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  1. If you make an effort to be social in the first 6 weeks, I don't think you'll have a problem making new connections anywhere! Why? - everyone is nervous / new / excited at that point. there's plenty common ground to talk about (what classes? what advisor? thesis? background etc etc) - (mostly) everyone will also want to make new connections - it will warm outside (if you are somewhere that has cold winters - best to make friends before people are terrified of coming out of their apartments haha) Good luck 🙂
  2. (you might also want to think about where you'd like to land up, actually Raleigh NC is one of the best job markets right now. -> https://www.wsj.com/articles/where-the-jobs-are-11551441214?mod=article_inline, obviously California is the US' tech economic engine...) also - maybe think about your political sensibilities. you may feel far more "at home" in one of these locations... Great programs. Good luck!!!
  3. The schools don't really communicate with each other TBH. It sucks but do what is right for you. Just MAKE SURE that if you withdraw from school B -> you still have a concrete acceptance at school A.
  4. Similar universities. Personally I think UCSB has a stronger research tradition - but that might be conjecture. You might want to think about where you might like to land up afterwards? Texas? California? What about summer internship? College Station is kinda in the middle of nowhere IMO. Santa Barbara is beautiful, and very close to Los Angeles. Are you able to check out their recruiting / career fairs? Going to any UC school in California is highly regarded. I'm not aware of TAMU reputation in Texas. Good luck!
  5. I live in Los Angeles and am fairly familiar with the schools. Of course, I haven't been a grad student at them all so take this with a grain of salt. Firstly, congratulations those are all excellent programs. Purdue is not on the same level IMO as any of them, personally I would take that off. If you want to work here and be well positioned to find a job - I would choose the one of the schools in California. Why? Because most of the students will be from California so you are already building a good local professional network. In addition, you could easily find an int
  6. Hi all! Looking for any advice and input from anyone familiar with MSCS programs. I have an unrelated undergraduate degree and would like to know which schools are worth applying to, and which are not. I know there are other individuals trying to get into CS without a CS undergrad degree - so perhaps this will be useful for them too in future. For context: I have a Bachelor of Music as an undergrad. In preparation to apply for masters programs in CS*, I have completed the following 10 courses (by application date): Discrete Structures, Programming I, Programming II (completes on
  7. Taking it in a month is good. In all likelihood, you will take it again to improve. Having taken the real test is an excellent step. Use this in your back of your mind to alleviate any pressure on yourself. In terms of study, look at your analyses for the timed tests you've done. If you have done Manhattan (or any other reputable company) there will be a breakdown. Notice what the issues might be - is there any specific topic in quant you're consistently missing (probability, combinatorics, sets, geometry etc)? Or a type of question consistently wrong (maybe quant comparison, or logi
  8. RE whether you should apply: the short answer is yes. You need to let yourself explore this if it's something that's been on your mind for some time (which it sounds like it has been). You made a big leap from the state school to the more reputable public university. Your cumulative GPA is 3.03, which is above the minimum. You then succeeded in your work environment in applying all this knowledge. You were promoted and have solid a performance rating. These are positive things. You need to focus on the positive aspects. Highlight these and be confident. This is life and you nee
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