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  1. Powerprep software: this gives you practice tests directly from the ETS, timed and untimed. From the ETS website: Practice book, Math Review, Math Conventions, Intro to Quant, Intro to Verbal, Overview of the Analytical Writing. Magoosh: their website gives you free questions and free videos explaining things. They also have free ebooks: general, math, verbal. They have the option to upgrade to get access to more things, but you can use the free options. You do need to register to have access to the free resources. Manhattan: I’ve heard from multiple sources they have are the best. They gi
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  2. Undergrad Institution: Texas A&M (large public school) Major(s): Double: Statistics and Applied Math Minor(s): Computer Science GPA: 3.95 overall, 4.0 major Type of Student: Domestic Hispanic Male GRE General Test: (Based on ETS Powerprep exams) Q: 169 (94%) V: 163 (92%) W: 4.5 (80%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: NA Programs Applying: (Statistics/Biostatistics) Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications or conference talks etc...) REU at Texas State University. I took a lead role and performed most of the
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  3. 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?
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  4. I applied only to Oxford this past year and was accepted into its MSt in Modern Languages to study Spanish literature with no funding. I am excited by the program, and have been struggling to narrow down exactly what I would want to study in a PhD program, so I thought a masters would be a good choice to do first. I was also a Fulbright ETA in Spain, have a 3.88 GPA, have published a few articles and have presented at a few conferences. As I’ve been gathering advice for what to do from different professors, one in particular told me she thinks that I would be wasting my money on a very expensi
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  5. I would think the last 4 schools will be pretty safe options and you'll get into a good chunk of the rest. Not sure about Stanford and Penn, but I wouldn't be surprised if you got into all the other programs.
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  6. Ask your referees. Its very idiosyncratic. General rule of thumb is a minimum 1 mth heads up, which one of my referees subscribed to. My other just wanted 2 weeks heads up. So ask them to confirm what their preferences are.
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  7. silly question: double spaced, 12 pt, TNR/Arial, 1-inch margins?
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  8. jadeisokay

    2021 Applicants

    it's kind of frustrating trying to work on writing samples and statements of purpose when programs haven't officially announced if they're accepting applications or not yet.
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  9. Hi, I think this question is trying to get at whether you are interested in producing a lot of research/pubs outside of your thesis/dissertation. I may be wrong, but when I was asked this question and replied with something along the lines of "I'd like to publish x amount of manuscripts each year/attend conferences/network within my field of research", the prof said, "Ah yes, so you're interested in the more academic centric path in graduate school opposed to some of my other students who are more interested in clinical careers". I think it's a myth that you have you keep your career plans (sc
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  10. Good luck with that. Undergrad students generally think it will be a bit a weird a grad student is trying to hang out. Grad students will think its weird you are trying to dip into the undergrad pool. You can't win either way. Cut your losses now and pick a side. Time to grow up. The undergrads will probably tell you the same.
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  11. To reply as a human who has a few potentially relevant experiences: I am queer. I hold an MFA, which is a terminal degree that sets one up for the potential of tenure track. I’ve done the adjunct circuit (see username). I have museum experience as well and understand the politics of that world. I am a potential applicant in upcoming cycles for an art history PhD. So, with all that in mind ..... this is my opinion. The art world doesn’t have any jobs right now. Not for me, not for you. The pandemic had caused issues in academia that have long reverberations, but so too i
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  12. 2711383

    HKS MPA/ID 2021

    A little, but honestly I don't care. What bothers me is that this feels like the third time I (or someone else) try to start a conversation about a program and you come in and make it all about the GRE. It's really the only thing you seem to ever post about. No, HKS hasn't changed their GRE requirement yet. And you would know this if you took the 5 seconds it takes to open up their website and check. Even if they did get rid of it for other programs, there's a 99% chance they won't do it for the MPA/ID because they've made clear that it's an important part of the application for this spec
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  13. I currently have 18 on my list but plan to get it down to 10-12. I just feel like it's unlikely I have a good enough research match with all 18. I also don't have that much money to blow on programs that aren't great fits!
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  14. This is a really odd post. You've listed a lot of general points that don't display much knowledge of Fletcher specifically and that could apply to about any international affairs school, so I'm a little confused why you chose to create a post specifically about a school with which you don't seem to have much personal knowledge or experience and list a lot of generic negatives about IR in general, framed as a critique of Fletcher in particular. For example, the cross-registration with Harvard is a tiny part of the school's offerings and has very little to do with the overall educational experi
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  15. I was originally considering some interdisciplinary PhD programs, and honestly might still be, so I can give you the advice I was given by my undergrad professors, since I asked three different professors a bunch of these questions... The gist that I got was that it really depends on the prestige of the school, and how you can spin your dissertation into something that helps you fit into a specific humanities department. But, the name of the degree does carry some weight (ex. having an English PhD looks better to English departments than having an interdisciplinary PhD in which you used skills
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  16. jacobsroom

