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  1. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    I wonder why they haven't sent out my rejection yet haha. Nice of them to leave my life on hold longer than necessary!
  2. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    Can I ask what POI at OSU? I was thinking of applying there and am just curious. Also, (to the general forum) any updates on when Harvard EPS decisions go out? I see some people posting on the results page but haven't heard anything yet.
  3. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    Yeah, honestly if a professor is the latter it's probably a sign I don't want to work for them anyway. I've heard from many professors that they don't even glance at GRE scores so. Yeah, I'm like this too. Which is, in part, why I ran out of time on the GRE. The whole "being treated like I was in a high security prison" thing during the test didn't help with my anxiety either.
  4. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    The fact that its designed to be a "trap" speaks volumes about the value of the test itself. I got by on mostly scholarships and grants with a bit of loans on the side so no I did not spend that kind of money, but it's pretty bold of you to assume you know how "poor" I am. Yikes! Judging by the fact that you apparently have $50-150k to fork over for college, I'm guessing you don't actually know people who are actually poor lol. And here are multiple studies that say otherwise. [1] [2] [3] [4] ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But I'm not going to argue with you. If you want to worship the GRE as a holy grail tell-all of someones worth as a student instead of an indicator of socioeconomic status, go for it!
  5. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    Basically the people who can pay hundreds and hundreds (or thousands) of dollars to retake the GRE over and over to get a perfect score are, imo, paying to win. Because in the end, a high GRE score doesn't mean much when it comes to predicting grad student success.
  6. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    Yeah I know I should retake the GRE. But I'd rather get into a mediocre school than pay-to-win and get in at a "top tier" school. I signed up to take the GRE like a week before test date. Given that I've taken and done well in Calc I-III, differential equations, linear algebra, partial differential equations, and even tensor calculus I figured it wouldn't be a problem for me. I got to the test and it was all questions like "Paul is Sarah's cousin. Sarah is George's sister. George is Sally's great grandfather. How is Sally related to Paul?" which, imo, is not math. The questions weren't hard, they were time consuming, so I ended up running out of time and not being able to finish them all which is I'm sure why I got this quant score. Also, Its nice that $200 isn't alot of money to you but for us who are "dirt poor", as you put it.. it is. Haha.
  7. rockwizard

    Rejected from PhD program - won't tell me why.

    Maybe they are not taking PhD students, maybe they don't have funding, maybe they don't thinking research interests align, maybe one of them is trying to go on sabbatical/retire/etc. There's a lot of possible reasons why they would reject that you shouldn't take personal.
  8. rockwizard

    Rejected from PhD program - won't tell me why.

    What do you mean by staff? Are you currently a masters student and are a research/teaching assistant?
  9. rockwizard

    Rejected from PhD program - won't tell me why.

    Not sure. I mean, they could just argue that your personality wasn't the right fit for the department if you bring up laws. I would move on, personally.
  10. rockwizard

    Rejected from PhD program - won't tell me why.

    I mean, it would depend on what sort of... "complaint" it was. Committees can technically reject you for pretty much any reason...
  11. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    Right on. Sorry to hear you had to go through this too! Did you end up working in industry for a bit then? And yes, still waiting to hear from Harvard. At this point I'm fairly certain I am probably just being filtered out by GPA and GRE so I am expecting a rejection from them as well despite me having been in contact with the POI over email and phone previously.
  12. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    Yeah I noticed that lumping with astro/physics people. I felt like, as a geophysics major I was going to be somewhat competitive background-wise but I guess not. I may consider re-applying next year perhaps I will get into mudlogging or something to try to get my foot in the door in industry instead. Not sure what else to do without spending years waiting/putting my life on hold and spending hundreds of more dollars to apply and retake GRE to look more competitive on paper. ? This sucks.
  13. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    Eh, I thought so too. But after looking at a lot of POI's current student's CVs I was convinced otherwise.
  14. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    Well, there it is! Heard back from 2/3 schools so far. All rejections. I really thought I had the research background necessary to go from undergrad to PhD. Maybe planetary science isn't for me. Kinda bummed I got this degree cos there aren't many jobs available in industry with it either. *DJ Khaled voice* Congrats, you played yourself.
  15. rockwizard

    How are the 2019 applications coming

    Roger Fu. Although I stated I'd be happy to work with Jeremy Bloxham as well since he does similar work.
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