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  1. Hi, I am planning to apply for Philosophy PhD programs in the US and was wondering about the importance of GRE scores in admission. Oh and I'm not a native speaker in English. I didn't do my degrees in English-speaking countries. Just to let you know, if this turns out to be relevant... I just got my GRE score, which is V 170 Q 170 W 4.5. I'm happy to have these V and Q scores but ... I'm hoping to get into one of the top programs in philosophy, and from what I saw on this site, it seems like the absolute majority of the admitted students have writing scores of at least 5.0. (5.5 seems to be the average.) Some say that GRE works as sort of pass/fail and I'll be just ok if I pass the minimum. I've heard some schools take into consideration that the student is not a native speaker and that speed really matters in GRE writing. But I'm not sure about that. Maybe they could just take this a sign of weakness in language, won't they....? My GPA is almost perfect, but as everyone in the field knows, it's getting enormously competitive and almost everyone who applies to the top programs seems to have perfect GPA. So I thought a low analytic writing score could matter in the admission process. If it matters a lot, I think I should retake the exam. But if the effect is minimal, I would just take more time to revise my writing sample. If anyone knows about the importance of GRE in philosophy program admissions, please help me out. There are not many people here I can ask for advice, so I'll really, really, appreciate any tip or information you give me. Thanks...!! + Does it hurt to apply two or three times to the same program? Is there any disadvantage, formal or informal, for a person who got rejected last year and then applies again?
  2. It would be great full if someone can help to review n grade my essay task.. Thanks in advance! Issue Task : Young people should be encouraged to pursue long term, realistic goals rather than seek immediate fame and recognition. Essay Having goals in ones life is as important as having the basic necessities of life.Reaching goals will keep up the moral and confidence of an individual.Thus goals being set must be achievable and realistic in nature.It should be long term plan which in-turn is made up of smaller short term goals. Attaining fame or recognition should not be the sole purpose of any goal being set. In-fact long term goals would not lead to recognition initially. Building upon a long plan with smaller chunks of goals as building block would be beneficial. Long term goals when reached are recognized for a longer time and are not transitory.Contrary ,having only short term goals can get fame immediately but only among a smaller population. Achieving short term goals which are not in sync or connected will not lead to any fruitful outcome. Companies like Facebook,Amazon etc did not flourish all of a sudden .It took a considerable amount of time to plan,design ,execute and reach success. Young people must think to achieve over a long period of time. Youngsters have time and vigor to do things in a very innovative way and they are the building blocks of any nations prosperity.Being realistic is a important factor that will also determine the success . Bringing a dead man alive is impossible and any efforts being put is of vain. Focusing on achievable results over a period of time rather immediate fame, will be beneficial. Space missions ,Multi-National companies or any other long sustained achievements were possible only by achieving short term inter-connected goals. The number of start-ups even though are increasing every year, most of them collapse drastically after few years due to lack of stability.They might initially get profit but are not able to sustain because planning for a longer run was inadequate and focused on immediate results. Achieving smaller goals boosts confidence but disjoint goals would lead to no where.Achieving smaller connected goals for a longer run will be sustainable and well known to greater population for a longer time.Thus younger generation should be encouraged to have a long term realistic goals.
