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  1. Fun Post: Best and Craziest Backup Plans

    I'm so not in the Psychology field, but this topic is too good to pass up on. Best: Get a job at a Study Abroad company and cry over student-as-number's type scenarios for a year before applying again. Crazy Plan: Go volunteer at a Buddhist Monastery for a year and finally get good at practicing mindfulness, turn off all electronics, focus on coming to terms with myself and the world. (For those interested, yes, sometimes you can trade a needed skill for room-and-board at monasteries or similar places. For me it'd be I.T./website help, some people cook, do carpentry, farming, etc.) Is it bad that I've already fully researched my crazy back up plan?
  2. @Doge This is my first year applying! From past experience, there aren't usually that many people on GradCafe in this area of study, but hopefully someone will have some advice for you! Is it safe to assume that you're more on the Russian side of things if you've applied to the REECA program at the Davis Center? Did you apply anywhere else? I just finished up my application for Georgetown's MAERES, and while I'd planned on two other schools (Indiana-Bloomington's CEUS and Wisconsin-Madison's CREECA) I had some unforeseen circumstances that kept me from applying elsewhere. This is more of an experimental year, I suppose, unfortunately.
  3. Critical Language Scholarship 2018

    They're usually in batches, some languages are earlier some later, sometimes even within languages they can batch up. So don't fear if you don't have an email yet! Congratulations to those of you who've moved forward! CLS is really tough! So if you didn't get through, please keep in mind that you're not alone. It took me three tries before I got through to the finals my first time.
  4. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    That is so relatable, @ayasofaya! I was freaking out about the GRE and had a similar experience. At this point, I've just got to throw up my hands and try to focus on the fact that it is what it is. Or if I'm being optimistic, the GRE isn't the be-all-end-all for the Pickering, more a gauge, and thus there's more leeway with scores than say some grad school committees. Did everyone catch the deadline today? (Well, technically in 4 and a half hours.) I sat on my application for over a week now just debating wording, which probably wasn't too smart. But it's all in. Now it's out of our hands. The wait from here to semi-finalist notifications is the worst. I'm glad this year I have grad school applications to distract me for part of it.
  5. Critical Language Scholarship 2018

    @busybee That's so interesting! I've had an adviser who said the exact opposite, and she also was an application reader in the past. Who knows, then, maybe it's something that changes based on languages or years? I was always told to prioritize that aspect when critiquing essays or advising students about applying to the CLS, but there are many layers to the process for sure. It gives some food for thought. Good luck with everything, I certainly know the struggle of needing the language exposure/practice and not having many places to get it. Hopefully either CLS or FLAS will work out for you! I think we're often told it's hard to get CLS more than once, but at the same time I feel like you know so much having gone through the process... Again, anecdotally, I know at least four graduate students who did CLS so it's certainly not impossible! I feel like, too, that an application out of grad school would just carry so many more of the intangibles. I really hope it pans out for you! @sleepyficteer Thank you for your kind words. It's nice to know my perpetual lurking has had some positive effect! I feel very lucky to have received CLS twice, even if once I was unable to participate, and it's certainly a community that I want to give back to. I'm glad to hear that some of my thoughts were interesting for you.
  6. Critical Language Scholarship 2018

    I just wanted to pop in and comment on this! I was a recipient last year and a finalist the year before, and I have to say that the mix of people on my program, at least, came from all walks of life. There were plenty of students who had "done it all" so to speak, as well as students who had no real background in the language on paper. Obviously they put a lot of thought into having well-rounded cohorts, but the panel is looking way more at your demonstrable dedication to the language than whether or not you've ever/never studied abroad before or if you've had a lot of other opportunities in the past. I also wanted to just reach out and say that I know how stressful this month can be, and to caution you all to try to be kind to yourselves as you wait this out. It can seem like such a vital thing, like your whole year or degree or future hinges on this chance, but remember that you are way more than these odds and no matter what the results you will move forward with trying to learn these important languages. I'm not really sure how to phrase the sentiment, exactly, except that I really wish someone had told me all those times I was applying that it's okay to look beyond CLS, and important to think of yourself holistically at times like this when we're so narrowly focused on pass/fail systems. If you have any particular questions, please feel free to throw them at me. Good luck to all of you!
  7. Rangel or Pickering Fellowship 2019

    Hello, @m7752ne! I'm not sure you'll get a lot of traffic here right now for next year's applications. But if you'd like, there's a topic about this years applications where you might find more perspectives and advice:
  8. FLAS 2018 Language Instructor Recommendation

    Hello @hantoo, If you've never formally taken the language any previous language instructor will suffice. It will probably be taken better coming from a Spanish instructor than, say, a Russian instructor, but that's just anecdotal. It's more important to have an instructor who can speak to your abilities with language learning.
  9. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    How are everyone's grad school applications going? I assume most were due recently or will be due soon. I just finished up my FAIT Fellowship application, so now I'm settling down to fine-tune my grad school apps. The SOP should be so simple but I just keep scrapping mine and starting over again because it never feels right.
  10. Let’s just TALK about it...

