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    Game development, Computer Science
  • Application Season
    2015 Fall
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    Computer Science(MS/PhD) Fall - 2015

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  1. Why are you trying to read between the lines and jumping to your own conclusions about what I have told and what I have not. I don't need your sarcastic sympathies as they matter zilch. I don't need anybody's approval here not least from Gradschooltruther ( quite a name !!) as to what transpired and what could have happened and how angelic the advisors have been. I am now working on atleast 2 papers and I don't think I have to be so perfect in phrasing and terminology. It's not like I am presenting a case before any justice committee!!. It seems getting a fair unbiased opinion
  2. @Monstercookie and @emmm Thanks for understanding my situation and yes this thread was growing too negative towards me and that is why I stopped visiting this forum. The condescending attitude of some of the users were putting me off and were quite accusative. Its not always the case that the student should be held into account for all the ridiculous expectations of their advisors. Though nothing has changed that much, I did go and talk to another professor about what I was told by my Advisor. He firstly apologized for what I had to go through and told me that it is not how things ar
  3. @piglet. thank you.. I am awake enough to be responding to your post, its way way past midnight where I stay. That being said , I find you being judgemental which is what I was trying to say in my very first post. I am wide awake to know what the journey holds and what I should be doing and what not. i do appreciate and thank Eigen and Telkanuru (@piglet33: happy eh?!!) for further expanding my vision about academia and the world in general. All your posts seems to suggest I lack what it takes. I will try my best to catch up..wish me god speed!!
  4. @Telkanuru and Eigen : I just want what is a reasonable expectation out of a student in his first semester. Seems like academia is a place where the lines between reasonable and unreasonable becomes blurred . However I do not agree that the first semester is a reasonable estimate of time to judge whether a student is capable of doing his PhD or not. @Ventureinto......: I am not asking TGC for any services that you have so astutely gleaned from the posts and suggested. However I do appreciate your sympathies on agreeing with certain other concerns of mine. Like you said academia is
  5. Well judging by your answers you must be in academia hence your defensive stance, but from a fresh and new student's perspective who is new to the land and the culture, getting used to the ethics and rules of the place takes time. How often would you compare your new students with the others you might have worked with when it comes to results? Every student has the potential and the will to see it through otherwise he wouldn't have applied to the program in the first place, but he does need support and guidance, that is what advisors are for and not for pointing a gun at your head everytime y
  6. I am about to complete my first semester as a CS Phd student. I have not done my masters yet though. I have 5 years of experience in the industry and that's pretty much about me. The starting of the semester seemed fine and being a PhD candidate without a masters meant taking more credit hours and as per the norms, I took 9 credit hours and am a TA for 2 courses. The problems started arising when my advisor (first term as associate professor) asked me to come up with a research idea within the first week of our meetings. As I was just beginning to get my feet wet into the problem statements a
  7. Hey SK I am exactly going through with what all you had to say. I have never been away from home and this is my first time in the US for my PhD. My classes start tomorrow and I am pretty much freaked out. I think I am reeling with homesickness and doubts over my capabilities. I seem to find everyone smarter than me in the department and I feel no way on earth could I compete with them and maintain my grades. I was about to post a similar thread but I am hanging on by a thin margin. I am talking with my friends back home and sort of venting it out to them. I am a TA and I feel I would fail badl
  8. Cool same here.. I have been working for 5 years and going this fall. In fact I too have posted a thread asking for advice
  9. Hi all, I have been a member of this wonderful forum right from the time I started my applications and have received some generous and wonderful advise and help in my applications and opinions. I am happy to say I have been admitted to a PhD CS program at a school in the United States. The posts on beginning graduate school here in the forum were real eye openers and it has helped me in a lot of ways. I come from a different country were the educational system is totally different with no emphasis on research and I was working for close to 5 years after my undergrad before being admitt
  10. You must book your F1 Visa appointment next: First pay your SEVIS fee Fill out your DS 160 next Pay your F1 Visa fee and schedule an appointment That is all you need to do
  11. @Maxtini Wow you had an easy one there..that's glad to hear and I hope mine goes the same way too.. About the TAL my research interest is in Game AI (i.e) Building intelligent agents in games. I hope this wouldn't considered to be too trivial for a PhD as I don't want the VO to think I am just going to go the USA to visit the various game parlors (if they do exist there) but to do some serious study on AI algorithms used in games.. @Crafter: Ohh I should have waited then!!! I hope I don't regret it and get my visa I have no ways about.. One of the main reasons visa get rejected in my
  12. @Crafter thats so true..you have a good point based on common sense there.. I have my visa this month end and hopefully I should get it.. I have already quit my job and they seem to say I did the wrong thing as there are high chances of being rejected!! talk about employee relationship.. they want me so badly!!!! Now this has me worried and I am re-thinking on why I quit and probably ask to be re-instated if I should fail the VI.
  13. @fuzzylogician: I just got a mail now saying my I20 has been dispatched!!.. Hopefully the VO shouldnt ask such questions but I rad in forums where the VO questions the GRE scores and rejected the visa entry!!! @cs_phd: I got a mail saying it has been dispatched and it would take 2-3 days..You are right without the I20 it is not possible to attend a interview @techboy: Wow that is so cool.. I just hope mine goes the same way too!!! i will be scheduling by May end hopefully I should clear it.. Thanks all for your responses....I am glad to hear some assuring replies
  14. BTW I have another question... I do not have any research publications.. Would that stand as a block for me while granting the F1 Visa?? Would it make them think that I am not a worthy candidate?? My GRE and GPA are average also!!... I am really worried now... I have got an admit and if my visa gets cancelled it would be a very cruel joke...
  15. thanks fuzzylogician your reply is very assuring. I am yet to receive the hard copy of my I 20 and I have the soft copy of that. I have checked the status and it says the document is being processed. Now I will be sending a mail to the school, but in case it does not arrive before my Visa Interview would it be fine if I take the printouts of the I 20 sent to me by the University by email? And in the interview do I tell the VO about the DS 160 mistake or wait for them ask me? I really hope they dont question my funding and reject me as a possible immigrant
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