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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hello, I'm pretty new to this forum, I was hoping for some input/help I'm planning on applying to grad school for speech language pathology for the Fall 2017 year, and I'm just freaking out about applications and GRE scores. I have a 3.731 GPA but my GRE scores are god awful. It's pretty embarrassing to even share my scores (mostly due to the math). To be fair, I did not study as hard as I should have for the GRE. I'm planning on taking it a second time around and I've been putting in major hours (Memorized 500 vocab words + Magoosh vocab). However, it seems my Achilles heel is the quantitative reasoning. I know people say they are "bad at math", but I just do not understand math.. I am able to understand if I walk through the solution, but it seems like when the problem is rearranged in any way or given to me different I just blank out. I've always been this way and have been placed in remedial math when I was younger. It's just the hardest subject for me, and I hate that I have a hard time understanding it. I wish I could afford an online GRE course, but it just is not an option for me. I have been practicing diligently with the Manhattan Prep + Vocabulary I mentioned before, and also The Princeton Review: Cracking the GRE. Having limited understanding of math (I could probably do the simple problems..), does anyone have any suggestions or think it's worth it to keep trying with the math? Or should I not worry about the math and just focus mainly on my strong subjects (writing, reading, text completion)? Any answers would be appreciated!
  5. Hi guys, For those of you struggling with GRE, especially GRE math, I am holding a meetup event this Sunday to talk about great tips and advice about GRE math test with one-to-one consultation. I am currently a graduate student at Columbia University. I took GRE twice last year and scored 100% on math, which has definitely helped me to get accepted into Columbia University. Many of my friends asked me tips - I have used Magoosh but I made my own problem book and I keep refreshing them and practice looking for keywords. With the right strategy and preparation, I believe everyone can score very high in GRE and especially in math. This Sunday I'm going to talk about how I prepared for GRE, within a short period of time, that would work for people even with little math background. If you're around in New York, please come by, it's for free. If not, you can also contact me or further help at Please see my Craigslist post for further informaiton at Good luck! Daitong
  6. Hi all, Im going to senior next sem and planning to apply for a position in stat graduate program. To be honest I am in complete awe and confusion about school selection since im not sure where would take a pretty empty cv and an ok academic record like mine. I literally have no peer, friend, or senior to ask/discuss about this. It would be very kind of you if you could help me figure this out, and maybe, recommend me some schools?. Here's my profile Undergrad Institution: Asian, top 50 QS ranking Majors: Math (mostly applied, stat, and fin-math track, my school doesn't have a separate stat dep) Double major: Business administration GPA: 3.96/4.3 translated to 96.22/100 if A+ = A Type of Student: International, asian, female GRE General Test: Q 167 V 154 W 3.0, planning to retake this sept GRE Math Subject Test: Planning on taking this Oct TOEFL: taking this september, aimingly > 100 Courses/Background: Math Classes: calculus 1&2, analysis, logic&set, linear algebra, complex analysis, basic topology, number theory, diff equation, (planning to take rigorous linear algebra, comp method for stat and lebesque theory next sem) Other Relevant Classes: Intro to programming, prob&stat, stat for business, stat for risk analysis, mathematical stat, prob theory, comp simulation for fin-math, numerical theory Computational skills: Python, R, Matlab Research Experience: a winning project in intel isef from high school, an individual study about financial math, and that's it :'( (my school doesn't provide much research opportunity for math student) Letters of Recommendation: 1 statistics professor (took two classes with her), 1 math professor (a close friend of mine), and 1 organizational behavior professor (close to me that I can guarantee a good recommendation, unfortunately i don't have close relationship with other stat professors, still wondering if i should take one from fin-math professor i did individual study with, he's well-known, but im not sure he can provide a good lor for me) Awards and honors: scholarships from school, a few other small scholarships Teaching experience: tutor of calculus 1&2 for a year until now Planning to apply to: (the schools i've searched so far, not sure at all about whether each is reach/managable/safe): Texas A&M, Rice, TU Austin, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, Florida, Houston, UChicago, Ohio State, Boston Thanks a lot in advance. Any of your opinion would be precious to me!!!
  7. PhD Application Consultant

    I'm interested in applying to PhD programs for Fall 2017, and would like to get all the help that I can with my application. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with application consultants. Thoughts? Recommendations?
