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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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)?
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. I'm graduating from UCF in Spring 2017, and looking for Summer/Fall 2017 applications for graduate schools. I've already started the processes and right now am planning to apply for 4 schools- UT-Dallas, UCF, UF, USF (it's so expensive to apply!) My scores/criteria stands as: GPA- 4.0 in last 60 credit hours (working to keep that up until I graduate), 3.53 for all my undergrad credits GRE- 154 verbal, 152 quant, 5 analytical writing I'm part of NSSLHA I have a part-time job teaching color guard and have been actively involved in traveling with drum corps during the summer, so that shows dedication. I have another part-time job at the Rec & Wellness Center on campus as a fitness attendant and I'm part of the Risk Management program through the gym which helps with safety and prevention awareness I volunteer at a daycare which promotes bilingual teaching at a young age in order to expose children to two language (english and spanish in my case) at the same time, and I may become part-time there as a VPK teacher. So although I've not had any direct work in the field or as an SLPA or doing research (not really my top interest), I think I have several things to make me stand out along with competitive scores. I have LoR from a professor who attended and loved my #1 choice for grad school (UT-Dallas) and a few other letters from other professors I enjoyed learning from. Any comments or anything would help, I'm trying to sort out my chances and stuff
  16. I am applying to all of the top engineering schools for my masters, and I was wondering about whether I should go for brute honesty or a little more finesse. I am not yet 100% sure that I want to do research, but I have heard rumors that admissions counselors frown down upon people who do not have a clear vision as to what they are going to do in the future by now. As such, should I stick to trying to spin everything in my SOP about research, or should I blatantly say that I am not yet sure. Also, would it be detrimental if I wrote that I am doing a Masters just to gain more skills, rather than focusing on research?? Again I am talking about the higher ranking schools here, UCSD, GA Tech, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, etc.
  17. Hi everyone, I'm looking for some advice. I'm applying to NJ schools, four in particular. However I just found out one of these starts in the summer, and all pre-reqs must be completed by May. I'll be doing two science courses in spring and I just CANNOT complete the one other pre-req I'm missing by May as well. So it looks like this school is off my list. I'm also panicking that my list is now just three schools. Also, I'm trying to get apps going NOW and I'm just uncomfortable that my transcripts will indicate I'm still in process of taking my 5th and 6th prereq, but I don't want to wait until they're over in December. Does this matter? This process is completely overwhelming. Thanks for listening. Kate
  18. Unrelated Gap Year

    Hi, I'm new to this site and I'm trying to get a more informed opinion on whether doing an unrelated gap year would ruin my chances for a PhD. Most students I know, and a lot on this site, who decide to take a gap year end up in a research lab gaining more experience. However, I currently have a high-ish gpa (~3.7) that I plan to maintain, hopefully a good gre, and research experience (2 years related in an honors thesis, and 1 unrelated year researching bees). So I don't think I need more research experience and I would like to consider doing a gap year teaching English abroad and getting rid of any last wanderlust before chaining myself to a lab bench. I love research but I don't particularly want to be a lab monkey for minimum wage for a job I don't plan to stay in more than a year. Would I come back and realize I have no shot at getting a PhD, or reduced chances?
  19. I need an application mentor!

    I'm wondering if there is someone who might have some time to chat with me about several questions I have about applying to grad school in psychology. I need to know things about applying for grants, requesting references, and looking for supervisors. I am incredibly stressed and just need a little advice. Please contact me if you can help at all!
  20. Hey guys, I was wondering if I could get some advice! I'm a resident of California, USA and I've just graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Although I truly enjoy psychology as a subject, I know I don't necessarily want to become a "psychologist"per se. A professor of mine told me about Speech Therapy/ Speech Language Pathology before graduation, and the topic really intrigued me. After some research, I think I can see myself working in a school setting with young kids and/or teenagers! The problem is; however, in CA there are only two schools that have an SLP program (within my means of travel), and both require a degree in Communicative Disorders. There is a post-bacc program available that would need 2 years of completion before I can apply to the 3-5 year M.A. in Communicative Disorders program that leads into becoming an SLP. I joined this forum site basically to gauge anyone's opinion or advice--do you think it's worth it to endure the post-bacc; financially and time-wise? Should I maybe try for SLPA instead? Or do you know of any other fields that can combine therapy/education/health science the way speech therapy does without having to work in a hospital setting?
