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  1. PSA for NPSIAns: If you go into Carleton Central, into "Build your Timetable/Registration", you can see what courses are on offer this fall by right clicking on the term drop-down menu, using "inspect element", and changing the "option value" from "202020" to "202030" (see the attached pics). You can also change that value to "202110" to see the classes on offer next winter. (Note, this isn't my trick... I found it here on the Carleton subreddit)
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  2. I’m curious to know what the biggest stressors are for y’all once you’re actually moved into your new place. Making new friends? Finding new establishments (e.g. healthcare, entertainment, personal care/wellness spots, food/grocery, etc.)? Being away from family? Something else? Obviously the moving process itself is stressful, but post-move days aren’t a walk in the park either.
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  3. Hey all Anybody have any good motivating tricks they use when they need to write something that is not particularly interesting to them? I am stuck on a massive writing project because I wrote the part I was most excited about first.... and the rest of it I don't care about and am only putting in because my advisor told me to. I really, really don't care about it and it makes writing so much harder. How do you trick yourself into writing mode when the topic is ..... blah ?
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  4. @sorenerasmus I planned on applying to 10 different schools but only ended up applying to 3 after realizing how tiring it was to compile the application materials and edit them for the specific programs, ha! I am currently starting my second year at Duke Divinity, but I'm also planning on applying to PhD programs in the Fall. I totally agree with MarXian—don't go anywhere you have to pay for tuition! But since your question is mainly about the application process, I recommend starting as early as possible... I was caught off guard by how long it takes to prepare my writing samples/personal sta
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  5. You are always so helpful ❤️
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  6. Even before the pandemic, my faculty at UofT told me to expect results in mid-July. But for it's worth, last year my faculty recommended me on June 20, and SGS confirmed the award on July 2.
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  7. I feel you have a reasonably strong application, but since funding for international students is limited (particularly for biostatistics programs), make sure you apply to a wide range of programs. As a back-up, you might consider applying to some statistics programs that admit a lot of international students and have some faculty working in biostatistics (e.g., Daniels at Florida comes to mind).
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  8. I mean, if you have a near-4.0 from a top 3 biostatistics program, I think it is probably not a waste to apply to any other biostatistics program. But obviously the programs are competitive so it is not guaranteed either. I'm not sure how much it will matter, but is your B in a theory or applied class? If it's in stat theory, I could see a B hurting if you don't have more advanced classes. I don't imagine the applied classes matter as much, and a 3.96 is great anyways. A lot will probably depend on your letters, so I'd apply to a wider range as well.
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  9. Uchuuko

    Worried about my GPA

    I don't think it will be impossible to get into a master's program with a low GPA (it may be difficult though). I have this opinion because I'm proof that it is possible. I had and will have a GPA below a 3.0, and I applied to both my graduate school's PhD and MS programs for my area of study. The institution requires that students have a 3.0 or higher in order to be admitted, but I managed to get accepted into their MS program. I think what helped me out the most in getting accepted into my school was my research experience, that one of my recommenders was an alumni of the school, and my GRE-
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  10. Just because other comments have encouraged you to find a way to combine both, you don't have to. My undergrad was history and Islamic studies/Arabic philology -- my dissertation is Habsburg, Ottoman, and Russian Empires. I have, then, several languages I had learnt without using them properly in grad school like Arabic and Persian. It's much more important to find a question you're genuinely interested in and not just a bridge between two undergrad choices you made.
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  11. I re-began reading for comps today. And I found my motivation back. I also switched the calendar of my readings. I am starting with question 2, that has a lot more articles than books on the opposite of question 1. So it helps me with my motivation. What I am reading is actually very interesting on top of that so it helps.
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  12. I think you can likely get into a Masters program provided that you have good letters of recommendation and explain your undergrad academic performance/emphasize any upward trend. Although your GPA isn't great, it is above the minimum threshold not to be auto-rejected. Masters admissions are also usually more lenient, since they are rarely funded. Finally, UT Austin is a well-respected school, so you have that going in your favor. I have also seen some individuals use Masters programs as "stepping stones" to get into PhD programs. These folks didn't have the best undergrad grades, but th
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  13. I recommend that you develop a compelling narrative of your journey to the craft of academic history that is significantly different than what you presented in the OP. Candidly, I don't think that you will do yourself any favors by saying that you have lost your interest in something you've been doing for a while and now you want to study history. The signs indicate that the 2021 application season will be ferociously competitive. What can you write that will draw attention to your potential that can set you apart from applicants who have have been majoring in history since middle school?
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  14. Hi all I know it is generally frowned upon once one hits the job market to include anything from undergrad, but what about while we're still in grad school and still years out from job market? CV's have been requested of me for anything from grant applications, internal departmental progress reports, conference stuff, professors sometimes asking to see it, etc., etc. Specifically, I was awarded a research grant and multiple scholarships in my undergrad. How lame is it for me to include those in the "Awards/Honors/Grants" section of my mid-grad-school CV? Thanks!
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  15. I'm lazy by nature, so for me the hardest part about moving is making the effort to make new friends.
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  16. Lisa H.

