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  1. With all due respect, Armadilla, the topic of this thread is social exclusion, not immigration and international students. I object to your characterization of my post, and I disagree with your conclusion that "If you are gonna make an argument, such as "then why does she even come here??" or "why do all these foreigners come here if they can't handle it?", then you are running into a fundamental problem here." I never made this assertion, nor do I think my original post reflects this position, and I am offended on a professional level that you would deem to make such an outrageous inferen
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  2. The bolded is an entirely separate matter of which the main cause was beyond your power and actually had very little if anything to do at all with your standing (based on what you told us). In fact, I'm pretty sure you can also come up with more compelling reasons other than 'my advisor was rejected from tenure'! 'I needed a change in environment because I initially thought this would be good for me.' 'Your program struck me as the exact perfect fit and I could not pass up the opportunity to try and apply.' You can briefly say why you decided to apply to XXX, because your advisor was rejected
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  3. My parents did not get to have the college experience, and neither of them knew what graduate programs entail, so they've always liked looking at university websites and professors' research pages (my mom especially). And I certainly appreciate that they like to explore these things. But they've always done so by following my lead; that is, they'd read about programs and professors because I was interested in them and had already researched them on my own. So while I think it's great that you want to learn about grad programs, and you should feel free to explore this site as well, I think your
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  4. I wouldn't worry about it being "uncool". But then I never worry about things being uncool. If the research interests you, I'd say that's great! That said, I would also worry that it might impact your daughters research if you're doing a lot of it as well. and in my opinion, there's not much more important in relation to preparation for graduate school than the research process and deciding where and how to apply. This is the first time most students are on their own, completely, and many of the first year graduate students I see have a really hard time with it, as they're used to quite a bit
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  5. Agree, this question is on the cusp. We have 3 difficulty categories of questions. I'd say this is high medium or possibly low hard. To answer abohammed's question about practice tests, we have a recommended list of free practice tests here: http://www.greenlighttestprep.com/resources/practice-tests Cheers, Brent - Greenlight Test Prep
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  6. dr. telkanuru

    Buying a bike

    Bike hipsters and hardcore Lance Armstrong wannabies are the worst. I prefer unironic enthusiasm - all bikes are the best bikes!
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  7. The final push for me was getting a job at the university that I am attending - free tuition for employees & their kids, so it finally made sense to complete the degree. I am now in a race to get my master's before my daughter gets hers, I have a 2 semester lead on her, but I am part time, and she just started full time, so it very may well end up as a tie.
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  8. Hey, all! Has anyone experienced social exclusion (either on the giving or receiving end) in grad school? I've been trying too hard to be everyone's friend, and can see now that it hasn't done a bit of good. At the same time, these will be my "coworkers" for years, and collaboration is important. What is a good balance, particularly with cohort members? I feel ostracized for being a happy, bubbly person, overly kind person, and don't know what to do about it. How have your social lives been within the program?
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  9. rising_star

    dropping out?

    My first thought is this: Can you take a leave of absence, rather than dropping out entirely? Check your department and graduate school handbooks to see what is required for a leave of absence. Second thought: Can you find a therapist with whom you can talk about these issues? It might help you separate what is related to the family situation and what is related to real issues with your department/program. Because, it could be disordered thinking that leads you to the conclusion that you are the issue with these rotations, and not some other factor, but that's difficult to say without having m
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  10. dr. telkanuru

    Buying a bike

    Just to clarify, there are two types of bikes with only one gear in the back, fixed gear (fixies, also called track bikes) and single-speeds. A single-speed bicycle is like a regular geared bicycle that has one speed (hence it's name), so if you want to stop peddling, you can, and the back wheel will still spin. A fixed gear bicycle has no freewheel or ratchet in the back hub. Whatever the peddles do, the back wheel does, and vice versa. If you peddle forward, the wheel goes forward. If you peddle back, the wheel goes back. If you stop peddling, the force of the wheel will either push your leg
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  11. Increasing your verbal score cannot be done overnight, as mastery of the English language is something you do over your lifetime. Magoosh wordlist is probably your best bet, although I wouldn't expect that much of an improvement in your verbal score. I would also recommend just getting use to reading passages and answering questions of equal length to the GRE test, in other words do as much practice as you can simulating real testing conditions. Just make sure that you take it at your peak condition.
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  12. I'm guessing that they haven't updated their page yet for the upcoming application cycle. Btw, hi. I am a US citizen that applied to Canadian schools exclusively last year. I got accepted to 2/4 programs. My major in undergrad is psychology and animal behavior (minor in biology) and am now in the biology program at University of Toronto. I applied to and did not get accepted into the psych program at U of T, but I'm okay with that because the supervisor was the same (: I'm also happy to take questions!
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  13. For what it's worth, my GRE was slightly higher than yours (152Q/154V/4.0) and I did apply to six schools in the US (Harvard, MIT, Cornell, UPenn, UConn, U. of Miami) out of undergrad from an obscure non-English speaking university. I was initially wait-listed at UPenn, UConn, and Miami and rejected at Harvard, MIT, and Cornell. I got an offer out of the waitlist from UPenn (I withdrew myself from UConn and Miami lists), but for particular reasons decided to go to a place outside the US. I think that the most important factors are having a good sample and being a good fit to the program that y
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  14. Choosing who writes your letters of recommendation is really not that big of a decision. You want the people who will write you the strongest letters and, collectively, you want the three letters to speak to both your research skills and academic ability/potential.
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  15. thanks! plan B is getting a degree/doing research at a university in my country of interest. its a really great school and the professors are already excited to (possibly) have me study there with them
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  16. Philosophy majors have the highest verbal GRE scores of any major. So, anything below 160 would be alarming to an ad comm I'd think. 165+ would be best, and there will be a good deal of applicants with 169 and 170 applying to the top programs. Quant, according to some, isn't as important for most fields in philosophy, unless it is alarmingly low. In the 150s would probably be fine, all else being in order. The AW section is generally thought not to matter, since they have your sample. Two caveats: First, if English is not your native language, ignore everything I just said. Your TOEFLS will n
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  17. My husband, originally a math major, also "hated stats" the first time he took statistics and probability. He decided to give it another go and changed his major to stats after that. The major reason, according to him, is he loved the varied applications of statistics. He wasn't a huge fan of the sort of abstract nature of his math major before that; he really wanted to do more applied, practical work, and stats was the way for him. However, there are many other areas of math that can be applied besides statistics. I think statistics is probably important for most applied mathematicians to kno
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  18. unræd

