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  1. Ah, the website idea is pretty slick. And you know what, screw what I said. She told you two things, you are low on her list, but you aren't dead. That could mean don't bother talking to me, or it could mean show me you're interested. What have you got to loose in assuming it meant keep talking? My thought on the questions was, you don't know if she is soliciting admissions process questions, or general questions. I like what fuzzylogician had to say, and I agree that keeping it short is important.
  2. I do think that the reason we are allowed to get away with the "messy" look is that no one is concerned with it one way or the other. (Or maybe Einstein set an unfortunate precedent.) The advantage of this is that you are likely going to be allowed to ware your vintage clothing without much ruckus. I have a friend that is excited with the fact that she can be a professional and have bright red or pink hair. We are allowed to have our trademarks. My mother on the other hand works in architecture where everyone has to dress in an innovative and unique way, without going so far as to be kooky. She gets to/has to have her trademarks, but that's often a thin line to walk with much ridicule. (I believe she walks it well, but some others in the profession don't.) I will say, I was at one of those talks that is open to the public, but part of an interview process... During the summer the guy wore a short sleeve white shirt (no undershirt) and never took off his Indiana Jones hat. We mentioned it during our group meeting, and although none of us were on the hireing committee, we found it to be in poor taste. I vow to do my part to look unique and kept. I will join the movement.
  3. First off, I would not suggest sending more materials. Let her ask for that, as she is busy. So I think what you really want to know is how do you keep a dialog without bothering her. I would send an email back thanking her for the honest response. Maybe I would also say that you have read quite a few of her papers, and you would indeed like an opportunity to ask some questions, but you understand that this is a busy time. Then offer for her to contact you any time if she has questions while reviewing your application. If you are a graduate student in Psychology at any school, you are likely to run into this lady at conferences, or maybe she will end up peer reviewing a paper of yours. (Especially if your research interests line up well.) Even if you don't end up on her short list, you might still want to talk to her about her work. I would just try to stay professional. And your name has come up for her recently, so you have done what you can to stay alive in her mind. Good luck, and I hope that helps. ( I am assuming Psychology paper publishing works like Physics paper publishing. Forgive me if I have that wrong. )
  4. I would translate as "If you don't want it, tell me NO now, please." They are likely in their second round, and anxious to notify students that they would like in the program as the spots open. They don't want to be in April before they get an NO back from you. (By the way, I am in no way an authority on the subject. That's just my best guess.) P.S. Congratulations on getting in. As I think about it, you might be in a hard spot. Say this is the best school you have heard back from, but your top choice is still out in the ether. If that were me here is what I would do: 1) Don't email the school back until tomorrow evening 2) Call all of the pending schools tomorrow and ask them where the process is. How long before notifications are expected to be sent out? Is there a wait list yet? 3) Then email the school back and say, "Yes I am interested, but I also expect to hear from 2 other schools in the next two weeks. May I have two weeks to make a decision, or do you need a yes or no right now?" My guess is they would give you the two weeks. I would just be careful to be clear about the difference between saying you're interested and actually accepting the offer.
  5. Check your home mailbox! It might take a day or two, but when I read what you wrote, looks like they sent out postal mail, and that's why they won't tell you. Best of luck! Also, if you don't get anything one way or another during the next week, email or call them back. Things do get lost in the mail from time to time.
  6. Wow, 61 votes later (and a bit of interesting advice) and it seems we split pretty well into 3 categories, with a few people proclaiming that ignorance is bliss. Who knows what a few days from now will show... Thanks for taking the time to cast your votes! Best of luck to everyone, and of course, I hope we all hear soon .
  7. Well, I'm glad to see that out of the 27 total votes so far, none have said that they wouldn't ever ask. (I thought it wouldn't be fair to leave that possibility out, even though I assumed everyone would HAVE to know sometime.)
  8. RIGHT, Thank You for noting that... I did apply to PhD programs. Do the masters programs have the April 15th accept/decline deadline as well?
