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  1. I got accepted to MFA painting at Columbia University!!!!! Ahhh I just feel over the moon
    7 points
  2. I was accepted to the University of Florida today!!! I got the call while on the way to the airport and had to pull over/let my fiancé drive. I may cry on the plane... Also may have audibly squealed while talking with the DGS. (Super professional, I know.) Once I have more info, I'll be sure to share! Ahhhh so happy!!!
    6 points
  3. Simply put, I would have applied to more schools. Even the most exceptional applicants can get shut out by not applying to enough places. I would aim for at least 10 schools, but ideally closer to 20 if you can. A friend of mine, who is now a tenured professor and a graduate of UC-Riverside's PhD program, applied to 20 schools. He was shut out by 19 of them, but accepted at UC-Riverside. He was clearly good enough to have been accepted at most of the other programs as well, but his success was dependent upon him increasing the volume of his applications
    5 points
  4. Bumblebea

    Shutout 2017

    @anxiousgrad, I definitely encourage you to use your anger to improve your application. (Lord knows that anger is a great motivator--it certainly worked for me.) However, I would just caution you that what you've laid out there is an extraordinarily ambitious plan. I know senior scholars on sabbaticals who can't accomplish that much in a year. I think that doing one or two of those things would probably suffice. If you feel your GRE is a weakness, then work on that. And then work on your writing sample, because that's the centerpiece of your application. There is no need to try to publis
    5 points
  5. Well I defended my thesis Friday and passed!! I have some edits but should be done by the end of the week AND, the reason I got on here, is that when I e-mailed WSU to let them know I had passed I got an e-mail back from my poi saying I'm at the top of the waitlist (knew I was waitlisted previously but didn't know my position)! There is still hope! Anyways now I'm hoping that someone tells them no and hopefully soon so this anxiety can pass. Good luck to everyone this week! Hopefully this week will have some good news
    3 points
  6. While there's certainly a sense in which graduate admissions is a lottery and thus the "buy more tickets" approach makes sense, I think it's important not to underestimate the importance of "fit". Simply applying to more schools isn't going to help you if those schools don't match with your interests, SOP, writing sample, background, etc. Now determining fit as an applicant isn't always easy. The more I learn about the programs I've been accepted to, the more amazed I am at how they each (in different ways) line up with what I'm interested in and the materials I submitted, even in ways that I
    3 points
  7. I just got an acceptance to RISD!!!! SO EXCITED!!! ?
    3 points
  8. I've been mostly holding off on commenting until I saw my pal @Bioenchilada post, so I figured I'd chime in as well. Pretty much everything that Bioenchilada said was on point. Having gone to an Ivy League for undergrad myself, and knowing that prestige of school and overall funding =/= grad school experience or funding, I only applied to like 1 Ivy only for their program during my application round. That being said, I'm now at UCSF and had some misconceptions before I even got here, so let me address some parts in the section I quoted above. 1. UCSF is TWO campuses - Parnassus
    3 points
  9. chips and salsa and store bought cookies. I
    3 points
  10. I'm a first generation college student. I have four parents and step-parents and not a college degree between them. I fell in love with academia as an undergrad, particularly in medieval history, especially studying abroad for a year in Ireland. The first application cycle was a wild shot in the dark. I kept to the northeastern United States, wanting to be close to my family and my then-boyfriend-now-husband, who has a steady but immobile job as a firefighter/EMT in his hometown. I lucked out and got one acceptance to the University of Connecticut for their MA in Medieval Studies. So I we
    2 points
  11. Yanaka

    Venting Thread

    Had a little cry on my mommy's shoulder and she helped me talk through plan B, she really wants me to follow through with school and said it's okay to take out a loan (but in France rather than in the US) if necessary and if smart to do, that it's all going to be okay. That's after she said that even if our prof. friend thinks the economy is scary, well what am I going to do? Ain't gonna give up on what I want to do because of that. I love my mama. *8 years old again*
    2 points
  12. To be blunt, go with the money. The academic job market is pretty bad right now and you ought to avoid debt as best you can. Five years of fellowship is excellent. Top programs in my field aren't nearly as good about that. Remember too that your interests will change. Two years ago, if someone told me I would do HoS in graduate school, I would've told him he was crazy.
    2 points
  13. Congrats on that offer - great program. I would have applied to 20 if I could, but I already spent close to 2000$ on my 12 applications (counting GRE, transcripts, etc).
    2 points
  14. Stay strong. A) It's not over. B ) Gates is not the only way of getting into Cambridge
    2 points
  15. I was accepted into the 1 yr MSW at Western on Friday! 2 emails sent a few minutes apart - only 5 business days to accept/decline, but exciting!
    2 points
  16. Jesscee143

