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  1. Hello everyone! I am new to The Grad Cafe. I am an undergraduate student from Michigan currently pursuing a degree in Sociology. I will graduate in April 2017 (1 year away)! I plan to attend an MSW program straight out of undergrad and am curious to get some insight from those who have already gone through the process. I have been researching for a few months and right now I am most interested in: University of Michigan University of Washington University of Denver Portland State University UC Berkeley Smith College My path would be clinical. I am most interested in working with Children/youth but am interested in a variety of settings (schools, hospitals, nonprofits) at home and even abroad. For those that have been accepted to one or more of these programs, what are your stats? What type of experiences did you have? What do you think made you stand out? When did you start applying to MSW programs? Do you have any tips? How far in advance of application deadlines did you start preparing? Did anyone else go straight out of undergrad? Do you think that this put you at an advantage or disadvantage? Is applying as an out of state applicant an advantage or disadvantage to most of these programs? My current stats: GPA: 3.6 America Reads Corp Member - (reading tutor in public elementary school) Substitute teacher in Detroit Public Schools Alternative Spring Break Volunteer (2 years in a row) Vice President of Student Organization - Have been involved in lots of event planning, volunteering/ and volunteer project creation, professional development, fundraising, etc. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES? WHAT CAN I DO IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS TO MAKE MYSELF A STRONGER APPLICANT COME WINTER? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THESE PROGRAMS? Thanks so much for any information you can share with me! I am so excited for my future in this field and to speak with some of you who share similar aspirations! Thanks everyone
  2. I've read through a few of these threads, and the common theme seems to be people who clearly (from an outsider's perspective) already know what they want coming to that realization on their own by hearing input from others. So...here I am. Possibly already decided, but certainly don't feel that way. I've been accepted to UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Northwestern, and CU Boulder for CS PhD programs. As far as I can see, here is how things breakdown. Stipends are comparable at each school: UC Berkeley Area: I don't love NorCal (I lived in the area for ~7 years so I'm pretty familiar), but there are a TON of opportunities to get involved with startups in the area. Research fit: AWESOME, I'd work on super wacky stuff the likes of which I haven't seen at other places. I also love the prof BUT he can be EXTREMELY difficult to get in touch with. That's been a problem for me in the past - I'm independent, but I don't like to be completely abandoned. Prestige: Super high obviously. Long-term prospects: Name recognition through the roof, plus I'd likely already develop relationships with awesome industry companies. Focus: Developing new platforms. UC Santa Cruz Area: Again, NorCal, not my fave, but off in the woods seems like a better fit for me. Still plenty of great access to the startups and so forth in the area. Research fit: Also AWESOME. I'd be working with a professor who does super wacky stuff that's right up my alley. I've felt the strongest "gut fit" with this prof. Prestige: Not so great? Long-term prospects: I'd develop some strong relationships that could take me far, and doing research that I'm super interested in sounds excellent. Focus: Playful technology / user-centered design / games CU Boulder Area: My absolute favorite place by far, hands down. Living here would be a joy every day. Some tech startup activity in the area, but probably not much compared to the Bay Area. Research fit: EXCELLENT. Very interdisciplinary campus, new program ramping up (I tend to thrive in slightly chaotic environments like this as long as I'm given the power to change things). Prestige: Not so great? Long-term prospects: Craft technology / schools Northwestern Area: Chicago, big cities just aren't my thing. BUT, they do have opportunities, and I'd do work in museums, and possibly with some amazing performing groups there. Research fit: Great, I think? I'm questioning my commitment to the focus here, but until super recently I was way gung-ho about it. Prestige: Excellent. Long-term prospects: I'd build relationships with museums, since that's the main focus of the lab. Anyway, there's no clear winner here to me, at least. I...I'm not even sure what I'm asking for... I guess I'm just hoping that if I type this all out, someone will be able to hold up a mirror to what I've said and help me see my own hopes and dreams more clearly. Here's a question I guess: How does CU Boulder rank as compared with Santa Cruz or Northwestern?
  3. Anyone recently waitlisted for UC Berkeley's MSW program? Or any current students accepted from UC Berkeley's waitlist in past years? Looking for advice- Thanks!
  4. I'm a freshman at Virginia Tech, and yes, I know it's way too early for me to be worried about graduate school, but I'm just a tad curious.As of right now, I'm pursing two degrees in Statistics and Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA). I'm leaning towards pursuing a graduate degree in Data Science. My top 3 choices as of right now are Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the University of Washington. I got a 4.0 GPA last semester but I feel like the chances of me achieving that again, especially this semester are extremely low. I know I have at least six semesters left of classes to take after this one, but I just wanted to know if a GPA around 3.0-3.6 this semester is digging a hole for myself in regards of getting into one of my top 3 Graduate programs. I'm also really interested in doing Undergraduate Research while I'm here at Virginia Tech if that's of any importance. Just wondering what the "acceptance rate" and standards are for these three Graduate schools for their Statistics/Data Science departments?Thanks!
  5. I was just wondering if anyone is applying to these programs for the Fall 2012 and how your applications are going. It would be nice to talk to people in the same boat and maybe compare notes. (This also applies to grad students currently in these programs.)
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