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Everything posted by zapster

  1. agree with the above with one exception...write to her asap.....the earlier the better.
  2. You should be clear while asking that you are applying to XXX schools. Some profs may place a cap on the number of letters they are willing to write, although most would probably be happy to write half a dozen or so letters (I know of prfs. who have agreed to write as many as 15, but then there are some who have restricted it to 2, or just one as in your case above). It is important to make this clear at the outset so that neighter you nor the profs. come in for a bit of a shock closer to the deadline! If you are not sure, just ask.
  3. Definitely contact as many professors as you can - unless they have explicitly stated on their websites or on the program websites that "you should not" / "it is not advisable to" contact professors upfront. Applying only to top 20 would be too much of a risk, although you can definitely apply to these universities as well. Most importantly, I think that in order to stand a chance at the good universities for a phd admission, you might want to refine your research interests a bit, get some more clarity on the areas you will like to focus on, perhaps read some contemporary research in t
  4. With 1 year forwards recently trading at or over 70, it seems unlikely that the Rupee will stabilise or return to levels much higher than what it is currently trading at (c. 65) over the short to medium term. Technical analysis has suggested that after touching 70 (or 75, 80?) it may appreciate a bit and stabilise in the 63-65 range. But we all know that all these predictions can easily be thrown for a toss within a few days. My point is that it is unlikely that a year later your Rupee prospects would look significantly better (at best it is completely unpredictable!), so your options
  5. I presume you are applying for a phd not a masters? In which case I would think applying to a department without any of your POIs holding any position there (have you checked - some profs. hold a position in multiple depts. ?) would be difficult - both (a) for you to be admitted to the dept. as well as ( for you to get adequate traction resources, funding, share of mind etc. even if you do get admitted. caveat: not speaking from experience here though.
  6. Generally an official or certified translation would be required, however some programs may be willing to accept self-certified transcripts for initial applications, with the condition that any offer of admission be fulfilled by providing certified/official translated copies (in the same way that some programs allow self-reported GRE scores in the initial application to be followed by an official score report if the applicant is admitted). You will probably need to ask each school though.
  7. and again, yes, go to a fully funded program (I was so tempted to go "fourth" !). However if I understand the OPs question correctly, there seem to be some additional nuances - (1) There is a difference between fully vs partially funded vs competitively funded, i.e. different fully funded programs may cover all your tuition / insurance / etc. but the cash component (after paying off the tuition / school / insurance) of the stipend paid as TA/RA may still differ, making some fully funded programs less competitive than others. As long as the tuition/insurance is fully funded, a less comp
  8. Depends on what is your objective / end-goal in pusuing a phd, as well as your background /experience, specific area of interest within Finance. In general my opinion is that if your target is definitely a phd, you should try to get into a phd program directly as far as possible; consider an MFE only if your chances of getting into a phd program are minimal without first going through an MFE. I would also suggest writing to potential POIs in Finance with a brief about your background and interests and asking whether they are open to taking phd students next year, etc. Their responses shoul
  9. The smart person should stop caring about what the group of people thinks - caring too much places inhibitions on what the smart person says or does, thus not allowing the "true smart self" (TSS) to show itself. Stop caring, and it becomes easier for the TSS to show itself, hopefully changing a few minds along the way.
  10. the point is you need not "submit" the scores officially....but you can always include them in your CV / Other information / etc. if they are strong.
  11. a 165 on each wouldnt hurt.....perhaps the query is better addressed if you specify your actual scores....otherwise the answer is a solution to a combinatorial optimization problem.....
  12. Agreed - you should definitely apply now; in the worst case that you do not get in to any of your schools, the application process itself will be a great learning process and help you improve your SOP etc. for the next year, as well as provide you with implicit feedback on any other areas you might want to focus on improving.
  13. It really depends on you own comfort level - my approach was to speed through all questions and then do a second quick pass of all to "check" etc. I would make a quick note of the specific questions I wanted to definitely do a second check on in case I was running out of time to do a full 2nd pass, but I could usually do the full second pass and still have a bit of time left. Also, I think silly mistakes are not really dependent on how fast you go, but on being at a sub-optimal level of concentration - sometimes the need to speed up remains a conscious thought and actually hinders your con
  14. This is because most airlines usually have a carryon weight allowance that is considered to be in addition to a laptop/laptop bag.
  15. All airlines have always had weight and/or size restrictions on carry on baggage - but the weight restriction is rarely enforced or checked in my experience, unless the flight is super-full and bordering on the max with respect to total weight on board, in which case airlines start getting picky over the weight of the carry on luggage.
  16. Re: Addendum - probably not the technically right word I used . Basically just a separate sheet added at the end of your CV, can be titled something like "List of relevant coursework <and skill sets XYZ> undertaken". Organize by key sub-themes depending on your area of specialization / skill sets etc. (For example, Quantitative Coursework/Skills, Programming Coursework/Skills, Sociology Coursework/Skills, etc. etc.) There may be many reasons why this is useful over and above a transcript: Transcript has details of too many courses, making it difficult to identify the courses most re
  17. very unlikely you will find a reliable consolidated source...a scavenger hunt is the best (only?) option ! On the bright side, look at it as building on your research skills
  18. Definitely include titles related to your subfield. You could also include a few others if they signal something important (familiarity with a methodology or area of knowledge that may be relevant etc.) On relevant coursework, you could include them as an addendum to your CV - line by line is obviously easier to read, but do not exceed one page. You could group them by sub-areas and then include all courses within each sub-area para-style.
  19. In which case then I do not think considerations such as an Ed.D possibly being inferior, or the degree being in Technology Management should be an issue at all - go with the degree whose content is most pertinent and aligned to your interests.
  20. It all depends on why you want the degree....to be brutally honest, to me a part time / online / distance PhD (apart from probably being viewed less as credible and robust) also signals a lack of clarity and/or focus and whilst you may view it as hedging your risks, it seems to me more like selecting an option that is not optimal for any particular career path you want to follow. The only exception I can think of is if your existing or aspirational corporate job requires this degree as a "stamp" for better future prospects, in which case your current or future corporate employer can best a
  21. I disagree slightly with most opinions here - I think the best way is not to memorize ready word lists. A much much better way is simply to practice a lot of the verbal sections on various practice tests, and every time you come across a word you do not understand (whether it forms part of an RC passage, or one of the multiple option answer choices etc) note it down and check the meaning. Over time you should develop a reasonably long list of words that you can keep browsing over. After a few days, you can start knocking off words that you are comfortable with so you maintain a rolling list. Y
  22. tough call - personally I would never like my name to be associated with a piece of work whose quality I was not comfortable with - but I would also try to take the time to work on the paper myself - I know it is much easier to say this from outside, but a publication is important, is there no way you can find some time?
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