    Weird Quotations

    Senior scholars tell me it's not really quite as bad, anymore--but some of them say it a bit wistfully.
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  19. Not exactly what you're asking but may be useful advice. This first thing that I would do contact programs and research groups, and see what your chances of getting accepted are. Describe your skills and qualifications. If you want to join a Theory group and you're good at math, you might not even have to take the Chem GRE. You can also look for schools that allow students from one department to work with professors from other departments. For example you can apply to a physics program (which for you might be easier to get into) and then choose to work in a Physical Chemistry group. We cu
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  20. Good luck with your endeavors. I was also an engineering student for my first degree before switching to chemistry for my MS (though I came from the chemical engineering side of things so I had some of the prerequisites done + I double majored in chem so it wasn't too much of a transition). Here are some of the books I used during my undergrad (I just included the authors): Organic Chemistry: - Leroy Wade (7th & 8th Editions) - One of the best intro level o-chem books I've ever read (I still referenced it when I took my advanced and synthetic o-chem classes) - John McCurry (7th Edi
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  21. I applied there, too. I submitted my CSU app in late January and express mailed the dept application on the 2/28. I have no social work experience, but am an older student, have started two nonprofit organizations, worked in the corporate world in PR and as a professional writer, my last GPA was 3.75 (for last 60 credit hours), good LORs, and I recently returned from living in Guatemala for 18 mos. I speak Spanish at the intermediate level. I don't know if lack of SW experience will hurt my application... End of April. Wow. That's very late.
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  22. I totally feel you here. During undergrad, I had what I guess you could describe as "social anxiety" (in scare quotes because I never actually considered that I might be afflicted with that but looking back, I guess I was). I was so terrified during class of raising my hand and attracting attention that I sat there with my heart in my throat as I contemplated contributing an idea. By the time I finally steeled myself to say something, everyone was getting up to leave. The longer the class progressed, the more awkward it would be for me to suddenly speak up. So I just stayed silent for 4 years.
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  23. Believe me, I really do not care how many positive or negative posts someone gets on an online forum. The fact that you, an adult, care about such things and accuse someone of even more ridiculous behavior is sad. You questioned my intellectual ability and this is absolutely inappropriate. In case I said something that I offended you, I already apologized. You, in turn, cannot admit the fact that you went overboard and you were clearly disrespectful. Instead of considering the other side's opinion, you are counting "likes" or "dislikes," question one's intelligence, and act defensive. Even the
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  24. Frankly, you need to work on your analysis skills if you dare to deduce all of that from my post. You are ranting about the perceived status of international students, not me. And, by the way, I am not a US Citizen, although I've lived here since I was a year old. I brought up the point about her being an international student because: (1) she is, and (2) it means that her support network here is limited (her family isn't here). In case you haven't figured it out, GC is a safe online space for us to rant, if we want to, about issues that affect us in grad school. So, you can rant all y
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  25. I am sorry, but a lot of things in your initial rant sound clearly misleading. Of course it is extremely nice of you to help her out with her kid and give her a ride, but the way you portrayed her sounds like she is plain stupid, lazy, and unwilling to make an effort. Now, here comes a bit more realistic side of the situation: SHE IS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. English is guess what..probably not her native language and the legal immigration system in the US is one of the most disorganized, unfair, and stressful immigration systems in the world (I can rant about it endlessly). If you are gonna m
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  26. Medievalmaniac, I really don't think that the SoP is the right place to explain your coursework, unless it has direct relevance to the narrative you're writing about your development. I just attached a sheet with all my applications called "Undergraduate Coursework in Literature" or "Relevant Coursework," and then divide it up into "English" and "French." Under each category, I had the course number, the actual full title, the prof, and my grade in it. That way they can cross-reference with my transcript if they want, but they have the important info that they'll really be mining my transcript
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  27. Dal PhDer, first off, I do appreciate your opinion but we do not know the specifics. I have no idea how much help and assistance the student is asking for, so this is very hard to judge and make assumptions. Second, if the author of the post is a mature individual (which I presume, she is), she will straightforwardly and yet candidly express her concerns to the student in question instead of ranting on an online forum (on another note, if you have an issue and have a problem, are you really THAT lonely and isolated in your life that you need to take this problem to an online forum?I, for insta
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