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    eklavya got a reaction from NeilM in What are you going to do immediately after you read that rejection letter?   
    i swear, if they send me the rejection letter via post, i will write on the envelope 'person moved. return to sender'.
    this ain't no lie. imma do it.
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    eklavya got a reaction from akraticfanatic in Gifts for your Recommenders?   
    that's pretty creative man!
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    eklavya got a reaction from hopefulcandidate1 in The 'Am I competitive' thread - READ ME BEFORE POSTING   
    Admins/Mods, we need a sticky on this one. Perhaps other members (those who already are in grad school are preferred) should contribute to this thread too, if they'd like.
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    eklavya got a reaction from jordandeee in Corrupt application process?   
    she's devilishly flaky, that's for certain. the main thing to consider here is that do you really want to go to a program that has a teacher like her? forget her awful behavior for once. but if she's a terrible teacher, do you really think you will excel at this particular dept where (i assume) she will be teaching you?

    now as to why she's asking you all the schools you will be applying to, it's hard to tell. she could be plotting a devious plan man, who knows! if i were you, i'd not tell her squat. there are people who want to know what's going on in other people's lives so that they can munch on the information, and live off it... you know, those guffy/gossipy types. moreover, there are people whi want to ruin things for others because they envy the progress. in her case (and if she really is THAT terrible), she might not have good intentions regarding your future, my friend!

    my advice: lay low, finish the class, apply elsewhere, and get the hell outta that place.


    no, grad coordinators can be professors. this is how it is in most schools because the school/dept wants professors to develop those 'managerial' skills. some extremely rich schools might have grad coordinators and profs as two separate entities, but it's not very common.
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    eklavya got a reaction from Cryolite in University of Houston REVOKED OFFER AFTER I HAD MOVED   
    what a misfortune! i really feel for you. those people should be ashamed for their downgrading and inhumane act. is the department not willing to settle this by negotiations? i mean, it's clearly their fault that this tragedy has happened! i hope things can be worked out here. but if things don't look, i still hope you will be able to pick pieces up and move on. but man, what a terrible thing to have happened!

    on another thought, probably getting a lawyer and suing them is the next best move.
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    eklavya got a reaction from Brisingamen in What would Chuck Norris do?   
    Can't believe we don't have a thread dedicated to Chuck Norris!! No wonder life is boring as hell during the waiting period! (Why? Cuz Chuck Norris ain't here to keep us company, y'all!!)

    Anyhoo, the obvious question to ponder about, while I/we are stuck in this limbo, is, how would Chuck Norris go through the application and admission process?

    1. Chuck Norris doesn't fill out the application forms. He stares at them till they finish up and pay after themselves.
    2. Personal statement of Chuck Norris: "Me".
    3. Chuck Norris never accepts offers made by any schools because he is tired of being the only smart dawg on campus.
    5. If Chuck Norris doesn't get accepted, he simply calls up the admission office and says "No".
    6. Chuck Norris got rejected at all schools he applied to. But the adcomms haven't gathered the courage to break the news to him.
    7. While on a campus visit, the graduate student who was supposed to pick Chuck Norris up from the airport didn't show up. Enraged, Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked the whole city and dropped it far away in the ocean. People say that's how the Liliput came to be.
    8. There are no PoIs for Chuck Norris. There is only CNoI for the POIs.
    9. When asked what his career goals are, Chuck Norris answered "To be Chuck Norris".
    10. Chuck Norris didn't get into any Eco/Evo program because no professors was willing to buy the idea that the mass extinction of dinosaurs was due to chuck norrisaurus and no meteor.
    11. Chuck Norris was instantly hired by the math program because he could divide by zero.
    12. Chuck Norris doesn't wait during the whole application process. He goes back to the future and gets his degree.
    13. Chuck Norris was let go from the immunology program. Not because he caught the diseases, but because he crushed them with his bare hands after catching them.
    14. Chuck Norris once possessed satan. To investigate how, the religion program was created.
    15. When applying for physical fitness programs, Chuck Norris was asked how many push ups he could do. He answered "All of them".
    16. Chuck Norris was invited for recruiting weekend because, well, Chuck Norris needed to recruit workers.
    17. Chuck Norris was once called to the Dean's office because the Dean was in trouble.
    18. There is no 'Middle Name' form field in the applications given to Chuck Norris to fill out. Because the schools are smart enough to know that nothing should come between Chuck Norris.
    19. Chuck Norris doesn't contact PoIs. He pokes them in facebook.
    20. PoIs don't poke back Chuck Norris on facebook. Who in their right mind would finger Chuck Norris?
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    eklavya got a reaction from AuDorBust in What to wear?   
    please search! see how many helpful threads i discovered by typing a word and hitting that 'search' button?







