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  1. This sounds unacceptable to me. Does your university have an ombudsman, or is there a mentor that you trust?
  2. There's no way to tell because it depends on how everyone else interviewed at that program. How will worrying be useful? 🙂
  3. I'm very sorry to hear this and I'm glad you're reaching out for help. Rejection is never fun. I have a short story that might be useful. When I was in grad school I was working at a lock down facility for juveniles. At one point, three of the clients that I had "successfully discharged" had reoffended and were back at the placement. I felt like a total failure as a therapist and questioned why I was even dedicating my life to this. When I was talking to my supervisor about it, he reminded me that our identity is largely made up of the what we spend our time doing. In grad school, I
  4. Letters of recommendation are also used to evaluate professionalism, not just attest to your ability to research or likelihood of succeeding in the program. While your managers are able to speak to that, it is still better to get an academic recommendation.
  5. That's interesting. I was waiting to see if others also had this experience. We were always told not to ask this, but I'm not sure why. My assumption is that it's just to figure out who their competitors are. I don't think they are using it to judge your application. If I got an application with that question and it said "no," I would just assume it meant the student doesn't want to say.
  6. While the topics of your study are outside of my area, I will say that it's not uncommon for grad applicants to change focus from undergrad to grad. With this in mind, it would make sense that one's referees might be from different areas. We look at applications and try to judge interest and aptitude and look for how the student's aims line up with the program's goals and objectives. LORs can be one metric of this, but we also look at them for evidence of professionalism. Does it show the effort you put into your studies? Did the prof enjoy working with you? Were you timely with assignments a
  7. Have you checked to see if some of the student clubs are still meeting, either in person distanced or online? You can (should, really) also get involved in special projects or functions, like student governance or task forces (e.g., we have a group on campus called Committee for Equity and Justice that involves students in planning events or protesting). Just some ideas, but you may meet others while also getting good fodder for your vita.
  8. Haha, I'm such a nerd. I've seen this topic on the forum for months and thought it was for sharing interesting vocabulary words. Block Party
  9. We have students come to our program from different backgrounds somewhat regularly. It's a small percentage of applicants, and in some cases they make a good case for why they want to move to the new field and show that they have the aptitude for it. It's not a barrier in and of itself, and in some cases the different background adds good diversity to our cohorts.
  10. Could mean anything. Nothing to do but wait and see.
  11. I don't think so. It seems like such an outlier I can't imagine it would matter. To be honest, there are many areas of your application that will get more attention than your transcripts.
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