practice tests will help because you kind of figure out where the test is trying to trick you. Manhattan Prep really does a good job of breaking down where the pitfalls are. Math--well math and I aren't good friends, so I can't help you much. I know ETS has free resources for reviewing GRE math on their website, so I'd skim through those. Even if you ace the practice tests, if you go into the real test nervous/sick/depressed/any amount of other things, you might not perform as well. Try not to stress too much about it, and remember that it's only one part of the application. For test day, remember to eat before you go in. My stomach was growling the whole time and I was miserable. Also, use the restroom. I totally forgot because I was psyched out. Think about if you perform better in the morning or afternoon, and sign up for a test time accordingly. Just take your time and try not to stress yourself out beforehand. You're going to do great!
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    Advice on what to avoid: Writing tips:
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    The sub-3.0 GPAs ACCEPTANCE thread

    I know that there hasn't really been an update in this thread for about a month, but I wanted to come in and see how others think my resume/CV would help with my sub-3.0 uGPA. Extenuating Circumstances: I always had a strained relationship with my parents, and they kicked me out of the house when I was 19 because my "way of life" (I'm not straight) didn't agree with theirs (oh and I'm hella liberal and they're not, too) so off I went into the world all by my onesy. I've been on my own for the past six years, two of which I was not in school because I was living permanently in the dorms when I was told by my university I had to pay a $6,000 hold on my account or I couldn't take any more classes. I failed a semester trying to find a place to live because I thought keeping a roof over my head was a wee bit more important than grades at that time. I was out of school for two years because of this, trying to pay off the $6,000 slowly, which isn't easily done when you're working two jobs, on SNAP, and have to pay rent and utilities amongst other bills (cell phone, credit cards, etc.) So, now I have a 2.34 GPA, but I have two years of school left to boost my GPA. The returning semester (this past Spring) I earned a 3.73 for the semester and made Dean's List. So, do you think if I made that happen for the remaining semesters (3.7 or better to make Dean's List as well) would help, even if my overall GPA is less than stellar? I plan on getting an M.A. in Art History and an M.A. in Museum Studies because I want to be a Curator (and then hopefully on to a PhD.) My experience as of now includes a Curatorial Apprenticeship Program through my University, an internship at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, an internship for a small theatre company where I'm creating a database for their costume collection, an upcoming internship I'll have for this school year with a foundation that runs an education program from their 17th century Swedish ship replica that landed in Delaware (with opportunity for research on boats they attained for a museum collection for when their museum opens since they have boats ranging from Antiquity to the Present, and my History concentration is Classics), along with a wealth of volunteer experience in place on and around my campus: UD Archaeology Lab, UD Historical Costume and Textile Collection, Iron Hill Museum Archaeology Festival, and I'm currently volunteering as a Gallery Monitor for the Newark Arts Alliance, a small non-profit that has rotating exhibitions, classes, and a gallery shop, which I pretty much baby-sit during regular hours. Now, to the important part: Education. This will probably seem nuts to most of you, but I'm a triple major and a double minor. I came in as a Three Language Major, but I switched it when I got chucked out of my house because I started doing poorly when I was attempting to do French, Italian, and Japanese all at once when I was worrying about money. I switched my major to History/Classics and I began to excel in my classes. The reason I added English/Creative Writing later was because the University had dropped that major (which is why I hadn't claimed it in the first place) but when they brought it back, I claimed it because that's originally what I wanted my degree in originally but since I was halfway done my History major (and I was in the middle of taking Ancient Greek and Latin for it), I kept that as well. Recently, I realized if I took 9 more classes, I would qualify for an Asian Studies major with a Japanese concentration, so I claimed that as well. Majors: History/Classics, English/Creative Writing, Asian Studies/Japanese Language Concentration Minors: Art History and Theatre Studies I am somewhat proficient in French and Italian, and do better in Japanese when speaking, but writing is a challenge. I studied abroad in Japan the summer after high school after being admitted into a prestigious exchange program. While I was in college, I studied abroad in the Winter in France and Italy. I have attended extra lectures and symposiums relevant to my studies (mostly pertaining to Ancient History) as well. I also completed the first Tier of a Leadership Program at my University. Sorry for the verbose message! I just wanted to know how this would look next to a less-than-stella GPA and probably a GRE that won't be as good as I hope, as I don't do very well with standardized testing (ADHD and panic disorders do not assist with such things.) Please let me know what all of you think!
  24. 1 point
    I just bought a 2014 Nissan Sentra! I'm starting a postdoc in two weeks (!!!) with a pretty decent salary, so I decided to treat myself a little. I got a great deal on it, though, since they are trying to get rid of the 2014 Sentras because they're rolling out the model year soon. Got the deal on Edmunds.com (where I also did a ton of research before I bought it).
  25. 1 point
    I wouldn't put too much weight on the specific letters in the degree - for example, I think Columbia offers strong medical focus, but since their SLP program is through the school of education, it's an M.Ed. Focus more on the classes offered and the practicum experiences, the letters/degree type matter very little. Employers care more about your coursework/experiences than the letters in your degree.
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    Conference Participation