  3. AWA Grading help

    Question e following appeared in a memo from the new vice president of Sartorian, a company that manufactures men's clothing. "Five years ago, at a time when we had difficulties in obtaining reliable supplies of high quality wool fabric, we discontinued production of our alpaca overcoat. Now that we have a new fabric supplier, we should resume production. This coat should sell very well: since we have not offered an alpaca overcoat for five years and since our major competitor no longer makes an alpaca overcoat, there will be pent-up customer demand. Also, since the price of most types of clothing has increased in each of the past five years, customers should be willing to pay significantly higher prices for alpaca overcoats than they did five years ago, and our company profits will increase." Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. My argument essay. This is my first attempt to write an arguement essay. ( It's been a while) The argument states that the company will be profited by starting to manufacture the alpaca overcoat. This is based on the premises that, a 5 year stop in production would have increased the market demand. Moreover, the recent surge in clothing price and no competitor manufacturing the same coat, adds to favor of the manufacturer. However, on careful examination, the argument is found to be baseless and is rife with assumptions. First, a generalization is made by assuming the same market scenario in the present and 5 years back. There could have been a lot of changes in the market. The advent of new low cost materials could have deteriorated the market for woolen products.Therefore the above mentioned assumption of generalization doesn’t correlate with the author’s prediction of getting higher profits. Second, sufficient proof is not showcased regarding the capability of the new supplier of wool. Assuming a case of increase in demand, if the supplier is not able to cope up it will lead to backlog in availability. It can lead to dissatisfied customers who may seek competitor products. In such a case the company would lose on its customer bank and this can give way to loss of market share. The author mentions about the recent surge in the price of clothes. But he fails to provide by magnitude with which the price has increased. There is no mention regarding the increase in price with respect to woolen clothes. There could be possiblity of increase in prices for cotton clothes whereas the price of wollen products might have decreased. In such a scenario the company would plunge into a loss rather gain any profit. Finally, the author fails to take into consideration the manufacturing price of the jacket. If the cost price of the jacket is steep then it would difficult for the manufacturer to sell the product in the market. This may lead to increase in iventory leading to loss for the organization. In summary, the argument fails to prove solid ground, given that there are compelling arguments against the authors claim.
  4. Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could. 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. For communities with a decent culture and a viable system, scandals may give useful results to fix the corrupted organisms in the system by appeasing the community about that specific corruptions. Hence, in theory the useful way of the scandals cannot be rejected, but in contrast of the assumption of living in non-aberrant societies, in reality it is very hard to find even one. Most people in modern societies live in a wasteful life where they do not grow any self-ability anda are hungry for any type of success. Therefore, the people you see everyday have a great chance of being a vicious zealot. After giving their hearts for some leader or some political party or some similar aspect of the society, there is no way of convincing him that the thing or person that he believes is may be a part of the scandal. To give an illustration, the president of Turkey, Erdoğan, actually persuaded his poor fanatics to go outside and fight against the soldiers with tanks while there was a coup attempt against him. Thus, I cannot see anyway that these people will turn their back to Erdoğan after a scandal. Actually, there were accusations against him and his colleagues from his party about stealing money. The result was a more powerful support for Erdoğan. Still, there may be some disagreements about that example by claiming that Erdoğan is an exception, or not every society is as corrupted as Turkish community. Even though we are hearing resignations after scandals, especially from Asian countries, with the technological revolution coming, the number of people who are tend to be fanatics will rise with the decline in the opportunity of finding jobs. Even in US, the greatest economy of our World and the land of freedom, it is possible to see people who are yelling ‘Heil Trump!’, a reference to a Nazi Slogan. Summarizing, as time moves on and the populations becomes greater, the number of fanatics and radicals will rise too which will lead to people who are rejecting, closing their eyes to the scandals related to their beloved leader or organization. In the past, scandals may give the societies the opportunity to fix the problems, but in our times it will lead to more polarized people who hate each other because they do not like each others’ radical and fanatic attitude.
  5. I just got my GRE scores: AWA 4.5, V 170, Q 170. I feel a bit bad about my writing score. The other two measures are great obviously, and the V much better than I expected. I will apply for a Econ PhD this fall, and aim at the top 10. I know it's tough to get accepted, but my GPA is strong and so are my letters. I'm only concerned about my writing score. Do you think I should retake the GRE? By doing so I'll most likely spoil my perfect scores in the other two sections. Fyi: I'm an international applicant. Not sure if this makes any difference...