  8. I took my GRE last week and got a 149-Q and 157-V. I went through the entire ETS GRE book, and scored consistently around a 312 on the power prep tests. I struggle with test anxiety, and knew I was moderately underprepared for math, but did not expect to perform as low as I did. I am scheduling to retake it in 2 months and really need a 320 for my target school! My GPA is a 3.98, and I have extensive research experience so this test is the only thing getting in the way of my dream school. If you have improved your GRE the second time taking it, can you post your scores from the 1st and 2nd time, and the amount of time/method you used to improve? I need motivation by hearing from people who have made this possible!
  9. I'm at the end of my rope with my situation and would appreciate any insight/opinions. I graduated from a top-20 institution a few years ago with a bachelor's in chemical engineering. Unfortunately, due to a combination of personal factors I failed to graduate with a decent GPA. I did have some research experience and 3 pretty shining rec letters from profs/a boss, though, so I applied to graduate school despite my less-than-stellar application. I ended up being accepted to a tier-2 research institution for a bioengineering PhD program. I started working in a lab my first semester, started research I was interested and overall had a very positive outlook on my situation. After a few weeks, though, things started to get weird. First, my PI became verbally and emotionally abusive. At first I thought it was just me, but after a few more weeks I discovered that they had a reputation in the department (and beyond) and had even been known to become physically aggressive. That wasn't a dealbreaker, I was miserable but I got to a point where I could manage my interactions with them in the first few months. Then my advisor started to constantly change goals and directions with my project. I started to see a pattern of this happening with other people's projects too. Things that should've taken a few weeks were dragged out over months. Potential publications were sat on or stonewalled. They switched people around on projects so no one made significant progress on any one thing. Master's students were rotated in and out to do work PhD students would normally do without pay. They constantly held funding over everyone's heads. I saw upwards of 10 PhD students leave in my first year and a half and countless masters students. I found out that my PI hadn't graduated anyone in years. I hoped that my PI would finally let me progress in my research after I passed my first qual with the highest possible score, but things have only gotten worse. I could list many other reasons that the situation in the lab has become untenable. At this point I've pulled myself together since undergrad, have a 4.0, several scholarships and fellowships, and am an officer for a prominent honor society. My experience with my advisor has really poisoned this field for me, but not my desire to do research. I really want to go back to the broader field of chemical engineering. I know the schools I would want to apply to, but I know transferring isn't something you can really do as a PhD student, especially since I doubt I'd be able to have a rational conversation about this with my advisor. I've thought about applying somewhere as a new applicant for Fall 2017, but I'm afraid that even though I would be switching fields no program would want to take me. I'm afraid that my prospects to get my PhD are ruined. I've considered sticking it out for a master's at my current program, but I would have to almost double my student loan debt just to pay for tuition and I don't even know if a master's in biomedical engineering would even help me to get into a chemical engineering PhD program. Does anyone have any advice? Should I contact someone from the graduate offices at the programs I'm interested in? If so, who? Would it be worth it to stay for a master's in a program and field I now hate? Should I try to get a job? If I did get a job now, could I apply to other programs in the future with less of the stigma I might see now? TL;DR: 1. I have a mediocre undergrad GPA at a good school in ChemE and am now 2 years deep in a biomedical engineering PhD with a 4.0/research experience 2. My situation with my advisor has become unsustainable and I have been barred from making progress toward my dissertation 3. I want to go back to ChemE but don't know if I have any chances of being accepted if I apply to a program, especially without my advisor's support 4. Should I contact someone from the graduate offices at the programs I'm interested in? If so, who? Would it be worth it to stay for a master's in a program and field I now hate? Should I try to get a job? If I did get a job now, could I apply to other programs in the future with less of the stigma I might see now? Thanks in advance for any advice; my lease is up in August and I really need to make a decision.
  10. Hello! I will be starting my graduate program in psychology this fall and am feeling very anxious about it. When I applied to programs, I was confident in my decision to attend grad school. However, I have recently found interest in an area unrelated to my program and am questioning my decision to attend grad school. Has anyone experienced this uncertainty before? Any advice or personal stories would be helpful. Thank you!
