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  1. Having read this thread, I want to attend to your first question while being mindful of your reasons for wanting to apply. Honestly, I don't think you can go through an MTS, especially at places that require core or introductory courses, without necessitating a fairly dramatic change in your views to be very productive in classroom discussions and papers. It is not that professors will not respect your different perspective, but the experience of the MTS as a whole will be a formidable challenge to your previously held beliefs—more so in some areas than others. In the core courses themselves,
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  2. I ACTUALLY HATE ETS I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THESE TESTS ARE EVEN NECESSARY A;SDLKFAWH;EOIFY;XOICYB It just seems to me like such a waste of effort and energy. The GRE General is bad enough (it literally is a bizarre vocab test mixed with a strange computer marked essay), and then the GRE Subject comes along and shoots you in the face with what feels like a metal hockey puck. Not to mention that the Subject test is teaching us to study summaries rather than read the entire books/works discussed (if you have the luxury to take the time to read these books before the exam, I envy you) - as muc
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  3. Looks like it's our turn to carry on the tradition of biting our nails and grinding our teeth.
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  4. So, who is headed to New Orleans in late March for the Southern Sociological Society meeting?
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  5. Hey, I got the following marks in GRE : V : 161 Q :163 AW : 3.5 I searched for some universities for MS Operations Research/ Supply chain management,but,could not find much universities for FALL 2015,except Columbia University. Can someone suggest me some good reputed universities for MS OR/ SCM?Is 324 good for Columbia?? Moreover,my background is Pharmacy but I have done electives in management and Calculus,Probability,and Linear Algebra in college. My GPA is around 3.9 . I am eager to shift my stream from Pharmacy to Finance/SCM/OR. People have been telling me that MS FIN
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  6. If your'e in your first year or two, these feelings are absolutely normal! It'll take a while to figure yourself out- just be patient. Workable strategies will come in time. Your professors have likely figured out their own strategies- which is why they don't look as bad as we do. Be sure to stay aware of your mental health and general attitude to graduate school. It's helpful to talk to other grad students but if you find that you just don't click, no matter how much you try, it may be that your issues are deeper and that's where counseling will help (they should have grad group thera
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  7. Our responses were aimed at whether you would enjoy your time at such schools, which, I think, may be directly related to how well you thrive in such settings. If you are 'that person' in class that is not willing to engage in the sort of standard discourse that occurs in these settings, then you may be less likely to receive good (or at all) letters of recommendation (and perhaps good grades). An additional reason for our concerns, I think, is that the type of work you are interested in--in as much as it has crucial bearing on your core beliefs--is not carried out at such schools. These days
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  8. Are you freaking kidding me? I know people harp on perfect scores, but they don't really mean much. You have top 10 scores. What you should be worring about is research experience and fit.
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  9. In my opinion, while advisor is important, in the sense that he/she is advising you, the program is also equally important. You aren't going to just be taking classes from your advisor, you need to think about how strong your committee will be, you need to think about how independent you will be. I'm very independent from my advisor: she's knowledgable in the methods I am using (numerics) but the subject I am doing these numerical experiments I know much more about. You need to talk about research with these advisors to get a better idea of who you will choose: the top 20 professor might
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  10. Do not apply. She is basically waving a giant "CAUTION" road sign under your face. She is doing you a favor by telling you the truth when others may not, whether for their reputation or whatever else. My advice is not to apply.
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  11. Priceless, Lyonessrampant! I'm out of upvotes for the day, so you'll have to be satisfied with having prompted a literal "LOL" from me.
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  12. ^ Perfect Tinder profile description Good luck to everyone. The application season is stressful and daunting, and I hope that all of you get offers you are happy with!
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  13. Biomedical neuro departments may give a higher stipend, at least that's the first thing to pops into my mind.
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  14. Old Bill

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    Aww shucks! Thanks Queennight. I'm always glad to help, even if it's often a combination of baseless enthusiasm, semi-informed opinion, and a dash of Polyanna optimism.
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  15. As far as I know, U of T and York only require a research methods. So this could be completely qualitative. For example, in my undergrad at U of T I took logic of social inquiry and quantitative methods in the sociology faculty. U of T website has a list of courses from different Canadian universities that count towards this. If you are not sure, you can always email admissions with a syllabus.
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  16. I think approaching very slowly is a bad idea. chat her up and make her know you like her. If it doesn't work out, move on. Don't spend weeks and months on an elaborate plan to make someone your girlfriend, when you can show them who you are up front and get through with the first step. that'd be my approach anyway. there's no right answer to this
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  17. queennight

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    Wyatt (as I already mentioned to you), you literally have been such a light through this entire process! Thanks again for keeping us all sane. (Truly.)
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  19. mikers86