  6. ISSUE ESSAY: Claim: In order to help small businesses to thrive, government should play a minimal role in private business matters Small businesses will flourish in an organic manner when government intervention is at a minimum possible level. This is due to many reasons on the part of the nature of the government in question, on the part of the banking structure and on the economies where these businesses are located. Government intervention often translates to red tape; something that bigger enterprises have the resources to deal with. Unfortunately, resources are limited when it comes to smaller businesses and red tape becomes a major obstacle to company growth. The free market system has allowed some of the greatest multi-national corporations to rise out of small stores. When the government does not meddle with the natural functioning of the market, small businesses too can have the chance to thrive by dealing with forces that they can counter with actions that are within their legal bounds. If the government involves itself through directives and orders, the common man might have to deal with crippling lawsuits or at least the limited economic maneuverability that is concomitant with government involvement. Minimal intervention is a good policy to have, especially in countries where the governments are known to be prone to corruption and whose bureaucracy is riddles with unnecessary and expensive procedures which greatly hamper the ease of doing business. A major concern for many of those who favor government involvement in small business matters is the fact that smaller businesses require greater financial and tax-related support from the government and government-backed banking institutions. While this fact holds true to a certain extent, fair banking regulations and sound business policies which make the ease of conducting business as high as possible are prerequisites for any government regardless of the level of involvement in business matters. If good business-related policies are in place in both the banking sector and in general government, a need for the government to create a 'safety net' should not arise. From almost every angle, minimal intervention by government is optimal in order to allow small-scale industries to not only survive but also thrive and grow into greater entities. Minimal government intervention can lead to greater economic prosperity not only for the individual businesses but also for the economy as a whole due to the stabilizing effect that they have on it.
  7. Argument Task: The following appeared in a memorandum from the owner of Movies Galore, a chain of video rental stores. “In order to reverse the recent decline in our profits, we must reduce operating expenses at Movies Galore’s ten video rental stores. Since we are famous for our special bargains, raising our rental prices is not a viable way to improve profits. Last month our store in downtown Marston significantly decreased its operating expenses by closing at 6:00 P.M. rather than 9:00 P.M. and by reducing its stock by eliminating all movies released more than five years ago. Therefore, in order to increase profits without jeopardizing our reputation for offering great movies at low prices, we recommend implementing similar changes in our other nine Movies Galore stores.” Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation. Essay: The argument claims that Movies Galore is being in loss and to regain profit, they must reduce operating cost by limiting store hours and remove 5 years old stock from the stores. Stated in this way the argument reveals examples of leap of faith, poor reasoning and ill-defined terminology. The conclusion of the argument relies on assumptions for which there is no clear evidence. Hence, the argument is weak and has several flaws. First, the argument readily assumes that they are famous of offering movies at low prices and increasing rates doesn't look like viable solution. This statement is a stretch with no evidence supporting whether increasing rates would have caused any issues so far. And it does not provide idea of market analysis which would have made them stay with low rates. For example, if company offers good quality with low cost makes it obvious for them to gain from it. If they plan not to increase rates and check whether it generates money or not. Clearly, store won't get to know whether prices they offer is very low with respect to operating expenses which would have been damaging revenue since long time. The argument could have been much clearer if it explicitly stated that it was tested before which did not end well. Second, the argument claims that only way to make profit is by reducing operating store expenses with no information from the store where it is already applied whether it was profitable or not. This is again a very weak and unsupported claim as the argument does not demonstrate any correlation between operating cost decrease and profit from it. To illustrate, The store where they changed closing time to 6:00 PM instead of 9:00 could lose customers renting movies after 6:00 PM which is actually usual time when people think of renting movie for spending evening hours with their home theatre. While, Removing 5 year old stock also undermines argument as people always tend to watch movies which is high in recommendation and that could be more than 10 years old. In fact, it is not at all clear if there was profit with new methods rather planning to start same logic in other stores. If the argument had provided evidence that the store has gained then the argument would have been a lot more convincing. Finally, owner's plan could be invisible and based on his experience and instinct by decreasing availability of stock and daily schedule timing which could push fear of loss for customers and reign back on movie rental market. Still, was it owners deliberate plan? How would reducing operating cost marks profit? Do we have solid ground to make use of new plan? Without convincing answers to these questions, one is left with the impression that the claim is more of a wishful thinking rather than substantive evidence. In conclusion, the argument is flawed for the above-mentioned reasons and is therefore unconvincing. It could be considerably strengthened if the author clearly mentioned all the relevant facts about new method stats and customers feedback and if there is deliberate plan which is not discussed. In order to assess the merits of a certain decision, it is essential to have full knowledge of all contributing factors. In this particular case profitable plan is based on mere weak assumption with no proof. Without this information, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate.
