Jump to content

European Lumpi

Members
  • Content count

    40
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About European Lumpi

  • Rank
    Caffeinated

Profile Information

  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Sociology
  1. European Lumpi

    transitioning into sociology

    Research experience and GRE scores. For now, research experience. Doing some RA work besides your thesis and class projects will be a strong signal for adcomms and further help you figure out if you really want to go into academia. It could also show you areas of research you might be interested in. Decent grades during your master's shouldn't hurt either. Especially if your undergrad GPA wasn't all that great.
  2. European Lumpi

    Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Sounds very fair! Seems like you know which things to think about. I hope NCSU turns out to be a great program for you or that one of the the other apps works out.
  3. European Lumpi

    Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Oh sorry. That was not meant to sound judgy at all. I definitely agree with your statement (with the qualification that one has to be careful not to get too focused on one specific program, as the chances to get into a specific program are just that much smaller than into getting into one out of the few one has applied to). It was more meant to be helpful, in that it sounds like an incredibly difficult decision to me to give up an offer to apply again next year. So that might be something that could be avoided in round 2. I'm just trying to say that safety schools aren't worth it if one does not want to go there anyway. I obviously do not know whether that was the case here, or whether minds have been changed. And either way is fine, but I wanted to make it visible that it's easy to fall into the trap of just applying to an extra school to get in somewhere. Might be something for future applicants reading this to be aware of And with the first part I was just trying to say that NC State might not look as good after being rejected from Wisconsin, but after taking some time and having a closer look at it again, it might turn out to be a great program for any specific applicant. Again, not necessarily the issue here, but maybe.
  4. European Lumpi

    Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Sorry if I missed this earlier, but why aren't you happy with your NC State acceptance? There must have been a reason you applied there. It might not be a bad idea to take some time for yourself at some point to really consider whether you don't want to take their offer. Taking some time away from this forum, where people talk about the Harvards, Stanfords, and Wisconsins of this world, might also help put NC State in perspective. Should you decide to apply again next year though, try and figure out which schools you would actually attend before you apply. There's no reason to apply to places if you would not attend them anyways.
  5. European Lumpi

    Deciding between programs

    I found this somewhere else. Might be good to keep in mind to reach out to advanced grad students. (Feel free to disregard the disgruntled, crude language if you wish) "REMINDER to all prospective students to seek out advanced graduate students and recent grads of the department for their perspective on the quality of training they have received. These people are not necessarily going to be easy to find. They're busy doing research, preparing for the job market, or working towards tenure. They don't usually even show their faces at visit days. But they're absolutely going to be giving much more candid advice about your likely outcome should you choose to attend their alma mater. Visiting prospective students are going to spend 95% of their time with young students in their starry-eyed first few years of bull**it course work who literally have no idea what it actually takes to get a job and succeed in academia. Don't listen to any students until they've gone through a round on the job market and have an actual sense as to whether the department has actually done an acceptable job professionalizing them. I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME THIS."
  6. European Lumpi

    Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Funding and family are obviously reasons that should seriously be considered and so are reputation and academic fit. You might want to try and talk to multiple people throughout the decision-making process. While this forum is a place to start, I'd advise you to talk to your letter writers or other academics that you might be able to ask for help. People are generally very supportive and like to share career advice. And your letter writers will be able to judge the situation more clearly and might provide more insight into the effects of limited funding and reputation. Weighing academic fit versus reputation is another difficult issue, for which people have very different approaches...
  7. European Lumpi

    Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Haha they have the professors working weekends for this? Or were those just emails from your POIs informally letting you know?
  8. European Lumpi

    Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Surprised to hear you're still this anxious. Wouldn't Wisconsin be your first choice? It's the most reputable school of the three you mentioned (by far probably). I was only able to return to this forum after I received my first offer, since the constant reminders of my applications were driving me nuts. Now I'm much more relaxed though.
  9. European Lumpi

    Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Yeah I feel you. I got my first rejection at like 6PM on a Friday night, so now I automatically connect late night Friday news with rejections that they just want to send out before the weekend haha
  10. European Lumpi

    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
  11. European Lumpi

    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
  12. European Lumpi

    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.
  13. European Lumpi

    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.
  14. European Lumpi

    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.
  15. European Lumpi

    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
×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.