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  1. air_supply_fan

    UCLA Political Science

    i had wanted to apply to the poli sci dept at ucla first. but then i emailed one of the students there and she said the funding opportunities are extremely competitive. she said they would rank grad students based on gpa and decide on who gets funded. that scared me away. do they really not guarantee four years of funding?
  2. air_supply_fan

    Is getting rejected almost everywhere normal?

    yeah, i do see the whole application process needs some luck too. aside from that, there are a lot of random factors. i got funding from one of the top programs in my field while one of my friends didn't, although my friend had far more conference papers and i personally believe my friend is a stronger applicant than me. i always believed she would get funding and i would be rejected. my strength (i guess) is that my current and future research interests/plans mesh more with what the profs in the top program are doing. it would be best if you could ask the top programs why you got rejected; that would definitely help you get an idea of your weaknesses.
  3. air_supply_fan

    Madison, WI

    does anyone know any informal forums where students in uw-m post info about seeking roommates? i know some schools have such sites. thanks.
  4. air_supply_fan

    UW-Madison?

    sweet, pistolwink, there is a lot of collaborative work between these two schools/depts. i just wanted to find a cheap, but not too shabby, place to live, b/c i like to study in my office most of the time and i wanted to save money. not quite sure about the bus system there. as along as the apt is on the bus route, i guess it also sound good. it seems like many people talk about bicycling around. is it a good way to go to school?
  5. air_supply_fan

    Madison, WI

    i've checked out the CIVC site. but the ones i'm looking for are so expensive to me, and a lot of are looking for women roomies :-( right now, i'm living in a three-bedroom apt and the three of us pay 700 per month totally for the rent (excluding utilities and all). so i was expecting to find below $300 per person rent in a 2-to-4-bedroom apt. is it possible? i'm thinking of moving in around mid-august. i could move in earlier in june or july if there are good deals avaiable. jennesy, do you know where the Vilas Hall (821 University Avenue) is. is to on the east or west side of the campus?
  6. air_supply_fan

    Statement of Purpose-Mention Professor names?

    personally, i mentioned the names of profs in all of my personal statements. i guess it's b/c i'm applying to a ph.d. program and i wanted to show i'm focused and know exactly what i want to do. i usually mentioned three profs who are doing research in my area. from this you can see that the programs i'm applying to are all very strong in my area in that they have quite a few profs with the same interest. i know these profs are all close friends judging on the large number of papers they co-authored. and btw, the DGS of all the programs i got into are working in my area. don't know whether that's a benefit or not.
  7. air_supply_fan

    UW-Madison?

    i've decided to go to wisconsin-madison for my ph.d. in mass comm. anyone going too? do i need to put on layers of clothes in the winter? i'm in a cold state, but most of the time, i just put on an overcoat and a tee on the way and in the classroom i just wear tees. does that work in madison?
  8. air_supply_fan

    Madison, WI

    I've decided to go to Wisconsin-Madision for my Ph.D. studies. Can anyone tell me something about which part is a better place to live for grad students (not too loud; not too many parties; cheap rent). how much does a three-bedroom apt usually cost? That's what I'm thinking, sharing a three-bedroom apt, coz i suppose that would help save money. (if anyone would like to start up a group now, that would be great) plus, i'm going to the school of journalism and mass comm. if anyone knows about this school, i'm definitely interested in learning more about it. thanks.
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    Harris School PhD vs. WWS PhD

    i would go with WWS....................
  10. air_supply_fan

    University of Missouri School of Journalism

    i know some people who have already been admitted. funding decisions they say are yet to be made..............
  11. air_supply_fan

    Aughhh. Help me decide

    it's indeed hard to decide. i thought you really need to make sure the prof in CHOICE 2 is nice to work with. when you visited their dept, you should tried to find this out. personally, i don't care about the location (unless you are studying journalism or business of course) or the amount of money (as long as it reaches the bottom line). i would think more about the possibility of working with great people who can help me find a good teaching position. believe me, my situation is far more complicated :-(
  12. air_supply_fan

    UW-Madison?

    really? i'm thinking of attending their journalism and mass communicaiton program. how is that one? it has a pretty good reputation in the field, but i find there are lots of new profs who just came to teach in the last five years and don't see any really "old" profs in that school. muse, do you know about that school?
  13. air_supply_fan

    Columbus, OH

    yin-bodhi, thanks for all the info. it's been really helpful. i was wondering whether you know anything about the weather (or other stuff) in madison, wisconsin? is the weather (or other stuff) better than madison?
  14. air_supply_fan

    UW-Madison?

    OMG, is the weather really that bad? How can you work efficiently in such cold weather? Wasn't I told by someone that it was ranked the Best City to Live in the United States?! How about its career prospectives? Is it easy to find good internships there? One prof told me that a lot of students leave Minnesota when they graduate from UMinnesota, coz it's too cold there. Is it the same with UW-M?
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    Advice on Deciding

    i guess i would definitely try to visit the schools and interact with the profs and students there (like you are already trying to do now). i would try to see whether there are any profs there who are doing the kind of stuff i'm interested in, coz sometimes what they are really doing are a little bit different from what their websites describe. or i would try to see whether there is a really prominent prof there (huge reputation, large network with other big names in the field, supporting students, willingness to help students find good jobs) and see whether i could work with him/her. that's just my personal opinion. or if you really want to go to a top school, take a couple more years off and strengthen your resume/CV. then apply again. but there's still hope, honestly. big offers might still be waiting for you. many overachievers have a bunch of offers in their hands now, and some won't decline those offers till just before April 15. some offers (not many though) will come out around that time i suspect. but anyways, keep showing your interest in those school that admit you or give you offers. that's at least what i would do. let's hear what other people say.
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