  11. Research Karma

    Hey all, I am a desparate graduate student seeking participants for a study on graduate students. If you are willing to participate see the link below. It also might be cool to use this thread for others to post their studies as well so that others can get students. See below for the link and some info! Research Study: Grad Students Needed! What? A thirty minute online survey that explores your career and family experiences Participants must be…18 years or older, currently enrolled in a graduate program Time as requirements…Aproximately 30 minutes, one time online survey Reward…an option to enter a drawing for $20.00 How to start…click the link
  12. Hello I am graduating this May with a 3.68 gpa. I am very upset because two classes brought me down from my 3.71 I am taking a year off and I am hopefully getting a job as a rehab therapy aid and I am going to take classes at a community college in the public health major. Will the community college GPA be factored into my undergraduate bachelor's gpa? Is there any other way I can raise these grades?
  13. SLP student in trouble

    I am Ruby (26f), a Speech Language Pathology student from Missouri. I have completed all my undergraduate and graduate corse work, including my school based internship and am now having problems obtaining my final medical based 10 week internship to complete my degree and obtain my Masters. The problem is when I was 20 I was caught stealing and obtained a shoplifting charge on my record. It has been the problem of hopsitals allowing me to complete an internship. This has happened several times with different hosptials and I am really worried what can be done. I have looked into if I could get the record expunged but it doesn't appear to be so. I realize this doesn't make me sound like a great canidate but I can assure you it was a huge mistake of mine I have nothing aginst me of the like but instead have a long history of vounterring, good grades throughout my schooling, and truly a love for helping others. I'm hoping to find some people who have knoweldge of a situation of the like as I know I cannot be the only one in a situaiton like this (though my supervisors made me feel that way.) I greatly appreaciate any time spend answering me and any information that can be provided. I am hoping to find answers as I really need the help. Id be willing to give more details if it would help answer my questions. Graciously, Ruby
  14. Bams GPA scoring

    Hi everyone, I am a bams doctor.I wanted to apply in US for master studies. The university admission counsellor asked me about my bams degree's GPA scoring. I googled about 'WES' world education services, which evaluates the degree course by course. But it's a COSTLY thing and also requires to submit documents of degree, std 10th and std 12th attessted from the controller of exams, now i am just worried whether to go for it or not. Kindly guide .
  15. Hi everyone, I’m hoping you all could give me some advice. I’m deciding between two unfunded MA programs for English, BU and UIC. (I know how financially irresponsible this is, for all you in that camp.) BU is a 1 year program, and UIC is a 2 year program. They actually run about the same in tuition costs. BU has offered me a $5,000 scholarship, but compared to the total cost of tuition, it is a drop in the bucket. Does anyone have some sort of formula to weigh pros and cons of schools? I attended BU’s open house, and I really love the feel of the campus, and I think I would be happy there – but the cost of living in Boston is higher than Chicago. Also, Chicago is closer to my home – I could take a train home easily if I needed to. Right now, my gut is telling me BU, but the other part of me is saying UIC, (less distance, less expensive, I’m familiar with the city.) Thank you for any advice you can give.
  16. Hello all! I've been lurking for a couple weeks (and learning so much! thanks to all of you for all of your help so far!) but I think I may be waaaayyy earlier in the process than most here so I wanted to ask directly for advice. Basically my situation is that I'm an undergrad, currently on leave and will be going back to school in the Fall. I've done two years, but due to a whole string of health issues I basically will be a sophomore when I go back (I've been taking reduced course loads, etc.). I recently have started considering a degree in a bio-related field, perhaps cognitive science or something similar. I started as a computer science major, but I'm really doubting that decision for personal reasons now. All of a sudden, grad school may be in my future which is something that I had never considered (CS majors in my department *rarely* go on to grad school and those are only the ones dead set on academia - usually it's a few years in a startup/industry before they decide to go back). Obviously I don't know one way or another yet, but I thought I would start to "learn the language" of grad school so that I wouldn't have to play catch up (as much) later especially since it seems *everyone* at my school already is preparing/dead set on it and I literally only figured out what the GRE in the past month. I'm a first-gen student and hadn't ever really had a personal relationship with anyone with even a BA/BS before going to university, so I am really starting from zero both in actual knowledge and cultural understanding of all of this. I know I'm way far away from worrying about specifics like where I want to apply, doing actual GRE prep, etc. but do any of you have advice/resources that are more along the lines of "Grad School 101"? Basically, what are the things that I should be thinking about at this point? What should I be considering when thinking about whether grad school may or may not be for me? Are there any good books/websites that cover the necessary jargon that I need to know? Sorry that this is so broad, but I thought it might be worth an ask since everything seems to be targeted at people who have already decided on grad school. Also, I hope this is the right place to post this, but if not, a pointer in the right direction would be appreciated! Many thanks in advance
  17. Hi everyone! I was just accepted for two different online Speech Pathology Post Bacc Programs: SUNY New Paltz and Idaho State University. I am very conflicted in my decision because both offer a different amount of courses. New Paltz offers 9 and ISU offers 15 (3 labs). I wanted to see if anyone has any feedback on these programs or if anyone knows which I should be leaning towards. I need to get a great GPA to be able to get into a master program, so I don't know if I want to overwhelm myself with the 15 classes, but then again, will I be able to apply to all schools later on with only 9? So conflicted. Please help!
