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  1. Hello Guys, So this is my First Post on these forums. Im a Graduate from Pakistan wanting to apply to Europe generally in fields of architecture. I graduated in 2017 with a CGPA of 2.84 and 2 years work experience. I wanted to know if anyone can help me specify scholarships which apply to me. I went on to the DAAD website but i could not find the exact scholarships that I will be able to apply to. Any help would be amazing. Cheers Guys!
  2. I am finishing up my bachelor's in Art History and taking some time to get my applications together for September 2020. I am very interested in pursuing modern architecture as a field, but I have found very few architecture specialists on Art History faculties around North America, let alone ones who study modern architecture over baroque or ancient. Does anyone know of some good profs/programs to look into in the modern/contemporary architecture field? I am open to going to Europe, but I have not had a thorough look through schools there as of yet. My particular interests revolve around Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. I have had a look at some Architecture faculties at larger universities as well, but I am unsure of how advantageous it would be to hold an MA/PhD in History of Architecture over History of Art in terms of future employment as an instructor considering it seems to be such a niche field? However, I also feel that having an education in architecture lends itself well to placing me on the faculties of Architecture schools as a theory/history instructor over just the art history departments worldwide. Am I right to think that? Thanks a bunch!
  3. Hello, I am attaching my Statement of Purpose below. I have never written one before. Any suggestions and bits of advice? I am applying for Masters of Architecture I am a 25-year young Architect currently practicing Architecture professionally for more than two years and a half. I have been born and brought up in a middle-class family in a small coastal town called Alibag near Mumbai in India. Most of the choice of vacation places by my parents were places of historical importance, monuments, temples, beaches, forts as the overall cost was not so much. I neither had the privilege of visiting any luxurious hotels or destinations or any trips outside my country nor was I much interested in such vacations at that time. I was always fancied by seeing all the buildings and structures around me, even the ordinary ones. I was a kid with too many questions for my parents, and the question I had the most whenever I went to a new place was ‘Dad, do u know who built this?’. Initially his answer would be, ‘Why don’t you grow up and find yourself, and in the process, you might build a good building too’, but eventually at the end of the day he used to find out and tell me, and I used to write the names of the buildings followed by the owners’ name or whoever built it. By this time, I had no idea how the Architecture around me was having an influence on my life for good. When I completed my 10th grade back in 2008, I got the opportunity to join an NGO that my dad was a part of for 10 years. He would teach free yoga every Sunday to whoever wanted to learn yoga. Within a month I got to know that there was a person who comes to learn yoga there was part of an NGO in my hometown, whose activities included cleaning of forts, statues, monuments and it also included trekking and hiking activities. I knew by volunteering there I would get to visit historical monuments, forts and go on trekking and trips for free. There was a senior member in that NGO who was an Architect. I knew he would be the most relevant person to get all the answers for the questions I had about built form. Internet was not very accessible at that time with only dial-up connection with speed in kbps. He used to also take me to site visits on his projects, and I would tag along asking him questions which he happily answered to me. Going to new places I would only notice all the built form around me, and I felt each building, and every structure had a story to tell to me, I just had to observe and ask. I remember getting emotional and crying whenever I saw a damaged monument. Architecture by this time had already started becoming relevant to me in my early life. As a performing child in academics, my family expectations were I pursue science, but that was what I never fantasized. My fantasy was buildings and structures. For these three years, until I completed my 12th grade, I learnt how to sketch, and I made a sketch of every new place that I went to. I also learnt sculpting and bamboo carving during this time. I was very active in sports, and I have more than 75 awards and certificates in various competitions like skating, running, swimming, karate etc. After completing my 12th grade I chose Architecture, and by this time my parents knew what my interests were, and they backed me even though for us Architectural studies were costly. I joined an Architectural College in 2011. However, in 2012 after my 1st year, I had a significant health issue, and I had to take a break during 2012-2013. I re-joined a different architecture college under the same University, which was nearer to my home so I could travel from home daily. For the first 6 months after recovering from my health issue, I travelled daily, two hours to and two hours from college. When I recovered completely, I shifted in a rented apartment near my college. I earned my Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Mumbai. In my vacant time during these five years, I participated in several architectural seminars involving technical and design and workshops on construction techniques by different materials like wood, bamboo, CLT, Etc. I also attended workshops for sculpting, building materials, digital