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Andean Pat

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  1. From a second year, congrats to those admitted, and those who are still waiting, you'll get that bloody e-mail! You will! :)

    1. GeoDUDE!

      GeoDUDE!

      statistically those waiting will not get that bloody email.

    2. attackonthedoctor
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  3. I'm really sorry to read this! I second both responses: your health comes first. Do not quit counselling, remember it is a process and it needs time. You need to think about several things and you need someone to guide you in doing that and not lose it. From what you've said, you have to answer big questions and make big decisions, like what do you want? Do you want to stay? Then switch advisors. do you want to leave? Then, what type of work do you want? You have gone through these questions because you applied to grad school and you wrote a SOP. So go back to that and re read it. Do
  4. I remember I had a little notepad to write down questions and then choose when to ask. I don't remember all of them but I do recall asking what happens next, which is enlightening. My interview was VERY intellectual, they asked about how I thought the work of X had influence my work, or how I understood Y since I mentioned it several times in my writing sample. After being asked those kinds of questions, I was exhausted! What I can say is the following: do not ask questions you can find in the website, in the handbook, or which another grad student can answer. I cannot stress this enough.
  5. I am an international student and missed the weekends. Although schools paid for pretty much everything (though it was not enough for my air ticket), I could not skip work. They are called "weekends" but they generally take up Thursday and Friday two. Being far away, meant I had to arrive on Wednesday to the States. These weekends are an opportunity for you to make a better informed decision, but you are already in . From my experience, I've made the decision without the weekends and I am happy with it. As an alternative, I got in touch with grad students. Two of them were doing research
  6. Hey everyone! Hope you had a good break! I feel you!! My workload is heavier but I think it will be fun. I take one workshop, for which I have to produce rather than only read, a regular seminar, an independent study (lots of reading), and a language class (which I already almost hate, sigh). I am really glad to be back, it is still hard to wake up in the morning, but I am happy that I have something to do in this cold! Are you applying for summer grants?
  7. To everyone worried about interviews: I had several pre-admission phone/skype interviews and only one "real" admission interview via skype with three professors. At the time of the interview, my mother was having an emergency surgery. At exactly the same time. I succeeded, and got an offer for that school. If I could survive that stress, anyone can do it!!!! In short: all the best to you! Be yourselves, and everything will just flow.
  8. What do you mean 'difference'? Probably they offer a skype interview because you are far away from them. Difference in question? I don't think so. I've had pre- and post-submission interviews and I can say that post-submission are definitely more formal than the pre- ones. Consider them as part of the application process. Be prepared to answer questions about your interests that you haven't said in the SoP and have some good questions ready.
  9. First of all good luck to you!! You shouldn't be nervous because the part that depended on you is over. What follows is beyond your control so it is simply not worth to waste time and energy thinking about it. You will be anxious, and you will check your e-mail A MILLION times, believe me. So, if I can give you some "tips", here they are: * Most departments will be on winter break and will not resume work until January, probably around the 7th. Until then, your application hasn't even been seen by your POI. So, like them, just relax and enjoy the holidays. * My two-month wait was hect
  10. I had this problem when I taught in High Schools. They probably don't mean to be rude. I would call their attention to way they address you in a polite manner, and teach them how to do it or at least explain them what you expect when being contacted by e-mail. There is no harm in making expectations clear.
  11. Good luck! If anything, keep yourself entertained. The waiting is terrible. I was on holidays through feb 20th, more or less, so it was a loooooooong wait. Where did you apply? (if you don't want to say, it's OK )
  12. Like the OP I am not funded in the summer so I understand your concern. By no means is this too early to ask. Actually, I am applying for funding to do field research and the deadlines are between January and April. So, yeah, I basically have a plan of what to do, I am only missing the money!
  13. Well--- I thought this thread needed some update. For the football fans out there (real football, the one you play with your feet) Who has watched the draw yesterday? (it was my "break" from work...). Wanna make some predictions?
  14. I complete agree that is personal, unique, and like a fingerprint. However, I understand your concern because I had the same one. I needed to actually see a SOP in order to mentally understand what to write in mine. A grad student shared this resource with me. It is a SOP from someone admitted to Berkeley commented by a professor so that you understand why it is a good SOP (and, hence, how you can make yours equally successful). Hope it helps! AP
  15. Errrr..... I don't see this as stupid nor anything of the sort. On the contrary: from what you have described, you have learned more about yourself in the last year than most people! Sometimes we need to try out things to actually know that we don't like them. It happened to me with smoking, although obviously it is not the same thing! You already know that literature is not what you like. Have you thought of what you do? You are responsible for your own happiness/unhappiness, and it is great that you can see that and act consequently. I would talk to my advisor but before that I thi
  16. I went to grad school directly from undergrad. But in the mean time, I had this "life experience" everybody talks about (worked for ten years in teaching, for example). What it stroke me about your comment is that you would feel "relieved". If that is the case, I would reconsider my reasons for applying. If you are not THAT serious about it, bear in mind the costs in time and money, not only your own. However, if you are just a little scared, like the rest of us were (because, actually, you are taking a risk here), then you are fine. I agree, though, with this tendency that younger applicants
  17. This is the first weekend I am not going out, the first one I came to the library to work. The first one I am working. Two tough weeks and then Fall Break!!! Woo Hoo!

  18. "OMG this is so frustrating! Every school has accepted me! I want to kill myself! What would you do????"
  19. All right... It's been three weeks since I got here, classes only started last Tuesday. However, I had had orientations of at least three kinds, four dinner parties (with people in my department and people outside of it) and a huge party-party with people I've met at these other parties. I also have a pool and have been there a couple of times to read. So, I have enjoyed my time off before starting. Now... oh, dear. It's not the amount of reading what is stressing me. We have to read everything. It's impossible not to do so because we have written assignments/oral presentations for ev
  20. For the time being managed to watch some rugby games online.
  21. Hi there! I've read the previous post and I remembered that I felt very sorry for you thus I am glad you could defend your MA thesis! However, when reading this post, and answer began to appear in my head, and I am glad Fuzzy said for me because it would have been really hard to write it. I have taught in primary and secondary schools. Believe me, there comes a point that as a teacher you NEED to be as clear as possible so that the student gets your message. The same as the rest, I don't know if your advisor was right about your work or if his assessment is totally unfounded. Ho
  22. Hi there! I am not nervous at all. This could be because I haven't done anything for a month, so I am eager to start doing something. I haven't even met my cohort yet. However, I don't have to TA this year, so I a little more relieved than you. TAing can never be easy. Let me comfort you by saying that usually people find it easier to manage time when they have a lot of things to do than when they don't. I am sure you'll be great! About the dissertation, I am with you in this one. I don't know what other people think, but having a clear aim in mind (the dissertation) works for me. Fur
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