    It seems to me that this thread has gone wayyyyyy off the OP's original question. Just sayin'....
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    HESA Applicants Fall 2015

    I'm excited to see this thread! I'm super nervous going into this admissions cycle but I'm crossing my fingers I get in somewhere! I'm 95% sure that these are the schools I'm applying to but they are subject to change as I would have to relocate from the Seattle area with my boyfriend and his three small daughters. I spent one year in Admissions as a work-study at a community college before transferring to a 4 year school where I worked for the Director of Student Administration (again work study) , I also got a summer job at an admissions office this summer and my senior year (finally!) I will be working in the service-learning department. Seattle University Lewis & Clark College Oregon State University Colorado State University***** top pick!!! University of Northern Colorado University of Utah University of Nebraska UCONN
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    CV Question

    FWIW, I've seen papers that have been accepted for publication but have not yet gone to press listed on the CVs of established historians.
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    CV Question

    I would only list papers that you've published and/or presented.
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    CV Question

    IMO the answer to your question is no. Research courses in graduate school are a part of your training as an aspiring professional academic history. Your CV should reflect what you've done with that training. If taking those extra research courses makes you a better candidate for a position, you should strive to show and prove it, e.g. the conference presentation and published paper. Also, I respectfully suggest that you not define your projects by page length. It isn't how many pages you write, but what you write on those pages and how well.
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    Conference Participation

