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  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
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    PhD - Sociology
  1. Chapel Hill, NC

    Does anybody have recommendations for apartment complexes in the Carrboro area? I'm a bit flexible with price. I'd prefer to have washer in the unit, and other amenities are nice, but I mostly want to avoid insect problems.
  2. Question - Graduate School Research Experience

    I think MAs work for many people, but I would try to avoid it if at all possible. That said, changing fields can be difficult and it may be a good way to go. Like the above poster, there are some research centers and think tanks you may be able to work at. Also, see if there are any research opportunities with your past professors or anybody at your school in a relevant area. You may find that your mentors don't have research for you to work on but are connected to someone who is looking for help. You're going to need a writing sample. I would begin working on that by yourself since you won't be able to really submit anything co-written. If you don't think you'll need a full-fledged MA experience, taking sociology courses as a non-degree student may work -- but typically they are pricey. Depending on what programs you want to be accepted into, you'll probably want to retake your GREs. While a good GRE won't make your application probably, it will keep you in the running.
  3. Chapel Hill, NC

    I'll be attending UNC next fall. If anybody has recommendations on good apartments/streets to live, please let me know. I've seen some really nice listings only to check their Google reviews and see that they have cockroach problems
  4. PhD Programs

    I would apply to several programs both in the U.S. and elsewhere and make your decision once you have more details about the actual opportunities offered to you than theoretical ones. I say this because I have worried so much about certain programs, and in the end it didn't matter because I wasn't accepted or was accepted to much better places.
  5. Fall 2017 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    I did and honestly, it wasn't so necessary. I was nervous and read my POIs' articles even though I knew that their research interests wouldn't come up. During my meetings, I had forgot all about doing this because it was so irrelevant to what the purpose of the visits are about. I would prep in the sense that you should know what questions you want to ask. But even then, if you forget to ask something you can always follow-up in email. You can also schedule calls with students who you don't have a chance to talk with. Good luck!
  6. Yes, it varies. But because of how grades are inflated in grad school, you should avoid get too many A-s. Some schools don't do grades just "high pass, pass..." etc.
  7. You mean the amount of classes you are required to take per semester?
  8. 2017 US News Rankings Released

    Yes, I was wondering who else would pick up on the fact these were released today.
  9. Fall 2017 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    I would recommend contacting current students and also ask how accessible the faculty is. I found it odd that they didn't invite MAs to an open house.
  10. Fall 2017 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Did neither of you apply to MA while applying to the PhD? There was the option to apply to two programs. I did and found out a few weeks ago I was denied from PhD but accepted to MA. If it is still free to apply, I would just do it. Besides the time commitment, it is good to have options. That way you won't regret passing up a possible opportunity. I also doubt they would email everyone who didn't have MA. They don't want to get people's hopes up if they don't have a chance. Also, my offer was without funding. As far as I know, all their MA offers do not include any. Good luck!
  11. Fall 2017 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    I would agree. While I was hesitant to hear about other people calling early in the season, it is pretty late now. I think it is appropriate to call, and if you like UPenn's program more than other's I would not accept your offer until you hear a definitive answer back from Penn.
  12. Waiting on Funding Packages

    I've heard about some funding offers not be provided until after the visitation weekend. I think they use it as an extra motivator to choose their school.
  13. Navigating Visit Days with Family

    I would agree with above poster that it probably should be limited to your spouse/partner and dependents. I went with my boyfriend on only one of his campus visits since I would be moving with him. We asked the school in advanced, and they were very welcoming. I believe we made it clear that we were not expecting any reimbursements for me (flight), but I participated in their evening dinners and a housing tour. I stayed in the hotel during his one-on-one meetings and q&a panels. Also, since we needed additional time to look at off-campus housing, we arrived a day early and the department did not reimburse us for that additional night but found us a discounted hotel. Lastly, this year I’m going on campus visits. Since none of the departments are offering hotel arrangements, but are instead hosting me with a graduate student, I will not be bringing my partner along. He also has less of an ability to move with me anytime soon, so this decision affects him less than when we were planning his move. However, if he was interested in going, I think we would arrive a day or two early and pay for those nights in a hotel and his flight. Good luck!
  14. When to Accept Offer

    I was nominated for a prestigious fellowship at another university and then turned to them with another more competitive offer. I then received another fellowship from them. I would say it is probably in your advantaged to not accept sooner, but rather later. Also, try to use other offers to drive Purdue’s offer up. The second fellowship I had received required that the recipient had NOT accepted admission yet. Specifically, this fellowship was meant to recruit students who may have other offers to persuade them to attend their school. I probably won’t call. It seems like a bit of a strange question and I think it reveals your hand a bit. Good luck!