    hope this helps!
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    eklavya got a reaction from Sherlocked2013 in What would Chuck Norris do?   
    please change this to: 'that one gave me a chuck norrissle'. you should be aware that Chuck Norris doesn't like his name being truncated!
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    eklavya got a reaction from Sherlocked2013 in What would Chuck Norris do?   
    Can't believe we don't have a thread dedicated to Chuck Norris!! No wonder life is boring as hell during the waiting period! (Why? Cuz Chuck Norris ain't here to keep us company, y'all!!)

    Anyhoo, the obvious question to ponder about, while I/we are stuck in this limbo, is, how would Chuck Norris go through the application and admission process?

    1. Chuck Norris doesn't fill out the application forms. He stares at them till they finish up and pay after themselves.
    2. Personal statement of Chuck Norris: "Me".
    3. Chuck Norris never accepts offers made by any schools because he is tired of being the only smart dawg on campus.
    5. If Chuck Norris doesn't get accepted, he simply calls up the admission office and says "No".
    6. Chuck Norris got rejected at all schools he applied to. But the adcomms haven't gathered the courage to break the news to him.
    7. While on a campus visit, the graduate student who was supposed to pick Chuck Norris up from the airport didn't show up. Enraged, Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked the whole city and dropped it far away in the ocean. People say that's how the Liliput came to be.
    8. There are no PoIs for Chuck Norris. There is only CNoI for the POIs.
    9. When asked what his career goals are, Chuck Norris answered "To be Chuck Norris".
    10. Chuck Norris didn't get into any Eco/Evo program because no professors was willing to buy the idea that the mass extinction of dinosaurs was due to chuck norrisaurus and no meteor.
    11. Chuck Norris was instantly hired by the math program because he could divide by zero.
    12. Chuck Norris doesn't wait during the whole application process. He goes back to the future and gets his degree.
    13. Chuck Norris was let go from the immunology program. Not because he caught the diseases, but because he crushed them with his bare hands after catching them.
    14. Chuck Norris once possessed satan. To investigate how, the religion program was created.
    15. When applying for physical fitness programs, Chuck Norris was asked how many push ups he could do. He answered "All of them".
    16. Chuck Norris was invited for recruiting weekend because, well, Chuck Norris needed to recruit workers.
    17. Chuck Norris was once called to the Dean's office because the Dean was in trouble.
    18. There is no 'Middle Name' form field in the applications given to Chuck Norris to fill out. Because the schools are smart enough to know that nothing should come between Chuck Norris.
    19. Chuck Norris doesn't contact PoIs. He pokes them in facebook.
    20. PoIs don't poke back Chuck Norris on facebook. Who in their right mind would finger Chuck Norris?
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    eklavya got a reaction from LabRat2012 in University of Houston REVOKED OFFER AFTER I HAD MOVED   
    what a misfortune! i really feel for you. those people should be ashamed for their downgrading and inhumane act. is the department not willing to settle this by negotiations? i mean, it's clearly their fault that this tragedy has happened! i hope things can be worked out here. but if things don't look, i still hope you will be able to pick pieces up and move on. but man, what a terrible thing to have happened!

