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  1. mysteriousmartel

    Japanese Major Applying to Engineering School

    Hi everyone, I have a bachelor's of arts in Japanese after graduating in 2015, but since then I've wanted to change career paths from the translation work I do now in order to become an engineer. I've already taken the GRE, and I'm currently enrolled in online calculus courses. The concern I have is that, based on my transcripts, I will never get accepted by any school unless I seek another bachelor's in math/science/engineering. I've looked into the LEAP program at Boston University, which seems like the easiest option to apply to, but I would also like to try to apply to other schools (UW Madison, UMass Amherst, etc.), as they have more renowned programs. Is there anyone out there that can give me advice on how I can go about this? I'm willing to take more online courses, but maybe there's someone out there who's gone through a similar situation and can give me some tips on what to do. I have from now until next fall (2018) while I complete my employment contract to put plans in motion. I was hoping to get in school by fall of next year, but if that seems implausible, I'll take any advice I can get. Thanks!
  2. Just wanted thoughts on going to graduate in state at the same university as your undergraduate degree versus out of state (A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE). I've gotten some offers out of state at really good schools, but is it worth expensive tuition? I know that for my degree, it's only five semester. Three of those will be out of state tuition while the last two will be in state tuition.
  3. kt__w

    This is my square one

    This is my literal day one, I graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 2009. After a discouraging conversation with a trusted academic advisor who pushed me to explore my employment options outside academia, I did not pursue any postgrad degree. I find myself at 31 and have spent the last 7 years in the food service industry partly due to family and financial reasons. I know I need to take the GRE to begin with, I am more looking for what else I can be doing to "beef up" my extracurriculars (field schools, volunteering, etc). Also if there is a time period to frame my expectations in between now and when I will be ready to apply. Any advice would help a lot, thanks.
  4. If possible, could someone help me reading my practice essay for the AWA section of the GRE? Thanks!
  5. I applied back in November and got an email from in January that they reviewed my application and I need to update my resume to how they wanted it. A few days after that email I saw that people started receiving acceptances. I waited a few weeks and decided to call and ask about the time frame they expect all decisions to be made. They told me I should know by March 1st. It is now almost a day away and I still have not heard anything. Should I just count myself out of the running?
  6. delicateriver

    Low Gpa what to do?

