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  1. I would check the results section and see the pattern of acceptance from last year and if there are any acceptance sent now. You can get clear idea of your situation from that. But generally, Jan/early Feb are the first round of acceptance and Late Feb/early March is a second round, but it really differs between schools.
  2. Congratulations! Hope you find fellow students here with similar situation to share their experience. I would like to add that I know a colleague with a 2 kids and she treats PhD as a full time job 9-5 and free herself afterwards. She is definitely more structured than your average student.
  3. It is very hard to tell without knowing your goal from getting masters. Professional masters usually emphasize technical training and in-demand skills in the industry while master science is more theoretically-oriented.
  4. Deep work was one of the most influential books I read from last year. It really helped me cut out many distractions and focus on task in hand, my interaction with social media changed drastically after reading the book.
  5. Congrats on the scholarship ! I was in similar boat, it should not hurt but you do get considered on some schools that hand out unfunded acceptance for PhD (which are usually considered as soft rejection). For labs/professors, if they have time and you impressed them enough, it will certainly increases your chances of getting into their team. Many of the professors I was interested in didn't have any funding left to accept any new applicants. You,should, however, make sure that you mention that you are fully funded when contacting professors/in your SOP etc! Best of luck!
  6. Highly recommend these books! Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - by Cal Newport Thinking, Fast and Slow - by Daniel Kahneman Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - by Steven Levy The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future - By Carrol, Ryder Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odd - By Goggins, David The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles - By Nisan, Noam, Shimon Schocken Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software - By Petzold, Charles
  7. Congrats on getting accepted! Some professors are really bad with emails and they get plenty, since you got in you are able to join the visit day and hopefully found him or their students there. But do not limit your POI to a single person per university, hopefully there is more than one Email them again, go to visit day, and possible schedule an interview Also which program/university you got in ? Good luck!
  8. I met a lot of my friends from being involved in actives and organizations that are outside the university, definitely try that! I also heard good things about meetup.com !
  9. You can also check the average GRE in usnews.com for your university and program. Being around the average would probably not hurt your profile. Usually there is explicit cutoff for TOEFL but I didn't see it for GRE, unless yours are very bad, and 150V seems ok for STEM.
  10. It also depends on your targeted program. 150V is very low for humanities for example but in STEM you might get in. Some programs explicitly mention their minimum on their web page, and sometimes they will give their average.
  11. My best advice would be not to get too emotionally attached one one particular university you applied to, once you get acceptance then do :)
  12. For many schools, it is the POI/lab that make the final decisions. Sometimes during the application will explicitly ask you to point the top 3 professors you are most interested in. I personally always mention at least 3 and how they fit into my interest. Do not restrict yourself to one professor or mention many, concise list of 2-4 should be good Good luck!
  13. I would personally go there with an open, see the place, talk to people and just gauge how fit you are there. There is more to school then ranking!
  14. There is no one reason you will get rejected, every university has its own criteria and filtering and their view of how fit is your profile to them and their needs. On the bright side your profile will certainly improve for next season, get the GRE high and hopefully you will get a couple of more publications done. Aside from that, try your best in making sure you tailor your statement of purpose for each university you apply to. Be specific why you want to join the university, what professors interest you and how you believe their work and yours fit together.
  15. Official transcript is usually requested after acceptance! Congrats
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