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  1. I just wanted to throw something out there...it seems like a lot of people are "giving up" on schools because they didn't make the first round of interview invites. Unless you or someone you trust has called the school and the school has said, "That's it, there are no more invites to give!" then don't give up. Some schools don't send out rejections until later because they're waiting to see how the first round of interviews go and will send out interviews later. I received an invite in March for a program that started sending invites in January. Don't give up hope!
    8 points
  2. Hello everyone, I'll be attempting to do something like what Ian did last year in terms of a frequently updated blog tracking which schools have notified applicants of which admissions status. Granted, I'm just putting together the site now, so it likely won't be as polished as Ian's site. But I have a fair bit of time to commit to regularly updating the site, and I'm very much invested in the process since I'm applying for fall 2015. So hopefully some of you will find my site helpful, even though it's quite bare-bones at the moment. It's at http://philosophyadmissions.wordpress.com/.
    4 points
  3. Holy #*&% you have an interview NEXT WEEK? How are you feeling? Did they send you a "detailed" schedule for the weekend? How are you feeling? Sorry, I just feel like #*&% just got real. I guess to actually answer your question: nope, I won't be there.
    4 points
  4. Folks, think about it: what's the very worst thing that can happen? We're rejected from every single school we've applied to -- and even then, we're no worse off than we are now (OK, maybe a few grand poorer -- but everyone in North America is up to their ears in debt anyway…). This is not an evaluation of our value as human beings; even if we get rejected, we will still go on living. Besides, a grad degree doesn't even guarantee us a decent job these days -- from what I've heard from some of my employers, a doctorate can make you a less competitive candidate in some fields. It's defin
    3 points
  5. Does anyone else see invites posted for schools they thought about applying to but ultimately didn't for some reason and wish they had? I'm having that problem.
    2 points
  6. Sadly I can vouch for this; I got my MA at The New School. While the professors are top notch, the funding is abysmal. I ended up taking on about $50,000 in debt just to cover tuition (not living expenses). As far as placement goes, NSSR is very well respected in its own niche of philosophy--granted this is a small niche that people like Lieter look down upon (which it putting it mildly). While I think I will be an attractive applicant to places like Oregon, Fordham, Stony Brook, etc. I can't help but feel that the fact that I have an MA from NSSR is going to count against me at some more trad
    2 points
  7. Someone shared this with me, and I thought I would share it with you all! it's an article on "how to pick a graduate advisor" http://ac.els-cdn.com/S0896627313009070/1-s2.0-S0896627313009070-main.pdf?_tid=c45e98e4-94ee-11e4-ac0e-00000aacb361&acdnat=1420471574_15bedfa0eccf3eefb7bc81cf1177ba5e
    2 points
  8. My apologies! You are absolutely right. You are certainly doing it right! There are EEB and similar programs that do lab rotations and don't require you to have a commitment from a POI. However, I think the vast majority of them work as you initially indicated, which involves contacting a POI and getting approval to apply to the program. I think part of this has to do with funding and part of it has to do with how ecological research is done. For example, a neuroscience project might be working with mouse brains and they can pretty much get a steady stream of lab mice all year long. I
    2 points
  9. Hello everyone Well, I've been lurking for a bit, so here are some of my stats so I can contribute something: Undergrad Institution: USA, State School Major(s): Biochemistry, Mathematics Minor(s): N/A GPA in Major: 4.0 in Biochemistry, ~3.8 in Math Overall GPA: ~3.945 Position in Class: N/A Type of Student: White. GRE Scores (revised/old version): Q: 168 V: 162 W: 5.0 Research Experience: 3 REUs (1 math, 2 science). 1 publication in math. 2 conferences. 2 poster sessions. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 2 travel awards for conferences, 2 math scholarships at school, Phi Beta Kappa
    2 points
  10. I was with you until I read this: "I just wanted to get it out there. I'd be really pissed off if I wasn't admitted anywhere. It's not that I feel like I deserve this more than others; it's that I've worked too hard to get denied." The only person you need to be pissed with is yourself if that is the case, I think part of this process is learning that you are the only one that can help or hurt yourself. Then when you said "its not that I feel I deserve this more than others, its that I've worked too hard to get denied"...I realize that it may be difficult for you to put yourself in anot
    2 points
  11. Hi all - Hope I'm not jumping the gun here, but in years past, there's always been a thread discussing acceptances, interviews, and (for those brave and kind souls willing to share), rejections. I know I stalked these a whole bunch this summer, and was especially appreciative of people who posted their stats and past experience - maybe we can do this too. Anyway, it looks like someone posted the first sociology acceptance of the season today, to the University of Cambridge. Does anyone want to claim it and share details? Best of luck to everyone in the coming months!
    1 point
  12. There are a smattering of tools on gradcafe related to managing your PhD work. I'm looking for project management tools for both overall PhD milestone tracking and individual projects (i.e., project plans in project management speak). In particular, I've been trying out a few gantt chart tools but have not really found one I like. I want to map out my 3-4 years of study/research/professional development all in one master view. Action item/status/deliverable/timeline/etc. What do you use to be organized and successful? A few resources I've found: PhD Tools: Creating Gantt Cha
    1 point
  13. For the past few months, I, like most of you, have been reading extensively in my field in order to identify people and programs of interest. Normally, I read these secondary texts mainly for their argument, but this time I've been focusing on trying to get a picture of the author as a scholar. What is their methodology, interests, skills, etc? In short, how good are they at their job? At the same time, I've been working on my SOP and writing sample. Though I received positive feedback on my writing sample when I submitted it to some of my professors, the juxtaposition between my work and
    1 point
  14. ToomuchLes

