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  1. So, this past March, I sent in a complete application for a graduate program at Texas Tech (Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric) which is housed in their English department. In April, they contacted me to tell me that they were no longer accepting applicants for both the spring 2018 semester (to which I'd applied) and the fall, but were now only accepting applications once a year. So they said they had automatically rolled my application into the folder for Fall of 2018 applicants. Upon learning this, I decided to apply to another program at Texas Tech. This time the program was housed in their Education department, and the program is a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in language, diversity, and literacy. Their enrollment is ongoing for both spring and fall semesters. As of May, I had sent in all the required materials (I think) for the program, but according to my application overview (you can check where your application is on your Raider account) it says it is still incomplete. According to the program's instructions, they won't begin to review your application until it is complete. When I look at the "detailed status" to see if there are any documents missing, each portion reads "complete." So where it says, "reference one", "vitae", "transcripts", etc. it all says completed. On June 23rd, I sent an email to the program contact regarding my application and asked whether or not it was complete and if not what I needed to send in. A few days later, I called to see if she could answer me via phone since she had still not emailed back. I have still not heard back. My question is, do I wait and just assume the application is complete? Or do I follow up yet again and try to hear from someone? I don't want to come off as "desperate." I just want to make sure that all the things needed on my end are complete, and that it's out of my hands.
  2. I graduated with my undergrad in Speech & Hearing Science from University at Buffalo last Fall (a semester early). I applied to schools last Spring & didn't get in to any (only applied to NY schools in the Long Island/NYC area). I know that I should broaden my horizon, especially since I have lower stats (GPA: 3.3 Major GPA: 3.1 GRE: VR-148, QR- 146, Writing- 3.5), but I don't really know what my next step should be other than to obviously retake my GRE. I retook a Acoustics course online with Utah State this fall because I got a C+ (my lowest grade in my major during undergrad) so I thought that would show effort, but what else is there to do? I have been considering to going into Special Education, specifically because I have worked as a Head Start teacher and a teaching assistant in an elementary school within the past year, if speech doesn't work out. However I don't even know where to begin with finding schools for me or receiving LORs so late in the application season. If anyone has any suggestions or been through this situation please help me out.
  3. I graduated with my undergrad in Speech & Hearing Science from University at Buffalo last Fall (a semester early). I applied to schools last Spring & didn't get in to any (only applied to NY schools in the Long Island/NYC area). I know that I should broaden my horizon, especially since I have lower stats (GPA: 3.3 Major GPA: 3.1 GRE: VR-148, QR- 146, Writing- 3.5), but I don't really know what my next step should be other than to obviously retake my GRE. I retook a Acoustics course online with Utah State this fall because I got a C+ (my lowest grade in my major during undergrad) so I thought that would show effort, but what else is there to do? I have been considering to going into Special Education, specifically because I have worked as a Head Start teacher and a teaching assistant in an elementary school within the past year, if speech doesn't work out. However I don't even know where to begin with finding schools for me or receiving LORs so late in the application season. If anyone has any suggestions or been through this situation please help me out.
  4. I've never applied to Grad School before. I'm currently studying for the GRE, and slowly preparing all the other necessary items for the application process. I haven questions not only about the program itself, but also their admissions requirements. See link below http://folklore.usu.edu/htm/graduate-studies/how-to-apply The college asks if any students interested in the program to contact two admissions officers. Being that this will be my first contact to the school I want to go to, I'm a little worried emailing them questions I have without attaching a CV or anything else. In all honesty, I really only have one question for them. I want to know how heavy they way the Math GRE section. Being that this is a mix between english and anthropology degree, there isn't much math in the program. I want to make sure I can focus on what they do care about Verbal / Writing. I also have a couple light questions about the program itself. Here's the thing. I don't have a CV ready. I don't have my references ready, either. I graduated a year and half ago with a 3.95 gpa, but spent my time working my way through college instead of getting internships or doing summer programs. So I don't want to just unload all my weaknesses, and possible strengths, on them all at once, when all I have is a couple of questions. I figured just a quick email will suffice, but a friend of mine who failed to get into grad school freaked out at this and said my first initial contact needs to have your CV ready, maybe a possible reference, and a whole list of other items. I'd like to know the weight of the GRE MATH section asap, as I may be studying 3 hours a day on algebra when I could really be focusing on my writing / verbal. Anyways. TL;DR I have a couple surface questions I want to ask about the grad program and admissions process, do I need to prepare an email with a CV, References, and whatever else would make me look like a great candidate? Personally, I would like to write a good, but quick email, introducing myself, my interest in the program, and these questions. That's it. Your thoughts?