  8. Please review below essay: Some people believe that corporations have a responsibility to promote the wellbeing of the societies and environments in which they operate. Others believe that the only responsibility of corporations, provided they operate within the law, is to make as much money as possible. Write a response in which you discuss which view more closely aligns with your own position and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should address both of the views presented. Essay: This topic raises the controversial issue of whether Corporation have responsibility to enlighten wellbeing of the Societies and Environments in which they operate or not. Everyone have different point of view based on their experience. Indisputably, corporations runs and are more concerned about growth and profit they make from their business. Nevertheless, how much they make relies on people working for them and their productivity towards companies growth, and surroundings supporting flexibility in how they operate. Thus, I generally disagree with the opinion that only responsibility of corporation is to make money provided they work within law, and would argue that as corporation work because of people and environment they operate in, they indeed owes responsibility to promote the wellbeing of the societies and environments. First of all, Growth of these corporations are marked by people who use their Products, work for them, society enduring their presence. And I would like to point out that corporation accelerates development of the society. To illustrate, let us look at the example of tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, amazon etc. who are at top corporates with wealthy investors, shareholders and geek employees. Let's take example Hyderabad City, Microsoft built India Headquarters which has given jobs to Technical Scholars plus work to many illiterate labourers as a part of maintenance, After their initiation in City, there is new wave of growth in Hyderabad which has transformed whole city into IT Hub. In this regard, obviously corporate has direct impact on the people and how it changes society. Consequently, it is pretty obvious that the development of corporation is correlated with development of the Society. Furthermore, if corporation only believe in making money and not caring for environment around it, then that investment won't sustain long. For example, Damages caused by Gulf OIL Spillage is still known to many. How it polluted environments and inhabitants living in that Area, it was catastrophic. Both common sense and personal experience have told us that growth is true only when all are growing else it is loss. Hence, all the evidence above demonstrates that Corporate have responsibilities towards society, environment and making money won't be a real growth as it won't last long. Admittedly, Some corporation with low budget has risks while taking decision on responsibilities they poses towards society. This is true especially when it comes to Corporation having huge funding and ten times profit. In addition, corporates do have responsibilities towards their employees and rentals which they have to pay on time. However, the above argument does not constitute a sufficient support to claim that all corporates are running low and have no money for the society or keeping in mind environmental impacts while building any type of chemical factory. Because some corporates simply believes in filling their own pockets, and ignoring their responsibilities intentionally. In conclusion, although some people support corporation to not involving in growth of the society or environment they operate, but their development is done by societies and friendly environment in which their people work. As long as some areas are involved, Corporate responsibly holds towards benefits of the people. In fact, Government should involve setting corporate auditory body to oversee corporates based on their revenue.
  9. Is there anyone on here that would be kind enough to read my 1st practice essay over issues for the GRE? If so let me know and I can PM you the document. I was referred here by Magoosh to possibly have someone give me (much needed) pointers for the GRE writing section. Thanks!
  10. Please GRADE my ARGUEMENT ESSAY

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  11. Please GRADE my ISSUE ESSAY

    Question: The most effective way to understand contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth.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. Answer: Culture is term that is representative of an entire society as a whole comprising of children,aged and the working class people and not just the just the youth. To analyze the culture,just focusing on the youth is quite likely to bear false results. An entire society is represented by the culture of a place. It is quite unfair to the other members of the society that is not the youth to not be part of the analysis being done on the contemporary culture.If a place 'Suwon' has a trend that developed just over a few recent years where people after their retirement prefer to stay in the cities itself rather than going to countryside,the above statement would fail in that case. Or if the high schools in Suwon taught the its students the laws of Physics by experimenting in the laboratories and not just on paper. Meanwhile,the culture of a place is also represented by its who are not so wealthy to follow what seems quirky.The middle-class people come up with their own version of trends that give the same output with a pocket-friendly budget. Ultimately,there is a class of people who do not easily adapt to the on-going trend.In fact,they come up with their own personal opinions and derivatives of the on-going contemporaries. As youth of a society has a fresh and open mindset,it is easier for them to pick up a particular tendency,follow each other and ultimately make it a trend. So the most popular trend of a culture may be existing in the youth. A large part of the society is not covered when just the youth is kept in focus to analyze the contemporary trend. It may be possible that the results of the analysis may miss most definitive part of a society's culture.
