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Everything posted by Maleficent999

  1. Bumping this. Anyone applying this year or successful from last year?
  2. Sooooo. I'm pretty sure this institute is affiliated with the Koch Brothers, which is why I decided not to apply a couple of years ago. Just an FYI for anyone considering it.
  3. Hi all, Does anyone have a successful Horowitz Foundation grant application that they would be willing to share? The word limit is killing me.
  4. I am from Clovis originally and I second the idea about Clovis. I lived in an apartment that was 5-10 minutes from campus by bike in Clovis and was $810 for a decent-sized 2-bedroom in a very quiet complex. I'd suggest looking a bit further out from campus (not south of Shaw Ave. definitely north or east).
  5. Didn't get it, but congrats to those who did! VG/G, VG/VG, G/P. The main comments I got were that I had a really interesting proposal but that I didn't make it clear how my specific program will help me achieve success. I am a first year in my program and the app was due only 4 weeks into my program so I had LOR from my undergrad institution. I'll definitely be back next year with a beefed up application and new LOR.
  6. I concur with the above that dressing casual is fine. I, personally, wore dark jeans and a fitted blazer with a nice blouse underneath. Be prepared with a 1-2 sentence description of your research interests. That's my biggest advice. You'll be asked 100 times.
  7. I attend school in California and they take between 12% - 14% per paycheck.
  8. Just a note: I've heard that some shit has hit the fan at Arizona and a lot of the faculty are trying to jump ship (including an alum from my program, which is how I heard this). I'd look into it before making any commitments.
  9. If they're anything like the UC I attend, they will at least offset the cost and offer to set you up with a host (usually another grad student) if you need somewhere to stay. I think the people that flew in to visit my program got compensated up to a certain $ amount for the cost of their flight but they might not give you the money upfront.
  10. It's been a year since I found out I was going to grad school (for sure). Where did the time go?

    1. maelia8


      Oh man, I feel exactly the same. I got an email from an admitted student in my program the other day and it made me wonder how an entire year has gone by since I was an admitted student writing to first years in my program!

    2. Maleficent999
  11. I saw that UC Davis sent out their admits today. If any of you are considering us and would like to private message me for info, please do so. I'd be more than happy to answer any and ALL of your questions 100% honestly. I wish there had been someone on here for me to ask.
  12. Well, I live with a girl in my cohort. I was skeptical at first but it's actually turned out to be one of the greatest things that could've happened. We are a lot alike and not at all competitive with each other. She's becoming a best friend very quickly and it's been nice to have someone around doing the same courses and going through the same transitions. I've also made a couple good friends in my cohort and a few in the cohorts ahead of me so I feel pretty good about that. Adjusting overall has just been different than I anticipated. I haven't been in school for a bit so, for instance, I ha
  13. I thought I would steal this topic from the larger forums and make it soc-specific. As the new application cycle revs up, I find myself wondering how all of us who went through this last year are doing. Unfortunately, I find myself out of touch with some people that I kept up with at this time last year. Whether you're in a semester or quarter system, you've either already gone through midterms or are about to enter into midterm season. How are things going? Is your program everything you hoped and dreamed so far? Have you changed or kept your original research questions? For me, grad scho
  14. I might have missed this, but can anyone link to a social science NSF GRFP successful proposal?
  15. I live in West Davis and I'm loving it so far. It'd be nice if I lived closer to campus but I've been here almost 2 weeks (woah, what?!) and my complex has been VERY quiet, which I appreciate. I can barely tell I have neighbors. BTW, where does everyone go out during the week?! My birthday was Tuesday and we ended up at Sophia's for trivia night (even though we had no idea what was going on). It seemed like the rest of downtown was dead.
  16. So far it's great! I love the vibe and I've been getting settled in with my new roomie. We are basically the same person so we've been getting along really well.
  17. Good luck 2015 applicants! I can't believe it was almost a year ago I was in your same position. It seems like the time is crawling for you right now, but trust me, it will really fly by.
  18. I attend UC Davis and our crime, law, and deviance concentration does really well.
  19. Same about the WoW events. My roomie and I will be at the library resources, SHIP, and financial aid events, plus the ones with free food (wine & cheese, ice cream social, etc.) because, well, free food.
  20. I took the GRE on October 19th and I was fine. But as others mentioned, if you decide to retake it you won't have much time.
  21. Yes, I'm supposed to choose my faculty advisor at the end of the first year. I can certainly seek informal advice from anyone I choose and we don't have a liaison but we do have a department secretary.
  22. Well my lease starts September 1st, as I think a lot in Davis do. Some of my cohort is even moving in this Friday because their leases start August 1st. None of the apartments I was looking at had move-in dates in the middle of the month. It doesn't make sense for me financially to pay 2 rents in September so I'm moving there as soon as my lease starts.
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