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    Im with you, ashiepoo72. I sent my best sample. I worked on my SOP/PS for more than two months, and alot of people liked what I wrote. I reached out to POIs. Honestly, theres nothing more I can do, at this point (besides bribing). Just gotta think positive thoughts!
    1 point
  15. I wrote entirely based on research. I don't think there's any harm in adding your teaching experience (and it most likely is a boost!) but the majority of the SOP is normally dedicated to research, from what I understand.
    1 point
  16. The constant checking and re-checking... ugh. I need one of these on my keyboard:
    1 point
  17. I'd bet it's not an issue. And since you've already e-mailed there's not much else you can do unless you try phone calls. If you have been in contact with a POI, I might e-mail them, or the Department's Grad Coordinator, to ask what's up. One of my applications is in limbo like this now too and it's driving me nuts. I emailed Grad Admissions to no resolution. Then I emailed the Department, who told me to email Grad Admissions. I waited a few days to see if it would resolve, then when it didn't resolve, I let the Department know what the GA Office's response was (yes, you have submitted the
    1 point
  18. Hi all! Does anyone know if Stony Brook have sent out any invites for the clinical program yet? I saw a rejection on the results page but not any invites...
    1 point
  19. yanij

    That fake out moment!

    "Your application to the programme is successful....ly submitted" You know the feelings.
    1 point
  20. I just checked in with WUSTL clinical. Apparently a few PIs have informed their invitees but official invites have not yet been extended. D-Day is early next week. Good luck!
    1 point
  21. 1Q84

    That fake out moment!

    Yep. I'm getting a lot of "CONGRATULATIONS YOU'VE BEEN.... invited to an online open house session!" emails. How cruel....
    1 point
  22. Vene

    Which to Pick?