  12. Please GRADE my ISSUE ESSAY

    Question: The most effective way to understand contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth.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. Answer: Culture is term that is representative of an entire society as a whole comprising of children,aged and the working class people and not just the just the youth. To analyze the culture,just focusing on the youth is quite likely to bear false results. An entire society is represented by the culture of a place. It is quite unfair to the other members of the society that is not the youth to not be part of the analysis being done on the contemporary culture.If a place 'Suwon' has a trend that developed just over a few recent years where people after their retirement prefer to stay in the cities itself rather than going to countryside,the above statement would fail in that case. Or if the high schools in Suwon taught the its students the laws of Physics by experimenting in the laboratories and not just on paper. Meanwhile,the culture of a place is also represented by its who are not so wealthy to follow what seems quirky.The middle-class people come up with their own version of trends that give the same output with a pocket-friendly budget. Ultimately,there is a class of people who do not easily adapt to the on-going trend.In fact,they come up with their own personal opinions and derivatives of the on-going contemporaries. As youth of a society has a fresh and open mindset,it is easier for them to pick up a particular tendency,follow each other and ultimately make it a trend. So the most popular trend of a culture may be existing in the youth. A large part of the society is not covered when just the youth is kept in focus to analyze the contemporary trend. It may be possible that the results of the analysis may miss most definitive part of a society's culture.
  13. Analyse an argument review

    The argument that luxury retailers should focus their attention to low-priced markets because of the higher unemployment rate and consumer fears is not entirely logically convincing, since it ignores crucial assumptions. Firstly, the argument assumes that average household has stopped spending the money on essential and non-essential items because of unemployment rate and consumer fears, yet it failed to give valid reason for this assumptions. There could be various reasons for decline in expenditure. Maybe this country resides in a place where people only shop during or before holidays and current calendar has no holiday in it as of today. Secondly, the author in the argument keep his focus one type of consumer group. If luxury retailers are affected by unemployment rate they can target different class of people who are archaic and cupid. Like during the recession of 1929 in USA, wealthy class decided to contribute by buying ingenuous stuff from local retailers. This step not even helped retailers during economy crisis but kept wealth class to fulfill their penchant for luxury. Also, retailers have the option to export their luxury goods to foreign country, like most of the Asian countries have done during the economic crisis. Finally, the argument assumes that luxurious items will be the first to get affected because of present economic climate therefore retailers have to focus on non-luxurious one. Again assumptions doesn’t hold good. Decrease in house hold expenditure doesn’t necessarily mean people will only buy non-essential items and none of the luxurious items will be sold. Even if the household expenditure is less people can be thrift and frugal, say someone is having wedding or someone is planning a birthday party , whatsoever may be the economic conditions those people will still buy luxurious items if they need. Thus the argument is not completely sound. The evidence in support of the conclusion that the retailers should focus on lower priced markets due to decrease in expenditure from average household because of higher unemployment and consumer fears does little to prove the conclusion, since it does not address the assumptions already raised. Ultimately the argument might have strengthen if the author could have mention the reasons for unemployment and have given valid support for the retailers to switch to non-essential items.