    In your case, you are going to have at least three sets of rules. As a graduate student in history, you will have to learn the rules on how to ask questions, how to say "I don't know," how to say "I disagree," and when it is time to drink some STFU. As a graduate student in an academically elite institution, you will have to learn the rules on how to comport yourself as a member of an intellectually elite group. Members of such groups are expected to have a certain swagger, to be very competitive intellectually, and to demonstrate their intellectual skills socially as well as academically. This is to say that you'll not only feel pressure to be up to speed IRT the course materials, but also what is going on in America and the world as if your school is the center of the universe and its alumni are titans. As a graduate student at a socially elite institution, you will have to learn the unwritten rules of the dominant cohort. Beyond hoary traditions, (increasingly) anachronistic class snobbery, chauvinism centering around gender identity, cultural practices, and religious affiliations, you will encounter rules of the road that have been ingrained in some since their great grand parents went to prep school about the relationships among education, social awareness, knowledge, ethics, morality, and power. How does one from your background learn these rules? You can read books about those who have learned those rules written by individuals who have also lived by those rules. Examples include R.W. Winks's Cloak and Dagger, John Jay Osborn Jr.'s semi autobiographical novel The Paper Chase, John Morton Blum's The Republican Roosevelt, and Blum's memoir, A Life with History. You could also read works by those who, through their own study, have unraveled some of the mysteries. Kai Bird's dual biography of the Bundy brothers comes to mind. Additionally, you can contact your school's local alumni club and see if there's anyone who can offer some pointers. You might also profit from reading as many of New England Nat's posts as you can find. Notice how her posts show little, if any, graduate student angst--no poser syndrome for her. She acts like she's the real deal because knows she's the real deal. Notice how she generally gives guidance based only upon what she has done or knows as a verifiable fact. Notice how she's tied into her department and, from there, the larger profession. That's swagger. But also, you can wait until you get there and for a period of time--weeks, months, the first two semesters, ultimately it is your call)--concentrate on being The Grey Man who hears and sees everything but says almost nothing--except during office hours, when you ask well crafted questions. Unfortunately, though, you may be taught many of the rules by the harshest of instructors: personal experience. Maybe you'll get chewed out for cutting a path across a lawn. Or for making a snarky comment about public universities and state colleges. Or you might get some looks because you don't get a triple inside joke because you don't read this magazine or that newspaper. Or you may not grasp the connection between fellow student Jane Smith and Smith Hall until someone points it out to you. In many instances, you may be inclined to think "screw this bullshot--this is graduate school, not high school." But before settling for this perspective, I urge you to look at the faculty lists for the departments you would like to join down the line and consider the following questions. Isn't the Old Boys' Club a thing of the past? Don't individuals get hired because of their skills as historians and their historiographic points of view? Or are graduates of the top programs hiring each other because they share common social and cultural sensibilities after spending years breaking bread and shooting the breeze with their mentors--and each other? Stepping from the abstract to the concrete, IMO, you are breaking an unwritten social rule with your current profile. That is, it will be accurate to say that you're "already attending" in August, but for now you are in a liminal state.
  32. 1 point
    Hi, I want to reiterate what the previous post. Personally, when I went back to do my master's in public policy (at American University in Public Policy, a decent top 15ish program) I had been out of school for a year or two and had about 0 relevant work experience. I am now about to start a PhD at SPEA of Indiana, a very top school, with very little work experience outside of the TA position I had at American. I guess what I am trying to say is that there is no formula that admission committees follow, they look at a variety of factors and actually value having a diverse student class. My best advice would be to be honest, talk about what is commonly recommended; your qualifications (including work experience), your goals and motivations and why you fit into the program. But also don't be afraid to talk about what makes you different and what/why you have things to offer that others do not Second, public affairs master's programs are not really in the business of preparing students for a future in the public sector, they are in the business of preparing students for careers policy, whether that is in the public, private or non profit sector. Personally I know a lot of peers from my program went into the private sector and I know statistically most people will move between sectors over the course of their careers. And in terms of the international bit as long as you have the necessary work authorizations your job prospect would be like everyone elses.
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    I'm an undergraduate English major, and I'm applying to graduate school for Fall 2015. I intend to apply to 14 programs total (a mixture of MA and Ph.D. programs). Is it inappropriate to ask my professors to write 14 recommendations for me? I have three professors in mind who more than likely will accept to write recommendations for me, but I just don't know if it's asking too much. I'd happily go to any of the schools I've chosen, so there aren't "fall-back" schools in my list. So personally, I don't think my list is too much, so I'm not interested in reducing my list. I can't fathom not receiving a single acceptance because I lazily didn't apply to every program that I considered. I'm simply wondering if I ask a professor to write 14 recommendations, will that be an overload for them? Should I instead get four or five professors to write recommendations, alternating professors occasionally?
  34. 1 point

    HESA Applicants Fall 2015

    In my experience at UVM, the GRE was completely irrelevant to them and they didn't really care about your GPA either, unless it was terrible. They focused on experience in student development and on social justice. The process was extremely competitive and the interview weekend exhausting. In general people in the UVM community were really nice to me and I enjoyed my experience. I found that it was easy to reach out to current students to ask for help or additional information. They interview at least 12 students for every position, so it's very difficult to stand out. The interviews focused on giving examples when you were faced with specific problems... If you haven't been faced with these problems, you are basically screwed. I've been twice myself already and I've met other people who had to try 2 or 3 times to finally get an assistantship. Anyone interested in UVM or UCONN living in upstate NY or Vt?
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    Wait, I thought the standard was like 10 schools? And don't grad schools require 3 recommendation letters each? You're looking at 42 letters there. I don't think it's that big of a deal to ask a professor to write letters of rec for 14 schools (unless that professor hates you or doesn't know you or something), since they'd likely recycle the same letter 14 times, just changing the names around. Filling out the letter submission form, though, I hear is a pain in the ass. I heard this from one of my rec writers. But it's not like you're asking them to write 14 uniquely tailored letters. Just give your professors as much time as possible, and be aware of anything that would prevent you from getting that letter (e.g. they're flaky or really super busy all the time forever)
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    Converting UK Grade to US GPA?

