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  1. Living in NY

    You'll need to find roommates who are ok with having a dog. Also, some buildings are not ok with pets. Probably you'll have to pay an extra deposit if you decide to bring your dog. Your first year stipend is not enough to cover all the expenses if you want to live alone. With 38k, it's definitely possible to live in a studio.
  2. Living in NY

    I really don't recommend signing a lease without looking at the apartment in person. You'd want to know what the neighbourhood is like at night, see if the lobby/stairs are clean, etc..... I suggest that you find a sublet online/book a hostel room/book an Airbnb for your first few weeks. Come here a few weeks before your classes start. You won't want to be stressed from apartment search and moving. It is definitely possible to find a studio for $1600/month in Manhattan if you don't mind living uptown (Washington Heights or Inwood, maybe Hamilton Heights as well. If you don't have a good credit score, it can be difficult to find a landlord who is willing to rent an apartment out to you. Some owners are ok international students without credit history if they have guarantors or can put down 2-3 months worth of rent for a deposit. Also, be prepared to pay a broker's fee. You are welcome to PM me if you have more questions.
  3. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    I didn't get the name of the person with whom I spoke on the phone. Why don't you contact Penn State, UPenn, and Vandy? When I called CUNY, they were nice enough to tell me that all the acceptances had been sent out. Maybe Penn State and Vandy can at least tell you when you can expect to hear from them?
  4. How far are you willing to commute?

    I don't live too far away from the bus stop in NYC, and the bus will drop me of right in front of the campus. You are right. It's going to be more like a 4 hour commute each way. My partner and his dream as a scientist will always come first, but that doesn't mean I will do my best to find a job that I can be happy at. I used to clean houses and wait tables. While I can't say I enjoyed cleaning rich people's apartment, I enjoyed working as a waitress. Now I'm hoping to find a less physically demanding job with a master's degree, but my point is that I wouldn't mind working as a cashier or a waitress if necessary. I am passionate about my research and was sure I wanted to get a PhD, but maybe it is not a good idea. I wanted to make it work, but I have to compromise on something, obviously. Thank you for your advice.
  5. How far are you willing to commute?

    I'm going to take full advantage of the visit day and ask current students and faculty questions. I think it would be a good idea to rent a room and stay there from Monday to Thursday and spend the weekend in the city. I would have to take loans to pay for two apartments, though. I used to commute 4 hours/day for 6 years, so I'm used to reading and sleeping on the bus. At my current school, people don't really communicate with each other, but you have a good point. I would like to learn from my colleagues and talk to them about their/my research interests. I'm honestly not too concerned with the long-term aspects of my career. It would be great if I could continue to do research after PhD, but my partner comes first. I've been very curious and passionate about some topics and decided to attend grad school. At first, I thought I'd be just happy with a master's degree, but I have realized that I want to learn more and do more research. Thank you for taking the time to write another long post. I appreciate it.
  6. Living in NY

    I have been living in NYC for a long time. I don't know how much your yearly stipend is, but it's possible to make it work if you get more than $25k/year. You'll probably want to look for an apartment with roommates in East Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, Hamilton Heights, Bushwick, Sunset Park, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Astoria, Long Island City and some other neighborhoods. You can also live in Jersey City. It's a quick commute to NYU on Path. Buy groceries in Chinatown and Trader Joe's. If you don't go out too often, you should be able to save money. Just be prepared to spend around $1000/month for a decent room. Maybe you'll get lucky and find a good deal, but who knows. A monthly unlimited ride metrocard costs $121. I share a small 1 bedroom apartment with my boyfriend and rarely eat out. My monthly cost of living is around $1500. If you have more questions, please feel free to ask.
  7. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    I called UPenn and Temple today because I need to tell Albany if I'm really interested in attending (I believe people with funding offers will start declining their offers soon) as soon as possible. I didn't think I'd get into UPenn because of my ok GRE scores, but was hoping to get into Temple. According to the nice lady who picked up the phone, Upenn has already made their decisions, but is waiting to get those offers approved by the graduate school. They are hoping to send out all the decisions somewhere between late February and mid-March. I was told to call back in a week. Temple assured me that I have not been rejected, and told me to call back next week.
  8. How far are you willing to commute?

    Your questions helped me organise my thoughts. Thank you. 1) It is realistic, I believe. 2) I have two projects in mind, and one of them does not depend on outside factors. I probably cannot do ethnography without external funding. However, I can complete the other project anywhere (collecting data online). 3) If I can read/sleep on the bus, I guess so. I need to check which course I need to take first. I'm going to ask questions on the visit day. 4) I believe it is possible to rent a room at a reasonable price. 5) I would be taking the bus. 6) There are cheap buses to the campus leaving from the city we live in now, so it doesn't make sense to move. 7) The relationship is very important to me. I am willing to do whatever I can to support him. I'd be willing to clean houses or work as a cashier if needed in the city he gets a postdoc position.
  9. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Did you get accepted to Alabama? Congratulations! I saw you struggling and stressing out, so I’m really happy for you!
  10. How far are you willing to commute?

    Thank you for the reply. I'm going to search for the thread you are talking about. My partner wants to find a postdoc position in Europe, so he wants me to finish PhD in 3-4 years. I have been accepted to a program that will let me transfer 30 credits from my master's program, so finishing in 4 years is possible. I'm just dreading the possible 3 hour each way commute. I can try to improve my GRE scores and apply to the programs in my city again next year, but it will be my last chance. I don't know what to do.
  11. Hello, I didn't get into any of the programs in my city with funding this cycle. I have a partner who can't move and is unwilling to live separately. He is in a science PhD program in the city we live in at the moment. Most likely I will have to commute to a school a bit far from here. I don't know if I should wait and try again next year, but I think my chances of getting into one of those 4 programs in my city with funding are extremely limited. I have ok GRE scores (320) and good recommendation letters, but didn't get into any of the schools I really wanted to go to this year. I'm wondering if any of you have experiences spending a few on the bus or driving.
  12. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Same. Now I feel like I shouldn’t have said “I definitely wouldn’t attend with a tuition waiver only.” at the interview.
  13. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    I hope you hear good news from Boston University. I need to decide between Albany and the New School depending on the funding situation. Since my partner is going to finish his PhD in 3-4 years and wants to move back to Europe as soon as possible, this is my first/last attempt at PhD applications.
  14. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Oh no. I'm sorry. I'm there with you, I guess... I'm waiting for official rejections from Princeton, NYU, CUNY, and Uconn now. I hope Temple hasn't sent out all acceptances.
  15. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Haha, I think one is enough. I don't like it when schools don't send rejections out, though. We paid them to evaluate our applications, so we deserve an official letter/email. Yale didn't email me to check the portal. CUNY didn't bother to send an official rejection even though the professor I interviewed with said I'd hear from them in 2 weeks. I think it depends on school. Which programs did you apply?