  14. AWA Essays

    If anyone could review my issue and argument essays I would highly appreciate it. It is in a text file. Thank you. Issue Essay.txt Argument Essay.txt
  15. GRE AWA Essays

    Hi, I have recently begun studying for the GRE, which I am taking at the end of August, and I have just completed a couple of practice essays. I have attached these essays, and am wondering if anyone with experience would kindly be able to look over these essays in regards to the GRE scoring scheme and give me feedback on areas in which I can improve. Thank you very much, I deeply appreciate your help! Courtney Essays_1.docx
  16. Request for Review - GRE ARGUMENT

    Please be kind enough to give you valuable feedback on my attempt. Argument - 1 The following appeared in a memo from the vice president of a company that builds shopping malls around the country. "The surface of a section of Route 101, paved just two years ago by Good Intentions Roadways, is now badly cracked with a number of dangerous potholes. In another part of the state, a section of Route 40, paved by Appian Roadways more than four years ago, is still in good condition. In a demonstration of their continuing commitment to quality, Appian Roadways recently purchased state-of-the-art paving machinery and hired a new quality-control manager. Therefore, I recommend hiring Appian Roadways to construct the access roads for all our new shopping malls. I predict that our Appian access roads will not have to be repaired for at least four years." Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation. ============================================================================================================ The argument presented by the vice president has a number of logical flaws. These flaws give birth to numerous questions that have to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation will have the predicted result or not. A major flaw in the vice president's reasoning that raises questions is the flawed comparison between Good Intentions Roadways and Appian Roadways. To begin, the first question that needs to be answered is whether the traffic on Route 101 is similar to Route 40 or not. If, for instance, Route 101 caters to heavy traffic whilst only light traffic is allowed on Route 40, the presence of potholes on Route 101 can be explained. Therefore, it is not necessary that the deterioration of Route 101 is because of poor quality. The superior quality of Appian's work can only be accepted if the routes cater to the same traffic. Even then other circumstances on the two routes may also explain the difference in their conditions. The fact that the two routes are present in different parts of the state begs the question: are the weather conditions similar or different on the two routes? If, for example, the region where Route 101 runs through experiences torrential rainfall whilst the area where Route 40 passes from has a mild climate, the differences in the road conditions can be attributed to weather as well. This means that it is not necessary that the condition of Route 40 is better because of higher quality work by Appian Roadways. The better road condition can be attributed to favourable weather conditions. Therefore, it is imperative that the above question is answered as it can render the basis of the recommendation illogical. In addition to the differences (or similarities) in weather conditions, it is also important to ask if there are any other alternative companies available than Good Intentions and Appian Roadways. The above argument assumes that there are only two companies available in the market. However, it is important to see if other companies can be approached or not and how Appian Roadways fares against them. It can be possible that Appian performs poorly in comparison to other competitors. Another interesting question that needs to be answered is about the credentials of the new quality control manager of Appian Roadways. The argument assumes that the new manager will perform better than the previous manager and therefore improve the quality of work. It could very well be the case that the new manager was hired on the basis of nepotism and not on the basis of performance. As a result, the quality of the work deliviered could deteriorate. Therefore, it weakens the preditiction that the roads will not have to be repaired for four years, thus, weakening the recommendation. The answers to the questions above would provide a better picture of the comparision between Appian Roadways and its competitiors. For the recommendation to be valid, it is important that Appian and its competitors deliver in similar conditions.
  17. If possible, could someone help me reading my practice essay for the AWA section of the GRE? Thanks!
  18. Issue Essay

    Please rate it on scale of 0-6. Do tell me points where one need to improve. Thanks in advance. IN ANY FIELD.docx
