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  1. Dear diary, the days are endless... LOL
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  2. Worries: My GPA is so ugly that I don't think any place I love will take me. This is the biggest issue. I am applying straight out of undergrad from a prestigious institution, but I don't think that's going to help my case that much. I only have a few poster presentations -- no publications. My GRE scores are fine but not excellent. My parents did not attend college and know nothing about higher education, so it's been tough to navigate how this all works and approach professors during this long process. I'm dumb and didn't apply for NSF. My mom always tells me that everything will work out an
    3 points
  3. ray92

    2019 GEM Fellowship

    Just got selected by a company!! Has anyone else? Do you know when you have to confirm?
    2 points
  4. I just got my first interview invite this morning! Great way to start a Tuesday :) I wasn't expecting any notifications until at least Friday so this was a great surprise, aah I'm so excited!
    2 points
  5. How are my fellow socialites doing? I know it's been tough seeing other departments dole out interviews. Hope you guys have been keeping busy!
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  6. Today is my birthday and I got my first skype interview via email. I know it's far from an official one but still quite excited. At least there is a chance that I won't be rejected by everywhere I applied!
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  7. Worries: This is my second year, and I'm really stressed out. I've been keeping asking myself what I'm going to do if I didn't get in again? Try a third time? I'm not sure I can handle the stress one more time. I'm also worried about my references if I didn't get in again. Who will be willing to write me recommendation letters three years in a row? I couldn't ask any of my professors/supervisors to do that for me. Excitements: I know this is my passion and I really want to do it. I'm not afraid of anything that's waiting for me in grad school. I also have contacted some POIs in my field
    2 points
  8. Bopie5

    2019 Applicants

    I've just submitted my 6th (out of 7) app! Only one more to go, and it's not due until January 5. I feel relieved--and now I can finally focus on my finals that I have tomorrow. So close to finishing out this process!
    2 points
  9. I would for now say - write first, then edit. I always find that order way easier. And sometimes it helps to take some distance for a bit.
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  10. Well no interview invites yet, BUT I did just get a job offer to work full-time in a new lab salary and benefits! Yay for a backup plan!
    2 points
  11. I love this thread! Worries: I only applied to two PhD School Psychology programs because they were the only ones I was really interested in and it’s all I could afford. My GRE scores aren’t amazing and I don’t have a lot of research. Will I even get invited for an interview? Will I be able to move out of my parents’ house and be financially okay? Excitements: I am proud of myself for even trying and applying. I know that my strength in my application is my work/volunteer experience. I have had some really good conversations with some professors and a grad student at one of t
    2 points
  12. Haha I’ll take even just one ☝️
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  13. First, my credentials. Well. I can spell my own name, though I don't usually know exactly how old I am. I'm within a year or two, but I'm usually wrong until I've done some subtraction. I teach composition and like to write calculus equations on the board when I take classes in poetry writing. But, here's my real credentials: consider what is written herein in conjunction with what the various instructions on SOPs that you've read have said, with the requirements the program you are applying to has put forth, and with your own experience as a writer. Do you think I know what I'm talking about?
    1 point
  14. Someone applying to counseling PhD heard back according to results page
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  15. I didn't apply there, but it's safe to say when the DCT/Program coordinator sends out mass e-mails, they've completed their review for initial in-person invites. Sorry, this whole process f*^&cking sucks. I've been there before!
    1 point
  16. Fridayz

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Omg thank you! Just got it ??
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  17. University of Mississippi (Clinical PhD)! Given that this is my first application season I have also realized that I have no idea how to respond to one of these emails. Luckily I’m meeting with my lab’s Post-Doc today to talk about the interview process so hopefully she can help me out a bit.
    1 point
  18. Holding it together! Every morning is like, "I wonder if today's the day!" and inevitably it is not. Tis the season!
    1 point
  19. Worries: This is my third cycle applying. It's been draining every single time. I am an international student and the acceptances for international students seem really low over the past 2 years. I did graduate from an American university, but with only a magna cum laude. There seem to be so many applying with much higher gpa than mine. Though my verbal and quant scores on the gres were pretty solid, my written score was only a 4.0. In short, I'm afraid a meh gpa, and a shitty 4.0 on written, coupled with my international student status will hurt me real bad. I have about 4yrs of research expe
    1 point
  20. FiguresIII

