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  1. I partially agree, but the program has literally no support for what I want to do. It would make my life so much easier if I could just stay, but staying would be terribly, terribly unhealthy and it would backtrack most of my progress in the field I am actually interested in. The masters degree would be very unrelated. I had only chosen this program knowing that the MS would be mostly unrelated but that I would have room to break out of the confines of the MS in my dissertation, which is what would matter most. The MS has absolutely no courses related to my area of interest now; it used to at
  2. I just started my PhD program the last week of August, straight out of undergrad. I didn't get into many PhD programs, and only got two fully funded offers. The institution I'm currently at (RPI) offered me funding with only 2 weeks to make a decision. I didn't get to visit in person, but everything looked great on paper and talking via email to current students and faculty, funding was great, 80% placement rate in academia, etc etc... Seven weeks in, I am so unhappy. The city is great, my cohort is great, I love the weather, my partner and I are dealing with the distance okay. But the pr
  3. I am in a pickle, 5 days before the decision deadline. I thought I had my plan set in stone; I was going to take a gap year, do Americorps, gain experience, retake the GRE, work on my writing samples, etc, then reapply to all the schools I got rejected to after the year of service is up. Great idea, right? RPI, which wasn't originally at the top of my list until they offered me a fee waiver which got me to research their program, had me on their funding waitlist for a PhD. I never thought I'd get off their waitlist, until today (again...5 days before the deadline) they told me I was
  4. Long story short, the only viable acceptance I've had this year was to my undergraduate institution (University of South Florida) - an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with full funding. The stipend isn't enough for me to live off of alone (730 per month in Tampa...) so I'd have to get another job (not a problem, I have a part time gig as a tutor I could continue). But, as I think about staying, I get more and more depressed. I really, REALLY wanted to leave the state. My PI is awesome and his lab is even cooler, so that's not the issue. But I'm already depressed staying at my institut
  5. Hey everyone, I’ll just post here what I sent to amandav today so you all can get an update... I called after emailing them back in the end of February and they told me decisions would be out in mid-March. But then when mid-March came and went I called, and they were pretty rude. Basically, the woman said all acceptances have been offered, and the waitlisted people have been notified. So everyone else who hasn’t heard anything is in the third option of if the accepted AND waitlisted people decline, then we have a shot. But the woman on the phone literally told me “you’re probably not g
  6. I’ve gotten into three programs already, presumed rejection from Berkeley and I might get into NYU but probably won’t go. U of M admitted to essentially being a full-cost degree farm for the program I applied to, so that’s off the list. My first choice of the schools I was admitted to - RPI PhD - has me on their funding waitlist and I refuse to do a PhD unfunded. That leaves me with my current UG institution, which isn’t very well known in my field, but offered me a full tuition package with a small but reasonable stipend via a TA-ship. It’s only an MS and apparently only the most compet
  7. I’d also: 1. Work on my GRE. It’s stupid, I hate it, I thought my AW score would show that it’s just the multiple-choice formatting of the test that got me down, but I’m guessing not. I shouldn’t be listening to people who told me GRE doesn’t matter...it does. 2. Contacting POIs ahead of time. This one was huge for me. I should’ve done it but I got so anxious about bothering them or them not wanting to talk to me. I had some great and poor interactions with faculty once I was admitted to universities so I now know that if a professor is annoyed by a prospective student contacting t
  8. I’m assuming a rejection at this point. Right after my rejection from UCLA and my placement on RPI’s funding waitlist and talking to my advisor at Michigan and finding out the program just isn’t for me. This season isn’t looking pretty...
  9. I’m talking about the results section on Grad Cafe, not the Berkeley website https://www.thegradcafe.com/survey/
  11. I was waitlisted for funding from Rensselaer's STS PhD, and I am devestated. Program director said I am high on the waiting list and there are three outstanding offers. All this coming about 4 hours after waking up at 6am to a rejection from UCLA. I'm pretty down in the dumps right now.
  12. Do you have an advisor or POI already picked out/that you have communicated with? Often when communicating with the department itself, they will only give official answers, whereas you would have a better guage when talking to a specific point person in the department. I would use this time and uncertainty to talk with professors/advisors/POI to see what funding history has been in the past, what - if any - opportunities they may specifically have, and really find out in previous years what has occured with funding. If you're worried about that, ask for some current graduate students in t
  13. Thank you so much, good luck to you as well! I really hope that’s the case. I’m not trying to be super optimistic because it is my dream program. But I had the same issue you did, I was so hesitant to email them because I didn’t want to have such a direct rejection. But maybe you should too! Best of luck to you, and thank you again
  14. I applied to Berkeley’s ESPM program and saw on the results section that some people already got in at the end of January, and I still hadn’t heard anything or gotten an update on the portal. Some one on the results page emailed their POI, who told them that they didn’t make it in. I decided to email the department, not my POI, and ask about my status on Friday. They emailed me today and said “All applications will be updated by mid March when decisions are made. Thank you for your patience.” Does this mean they’re still considering me? Could I be waitlisted? Or could they just hav
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