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    2017 Fall
  1. MIT Media Lab start date

    Hey all! Wasn't quite sure where to put this, but I was hoping someone could tell me when the MIT Media Lab program (MSc/PhD) starts, is it late August like most programs? Thanks!
  2. Choosing a fall rotation

    Check in with your program to see if they have any resources at orientation to help you choose. I was going to start contacting PIs, but I spoke to a current student in my program and found out that there's a poster session at the beginning that is a really awesome way to narrow down your list and find out what available PIs are up to.
  3. Renting apartment

    I'm currently in Boston, as an international student, and can definitely appreciate the housing stresses! I've also lived in Canada, where we'd usually see places going up 30 days before, but in Boston I'm asked months in advance (usually 3-4) if I'll be resigning my lease. There is a short period of answer turnaround, and then the place is listed if I don't resign. This does vary a bit place to place, but this seems to be reasonably standard for real estate companies, whereas private landlords seem to post places closer to the vacancy date (this information is solely based on my own personal experiences and those I've seen from my friends and colleagues). I had a lot of luck renting with Copley. They didn't ask me for much documentation, just ID and my social security card, although a friend of mine was able to sign a lease when she explained she didn't have a SSN. They did require first and last months rent plus a brokers fee, but no damage deposit. All of those payments had to be made using a certified check from my bank, so you'd need to have those funds in your bank account to acquire the check. If you're looking to get the lay of the land before you dive into the renters market in Boston (and gather al your funds together!), I would suggest subletting for a few months. This is what I did, and it made the transition a lot easier. Just be aware that move in day at the end of August is a city-wide event, and it can be a difficult and chaotic time to acquire a lease. I'm part of a bunch of MIT/Harvard subletting groups, feel free to PM me if you'd like me to send you the links!
  4. Econ Uvic

    PS UVic is the best Beautiful place to study.
  5. Econ Uvic

    I have family members on the admissions committee, have you not heard back?
  6. Summer before Graduate School

  7. Summer before Graduate School

    You've travelled a lot, you've gone backpacking, you've had plenty of time. Others likely haven't, so why sweepingly say that travelling is a waste and you strongly advise against it? You're approaching it from one of many angles but others are in different positions coming at grad school from different angles.
  8. Summer before Graduate School

    I totally disagree that travelling is a waste of the summer! If you have the time and money, do it! It's going to be very difficult to find that chunk of time during your PhD, you've likely worked your butt off to get into programs, and travelling is a wonderful way to grow and mature as a person. Sure, prep too if ya want, can't you do both? Globally calling it a waste seems a bit closed-minded?
  9. 2017 Biology Final Decision Threads!

    Awesome, good luck with your move It's extra exciting when it's a whole new set of experiences! I've been here for about a year, so it'll be turning a temporary situation into a more permanent one
  10. 2017 Biology Final Decision Threads!

    Congrats! Are you from the area, or is this going to be a move for you? So exciting! I'm going to be attending Harvard's BBS program
  11. Summer before Graduate School

    Travelling! Backpacking around Europe for 2 months. We worked hard to get acceptances, and are going to work even harder once we begin our programs
  12. 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Hang in there! It's not April 15th yet
  13. Risky to get creative with a personal statement?

    I've heard mixed message from faculty members/PIs/ADCOM members about narrative structures in personal statements. The most common "AVOID THIS" advice I received was to not hinge your narrative on emotional statements. Like "I knew I wanted to be a scientist when I watched my *insert loved one here* suffer from *insert sad disease here*..." and then carrying that as the main thread underlying your narrative. I'm sure some people are fine with this, but I think the issue is that some people really don't like this approach, so the advice is to play it safe and avoid appealing to people through these types of emotional stories. I structured my personal statement as kinda a timeline, beginning in the early days when my initial scientific curiosity was sparked, then moving through the experiences I gained over the years and at the end, bringing it back to that initial curiosity still being there as well as other important characteristics that developed along the way. My biggest tip is to start early, write a draft, walk away from it for a few weeks. Then pull it back out, look at it again with fresh eyes. Re work it and be super open to a complete overhaul (this is why starting early is the first step!). Then start sharing it, and remain open to total overhauls. For me, starting early and walking away from it several times gave me the big picture perspective I needed to take it from decent to amazing, at least compared to the original draft
  14. 2017 Neuroscience PhD Applicants and Admission Results

    I'll be declining, so hopefully that helps My host did tell me that they over offer, they don't just offer exactly what they need and then waitlist. So I'm wondering if the waitlist tends to move? A friend of mine is also on the waitlist so I'd be curious to know if anyone knows anything about MIT BCS waitlist. Did they tell you where on the waitlist you are?
  15. Tech seeking advice for improving application

    If you could show the rest of your stats, that would help put your situation in context