    Hi guys, I'm sure this topic pops up every know and then so I basically have cumulative GPA of 2.453 and my major which is psychology has a GPA of 2.86. The reason I messed up with my gpa was I was going through some mental health issues and my grandmother had passed away in the middle of all of that I am prepping for the GRE like hardcore and am hoping to apply for the fall of 2017 counseling/psychology masters program I have no idea if I should just expect rejection or if I have any shot of getting in anywhere what do you guys think I should do? Any advice is welcomed thanks!
  7. Hello everyone, I am in a tough situation right now so I'd really appreciate it if anyone can give me some advice. I have been accepted to 2 of the 6 schools I have applied to. They are my number 3 and 4 schools so I am pretty pleased. Simon Fraser offered me a full ride plus TA positions on February 7. However, they want me to reply to their offer by February 21. Even though I am very excited about the offer, I'd still like to hear back from my top 2 schools before I make any final decisions. I am thinking of a way to communicate it to SFU without making them sound like they are a backup plan or being disrespectful to the department, especially when they offer me a lot of money. If anyone would help me with a sample template of email to request a deadline extension or something along the line, it'd be very much appreciated! Thank you so much!
  8. Hello all, I'm in a rather interesting situation, and i'm hoping i can get some advice. I have an undergrad in psychology and an MS in criminal justice. I've been struggling to find a job lately, and i think it is partially due to the fact that i did my program online (from a reputable school, however). I wasn't able to attend any networking events or truly get to know my professors. I've also found myself very interested in epidemiological criminology (EpiCrim for short). I've been considering an MPH or a PhD in criminal justice. The MPH is from GSU, and they have research projects specifically in violence and mental health. A great combo for me! However, if i get more education, i would really like to know the employment outlook for an epidemiologist. Grad school is very expensive, and i have a decent amount of debt as it is. I've heard mixed things...some people say MPH is worthless if you don't have an MD to go with it, others say it's a great degree to get. Can someone elaborate on this? I just have to make sure i'm not screwed if i get this degree (to put it bluntly). Also, which is the better concentration for jobs - epi or biostats? Thank you so much!
  9. Hi I submitted my Msc application at 30 Jan. This program will shtart at May. But the admission office said My transcript was not the final one since the last year's grades and courses were missing. My last undergraduate study was a internship program in a lab so there are no course and just one grades for the internship program. How to explain this situation for the office. I am truly hope to Join in this program and I have get the agreement from the professor so I need to be accept by this program. Please help me. Thank you so much.
  10. Hello, After a great chat over the phone with my potential advisor at Simon Fraser University, I received an offer of acceptance from the school immediately! However, the school wants me to decide whether I accept or reject their offer by Feb 21, 2017. This is one of my top schools but I still am waiting to hear back from Oxford and LSE, and I am pretty sure I won't hear back until early March. How do I request SFU to give me more time to decide on the offer? Any help will be appreciated! Thank you so much! Bella
  11. I posted this in the Social Work thread but thought it would be better to post it here: I applied to CSU San Marcos on January 3rd with my transcripts from the 4 year university i went to, the 3 letters of recommendation and my personal narrative. Today I get an email stating that I need to send in transcripts from Mira Costa Community College ( I took a summer class there years ago). I'm very frustrated that it took the university a whole month to contact me. On top of that I have now found out that I am not in the priority applicant pool anymore. I know it is my responsibility to have the transcripts in, but it is also the universities responsibility to communicate accordingly and I don't feel that has happened. To make things worse, my father has emailed the Department Chair of the MSW Program asking that once my transcripts are recieved to be put back in the priority pool. Now I didn't ask him to do this, he did this on his own without talking to me. So my question is: am I in the wrong to feel this way? What can I do?
  12. I applied to CSU San Marcos on January 3rd with my transcripts from the 4 year university i went to, the 3 letters of recommendation and my personal narrative. Today I get an email stating that I need to send in transcripts from Mira Costa Community College ( I took a summer class there years ago). I'm very frustrated that it took the university a whole month to contact me. On top of that I have now found out that I am not in the priority applicant pool anymore. I know it is my responsibility to have the transcripts in, but it is also the universities responsibility to communicate accordingly and I don't feel that has happened. To make things worse, my father has emailed the Department Chair of the MSW Program asking that once my transcripts are recieved to be put back in the priority pool. Now I didn't ask him to do this, he did this on his own without talking to me. So my question is: am I in the wrong to feel this way? What can I do?
  13. Hello everyone, I am trying to get a feel if I am competitive for the International Affairs or public policy programs I want to attend, and if there is anything else I can do to help my admission chances. Here is a basic look over my resume/ transcript. Program: UPitt GSPIA, Korbel, Fletcher, NYU any other suggestions would be nice Field of Study: International Security University: Senior Military College/ regional public university Major/Minor: B.A in International Affairs, Minor in Organizational Leadership and European History GPA: 3.2 GRE: 165 V 163 Age: 23 Experience: 6 month internship to NATO School Oberammergau working with the academic department in Germany. I also had a 3 month internship at NATO LANDCOM HQ in Izmir, Turkey working with public relations. Enlisted in the National Guard out of high school as an Infantryman (no skills there), and I am commissioning into the Army national guard as a CBRN officer (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear). I have received a ton of certificates from time with the NATO School from all different areas of interest. LOR: I have one from the dean of academics at the NSO Oberammergau, Germany writing a letter. My department head for my program is also writing out a recommendation. I also have other professors who could write stellar LORs. Activities: Model UN president, Allied club secretary, along with other leadership positions in ROTC that don’t matter that much. I had a few part-time jobs and a study abroad to the Baltic nations for a semester. Languages: Fluent English, intermediate Turkish, and basic level German and Russian picked up from courses and travel. I have a rather low disappointing GPA, this and my unknown regional university will probably keep me from going that far. What should I do, retake the GRE? Take a few graduate courses? Any input will help. thank you!
  14. mhoffman9

