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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
  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
  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 you
  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
  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
  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 (
  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 watc
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