    2019 Applicants

    Just got my last app (10/10) in at UC Berkeley ! I'm also very happy to report that I have found a hobby to keep me occupied (beyond normal work, ofc): drawing! I'll have to make sure I don't start drawing the portraits of my POIs....
    1 point
  21. It's hard to imagine you could really know you want a PhD in a quantitative subject when you haven't really taken any math classes to know what that entails - but let's assume for a second that you do. You might be able to get into a PhD program by just taking a few more classes. If you took through Calc 3, linear algebra, and a probability class, you'd be a decent candidate for a lower tier but respectable biostatistics PhD. There is almost zero chance of you getting into a math or CS PhD without literally completing almost an entire bachelor's degree. My advice would be to take a couple
    1 point
  22. I'm just hypothesizing but it would probably be sometime that week if not that day; I read the calendar wrong! It looks like they have it slated for the 17th to the 20th of January for interviews so you're good. I'm guessing the Friday and Saturday are the actual interview days. I have a friend who got asked to interview for pretty much all 12 of the schools I applied to (swap out UO for Berkeley) and she said that only Princeton and Carnegie Mellon (and one other pair I forgot) overlapped that year. If it's any consolation, her application profile was about as strong as yours but I can'
    1 point
  23. Hi there. First of all, is there a reason why you want to jump straight into a Ph.D.? Given your background, it might be more efficient to complete a Master's in CS/Stats/related fields. I have heard that some of these programs like having applicants from industry and other academic backgrounds. Then if you still want the Ph.D., you will be in a much better situation to apply for top programs. If you do prefer to get another Bachelor's, I can offer some advice on that. I don't think that being out of school for three years will significantly affect your chances in a negative way. But I t
    1 point
  24. I'll throw mine in! Worries: I'm coming straight out of undergrad, and I don't nearly as much experience as some already do - I've only done a couple semesters' worth of research, and I have no presentation experience. I have one authorship credit...but I'm seventh in line, so not exactly going to knock any socks off. My GRE definitely could have been better (anyone else find that their Powerpreps didn't give an accurate expectation for the real thing?). I only applied to three programs due to narrow interests and familial restrictions; this won't change much, if at all, for future admiss
    1 point
  25. FYI none are employed at Dartmouth anymore - either retired or were fired.
    1 point
  26. would you mind sharing your POI initials?
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  27. Oh my bad, I was definitely referring to OSU!
    1 point
  28. Oh.....so we all aren't just compulsive by nature? ?
    1 point
  29. Oof, everything everyone's said is so real. Worries: Coming right out of undergrad and not having any publications, I'm concerned that I look inexperienced. I also found two minor typos in my writing sample after I already submitted my apps ? Also worried that I'll feel like I'll have wasted a lot of time and money if I don't get in, since apps ended up costing more than $700. Also worrying that if I get in, I'll feel/seem really inadequate and not as qualified as other grad students in the cohort. Excitements: I love classes and academia, and if I get in I can't wait to interact wit
    1 point
  30. Worries: I submitted my applications early, but I think I could have made them much better if I had sat with them longer. I think I forgot to explain more clearly and precisely what I wanted to do in the future, and perhaps spent too much talking about what I've done in the past (with the assumption that my future will look similar to my past). I'm also trying to balance getting into a good school and ending up in a good location. After some bouts of burn out and depression, I'm afraid that grad school will only make my mental health worse. On top of that, I'm doubting my abilities to succeed
    1 point
  31. To everyone worrying about why they aren't hearing anything yet... Please keep in mind it is very common for programs to start reviewing applications after the semester is over but before Christmas. Sometimes they don't until after New Years though. Many faculty members are extremely busy at the end of the semester and like to wrap up final exams and final grades for the classes they teach before focusing on reviewing applications. This is how it was at the very large R1 school where I earned my bachelors degree and at the school where I earned my clinical psych masters degree. I also currentl
    1 point
  32. Congrats on the phone interview! Is this at Tuscaloosa or Birmingham? Also, if you don't mind me asking, which POIs did you apply to work with there?
    1 point
  33. Hey everybody I've applied to UoT, Ohio, Brown, Northwestern and Rice in Polisci. British background (Polisci undergrad), russian and post-soviet politics MA. Two articles submitted for publication. GRE little on the low side V158, Q149, AWA 5 Let's do this right?
    1 point
  34. Me while all you clinical people are posting about your interviews....
    1 point
  35. I just made 9 dozen cookies from scratch. That, my friends, is what I call stress baking.
    1 point
  36. Hi @Marie21, just popping in to say thanks for the tag, but unfortunately I don't have the time right this second to give a thoughtful response as it is peak application season. However, I wanted to at least let you know I did see your post. I didn't read it in its entirety, but I will reiterate what I often tell clients worried about finances. I do not recommend attending any graduate program from which you'll graduate with a debt load equal to more than a reasonable estimate of your first year's salary out of school. I graduated with six figures of student loan debt that ballooned to $1
    1 point
  37. Posted this on the results page, but got an email from Yale for a skype interview!
    1 point
  38. This seems rather ironic to me hahah
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  39. Thanks! I think that I shouldn't be on gradcafe this time, yet here I am anyways.
    1 point
  40. I'm applying all over the PGR out of a respectable MA program! My GRE score is about the average for those accepted to programs ranked lower than 9th on the PGR (with a few exceptions). My Master's GPA is a 4.0. I had not studied philosophy prior to becoming a Master's student, so I don't have a relevant undergraduate GPA to report. My areas of interest are in epistemology, metaethics, and philosophy of law. I'm a lawyer, and I passed the bar in Virginia, but there's nothing I'd rather do than study philosophy. It has been such a rewarding and fulfilling time for me being a Teachin
    1 point
  41. 759