    Osteoarchaeology Masters Program

    Hello all, I'm excited to have found this great resource, so I'm hoping to find someone that can help me out and give me some great suggestions. For the longest time, I was convinced that forensic anthropology was the route to go with the job market being okay and there being plenty of schools for the degree. After I visited some graduate schools, I decided to stick with my true interest: Osteoarchaeology! Now, I'm having a hard time finding schools that would give me what I need to continue on that path. The schools I visited were small and I was really happy about the close-knit feeling of the programs. I'm keeping the University of Indianapolis on my list for their Anthropology program, but I don't know if it will be exactly what I need for my future. Does anyone have suggestions as to which schools I should look into that focus heavily on osteology? My preference is for a small, but well funded program so that I can get the attention and focus I would like to experience. Thank you for all your help! Megan
  15. I recently applied to doctoral programs within clinical psychology, but it looks like I am probably not going to get accepted. I was wondering if I should take a year break (volunteer at a research lab, improve my GRE score, and work at community mental health/something psych related) or should I go straight to masters? Also if I choose to take a year break what is some advice that could be given because I'm kind of worried about my job prospects. I have a 3.95 gpa, I'm president of my psychology club, my gre scores are verbal:155, quant: 151, writing:5. I currently work in a lab and I am working on my honors thesis, but these are somewhat unrelated to future research topics that I would like to delve into during graduate school. I need opinions on what I can do next!! Also if I do choose to volunteer at a research lab how do I get in contact with a professor (specifically one out of state since I am more than willing to move)?
  16. I've decided to apply to a program where the deadline is in 5 days. Two of my letter writers have written letters for me in the past, so they would just have to tweak them a little, and they are laid back enough that I don't expect them to be (very) upset when I ask them on short notice. However, I am very worried about asking the third. To be perfectly candid, I suffer from serious anxiety, and a lot has happened lately that has really triggered it. Of course, having put things off to the last minute, I am feeling even more anxious. I wholly understand that and have scolded myself for it repeatedly, I assure you. This professor is either very warm or very cold, and honestly it seems to depend on her mood that day, but I think she would be able to write a strong letter for me if she agrees to do it. Even if the institution receives it late, it would be better than nothing. My concern is I really do not want to offend her by asking for something on such short notice, and I don't want her to think that I was being irresponsible. I know, in some ways that might not be off, but I became so obsessed with doing things right, I completely froze. I know that revealing mental health issues is kind of a big "no no" when you want to assure programs you are stable enough to complete the program. My therapist suggests I do not offer "explanation" but apologize profusely and perhaps leave her a voicemail in addition to an email. It would be very hard to meet with her in person without setting up a meeting since it is winter break, and she is seldom in her office anyway. I am a bit concerned that zero explanation of any sort will cause problems. My plan was to write the email/leave a voicemail where I apologize a lot and outline the reasons I really value her as a professor and mentor. I was going to attach my SOP and CV and ask what else she may need. I was also going to include copies of my final papers/projects from her classes, but those have been lost. Has anyone ever had to do this before? Ideas of how to do this correctly? I do not want to damage my relationship with her when asking for help.
