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    Pittsburgh (from ND)
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    A soft science
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    2018 Fall

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  1. I just got the award!!! I'll post my statements later, I'm so excited. I've worked so hard for this day and to finally get a big payoff like this is a huge relief. Almost makes the tragic story in my past worth it.
  2. Thank you, my friend. I'm going to take your advice and rearrange my scholarships and provide a brief overview of what each one looks for. Admittedly, I am slightly reluctant to describe some scholarships because many of them were awarded based on financial need---this was an orchestrated effort on my part since I come from a very poor family. I simply spent my time wisely. Arguably, it's in my best interest to be vague on need scholarships, and in general, to show no pattern of deceitful behavior.
  3. How do I list scholarships in the scholarships and awards section? I have so many and I don't know how to organize them. I'm doing old to new, and listing only the tuition waiver amount for ones above 50%. Is this a good idea?
  4. The best way to get better at english is speaking it/writing it more often. To learn by emersion is best. The present progressive is used to describe an event that you have done, are doing, or will be doing. The key is "-ing". E.g., If you start reading and writing in English more often you are bound to become more fluent. I assume you speak it well enough to be understood, but if your goal is to write better I recommend two things: read and write more. Now, I have a specific recommendation: read books that you've read in your native language, but the english version. Understanding the ideas is difficult enough, but if you are familiar with the work this will help. Next, I recommend perusing forums like Reddit or some professional equivalent that you're interested in to learn about what you like while improving your english. Funny enough, I recommend online gaming like MMORPGs like Runescape (a childhood game I played, but is still around) League Of Legends, etc.
  5. 4-4.5, not bad. you'll be able to get away with <4 grammar mistakes without it outright affecting your score since the graders understand small mistakes occur in a time crunch. The bigger point is cogency. You have that.
  6. I did this. And I don't think it'll make a difference. Ask the program director though. I lied and said I had technical problems on their end. Worth a shot.
  7. Listen, I've taken the GRE three times (see attached photo or https://imgur.com/a/ULiIj) and here is what I can tell you: the GRE is a lot harder to game than the ACT. I improved from a 26 to a 31 on the ACT with a lot of studying. On the GRE, however, I have fluctuated from a 156-161 verbal, 165-166 quant, and a consistent writing score. Some days I just do better on reading (because I read material before hand to get into the reading mindset!!! this technique is truly helpful). The only reason why I improved on quant, in my honest opinion, is because I fixed a mistake at the very very last second. No other reason, and I'm certain of that. I spent tons of time trying to isolate my weak areas. This is the only thing I can recommend that you do: find where you're weak, and practice there (but intermittently practice all other areas too). I would recommend retaking the GRE, IF AND ONLY IF, you know you have a VERY strong application everywhere else. You can't make shit smell good. I.e. you can't get a good GRE score to make a bad SOP look good, to make no research experience look good, or to make no work experience look good (unless you get a damn-near perfect score). If you have a strong application everywhere else, then retake the GRE. Otherwise, lower your standards and aim for a school with a strong program and a decent name. (AKA rankings between 15-30). I'm EXACTLY in this position, unfortunately, so I know what I'm taking about.
  8. I'm with sherpa, check the average of the program. You want to aim for those at a minimum. On top of that, a perfect score on any of the sections is impressive and will raise an eyebrow, however, the sections that matter most is Verbal and Quant. Note, some school don't even publish their writing scores. You could, perhaps, mention it in your SOP, but I don't think that's a place to discuss any negatives. Depending on the program (and its average), I'd probably just retake it. For example, my AWA score is the only consistent score during all THREE of my sittings for the GRE... I bet yours wont waiver much, if at all, between 5.5-6.0.
  9. I've taken the GRE 3 times and gotten all 5 for the AWA. My opinion on your writing style: you make so many grammar mistakes. You did a good job including an example, and it's the only reason why I'm not giving you a 2.5. Your example was decent at demonstrating your point, but it could be improved. For example, I rewrote your introduction while making as few changes as possible to keep it close to what you wrote. "The term ‘success’ usually comes as a result of hard work. We cannot say that a successful person has reached their current position by luck or chance. Success generally requires planning and preparation. The methodology of taking chances or risks to achieve success does not seem as effective as does careful and cautious planning. Inherently, planning is the guideline to the path of success, and good planning takes into account chances and risks." As is common with a lot of non-native English speakers, you NEED to use "the" and "a" more. This is how any english speaker can identify a non-native English speaker.
