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the_sheath last won the day on August 30 2014

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  • Birthday 06/19/1991

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    2014 Fall
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    Applied Mathematics

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  1. Within UC's, you are allowed to take courses in other UC's for a quarter. If there are faculty there whose research is more in line with yours, maybe get in touch with them and then try to take courses there--and eventually curry the favor of someone there. A couple years back a grad student did something like that, went to Berkeley for a quarter and was never seen again (presumably because they stayed there). If the faculty there is already willing to fund you, I'd imagine the application process wouldn't be nearly as hard, though you're likely to burn bridges at your current UC.
  2. UUUUUUGGGHHHH MY PARENTS. SO INCONSIDERATE AND ACT LIKE THEY KNOW EXACTLY HOW CERTAIN THINGS WORK BUT THEY DON'T AND IT FRUSTRATES ME TO NO END.
  3. I was in Japan and used ULOOP once to get something at UCLA. Worked like a charm. Seriously there are better options and desperate people.
  4. Okay, so personally, I thought the cheat on the Kobayashi Maru was actually really cool. And while Kirk failed to learn the lesson the test was designed to impart, I think it was still a pretty good learning experience for everyone else. There are plenty or seemingly no-win situations that have a solution, and ignoring those solutions or going through the test in the same exact way that everyone else does seems to be the weaker choice. And if I wanted someone on my team, I'd take the guy who dared to think outside of the box. I mean, yeah, within the framework of the test, cheating is
  5. What's that you say, grad housing office? You mean the waitlist times to get an apartment were wildly inaccurate and I'm stuck scrambling for housing for a month because no one wants to move out of the cheapest housing in a 5 mile radius and you just didn't see that coming? Yeah, screw you too.
  6. I am so glad you got at least one of those references. I was thinking of examples like yours as well, but I thought "well, this is a topic about cheating so I HAVE to include a reference to Kobayashi Maru". And I totally agree--in the interest of fairness/"justice" there's just so many objectively better ways to go than the cheating thing. I was just responding to the earlier sentiment that seemed to crop up in the topic where cheating was seen as wrong in every circumstance. But I disagree with that too. Guess I just can't understand those lawful good types.
  7. Suppose there was a computerized military training simulation that was essentially designed to be a no-win scenario. Let's say, in this case, it's a rescue mission in which, due to the programming implemented, any attempts at rescuing the stranded party are met with guaranteed failure. I would say "cheating" in the form of hacking into the programming to allow the situation to be winnable is not inherently wrong. In fact, I was given to understand that approaching a problem differently than how we're taught to do it is a large part of what many of us would be doing at some point. Suppose,
  8. Wait, I thought the standard was like 10 schools? And don't grad schools require 3 recommendation letters each? You're looking at 42 letters there. I don't think it's that big of a deal to ask a professor to write letters of rec for 14 schools (unless that professor hates you or doesn't know you or something), since they'd likely recycle the same letter 14 times, just changing the names around. Filling out the letter submission form, though, I hear is a pain in the ass. I heard this from one of my rec writers. But it's not like you're asking them to write 14 uniquely tailored letters.
  9. Is this the part of the topic where we confuse "being direct" and "being directly hostile"? I mean yeah, I know full well that calling people out could be seen as wrong. That does not make call-outs wrong. To make someone feel ashamed for doing something that is actually bad (passive aggression) is not wrong at all. And if you wanted to avoid direct interactions/conflict, and passive aggression resulted in direct interaction and conflict, and you have reason to believe it would continue to result in direct interaction and conflict, why would you increase the amount of passive aggressio
  10. I'm actually Kryptonian. I would have to be to have gotten these grades with as little effort I exerted to achieve them.
  11. Wait crap, /I/ sign my emails with "thanks in advance"! That was bad?! Why? Also why is it that turning passive aggression into a art form is such a huge part of adulthood?
  12. Don't think the difference matters much, no. Not if the single class that's screwing you over is English, and is not like a failing grade or something. Don't know where you're from, or how good you are at math, and honestly, good performance on the quant part of the gre doesn't really say much for how well you'd do on the subject, since the latter is significantly more difficult. Los of places don't require the gre, and it depends on the institution. Is take it anyway, if you are able
  13. Ouch. Failed coursework? Sub 3.0 upper div GPA? That's a hard sell. Then again, there is a thread dedicated entirely to sub 3.0-ers getting into grad school, so it's not hopeless. But regardless, even with stellar everything, I dunno how to accurately gauge your chances. Let's see... as for your list: I heard UW Seattle doesn't have much funding available (the exact words were "They have no money", but I'm fairly certain that was an exaggeration). I applied to their PhD program and was admited to their aplied math masters, no funding. I was told that RA and TAships were available, but
  14. PhD: Mathematics with specialization in computational science, mathematics, and engineering Undergrad: Applied mathematics with specialization in computing and minor in Asian languages I dunno if minors and specializations count, but there ya go
  15. If you happen to become the heir to some sort of large pile of cash between now and then, or if you had some way of being able to pay off that debt quickly right after you got out, sure, go for it. Otherwise, no. If you can't afford it, don't go.
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