    Moving and COVID-19

    Covid-19 has not impacted my plans to to relocate for grad school. Even though a decision has not yet been made about how classes will resume in the fall, I want to live near campus. I figure there will be some other students around, especially grad students. Plus it was pointed out to me that one might easily be able to meet one's professors eventually, even if classes are conducted online. I'll be needing their recommendations to get a job later, and I think meeting IRL is better.
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  17. HopAlong

    Moving and COVID-19

    Hi everyone, Congratulations on on your acceptance to graduate school! I was accepted into a PhD program in Social Psychology and have to move from California to Pennsylvania. And my university has not decided if they are offering online or in-person classes for Fall 2020 yet. The graduate coordinator said that a decision will be made in July. I'm hesitant to put down a deposit on an apartment without knowing the status of Fall 2020. Do faculty expect students to relocate if classes are online? Moving is hard enough, and I'm imagining the additional challenges with starting a Ph
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  18. Personally, I get excited exploring a new area, and I've moved enough in my life to not really feel homesick. The hardest part of moving for me this last time (I know this is silly) was finding new restaurants. I'd lived in my previous area for over a decade and had many an amazing meal at Johnny's Tavern, Thai Garden, Ginger Garden, The Black Sheep, and Primo Pizzeria (major bonus points if anyone can guess where I was living!) After two years in my new location, I still feel like I don't have a favorite pizza or Chinese place, and I'm lacking that strong connection to the businesses that I h
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  19. pigeonbelow

    Pains of Relocating

    Agreed! I always struggle with finding my footing in a new city/town. I've moved enough now to know that I'm guaranteed to experience a month-long emotional low that comes from sudden instability and the feeling of being uprooted. Trying to navigate a new physical and social landscape doesn't help either. What helps me most is just time, really. Once I feel settled in a new routine, the melancholy and much of the stress goes away.
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  20. If you are looking for greater independence, you may consider an institution that doesn't offer funding at all. You will sacrifice pedigree for independence, however. I'm reading a lot about what you want from a programme and how you'd like to be exempt from certain requirements, but I'm not seeing what you bring to the table. What will you contribute? I see you want the programme to give you authority and reputation but you want to maintain distance from it, not become part of it. When I read what you wrote, I get a sense that you feel you're "above" a lot of these things, due to yo
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  21. If anyone has any questions or wants a SOP proofreader, feel free to reach out
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  22. I was just going through some old files from undergrad and found something that made me cry from laughter. My undergrad was online at a for-profit school, so there were some students that, well, maaaybe weren't ideal candidates for higher education, to put it politely. In one class there was this girl who wrote INSANE discussion posts. In addition to the terrible grammar and lack of insight into the topic, her posts were incredibly long and veered from wild tangent to even wilder tangent. She found vocab words (I'm guessing from the thesaurus in Word) that made no sense in context but sub
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  23. Keep it. Totally valid, and research grants are always a good thing. Money begets money, so if they see that you've been awarded money before, they will be more inclined to give you more in the future.
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  24. Undergrad Institution: One of UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine Major(s): Mathematics and Physics Minor(s): None GPA: 3.59/4.0 Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male GRE General Test: Q: 166 (89%) V: 167 (98%) W: 5.0 (92%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: 760 (71%)---submitted only to Berkeley, Columbia, Stanford, Penn State, UCLA. TOEFL Score: None Programs Applying: Statistics PhD Research Experience: Attemped project with prof, two summer REUs, and two gap years in a quant ecology lab---but I ended up only getting a rec letter from the first sum
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  25. Undergrad Institution: One of UBC, Toronto, Waterloo Major(s): Math/Statistics Minor(s): GPA: High 80s, 90+ in math/stat courses Type of Student: International Asian Male GRE General Test: Q: 170 (96%) V: 153 (60%) W: 3.5 (39%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: 870 (89%) TOEFL Score: Waived Grad Institution: Same school Concentration: Statistics GPA: ~90 Programs Applying: Statistics/Biostatistics PhD Research Experience: Part time RA with an assistant professor during undergrad. Graduate RA resulting in a master's thesis. Both related to causal inference. Pape
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  26. I'll post some articles and tips I find helpful in case anyone comes in here looking for the same help. I found this idea and like how it sounds, I think I'll try it today: "Word spriiints! Those timed, adrenaline-laced and competition-fueled moments where you do nothing but barf on the page for as fast as you can in hopes of grinding your fellow sprinters’ word counts in the dirt. MWAHAHAHA! Ahem. I wrote all about word sprints (here - I copy-pasted below): Even though I don’t word sprint anymore for quality’s sake, there were a few times where I just had to stop worr
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