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  1. I don't think it's up to you to decide how someone's writing should or shouldn't be at "this stage of her career." This is not to say you shouldn't do anything. As a colleague, you should approach the other student and politely have a conversation with her (while probably suggesting possible resources, like a writing center on campus). Writing is a an uneven skill that not everyone masters at the same pace or in the same way. I've been in your colleague's shoes, writing not so well. I benefited from a fellow grad student pointing out "silly" but overtly huge mistakes. Today we send each other drafts all the time because we trust we are honest, thorough, and kind.
  2. They know what they are talking about. It probably has something to do with the specifics of India-US visa agreements.
  3. Unethical? No. You saw someone in need and offered help. I can say this having gone through grad school: not all labor is paid with money. Maybe in a couple of years this professor highlights your camaraderie in a LOR. Or maybe they offer you a RAship because you have empathy. Or maybe they drop your name to someone who is looking for your type of profile. If you are certain that you helped voluntarily without any fear of reprimand for not helping, you were a kind person. We need more kindness in this world.
  4. To sum up what others have said, no, you don't need a doctoral degree to get published. However (and this is a big however), it depends on your field and your target audience. I doubt you'd be able to publish an academic with an academic press without a PhD (but your field may vary). If you want a book that might work in an UG class (not a textbook), I also doubt that might be possible because faculty tend to assign books written by fellow scholars (i.e. with a PhD) (if your topic is scholarly). So, yes, you can publish but be very clear about your goals. Also, avoid at all costs predator publishing houses. All the best of luck!
  5. Nope. I agree with @telkanuru and @psstein and I reiterate the example I gave earlier: Columbia's English Department did not place any of their graduating cohort in 2019 a TT job. (see the Chronicle's article. This is a follow up of the original which is behind a paywall). The TT job market is bad regardless of the program you attend and no one can predict what it is going to be like in six years. Thinking that attending a Top 20 program (based on an arbitrary ranking system) will land you a job is naive and misinformed. Also, I bet the associate professor that sips martinis in the quad you are referring is probably a man.
  6. For us international students, GRE can be even more stressful. However, GRE scores tend to be indicative for Graduate School threshold, not overall admission. I took the GRE twice because my Writing score was low (4.5 I believe). Check with admission pages from school what is their minimum, that should tell you whether to sit for the exam again or not. As far as GPA conversion, I think there is a website that was helpful when I applied. However, in most cases, AdComms are sensitive to international students transcripts: i.e. even though they may be unfamiliar with your grading system, they can tell what's good and what's bad if you provide enough information. I erred on the side of providing everything in the "original" while clarifying the grading scale or signaling an equivalent in GPA next to it). You SoP will be the most important part of the application.
  7. Yep, those were my first responses to the thread, ranking does not mean placement.
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    I agree. Some faculty might be on leave or simply busy. You can reach out to them, politely. I'd also suggest contacting the DGS and/or graduate students. The DGS will give you an idea of the program and graduate students will tell you how the program "really" is. Additionally, @LucasL from foreigner to foreigner, I would run your e-mails by someone before sending them. I doubt this is the case, but you want to make sure you are writing them according to the way it's done here. I learned the hard way there is a format of formality that professors expect. Good luck!
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    2020 application thread

    No, they are entirely different exams. TOEFL “measures” level of English and GRE “measures” how you reason in English. I took the GRE twice but prepping for GRE helped with TOEFL. Remember the scores are just to pass the graduate school threshold of minimum requirements. At Rice are applying to work with Daniel Domingues?
  10. Yes, yes, I was assuming we were talking about TT positions. If in doubt, go to the Academic Jobs Wiki.
  11. I would still argue that ranking is not the same as placement, and that coming from higher ranked program doesn't mean a higher chance in getting a TT job. (All of my cohort (6 people from different subfields) got TT jobs and we are a program in the 40s). Furthermore, regarding English, there was a recent article in the Chronicle about how Columbia could not place any of their graduating PhDs in TT jobs (I have 3 friends in English that landed TT jobs). Although prestige can mean something, it is not an automatic ticket to anything. Unfortunately, there is no formula.... but I do think that looking at rankings alone it's just a very narrow point of view.
  12. Both last year and this year, those were the institutions with the most job openings in my field. So, IDK.
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