  17. worked hard for 3 months and finally had a decent GRE scores. Now, writing SOP! 1:00-7:00 sleep, dreaming about writing SOP 8:00 should I write SOP? Not now, have a class at 8:30, later. 9:00 should I write SOP? Not now, in the class, later. 10:00 should I write SOP? Not now, hungry go to starbucks, later. 11:00 should I write SOP? Not now, have a prelab, later. 12:00 should I write SOP? Not now, have a class at 12:30, later. 13:00 should I write SOP? Not now, in the class, later. 14:00 should I write SOP? Not now, so tired and have a class on 15:30, later. 15:00 should I write SOP? Not now, hungry and in the class, later. 16:00 should I write SOP? WRITE THE SOP NOW and ended up with 1st paragraph, I'll continue later. 17:00 should I write SOP? Not now, already finished the 1st paragraph no worries we have time, later. 18:00 should I write SOP? Not now, dinner with friends, later. 19:00 should I write SOP? Not now, dinner and after-dinner starbucks, later. 20:00 should I write SOP? Not now, too full to think, later. 21:00 should I write SOP? Not now, WHAT !? HOMEWORK DUE TOMORROW !? later. 22:00 should I write SOP? Not now, doing hw, later. 23:00 should I write SOP? Not now, doing hw while watching netflix, later. 24:00 should I write SOP? Not now, writing this useless thing on Grad Cafe, later. repeat. I NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. Hi everyone! I am a recent graduate from CSULB. I am applying to a MSW program for Fall 2017, but I am lost in my journey. I have a few questions for anyone who can answer them.I am considering applying to CSULB, CSUF and CSULA. I will be paying for school all on my own and I still have undergrad loans so I am looking for something affordable but a good school. What is the cost for the MSW program at each school? What are current students paying? What time are classes? I've heard they are later in the evening I know that experience is important so what kind of experience did you have when you got accepted? I dont have any background in social work and I feel that my experience isnt up to par so I am nervous about my chances getting into any of these schools. Stats: Major: Sociology GPA: 3.4 5 Month internship working with foster youth 3 years working with at risk children under 18
  19. I won't even lie, I made this account specifically to ask this question, though I will be no means leave it at that--I think a community is important, and I'd be happy to be a part of it. I'm applying to graduate programs at the moment, and many of my applications are due December 1st. I just took my GRE. I've got a 163 on my verbal, but an abysmal 147 on my quantitative. I'm really bothered, over that. I'm applying to School Psychology PhD programs, mostly. I feel I'd have done better, but I contracted shingles a few weeks before the exam, in my eye. Even after the rash, the pain is nigh unbearable. If you've ever had it--I'm sorry. Beyond my GRE, I've a 3.84 GPA, am a McNair scholar, have volunteered with disabled children and worked in peer support for mentally ill individuals. I've been involved in research projects, received scholarships, graduated magna cum laude from my community college, and received a $500 grant. I am also scheduled for two presentations next semester. I've got strong recommendations letters, I'd think. I have a wonderful relationship with my mentors. So, real talk. What are my chances? It's too late to retake the test, for the bulk of my programs--and too expensive. What are my odds, here, for so much as an interview? Thanks for the time.
  20. Hello all, As deadlines are approaching and advisors are no longer responding to emails due to the holidays I was wondering if anyone might be interested in looking at my statement of intent and offering some peer reviewing/editing. It is only 700 words and shouldn't take up too much of your time. Happy Holidays!
  21. This may be a long shot, but I'm not really sure what to do and I wanted to check. Has anyone applied to GWU for a PhD in the hard sciences? Their statement of purpose has no prompt and no information on the application, however, I came across this page https://www.programs.gwu.edu/graduate/physics which states: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had. Now, in the other programs I have applied to, I have included all of this information in my SOP and it's come out to be close to 2000 words. Most schools seem to place 2500 words as their max. I don't see how it's possible to put all of this information in 500 words, my research experience alone is over 400. Has anyone applied here before and do you know anything about it?
  22. everytearcameredemption