    on another thought, probably getting a lawyer and suing them is the next best move.
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    eklavya got a reaction from new_to_kin in Reentering US with visa waver program   
    few of my friends have done this on their trip to mexico and back, but they also took their i20s with them... just to be on the safe side. and i recommend that you do the same. the additional endorsement is nothing but a signature and new time stamp from your international center and shouldn't take more than few minutes to get. but, given that the semester hasn't started yet, they might need to change the 'enter US no later than' date, or something similar. it shouldn't take more than a day to make the change, imo. but whatever you do, please follow the rules and guidelines as directed by your international center. we int'l students have a LOT of rules to follow and one slippage could lead to disaster.
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    eklavya got a reaction from Hillary Emick in University of Houston REVOKED OFFER AFTER I HAD MOVED   
    what a misfortune! i really feel for you. those people should be ashamed for their downgrading and inhumane act. is the department not willing to settle this by negotiations? i mean, it's clearly their fault that this tragedy has happened! i hope things can be worked out here. but if things don't look, i still hope you will be able to pick pieces up and move on. but man, what a terrible thing to have happened!

    on another thought, probably getting a lawyer and suing them is the next best move.
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    eklavya got a reaction from MonkeyPants in What you think the adcoms are saying about your application   
    'lets piss on the pile of application files'
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    eklavya got a reaction from tealover in What you think the adcoms are saying about your application   
    'lets piss on the pile of application files'
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    eklavya got a reaction from zenker11 in What you think the adcoms are saying about your application   
    'lets make paper boats out of their applications and see how long it takes to reach their home town'

    nauseated by the new, huge application pile, one adcomm member looks to others, and says cartman style 'screw you guys, i'm going home!'.


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    eklavya got a reaction from Raiyan in Keeping stuff organized   
    1. i never take notes, but all my papers, powerpoints, assignments are stored in my laptop - which btw is also the main workstation from scripting to playing games. and every week or so, i backup my data in an external HD
    2. usually, semester\class\<paper folder><assignment folder><lecture slides folder><and so on>\<arrange documents by date>
    3. yes, but electronic - saves paper, easy to access later, and works great if you need to send a slice of your lab work to your advisor and collaborators
    4. endnote
    5. yep

    your idea of getting a reader (like ipad) is great, and i respect you for making this move. i HATE people when they print numerous papers just because they find a section of that paper somewhat useful. most likely, you are never going to use the papers that you printed last week, because you will be brainstorming on another direction a week later. in case you do need to go back, searching on your machine is lot faster and convenient than going through the stack of useless papers you printed. so, electronic note-keeping is a very noble move.
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    eklavya got a reaction from Sigaba in Keeping stuff organized   
    1. i never take notes, but all my papers, powerpoints, assignments are stored in my laptop - which btw is also the main workstation from scripting to playing games. and every week or so, i backup my data in an external HD
    2. usually, semester\class\<paper folder><assignment folder><lecture slides folder><and so on>\<arrange documents by date>
    3. yes, but electronic - saves paper, easy to access later, and works great if you need to send a slice of your lab work to your advisor and collaborators
    4. endnote
    5. yep