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    Fingers crossed that it all pays off for you WT.
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  20. First thought off the top of my head is to start those quantitative classes. Either statistics or microeconomics (or even better, both) this fall will be a good idea. Chances are, you'll have to complete them before you begin school anyway, and it will be a big plus for schools to see that you're in the process of doing those courses. I think the most influential factors on funding are work experience and GRE scores. You're fine in the second area, and I'm sure the first is quite applicable to why you want to do public policy and what you want to achieve in the future. Make sure to weave t
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  21. Are you geographically close to your advisor? A decent proportion of faculty are terrible at replying to their emails, calls, etc. And really the only option is to tackle them in person. If you can, always knock on their office door and invite yourself in for a chat. If necessary you can be a little bit sneaky: find out when & where they teach, if they hold office hours, if there are any Department committee meetings held at specific times which they need to attend. Then you can focus on the timeslots that they're most likely to be in their office or even in the building.
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  22. This gave me such a breath of fresh air. I'm currently in a panic cramming for the subject test (where I'm scoring very, very poorly - haven't had any time to study with the start of my MA), and it's SO GOOD TO HEAR that we don't have to be perfect on these absolutely stupid standardized tests that say nothing about whether or not we have interesting ideas. Thank you for this.
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  23. I can understand your sentiments. Fortunately, you still have a lot of opportunities to raise your GPA. The greatest advice I learned from people who were accepted is that your preparation is not a race. You are competing against yourself. For that reason, I would strongly concentrate on those CSD courses over anything else. If you need to go part-time to maintain the 4.0 in CSD, there is nothing wrong with it. Those are very high stakes since admissions told me they weigh them the most and more scrutinized if you are a CSD major. Drop the courses that are not required by ASHA or most scho
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  24. Just for future reference. I had to cram my studying into 3 weeks, so I had a hell of a time finding good, solid resources on a quick timeline. I supposed it worked, as I scored well and improved significantly from my first (untested) diagnostic test. It's late, I'll edit this in the morning, but it gets my initial thoughts out. Manhattan Practice Tests - 1 Year Access ($30) 6/10 + Adaptive computer practice tests + Questions randomly pulled from a pool on the fly + Six unique practice tests guaranteed, but unlimited tests for a 1 year period + One free trial test You cannot d
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  25. Not at all! No offense taken. I guess this would depend on what we mean when we say 'believe.' For example, I work also in classical studies, and while I 'believe' that a lot of what, say, Pliny the Elder or Plutarch write, is wonderful (or I believe in its usefulness, it resonance deeply with my own experiences), it's different as I am not using such texts as part of a 'religious' canon (though a different kind of canon). We could extend this to any number of students/scholars who study philosophy, art, and so on. To be more direct, I meant that I think it's a bit sad and misguided to imag
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  26. ^ re: my previous comment: I misread the context of that comment, sorry. I actually agree - they definitely will not look down on you for being thorough and double-checking your applications and wanting to correct a mistake.
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  27. I respectful disagree and think that this advice isn't sound - why not just email them? You will look more honest. They will find out your GPA anyway when they look at your transcript and this will make you look dishonest, don't forget that they can rescind your acceptance. I understand that it was just your major GPA but the difference between a 3.5 and a 3.7 is actually pretty big when you think about it. Also look at it this way - if you accidentally typed 3.5 and you had a 3.7 you would definitely contact them and inform them.
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  28. This is precisely my point above. And while I'm sure this professor was only partially serious (I pray to the gods she was...), such a comment is very telling!
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  29. This strikes me as a bit sad and misguided. But we have different ideas of what the function of higher education is, so there's that. If you are an inerrantist, then, as it was said above, you will not have a good time. Though it's also important to ask what do you consider a top program? I'm also curious: What makes you want to even study at a 'top' school with such views? If you mean the 'usual suspects', you will very likely be surrounded by opposing views, both from your peers and your professors. So, if not to either change or because you love to torture yourself, why go in the first
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  30. I know a lot of you are looking out west for grad school, but if you want a program that does not look at ONLY your GPA and GRE scores, than I would HIGHLY recommend Grand Valley State University. Besides evaluating applicants on more than just #'s, the program itself is like a family atmosphere. Most of the time when you hear that you think the students are all close, but here, the students AND staff are all close! The staff is friendly and the program focuses more on application than just test scores. The clinical experiences are all out in the community at head start programs, veterans
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  31. I agree with sacklunch: apply to both. I don't think a 3.55 MDiv GPA will sink you automatically--but it's definitely on the border. But if you feel like you could move on to a PhD now without the extra degree, then definitely apply and apply to a couple M* programs as a backup plan.
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  32. It really depends on your area of interest. Like anything else, you will get mixed opinions. Some secure a spot with 'only' an MTS, others have 5-6 years of M* before starting a PhD. In brief I would say apply to both and see what happens. I would recommend applying applying to other M* instead of the ThM. They are almost always unfunded. Apply far and wide and see what happens. That's what most of us did.
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  33. I would suggest the following: 1. Talk about your research experience and the path that led you to pursue a PhD 2. Talk about the line of research you plan on pursuing as a PhD candidate -- your project 3. Talk about why the school you are applying to is a good fit for you and vice versa 4. Your plans after completing your PhD (very briefly) 5. You should have the professors writing your letter explain/account for the 1 semester where you were sick -- don't waste time/space in your statement addressing this. 6. Your personal qualities/characteristics should only be discussed whe
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  34. Hello again, Thanks so much to everyone for their responses. The decision is Oxford. As many of you brought up, having a clear idea of why I am doing a PhD was critical. In many ways getting a good job offer really helped bring this to a boil in terms of weighing pros and cons, life plans, relationship issues, financial security, etc. At the end of it, thankfully, the decision to go to Oxford over the job was fairly clear and I doubt that I'll be second guessing myself (at least not for a little while). Moreover, as one of the posters brought up, the job offer may have been less prom
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  35. SomeSortaPsych