  18. I've been lucky enough to be accepted to many of my grad programs, but there are two amazing schools that I am torn between - one is a PhD program and one is an MA. Both are fully funded with a 20k+ stipend. The problem is, they are each in entirely different fields. Whichever one I choose will essentially determine my career trajectory, and that is a hard choice to have to make in only a few weeks! Both career options greatly interest me, and ideally I would like to find a way to merge them to an extent, but at this point I honestly don't know what to do or how to make this choice by April 15th. I am afraid that no matter which I choose, I will always wonder what it would have been like to attend the other program, and I don't want to go through graduate school (or life) regretting my decision. The MA program was an outlier for me - I knew it was outside of my originally intended field, but I honestly didn't think that I would get in because it is so competitive. This MA is unlike any other in the world so I know it would be an incredible experience that would set me up very well for getting a job in that field. On the flip side, I would feel kind of strange turning down such a well-regarded PhD program, something that I've always dreamed of being accepted to. I know it would maybe be possible to do the MA and return to a PhD after, but I don't know how I will feel about that at the end of two years - or perhaps that would be silly since I could just start the PhD now and not delay it. Additionally, I am still rather mentally beholden to the opinions of my parents (as much as I wish I wasn't) and they seem to be very pro-PhD, which may be due to the fact that I don't think they really understand what a big deal this MA is. In literally ANY other case, I would never chose an MA over a PhD. But this is such a unique situation. I wish there was a way I could do both. Does anyone have any advice for properly thinking through these big decisions? Anyone in a similar situation? I'm already an incredibly indecisive person, so I am really struggling here. And I am super grateful to be in this position in the first place (when I started the grad school application process I thought I wasn't going to get in anywhere thanks to imposter syndrome) - but that doesn't really make it any easier. Help!
  19. Fall 2016 Application Help

    So I am a little bit concerned that I am being overly ambitious about my choice in schools. Ideally I would like to attend Caltech, MIT or Northwestern. However, I have heard from some people that being from a school outside of the top 25 universities (i.e. non ivy league level schools) can be a disadvantage. Is this true? Should I change my expectations? Also if I bomb the subject GRE (below 50%) am I screwed? Thanks for your help. American from a state university in the top 40 chemistry programs. BS in Chemistry Graduated in the Spring of 2015 Applying to Chemistry PhD programs I am interested in nanotechnology and chemical biology GRE: Will be taking in the summer Subject GRE: Will be taking in April GPA - 3.8 Research - 2 years of undergraduate research in organic chemistry where I published 3 second author papers in JACS. One of the papers was spotlighted in JACS. I am currently doing a 2 year fellowship at the NIH doing translational molecular biology research (I don't like it as much as my undergraduate research but it is still interesting). I have one small publication (4th author in a small journal) so far and will hopefully have at least 1 more publication from the NIH before I apply. Presentations - 1 poster at a regional conference where I won first place in my division and 1 poster at my undergraduate institution. 1 published presentation at a national conference (third author). Awards- NIH fellowship, ACS award for outstanding undergraduate research. Graduated with honors (completed honors thesis) LOR- I should have 1 outstanding letter, 1 Very very good letter, and 1 Good letter Dream Schools MIT Harvard Northwestern Berkley Cal Tech Schools I would love to attend UCLA UT Austin Wisconsin Illinois Schools That I would also like UC Irvine UNC UC Boulder Yale Hopkins U Chicago
  20. Absence Etiquette

    Hello, I’m hoping you all can offer me some advice. I was accepted into 4 MA in English programs, 2 of which I am deciding between. I am currently drafting an e-mail to both Graduate Program Directors to inquire about funding opportunities, nail down the actual tuition prices, and gather additional information on the programs. I do have one concern though – I have an international trip planned and paid for in September. This all has been planned for over a year and a half, before I was accepted or even applying for these programs. I will be out of the country for a week and half, and this falls during the academic school year. How should I go about telling this absence to the school I accept? Would you recommend bringing this up now or later? I want to be upfront about this planned absence. Both schools have not offered me TA-ships, so I wouldn’t be leaving a position unattended, just my classes. Any advice is MUCH appreciated, as this causing me a lot of anxiety. Thank you.

