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  1. Haha. Maybe we should, so we at least know one person to talk to But my name will also make sense once I present on my topic ?. If you do want to get in touch before the weekend, let me know! @nickxk will you be joining us?
  2. Just woke up in the middle of the night to an invitation as well. Yay/terror for real! Seems like we are having tests. Hope it’ll go well @Atlas Obscura we will see each other there!
  3. @nickxk Heard anything from Princeton?
  4. I had contact with him through work and found him to be super nice. The POI I contacted also was super nice and in general I love all their bios on the website. Some of them are at times hilarious as are the instructions to the fact sheet (“Some applicants expect us to be flattered if they apply only to Princeton; in fact it makes us uneasy. It is much better for you to spread your risk. Even if you have set your heart on coming to Princeton, you should at least apply to Harvard as a safe school.”) and parts of their prospective students page (“The Department does not actively prevent a student living the life of a recluse, but it offers numerous alternatives [...].”) I think I’d love that environment ? I have an interview on Tuesday for a school here (not US). So at least I would already have gone through one harrowing interview.
  5. Mabrouk! Is it Haykel or Zaman? and wow: 12-15? Their cohorts in the last years were 3-5 PhDs. That might indicate that the interview weekend is indeed tough. IsA Monday will be a good day for us.
  6. You’ll do great. Remember that they are only humans s/he won’t eat you and seems genuinely interested, so you’re off to a good start.
  7. Also: if you can get him/her to tell you when the invitations are sent out that’d be great!
  8. Who is your POI at Princeton? A phone call is great! radio silence on my side, too. But I won’t get worried until the end of next week for Princeton. IsA kheir.
  9. Well, that doesn’t bode well for me if they do invite me. Unfortunately don’t know anything about Michigan
  10. No, nothing yet. I am not surprised though as last years’ results show that interviews and acceptances were sent out in February and March (at least for my choices). A few more weeks wait. whats your focus? EDIT: I also don’t expect to hear a positive response from UPenn as I’ve heard that their cohort is small and my fit not too strong.
  11. The GRE & IELTS were horribly expensive and I’m happy that I will have a few years without having to take them anymore. Princeton & UPenn. Thought about Chicago and Brown, but ultimately decided against applying. The chance of getting in is presumably minimal, but we will see. I have a plan B and C, and am excited to see where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing after the summer
  12. I applied for NELC/NES, too. I actually applied to even less Unis than you; only two. I find the process super expensive, especially including the translations of certificates and transcripts. I also decided to focus on those Unis that were worth a move; both in terms of academic fit & support and personal preference (I am not sure I would survive 5 years in LA, for example). I am excited to see if it works out
  13. I am an international student and the university I graduated with my BA degree issues the diploma, a supplement and an academic record with all courses counted toward the degree. Failed courses are not listed, because they do not count towards the degree. On the other hand, the transcript of records does list the failed courses. Should I submit both? Or just one?
  14. samaasl

    What's a good GRE score?

    I concur with dhg regarding the Magoosh Flashcards and covering the answers at first. It was the best tip I got out of Cracking the GRE. That textbook helped me the most out of the material I used. Simply because it allowed me to understand the test. In the end, I believe, it’s not about how smart you are (though it certainly helps), but how well you tackle the intricacies of the test. I am not a native speaker - far from it - but I just gave exactly those answers the exam wanted and I got 170 (obviously I think some luck was involved, too). This is very obvious when looking at my AWA score, which is...bad.

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