    your idea of getting a reader (like ipad) is great, and i respect you for making this move. i HATE people when they print numerous papers just because they find a section of that paper somewhat useful. most likely, you are never going to use the papers that you printed last week, because you will be brainstorming on another direction a week later. in case you do need to go back, searching on your machine is lot faster and convenient than going through the stack of useless papers you printed. so, electronic note-keeping is a very noble move.
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    eklavya got a reaction from TaureanWoman in What exactly happens on test day?   
    you go in time. you check in. put stuff in locker. take a coat/hoodie.. sometime they make the damn room very cold. walk into the judgment room. two sharpened pencils and two sheets of paper await you. let the test have its way with you. you can get out for lunch/toilet breaks. you can take breaks when you want. finish the test. before seeing your scores, you will be asked to enter the school codes (you can search for schools if you can't remember the codes). you can't take scrap paper with you when you leave. check out at the desk. get a booze.
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    eklavya got a reaction from zep in Advisors: what are they for?   
    I am shocked you dared to ask this question. Aren't you the one who started a thread on furby?
    ETA: here's the thread: http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/22886-post-your-worst-purchase-ever-in-this-topic/
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    eklavya got a reaction from anthropy in University of Houston REVOKED OFFER AFTER I HAD MOVED   
    what a misfortune! i really feel for you. those people should be ashamed for their downgrading and inhumane act. is the department not willing to settle this by negotiations? i mean, it's clearly their fault that this tragedy has happened! i hope things can be worked out here. but if things don't look, i still hope you will be able to pick pieces up and move on. but man, what a terrible thing to have happened!

    on another thought, probably getting a lawyer and suing them is the next best move.
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    eklavya got a reaction from Sigaba in Sealed Envelope recommendation?   
    it means your professor writes you a letter, puts it inside an envelope and signs (or stamps the school/department's logo) across the flap. basically, the school you are applying to wants to make sure that you haven't accessed/tampered with the letter, and that it remains confidential till it reaches the school.
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    eklavya reacted to hejduk in Only American in program; how to make friends with international students?   
    I'm the only American in my new grad program, with the rest of my cohort being students that have recently relocated to the US. I feel like it's tough to approach the other students, and that it's tough to speak with them because I'm American. How can I be more approachable and friendly?

    I'm going to be with these people for 4+ years, so I want to make sure that we at least get along. I absolutely love other cultures, but sometimes feel like I'm tough to approach as they're all international students. They have a shared experience as they're all experiencing a new country and culture, while I'm just experiencing a new program. Hard to create bonds with people, so how do I try and find common bonds?

    Anyone have advice on how to come off as more approachable/friendly? I don't wanna be the typical loud/obnoxious American!!
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    eklavya got a reaction from Pāṇini in Sanskrit Studies at Harvard   
    sorry, can't help much. but one suggestion from me: also contact current grad students in the department. many departments don't release the numbers you are seeking (for whatever reasons). however current students in the program will/should. i would, if some prospective student were to ask me about my program.
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    eklavya reacted to dimanche0829 in What's Your Style?   
    Just a random and curious Sunday Morning question: what's your style in class? Are you the type who's really agressive and outspoken in class, or are you more the silent type who saves your best thoughts for papers?

    I tend to be on the aggressive side in classes that I enjoy, and have been known to insult classmates from time to time because I get carried away. One time, a professor had my class read aloud passages from our paper assignment and the rest of the class had to analyze it. I completely roasted this one girl about her poor structure, word choice, and abuse/misuse of quotes, and tried to give suggestions on how to make it better, not realizing the extent to which I came off as a pretentious jerk. Not my proudest moment, but I hated that everyone just kept telling everyone else how amazing their paper was, when their work clearly needed help. So yeah, I am pretty intense in class and take it a little too seriously - I especially have little tolerance for those who haven't read assignments.

    I tend to be much more detailed, and nicer, in my writing.
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    eklavya reacted to fibonacci in Working in "industry" vs. academia   
    I don't understand what students mean when they say they want to work in "industry" after they get out when they're asked "so what are your future goals and career aspirations?"


    Basically it means they have no idea what the hell they're doing and they're just hoping, maybe even expecting, that there will be a job there for them waiting when they get out. Sorry, a PhD after your name doesn't mean there will be anything there after you graduate. Being honest with yourselves, how many of you are hiding out there in grad school really only because you have no idea what you want to do with the rest of your life, or because you didn't want to get a job, or because you couldn't find a job? I laugh every time I hear someone say they want to work in "industry" when they get out, that's like saying "i like food".
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