  5. hello I have been practicing law for the last five years at a commercial law firm and I am now switching over to the development side with an interest in helping others to make a change. I have applied for various masters courses as I am not yet certain which area I would like to focus on. I have received offers from:- 1. Kings College of London Msc Disasters, Adaptation and Development http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgradu...nt-ma-msc.aspx Initially i applied to this course as they have a 3-6 month internship. Which i thought would be good for networking. Also the element of environment and development is becoming more important as years go by and natural resources are depleted (in my view).The more i read the course description it seems a bit too environment based and less on development. I am not sure if I will completely enjoy this course. Pros: London based network, Reputation of university Cons: less development and more environment, geography?! I made a second application for the Msc. Leadership and Development course (yet to hear back from them). Which seems less exam based and more course work. Also deals with more management issues which may be what I am looking at.http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgradu...pment-msc.aspx Pros: Essay based rather than exam based, more development 2. University of WarwickLLM International Development law and Human Rightshttp://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/current/pg/modules/ I like the fact that it has the law element in it so I won't lose out on my legal knowledge. However the downside is that living in coventry (Lemington spa) may be a tad bit boring as compared to London. Also I understand Masters degree is where one makes networks so by virtue of studying in one of the universities in London the network will be larger. Also now being a mature student I don't think i really want a campus based experience as i already had this for my undergraduate experience. But saying that it may be nice and quiet place to study. Pro: Essay based rather than exam based, Legal course Con: Campus, North Location and network 3. University of Surrey Msc Sustainable Development http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate...le-developmentI noticed university of surrey was ranked highly however I don't think many people have heard or think highly of the university just yet.Pros: sustainable development coursecons: campus based, recognition of universityI am yet to hear back from:1. Soas: Msc Development Studies 2. UCL: Msc. Social Development Practice 3. Kings: Msc. Leadership and Development course I applied to the Amani Institute for their post graduate in social innovation management. However I am not too sure about doing the course as it is not a substitute for a masters and I haven't heard very much about it.http://amaniinstitute.org/programs/p...ion-management Feel free to have a look at the descriptions and give me your thoughts. I am an international student and would appreciate your views and if you have heard anything good or bad about the respective courses. I am leaning towards KCL but just a bit worried about the course being less development and more geography
  6. Feeling Overwhelmed

    In September I will be starting my 4th year at a university in Ontario taking Psychology. I want to do primarily therapy - not so much interested in research, but its not a closed option. 90 average throughout university so far, honours thesis and undergraduate research experience. Volunteering at a seniors centre. I am taking my GRE in September but I have NO idea where I even want to go to graduate school. I don't even really understand the difference between clinical and counselling psychology and which is better for what I want to do. All I hear is that clinical opens more doors/higher salary ect. I know I need to start contacting supervisors but I'm not even sure how the whole thing works - do I apply to a masters program first, or directly to a PhD? I feel lost because I'm not even sure what program I should be going in to! Do masters programs even need a supervisor? Ideally my day would consist of therapy 100%, whether working under someone else, or ideally private practise of my own. I have a strong interest in working with a senior population and primarily in a health psychology related spectrum. Ie: coping with health problems/patient doctor communication ect. Please, I would appreciate any guidance possible. I'm starting to really freak out.
