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  1. I've been trying to get an answer to a similar question, without luck. In your case, if you're applying for sociology, I would say that you should submit them. The verbal score is very good and that's much more important in sociology than quant skills.
  2. Can anybody tell me if my GRE scores are competitive or not?
  3. I'd appreciate any input on my quandary. UT Houston School of Public Health has made the GRE optional this season, and I'm not sure if my scores will help or hurt my application for the PhD in Behavioral Sciences program. Here's a bit about me: Undergrad GPA: 3.3 Grad GPA: 4.0 No pubs yet but I have experience working on multiple research projects, including a couple that I hope to publish in the next year. I'm also a foster parent who is interested in maternal and child health. GRE verbal: 92nd percentile, quant: 51st percentile, writing: 4.5 (80th percentile). On the
  4. If I were you, I would talk to POIs, program coordinators, and/or department heads and see what the funding situation actually is at those schools and for the professors you want to work with. The reason I say this is because I have spoken to multiple schools who say that their funding is not being affected by Covid at all, and I have also spoken to a couple of professors who say that they would take me on if they had more funding, but they don't. So I think those conversations will be the best indicator of whether you should use your financial statement for that program or not. Also
  5. Personally, I worked 3/4ths time and went to grad school full time so that I would have no loans, and it was a good choice for me.
  6. Have you emailed the two professors and asked if they are accepting students for fall of 2021? That should be your first step.
  7. If it's not on your transcript, grad schools will never know about it unless you tell them. There's no need to bring it up at all. If your undergrad school wanted future schools/employers to know about it, they wouldn't delete it from your record. So, just don't use that professor as a reference, be more careful in the future, and you'll be good.
  8. Many, if not most, PhD programs will provide funding to accepted students in the form of research or teaching assistantships and tuition remission. If you don't receive funding from either the school or your country, you could ask to defer your admission for a year (some schools will do this, some won't), and see if you get funding from your country the next year. Or, you could reject your offer and apply later. I'm not sure if it will affect your changes of receiving another offer. If you maintain a good relationship with the PI and program coordinator and they understand your situation, it m
  9. I still have my scores from a few year ago, and they're pretty decent, so I'm submitting them.
  10. If you don't accept that professor's offer for this spring, I would NOT expect it to be waiting for you when you're done with Princeton. I'm also not sure why you're trying to amass so many graduate degrees. It seems like you might need to decide what you actually want to do with your career. Just a thought!
  11. Dear Professor ________, My name is ________ and last year we spoke about how my research interests of ____ could apply to your research on ______. In the past year, I have gained more experience in ______ while working on __________ .I am still very interested in working with you and am considering reapplying to your program. Are you accepting graduate applicants for the fall of 2021? I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Manana (I'm not sure how well that applies to a history program, but it's a start, anyway.)
  12. Usually, applicants accepted to top 10 schools have perfect GPAs and amazing work/research/volunteer experience. If you think your experiences make up for your GPA, go for it. Otherwise, either apply to slightly lower-ranked schools, or take a year or two to get your experiences up to par.
  13. The most prestigious journals would be peer-reviewed ones with recognizable names (e.g. the journals your class readings are published in). However, a less-prestigious journal is definitely better than nothing, and for an undergraduate it would still be a definite boost to your application. It's good that you are thinking about getting published already, I wish I had done that when I was in undergrad! Keep it up.
  14. Personally, I was accused of academic dishonesty in undergrad, it was ruled a simple misunderstanding, and is not on my record. So, I would wait to see what actually becomes of it before making the decision to stop applying to grad school or discussing it with your potential letter writer.
  15. This isn't saying anything new, but there are lots of potential reasons for not replying, some good, some bad, some neutral. I would still apply, but I would make sure to list multiple professors I would like to work with. You can also follow-up closer to the application due date. Personally, I just received a reply from a POI a full month after initially emailing them.
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