architecture, parametric and organic architecture, acoustics. Etc. I also got the opportunity to assist my professor in two of his projects which were load-bearing structures. I was active in sports at my college. I joined the Kho-Kho team in 2014, got the 4th prize for District Skating Competition in 2016, and was on the football team from 2016 to 2017. I was the cultural head of the college from 2015 to 2017, where I helped to manage and organize cultural events and activities and recruit new members in the association. I was also a part of the Students Council of Architecture from 2015 to 2017. This exposure allowed me to develop my leadership and social skills. My thesis topic for the final year was 'Mixed-Use Development,' and I focused on tackling issues like urban sprawl, migration, congestion, travelling time to and from work and intended to solve them by integrating several building typologies. Metro cities and upcoming Urban cities in India are going to contribute a significant chunk to India’s GDP, and Urban cities are going to be the hosts for international collaborations. My thesis was my sincere attempt to provide an example on how Mixed-Use development can play a vital role in making these cities capable of hosting such global events and pressure without damaging its economy and quality of living, and how my thesis could be potentially implemented on a larger scale. I want to further explore this topic by gaining knowledge about Urban design practices. In the university, the coursework focused on theoretical aspects rather than practical regards. Therefore, to gain practical experience, I started my internship at an Architectural firm back in Jan 2016 and continued for 4 months there, after which I got recommended by my employer to one of the best firms in Mumbai. They hired and allowed to work as a part-time junior architect as my academics were also going on. I took a break for my final year thesis semester in October 2016 and re-joined the same firm back in May 2017 and worked there full time at the post of an Architect & Designer for 14 months till June 2018. I am currently working as a Planning Architect at a construction firm who is a business associate of the previous firm, I worked in. I have been teaching a few subjects at NATA classes every Sunday since May 2017. I also have been freelancing, mostly bungalow projects at my hometown in collaboration with an RCC consultant and a contractor since December 2017. I have been fortunate enough to be able to acquire Bungalow projects through the people I have known through both the NGOs that I am part of, and also through my friends and relatives. In India people like everything that is for free, and people don’t like to work for free. I have been taking advantage of this scenario and had the opportunity to gain tremendous knowledge about the practical application of architecture. In addition to these projects, I am currently working on a Resort project in my hometown. I have been fortunate enough to gain practical knowledge of various construction techniques during this time. I have good practical experience and abilities such as the ability to carry out plans, supervise and oversee the actual construction process. My work has also allowed me to reflect upon my shortcomings and the areas which I need to receive additions and intensive training on. Looking back at my hometown and the places I have been to in India, I know there is so much that can be done to improve the quality and the experience. These places have so much potential for improvement since India is a culturally diverse and vibrant nation. Given the ability, power and responsibility, there is a wide array of things that can be done. I believe that our fraternity has been accountable for everything we have been seeing around us ever since the first thought to assemble a structure or a built form was established. As part of the same fraternity we have the power and responsibility to provide the future generations with a healthy and feasible habitat, and we could offer them with self-sustainable cities and a favourable climate that can prevail for ages, which is possible by the current advancement in technology. Everything we build now will have an impact then. I believe that such self-sustainable cities are likely in the coming decades and I call my version of it a 'Dream City.’ By doing this, we could stop borrowing the earth from our future generations. With the current advancement in space technology and exploration, it is inevitable that we will be building structures in outer space and on other planets, for example, mars. If someone has to be the first person to step on an extra-terrestrial planet why not the person be from our fraternity, and undoubtedly why not an Architect? An Architect is an Artist, imagine building everything from scrap from the perspective of an artist -one who has thorough knowledge about built form & spaces, environment and design. It will be a beautiful self-sustainable place to live in. I have a firm understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of Architecture Design and Technical implementation, and I feel that I am prepared to begin the next step of my development which is the pursuit of higher education in Architecture. I think that it is crucial building upon my previous training and education in a stimulating atmosphere full of diverse viewpoints and ideas. The diverse and international students body combined with modern facilities and esteemed professors at your university will provide me with a cutting-edge education that will prepare me for any challenges I may face in the future. It will also put me together for a lifetime of success in the field of Art, Architecture and Design. Your master's program is integral to my dreams and goals, and I will much appreciate your consideration of my application.