  7. Need help deciding! Please?

    So I was extremely lucky to receive multiple offers from really great programs. However, since all of the programs are great for my focus in their own way, I am having a horrible time deciding and am driving myself crazy. Not to mention, I need to decide so I can get to planning. I have solicited advice from anyone who will listen at this point, but thought I'd post here and see what you all have to say. Any thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated! I received 3 offers, but have narrowed it down to my top 2. The stipends, mentors, and programs are pretty much the same (so really, I know I can't go wrong in any decision), however, I'm now focusing on the specifics to be sure I am making the best decision. I have tried to put the most weight in my career and research, but they are both good, just in different ways. Like school A, more guaranteed pubs. School B, I'd be the expert in my focus so I would be forced to grow as a peer researcher! Anyway...here it is. School A Pros: - Lab I currently work in. (Head start, can jump right into publications from day one) - Very large grants and publication opportunities in the pipeline - Area of the country I love (comfort) - Very supportive PI...proved through real life interactions. - Very large lab. Many Post-Docs and employees at my disposal for help and training. Cons: - Less than optimal curriculum. (More animal model focused and I am into human research). - I'll have to work harder to get the classroom experience I want. - No undergrad population. Again, more work to get teaching experience. - Many say not branching out is seen as a negative down the line for employment, etc. - Very large lab. Less PI attention/mentorship. (However, mentor is EXPERT in field) School B Pros: - Backlog of data. Will have projects lined up from day one, but not in my focus. - Large undergrad. Teaching opportunities built into curriculum. - Great curriculum (from the class names....haven't been able to get student feedback yet). - Staying within focus, but branching out to new analyses and subject matter. - Small lab. Very direct PI attention/mentorship. (Mentor expert in related field, VERY educated in direct field). Again, branching... Cons: - New lab. Slower to get into swing of things and get publishing. - Area of the country I will have to "deal with" for 5 years. Climate, socially, etc. (Not a main concern, but a worry about added stress). - Unknown PI temperament. from what I know, great, but there's always the unknown. - No social support. New City. New everything. (And with that, moving costs!) Any input or comments would be SO appreciated. I just want to make a decision and get going...but I find myself going back and forth on my decision daily, if not hourly. Thanks again!!
  8. This is my first post. I found The Grad Cafe by searching Google for topics pertaining to graduate programs that do not require the GRE (to which I was directed to the following topic): And I must say that I was very intrigued. However, given my current difficult situation I am now somewhat more concerned and/or perplexed as to how deep this rabbit hole I currently seem to be in is going. But before anyone gets too confused by my own confusion let me explain my situation (and I apologize in advance for being long winded). I have a BA in philosophy, currently work 2 jobs (7 days/week; it just turned out that way and I can't afford to quit one of them b/c then I wouldn't be able to make ends meet), and I want to go back to school to do some sort of advanced education. Now originally, my goal was to do graduate work in philosophy (this was my plan while in undergrad). However, I did my undergrad online at the University of Illinois and at the time I didn't know that grad school required the GRE, that there are no online philosophy programs, that philosophy professor jobs are few and far between (very competitive), and that if I was accepted into a program somewhere I would likely get stuck in adjunct faculty forever (at least this is my current belief - correct my if you believe I'm off the mark). So I became discouraged. These discoveries lead me to question of changing majors (I currently work part time for a grant funded program at a JC and have thought about counseling or psych). But then that line of thinking opened up an entirely new Pandora's box. Master's degrees often require the applicant to have taken the prerequisite courses in order to even apply (such as switching from philosophy to psychology) and if I have to take pre-reqs it would likely take me 3-4 years just to do so, in order to start applying for Master's programs that are different than my current discipline (since I'm trying to support myself and keep my current $55k debt in good standing while keeping a roof over my head). But in doing some of this research I also discovered that some Masters programs don't require the GRE. In thinking about the potential of applying to one, or more, of these programs I have now opened up yet another Pandora's box (a box inside of a box inside of a box, it seems) b/c I am now faced with the question of where I want to wind up. That is, what major am I going to switch to and why am I switching to that major? What job will I be hoping to get after switching majors? Is that path reasonable? Is that job one that I will be happy with? What majors should I even consider and why? What will that life look like? [I was a small business owner for many years and, in a way, all