  21. GRE Biology Subject Test

    Hello all! I'm trying to study for my 2nd time at the Biology GRE subject test and am looking for more interactive, class or video study sessions. Simply reading doesn't seem to be doing it for me. If only there was actually a test prep course out there! Any suggestions? I had seen a review here: http://study.com/academy/course/gre-biology-study-guide-test-prep.html#courseNavigation and was wondering if anyone had feedback about review courses on there as well.
  22. I am taking a look at social work programs and Boston College seems to have everything I am interested in. Certificate programs like the Latino Leadership program and the Refugee and Immigrant program are ideal for me. But I feel as though I have taken a look at a few students who shared their profiles and I may not seem up to par on paper. Here is the general gist of my experience: -Bachelors degree in Spanish, no minor with GPA of 3.2 Summer semester abroad with 4.0 GPA at that university. -Volunteer at a clinic called Centro Latino for a year. I translated, interpreted, provided support to immigrants with everyday processes such as going to the dmv, apartment issues, attending doctors visits ..etc. as well as helped to organize a camp over the summer for latino children that catered to more impoverished families. -Paid internship as a legal assistant for an Immigration attorney for a semester and worked primarily with the latino population. -Volunteer at an orphanage for 3 weeks in Cochabamba, Bolivia - Spanish teacher at a private pre-school for a year. taught 3-4 yr olds spanish in two separate classes, each once a week. (would this be relevant??) -I am also moving to Spain for the year to be an assistant teacher where I will provide students with knowledge and understanding of my culture while also teaching them english. -I am in contact with an organization called Aliento that I will be volunteering for while I am in Spain. They have an orphanage as well as other facilities that I will help with. I am in direct contact with their social worker and will try my best to work closely with her. - I plan on taking the GRE and really really hope I get a decent score! I did fairly well on the SAT years ago so I am sure I can get a decent score on it. - I wish I had other experience as a volunteer or intern but I couldn't consistently volunteer as I had to work full time to support myself through college. I did volunteer at a pharmaceutical clinic that offered hugely discounted or free medicine to those in need and a homeless shelter but I did not have enough time to do them consistently. I worked maybe 50-80 hours at the clinic as well as approx 30 hours at the homeless shelter. Any advice? I really want to pursue a career in helping the latino community internationally as well as domestically! I am half mexican and I am among the first few on my fathers side of the family to graduate high school, get my bachelors, and I will be first of this side of my family to get my masters degree. Because my parents were divorced, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to grow up within the latino community with my fathers side of the family, but also to grow up in a completely americanized italian family with my mothers side of the family (great-great grandparents are from italy). I see the common struggles many of my mexican family members face that I avoided growing up because I, like my mother, was very americanized. I havent been able to find a college that catered to the latino side of social work like BC on the east coast! If you know of any others I would love to hear from you! And if you have been admitted or rejected to BC, what kind of profile did you have? What was/is your experience there?
  23. Hi! I have concerns about beginning the application process this next year, and I would be very grateful to anyone having the time and kindness to offer advice. I'm interested in Cranbrook. I'm hoping to concentrate in sculpture in grad school, and their sculpture department's work looks incredible, and a professor I trust recommends them highly. Does anyone have any experience with Cranbrook, either having applied there, gone there, known anyone else who has any experience? I'm wondering not only if it is the right fit for me, but what sort of financial aid they offer, and very importantly, if I might stand a chance at acceptance. I'm coming from a very small but dedicated undergrad program, with great faculty. It's public but is still one of the best schools in my state (SC) for art. I have only ever had one solo show, and I haven't won many awards for my work. The main area I have experience in is public art and teaching. So, I'm very nervous as to whether I'm ready for grad school. My favorite professor and department head from undergrad are both highly encouraging me to pursue graduate school. The professor asks me about it near every time I see him (pretty much weekly lately). I know that I can get a great recommendation from him (he's done a ton to help me in the past) and at least a good one from my department head, along with recommendations from at least three other art professionals if I ask. I'm currently helping teach at my undergrad as a TA and did the same last year with the other professor. I'm working on a public commission for the campus of my undergrad, finished my first public commission last year while in school, and I have a meeting Monday to discuss another possible project that would be much larger. I have work in this year's ArtField's competition (southeastern competition with 400 artists). I will finish my degree program in industrial welding this summer (to supplement the welding knowledge I gained in undergrad). I hope to apply as an affiliate artist in residence to a nearby residency program, the McColl Center, for the time between finishing my teaching assistantship and when I might start grad school in fall 2017. I don't know, any knowledge helps. I'm not sure what other experiences people try to acquire before applying that I might be lacking. I'm also interested in Bard, VCU, ASU. Because of my undergrad experience, I would love to go to a school with dedicated faculty and stimulating classmates. Good facilities would be great because I can work in a lot of different media, but not as important as dedicated and inspiring people and a great artist lecture series. Thanks!
