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FrozenFreshMeat

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  1. This is interesting. I asked a professor in my masters program and he suggested that he would not prefer PhD applicants to have a very specific idea. (It was a program with rotation in the first 2 yrs). The reason is that he found that those came in with specific things always changed their focus. Also he is willing to work with students who are more flexible with their research plans. However, when I consulted my resommenders this year, they suggested me to narrow it down on my SOP. So I did it and got good attentions from POIs - really good conversations during interviews with them (even research plans). Despite that, I didn't get in to ANY of those programs ??? The two programs who offered me admission at the end: one actually didn't emphasis "matchness" at all, the other is the one that I submitted a SOP with a board idea (I wrote individualized SOPs). That's why I feel it interesting: at the end after all the preparations, we just need a bit of luck…
  2. Hahaha yes finally decided to attend Harvard??? Declined offer from USC. I went to their visiting day and really like the program (decision was hard). If you have any question, PM me ;p
  3. Thank you!! Called them yesterday and confirmed that there is a funding package. I am now more towards Harvard ???? OMG 2days left!!
  4. Just off HSPH waitlist…No funding info though. Now I have 3 days to decide? Any funding info/school visit feedback/suggestion is much appreciated!!!!
  5. Still radio scilence from four programs…but confirmed that all their acceptances have been sent out. Should I go ahead and commit to the program that admitted me, or wait until 11:59pm April 15th? My anxiety is about to explode?
  6. Thank you! I didn't attend their doctoral day but did interviewed with my POI. I guess I may follow up with my POI to see what's going on. Thank you! This is super helpful! Thank you!
  7. Still waiting to hear back from: Michigan Epi, BU EH, Columbia EHS and Drexel Epi Anyone on the same boat? Even a rejection will be a relief…and I'm prepared for rejections
  8. I was wait-listed by a professor at the 1st round and then rejected. I wrote an email afterwards indicating that I will apply again, and got a nice reply from him. Then I contacted him in August inquiring about potential opportunity (basically money and whether he will accept new student), and learned in September that he didn't have funding. He suggested me to contact again in May. I changed my field? So the rest is history. But I feel that it is a positive experience. I would recommend to keep contact with your POI if you've established good conversations. I feel professors tend to develop a preference for those who they are familiar with, which may greatly increase your chance of getting in.
  9. I realized that most of the schools begin their spring break next or the following week. Means that we don't anticipate communications from them?
  10. Dunno about UNC, but Columbia Epi PhD admitted students need to apply separately for fundings (as noted on their 2017 handbook). I assume some programs maybe the same as Columbia
  11. I'm so sorry to see your post…just want to give you a big e-huge. Don't feel bad since you don't know what will happen before the infamous April 15th. This is my application cycle #2. At the time when I got full rejections, I was determined to try again. It was not until I had been rejected did I realize how much I want to pursue a PhD. So…on the other hand, it may be a good sign for you to pursue the real life you want. A PhD is never equal to susccessful careers anyway. Hang in there & Don't take rejections too hard & Glad you are figuring out your choice by this exploratory journey & my e-hug
  12. I applied for Environmental Epi, but also indicated interests in Climate and health?
  13. I wonder if EHS does interviews, since I haven't heard any Columbia EHS interview invites so far...
  14. One possibility (and highly possible depend on your stats) is that you are competitive enough that they decide not to interview you, and right now you may still under their consideration. I know a few people get a WL from those programs without an interview. Myself get a 5-yr package without interviews AND I didn't even communicate with any POIs (I was shocked…). It can happen. Don't feel bad at this time!! Or…GRE/GPA made you out from the first round of screening…
  15. Sorry for the confusion that caused by my post!! I was checking on my smart phone and couldn't see the whole decision. I saw "thank you" at the beginning and "we sincerely hope …" as an ending, then falsely assumed it as a rejection? So…turns out that I'm on the wait list…????
  16. Folks check your mailbox! My Harvard rejection is there lol (PHS, EH) (link to check online for decision)
  17. Congrats to those who get into HSPH!! I assume it's a "no" for me? Time to wrap up this cycle…
  18. Just to add that I believe HSPH sending acceptance a few days before rejection. So by the time if I find others posting while nothing in my mailbox…?
  19. You should received an email from JHU about your online account and how to track your application. The link that I have will direct to my application profile, so unfortunately I cannot share :/ edit: or remove my name and try this: mypath.jhsph.edu/FirstnameLastname(no space or dash)
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