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Monochrome Spring last won the day on July 14 2014

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About Monochrome Spring

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    Forest Ecology - PhD

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  1. Monochrome Spring

    Retake the GRE?

    If you think you will do better, then retake it. You can use your best scores on your new application this year. But, only spend the money and time if you think you will actually do better. You may need to change up how you study the material, take an online course, etc. Was your GRE your weakest point on your applications last year? If it wasn't the deciding factor, maybe your time would be better spent making other parts of your application stronger. There are a lot of options.
  2. Monochrome Spring

    Who are the current moderators?

    I'm still around. I took a bit of a hiatus, because I had to focus on the data collection portion of my program. But, I am now in the analysis and writing portion, so I will be posting a lot more frequently on the forums again. Generally, the summer is pretty dead, and it picks up a lot more once the semester and application season start. I think the most traffic comes around winter, since members have submitted their applications and may be getting interview requests, and everyone gets a bit more anxious with results season starting up.
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    GRE Subject Suggested? What to do...

    If you are on the fence about it, email the graduate admissions secretaries for the departments to which you are applying. They will know if students generally submit scores for these exams. You can also email prospective professors in the department, and ask if those scores are heavily weighted the admissions process. My rule of thumb for test scores and submitted documents is to email people in the actual program, because only they can give you a definitive answer.
  4. Monochrome Spring

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Hey everyone! Just thought I'd pop in and say good luck with this year's application season. My experience is in the ecology/plant biology/forestry side of applications, so I can provide a lot of detailed feedback for anyone applying to those kinds of programs. I also have general knowledge about applications, like transcripts, GRE's, interviews, etc., after watching several application cycles through this site. If you don't feel comfortable putting your information in the general forums for whatever reason, feel free to PM me with questions. I try to respond to all messages within 48 hours.
  5. Monochrome Spring

    Submitting Transcripts

    Email the graduate admissions secretary for each program and see what they require. Some programs will be okay with a scanned copy and then request an official mailed document if you are accepted. Other programs may require an official mailed document in your initial application, regardless of if you are accepted or not.
  6. Anyone applying to Ecology / Plant Biology / Forestry (and related) programs, please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about the application process!

  7. Monochrome Spring

    General GRE Quant Struggle Thread

    I highly recommend Magoosh, and it was one of my primary study methods when I was preparing for the quantitative section of the general GRE. Bog Entry: My GRE Experience Don't beat yourself up too much, and remember that your percentile is compared across all graduate students applying for programs, including physics and math majors who had more formal quantitative training throughout their undergraduate programs. Your score is still good, and you can balance it with other aspects of your application.
  8. Monochrome Spring

    Applying to 'elite' ecology programs with low GPA?

    One of the most important parts of your application for an ecology program is a rapport with a professor at the department who is willing to vouch for you. Get in contact with professors whose research you find interesting. Discuss potential projects you could do, and get them interested in you. Your GPA will not limit you too much, if you have a professor interested in you as a researcher. It may limit your university/departmental fellowships.
  9. Monochrome Spring

    Laptop recommendation

    I recently purchased a Dell Latitude 5490 and absolutely love it for work purposes. I can get 15+ hours of battery life if I'm reading papers, writing, and other basic tasks. The keyboard is very comfortable and it is durable enough to take anywhere without worry.
  10. Too many things to do and never enough time.

  11. Monochrome Spring

    Michigan State University

    You should email the graduate admissions secretary for the department and ask. They should be more than happy to tell you how important your GRE scores, as well as when they expect to send out notifications for acceptance/rejection.
  12. Finally back to regular reading/posting on GradCafe. Feel free to message me with questions about applications, research, etc.!

  13. Often, applications will ask for your courses and GPA from all colleges/universities, so you would need to include your exchange program information. You can email the admissions departments for each program and ask them if you are allowed to omit course history from your exchange. They will know best, and these policies can vary across institutions.
  14. Monochrome Spring

    Rank names?

    I think that we lost the rank names with the site upgrade and moved to the dot system. I don't know why admins only have the rank names, but I can ask around for you.
  15. Monochrome Spring

    pls help with my account deletion

    Please read this post on the GradCafe's edit/delete policy. http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/67316-thegradcafes-editdelete-policy/ We do not delete accounts, but you are more than welcome to edit your posts if you want to hide personal information. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.
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