    Hi Everyone, I will be taking the gre this coming April and have been practicing my writing skills. Unfortunately, I am unable to find anyone that would be able to grade my essay so I would REALLY appreciate it if someone could please provide some assistance and read my issue essay for me and provide some constructive criticism on what I can improve. With more than 6 billion people in the world, every area of the globe, even areas on the same side of the globe, differ greatly from one another. Each country and each city holds certain attributes for which they are known for and sets them apart from the rest. With this said, to understand the most important characteristics of a society, a person does not need to evaluate the vast majority of the population in each city. Analyzing major cities of any country does not give a better understanding of how the society is. Major cities have high population densities, which means they consist of people with a wide variety of personalities and characteristics that set them apart from each other. For example, one of the major cities of the United States is Los Angeles. People in Los Angeles might be used to a laid back lifestyle with days that consist of going to the beach and socializing. In comparison to New York, another one of America’s major cities, the people in LA are perceived very differently. New York has a very different environment and people here seem to always be on the go and live a busier lifestyle. Evaluating the people of these two cities, anyone can see there is a clear difference between how much the lives of each American may differ from one another even though we are ultimately part of the same society. Living in a certain city for a long period of time also allows a person to adapt to the environment they are in and change according to what the lifestyle requires. Because of this, although we are all seen as “Americans”, we all differ greatly from one another because of where we may have grown up, established our careers, or gone to school. New York is a great example of this, since New York is home to many immigrants and people of many different cultures and ethnicities. Evaluation the population of New York City does not allow anyone to analyze the American society as a whole, because everyone in New York is not typically from America and how they think or what they stand for might be very different from your everyday American. However, sometimes assessing a few specific areas that consist of large majority of the population, helps to get a sense of what the culture of a society is like. Evaluating the population of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, or any of America’s major cities, can give anyone an idea America stands for freedom and free thinking. The different personalities, lifestyles, and characteristics of each major city can give anyone the impression, America is place of diversity that promotes individuality. In conclusion, to get the true idea of a society’s culture, morals, and values, it is important to analyze every aspect of that society and not just the lifestyle of a few major cities that will only reveal one piece of the pie.