  10. I'll discuss GRE. I've been interviewed for a couple mba programs. They generally have the same traits: average to slightly above average AWA score, 90th%+ for quant, and 70th%+ for Verbal. But work experience can offset mediocre scores (but not by much!!!). There is a trade off for a lower verbal score and a higher quant score. You can have a lower verbal if your quant is high and you can demonstrate coherent/cogent writing in the person statement. IF you have to submit a video essay, rehearse a half dozen times on skype with a mate and have them give you negative feedback. Sounding like a good speaker and having good essays will compensate for lower verbal. Research/work is the only demonstrable compensation for a lower quant, which is obviously harder to signal.
  11. Your application is competitive. No one cares about AWA as long as you're >=4
  12. I'll give you a review. About me: I went to nationals for student congress (essay writing/speech giving) here in the USA and I've won dozens of scholarships based on essay prompts. I've gotten 5s on every GRE I have taken (3 of them). Mistakes you've made: "the humanity", "profound impact" =>impacts, "of computer" => of the computer, "... in almost everywhere in the world" (this makes no sense) => in almost every corner of the world, "the statement mentions" statement => prompt, "As the world is developing day by day" (this makes no sense). -ing implies progressive tense (still occuring!) this means that as the world is changing day by day—you basically are saying 'As the world is changing day by day day by day', ... tbh you're making an insane amount of grammar mistakes. A 3 would be generous. You assume I know what quantum mechanics is (you should always explain what aspect you're referring to). You write very short sentences which doesn't work with your writing style. Try and write more thorough paragraphs like your third paragraph. Your conclusion is decent. I'd assume it'd be paired with a 3 or 3.5, but your intro and second paragraph are really no good. Here is a format you should focus on using: (I call this the FIRST/FURTHERMORE/FINALLY) introduction include a nice introductory sentence that acts as an axiom/adage/aphorism briefly introduce 2 strong points. Say how you'll analyze each point, then how you'll wrap them together Point 1("FIRST") "first, [point 1]" explain how it relates to the prompt on a philosophical level "For example,..." explain how your point relates to a real example Point 2 ("FURTHERMORE") "first, [point 2]" explain how it relates to the prompt on a philosophical level "For example,..." explain how your point relates to a real example Analysis ("All together, point 1 and point 2...") explain why these two points matter to the prompt interconnect these ideas with an example Conclusion ("Finally") summarize point 1. summarize point 2 summarize analysis and interconnectedness. This is a better way to write than the 3-point/5 paragraph answer because you only have to focus on two points, only two examples (or a couple if you're fast), you get more time on each example, each point, each analysis, and can create better transitions. Make sure you use phrases they like to hear: "For example," "For instance," "Connecting the ideas,", "What this means to the big picture"... stuff that indicates YOU UNDERSTAND.
  13. As long as you get the point across that you can write succint and cogent points, utilize prose and propper grammar, and can get the point across without losing the reader while using valid and credible sources, you'll be fine. definitely include references
  14. I used a paper I wrote at a summer REU in math. There is literally no "template" per se. Hopefully, you have done a long-enough essay for class. I would submit just that.
  15. I've gotten all 5s on my essays (taken the gre 3 times). It doesn't mean I know a lot, but it helps to hear my perspective. So, errors (tons of them): "they", "evident", "supporting this point may strengthen the argument well," "Even, lesser or excess," "sport and it is,"... You have quite a handful of grammatical errors. You're better off memorizing perfectly written lines that are generic enough to insert in places you know they fit. For example, the introduction can almost all be trivially written and plugged into all argument essays with a handful of keywords. I recommend watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRj0CAiIehs. This guy really hits home what you need to look for. In fact, I watch this video 1hr before EVERY GRE I take. It really helps refresh what you have to look out for. The "first, furthermore, finally" format works. It really does. I used it in 2/3 of my argument essays. Problems. Your intro is vague. Your paragraphs are too short and don't make any interwoven inferences about the prompt.
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