European Lumpi

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    2018 Fall
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  1. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Meh, I've had better days! Luckily, my master's is about to start back up, which should provide some much needed distraction from constantly thinking about admissions. Who knows, I might even be able to stop frantically checking this page to see if anything has happened haha
  2. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Damn that's early! Congratulations @RoxieB. Also: @Ryanrichmond. Holy shit those are a lot of applications you have in your signature haha
  3. Fall 2018 Applicants

    This cannot be stressed enough. Every insight seems to point to the direction that after making it through the cut-off (whatever makes it through that), the process becomes completely random. At this point, there's nothing we can do other than keeping our fingers crossed. For every candidate with perfect stats, there is one that got in with motivation and experience.
  4. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Hey @socihk, Look your profile seems good with a few exceptions, but no one is going to be able to tell you anything specific. And given that you've already applied, it does not really matter anyways A few thoughts nonetheless: Given your test scores Harvard and Princeton would probably be a long shot Your relatively weak Verbal, in combination with okay (but not great) Toefl scores might raise some eyebrows. From what I hear, Asian applicants can occasionally suffer from bias during the admissions process and concerns regarding your English abilities could exacerbate that problem. Other than that your research experience seems great! Having co-authored two papers should be regarded highly. Depending on the people on the AdComms fit, writing samples, and your experience might be able to make up for mediocre scores. Right now, no one knows what to expect and we're all in the same anxious boat. I'm sorry that I'm not able to alleviate your concerns, but the only people able to do that are hopefully looking at our applications as we speak. Best of luck.
  5. Fall 2018 Applicants

    From what I hear, it doesn't change that much. At least not at the better schools. I asked the exact same question one US professor and she put it this way: "Being an international student raises your diversity level from "white male" to "international white male", although that's not much, if anything, it might be a slight bonus". Other than that it's probably a little more difficult to demonstrate the pedigree of your undergraduate education as long as you haven't studied at one of the 5-10 international universities that are well-known and respected in the US. I read a discussion on a different board in which one person argued that some universities have made bad experiences with international students leaving their programs and that they therefore might be a bit more hesitant to pull the trigger. The overwhelming majority, however, seemed to think that that was bogus.
  6. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Look, from what I hear fit is incredibly important, so even low-ranked programs will end up rejecting you if there's no one in the department who could act as your supervisor. It sounds like you absolutely chose the right schools for your applications. Plus, the variance in test scores, GPAs, etc. of admits at all kinds of programs is crazy! Don't worry about your schools being ranked relatively high
  7. How important is it to email professors when applying?

    Well, the credentials speak for your partner then haha. Just think about how to phrase it. As long as you're polite, no one is going to hold anything against you, I reckon.
  8. How important is it to email professors when applying?

    Goes for MA programs in both the US and Europe I'd say. Contacting advisors before PhD programs might be more important in Europe though, seeing as you start working on projects right away and you usually apply to work with a specific supervisor. No idea. You can always try. I would be careful with your wording though, just so that it doesn't sound like you're solely trying to raise your profile. It doesn't really make sense to sound like you're trying to find out more about the program after you've handed in your application
  9. How important is it to email professors when applying?

    I wouldn't worry about it too much for master's programs tbh. Most people I know got into their MAs without talking to anybody beforehand. Think of it more as a bonus that could add to your application, but not reaching out to anybody shouldn't affect it negatively. The majority of PhD admits haven't talked to anybody beforehand either. If you have the time, absolutely go for it. However, if it's going to decrease the quality of the rest of your application materials, I'd advise against it.
  10. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Haha good to know I'm not the only one. I'm applying to Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Duke, and Indiana, but I'm also throwing in a few B-School apps at places that allow for very sociological work. Yeah, I'm trying to juggle my master's and all these apps at once right now and that is getting quite crazy as well. Ha that doesn't sound too relaxing either, but I'm envious nonetheless Also: Wow this forum is starting to come alive. I was quite surprised by how little traffic there was on here until recently haha
  11. Fall 2018 Applicants

    There's quite a bit of work to be done for me still. I'm probably going to end up with a lot of Thursday and Friday submission. Can't wait for this process to be over, although I already know that going from 100 to 0 is going to leave me in a mental hole for a couple of days. I keep telling myself to stop wasting time by checking this website several times each day haha
  12. How are my GRE scores?

    Depends on your writing sample and, assuming you're an international student, toefl, I'd say. Those should easily give you the opportunity to balance out your GRE writing. If those aren't that great either some programs might be hesitant to offer you a spot though. It's hard to say more given that we only know your GRE scores.
  13. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Hey @abenz, I would guess that you are planning on doing mostly qualitative work, is that correct? From what I can tell, the programs you are applying to are not super quant-focused, which would play to your advantage. Your V score is obviously superb, but the quant score could be concerning some people. Nonetheless, given that you have research experience and prior education with some pedigree, I think that you are aiming at the right schools. My guess is that you should be fine, but (especially since the process can be quite the crapshoot) you won't know anything until after you've applied.
  14. GRE Scores Overview

    UNC averages: 90th Verbal, 75 Quant
  15. How are my GRE scores?

    I wouldn't worry about that @nywnorb120191. There are certainly a few people/departments where qual is still not quite accepted, but generally that is not the case. At least I wouldn't worry about it during the application phase. I don't know whether you should mention those people or not. I think if you're planning on doing purely/primarily ethnographic research, you might want to consider other professors to mention in your statement. Not so much because of your GRE score, but rather of your fit. You mainly want to identify people as POI that could act as your supervisor I believe. So if the people you mention use different methods, they might question your fit into the program. You might still have reasons to mention them. I'm not sure. Just keep these things in mind. I hope some of this helps. Good luck with those applications. Both schools sound like they have incredible programs. Give it your best shot (I'm assuming you meant UT as the second school and not Stanford, right?)