  24. HELP! 3-year MFA in Graphic Design

    Hi, I'm currently in the third and final year of my Bachelor's Degree in something totally unrelated to Graphic Design, in India. I don't want to do anything related to my Bachelors in the future and want to do something related to Graphic Design/Illustration after I graduate. I've always been into art and design since a child and I was seriously considering Graphic Design in school. I even got accepted at an Art School with a Foundation year but I chose to stay in India as I got into one of the best colleges in Liberal Arts here. Even now, I find myself doodling in class all the time, have big ideas in my head and volunteer for small college design stuff. I don't have much experience apart from art classes in school, winning a few small college level competitions and designing invites, posters etc for college events. I thoroughly enjoy design but lack any kind of formal training and don't know any technicalities related to Graphic Design. I simply use a cheap knockoff of Photoshop to design stuff, which I am really passionate about. People praise my work all the time and a number of people have told me to pursue design in the future. I feel like I have the potential but lack any proper education in Design. I absolutely don't want to study further in India as the Design scene here isn't too strong and want to learn GD from scratch. I researched a lot and found the following options, but am not sure if i'll be accepted for an MFA at my level, being only 20 years old. OPTIONS: 3 year MFA in Graphic Design (schools like RISD, CalArts, CCA) Post-Bacc at MICA 2 year MS in Communication Design at Pratt 2 year AAS in Graphic Design at Parsons 2 year AAS at Pratt where after the two year AAS, I can transfer to the 3rd year (Junior level) of the BFA in Comm Design) Second Bachelors in Graphic Design It would be amazing if I could get some advice about this as I am thinking about this all the time and really need some direction and clarity. Also, if someone could suggest a few schools in Europe, UK etc, it would be great! As of now, whatever schools I researched about in Europe/UK, they require a lot of experience to apply at the Masters Level.
  25. Issue: People who make decisions based on emotion and justify those decisions with logic afterwards are poor decision makers. Task: Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Essay: People make decisions every day. Some of them are related to ourselves, some of them involve other people. While a poor decision in one case can be harmless, it can also play a crucial role in people's lives in another situation. Sometimes emotion-based decisions can lead to a good outcome, and we usually define people who make successful emotion-based decisions as people with good intuition. However, in mots case emotion-based decisions can lead to dramatically negative outcomes. Analysis should be done with a clear head, so the results can be interpreted without any biases. If a person has already made a decision based on his intuition, or based on his liking or disliking of a certain thing, then it is absolutely useless to analyze the situation. A person can always find an explanation for a situation, or justify his/her decision if he already knows the final goal. In some situations our decisions involve lives of others. A judge, for example, has a tremendous responsibility on his/her shoulders. What would happen to our society of judges made all decisions in criminal cases based on their emotions? How many good-looking murderers, who can easily mislead people with their fake smiles, will be free and continue to make their horrible deeds? The same argument is valid for doctors, engineers, and many more other professions where people need to make decisions based on facts and facts only. It is worth noticing that in some circumstances, emotions can play a positive role. Business world is a good example here. Directors, owners, and business strategists do not always equipped with all information that they need in order to make a decision. However, a decision needs to be made. Steve Jobs, a famous american entrepreneur, had to make many decisions without having sufficient information about consumers and a market, because the business he was in--personal computers--was absolutely new, and there were no data available. So Steve Jobs made many decisions, listening to his intuition, what we also can call "emotion-based" decisions, and then he made his employees work to prove those decisions were right. In the end, his decisions were right, and Apple Computers became the most valuable company in the world. Approach to making decisions should be taken with regard to the circumstances. Sometimes we have plenty of information to perform an analysis, and then make conclusions based on the data we get. However, this is not always the case. A person has to understand a consequences of his/her decisions. If someone's life depends on your decision--you should base it on facts. Doctors, judges,police offices, and engineers should understand that lack of information cannot always justify an emotion-based decision.