  22. Hello again! attached is another sample essay I wrote for Analyze an Argument for the GRE. I would really appreciate any feedback, to include what a realistic score this essay would receive (0-6). I select my prompts from ETS.ORG and use Microsoft word pad so there is no spell check. Thank you in advance for any help and feedback you provide! Below is the prompt and essay: prompt: The following appeared as part of an article in a business magazine. "A recent study rating 300 male and female Mentian advertising executives according to the average number of hours they sleep per night showed an association between the amount of sleep the executives need and the success of their firms. Of the advertising firms studied, those whose executives reported needing no more than 6 hours of sleep per night had higher profit margins and faster growth. These results suggest that if a business wants to prosper, it should hire only people who need less than 6 hours of sleep per night." Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A recent study found that exectuives who sleep less, tend to perform better at work. The result, they claim, is a more prosperous firm. Howver, the amount of sleep buissness executives receive does not drive a firm to prosper or fail. There are numerous other variables and invalid assumptions this study makes. Relying on a large sample size of 300 executives, the study portrays an overconfident attitude that its large of amoount of personnel examined provides more legitmate results. What the study fails to differentiate is how different each executive truly is. Each executive has different experiences both at work and at home. The study fails to go into further detail on which individuals are married, have children, lead large teams vs small teams, and enjoy thier work. An excutive who is single, manages a small technical team of 8 people, and enjoys his or her job will likley have a larger impact on a firm's successus than the executive who is married, has 3 children, and leads a diverse team of 30 people full of comnflict regardless of how much sleep they each get at night. They are so many other factors in the professional and personal life of each exectuive that can effect thier perforamnce at work and the overall success of a firm. This study relies too much on a simple response of how much sleep each exetucive gets instead of collecting and analyzing a plethora a data easily avaiable as well. IF the study did in fact isolate other variables, such as marital status, scope of repsonsibilty, and number of children then maybe sleep could be in fact the determinent of success. When all other variables are held constant it is much eaiser to see which one truly affects an outcomes. The article seems to also assume that high profit margins and fast growth are the key for a buisness to prosper. While these may both be solid indicators of a firm's success in a single snapshot, they don't necessarily determine a prosperous life cycle and model for a buisness. The article failed to mentioned is the data collected for profit margin and growth was simply collected in a single quarter or if over a year. If it was indeed in a small time frame, it could likely be a result of coincidence due to favorable macro-economic condtions. A strong market can make any buisness falsely inflate with growth and profit with staff of sleepless exectuives. Overall, the study really did a poor job demonstrating that the individuals who sleep less truly enable a firm to prosper. There is much room to detemrnine a prosperous buisness model. Had the study outlined the time frame in which the data was collected (quarter) along with several key variavbles such as profit and revenue then it is possible that to more confidenlty infer that these sleepless executives have consistent results and their sleep habits may truly affect performance. Quality of sleep is an enormous variable that the study fell short to address. The qualtiy of sleep an individual recives varies greatly based on age, diet, daily stress, history of injuries, and the type of mattress and bed. It could be very likely that the study neglected the age of the exectuvies. It is possible that the older (50 years plus) excetuives, who biologically dont need as much as thier younger counteroparts, thrive on 6 hours of sleep. The younger exectuvies in thier thirties simply are not adapted to sleeping such few hours. Additianlluy, the senior exectuives also have 20 plus years of experince on the younger exectuvies. This could also likley be the result for the higher permfroamnce and have nothing to do with sleep at all. The study is too ambigous in assuming that all exectuives studies incur the same quality of sleep without addressing the other important factors. If they considered an age bracket for exectuvies, matched that withthe number of hours slept, and still discovered less sleep led to higher performance then that would possbily suffice. Assesing a sample of people's sleep hours against thier performance is simply not sufficient to condlcude that sleep determines performance of an individual. There are many other variables to consider.
  23. Hello, I am currently studying for the GRE and seeing if there is anyone out there willing to read my practice essay and provide me with some feedback, and a realistic score I would likely receive on the GRE (0-6). I really appreciate anyone who takes their time to read it and provide me with valuable feedback. Thank you in advance!! This essay I wrote is for an Analyze the Issue response. My method of practice is to use Microsoft Note Pad since there is no spell check. I put the prompt on the same screen, and have a visual 30 minute timer going as well. Feel free to steer me in a better direction to execute my training if you think I can improve it. Also, I derive my prompts from ETS.ORG ( Below is the prompt, followed by my response essay. Writing prompt: It is no longer possible for a society to regard any living man or woman as a hero. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Although societies across the world have advanced greatly overtime and the standard of living for many has improved, the dire need for help and to be saved will always persist. Some would argue that society can not deem any living man or woman a hero. However, society dies in fact have a consisitnetn need for a hero and obligation to recognize one. Due to the timeless need and respect for heroic actions, soceity will always have the special title "hero" to commemenatre living men and women who act as savior in a time of need. The title "hero" is special coveted role, that socieites will always don to special men and women for eternity. No matter how advanced society may become, their will alway be a need for someone to help in moment of distress. Those who courageously and successfully respond to these situations are heroes. When performed on a large scales, these actions are recogized by society as a whole. The end result is the title hero for the man or woman who demonstrated great courage. For example, a man drving by a car on fire and notices children inside decides to pull over and get them to safety. He succsullfy gets them out of the car before the fire engulfs the vehicle in its entirey. A man who has perfroemd these actions is nothing short of a hero. Any society would recognize the actions of this men, and declare him nothing short of a hero. His status as living or deceased bears no weight on his legacy as a hero. In today's society, the term hero is far from being reserved for those who have past and actions resonate a leganrdary story of heroic deeds. As a whole, we have become a more individualistic society. It is more common place to see people in a society consumed with his or herself. Social media profiles, customized smart phones, and inidivual aciveiment have promoted a culture in which the individual can flourish. a selfless herioc act is rarer today in such a culture and when they do occur they most cetianly hold more weight. In our society we have numoerus heroes who break away from indiviual hedonism, and exectue selfless actcs of courage. Society is far from reserving the title hero to those who are no longer alive. The trait of being a hero is absolute in nature. It is not a reltive term, but a title that society unanimously agrees upon. Any man or woman alive today can find themselves in a situation in which they act heroically and society bestows upon them the title "hero". A hero commits an act the is inherently selfless and sacrifical to an extent. A living person is more than cpaable to earn the title hero from society. Although the title hero can be merrited by any living man or woman, it be tougher to earn as acts of courage and valiance have been remembered in history. When earning the title hero, one must considered those who have come before him and really qeustion if he is worhty of the title. It would be easy to infer that it is no longer possible to regard any living man or woman as a hero. Often it can become overly competive to earn the tite, and soceity may relucant to make the observation at times. While heroes exist amongst society today, they may be relcuantly observed. Any lving man or woman can earn the title hero while alive from society. It is not soley lmited to those of the past and of folklore. It may be more and more difficult to differtiaite a hero today, but the need for a hero in every society will always be there.
  24. Stats Beginner

    Hello everyone,I am a psychology undergraduate who has been set a formative assignment (which means its not worth anything but still has to be done) using SPSS. I was wondering if anyone could help me answer these questions as I am struggling and My lecturer scares me and isn't very nice. I know it isn't worth anything but I want to understand the questions as I might come across similar questions later in the term. Any help given will be greatly appreciated:QUESTIONS: 1. Suppose that a group of researchers areinterested in the idea that high fertility can alter women’s mood, and thereby influencedepression. Because a woman’s menstrual cycle phase is linked to her fertility,they conduct an observational study to test whether women’s menstrual cyclephase predicts their feelings of depression. Participantsreported the day of their menstrual cycle and filled out a questionnaire aboutdepressive symptoms. Each woman participated only once. Women who were on days9-15 of their cycle were classified as being in a “high fertility” group, andthose on days 19-25 were classified as “low fertility”. High scores on thequestionnaire indicate that the participant feels more depressed. Scores forthe two groups are shown below. The two columns represent different setsof women. a. What is the null hypothesis in this experiment? (1)b. The researchers’ hypothesis is that depression scores change according to the fertility phase of the menstrual cycle. What would be an appropriate statistical test for this hypothesis? (1)c. Enter this data into SPSS, being careful to consider whether it is between-groups or within-group design. Perform the analysis you have described in part b. Present your results appropriately for inclusion in a results section of a scientific report. Report your p-value as a two-tailed test. All statistics should be reported to 2dp. (7) Suppose now that the researchers had chosen a different analysis, which included women who were menstruating or premenstrual. The researchers define this third group of women as anyone who is on days 26-28 or days 1-5 of their cycle. The data for this group is shown below. d. The researchers use ANOVA to analyse this data. They want to compare ratings during the high fertility phase with those during the low fertility phase, and then to compare the high fertility phase with the PMS/menstrual phase. They hypothesise that scores will differ between these groups, and do not make specific predictions about whether they will increase or decrease. What is the name for the planned contrasts they should choose inSPSS? (2)e. Is there evidence of a significant overall effect of menstrual cycle phase on depression scores? Is there evidence of a significant difference between women in the high and low fertility phases? Is there evidence of a significant difference between women in the high fertility and the PMS/menstrual phase? State the appropriate statistics to justify your answer in each case. Report all statistics to 2dp. (8)f. Is there evidence of a violation of the assumption of homogeneity of variance? State the appropriate statistics to justify your answer. Report statistics to 2dp.