    2021 Applicants

    does anyone have concrete info about whether any other ivy / ivy adjacent schools / berkeley & UCLA are reducing cohort sizes like UChicago? UChicago was one of my top choices so it's really disappointing to hear they're only accepting about 5 : ((( are people still hoping to apply this cycle? or am I better off waiting until next year?
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  17. riverbender

    2021 Applicants

    So, anyone have any good ideas/etc for the best way to use few months off to prepare for applying to graduate school besides working on the applications materials themselves? Language learning? Internships (and in what)? Just saving money?
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  18. Same here. I was hoping that they would have waited a bit longer before making any concrete decisions since the programs aren't for at least another three months. I would like to think that although they cannot guarantee us a slot during the next application cycle, we will be allotted some degree of extra consideration. Also, to all my finalists out there: we have already won this award and it deserves a slot on all of our resumes and CV's regardless of the current situation. Stay strong everyone!
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  19. While I'm not normally keen on defending Schuman, Katie Roiphe is about atypical a case as anyone. Her mother is Anne Roiphe and Katie grew up with a great deal of privilege. She is on a tenure line at NYU after getting her PhD from Princeton. Katie has made a name and money for herself by writing a book that blames date rape victims for their rapes. She doesn't really have the ethos for the kind of argument she is making.
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  20. Right, I didn't mean to imply that you would be studying IR, but guessed from your profile you would be interested in a degree that you could apply in an international context. I applied to programs that will connect with the international development field. They go by a variety of names. Some of are MPP, some are MPAff, MPA, or Master of ID. As someone pointed out in another thread, the degree title does not matter so much, it really comes down to the courses you take and the focus of the faculty/school. I would suggest you take a hard second look at SAIS. Maybe reach out and look any
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  21. Beefmaster, Left you a reply here: I'd wait out the year and retake the GRE if I were you. However, you can always defer for a year if accepted and reapply anywhere you didn't get in. Then you have better chance at (limited) funding.
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  22. I just had a professor who sits on admissions committees look over my SOP. My introduction was talking about how I liked to go to museums as a child and was fascinated by the ancient world. He said that starting out like this is a huge mistake. Obviously if you are applying to study archaeology at the graduate level, it's pretty much assumed that you're fascinated by the ancient world and probably enjoy museums. But so do lots of people. What makes you unique. Attempt to illustrate your passion for the field without really telling some kind of silly story about your childhood. This is also
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  23. I just feel like humanities students are the most pathetic forms of people. Humanities are easy and pointless and that's why the field is so flooded. Sciences (such as physics) are what really impacts the world and changes things and helps people. What do humanities really do? The students are pathetic too. They are miserable because they tried to do what they loved but society hated it. Society hates them because they are just writers and 99.9% of writers are pathetic too. Even the Simpsons hates grad students. Those poor grad students, they can't even watch the simpsons to escape their w
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  24. I find this excessively rude, especially to someone who just wants help. And truly, with that level of repetitiveness in your own writing (I mean really, "did you write your writing sample?" 🤣), you will certainly make a competent social science writer. But obviously, if you intend to critique someone's writing, you should at the very least exhibit a higher level of word choice. As a scholar in your writing, you want to show competence and mastery, not condescension and mockery.
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  25. During last year's application cycle, I made a point of mentioning how wonderful the admin personnel at Washington University in St. Louis were to deal with. Sarah Hennessey in particular, who is/was the academic coordinator, was very friendly, efficient and quick to respond. The reason for this post, however, is that I just received an email from their DGS, kindly talking about the strengths of my application, and a couple of things I could do to improve it for the next cycle, if I didn't wind up getting in to any programs this time around. I'm very impressed. Perhaps it's just a
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