  19. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
  20. GRE AWA Essay Critique. HELP!

    Hi! I am new to The Grad Cafe and was wondering if someone can critique my practice Issue Task essay? It is my first one. Any help is greatly appreciated. It is below! Thanks. Claim: Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive. Reason: It is primarily in cities that a nation's cultural traditions are preserved and generated. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based. Cities are said to be breeding grounds for ingenuity; they embody the ideals of cultural diversity and advancements in all realms of societal influence. For example, America, the land of the free and home of the brave, would be nothing without its major cities that remain leaders in technological advancements, fashion/art, and even music. Because of this, it is imperative that governments ensure that major cites receive financial support in an effort to maintain dominance in all social and cultural spheres. Financial support from the government allocated to major cities will play a substantial role in how future generations create content, digest information, and share ideas. These resources will increase interaction with subjects in the arts, sciences, and humanities; all subjects that shape and mold cultural traditions. To illustrate the significance of such financial allocations, take into consideration the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field. For decades STEM fields have been in dire need of diversification, both in relation to gender and race. A field so widely dominated by white men because of issues surrounding access could now be welcoming to people of color and women through an increase of government funding. This financial support can increase access through providing more resources, thus creating more opportunities to learn which in turn can lead to more advancements in science, technology, engineering, and math. As the old adage proclaims, two heads are indeed better than one. Additionally, culture is usually synonymous with the arts. Federal, state, and local funding for arts programs throughout this country pale in comparison to other subjects such as science and technology. Financial support garnered from the government can shift how art is viewed and digested. More support in relation to arts means better access to free museums, and an increase in art classes for youth. Art breeds creativity. Increasing access to the arts will lead future generations to think outside of the box thus enabling them to strategize and create. However, while funding for major cities is an advantage to preserve and create cultural traditions, I do believe it is imperative that financial support be allocated to small cities and towns as well. Major countries and even major cities are built from young minds that emerge from small towns. Beautiful minds, strategic thinkers, and creators come from everywhere and while major cities have the funds and the resources to cultivate said talent, it would be a disservice to shun and forget about those who reside in small towns, and who have to leave small towns due to a lack of resources or sadly a lack of support. Imagine a world without Oprah! She was not born in Chicago but in a small town in the South. Imagine how different the world would be if small cities and towns received financial support as well. We could be swimming in human intellectual achievement. All in all, financial support from the government is imperative to preserving and creating cultural traditions. Financial support yields resources, which yields opportunity for youth to achieve their dreams, both in major cities and small towns.
  21. AWA: i will review your essays

    Hi guys, I could help you reviewing your essays, just send me a private message. It would be nice if you could also review mine, I leave couple of links with both my essays: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pcrhtg66l3hn9oh/major_cities.txt?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/y8ae83hy89ljw8y/palean-baskets.txt?dl=0 Thanks!
  22. Prompt: In 2003, the city of London instituted a Congestion Zone Charge, a substantial fee levied on vehicles traveling into central London on Mondays through Fridays between 7 A.M. and 6 P.M. (Taxis, ambulances, buses, bicycles and alternative fuel vehicles, among others, are exempt from the charge.) This successful and ongoing program, which is already in effect in other large cities of the world and has been considered for both San Francisco and New York, should be instituted immediately in the ten most significantly congested and polluted cities in the United States. Results will include cleaner air, safer streets, happier citizens and a dramatic increase in revenue. Directions: Write an essay that frames the questions that require answers before both this argument and the prediction that accompanies it can be reasonably evaluated. Discuss how the answers to the questions are fundamental to a thoughtful evaluation of the argument and the prediction. Answer: The author of this essay explains that vehicles must pay a substantial fee in order to travel in central London on Mondays through Fridays between 7 A.M and 6 P.M. This fee is assumed to result in cleaner air, safer streets, happier citizens and a dramatic increase in revenue. If these are the goals of this fee, however, there are many questions that should be raised and evaluated in order to asses these assumptions.To begin, it's vital to ask how much pollutants and toxic emissions have been released into the atmosphere VIA standard vehicles. Assuming that taxis and ambulances, and other alternative fuel vehicles are exempt, to what extent are these vehicles releasing toxins into the atmosphere. Hence, will making owners, who drive standard vehicles, really reduce emissions and increase cleaner air? Or are emissions more likely to be emitted from the vehicles that are exempt from the fee? Also, if those who drive standard vehicles at the aforementioned times, wouldn't these people then flood the vehicles that are exempt from these fees? Therefore, these individuals will have to utilize alternative vehicles, ultimately making the desire for clean air futile? This essay also assumes that there will be a dramatic increase in revenue. However, the essay fails to account for those who are driving these standard vehicles. Who is truly benefiting from these fees? Finally, this essay assumes that this fee will result in safer streets. However, many people, without the use of standard vehicles, may have to walk longer distances in order to get to their destination. Specifically, young people who need to go to school while their parents are taking other alternative methods of transportation to make it to work. Is it still safer for these young people to walk to school alone rather than driving in congested areas? How many people have been car accidents before this fee? How can we truly assess whether or not the streets will be safer with this fee, if there is no comparative basis of analysis? Finally, the essay assumes that this fee will also make citizens happier. However, how will these people be happier if they have to reschedule their lives around these alternative modes of transportation? Also, why isn't there any specific evidence that this will increase happiness based off of the other cities who have already adopted this program? It is also important to understand that every city is different in terms of infrastructure. How do we know that this fee will work in central London? Where have fees, such as the one described above,been implemented?