  4. Hey all,I am an Architect from India. I completed my bachelor's degree in Architecture ( B.Arch ) in 2017 which is a 5-year degree.I have many backlogs and one year drop. My final grades are 7.8 CGPA ( i.e 7.4 x 7.8 + 12 = 70% )equivalent to 3.7/4 Canadian GPA according to this calculator > https://www.greedge.com/blog/fall-2018-convert-cgpa-usa-germany-canada/ ( scroll down two pages for Canada Gpa calculator on the page )I have 7.5 overall scores in IELTS academic.I have 2.5 years of work experience.Is my profile eligible for pursuing masters in Canada?The degree I want to pursue is1.Masters of Urban Design2. Masters of Planning3. Masters of ArchitecturePlease do not suggest diploma courses. These are the final courses I want to look into.I was talking to an agent earlier who said my profile is low and he suggested considering Australia.However, I am not quite sure whether my profile is a low one as the yeard drop was due to a significant health issue I faced in the 2nd year.I have all my documents ready including ( Portfolio, writing samples, CV, transcripts, LOR )With the deadline being 15th Jan 2019 for most of the Canadian Universities, I am in a panic mode and don't know what to do really. I also want to be eligible for PR later.Any suggestions, please?Thanks in Advance.
  5. Greetings! This is a friendly reminder that you are invited you to participate in our FREE ONLINE ADMISSION EVENTS via Zoom (Video Conferencing Service).You may test your connection here. To register for the online events, please click on the dates below or on our flyer. Conference Calls With MCP Program Chair: Paul Waddell Wednesdays, 3-4PM (PST) These sessions will allow you to gain insight into the faculty perspective of our program. Our chair will be open to answering all of your questions! October 17 *THIS WEDNESDAY* November 7 December 5 MCP Program & Admission Webinars: DCRP Graduate Advisors Thursdays, 1-2PM (PST) These webinars will provide you with an overview of our graduate program, admissions requirements/tips, funding, admission statistics, career services, and employment. The final 15 20 minutes will allow the opportunity for Q&A. October 18 *THIS THURSDAY* November 8 Application Questions Webinar: DCRP Graduate Advisors Thursday, December 6, 1-2PM (PST) This will be your FINAL opportunity to gain answers to your LAST MINUTE application questions BEFORE the M.C.P. program online application deadline (Monday, December 17)! As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the programs we offer and application process. We hope you all have a good rest of your week! Clay & Kathleen Graduate Student Services Department of City and Regional Planning | College of Environmental Design University of California, Berkeley 228 Wurster Hall, MC 1850 Berkeley, CA 94720 Tel 510.643.9440 Email dcrpgrad@berkeley.edu http://dcrp.ced.berkeley.edu UCB - DCRP - MCP_Admission Events.pdf UCB Master of City Planning_Program Info.pdf
  6. Greetings! The Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) at UC Berkeley actively seeks to reach out to various communities to diversify our Master of City Planning (MCP) applicant pool and the profession. To get to know us, we invite you to attend our upcoming Fall Open House on Monday, October 8 (registration begins at 8AM). During the half-day event, you will learn about our graduate programs, talk to current students, meet with faculty and audit courses. If you are interested in attending, please reserve your spot by Monday, October 1. Registration is required and free! ALL ARE WELCOME! In the meantime, our Graduate Advising team (Kathleen Pera and Clay Hall) are available resource to you during the application process and we are happy answer any questions you may have! Feel free to email us at dcrpgrad@berkeley.edu or give us a call at 510-643-9440 (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm). You may also schedule an in-person, phone or Zoom meeting with us! We hope you will join us for the event and we look forward to connecting with each of you! Warm regards, Kathleen Pera and Clay Hall Graduate Student Services Department of City and Regional Planning College of Environmental Design University of California, Berkeley Tel 510.643.9440 Email dcrpgrad@berkeley.edu http://dcrp.ced.berkeley.edu
  7. starting to think about grad school applications. I am going into my 4th year at a BArch program where I have a minor in history. I have wanted to go into HP for many years but am torn about where to apply. I am looking into Clemson, UMD, BU, and UPenn but would love any inside knowledge about the programs. Also nervous about acceptance rates and what the schools take into account on deciding
  8. Hi all! I got waitlisted at my top choice of University of Washington's Architecture Design Computing program. I am currently awaiting the next news but I am really trying to be hopeful but I am just stressed. Anyone have any advice (or maybe you are turning down your acceptance giving me a spot, I know thats a little cruel but I would just like to know).