(4)g. Create a bar graph to display this data, including all the required elements for publication in a scientific report. (7)30 Marks2. Some researchers are interested in whether a person’s physical attractiveness is related to the salary that they receive in their job. To explore this, they collect photographs of 80 people, along with data about their annual salary and their age. The photographs are independently rated for attractiveness on a scale of 0 to 7. The researchers enter this data into an SPSS data file, with each row representing a person, and the columns representing their age, their average attractiveness rating, and their salary. (data available) a. Using this data, create a scatter graph of the relationship between physical attractiveness and salary, making sure to include all the elements appropriate to a scientific publication. (2) b. From looking at this graph, would you hypothesise that there is a significant relationship between physical attractiveness and salary? (1)c. What is the statistical correlation between age and salary in this sample? Report your analysis in full, with statistics, in a way that is suitable for a scientific report.(7)d. The researchers hypothesise that the effects of age on both attractiveness and salary might be “masking” the effects of attractiveness on salary. They hypothesise that 1) age will be negatively related to attractiveness, and hence that 2) after controlling for age, there will be a positive relationship between attractiveness and salary. To test their first hypothesis, they perform a linear regression, to explore the relationship between age and attractiveness. Perform a linear regressionyourself, and report the results in full. Include a sentence, in plain English,to describe the relationship between age and attractiveness. Report statisticsto 2dp. (10)e. The people in the sample are all aged between 17 and 50. Perform a regression analysis of the relationship between age and salary,and use this to estimate what the salary would be for a 64 year old. Report al lyour statistics to the nearest whole number.(6)f. Perform a hierarchical (two-step) linear regression to test whether attractiveness predicts salary after controlling forage. Is attractiveness a statistically significant predictor of salary when age is included in the model (Yes/No)? Report the relevant p-value to 3dp. Is attractiveness a positive or negative predictor, or neither? Which statistic did you look at to answer this question? How much variation in salary does attractiveness explain, aftercontrolling for age? Which statistic did you look at to answer this question? Is the researcher hypothesis from part d supported (Yes/No)? (14)40 Marks3. Some researchers are interested in whether competitive behaviours operate to show off skills to potential romantic partners. They hypothesise that heterosexual men who are asked to engage in a competitive task will perform differently when being observed by female rather than male experimenters, and especially if the task relates to skill rather than simply hard work. To test this hypothesis they randomly allocate participants to a skill-based or an effort-based task, and to be observed by either a male or a female experimenter while they complete the task. The researchers enter this data into an SPSSdatafile, with each row representing a participant, and three columns representing whether they performed an effort or skill-based task, whether they were observed by a man or a woman, and their score on the task. (data Is available) a. Perform an analysis to test the researchers’hypotheses, including all the required follow up tests and descriptives that you believe are necessary. Write up this analysis in full, describing any statistical assumptions that you think are necessary, or explaining why youthink that such tests are not necessary. You should report effect sizes as wellas statistical significance. (14) b. Fill in the following table with the statisticsyou produced in your analysis. Pay attention to the number of decimal placesrequired. Effect: F-value (2 decimal places) Partial eta squared (2 decimal places) Gender Task type Gender*Task type (9)c. Produce an appropriate graph to show yourfindings.(7)Thank you all in advance,Kind regards,Katie
  25. Help with SPSS bachelor thesis

    Hi everybody, I got a little complicated question, but I'll try to make it as clear as possible. For my thesis I am doing research on the impact of the shifts within GOLD classifications on the quality of life of COPD patients. The dependent variable is the quality of life and the independent variable is the GOLD classification. I only look at the GOLD 2011 and the GOLD 2015 classification, with the GOLD classification as a categorical variable: GOLD A, B, C and D. One of my sub-questions I have difficulties with is: 'To what extent does the quality of life change in the GOLD 2011 and GOLD 2015 classificationgroups from baseline to year 1? I do not know exactly what tests I should run in order to find an answer to this question. What I do know is that the knowledge about the (level of) quality of life within the GOLD classification can be found by running a One Way Independent ANOVA test (if the dependent variable is normally distributed) or Kruskal-Wallis test (if the dependent variable is not normally distributed) with the GOLD 2011 (ABCD) and GOLD 2015 (A BC D). My main research question is 'What is the relation between the quality of life of COPD patiënts and the different GOLD 2015 classificationgroups and in which extent does this differ from the GOLD 2011? Thanks in advance!