  23. GRE Issue Review

    This is my first attempting at writing GRE essays and I would appreciate it a lot if any person could critique them for me. In exchange, I could critique yours. Thanks a lot in advance. The Prompt : As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more complex and mysterious. 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 : Knowledge is power. As human beings-the only creatures on earth gifted with inquisition, it is our responsibility to utilize this gift to the fullest to acquire knowledge. The function of knowledge is both to understand things and improve things as they are today, and the process of acquiring it happens as we ask a lot of questions and search for answers. As children, we are all taught a set of rules and code of conduct by adults in our surroundings. We are naive observers of the universe around us and naturally inclined to ask questions when something fails our assumed reasoning or sparks our curiosity. Bill Waterson, the cartoonist responsible for Calvin and Hobbes often illustrated the inquisitive phenomenon of Calvin- A 6 year old who keeps asking his dad questions of various kinds--sometimes philosophical, sometimes scientific and some just related to the current state of the world under his observance. For examples “Why is he not allowed to drive a car?”. While he understands the answers which maybe factually inaccurate, He is never satisfied with them and is always introspecting, reading or probing for more information. Which illustrates that, our thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. Which illustrates that even when we do have answers, there is some unknown that allures us. Also, knowledge, in its broadest sense is infinite. There is no finite amount of knowledge which when learned and understood satisfies our curiosity. Knowledge is also, not merely a consumption tool, we create with knowledge. Ever since the dawn of time and early evolution, mankind sought to improve their quality of life and progress forward. We invented fire by rubbing flints together, made tools, invented cooking meat instead of raw consumption, the wheel instead of walking on foot and as of today, we are coming up with cars that drive themselves. This constant invention wouldn’t have been possible without some complexity and mystery that allures man to seek more. Sir Isaac Newton is another classic example that acquiring knowledge is a constant process, while he was intrigued by the apple falling down from the tree and invented gravity. He wasn’t satisfied with it as an end all be all for all natural phenomenon. He seeked to understand gravity with reference to other objects in the solar system, he invented his famous laws of motion and his scientific achievements led to various other inventions today which could only have been possible while trying to question and extend his line of work. Thus, seeking knowledge happens with the realization that there is more to learn and there is more than the known that requires our understanding. Great philosophers too, are a prime example of how knowledge becomes more mysterious and susceptible to questioning, inquisition and understanding, Acquiring knowledge is a constant process that humans undergo for self-improvement and improvement of the society. While there is something that defies our understanding or intuitive knowledge, we seek it--gather as many resources as possible to understand it, at which point it is our choice to probe further and find answers to other questions or be satisfied with our current understanding of the world.
  24. Hi, I have a 331 in GRE (VA 161 QA 170) with 3.5 in AWA. I'm planning on applying for ms in data analytics to the top tier colleges. Will the AWA score make this difficult? Should I retake the GRE and try for a better AWA score ?
  25. Do I have a good AWA score ?

    Hi, I have a 331 in GRE with 3.5 in AWA. I want to pursue an MS degree in data science or data analytics. I'm not sure if the AWA score is good enough or will it make it difficult to get into the top US colleges (looking at the top 5). I have had good acads, good extra curricular, and have 3 years of work ex in a popular technology MNC.