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  1. Hi All, I am struggling in deciding between UChicago MAPH and NYU IFA. I know both programs have been said to be "cash cow" programs, but they seem to be the only two options that I have now... I am interested in post-war American art and modern/contemporary art in East Asia, and currently do not plan to apply PhD afterwards. Both programs have faculty that fit my interests. I knew more about IFA, since I was an undergrad in NYU, but I still don't have a very concrete idea about the MAPH program, as I have heard many different sides of stories about it. From the virtual sessions I attended, I feel faculty at IFA are more supportive. But I might get a more intensive research experience and better academic resources on campus at UChicago.. If anyone can share some insights about which program is more reputed in the art field, I would really appreciate it! I would also really appreciate if any current students or alumni from the two programs can share your experience! Thanks!
  2. I just heard back from 3 of 4 schools I applied to but am having a hard time grappling with the pros/cons of each program. I got into Georgetown McCourt, Duke Sanford, and Harvard Graduate School of Education (Education Policy Focus). McCourt is the only one that has updated their information about financial aid, which was a substantial amount, more than I would expect from the other two. Could someone break down the pros/cons of each program, especially as they pertain to my interest in Education Policy?
  3. Hi everyone! So, I am hoping to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2022 and am currently in the process of getting my applications together. I have about two months left until I formally submit them and have been wondering what my chances are of getting admitted. Here are some of the basics of what I have/am working on, please let me know what you think, thank you!!! BA University: Graduated from the University of New Mexico in the Spring of 2020 Undergraduate Major/Degree: Majored in Sociology with a minor in Psychology Graduate GPA: 4.05 Program: PhD in Sociology Schools I am Applying to: University of New Mexico, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Washington, and Pennsylvania State University Interests: Sociology of health and medicine, sociology of human life course, statistics, data analysis GRE: V 155 / Q 160 / W 4.5 Work/Research Experience: - Since I majored in SOC for my undergrad I have taken a great deal of courses, and I have written a few research papers (for a grade of course). - I have a semester of research experience as I got to intern as the UNM's PRC (prevention research center) and helped with many projects, focused on qualitative data analysis and assisted with literature reviews. - I volunteered at a local crisis hotline since Fall 2018, although some may suggest it falls under more psychology based experience I believe it can relate to sociology in the sense that speaking about how one's environment heavily affects them and their mental health relates to the field. LoR: I already have two former professors who said that they would not only write letters of support but would also look over my personal statements and writing samples. The director of the hotline (where I volunteered) also said that she would write me one as well. The director where I interned previously said she would write one, but hasn't gotten back to me in a while. From speaking with each person, I believe that each letter will be positive. Personal Statements: Plan to work my butt off on these and will heavily research each university I plan on applying to, look into the faculty and their work and will add that into each statement with other reasons I hope to attend each individual college. Writing Samples: Have chosen two that I received an A on, and will severely edit and sharpen them. I will also have others go over and read them when I am finished. Concerns: Low GRE verbal score (although I am not planning to take it again as it is expensive and I hope to put forth more effort and energy into other aspects of my application, and if I don't get accepted this time around then I will retake it for the next time I hope to apply). I also have little research experience and no publications, any advice is greatly appreciated!!
  4. Hey everyone! I am writing here because I would like some advice! Last May I completed my B.S. in Electrical Engineering and I would like to advance my education and earn my Master's Degree. I want to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management. Out of undergrad my cumulative GPA was 2.993. Most grad school programs have a requirement that applicants' GPA's be greater than or equal to 3.0. My GPA falls just below that mark. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many grad school programs are deciding to waive the requirement of taking the GRE. Since my GPA is slightly below the threshold, I have been told that taking the GRE and scoring well on it would help my application to appear more valuable and competitive to schools. Basically I would like advice with determining if taking the GRE would be worth my time. I have heard some schools may round my GPA up & count it as 3.0 and I have been speaking to some admissions counselors about this. I have spoked to my IRL friends about my predicament and each person said different things. Some said take the GRE and others said don't. I'm just here looking for more advice. Any info helps & thank you.
  5. Hi everyone, with application season in full swing I have been feverishly writing out a generalized version of the SOP that I will then tailor to be more applicable to individual schools. If anyone has the extra time to spare, it would be greatly appreciated if you could view over my SOP and give some constructive criticism about where I need to improve and alter what I've wrote. I will be providing an attachment below, but if you would prefer me to DM it to you I would be more than happy to oblige. If you would like to do a swap as well in order to be more enticed I would be happy to do so as well. Thanks everyone :) Grad Cafe SOP Review.pdf
  6. I am from NY and I am currently in the process of applying to speech graduate programs and was wondering if anyone on here or someone they know has gotten into slp grad programs with my type of profile or something similar: 3.4 cumulative gpa, 3.6 major gpa, 145 Verbal 143 Quant 3.0 Writing (GRE), I have experience being a special ed paraprofessional in lifeskills classrooms, experience working as a clerical worker at a speech-lang. pathology practice (also observed sessions alongside clinicians at practice), and also have experience being an instructor at a summer camp. If someone could give me some insight I would really appreciate it!