  9. Hi, I am an international student. I have been admitted into UT Austin's MArch 1 and WashU's MArch 1 program but I'm unable to decide which one is better. WashU offers me $18,000 fellowship and its March 1 is STEM program while UT Austin is not. In my opinion, Austin is much better than St. Louis as a city to live, to study and to work. I prefer to work in US after graduate from grad school. I don't know about the education environment, reputation and faculty of the two schools of Architecture in US, so I need your advice. Thank you in advance.
  10. Hello from Wurster Hall! UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design CED is now accepting applications to our immersive summer program - the Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design - for post-baccalaureates who are interested in pursuing graduate study in architecture or city planning but lack an academic background in those fields. Participants spend six intensive weeks at UC Berkeley testing their affinity for graduate work in the environmental design disciplines: honing visual representation skills, connecting with faculty and practitioners, developing presentation and critique strategies, engaging with the history and theory of the fields, working with real-world clients, conducting field work, building a network of like-minded peers, and polishing graduate school applications. Recent Institute graduates have been accepted to master's programs at such institutions as UC Berkeley, Harvard, UT Austin, Columbia, U Penn, U Michigan, Princeton, and others. I'd be happy to answer questions about the four Institute cohorts - [IN]CITY, [IN]ARCH, [IN]LAND and [IN]ARCH ADV, and connect you with some of our amazing program alums who have gone on to prestigious planning graduate programs and professional positions. Drop me a line at summer-institutes@berkeley.edu. Chrissie Bradley Summer Programs Manager College of Environmental Design University of California, Berkeley
  11. Zhou042

    USC or CMU

    Hi guys, I got admitted to the program MS Building Science at USC School of Architecture and MS Building Performance and Diagnostics at CMU school of architecture. My current plan is to start my career after graduation, but I might want to do a Phd as well, which is the reason I applied for the master degree. The MSBPD program at CMU is research-based and best for the students want to do Phd, says the official website. The curriculum of the program has many courses related to data science. I like studying new things and integrated computer science into architecture. Also, it is a small program with only about 10 students per year so the research opportunities are huge and students can have great interaction with teachers. But I am not sure if the data skill is useful for job seeking. And I the alumni network can be bad if I want to find a job in the building industry. The MSBS program at USC is more practical. From the curriculum, I thought they offer courses in a more traditional way so it is easier for students to find a job as a mechanical designer in the building industry. It may be more practical for students who would like to work after graduation. This program is similar to the architectural engineering program in PennState and Purdue, which I also got admissions but without funding or scholarship. Actually, I am not sure which one to choose among these 4 programs. I am an international student so please put it into consideration when offering suggestions. Thank you all for your reply.
  12. GRAD2018

    CMU or Harvard?

