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  1. TheHoff

    Personal Statement- CU-Boulder

    I am using as reference for the other programs the size expected by UC Davis. Instead of uploading your file, you have to paste your text on a textbox that is limited to 4000 characters (including spaces!).
  2. 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.
  3. I'm also applying for some CS programs. I'm interested in a swap as well
  4. 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
  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!
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    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.
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    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
  8. 2 offers from great schools, no funding on both. So close, yet so far!

    Hoping to have better luck next year

  9. TheHoff

    I haven't heard ANYTHING...?

    Heard back from 2 programs. Both offered admission without funding aka polite rejection
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    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
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    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!
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    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
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    Let’s just TALK about it...

    I think that I will go bald until Friday night, this wait is killing me!
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    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
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    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
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    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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    Let’s just TALK about it...

    Contacted my POI at my first choice last Monday, he seemed surprised by the fact that I have not heard anything from the AdComm, he said that he would check with them later in the week when he went back to town but I got nothing so far. This waiting game is killing me, especially knowing that I will probably be rejected by all schools
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    Help.. What is the right thing to do

    That is one option. The other one would be to contact the schools where you got accepted and ask them to extend the deadline by a couple days so you can hear back from Michigan
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    How are you dealing with the waiting phase?

    I'm on the exact same situation, still waiting for 4 schools and trying to keep busy with my Masters but I keep thinking about the PhD applications so much that I end up not working as much as I would like
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    Let’s just TALK about it...

    You are certainly not alone! I still have to hear back from all 4 schools that I applied to. I guess I will start studying to take the GRE again this year lol
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    Contacted my POI at UCSB (my first choice) today, his response was "Have you heard anything at all? I will also check when I get back to town later this week." I will take that as a rather positive answer given that we are almost in April.
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    Let’s just TALK about it...

    I also don't have any hopes left. Was confident that I got a competitive profile since most professors whom I contacted encouraged me to apply, guess they tell that to everyone lol. 1 acceptance without funding (aka polite rejection) last year. So far 0/4 this year, guess I should just accept it and quit this game
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    @abnormalcluster Since my field of study is Computer Engineering/Sciences, being in California would be a great opportunity to make some networking and get a job. Another point that motivates me to apply for schools in California is that I went to UCSB as an exchange student during undergrad and I really enjoyed it.
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    Currently Freaking Out (like everyone else lol)

    Hello, I'm also freaking out, I applied to 4 programs, 3 for Electrical Engineering, 1 for Computer Sciences. I have been interviewed by only one program, which I know that I'm on the waitlist since I contacted my POI and he said so. I contacted the other 3 programs and they all replied: "applications are still under review". If I don't get accepted I'll probably finish my Masters and go look for a job since having a Ph.D. in Brazil is not worth the effort. I might as well apply next year again, but I'm not sure yet
  25. As far as I know, it's optional. So far I still haven't heard from most of my programs, the only one that I know I'm on the waitlist is because I contacted my POI

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