  7. I am from NY and I am currently in the process of applying to speech graduate programs and was wondering if anyone on here or someone they know has gotten into slp grad programs with my type of profile or something similar: 3.4 cumulative gpa, 3.6 major gpa, 145 Verbal 143 Quant 3.0 Writing (GRE), I have experience being a special ed paraprofessional in lifeskills classrooms, experience working as a clerical worker at a speech-lang. pathology practice (also observed sessions alongside clinicians at practice), and also have experience being an instructor at a summer camp. If someone could give me some insight I would really appreciate it!
  8. Hello! [I posted this on interdisciplinary studies but didn't get responses so figured I'd try here as well. (-:] I graduated college last year and am looking to apply to PhD programs in Women's/Gender/Feminist studies and enroll starting in Fall of 2022––it seems like a ways away, but this is the soonest I can go if I apply in the next admission cycle, for which apps are due in Dec./Jan. Here's my question: Which universities would people recommend I apply to? I've been surprised by how many major institutions do not offer PhDs in Women's/Gender/Feminist studies. Some of the places I'm considering applying to are Indiana University Bloomington, Rutgers, University of Washington, University of Arizona, University of Michigan, Emory, University of Maryland, UCSB, and Ohio State University. I'd love to learn what other universities people know of that offer PhDs in Women's/Gender/Feminist studies! And if people have opinions/thoughts about particular universities, I'd be glad to hear them. Also, which universities are considered most prestigious? (This won't necessarily dictate where I apply, lol, I'm just trying to get a better feel for the world of graduate Women's/Gender/Feminist studies.) In case you need more info... I'm not at all picky in terms of location, though I would like to be in the U.S. On a (very) broad level, my primary interests are 1) how feminism/gender intersects with popular culture, media and fandom, especially in the music industry as well as on YouTube; and 2) public policy and using legislation to mitigate/fix systemic inequities and injustice Thank you!
  9. I had terrible social anxiety and depression during my college years, bad financial condition added to my stress. I did not do well in college and had a bunch of C grades in every semester except for my last sem where I got a B-. I am planning to apply to Interaction design Masters courses and want to get into top colleges like Parson's, Pratt, Calarts etc. Do I have a chance? I will be applying as an international student. I have a GPA of 6.6 out of 10....not sure what that translates to in the 4 point American system. (Some sites say its a 3 point GPA and some convert it to 2.8) Do I have to explain my mental health past and why I got such low grades in my SOP? Although I did recover from my mental health issues and have about 4 years of work experience in the Design industry and doing pretty well right now. Will a strong application in other areas except for college transcripts be helpful enough to get me admits in these colleges?
  10. Hi everyone, I am changing career paths from dental to speech pathology. I applied to GA State and unsurprisingly, didn't get in. I have a 3.2 undergraduate GPA from Salem College (private women's college-rigorous) and my degree is a BS in Biology. I graduated in 2019. I have a lot of volunteer work under my belt, including: crisis center pharmacy tech, advanced genetics lab TA in college, Salvation Army donation collector, research and writing volunteer for a domestic violence shelter, "big buddy" at child bereavement camp. I have about 30 hours of observation hours at SLP clinics. I also have been a child caretaker (nanny) for over 2 years. What advice would you have for someone like me to increase my chances at getting into a grad program? I really do not wish to take CSD undergrad pre-reqs outside of the masters program itself (mostly for financial reasons). **Also, if you do highly recommend taking the CSD courses, do you know any online programs? Thank you SO much!!