    I had to send my grades to a professional "grade translator" (i.e. money mill) called World Education Services or WES when I applied to master's in the US. The way it worked that anything between a 65 and 69 was given an A-, 70 or above an A. 59 to 64 B+ and so on. You can then translate the letter grades into GPA. I had a 71% UK and got a GPA of 3.78. Hope this helps!
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    Getting off to a good start

    No, I'm offended by comments like this one: "who goes into a PhD program and does not expect that they will have to put many things they want on hold, my question is why bother doing it if you are not willing to give your full 100% effort and dedication" This implies that people who have "other things" are not 100% committed to their programs and that's patently false. By your logic, I should have divorced my husband, euthanized my pets, and told my family not to call me for the next 7 years so that I could be a "fully committed" student. And no, clearly you aren't limiting yourself to what you believe is best for yourself, but judging others who do not share your "philosophy" as somehow less likely to be successful than you think you're going to be. And btw, note that I'm not alone in saying that having these other things in my life is vital to my success. Other grad students have posted to say similar things... so really, no, I'm not upset that "others don't share my opinions," because clearly, most other grad students on this thread do.
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    Getting off to a good start

    Excuse me, but who do you think you are to tell me that my husband, family, friends, pets... they are "non-necessities?" You may be able to live without those things, and that's totally fine, but you have absolutely no authority to tell anyone else that we "don't need them" and that they are potential hindrances. I particularly take issue with your insinuation that anyone who doesn't "give up everything" to devote themselves 200% to their studies is somehow less committed than you. I find your arrogant tone appalling, especially from someone who hasn't even STARTED grad school yet. Good luck. With that attitude, you're going to need lots of it.
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    Getting off to a good start

    Thanks for everyone's input. I will be starting my masters in epidemiology. I have noticed that many of you are doctoral students, but I would assume that the advice given above applies at the masters level as well. I will be applying to doctoral programs or medical school after my first year so although grades will matter, I don't want that to be my sole focus. I will apply to be a volunteer at the hospital since I enjoy community service activities for my down time and also participate in journal clubs, research seminars, grand rounds and interest groups at the school that I will be attending. I will use these opportunities to network with faculty and other students and to figure out what my research interests are going to be. I think its just about balance like what has been stated above. During undergrad, I participated in many extracurriculars and often my grades would suffer as a result ( I completed the premedical curriculum). This time around, I just want to engage in one or two things (volunteering and research), while focusing on my coursework, making new friends and occasionally going to meaningful social events if I have time. Sounds like graduate school is similar to undergrad, however there seems to be a stronger emphasis on forming strong relationships with faculty and staff and not solely studying to get the best grades. I agree that there is only a certain amount of studying that you can do until it becomes almost pointless. You can't do everything so its important to do things efficiently.
  40. 1 point

    Getting off to a good start

    See, personally, I feel that working on one task (school) for more than a certain amount per week (usually around 50 hours or so, depending) has severely diminishing returns. Keeping other interests in life, relationships and leisure activities gives your brain time to work on different tasks, or have downtime, and you usually end up better for it- your research and studies as well, in my opinion. That's not to say that there aren't crunch times where you have to work more, but my anecdotal experience is that people working more than 50 or 60 hours a week are usually less efficient than those working less, and tend to spend more time on tasks that could be finished in less. Most European researchers, I've found, are very dedicated at working a short, highly productive week. They get in, take the job seriously, work 8 hours, and then clock out and do something else. It makes their working time more productive, and limits burnout. You may think that you're the kind of person that avoids burnout, but I have not yet met someone who isn't susceptible to it in some way- you may just be less productive, you may miss connections that you'd otherwise see in your work, or you may just not have as good of a perspective of how your work fits in the broader scheme of things. There are a lot of discussions on the inter webs about work-life balance, and I have yet to see any convincing data that focussing on your work to the exclusion of all else in your life is ever beneficial, and there are lots of suggestions that it's actually detrimental, both to the quality of your life and the quality of your work.
  41. 1 point
    Hey! I'm going to be attending in the Fall and moving this summer in July. I'm in the English department, but I'm hoping to meet people who like to write songs/play guitar/sing from all over. Anybody a musician?
  42. 1 point

