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  1. The grad student I stayed with lived in a pretty big 1-bedroom apartment for $650 a month and she said it was only "so much" because she found it at the last second. I think you can share a 2-bedroom for like $400 each, it's dirt cheap.
  2. Wow, this is a tough situation, I'm sorry! I had a few waves of post-decision regret but they came and went very quickly, and never to the point where I thought I made the wrong decision. If these feelings were lingering, as they are for you, I'm not entirely sure what I would do. As much as I wouldn't want to seem like a dog with my tail between my legs, if I really felt that I made the wrong decision I would probably contact NYU and be very honest and ask if there is still a chance I could get my spot back. If not, then I would thank them for checking and go with UW with my chin held high (Seattle is awesome anyway, I'd love to live there). If I could still get into NYU, and I were 100% sure it was worth it, I would contact UW and probably tell them that I got off of a wait list at my dream school (a white lie seems appropriate here) and I was terribly sorry to renege my acceptance but I must. If you've thought about everything- your advisor's personality, advisor's reputation, advisor's students' success rates, location, cost of living, lifestyle, etc. etc. etc.- and you are sure that NYU is where you belong and that it's not just because you're a little scared about graduate school (secret: we all are), then seize the day! I was hesitant about asking a school about something and my Grandpa said, "Honey, now is not the time to be shy," and he is so right. This is your only chance, so if you're sure about it then I think you should at least try. Good luck and let us know how it turns out
  3. I agree, I called or e-mailed all of my schools to make sure that my application was complete. Then I called or emailed to find out about interviews because I knew that a lot of them were on the same dates. They're just graduate secretaries, they're not scary/famous/mean, and you don't even have to say your name most of the time....
  4. I would call the grad secretary and ask what's up, I'm not sure why people are so hesitant to call them... :?:
  5. Practices tests are not an indication. On my last practice test I scored a 710 on verbal, when I took the real test I got a 540. Thankfully I'm in the sciences so it didn't really matter but still that's a huge difference!
  6. I think it is VERY inappropriate. I have several schools that I haven't heard a word from and I would never consider asking for my money back. I even had a school that informed me in February that they just realized they have no funding and can't take any new students and I didn't ask for my money back there. I knew what the costs were when I went into this process and I don't think it's fair to ask for a refund because of poor communication. Plus, this is just graduate school, I very well may be contacting these people in 5-6 years for a post-doc position and I do not want to burn any bridges. Yes it is a very expensive process and if you don't get in anywhere it sucks big time, but in my opinion it is quite poor form to ask for your ~$60 application fee back. I'm sure I over $1,500 on this whole process but a quick calculation puts my 5 year pay back at well over 100k in stipend alone, and 200k if we include out-of-state tuition and health insurance. Considering that, it would feel like wrong to me to ask for a few hundred bucks back....
  7. I had the oh-god-what-have-I-done feeling for a few days after I made my decision. I actually didn't choose the school that I had a gut feeling about, because I quickly realized that my gut was wrong! I didn't love the school I chose when I interviewed for a few reasons: it was my first visit, I had the flu, I had preconceived notions about the school and city, and I was with another girl vying for the same spot and she was being very competitive with me the whole time. However, the faculty were fabulous, the students all seemed very happy, former students are doing extremely well, and people can't stop saying great things about my advisor there. I really liked my 2nd choice but I'm not entirely sure why- I would be the advisor's first grad student, it's not a great location, the students did not seem too happy, and a former student said my other choice might be better. For some reason my "gut" immediately liked that one better, but my brain knew better and after a few weeks I realized that the first one was clearly the best choice. So first impressions can be important, but with a huge decision like this I needed to ruminate!
  8. Oooooh a bit territorial aren't we? HAHA sorry lame joke. And poo on you too!
  9. I was on a wait list for funding at Tufts but about a week or two ago I got an email that the funding offers were all taken. Good school, awesome city, but I realize a pretty bad research match compared to the others I got into.
  10. Ahem, "Regional definitions vary from source to source. The states shown in dark red are usually included, while all or portions of the striped states may or may not be considered part of the Midwestern United States. Kentucky and West Virginia are generally included in the South and Pennsylvania is usually included in the Mid-Atlantic, but regions of these states are often included in the Midwest in maps, descriptions, and cultural delineations." So we are both right. And yes, I meant the part of the Midwest that I had been referring to the entire topic, I'm sure if you go North there are some bigger mountains. But I still don't know many people who go to Minnesota for ski week :wink:
  11. I was second guessing myself for turning down Indiana! The grass is always greener :wink:
  12. CALL THEM ASAP and figure out which letter is the correct one. They'd get knocked down a few notches in my book for the mix-up, but if you loved it and they really accepted you congratulations!
  13. Well it would suck to do it, but yes you can you won't get arrested or anything. If I were in your situation I would have done the same thing, accept the best offer and then wait to hear on the wait-listed one. If I got into my favorite program, I would accept it and kindly explain to the other school what happened. I'm sure it happens now and then, they'll still be annoyed but in my opinion you have to do what's best for you. Good luck!
  14. I did the same thing for Purdue last week and almost cried! I loved it too, but apparently I had to make a decision :cry: Oh well, no snow this way....
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