  9. Oh great! Maybe you would know... Of these schools that you've been asking, have you noticed that any are still reviewing after their "grad recruit" visits? For instance, one of the schools I'm waiting to hear back from is having their grad recruit visit right now. I can tell because they posted it in the news section on their web page. I am curious to know if they are still considering accepting people after they have their visits. If the're waiting to see what the top picks are doing, why don't they just make an official waiting list?
  10. Ohhh, it's neck and neck for ask sooner or wait till the end of March. I hope this pole is able to offer a little humor mixed in with an honest question. I'm not trying to start a mob, but that would be pretty impressive if I did!
  11. So I am of the mind that status is likely to be known by March 15th, and if one hasn't heard back there is likely an email notification glitch so one might never hear back. They could at least tell me I'm on a waiting list or something at that time. If they need to know by April 15th, we need to know by March 15th. (I will of course be NICE about asking. )
  12. So I checked today, and the web page now has my decision marked on it. It also has a link for me to accept/decline. I am still waiting for any official postal response.
  13. For what it's worth, I went to a UC as a physics undergrad, and I have defiantly seen changes over the past couple of years. They used to have positions designed for undergrads to get one years working experience at the National Lab before applying to graduate school, but those are not active now. They went into a hiring freeze in 2009 (I think that's the right time frame). I have been working at a regular job and volunteering time at the lab, and money is there, but it's being funneled to particular uses, like travel and such instead of new hires. They might be hiring again now, I haven't exactly been watching. Within the school system, there was also a hiring freeze about the same time. There have been cuts to salaries, firing of staff positions, and a general trimming back of all expenses, alongside a steady increase of student fees and tuition. The tuition increases had been happening regularly since 2006. My undergrad tuition had almost doubled between Fall 2006 and May 2008. The advanced laboratory (undergraduate) has taken measures to eliminate expensive experiments while maintaining content for students. For example, Holography was a really fun/cool lab, but not all that intensive in scientific content, and way too expensive for developing plates. The UC would also employ undergraduate student instructors/graders when there weren't enough graduate instructors/graders. As far as I know they have cut back or eliminated the hiring of undergraduates for this purpose. So yes, the UC's are feeling the cutbacks, but I get the impression that each department is doing everything they can to maintain funding for their current graduate students, and they are being realistic about the number of graduate students they can fund in the future. I also expect that just about every graduate program is actively encouraging their graduate students to apply for as many applicable outside fellowships as possible. I don't think our government is done cutting funds to education, and people here are trying to fight it. Your concern is a real one, and no one can guarantee your protection. There are risks to be taken in life, and if you weigh all of your offers with your personal situation and find that UCLA comes out on top, then go to UCLA. If you have a kid and you find that a different school looks to be more secure in the long term, than you likely want to protect your child. Good luck, sincerely. I've only lived in CA, and I don't know how much better or worse it is than anywhere else right now. I don't hear of many people talking about leaving as the answer.
  14. Thanks for the info! I will be moving somewhere, that is likely to have snow, in July. I think I will want to sub-let a place if I can while I do an in person apartment search. I've seen about half of the currently listed places offer to pay heat. I suppose if they are paying it, I can trust it to be warm enough.
  15. You know, my Dad always said, "If our family had been on the Titanic, we'd be the first to die." (He grew up in a land with snow.) I think a person's biology has a lot to do with their ability to "not think about it." I grew up in Southern California, and always had a jacket with me because I would get too cold inside the air conditioned buildings. I too am very nervous about moving away from the comfort of the land without snow. Maybe you all can help me with a new question: How does one select an apartment that will be adequately insulated? For example, I currently live on a middle floor of a large building, so my apt. temperature is more stable than my boyfriend's previous apartment. His would get blazing in the summer sun, and freezing in the winter night. Almost nothing out here is made of brick, and when I was visiting England, everyone thought that was really strange. I also found that the English use water or steam heating units instead of gas wall units or central air. That could just be the difference between the US and the UK, or it could be the difference between warm climates and cold ones. Any advice on what to look for?
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