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    2020 Fall
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  1. Phoenix88

    Boulder, CO

    Hi @LCZ! A lot of topics have already been covered, but be sure you know about: Living closer to campus and paying way more, versus living further and paying less, but a bit less connectivity (although living in Boulder hasn't been super connected these days with Covid stuff, and people generally being flaky). Boulder is more like a large town, or a very small city, than you realize before you get here. Lots of driving/buses from place to place to meet people, between "suburbs" and other cities as well at times too. However, there are lots of hikes within driving dis
  2. A lot can go on in a week in a professor's calendar. Since the interviewers are often professors themselves, they may not have gotten around to finalizing decisions, or drafting letters of acceptance or rejection within a week. I'd give it one more week and then maybe reach out to the department administration department to get a better timeline!
  3. @jlbr As a caveat, I can't speak for the University of Maryland, but I can speak on my experience with the application process. I know that they may have invited so many people expecting that many of them would have turned down the potential Maryland offer for other schools, firstly. Secondly, did you ask them about their research as well, or indicate that you had looked at their past work? That's an indicator of their interest in you. It seems counterintuitive, but they don't have the time to go through student files, not even the ones who they are interviewing with. So it's large
  4. @redhartI totally understand. I moved from an undergrad school that was a bit better than average, to a school, which although not internationally known, is one of the best in the country in my area! Last semester was a total trainwreck, and both semesters I've had to drop to 2 classes to keep up (even though this semester, I didn't have to be a TA, I need to get better grades, and on top of having to move again and a RIDICULOUS amount of work on a fellowship, I needed to be realistic.) I've been creative with trying to socialize a bit, and fortunately, my partner was able to move to ano
  5. Congrats @Jessica2020 ! I'd totally agree with Supe's viewpoint there, you'll have to put your best foot forward at the recruitment event before admission. Try to connect with the faculty that do the work that excites you and let your passion shine through. Best of luck!
  6. I'm glad that I was able to help you out! I'm surprised that POIs at other schools are reaching out to you though! Maybe it's a field-dependent thing. Engineering professors definitely pride themselves in being too busy for their own good. But yeah, it's good that you see the value in networking at the recruitment event, it should really help you out as long as you put the energy in. Emailing the profs should double up on the efficiency as well. Best of luck, and feel free to reach out via PM if you need more help!
  7. @Supe Have you emailed or reached out to any of the professors that you are interested in working with? During my application process in 2019-2020, I never had a professor that I was interested in working with contact me directly from the application process. Even if you list them directly, most of the time they are too busy to scan through and reach out. They may not even know your specific interests, depending on what part of the application they saw (if any)! To hear from them, I would have to email them, and hope they would get back to me. I got about 70% of them get back to me even
  8. I hope you've heard back at this point! Haven't been on the platform in a while either. Do know that things will work out in the end. I didn't end up with the advisor or the place I expected, but it still seems to be a good fit for me and what I want to do. You can make it work out somehow. If the POI can't answer your emails now, it would probably get worse later on (trust me, I've done research with those "too busy for anything" professors before). I know Notre Dame is rough to lose (I definitely was disappointed at my rejections as well), but maybe it's a sign better things are
  9. Mvem, I'm sorry to hear that you were put into the back of the pile due to the pandemic. How often did you contact your POI after he asked for the follow up meeting? In my experience, many professors have had their workload significantly increase due to Covid, and your email may have gone unnoticed if you only reached out once. I am surprised you waited for this school in particular, was it the only one you applied for? At this point, it honestly depends on the professor. Some may tell you to reapply for next year, some may accept you with open arms for the spring (but may or may n
  10. @Starie that is tough news! I'm sorry that you have to go through that for the fall. It will not be an easy start to grad school. Hopefully some of the social things will start opening up over time so you can make those vital connections. I'm still waiting on my side. CU Boulder is not sure yet on what they will do, they are still weighing options. We'll see....
  11. I do think that it should! I know of a couple people who were able to work with the professor, or get into the school they wanted, because they had that funding. It all came down to the extra funding they had that the school couldn't provide for them. At the very least, having that gives you a negotiation point to speak to your program or professor of interest. They are taking less of a risk on you if they don't have to fund you, so they would be way more likely to consider your application.
  12. Where did everyone else decide to go? In the midst of the Covid crisis, I'm sure it has pushed back some decisions, but I'm curious on what everyone decided on!
  13. This actually happened at my undergrad university this semester, with one of my labmates who was in her PhD studies. She was randomly placed into a course for TA-ship, and it happened to be a course she was planning on taking the upcoming semester. Apparently there weren't so many qualified students available to TA at the time (the mechanical department, which she and I were both in this semester, at our university has only a few dozen MS and PhD students.) She also had to submit her work early, but she was struggling to learn the material early, as well as help others in the class. I sa
  14. @boulderbound what program will your wife be going into? And I know a few people in town, mostly from the PhD visit day, but one from a conference as well, and a couple people in Colorado from my university (one in Denver, and one in Colorado Springs!) As for housing, I'm working on figuring that out! I'm trying to move out there with my partner, who is looking for a job in software engineering, but is international. As he is not able to go for many of the jobs in Boulder (due to US security reasons in the aerospace sector), he is looking for jobs in other cities and towns nearby. If he
  15. Phoenix88

    Cincinnati, OH

    @Su08 Feel free to message me! No worries, and good luck! It can be hard to find spots exactly where you want to live sometimes. I know how intimidating it can be to move to another country (as I've done it twice!), so I am glad you are reaching out for help before moving to Cincy!
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