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dvxyzijil

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  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
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    PhD in Political Science

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  1. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    I scrolled back through your posts, and while I’m the blind leading the blind here, I think your quant score may be below the first round cutoff for many schools. If you’re hesitant about the program, don’t do it. If your dream is to be in academia, a low-ranked program makes that difficult to achieve. Your application otherwise seems stellar. I think you may be the classic case of someone who by waiting another cycle will get significantly better results. Don’t feel like you “aimed too high” or whatever by applying to top schools this round, because I don’t see any reason you wouldn’t qualify. I feel like you’re a victim of the crapshoot. On the other hand, if you decide to go into policy or industry, I think you’ll do great with your Cambridge MA and end up sitting pretty with no regrets while all of us here are still on starvation wages. You probably already know all of this, but I just want to stand in solidarity with you. I can imagine how rough it would be not getting in this cycle (I also have a serious weakness in my app and was preparing for that outcome). But it looks like GRE quant score was the main thing holding you back, and we all know that’s a function of test prep and your knack for standardized testing. It says nothing about who you are and what you’ll accomplish in whatever your dream career is.
  2. dvxyzijil

    UCLA PhD Students

    UCLA (undergrad) alumnus here. If you still need questions answered, feel free to message me.
  3. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Anthropology lite Fake area studies Plus some poorly run regressions on patchwork large-n datasets But, hey, we get paid to travel 😂
  4. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    I really agree with this. @TheBunny, I remember you saying that you have to stay in the Northeast. That might mean you just couldn’t get enough lottery tickets. I applied to 15 schools ranged T10-40, because I’m lucky enough to have time on my hands and no geographical restraints. I’ve been rejected up and down the ladder at schools with good fit. My acceptances seem more or less random. I think that besides maybe for exceptional candidates who stand out everywhere, the admissions process really is a crapshoot. Obviously I don’t know you, but for what it’s worth, you seem like a really passionate scholar who works hard and plans carefully. I’m sure you’ll be great in whatever program you decide to attend. And if sociology isn’t being as welcoming to you as political science, their loss, our gain 😛
  5. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Another Maryland admit over here! Comparative. Got a personalized email from the DGS.
  6. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Good to know that some departments really do have a strong norm of using titles. I had thought that might be the case, and it’s nice to get confirmation. Play it by ear, everyone.
  7. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Your experience is a good counterexample. My West Coast instincts might be proving a little maladaptive here. But my experience has been that colleagues (who work together regularly) call each other by their first names. That’s coming from think tanks, development NGO’s, and my undergrad institution. I would say to keep an open mind about dropping titles, especially if you’re headed out west. Using titles in a more casual department might be seen as overly formal and even obsequious.
  8. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Also claiming both an MIT and a Michigan rejection. Telling myself that it’s a good thing the process is finally wrapping up. Glad they released acceptances and rejections at the same time.
  9. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    I vote for first name only. The first piece of advice I’ve been hearing from professors is that we should now think of ourselves as (very junior) colleagues. The one time I’ve responded to one of these friendly emails with “Professor,” the professor actually immediately shot back with “Please call me FirstName!” In my experience, undergrads uniformly use “Professor” while the vast majority of graduate students use first names. I’m from the West Coast and a state school, though. New Englanders, Southerners, and private school folks can weigh in – I always think of you guys as more formal. And congratulations on your acceptances! That’s so exciting!
  10. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Hahahahaha, I love this take. I did just the thing that @eggsalad14 rightly warned against: I actively signaled that I'm terrible at math with a string of C's in introductory calculus courses and a just-ok GRE quant score. (And no, I'm not a theorist.) I thought I had completely disqualified myself from top schools, but I applied on the advice of my advisor and now have an acceptance to OSU and a waitlist spot from Duke. Maybe it was all of the persistence I signaled. (For any future applicants, let me be clear that I do not recommend you what I did. I was told by one mentor in no uncertain terms that I had badly sabotaged my chances. On the other hand, if you have a serious weakness, don't give up hope!)
  11. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Claiming a Duke waitlist. Does anyone happen to have information on how long the list is? In other words, on how likely it is to actually get off the waitlist? This is basically my top choice even if I make it into one of the CHYMPS, so I'll campaign hard no matter what my odds are. But it would be great to hear from someone who knows how the process works.
  12. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    My POI at OSU emailed me and mentioned all of their admits have now been contacted. They emphasized how difficult the application pool was this year.
  13. dvxyzijil

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Thanks for the info, @YourScruffiness. Congratulations!
  14. Woooooooo, claiming an admit to OSU! I'm so pleased, I love the work of my POI, and of course it's a great department overall. I'm not completely sure how I got in, actually (fit?), but I'm running with it!
  15. @dreamschoolcometrue This (Friday) afternoon!
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