    Adelphi University

    Hi, I attended as well. They said each cohort has 25 students so there's 50 full time students in total and I think 25 in Sunday program and 25 Online. So in total, 100 students are accepted. Yes, one cohort would be start clinicals the first semester as in fall 2017. The professor said that some people feel overwhelmed and will ask to switch cohorts at times. It seems like they'll try to work with you if that is what you want since some want to start right away and are willing to switch. They didn't mention when classes would start so I'm not sure about that. Hope this helps
    2 points
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  18. Definitely true - though the odd year does happen where you get 5 extra people in a big cohort. I would actually argue that Harvard and Princeton's incoming cohorts are amongst the largest at 25-30, and 20-25 each, though GWU is roughly the same now that I'm thinking about it. Most programs want a smaller cohort if only so that they can tailor their mentoring without losing track of students -- at least this is what I was told, both by people at programs with small cohorts, and by people at my current institution where I'm a member of a large cohort (in the sense that I was warned I should be
    2 points
  19. eeeeeeeeeeeee

    Acceptance Thread

    To those asking about Indiana: I don't know when the letter was posted. I'm abroad, and my dear mother opened it for me. It arrived Saturday in Wisconsin. Not sure if they called as I wouldn't have been able to receive it.
    2 points
  20. Got through into UC Berkeley ESPM and Minnesota EEB! Super excited
    2 points
  21. Vulpix

    HGSE 2017

    Well, IEP is one of the larger programs. Also, I think message boards like this tend to attract a lot of international students to virtually connect, and I bet a lot of these IEP admits are international. But I don't know. Last year, I felt like one of the only IEP applicants here.
    2 points
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  23. UW MEDSLP YASSSS THRILLED AND SHOCKED AND CAPS LOCK
    2 points
  24. Accepted to NYU today. I'm still shaking! Got rejected from a lot of lower-ranked programs, which just goes to show the amount of randomness in this whole process. Still, I am ecstatic.
    2 points
  25. If you're anything like me, you're thinking "jeez I haven't heard back/gotten accepted anywhere yet....wth will I do this fall?" In my desire to have some sort of a plan (if only for being able to work towards something and remain sane), I've thought of a thousand other things I'd like to/plan to do if I don't end up going to graduate school. Some are silly (biologist-turned-celebrity-chef) and some are legitimate (gain more research experience and network), but all have the potential to be extremely valid come graduation in a few months. What about you?
    1 point
  26. You might want to browse this thread:
    1 point
  27. Naruto

    Declining offers 2017

    I declined my offer from Florida State, removed myself from the waitlist for Purdue, and will decline my offer from Georgia. Hope that helps someone.
    1 point
  28. In the US, taxes are all very dependent on your personal situation so it is hard for someone who isn't in a similar situation as you (e.g. your program director) to be able to answer that question. Don't ask this to your program director. Instead, look at this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_tax_in_the_United_States A few key things to keep in mind: 1. You have to pay federal tax as well as state tax. There may also be tax for your specific city. 2. If you are not a resident alien for tax purposes (if this is your first time in the US then you will
    1 point
  29. uthsey

    HGSE 2017

    admitted to language and literacy! just want to thank vulpix for providing so much information here!
    1 point
  30. Sleam

    Fall 2017 MFA

    Yep, I looked at that too. Kate is very proactive on the grad forum and that's how I heard of the program. I did like the courses offered, and the small town but didn't know the faculty. I even started to apply but no app fee waivers so I didn't complete it and told them why. I'm interested to know more.
    1 point
  31. My plan is that I'd move to LA to be closer to family; and once there, I'd apply to the Peace Corps! This would be great for bolstering relevant experience for my intended diplomacy/international relations graduate plans, but it would be a pretty big jump for me and feels surreal to think about.
    1 point
  32. I took a gap year as well -- partly because I was burned out, partly because I had a great job in a field outside of academia that I'd been wanting to work in -- and it was invaluable to getting me prepared for grad school. In fact, I think a lot of doing the 9 to 5 and being disciplined is good preparation for grad school, even though it's not specifically academic. The weekly work schedule for a grad student/academic can be so scattered and weird (80 percent of my on-campus duties/classes this semester happen on Thursday and Friday), so the discipline of a 9 to 5 is quite useful, as is getti
    1 point
  33. Vorian Atreides

