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  1. When I used to work in the UK, I remember how convenient it was to find a job. All that was needed was for you to upload your pdf resume to a website, and recruiters would then call you for potential job interviews. Are there any similar websites available for job seekers in the US? I've heard that recruiters contact people via LinkedIn, so I'll be sure to make an account there shortly. Aside from that, though, all I've managed to find are websites like indeed.com or ziprecruiter.com that use annoying algorithms to extract information from your uploaded pdf resume and put it into a text-based webpage format that inevitably has many errors requiring more editing. Is there a website that simply allows me to upload my resume in a pdf format (and not have it's contents reformatted to fit a webpage), where recruiters can then view that original pdf and contact me if they have any potential offers?
  2. As an incoming international graduate student, I’m extremely excited to be able to learn as much as possible from my lecturers, but more importantly from my peers whilst at Stanford, and hope to make some lasting friendships along the way. As such, does anyone know of any activities/clubs/groups that make it relatively easy to meet friendly people, both international and domestic? I’ve already signed up for a week-long graduate workshop when I arrive, but would love to try many other things (volunteering/outreach, yoga, meditation classes, hiking/camping, diving). Does anyone have any personal anecdotes or suggestions of what’s possible, what they found to be the most fun/enlightening group they joined or where the best places to look would be? Would really appreciate it, thanks!
  3. Sorry to bump this, but I'm still hoping someone may have some advice.
  4. I confirmed an acceptance to a US university at the beginning of this year, but decided to defer my entrance by a year in order to hopefully find some funding. No such funding has yet come about, and I thought it may be a good idea to try and apply to more universities again this year in the hopes of getting some funding that way. However, what are the rules and regulations regarding such a procedure if I have already been accepted to a university? Am I somehow legally bound to such an acceptance and therefore unable to apply to any other universities? Similarly, if the university I was accepted to finds out that I am applying to other universities again this year, will they be obliged to cancel my acceptance and make the deferment null and void?
  5. Apologies for the extremely delayed reply. As far as I can tell, the universities that I was accepted to (one of them was the University of Michigan which I see you're attending :)) considered me for TA and RA appointments during the selection process. With regards to doing a PhD, unfortunately I don't think I'm ready for that yet (or prepared to stay in academia for the next 5-7 years) and would prefer to get industry experience before attempting a PhD, just to "see what's out there". Lately I've been thinking if it may be worth re-applying to some more universities for fall 2016 in order to possibly find some funding. However, I've already confirmed my acceptance to a particular aerospace program which I deferred to fall 2016, and was wondering if this would be a cause for contention and possibly nullify my deferment from said university if they find out that I'm applying to other universities.
  6. I've been accepted to two US universities to complete an aerospace engineering M.S. program, but these acceptences unfortunately come with no form of funding. I was recently turned down for a Fulbright scholarship for a second time after having made it to the final interview stage twice (I delayed my entrance to the US by a year to try for a Fulbright a second time after the first rejection), and although extremely demoralized, I realise that I need to move on and find another form of funding as soon as possible. Having had a look around, it seems that there are many scholarships for US students studying abroad, but not too many for foreign students studying in the US (I apologise if I am completely wrong in this respect!). Furthermore, it seems like many scholarships are also extremely specific (i.e. female studying human rights law (nothing wrong with this, I completely understand why it is the case)), and thus I was hoping that fellow gradcafe-ers might be able to shed some light on where I may be able to find a scholarship for a foreign student studying aerospace engineering in the US (or a general scholarship such as the Fulbright program that caters for all degree types). I thought about contacting private aerospace firms or even government agencies in the US, but have a suspicion that funding opportunities from such entities would be close to nil. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  7. I've been looking at a few Aerospace Engineering programs, including those from the University of Michigan, Purdue University and the University of Colorado Boulder, and many of them seem to require 30 semester/credit hours of course and/or thesis work in order to complete the degree. However, I've been struggling to find explicit values for how long one of these degrees generally takes to complete. If they are completed over 1 year, the 30 credit hours requirement seems like quite a challenge, but fairly normal by engineering standards, however, if the MS is completed over 2 years, the 30 credit hours seems like a very light amount of work (i.e. if your average course is 3 credit hours, then that's 10 courses required in total and about 2.5 per semester). So my question is, how long does it typically take to complete an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the above-mentioned universities? Thanks very much.
  8. I asked my profs. for their recommendations 2 months ago and all was well. I gave them all "information packs" to help as much as possible, and a few days before the first deadlines I found out that one of my recommenders had completely disappeared (I hear he's in India right now), so had to find a last minute replacement there. Today, when I sent out a final reminder about a December 2nd deadline to another professor, I get an automated email back saying that he is at a conference until December 8th. Needless to say I'm very disappointed, as I feel that, although they are doing me a huge favour and I really do appreciate their help, it would be nice if they could show some etiquette their side and send their letters on time. Me being on the other side of the world to them also doesn't help as I can only contact them via email.
  9. I booked 3 GRE appointments, but recently wrote my first GRE and was very happy with the scores I got. As such, I've now cancelled the other 2 tests, but looking at my account on the ETS website, I see that there are still entries (albeit blank) for my two backup tests. My question is this: Will grad schools only see the scores for the single test I wrote, or will they also see that I booked 2 additional tests as well? I'm tempted to ask ETS if there's any way they can remove the cancelled test entries, but if grad schools don't see them I won't bother. Finally, when you click on the "print" button whilst logged into your "mygre.ets.org" account, is the page that opens up exactly what grad schools will see?
  10. I have 6 graduate schools that I'm looking at applying to, and will soon be contacting professors to ask a few questions, and see if they're taking any MSc students for Autumn 2015. Now, let's say I have 2 POIs for each school, making 12 in total. Is it standard practice to contact all 12 profs and try to say something intelligent about their research? I feel that since I'm changing fields a bit from my undergrad major, I won't have enough time to familiarize myself with each prof's research and will most likely sound superficial, so would it be better then to just make no contact at all and hope for the best at admission time? Currently I plan on only contacting maybe 4-5 professors in total and was wondering if this would put me at a disadvantage. Finally, is it generally ill advised to contact professors from top 10 institutions (e.g. MIT and Stanford), as they will most likely have an over-abundance of grads contacting them, or is it still okay (I'm petrified that I'll destroy my chances by making a stupid etiquette mistake when contacting profs, this is honestly the scariest part of the application for me)?
  11. I've been trying to get my hands on a lot of SoPs lately, and have also read Donald Asher's "Graduate Admissions Essays", and a recurring theme seems to be telling a story with a hook (and usually starting the SoP with an interesting anecdote to get the reader more interested from the outset). However, having found a few different examples online, it seems like a lot of the more "bland" yet research intensive and "to-the-point" SoPs were the ones from students that made it into top 10 schools, although my sample size is far too small to really say this with confidence. Thus my question is this: Isn't it now seen as cliché by graduate admission committees to write your SoP in the form given by Asher's book, especially for top 10 schools who get a lot of applicants, and is there a preference for SoPs that are "to-the-point" and free of interesting hooks and anecdotes?

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