ayasofaya

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ayasofaya last won the day on October 13

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  1. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    I'm dying to know how your interviews went and the final results if you're ok with/allowed to share with us.
  2. Pickering Fellowship Essay Advice

    @Karakoy posted some good advice here a few weeks ago. That was a Rangel Fellowship thread but those of us who are now applying for Pickering are currently congregating in there.
  3. Fulbright 2018-2019

    Germany ETA! This award typically has a truckload of applicants so I'm surprised there typically isn't a larger group on forums.
  4. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @mrs12 @Karakoy I just got an email that says if I attend an info session in my city (which I was going to attend anyway even if just for info for next year's app cycle) I get an application fee waiver for all five of the top schools there WHICH MEANS as long as I apply to those particular schools this just became free WHICH MEANS the $700 investment from above just turned into a $200 GRE retake which I can totally pay WHICH MEANS I take back everything I just said. Pickering Fellowship just got un-cancelled for me. I can suddenly afford this so now it's just the work (at a faster rate since I had put it aside). The work I can do. Let's go.
  5. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    Exactly. Big picture, there is no real drawback at all to taking another year before applying. Superficially you could say "Pickering always picks different people, so you never know!" but that's a $700 gamble that I will take next year, not this year haha.
  6. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    This is incredibly key during this whole process and similar application seasons. I'm the kind of person that needs to collect all possible data so I can use it to shape my applications (hence my current frustrations), and forums like these help you learn from real life examples instead of relying on the strategically scripted official statements on the program website. My frustration is less about the rejection itself, but the stress of figuring out what is the most strategic path to take from here, because it's not as clear cut as I thought it was when I first started drafting my application. On the Rangel Info session, they made a note that those who are selected for Fulbright and Rangel can defer starting the Rangel program for a year. Do you know if Pickering has a similar provision? My university has a strong Fulbright presence (Really strong.), and our Fulbright Advisor gets paid a salary to do nothing but polish Fulbright applications, so when she works with me on my proposal and tells me "I don't see why we shouldn't be able to make this happen," my anxiety isn't going to be quite as gripping as it it was with Rangel. The reason I ask is I'm toying with the idea of putting off Pickering for at least a year. Rangel is a free application so there's no risk in applying every year just for the experience, especially because we know they like repeats, but we already pointed out that the Pickering timeline forces you to apply for your grad programs without knowing if you'll get that guaranteed FSO placement (Or funding, if that's your priority, but funding can come from anywhere even if you don't get the fellowship). So that's $400-500 in application fees and $200 for the GRE (retake in my case), and even if I get into all of my top programs, I would decline every single one of the offers if I didn't get the Pickering, so that I could remain eligible for next year's Fellowship applications. IF (if) I get the Fulbright Fellowship, that would significantly bolster my applications for next year (and my German language skills), both for the Fellowships and for grad school, and that $700 investment is much more likely to yield a return. Especially because that gives me an entire year to work my GRE score from a 316 to a 330+. It's actually making more and more sense now that I'm typing out my thought process.
  7. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @mrs12 I just got my email and it's a no for me as well. It'll be hard to convince me that my unrelated undergrad degree isn't the most deterring factor of my application. They seem to stress the point that it's possible to make a strong statement of purpose that explains why you're perfect for this opportunity, and list hypothetical and/or anecdotal applicants who have done it, but we have no idea of what it looks like when someone does that successfully, and as far as the fellow profiles indicate, the rocket scientist from the info video wasn't selected for the fellowship anyway. I always feel like I'm wasting my time when I'm told to revise without any feedback to go off on, and that's the situation I'm in while going into Pickering applications, especially knowing they don't stress as much the parts of the application that fit my profile best: Demographics and Financial Need. I just need to know if I'm wasting my time and money before I send off all these grad applications, and being told that "all majors are welcome" when the statistics indicate otherwise generally isn't helpful to any kind of applicant pool.
  8. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    Someone I was talking to on another thread just got picked as an alternate (you can make an account and join us whenever. I know you're reading this lol). I'm afraid that no news may be bad news now.
  9. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @mrs12 None of us have gotten rejections yet, so at the very least, even if the plan actually is to send out all of the successes first, no news may be good news. If the plan is to send out rejections first, no news is good news. We're not automatically out either way. It's late for east coast so we may very well have to wait until tomorrow, so keep this in mind as you all try your best to sleep tonight.
  10. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    I don't want to ask what the last names start with because eventually someone is going to be like "My last name is Xavier!" and I'll preemptively know I didn't get picked. We're not asking lol.
  11. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    Now I'm checking my email obsessively lol. Great.
  12. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @Karakoy Wait really!!! Congrats!!! Heart attacks coming in sooner than I thought!
  13. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    Tomorrow is The Official We-Might-Find-Out-Today-But-It's-Unclear-So-Maybe-Tomorrow-Or-Sometime-Next-Week Day! Everyone ready to have heart attack every time you get an email notification? I know I am!
  14. The advantage with a Mac is definitely Apple Care and/or the Genius bar. You're paying for the convenience of the Apple Store, and knowing that whatever happens to your computer wherever you are in the world, chances are you have a designated place to get it repaired by a team that knows your specific machine inside and out. I've had my pro since 2011 and it works like new because if and when I have the slightest issue, I bring it to the apple store and say "Fix it," and they fix it. It only costs money if they have to order a physical part, and Apple Care Covers that cost for the first 2 years (the plans are much more inclusive for a computer than a phone). Even if you don't have Apple Care, at the very least you can trust that while getting your repair, you're not getting scammed or paying for upgrades/repairs you don't need. As far as required software, it really just depends on your program, like earlier stated. A lot of engineering and 3D modeling software is only supported on Windows. I went to design undergrad so we had to have the best of both worlds. We were required Macbook Pro and ran Bootcamp so we could switch to Windows when we needed Solidworks or Rhino. If you have strong preferences, there are always options. @Bleep_Bloop I got my battery replaced for 80 Swiss Francs (I happened to be in Switzerland when it died. Made no difference to my ability to get it fixed. Convenience!), and the website says $130 to $200 depending on how advanced your model is. There is absolutely 0 reason you should buy a whole new computer. Just get the battery fixed. You have YEARS on that thing. If you're doing anything involving Adobe you don't want an Air. The battery life is longer on average because no one is trying to do anything too ambitious with it.
  15. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    We're splitting hairs like these dates aren't 24-72 hours away lol. This isn't even a long wait in the Foreign Service world.