    Here are my top choices so far: Harvard: -MDes (Technology) Carnegie Mellon University: -MDes -MS in Computational Design (partial scholarship) -MHCI Going to Harvard and taking classes at MIT (especially the Media Lab) would be a dream. I just cannot figure out where Harvard MDes will take me professionally. CMU is very transparent about the graduates' career statistics. CMU students seem to be doing well professionally and financially. Does anyone know how well Harvard MDes grads transition to industry? Also, one of my goals is to learn as much CS as possible during grad school. Also admitted to: Columbia University: MArch Rice University: MArch (full ride) TU Delft: Design for Interaction Georgia Tech: Master of Science in Architecture (Digital Design and Fabrication)
  13. Greetings from UC Berkeley! The College of Environmental Design (CED) actively seeks to reach out to various communities to diversify the urban design field, planning field, and related graduate studies at UC Berkeley. We invite you to attend our Fall Open House for Prospective Masters Students on Monday, October 9, 2017 from 9:00AM-12:00PM (registration begins at 8:30AM). Come meet our faculty, current students and staff! Sit in on classes and tour Wurster Hall’s computer labs, fabrication shop, CAD/CAM lab, research facilities, library and archives. To RSVP, please complete the registration form here. Prospective M.Arch applicants are invited to participate in an informational admissions webinar hosted by the Department of Architecture graduate advisers. The webinar will feature an overview of admission requirements and process, M.Arch 1-, 2- and 3-year curriculum, graduate funding, as well as a question-and-answer session. To register for the webinars, use the links listed below. Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM (PST) Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM (PST) Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM (PST) Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM (PST) (Q&A Session only) Prospective M.C.P. applicants are invited to participate in a Program & Admissions Webinar hosted by the Department of City and Regional Planning graduate advisers featuring an overview of program, admission requirements and process, curriculum, graduate funding, as well as a question-and-answer session. In addition to the webinars, our M.C.P. Program Co-Chairs will host Conference Calls to provide insight into the faculty perspective of the MCP program. To RSVP for the various events, please complete the registration form here.
  14. Good evening, this is Steve. I am currently an upcoming high school senior and interested in applying for Architecture and Urban design major. I understand that I'm posting this on a Grad forum I think that people who are in this community will definitely be more experienced and know what kind of portfolio a college professor/admission department is more likely to prefer. Could someone please tell me some general things that I should definitely include in my portfolio? Or which kind of direction (either more artistic or more design based) should my portfolio be composed of? Thanks so much!
  15. MarinaLazarus

    PhD in History instead of Art History

    Hi! I'm asking advice about my PhD in History. I have applied for two programs in Art History (rejected from Toronto, accepted at St Andrews) and two in History at Cambridge and Oxford (accepted from both) as my research project involves both architectural history and history. My problem is that I've a MSc in Architectural History and Theory and a BA in History of Art and my dream was doing a PhD in Architectural History as I want to be an Architectural Historian. My MSc supervisor suggested me to apply for a PhD in History at Cambridge as there is a potential supervisor which has already worked on my research topic and the same in Oxford. With my surprise, I have been accepted but now I don't know what to do. I'm not worried about the supervisors who are expert in material culture (so both art and architecture) and really interested in the "architectural" part of my research. What I fear the most is that I wouldn't be prepared enough in History and that I wouldn't fit in the department and that I would regret not being in the Art History one. I can still accept the offer at St Andrews (with no chances of funding) but I feel really stupid in refusing the offers from Oxbridge. Is it true that I will be relatively free to shape my research regardless of the department? Can I attend courses held by other departments? My supervisor told me that a PhD in History (and from Cambridge) is more prestigious that a PhD in History of Art, Is that true?
  16. Hey everyone! I applied to Ryerson, McGill and Carleton for the Masters in Architecture! I haven't heard back from any so I'm pretty nervous! Has anyone any idea when I should hear from them? Also has anyone heard back from them? Feel free to reply!
  17. Hello M. Arch Applicants, I applied to 7 universities in Canada for Master's of Architecture for Fall 2017 and I have been rejected by 5 universities. My university is unaccredited and my grades are average. My question is should I lose hope and resort to looking for summer architecture internships and try again next year? This forum and admitted list is causing me more stress than before and I need advice and closure. ( I know I need to not look at the result list but it gives me a good idea who I am up against.) I want to know your applicant situations whether it's positive or negative and advise for what is the best way to move forward. Waitlist: U of Manitoba Rejected: Calgary, U of T, Ryerson, McGill and UBC Still waiting for offer: Carleton, Dalhousie
  18. Is there anyone else for UManitoba Fall 2017 ? I received an acceptance March 26 for M.arch program
  19. To everyone that applied to architecture, landscape architecture or urban design, did you hear anything yet? I emailed the department today. I'll post if/when I get a reply.