    GENERAL ADVICE NEEDED

    Hi everyone! I'm new to thegradcafe.com but I desperately need some advice, guidance, ideas, etc. I'm really torn as to what my next move is academically and life-wise. I will be graduating in the spring of 2017 with an overall GPA of 3.2, my degree will be a BA in Political Science with a French minor. I want to go on to get an MA & PhD. The two fields I am leaning towards are History and English/Writing. Clearly I don't have a high enough GPA to get into an upper-level school, so to speak. However, I really want to get my PhD from a top 20 school. My GRE scores were: 148 quant, 162 verbal, 5 writing. I plan to retake the GRE in the spring to see if I can get higher scores. So, what next steps would you recommend? Here is what I've considered. -Go home, work for a year (maybe two) and attend a local university to take one or two graduate courses to make a firm decision on what to get my degrees in. Then apply for an MA/PhD program or just an MA and then my PhD at another school. -Begin an MA program at my state school (a good one) and get that degree, then go on to a top 20 school for my PhD. Basically what I'm wondering is this: -With my current academic standing, would it be beneficial for me to take a few grad courses at my local school, excel in them and then attend a matriculating MA program somewhere that better suits my interests? -Is it frowned upon to get an MA at one university and go to a different one for a PhD? -Would working for a year or two while taking classes (and getting the best grades possible) improve my application package for programs? -Should I take some extra undergrad classes at my local university in history or english since those fields weren't my major field? -Is there any chance, if I excel in an MA program and prove to be a valuable asset, I could be fully funded for a PhD program/get assistantships, etc? -Is there a chance I could go to a lower-ranking school for my MA and potentially get funding if my GRE scores were fantastic? -Is it bad to take a few years away from my undergrad, work and such, and then formally apply for an MA program? I'm dead set on getting a PhD so I know I will go back to school no matter what. I'm leaning towards going home to work, save money, and try a grad class or two to confirm it's what I want to pursue. However, what is realistic for me to pursue after I take those classes and excel? Thank you so much for your time and thoughts! Any and all advice is welcome.
  23. JustHopefulMe

    Opinions regarding potential lab.

    Hi everyone! So I was in this general biomedical sciences program last fall. I did a few lab rotations but then took medical leave for some health issues. Now I want to return to the program and am looking for labs again. The only lab I could say I kind of liked has a few issues. The research topic was interesting, although not my top interest. However, I am willing to accept that due to lack of labs that are a better fit. The real problem though, is that the lab is horribly disorganized. The PI is around 9-5, and she MUST leave at 5 pm to pick up her small kids from school. She sometimes brings them back to with her to the lab if she really has something important to come back for. She takes a very long time to reply to emails, and keeps telling us to remind her of the things that need to be done. If we don't, she does tend to forget (twice she even forgot to show up to classes she was supposed to teach). The lab is very heavily dependent on the one and only postdoc who works there (he actually works in two labs simultaneously). He does a lot of the bookkeeping, a lot of the planning, a lot of the reminding, and a lot of reproofing other lab members (basically a soon-to-graduate MS student and 2 rotating PhD students) because he thinks we are all not professional enough. And he has a point, because so much money and time gets wasted in the lab because of the carelessness of lab members. There was a post-bac trainee who just left one day and never showed up again. There were two other PhD students who also left "unexpectedly" (according to the PI) and due to mental health issues (according to the MS student). The PI is actually aware of these shortcomings. She explicitly told me that her lab is going through a hard time due to lack of members, and that it is not usually that way. She said that if I am interested, I could rotate again in the lab when things have been sorted out. Almost a year after, according to the MS student, things have not been sorted out. I must say that when she is around, she is a very good mentor and trainer too. She seems to be very passionate about her job and very dedicated. She spent about 2-3 hours with me and the other rotating student on our first day to explain her topic and research methods and techniques. She also spent a good amount of time showing us how to perform some of the experiments herself. She has the reputation of being a very tough committee member and that she grills the students about every last detail. I had to leave the program myself for my own issues, but still kept this lab in mind as an option. One professor from a different department but a related field told me to stay away from that lab because he knows how dysfunctional it is and about its failure in retaining students. I described the situation to a postdoc I know from a different field, and he also advised me to stay away. The director of the biomedical sciences program, however, told me that only I can decide. If I see that the lab is a good fit for me, then I should go for it. He said he has nothing against the PI as a researcher or mentor. He also told me that when he was looking for a lab, he ended up in a place everyone advised him against, but now thinks that he couldn't have made a better decision. Sorry guys for the long post, but I am really lost and need some advice. If I don't join this lab, I am thinking of moving to other universities where perhaps I can find a lab that better matches my research interests and doesn't have so many issues. But what if I fall into the same problem again? What if the labs I'm interested in turn out to be not so great IRL? Or what if I don't get along with the PI for whatever reason? I would be grateful for any input
  24. HELP! Has anyone else had this same problem??? I am applying to the same grad school that I attended for undergrad, which means that I will be potentially having the same exact professors that I have had for the last four years. All of my professors for my undergrad program are on the board of admissions for the graduate school program. Asking them to write the recommendations seems like a conflict of interest, because they are also the ones determining whether or not I will be accepted into the program. Although I have good grades in most of my classes, I'm not sure that any professors I've had in my gen. ed courses would even remember me, or know me well enough to write a strong recommendation. Has anyone else applied to the same Master's program as their Undergrad program? How did you handle this situation?
  25. shinaco

