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Bird Vision

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  • Birthday 07/26/1997

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    SW USA
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    2019 Fall
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    PhD Economics

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  1. I believe this topic is much better suited (and would be much more relevant) for specific fields. Departments in grad school are essentially independent, and a student's perspective of their Accounting department will not be beneficial for another student in Social Work, for example.
  2. Please note that I am completely unfamiliar with European grad school and funding. Can you not withdraw yourself from the ESRC competition, and accept the university scholarship? That seems like the ideal situation for both parties.
  3. Bird Vision

    Santa Barbara, CA

    In regard to the above, I was told that most grad students have multiple roommates. They did say that the best way to find private accommodations was to put yourself on the waitlist for as many apartments as you could. However, if you are looking for a 3BR place, you're probably going to spend $3,000 a month.
  4. Bird Vision

    Understanding teaching assistantship

    Respectfully, the second half is inaccurate. In the US, full-time employment is 40 hours a week. A 50% employment is 20 hours a week - the standard for a part time job. When universities reference 50% appointments, they are saying that you will be paid 50% of the amount that someone working that job full time would be paid. Similarly, a 1/4 or 25% appointment is 10 hours a week, and compensates as such.
  5. Bird Vision

    Santa Barbara, CA

    I'm in a similar position; I'm considering moving to UCSB with my wife. I come from a very cheap city, so the idea of paying $1500+ for rent kinda blows my mind. I just submitted an application for family housing, and you should note that estimated wait times for family housing are 26 months. I will discuss getting by in SB/Goleta on a TA salary when I visit in early April. If that grants any insight, I will let you know.
  6. Bird Vision

    Taking back an acceptance

    I'm going to ignore the ethical dilemma here simply because you have already accepted the other offer. You have already burned your bridge at Program A. Just send a short, polite email stating that you will not be attending their program, and that you are sorry you made a premature decision. There is no need to explain why. Expect to never have a good working relationship with the people at Program A.
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    How is my profile for econ phd?

    I don't mean to discourage your passion for economics, but if scoring in the 61st percentile in basic math is the best you think you can do, how well do you think you will fare in your first-year classes? I understand that we're all stressing about get that one magical acceptance, but we cannot lose sight of what comes afterward; grad school is HARD. It will likely be significantly harder than any schooling you have ever done. Just keep that in mind. That said, I'm sure it's possible to get accepted to a PhD program if you scrape the bottom of the barrel. Good luck, and I hope you find what you're looking for.
  8. Bird Vision

    How is my profile for econ phd?

    If you want a shot a pretty much any Econ PhD, you need at least a 160. The top 30 or so "require" 90th percentile which is 165/166. It is imperative that you retake the GRE if you are serious about this. And study for it. Being a math major doesn't help much for the math on the GRE, other than having a proclivity for calculation.
  9. Are you in a hurry to graduate? Would it be prohibitively expensive to finish in 2020? I personally would wait in order to have the best profile possible. A good compromise might be to apply to your absolute top choices this year, and apply again next year if you are not successful.

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