    Imposter syndrom

    As far as I can tell (and this definitely may vary with your own experiences) a lot of that may have to do with the difference in culture between terminal Masters and PhD programs. Most people I've met who tend suffer from impostor syndrome (myself included) tend to follow more research-oriented career trajectories.
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  36. The ivies don't really focus on linguistics in language departments (although I've been told that Yale, Harvard, Penn, and Cornell have high-ranking linguistics departments, but they would know much more about that in the linguistics forum). There isn't really a stigma against it, but I've yet to meet someone from these circles--student or factulty--that doesn't study cultural production and theory in some form or another. Also keep in mind that a number of the ivies don't have independent french departments (off the top of my head, Harvard, Cornell, and Penn are Romance Studies, Princeton use
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  37. Oxford all the way. In the grand scheme of your entire life, it is more likely to have a lasting impact.
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  38. I disagree, it would not be "completely moronic" to turn down oxford: being a grad student isn't glamorous. Even the highest prestige places dont have 100% matriculation rates, and he sounds interested in the job. The fact that he's given weight to should say that much. You are going to get biased opinions here: this is a graduate school website. The real question is: do you see yourself going to graduate school in the future even if you take this job. If the answer is yes, then you should probably just go to oxford, since its one of the best schools in the world. But if the answer is
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  39. It's difficult to say. 15 page papers generally (discipline mileage will totally vary) are "conference" papers. 20 to 25 page papers are "journal" papers. Anything over that are "thesis" papers. Different disciplines have different requirements, of course, but these are some ballpark numbers for genre. As far as a lower limit goes? If you have an outstanding 15 page paper, a school with a maximum of 20 pages isn't going to freak out. If there is a minimum number of pages, that's different. Don't submit less than the minimum. For a school with a 30 page limit, instead of submitting one 15 pag
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  40. The form is issued electronically now. You have to go online to retrieve the number: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1696/~/how-to-retrieve-the-i-94-online
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  41. 2 years sounds great and not at all hopeless. There is definitely time to turn things around, though you will have to approach this, I think, with a whole new attitude and really step up advocating for yourself. 1) It's a really good sign that your advisor recognizes that you need to specialize. I would request scheduling a meeting with her in the near future for a more serious sit-down (rather than just a drop-in) about your remaining time in the program, and future direction. Mention (tactfully) your frustrations, but also how you plan to remedy this. Bring up the need to specialize agai
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  42. Don't be analytical about it. Just mumble some nonsense that sounds cool and then conclude.
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  43. I just want to know where I'll be in 6 months. I. Just. Want. To. Know.
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  44. When I prepared, I used a lot of the ETS/Princeton Review/etc. books and they were very good at making it clear that writing skills aren't necessarily what is being graded. One of the biggest indicators of the writing score is the length of your essay, for example. So, I'd make sure you improve your typing speed if you are a slow typer. Then like arglooblaha said, there are elements they consider "important". I kept mine incredibly basic, followed a formula in one of the test prep books (literally like, intro paragraph, example 1 para, example 2 para, example 3 para, concluding sentence- with
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  45. Which non-western art field is it? I am entering an MA/PhD program for Pre-Columbian Latin America in the fall and was in a similar situation, although I did have a 400 level seminar in Mayan art (as an Andean person it doesn't help me much) and did research on new Mayan and Teotihuacan accessions for a museum. For non-western art, switching is a bit different since many of them are sub-fields relatively new to the discipline of art history (Pre-Columbian only began in the 1930"s with George Kubler). Because of this many schools still do not have many courses in them or even have resident prof
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  46. statement of purpose and personal statement are two separate things
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