    General advice for GRE takers

    Hello everyone. I was recently admitted for a PHD program at a top university in the US. I managed to get 334: 167V/167Q/4.5AWA, which I think is pretty good. I used this online course from Magoosh, which worked pretty well for me. There are others but I used only this one. So here is my piece of advice: 1. Don't do it without preparation. It is a pretty difficult exam and if you do it without knowing what to expect, it is going to go pretty badly for you. 2. Do as many exercises as you can, both in quant and verbal. It doesn't mather if you were the "math genius" of your high school or if you consider yourself an expert writer, the exercises in both sections are tricky and you have to be prepared for it. Also, in the math section, you should solve as fast as possible, sometimes you just need an approximation to select among the available options instead of solving fully to get the exact result. You should be able to recognize when this is necessary. 3. Use a list of words from a trustworthy resource to learn new vocabulary words, do not just learn random words. The GRE has several words that it loves to use. Good online gre courses have a set of vocabulary flashcards tailored towards GRE. Learn the true meanings of the words and its use in context, not just the dictionary definition, as sometimes they will use "alternate" meanings of common words you may not know. If your resource is good, it will tell you which of the meanings of a word is most probable to appear at the GRE, so you don't waste time with all the meanings. 4. In the real exam, solve the most difficult questions last. You have limited time and you need to answer as many questions correctly as possible, so it is better to leave difficult ones for the end. You can go back to them later if you have time. My personal strategy (which may not be the right one for you, it is just to give you an idea) was that I left long reading comprehension questions for the end of the verbal section. For math questions, if after one minute I did not feel I was getting near the solution, I went to the next one, and went back to it after solving all the others. 5. For the AWA, try to make a brainstorming list of general points that you are going to write about first, and then write. It is going to help you have your ideas in order and write better. Also, try no take care of not repeating a word too many times, try to use synonyms. The ETS has a service in which you can write some essays and they will be graded by a computer in a couple of minutes. It is not as good as paying a knowledgable human to read your essays and criticize them, but it is a lot cheaper and it will get you an idea of where you are and how you can improve. 6. Do as many practice tests as you can before the actual exam. This will help you with your timing and stamina for the final day. GRE gives you two free tests with its powerprep software, and online courses usually give you practice tests too. I combined these practice tests with the ETS automated essay grading service to have an idea of what the actual exam would look like. In my first test I got 157V/162Q. I took four practice tests in total. In my final result I saw an improvement of 10 points in verbal and 5 in quant, which is quite a lot. I hope this helps future test takers to get good grades so they can enter the school they want, even tough I'm not sure how important GRE score really is, as there are many other factors.
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