jjj02027

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About jjj02027

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    London
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Epidemiology
  1. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    May I ask what course it is? I find it surprising that such cliques / passive aggressiveness exist at grad school, given that these are 'graduates', i.e. adults. Perhaps it is a younger cohort than usual. I don't think you need to feel sad or left out for not being involved or attached to cliques or immature 'private' jokes. But it's a shame that there is no-one mature enough to mitigate this passive aggressive behaviour of 'circling people out'. I hope you find someone like-minded, who is mature and serious about graduate school. As somewhat introverted myself, I understand your concern. Obviously don't block people out, but don't resort to their immaturity and just be confident about yourself! (feel free to ignore advice from a complete stranger)
  2. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Thanks, I think advice from past year's appliers is invaluable! It would also be extremely helpful l if you could share your interview experiences?
  3. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Thanks... I only caught them after I submitted so just hoping it won't impact on my chances too much.
  4. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    You have amazing experience so I think you would stand out in that way. I'd be hopeful, especially if you have found professors with good research fit?
  5. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I agree re funding. I've decided it's too early to worry about funding since I have no offers yet anyway ;P. I actually have 2 of my applications to finish yet, but I have the 'big' schools out of the way which means most of the burden is off. With hindsight, I rushed a little bit too much as I ended up with lots of typos on my SOP!
  6. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Ended up applying to the following: Harvard, JH, UNC, UCSF, Columbia, NYU (All Epidemiology PhD) & UCLA (HPM PhD)
  7. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Just to jump in on this. I decided to contact professors only 2 weeks ago, and overall, it has been useful. I've chatted informally with a professor regarding research fit, whilst others have replied with short emails saying they'd consider me once I am accepted onto the course. I've also had several replies saying that they do not supervise PhD and directed me to another professor/department with potential research fit. A soft reminder after 2 weeks definitely helped with response rates. All in all, I would say there is no harm in reaching out. On a separate note, I was wondering what everyone's plans were for funding arrangements? As an international student, I am a little worried about the lack of secure funding opportunities...
  8. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Feeling EXACTLY the same here. I have even changed the list of unis since my first post, so I will probably update it after I have submitted all my applications. Good luck to you applications.
  9. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Hi! Thanks for the reply! A similar post like this was really popular last year, but I'm not sure why it's so quiet this year! You have such extensive experience I don't think your GRE scores will actually matter, but obviously higher scores will help too. I didn't go into any detail above, but my research interest are in the elderly, and am hoping to study frailty, comorbidities, and polypharmacy, using electronic health records. My list of universities is continually changing at the moment, as I'm still unfamiliar with US universities, being mostly UK based. I assume your focus in New York is because you are already based there? I wish you all the best in your application. Best, Dani
  10. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Would be grateful if someone could comment on my list of universities. I know it is somewhat top-heavy, but these were the only universities which had research aligned to my interests... Undergrad Institution: Imperial College London, UK (Top for science in UK)Major(s): Biomedical SciencesMinor(s): n/aGPA in Major: no GPA system in UK (Upper 2nd class)Overall GPA: n/aPosition in Class: Type of Student: International female Postgrad: MSc in Public Health (GPA 3.88) at London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 160 (76%)V: 167 (98%)W: 4.5 (82%)B:TOEFL Total: n/aResearch Experience: 2 years in health services research (1 publication currently under review as co-author & 2+ articles underway, also co-author)Awards/Honors/Recognitions:Pertinent Activities or Jobs: some teaching assistanceAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points:Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:Applying to Where:Harvard, John Hopkins, UNC, UCLA, UCSF, Northwestern, Brown, Ohio State, Iowa, Standford (all Epidemiology / health service research or management PhDs)
  11. I flunked the GRE

    I've been out a little less longer than you, and I'm sure that makes a huge difference. I personally found the manhattan prep series & online tests really useful. I wish you all the best!
  12. I flunked the GRE

    Hi, I took my GRE almost 2 weeks ago, and got all my results back a few days ago. I did self study for 5 weeks before I took the exam. My study strategy was using the manhattan prep (i just bought online books and used my kindle on phone/ipad/mac for portability). For verbal, I used the manhattan prep advanced/essential vocabs & strategies for verbal Qs, and for quant, I selected manhattan prep books depending on my weakness, but with hindsight would've bought them all. I took around 7 mock tests (2 free from the ets website and bought 5 on manhattan prep). I found that these tests really reflected the real test. Throughout the 7 mock tests, I gradually improved from late 150s to early 160s, but I did find it frustrating how little my scores improved over my 5 weeks of study. Although it is a short time to improve drastically, I studied quite diligently before and after work everyday approx. 3 hrs/day. However, learning the verbal words & strategies, I became very confident in verbal. I found that to improve in quantitative, I would need a couple more weeks of study in my area of weakness. In my test, I got 167 (98%) verbal & 160 (76%) quant & 4.5 (82%) writing. I didn't train separately for writing, and only practiced during the practice tests. I'm hoping that my high verbal scores & a good SOP will cover for it. I'm disappointed with my quantitative, but I think that 5 weeks is just too little time to up my scores and I performed a little worse on the day . I got lucky with verbal and will probably stick with these scores as I cannot bear to do any more studying! I understand your frustration. I'm not sure what your strategy has been, but I'd say for verbal, just learn those vocabs (I looked at the vocabs almost every night 10 minutes before sleep) & the strategies in the manhattan prep (these really helped!). For quant, work on those areas you're most weak in. Wish you all the best, good luck!
  13. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Hi, Thought I'd start this topic for 2018 fall applicants specifically for Public Health. I realise there is a general one for all applicants, but thought it might be useful to have one for just a Public Health field (in the most broad sense). I apologise if this post is redundant. I just wanted comments on whether my choice of universities were too strong. Although these were the only programmes which matched my interests. Feel free to comment/share your experience so far. Undergrad Institution: Imperial College London, UK (Top for science in UK)Major(s): Biomedical SciencesMinor(s): n/aGPA in Major: no GPA system in UK (Upper 2nd class)Overall GPA: n/aPosition in Class: Type of Student: International female Postgrad: MSc in Public Health (GPA 3.88) at London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 160 (76%)V: 167 (98%)W: 4.5 (82%)B:TOEFL Total: n/aResearch Experience: 2 years in health services researchAwards/Honors/Recognitions:Pertinent Activities or Jobs: some teaching assistanceAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points:Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:Applying to Where:Harvard, John Hopkins, UNC, UCLA, UCSF, Northwestern, Brown, Ohio State, Iowa, Standford