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TheHoff

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About TheHoff

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  • Location
    Brazil
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    CS/ECE PhD

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  1. Hello, Using the conversion table provided by ETS (https://www.ets.org/toefl/institutions/scores/compare/), I would say that both scores are pretty similar, with the exception of that 6 on the writing section of the IELTS. I agree that TOEFL scores are rather expensive but since your program is on Language and Literature, according to your signature, I would send the TOEFL scores if the additional money would not be a burden on your wallet.
  2. I'm also applying for some CS programs. I'm interested in a swap as well
  3. Same for me! Just send me a PM with a link to the SoP and I will send you mine too! Thanks for the help
  4. TheHoff

    GRE is making me want to give up grad school

    I had the same feeling after taking the test. I was not happy with my quant score since I am from Engineering and also not fond of my verbal and AWA scores due to my high scores on the TOEFL test (it is a lot easier, I know). I really hope that a 3.0 on the AWA will not hurt my application so much or the other good factors such as the number of publications will help balance that negative part.
  5. Hello everyone, I have a situation and would like to know your opinion on it. In 2016 I took the TOEFL exam and got a cumulative score of 112, 29 Reading, 29 Listening, 27 Writing and 27 speaking, but unfortunately I didn't get into any programs that year. To apply this year again I had to retake the test as it is only valid for two years, the problem is that I don't think I will get a score so good again since I didn't feel confident about my answers on the speaking and writing section. I have two main options: 1) Retake the test - problems are that the scores might not get to the AdComm on time due to the available dates to retake (and it costs $215, ouch) 2) Try to address the situation on my application, explain that I don't think my scores represents my knowledge and ask if they could consider my scores from 2016. What is your opinion? Thanks for the help!
  6. TheHoff

    didn't get in.....

    I'm sorry you didn't get in. I know how you are feeling since it happened to me last year and this year again. Both times I had some interviews and ended up being accepted somewhere but without any financial assistance. I also tried to avoid people for the exact same reason but it's a waste of time, you'll have to answer that sooner or later. Also, the people were really supportive when I shared with them what happened, so I think you shouldn't keep avoiding them. The imposter syndrome is hitting me really this year too since after this round of applications, ALL of my friends who applied got into some school and I'm the only one left. Not only that but the fact that I always get some unfunded offer makes me think what is wrong with my profile that I'm good enough to get an offer but not enough to get financial assistance. To face this I'm working really hard on my Master's, so far I got my name into 6 publications this year and I'm planning to start writing my dissertation soon. I'm hoping that this will strengthen my application for next year and hope that I get in next time. As people say, third time is the charm
  7. 2 offers from great schools, no funding on both. So close, yet so far!

    Hoping to have better luck next year

  8. TheHoff

    I haven't heard ANYTHING...?

    Heard back from 2 programs. Both offered admission without funding aka polite rejection
  9. TheHoff

    CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS- WAITING!!!

    Got a phone call from UCSC's program director yesterday to tell me that I was accepted but they can't give me any financial assistance (again). Today I got my letter of acceptance from UCSB (my top choice) and it's the same situation. No funding, can't guarantee a TA and so on. I could afford to pay for the year and apply for a TA and hope I get selected so I don't have to pay, but I think if they didn't offer me financial assistance during admission they would probably not do it afterwards too. All hopes shattered for this year again
  10. TheHoff

    Anyone going to EMBC this year?

    Hello everyone, how are you doing? Is anyone else going to the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society this year? I'm so excited I got a paper accepted there and I was thinking it could be a great opportunity to meet with fellow students from the forums. Hit me up if you're going and would like to meet at the conference!
  11. TheHoff

    I haven't heard ANYTHING...?

    I'm on a pretty similar situation. I applied to 4 programs, have been interviewed by only one and haven't heard anything back. I contacted the 4 depts about one month ago and all of them just gave a general "applications are still under review" reply. My guess is that today will be rejection day or I'm on the waitlist and will probably hear something next week
  12. TheHoff

    Let’s just TALK about it...

    I think that I will go bald until Friday night, this wait is killing me!
  13. TheHoff

    CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS- WAITING!!!

    Contacted the Graduate Director at UCSC today as encouraged by the Graduate Advisor to ask for an update, she replied asking if we could set a call which I found pretty weird as she could just give me an update by email
  14. TheHoff

    Good signs?

    TL;DR - Yeah and then I got "rejected" Full story: Last year I contacted one professor at UCSC months before applying, his response was pretty positive, saying that he always managed to get his students funded, that our research interests matched and my past experiences would make a very competitive candidate. Due to some financial problems, I decided not to apply to UCSC and save the $100 fee since it was not one of my top choices, but 2 days before the deadline he contacted me asking me what happened because he was going through the applications and my file was not there. I took this as a very positive sign and decided to apply and "guarantee" a spot if my top choices didn't accept me. About one month later I got my acceptance letter and it didn't offer any kind of financial assistance, which for a Ph.D. program I understand as a polite rejection. At least they waived an app fee for this year, so I ended up applying again but no word so far
  15. TheHoff

    How are you dealing with the waiting phase?

    Nothing so far. Currently, I vacillate between "I don't care anymore, I give up" and "let's check gradcafe/app site/email one more time to see if there's any news" all day long. I wish I get my results soon so I can start planning on what I will be doing after I finish my Master's later in August.
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