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2019edhopeful

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    2019 Fall
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  1. 2019edhopeful

    Admission letter was a "mistake"

    The program hasn't been particularly helpful, mainly because the dept secretary doesn't EVER respond to emails or seem to forward my concerns (and everything goes through her). I have written to the dean of the graduate school, let's see what happens.
  2. 2019edhopeful

    Am I too old for grad school?

    I don't think there's any such thing as "too old." If I go to grad school this fall, I'll be 32.
  3. 2019edhopeful

    Admission letter was a "mistake"

    They said "soon" but that was 5 days ago. Nobody replied to my email or answered the phone. On the web portal, my acceptance letter and funding offer are still up. So frustrating!! They also said most fellowship and TAship decisions aren't made until September, which is WAY too late for me, since I live outside the US and will be moving with my children to whichever city I go to grad school.
  4. 2019edhopeful

    Admission letter was a "mistake"

    So I applied to a PhD program. A few weeks ago I received unofficial acceptance to the MA program (no official rejection from the PhD, and it was vague, stating that since I didn't have an MA I would be initially accepted to the MA program). A couple days after the unofficial email, I received a letter from the grad school welcoming me to the MA/PhD. It also attached an offer of funding, with a full tuition scholarship. I was ecstatic, and wrote to my POI asking about assistantships. She replied saying I had been admitted to the MA/PhD BY MISTAKE and they would soon be changing it to an admission letter for the MA only. She also said I was nominated for a fellowship within the MA program. So this means...the funding letter (which was separate) was also a mistake?! I don't really know what to think. I'm afraid to be hopeful.
  5. 2019edhopeful

    UPenn GSE 2019

    Does anyone know if invites for doctoral weekend have been sent out for UPenn's PhD in Education? I spoke to someone in the ECS department recently but they were very vague about whether or not applicants have already been shortlisted.
  6. 2019edhopeful

    Do international students get late decisions

    I'm a US citizen but living outside the US. I seem to be the only one who hasn't heard from my programs...I emailed them and they said they're still reviewing. They've accepted AND rejected AND waitlisted others, so...I'm confused.
  7. 2019edhopeful

    UC Davis Human Dev?

    Anyone else waiting to hear from the UC Davis Human Development PhD program? Seems like they've sent out acceptances from 16th-19th Jan every year for the past few years, so I'm majorly stressing about not having heard anything.
  8. 2019edhopeful

    HGSE 2019

    I've applied to the same program (don't know anybody there, but did email my POI and get a response last summer, not that it was a particularly forthcoming response, but it was nice enough). No interview here either. I'm feeling pretty pessimistic because 3 of my 5 programs have sent out interview invites and/or acceptances, and I haven't heard anything.
  9. 2019edhopeful

    2019 Education Applications

    The waiting game is already making me crazy. I only applied to 5 programs...all in all, the apps, GRE, score reports, transcripts, international calls etc cost so much after currency conversion, I had to work extra hours for 2 months just to afford it. I'm so burnt out after the app season (also juggling a full time job and two kids), I'm seriously worried about how I'll handle grad school...
  10. I'm applying to 7 PhD programs in Education, and only one-Harvard-had a deadline of Dec 1-the rest are later. I've been out of school for 8 years, so I wrote to my school requesting new transcripts, and long story short, a number of delays at their end meant I didn't get the official transcript in time. Harvard accepts unofficial transcripts, so I went through my Google Drive from my graduation year, found 2 copies of my transcript, uploaded one and submitted my app. When I received the official one, I realized that the one I submitted has a couple of discrepancies. Three of my A-s are listed as As, and a course I withdrew from (with a W) isn't included. I think this is because I tweaked the unofficial one years ago when calculating how many extra classes I'd have to take to raise my CGPA. Anyway, it doesn't really impact my overall GPA, but I am still worried because technically, if I were ever to get in, my official transcripts would make this seem like cheating. What do I do? Should I write to the school, wait and see if I even make it to the interview stage, ignore it altogether? I did upload the correct (official) copy to all my other apps.
  11. 2019edhopeful

    Anyone else already submit their applications?

    I submitted two of mine with Dec 1st deadlines on Nov 29th, the rest are due on Dec 15th but I'm submitting them today. My recs are in, statements are done, writing samples uploaded-but I am not looking forward to the endless wait! Applying to 7 PhD programs.
  12. 2019edhopeful

    2019 Education Applications

    Is anyone here applying to UPenn? I'm curious-how do they interview international students who can't go to doctoral weekend?
  13. "I can't help but think that a PhD will be -- dare I say -- easier than what I've been doing the last decade" I feel you! I am also 30, been working full time as a teacher for 8 years, and I have two young kids and a number of stressful situations tied directly to my living situation (which would be forced to change if I was in grad school). Of course I expect an intellectual challenge, but right now I would very gladly welcome that into my life, given that at my job I feel frustrated and unchallenged, and nothing brings me the same joy as research. Good luck to you! I feel v old applying at my age even though I objectively know that it isn't THAT different from being 25 or 26.
  14. 2019edhopeful

    HGSE 2019

    Anyone applying to the PhD program? Deadline in 3 days!
  15. 2019edhopeful

    2019 Education Applications

    Yay I'm 30 too! Most people here seem to be recently out of college. Re: your LOR question, one of my recommenders also isn't a PhD. I figured there should be at least one professional reference in there, and not many professions require supervisors to have PhDs, so I'd assume they don't expect it? I'm a teacher, so one of my letters is from my department head. I feel like I've been running a marathon this whole semester, between juggling full time teaching, apps and my kids, but let's hope it's good preparation for grad school, right? Good luck with the home stretch!
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