  11. Hey Everyone, Since it's the start of summer, I wanted to reach out and see if there were any lurking MFA Creative Writing students attending University of New Hampshire in the fall! Of course everyone who has been accepted or otherwise are welcome. 💙
  12. I plan to apply for a scholarship and Could someone to help me for advice SOP? as below : My passion with data science started to grow when I studied Master’s degree. I found that big data is powerful tools which can help business with analyzing the mass of data and making decisions. With the ability to analyze new sources of data, businesses are able to analyze information immediately. Such first insight of how data is more essential for organization incited me to delve further into the field. Because of love in data over the years, I have been able to devote the time and energy to academic accomplishment. I have A- and B in Business Intelligence and Database Management respectively. In addition to focusing on my own studies, I also learned to program in Data Mining, which in turn, fascinated me to apply the concept in my project “Statistics of student resignation based on 2007 - 2012”. The project uses components such as Microsoft SSIS. I have run into roadblocks using this process, which led me to an alternative approach which relies on using staging tables. Moreover, During my job at ABC company as a BI Analyst, I have effectively designed an interactive reports project which showcases client's sales performance and at the same time provides them which help CEO in business decisions. It was be achieved by cleansing data from different sources by executing the process flows and use OWB to manage metadata for generate reports. Now I am working at TEST company in the position of Data Management. To drive the performance of leasing business, I assigned to design new ER diagram where I solved data structures problem relating to Leasing business. Apart from these, I have also effectively generated unstructured data into client-specific format with the data tools such as SAS. For the SAS BI project, I was introduced to the concepts of ETL, analysis of variance and design of experiments which were used to relate the factors considered, analyze the differences among the different user requirement and perform on dashboard. I aspire to work as a data analysis, and University of ABC would enable me to realize aspirations and interests that exceed my existing career. Furthermore, with the reputation of high quality education is the main factors which have encouraged me to apply this university. In the future, I would like to share my knowledge from what I have learned through the University of ABC for student in Thailand and share vision of working towards a more just and equitable world. Finally, Completing this degree studies at university should provide the experience for me to achieve my aspirations Thank you for this review
  13. I have been accepted in MASc in ECE at both McMaster University and the University of Waterloo with full funding. I am confused about where to go. Waterloo is reputed for its Coop program which is of no use in my case as I am going for a thesis based masters and will be working on my research. Is waterloo still a better option for masters compared to McMaster? Please help me decide.
  14. Hello! Is anyone who has been accepted to Grand Valley State University's master's SLP program planning on attending this fall?
  15. I currently have a bachelor's in health science. After working at many schools as an instructional assistant, I found out about speech language pathology and completely fell in love with the field. It's hard for me to get any experience because of the virus. I was a substitute teacher for the special education programs in my area, but lost that job due to the virus as well. As of now, I work as an ABA behavior tech and I do get to work directly with children with autism. I've applied to 3 different schools, but I have been rejected to each one. My grades in the past weren't that great and my overall GPA is at a 3.1. Many graduate schools are also not requiring the GRE, which maybe could have helped me out if I tried to take the test. How could I increase my chances of getting in and become a stronger candidate? A part of me wants to give up, but this is something I really want to do and achieve. I've tried messaging the schools to see what I could have done better, but I have not received any feedback from them. I'm not sure where to go from here or what direction I should take. I would appreciate it if I could get some help.
  16. IDK if this is allowed but... Would anyone be willing to genuinely critique my letter of intent? I have about a week before I need to send it to the people writing me letters. It's mostly done but its not great. It covers all the basis IMO but has no passion because I've been so worried about it coming off as cliche. I've done impressive stuff and I LOVE the field but Idk how to write it to show that beyond just stating facts. I want so badly to get into graduate school for spring but this letter may not do it 😥 Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n2UO3RWUrSVYLhfn28aJAqsOFFiuJZsuayHdYYadPsw/edit?usp=sharing
  17. Hi! Trying to find the right pos-bacc program (in terms of prerequisites fulfilling potential grad schools) and I need a bit of help. So, I'm wondering: 1. What post-bacc programs did you choose and complete? 2. What schools for grad-school where you accepted into? Was it conditional? 3. Did you take any prerequisite (SLP) classes outside of your post-bacc program? Also how did you decipher the prerequisite class names and descriptions? Any tips? Any class titles that you know are equivalent to each other? I've tried e-mailing and calling academic advisors but so far, I haven't received much help. Also I took a physics class on "Life in the Universe" in undergrad because I was told it would work for the ASHA physics requirement but, I'm not sure it will. Any experience with that? What physics class did you guys take? Thank you!
  18. I am a 2nd year graduate student in a masters biology program. My field of research is cardiovascular disease. Specifically, I research the genetic expression and protein secretion profiles of unique adipose tissue depots in patients with coronary artery disease. I do not have any publications at this point in my career. Although, I have been fortunate enough to obtain ~$13,000 in competitive grant funding and fellowships. I am currently working on a mini-review and hope for my thesis research to be published, once completed. Due to a setback in my research, I will be staying in this program for 1 additional year; graduate May 2020. I have already completed all of the required coursework for the degree, just need to finish the thesis research. Although, due to the requirements for some of the grants that I have I must maintain full-time graduate status (9 units). This semester I have enrolled in 2 MBA courses (economics and operations management). I figured because I know nothing about business, and am in a STEM field, these courses would be interesting and prove worthwhile...I am loving it! I am able to use my analytical skills in a whole new way. This has put me in an interesting position between going for the PhD or the MBA. I am seriously considering applying to the MBA program at my university, fall 2019 start, as I am interested in research funding and development. It is a 2 year program. I recently turned 25, I would finish with both masters programs by age 27. If I go for the PhD it would be in biomedical sciences, or something closely related. Preferably studying coronary artery disease and working with humans as the model organism. I am seeking advice. I know 27 is not THAT old and I can definitely still continue on and complete a PhD. I would like to work more so in a management or consultant role rather than as an active scientist.