    Campus Visits

    1. Great screen name. 2. You were wait listed by the Strode program this year? As a PhD applicant? I didn't think that they were admitting any PhDs this year, but I could be wrong. I visited along with 2 other students who were accepted for the MA and I didn't hear anything about new PhDs, but there may be 1 or 2. With the awesome sense of community in the Strode program though and the 238973 current Strode students we hung out with, I am surprised it never came up.
    1 point
  34. Thank you everyone for the advice regarding loans. It's a difficult decision. SAIC Low-Res was my top choice because I could maintain my full-time museum job during the regular school year and I feel unbelievably lucky to have got as much aid as I was offered. So while I make around 40k a year, plus whatever I can get through art - I'm terrified of loans. I have no debt currently and the freedom that has allowed me cannot be understated. I am beginning to think I may pursue residencies and low-cost opportunities and reapply in the future, although I realize this is probably the best offer poss
    1 point
  35. @Germano Only for things in your CV that that needs clarification. Well if they said they were in a hurry, then I think you just did find. Just don't overthink about it.
    1 point
  36. Right??? I'm happy to have gotten into a few really good programs, but I really want to know what it was about the candidates who got into top AMST programs. To be a fly on the wall of those admissions committees...
    1 point
  37. I imagine once NYU releases decisions, it'll get the waitlist chain rolling for the rest of the schools. Hopefully they release soon.
    1 point
  38. I took the General and subject GRE a few times. I got the best results with Magoosh. You can download the apps on your phone and do flash cards anywhere and their website lays out the best plans for you and how much time you'll need.
    1 point
  39. This is one of those issues on which reasonable people differ. It's like asking whether the people on the hiring committee prefer coffee or tea -- some prefer one, some prefer the other, and you can't predict which is which. Your best path is to do what you want to do and let the chips fall where they may.
    1 point
  40. HiFiWiFi

    Fasting in Grad School

    Hmmm, seems I'm late to the party here. I won't get involved in the discussions that have already taken place, as interesting as they are, except to say that while nutrition needs can vary by individual (a 24 year old male endurance athlete has very different needs than my grandmother) there are a few pretty well-supported "standards" that can be considered to apply to everyone who is not an extremely odd case. I've seen through skimming that some people here claim to have gotten their information from "nutritionists" and I warn everyone: Nutritionist is not a protected title in most areas of
    1 point
  41. Getting ready for Medical School interviews Soon I have only one interview in Canada (Queens), six interviews in States. My status : Result: Invite Time Stamp: 4:27pm Interview Date: TBD GPA: BSW (3.74) MSW(4.0) Year: MSW Completed MCAT: 130/128/130/130 ECs: Three years clinical social worker/educator experience in hospitals , founder of an ethnic focused mental health network. 4 publications, International conferences Geography: OOP Good Luck Doctors !!
    1 point
  42. ctg7w6

    Fall 2017 applicants

    It would be nice if this topic would get back on the rails. Honestly, most people are here to discuss the application season, results, etc. Nobody really cares about this petty argument. Take it to PM, please.
    1 point
  43. ecomath

    Toronto Biostatistics

    Okay, I applied to U of T Stats as well and I think I have a good shot of getting in. Maybe it's better to do a Stats PhD and collaborate with the Biostats Department.
    1 point
  44. York received over six hundreds applications for two years program... the chance of getting in is less than four percent.... Economy is tough now and free tuition could mean a lot to students.
    1 point
  45. Hello! First, please take care of yourself during the break. If you haven't taken some time off, doing that could be a good idea. Next, I think you are right that you will have to do something or there will be negative consequences down the line. I have not been in your situation, so maybe this won't be the best advice but I hope it provides a useful perspective. I think that most of the problems that students have in grad school are due to unclear communication with the faculty. I think it's really important that you talk to the professors about these issues and get their support,
    1 point
  46. Ok, last post here. You can take my word for it or not, but it's always 50/50, or actually just under because of 0 and 00, that it will land on even. Previous spins don't have any effect on future ones. The events are independent of one another.
    1 point
  47. I initially considered the idea of packing up the car, shipping a few items, and buying all new furniture. It seemed like it would be cheaper than $2000. Then I realized how much stuff we actually have that we can't just get rid of... my husband's insulator collection would cost over $600 to ship, and that's probably a conservative estimate. I have an armoire that my grandmother gave me which will take up a lot of space in the car or be expensive to ship. One of the dressers is old but high quality. It would probably cost close to $1000 to buy something comparable, and even replacing both of o
    1 point
  48. My wife and I used a UHaul U-box from near Toronto to Southern California, a really long distance! We sold or donated most of our big furniture and just kept everything that is high value (we considered the value per unit volume). Our mattress and couch make up most of our value. We ended up paying about $1800 total to move it all. We paid for it from our savings since my graduate stipend in Canada was pretty good and with my spouse working as well, we were able to save up some money.
    1 point
  49. - Ship all your media (books, CDs, DVDs) via USPS. It is shipped at a much cheaper rate. I think you can send about 200lbs. for less than $100. - Ship your heaviest stuff in large flat rate boxes. I stuffed all my shoes in two boxes and it was $16ish a box. They would have taken up a lot of room in my car. - Price out freight for shipping furniture. You can get a mattress box from a store and ship it freight for cheaper than it would cost to get a uhaul rental sometimes. - If you know your parents will be sending you package, leave a bag of off-season clothing for them to use as p
    1 point


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