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AdilB990

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About AdilB990

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  • Birthday 12/16/1983

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Pakistan
  • Interests
    The open road, exploring new places, landscapes, sports, symmetry, architecture... and of course, SPORTS!
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  • Program
    Transportation Systems Engineering

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  1. As the much-needed Spring Break approaches, my 2nd semester, so far, has been a lot better than the last one! Feeling more positive about Grad School now.

    1. ahlatsiawa

      ahlatsiawa

      Good luck bro!

    2. AdilB990

      AdilB990

      Thanks Talha Awais, you too man! :)

  2. Hey Lex, it turned out to be a very smooth ride. The interview was pretty straightforward. Took no more than 5 minutes. As far as I recall, the interviewer asked me about the university I would be attending, why I chose it, the field I would be pursuing, and how I plan to cover the cost. She did ask for my bank statement (which I duly handed to her), but she barely took a glance at it and gave it back to me. I have been to the US once before (in 2011), so she asked me about that as well. But nothing in detail. And that was it. She was smiling throughout, while I didn't show any signs o
  3. First semester done! It was busy as hell. Didn't do too well, sadly. But in my defense, I've returned to academics after 7 years, and I'm studying in a new country (not to mention, a system very different from the one I had back home)! On the bright side, I survived. :)

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    2. NavyMom

      NavyMom

      HEY!! Nice to see you back... glad you survived your first semester!

    3. AdilB990

      AdilB990

      @gk210: Thank you for the encouraging words.

    4. AdilB990

      AdilB990

      @NavyMom: Yea its been a long time since I was here, glad to see you're still active... And congrats on your first grade, Tami! Good job! :)

  4. I've been on campus for almost a week now. It was a tough first couple of days; new country, no one familiar. But I'm settling down day by day. In fact, I'm excited about Orientation and classes. Grad school has become a reality! :)

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    2. ahlatsiawa

      ahlatsiawa

      And happy independence day!

    3. AdilB990

      AdilB990

      Thank you both for the kind wishes.

    4. AdilB990

      AdilB990

      And a very happy independence day to you as well, Talha Awais (or Awais Talha). ;)

      I hope life's treating you well in Syracuse?

  5. Time to say farewell to my homeland! Off to the 'Land Of The Free'. It'll be a tough couple of years but here's hoping and praying that this long journey proves to be as successful as I expect it to be. Best of luck to everyone who's starting grad school this Fall.

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    2. Threeboysmom

      Threeboysmom

      I second Academicat.

    3. NavyMom

      NavyMom

      Safe travels my friend. Please tell me when you get there!

    4. AdilB990

      AdilB990

      Thank you everyone! I haven't even arrived in the US and I feel so welcomed already. :)

      @NavyMom: Will let you know.

  6. I will be starting my MS in Transportation Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech this Fall! Will be great to hear from someone here who's also heading to Blacksburg?
  7. First of all, congratulations on an exceptional score! Getting a maximum in Quant is no small achievement, you should be proud. Moving on, your score will be exactly the same as this, don't worry. I'm from the same field as you, and I can assure you that this score has the potential to get you into some top-notch schools. But of course, you'll have to make sure the rest of your application materials (SoP, LoR's etc) are as solid as your GRE score. Also, the fact that you intend to go for PhD ultimately will be another plus point for potential admission commitees. If you're a non-native En
  8. LOL... Indeed it could. But since we're supposed to act like adults here, let's not.
  9. Thanks for the feedback, random17. You're right, the best way for a smooth passage through immigration is to ensure that every device is charged enough (if not fully charged) to be turned on if required.
  10. Hi everyone, I'll be flying out to the US very soon. I was wondering if there are any new travel regulations that I should be aware of? BTW is it true that all electronic devices (phones, laptops, tablets etc) are now accessed and screened by customs officials on US bound flights? Thus meaning that every passenger is expected to charge all such devices before boarding! Thanks, Adil
  11. That's great, I took a couple of months off from work (don't ask me how ) for GRE preparation and my SoP. It helped a lot, I don't think I would've managed otherwise. I'm sure you'll be able to make the best of this time. As for Virginia Tech, you should definitely apply! It has a very strong engineering pedigree and is highly regarded not only in the US, but internationally as well. To be honest, I don't know much about their geotechnical faculty, but rest assured it'll be good. One of my classmates from bachelor's went for an MS in geotechnical back in 2008; he only has great things to sa
  12. In that case, you're doing it the same way as me. I'm hoping to get some sort of financial assistance from the 2nd semester onward; but of course that entirely depends on how I perform in the 1st semester. Fingers crossed! With deadlines approaching, how's the progress on your application materials?
  13. Oh okay, my bad. Maybe I'm confusing UIC and UC. Well, it already seems like a long time back when I applied. But I'll try to recall what I can. As you are aware, the obvious drawback of applying in Spring is that there are limited options. However, there are still a number of well-known engineering schools that do offer admission. If you're not applying thru a scholarship (like me) then, in my opinion, there is a bigger issue when opting for Spring intake: As far as I know, all TA-ships, and most RA-ships, are allocated in the Fall semester since universities receive their grants at t
  14. Qasim, now that I've gone through the application process myself, I can probably share a few things from experience. Your scores are pretty good but it's almost impossible to predict how they will be interpreted. Having said that, if you can improve on your GRE Quantitative, that'll make you a stronger candidate. The response from ahlatsiawa is spot on: SOP and LOR's have greater weightage when one's application package is being assessed by the admission committee. But then again, it's not easy to predict how these admission committees work. They are an enigma, I tell you. Another bit of
  15. Hardly any activity in this thread, so I'll do the honours. I'm heading to VT this fall. I've been away from academics for over 7 years now; which makes me feel very nervous and excited at the same time. Starting graduate school is a pretty big deal and the fact that I'm an international student makes it even more daunting. But still it feels great, I can't wait to reach Blacksburg. It'll be awesome to hear from others, like me, who're joining this fall or are already studying there. Adil
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