    It sounds like to me that if you were going to cancel on a school UCSC is least likely to hold a grudge against you for doing so as they haven't paid a significant sum of money on tickets for you.
    1 point
  23. I'm in Lansing now, and anyone who portrays the city as dangerous is delusional. Yes, the city itself has the normal crime problems that you see in other mid-size towns (Lansing itself is the state capitol, and has good and bad areas), but the area around the campus is relatively safe. There was one student-involved incident early in the semester, and the school did a good job of pushing out email/phone notifications on it. Find a decent apartment complex and you will be fine (especially if you avoid the undergrad party scene) In comparison, I came from a small school in a small town, that h
    1 point
  24. I know from the results pages that of my schools, Ohio State and Vanderbilt have had interviews in recent years.
    1 point
  25. Is anyone going to the interview weekend next week at NYU Sackler?
    1 point
  26. Congrats figure_out! It's a bit disheartening that although it seems that the finalists are already selected, they're not notifying all the applicants at once. Maybe they have their own reasons, but it'd be nice to just get the result out on a preset date.
    1 point
  27. peachypie

    Which to Pick?

    You should have probably thought about this before you went and accepted interviews to all the other programs; however hindsight is 20/20. Since you are local they DEFINITELY should be able to arrange something for you. You won't need travel arrangement or hotel. They'd just need to at a minimum coordinate a few professors for interviews and arrange for a grad student to give you a tour. Seems pretty easy to me.
    1 point
  28. bsharpe269

    Which to Pick?

    If you already have plane tickets and committed to those schools then I do not think it is in any way appropriate to cancel. I would talk to UCSF and see if they will let you come visit/interview at an alternative time. If they are very interested in your application then I think they will agree to this.
    1 point
  29. Both University of Wisconsin and Cornell are that same weekend (Feb 5th). My flight is already booked for Wisconsin, so I emailed Cornell and UC Davis to ask about alternate weekends and I am waiting to hear back from them.
    1 point
  30. .....that moment when you see that your academia.edu page has been looked at from one of the cities you've applied to.
    1 point
  31. Yay me too! So excited! Which school conflicts with Davis?
    1 point
  32. Obviously typos aren't great. However, think about how fast committees have to read samples. Odds are they'll overlook a single minor typo, and if they do notice they probably won't care too much. So don't worry if you're able!
    1 point
  33. This thread feels like home. I too am getting aggravated that my phone isn't ringing and my email is clear. I am going through all caps raging at times since I hate being out of control for the rest of my life.
    1 point
  34. It feels like I've been studying for six months straight at this point... so I guess another two weeks of cramming can't hurt... It was via email. It was BCC'd, though, I'm not sure how many people were emailed. They said sixteen people would be selected, but I don't know if they have chosen them all. I wish you SO MUCH luck.
    1 point
  35. Die große Stille - the period of radio silence between Dec. 15 and Feb. 1 (also a fantastic documentary about Carthusian monks).
    1 point
  36. Oh no I'm sorry to hear that! Maybe his inquiry with the school is regarding the departmetns ability to fund and support you. As opposed to your financial support coming directly from your POIs grants? So maybe the question is purely a 'how do we?' in regards to funding? Stay positive and good luck!
    1 point
  37. It could be worse. The total gpa for the first 4 semesters of my undergraduate career was 0.86.
    1 point
  38. Bluefit

    Fulbright 2015-2016

    Really consider grad school in Europe. I went to a university in the Netherlands for my Masters, and am now doing an external PH.D program there. I work full time so the External way is the only way I can do it. Essentially, I go there twice a year, more so to teach class related to my subject matter expertise (terrorism) and work on my project with my supervisor. The program is costing me 0$. If you can buckle yourself down and work independently this is the way to get the PH.D. My Fulbright project revolves around my dissertation subject. Anyways, just a thought for all those in here looking
    1 point
  39. isilya

    FALL 2015 APPLICATONS

    Someone from LA just viewed my academia.edu profile...looks like UCLA is starting to review applications!!!!
    1 point
  40. a.rev