    What are my chances??????????! :)

    favourite.line.EVER. somoene needs to use this as a facebook status or something like that
  43. 1 point

    WWS Policy Memo Tips?

    Hi DreamTeam, It does sound a little like you're overthinking it. It's hard to advise you on what topic to write about without more details regarding what you currently do in your role. Perhaps seeing some policy memos will help? Here are a few links I found on the internet that I think will be helpful in writing your memo once you decide what to write about: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/var/ezp_site/storage/fckeditor/file/pdfs/degree-programs/registrar/sample-policy-memo.pdf Great quick guide on how to write a policy memo: http://www.mm.cs.sunysb.edu/300/lectures/HOW_TO_WRITE_A_POLICY_MEMO.pdf Great tips on writing a policy memo from Maxwell school: http://wilcoxen.maxwell.insightworks.com/pages/275.html.. Best of luck! That memo can be a pain... Kaneisha
  44. 1 point
    I was surprised that no matter how much I prepared myself for this process beforehand (knowing decisions would take a while), I still stressed out all the way through it. As if my stressing would make decisions come faster... But I think it was a good test of my resiliency and patience given the numerous hiccups in the application materials along the way. I agree that visiting schools really does help with deciding but I think it eventually comes down to what feels the most right. No school is perfect and we're not going to know exactly how our individual experiences will be. Just hope we feel confident with our decisions onces were in
  45. 1 point
    I realised how much was not in my control. How the outcome depends on factors like, who was on the Adcom this year, who was on sabbatical, which faculty member had a grant and was looking for students and so many others.
  46. -1 points

    Getting off to a good start

    ^^Sounds like you are the one with the attitude, I already stated they were my opinions so its funny you are being so defensive, just because I said "you" doesn't mean I'm telling others what they don't need. I am not worried about what others do with their time that is their choice, I am not forcing my beliefs on anyone but I know there are others in grad school who have the same thinking as me. It is just my belief that people who are more willing to make sacrifices will ultimately be more successful, this doesn't just apply to grad school or a PhD program so why does it matter whether I am currently in school or not? You are just upset that others don't share your opinions.
  47. -1 points

    Getting off to a good start

    Ok if people want to interpret it that way fine, maybe its hard too communicate online without sounding offensive but I guess some people are just too sensitive . I am speaking from the perspective of a younger student that goes into a program practically straight from undergrad and who does not the number of attachments or commitments like students who have a family do. I am saying that if you do not have all those attachments already, I do not think they are necessary to develop all the sudden in grad school and you can put them on hold, I think students who do that will be more successful, productive, and finish quicker.
  48. -1 points
    Color me cynical, but you got in the first round you tried; I didn't. GPA is frequently used as a first-round cut. I prefer to help people hedge their bets. When I got 'go as long as you want!' advice, I came out with nowhere to go this fall, and as I said, Octopus28 does have very good research experience, but Octo's MS GPA is barely better than my undergrad GPA. Let's revisit Octopus28's GPA and GREs, shall we? GPA in Major (undergrad): ~2.8 (struggled when transferring from a small community college) GPA in Major (Masters): 3.7 (Biotech MS at a small state university) Overall GPA: ~3.0 (unsure how community college fits into this) Position in Class: Average Type of Student: Domestic Male GRE Scores (revised version): Q: 167 V: 155 W: not yet available B: Does this look like someone who's going to get admitted to UCSF, University of Washington, Cornell, or UCLA? Does it? The answer is no, the 2.8-3.0 undergrad GPA, even though the MS GPA is 3.7, and the low verbal score will work against Octopus28.

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