  20. Hello All, This is my first post on the Grad Cafe! I would like some opinions and some constructive criticism on my current career path, and hopefully some insight from someone who might've been in a similar situation. I recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in architecture, with a minor in business administration. During my last year as an undergraduate student, I realized that although I love architecture, I no longer wish to pursue it as a lifelong career. This comes from several reasons: the current job market and pay rate for architects, personal goals; and a growing interest in business, specifically in an international context. Currently, I am enrolled to finish my Business administration minor into a major, graduating in another 1.5 years with a double major in International Business and Real Estate(or possibly finance). I have chosen to complete another undergraduate degree rather than an MBA because I really would like to aim for a top 10 MBA program. During the summer/after graduating, I intend to work (preferably in the north east), and after 2 years, apply to an MBA program. What I would like to work in is real estate development, investment banking, or commodities trading. So! After all that background info, here are a couple of questions/comments that I'd love help on. 1. Although I do not regret my decision to study architecture, I am frustrated that I am repeating ~2 years of an undergraduate degree. Does this seem like this route will be worth it? If not, what would you advise? 2. With two undergraduate degrees, will I still be competitive for the top MBA programs? I realize I will be short on professional work experience, but it is not unheard of to only have 2 years of work experience, right? My GPA is a 3.8, with a several leadership and other extracurriculars. 3. I chose specifically the undergraduate program that I am currently enrolled in because I really enjoy other cultures and thinking in an international context- are there any international programs or dual degree programs that are located in the north east I should take a look at? Thank you so much for sifting through all of this information, and let me know if you need any additional information to provide a better answer. I appreciate your responses. -Alex
  21. Hello, I am applying to a Master of Historic Preservation program. I am trying to reduce the length of my statement from 900 words to a word count close to 500, and receive more general feedback on the structure and content of my statement. Would anyone be willing to peer review my text? Thank you!
  22. Hello all, Until now, I have been accepted to 4 universities to pursue a PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering, and at this point I am a bit confused. These schools are: 1. USC (Computer Engineering), in contact with professors in computer architecture. There are professors showing considerable interest in working with me. Location-wise: very enjoyable weather, close to very good places for travelling and close to industry but I heard that the neighborhood is not very nice. 2+2 year guaranteed fellowship: I have the first two years to decide which professor that I want to work with, and for the other two I think the school pays still but I should have an advisor. 2. CMU (ECE), in contact with professors in comp arch and wireless networking Similarly, a few professors have shown their interest in working with me, sent emails. But their topics do not intrigue me as much as the others do. The weather is not very nice, and I did not like my travel options very much. However, the city looks good. I am with fellowship but it seems I need to find an advisor in the first few months of arrival. - EPFL (EDIC), in contact with professors in comp arch Just exchanged a few emails with professors but nothing in detail. Will attend Open House in two weeks. Its location-wise plus is that it is close to home but I'd really rather study in US. I have one year to find an advisor, and almost none of them seems to have a problem funding students. - UT at Austin, accepted to the computer arch track Just a quick interview and an acceptance followed like a month ago. Not much contact since, but I am planning on getting more information from current students and professors. I definitely rather hot weather than cold. They say that it is also close to many tech companies. And Austin looks like a great city to be a student in. I am told that I have a 4 year fellowship but I need to find an advisor in one year. My primary interest was in computer architecture, and I had mentioned in my SOP that I might also do some things in networking. Research and that I like what I do are the most important aspects but I also give a lot of importance to the location and amount of financial support. Luckily, all of them seems ok regarding financial concerns. I am now closest to choosing UT at Austin, but I might as well choose CMU or maybe others. I cannot be sure which one would be better, or if there is even a great gap between them. Which one do you think is best in comp arch field? Or more generally, what would you do if you were in my shoes? Your comments are all appreciated greatly. Thanks all in advance,
  23. I'm having trouble picking an architecture school. I was accepted to Syracuse, Penn State and SUNY Buffalo. I want a good job, of course, once I graduate and plan to look for work in NYC. I lean more classic than modern so the historic preservation certificate at Buffalo is enticing. However Syracuse and Penn State have the name recognition so I'm torn which way to go. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated especially from anyone familiar with these programs.
  24. Hi everyone! I am looking for a master specialized in sustainable architecture. I found out several ones but these didnt suit what I need: the carrying out of architectural projects and the study of environmentally-friendly construction methods. I would be quite grateful if you could recommend me some interesting university in the US which offers this kind of master. Thank you!!
  25. I hear GSD is sending out requests for interviews. Can anyone confirm this?
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