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    I wouldn't apply to BU on the hopes of working with Thornton alone. He's a very big name (pretty much a rock-star in Atlantic world history) and, from what I understand, does not take on many students. I plan to put an application into BU so I wish you all the luck but it's better to be realistic, although BU has a phenomenal African Studies department so if that's your thing then go for it! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Thornton and highly recommend Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World. It's an older book (20+ years I think?) but he talks about how Africans came from a place
    1 point
  41. This one is completely true: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1047 Also, this one took me a very long time to figure out. When I did, that's when I felt that I was ready to graduate: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?f=1518 Other than that, it depends. You go through all of the stages that are depicted in the PhD comics, but not all the time. There will be some friction with your advisor, frustrations with writing, sneaking into colloquia just for the food, etc. But unless you are in a toxic environment, it won't be what most of your time is like.
    1 point
  42. I used a 30 page seminar paper for my writing sample. The original was solid with lots of original research, but most programs I applied to wanted between 15-25 pages. I asked my professor (who helped guide and inform my research for the paper) tell me what parts he thought I could cut out and what I should add. Thankfully I didn't need to cut to 10 pages (that must have been tough, maelia!). I ended up with roughly 23 pages that were much stronger for having been pared down. My takeaway is, don't worry so much about writing a thesis to a certain page length (except perhaps to make sure it
    1 point
  43. My honors thesis came in at around 75 pages, so I just chose my favorite sections from the introduction, conclusion, and one body section (my favorite) to submit as my writing sample. It's less important to have a perfect cohesive 20-25 page paper than it is to showcase your best writing and research skills, and in my case, the honors thesis represented the best work that I had completed at that time. Another issue is that writing sample requirements vary widely from school to school (some allowed submission of a paper up to 75 pages, others 25 pages, and the one that I ended up attending
    1 point
  44. bgt28

    Freak Outs

    I forgot the birth year on my Yale GSAS application. 7/8 school apps looked pristine on the personal info front, and then Yale happens. I frantically write GSAS and they send me an automated response, understandably. So I just emailed my intended program's admissions office and am hoping for the best. Honestly, as upset and TIRED as we may be atm, props to us for being proactive. I love the post below Potential, not perfection? On point.
    1 point
  45. I had an early acceptance last year as well. I'm currently attending the program that accepted me early (UNC), and I'm confident that I made the right choice, but I will warn that an early acceptance can create a psychological bias in favor of that program. I immediately started imagining my life in Chapel Hill. I started researching apartments and looked up what there is to do in the area. Once you start imagining your life somewhere, other places start seeming less appealing. It's natural enough. I would just caution others to try not to let this bias get in the way of making the right
    1 point
  46. While not impossible, I think it is highly unlikely that he wrote four negative pages. I'd take it as a good sign. (I have experience with seemingly cold old-school German advisors; maybe it's something in the water there. But I know they wrote me very good letters, based on feedback I got from the people who read them. I have no idea how long they were, though).
    1 point
  47. There are a lot of us in your boat. I applied to 14 schools, and I was slowly rejected by all but one who not only accepted me but gave me full funding. Really? No one wants me, but the one does, wants me so much that they gave me full funding? After spending countless hours on the results page of this site and reading the GRE scores/GPA of those who got accepted and rejected, I am baffled at exactly how a graduate school determines who gets in, etc. What I'm saying is that you shouldn't let any of your rejections make you feel unqualified. If you don't get in anywhere, try again next year, a
    1 point
  48. I I fully agree with both statements, but i don't see how the author "then clarified in the post itself". To quote the heading post: "I want to study under professors who love Jesus as the Lord of their lives". I still think that my observation applies to such a qualification. In any case, to further a bit the conversation, Drew and Vanderbilt do not belong to that kind "of Jesus lovers", probably not Emory either. Duke might have some of them.
    1 point
  49. Nobody sees a problem with the way the heading question is formulated? WHat does it mean to love Jesus? I know many people that "love Jesus" and stand on oppossites sites of the political/religious spectrum. If you mean "I want to study with mysoginists, homophobes and left-wing scholars, that's fine. Just say so...
    1 point


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