  19. Hi! I was just accepted into my top program for grad school, and I was so excited, but now I'm scared. I do not feel that my undergrad prepared me at all. I don't feel ready. I feel like undergrad was just memorizing the info to get an A on the exam and tossing it out of my head. I can't help but feel like I'm not good enough or feel like I know absolutely nothing. Does anyone else feel this way? Is it normal?
  20. Hi all, I've been accepted to the MSc in Global Affairs at the SPS in NYU. Super excited and happy when I got the offer. I love NY and living there has been a dream of mine so I'm very inclined to accept the offer. My goal is also to work in policy analysis and/or counter-terrorism/violent extremism in a think tank, NGO, international organization etc. But my concerns are: 1) the cost: I'll have to take a loan of $80k-100k to cover tuition, living expenses + everything. BIG deal. 2) I'd want to stay in the US to work. What would my chances be to find work in NY or anywhere in the US as a Canadian citizen with a Master's from NYU? I've spoken to 2 alumni's from the program who went from Canada and one is working in NY and the other in Washington. Any advice would be appreciated
  21. Just wondering what people have heard about CBU's program. Any insight is helpful! thank you!!
  22. Hi guys! I recently got admitted to UBC's master's program in political science (I also got accepted into U Toronto, but their faculty is much more IR focused, whereas I'm interested in comparative). I'm an American who specifically chose to do her master's outside of the U.S. However, I intend to complete my Phd in Political Science in an American institution (I'm especially interested in the UC system). I wanted to know if any of you had any knowledge of the quality of social science and politics research in UBC, as well as the Canadian system all around. I really like UBC's faculty (they've also offered me funding which is great) but I'm curious as to how this institution is perceived in the U.S. when it comes to applying for PhD programs. I know competitively speaking I might be at a disadvantage compared to graduates who complete their master's at U.S. institutions. Thank you!!
  23. Hello, I'm currently trying to decide between two very different programs, that are both great in their own respect. I'm wondering what advice others recommend in terms of criteria to help with decisions. Program A is what I had initially considered my dream program, the research is very interesting and I've made some good connections already with PIs. The title of the Ph.D is also the field I ideally would prefer. The atmosphere here would be more like going into industry as it is an independent research institution and I think would make for an easy transition to that lifestyle after I receive my degree. It's in a cute location but there is much to be desired in terms of things to do as it is a small town with limited access to shopping and travel. In addition, this program requires more logistical planning for finances as the first semester I would be in a large city with a high cost of living, and then would move again to the small town for the rest of the program. Program B is at the school I am now, so I already know plenty of students and PIs. This program is also hosted in a university so it has a more traditional grad school feel, with more organizations and events. Unfortunately, there is limited research I could do here in my specific interest and the Ph.D is in a different field than I had initially wanted, although the graduates in this field are highly sought after. This program is in a small city with plenty of things to do and easy access to airports or even larger cities for travel. Both program have locations with fairly similar weather and distance to family so neither of those are a problem for me. I am also worried about leaving the program I am in now, as it is the same department as Program B and I do know plenty of people, and worry about burning bridges by not staying here. I appreciate all and any advice, ever since my first interview I've been worried about making a decision.
  24. Hi Everyone! I have an interview with California Baptist University on Friday and I'm starting to freak out!! Is there anyone that can offer some advice or who has already interviewed with them and can tell me a little bit about how the process went? I just received an email that a writing sample with be taken directly after the interview and and timed writing is not my strong point.
  25. Im in my 2nd semester of Speech Pathology grad school/program and already looking into internship sites for my last semester. I am trying to go into Medical Speech Path. or Early Intervention but both fields are incredibly competitive when it comes to applying for internships. What can I do now to make me look more competitive? Im obviously aiming for high grades and im doing fine so far and im writing a thesis on a medical speech path topic (and im bilingual so I guess thats a plus too) Is there anything more I can do? I cant really officially "do" observations anymore since they dont count towards my hours and I cant really show any proof I took initiative for that... ANY ideas would help (from anyone with advice applying to competitive internships!!!)
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