    2019 Graduate Entrants

    I recently received my MA from a terminal-MA program. Stats: 4.0 GPA (grad), GRE 168/156/4.5, BA in Philosophy and Linguistics, GPA 3.75, from a school unranked in philosophy, but very highly ranked in Linguistics. My thesis was on Kant's theory of empirical concept acquisition. My writing sample defends Hegel's critique of Kant by means of defending Hegel against specific charges made by Karl Ameriks. My research interests include Kant, post-Kantian German philosophy (esp. Hegel), and Wilfrid Sellars. Ideally, I would like to go to either Pittsburgh, Columbia, UChicago, or Ge
    1 point
  42. I'd say my primary AOI is meta-ethics and moral psychology.
    1 point
  43. Aight yo, time to bring this thread back to life. It's me, ya boi! I'm back from the dead for a second attempt at this PhD shit. Last cycle was a disaster. I'll post my stats later. This time around I've been much more strategic and calculated. Here is a list of schools I'm planning on applying to: University of Southern California, Princeton University, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, University of California-San Diego, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, Syracuse University, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, McGill Univer
    1 point
  44. TTIC is simply excellent for AI/ML. Check out the papers accepted at NIPS, ML's biggest conference. A healthy representation from TTIC. I'd pick them over UCSD or USC for ML atleast.
    1 point
  45. TTIC is indeed very well regarded. Probably not top 10. I'd say it is comfortably in the top 20 though.
    1 point
  46. TA app asks, "What date did you finish the online graudate application form", and you respond with ,"Yes."
    1 point
  47. 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
    1 point


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