of this future decision making is super stressful]. Anyways, these are really such huge life questions and I'm not expecting any ground-breaking answers (though that would be nice) but right now I'm faced with not knowing where to turn. I feel like I need help from a counselor of some kind. Someone who knows all the ins-and-outs of online programs and who could guide me in a general direction given my current needs. I should mention that right now I am on an income based repayment plan for my student loans, and I fear that as soon as I do my taxes for 2015 the DOE is going to start sending me a bill every month (this is not to mention the fact that I really need to get out of working these two jobs but feel totally stuck). My ideal situation would be to quit one of my jobs, work the better one part-time while doing an online program somewhere (since I can't really see how doing an in person program would be cost effective for me; How could I afford to move/live etc?). So my questions to the forum are the following: 1. If you can relate in any way what advice do you have? 2. Does the GRE really matter that much in terms of finding a good job? 3. What non-GRE online schools are good, if any? 4. As I don't really know what career I should head toward now, what should I do? I feel like I'm in a very stuck place. I had a career, the economy crashed, I bounced around from low paying job to lowing paying job, and I now need to make an important decision that will set me up for years to come. In short, I'm stressed out! And I don't really know where to turn. If anyone can help I would be immensely grateful. median p.s. - The career options I have been keeping on the table are ones that pertain to philosophy, teaching/education, counseling, social work, or educational counseling. However, I'm still undecided at this point since so many times one cannot know if they really want to have a specific career until they have the facts about what that career looks like from the inside (day to day, etc). I guess in general I just need help finding my way.
  9. Torn: US or Germany

    Hi! I have to make a decision soon regarding which program to attend and I am torn with my options! Maybe you can help? Here is the situation: I have always wanted to go to grad school in the US because of the structure of programs, course offerings, TA experience, everything. I applied for two rounds and was accepted without funding because they had budget cuts, etc. Finally, I have been accepted with funding (15K per year in an expensive state, so I will be very very poor) for 4 years to school X. The courses are the best, I love them all. My advisor is awesome. He/she is at the top of her field, has many connections, many projects. But, I have heard from other professors that the advisor at X is quite detached, very busy, and I probably would be on my own. Advisor can write superb recommendation letters and get me more funds for my research, but he/she may not have time to mentor me, read thoroughly my applications, papers, etc. I will be done in 6 years... with luck? There is the thing that I have plenty of friends and family in this city, so it won't be such a shock to move out of my country and be at a new place. And advisor could really help me to land a job in something I like because of advisor's connections. Then, I applied to scholarship from DAAD to go to Germany to school Y and got it. School Y is on the top 10 in Europe and in associated with an institute which is renowned in my field. Advisor at Y is amazing. Not as famous and with that many projects, but I think that is his zen way of living, since he is very prolific and excellent at what he does. He/she has been like a mentor since the beginning of my career, I have a close and great relationship with him/her and I am more than sure he/she will have all the time to advice me, read my things, give suggestions, etc, etc. Also, the funding package is very good, I will not have to worry for money at all and I don't have to TA. Since I actually am not required to take courses, the course offering is very general, nothing exciting. I just have to focus on my reseach, which will be an improved version of what I am doing now (instead of a reloaded version in the US, where I will learn stuff I don't know and include it in my research). I will be done in 3 years. I don't know anybody here, but the advisor, and I don't speak any german (the PhD is in english). DAAD offers to teach me 6 months of german, but I may feel alienated and alone since I won't be able to comunicate properly. I have the feeling that Germany is the safe choice, if I go there, my worst regret could be to not have a strong foundation and lack the knowledge I want in some topics I am not good at. Not a tragedy, but a personal thing that could be solved with some discipline on my part (to selflearn). I feel the US as the complicated choice. Everything could work out and I would feel fulfilled and happy with my research and studies. But it may be too much the first years, being very poor, teaching and taking courses. Also, I am worried about the situation in the US. Many colleague have mentioned the shortage of funds for science is increasing and since I will be an international students, fellowships and etc. for me would be very limited. What if in 4 years, I can't find more money to finish my PhD which is stimated to last 6 years? What if my advisor really does not have time for me? But I have always wanted this. Any comments are greatly appreciated!