    Lately, especially over the holiday season, it's been very difficult to maintain my equilibrium. I tell myself all the time that I am a good candidate, that I am doing my best, and that I will find my way in life. But then everyone wants to tell me that I will get this or that, or that I have to do this or that because it worked for some other random person, or why should I be worried about my chances when it's all going to work out fine -- and I know they mean well, but it's upsetting. I prefer having very low hopes, and I usually manage to do that without feeling like I'm the wrong part of the equation. It's just a truth of the matter, at this stage everyone is amazing and my level of amazing isn't to such a degree as to make anything a guarantee. It's better to recognize that now, than think things will unfurl before me just because I have good intentions and am smart. So when everyone tries to tell me to stop being so negative, I don't think they realize that they're upsetting my careful balance and actually making me feel worse. If I'm okay with acknowledging the luck aspect of this whole process, that it's not entirely fair, and that my chances aren't guaranteed, then they should respect that. Because otherwise I start to wonder... What will they say when I get my inevitable rejects? Do they really just expect perfection? Why can't we celebrate the normal people in life? The people who keep going despite the hiccups and avalanches and rocky roads? What if I end up doing something totally different in life but I know I've tried my best, will they still be telling me it'll all work out and how I should just go for it again? I know they mean well, and I know too that they don't really understand the system, but sometimes I just want everyone to stop endlessly propping me up and to be more realistic about this process. A simple, "I believe in you, let's see what happens," would suffice. Wow... That was really helpful! I've never been able to say that to anyone, but it was really nice!
  11. I'm not sure if this information is readily out there, but I thought I'd throw the question to GradCafe and see what comes up. When it comes to prepping for an exam like the GRE, often what one might do is look at the statistics of the content and format of the test and come up with priorities for studying or taking the test itself. For instance, if I know that I want a specific quant score, and I know roughly how many questions I'd need to achieve that score -- one could do some calculations based on the test itself. Say I know I'm better at Geometry, and that I, perhaps, don't have enough time to study higher aspects in Algebra before the test. I might then try to estimate how many Geometry questions are in the quant section in general, and try to estimate the low-hanging fruit from the rest of the quant section to focus my studying on, things that would take less time to brush up on or learn. So I could target both my studying and my test-taking to the parts that are easiest or that I was better able to prepare for within the time-constraints. Is this a method people use when planning their prep work or when taking the test? If so, where did you come across more detailed information on the contents of the GRE? I've yet to find much more than the most basic detailings, which isn't enough to base this sort of theory off of, and while I doubt that any such details are set in stone or heavily advertised I was curious if there were formal or informal statistics on this sort of thing.
  12. Well then. I'm glad I asked! I didn't realize resumes could be that long for grad school applications. :3
  13. Late LOR's: How late is TOO late

    Some schools also have information on their department websites about this topic. It may be hidden, and not somewhere nice and convenient like the FAQ. I know in one of my fields it is common to allow LOR up to two weeks after the application deadline, but in my other field the deadlines are the same. If you are super stressing, maybe scour their website to see if you can suss anything out. Especially if it's a larger university and has one of those online manuals. As far as the situation you're in right now. It can be super nerve wracking to be waiting, having done your part, and wanting it all to be set and finalized. It may help to recognize that it makes sense that you're nervous over this, but that once you contact the school(s) you have done everything right. Your professor may know your field better than you do and already understand when their actual deadline is. Even if that's not the case, by emailing the schools you will be taking control of the situation. They will let you know if there is going to be an issue, and from my experience most schools fully understand that professors are incredibly busy this time of the year and tend to drag LOR's out a bit. Most schools seem to plan for that. Even if by some chance your professor has misjudged, it is likely that by contacting the departments they will be willing to work things out with you, and then you can go to your professor with the actual deadlines. It's hard in times like these to remember that our stresses are valid but also that there's usually no reason to panic. I hope you can get the information you need quickly so you won't have to worry about this. Good luck!
  14. Hey! I have a general question. When someone asks for your resume because they're writing LOR's for you, either because of grad school or a scholarship or something of the like, do you tend to send them your official resume? By that I mean, I have several versions of my resume depending on what sort of topic/program I'm applying to. I have a one page resume focused on my academics, a one page resume focused on my language work, and a one page resume that's more general. But I also have a resume that's about three pages that has everything you'd want to include on a resume as far as jobs/awards/internships and the like, which I use as my over-arching reference. I'm just curious... When someone asks for your resume in that context, should you give them more information, or keep to the short/formal version you're apt to include in said application?
  15. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    We're getting so close to the Pickering deadline! How's everyone doing? And congratulations to @BrittOrange and @johnwfoster12 for being selected!!! You're both amazing and you should be extremely proud of yourselves! It sure sounds like you're all on the right track and doing some really interesting things right now. I hope the clearance process and all the rest goes smoothly for you!