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  1. Hello! I was accepted at the University of Cambridge for a MPhil and I am very excited but also very worried about funding. Webpage says they are still seeking college membership for me and I am still waiting to see if Cambridge Trust offers something. Any advice? Anyone else out there?
  2. Hi everyone, I have been accepted to Denver's Josef Korbel and the Elliott school at GWU both with some funding, receiving 10k a year from Korbel and 14k a year from Elliott. I have decided that Korbel is my top choice but it is extremely expensive. Can anyone offer advice on how to leverage more funding from Elliott or how to request more aid generally? With 10k a year, Denver would cost $86K while Elliott would only cost $45k. I know Denver is a bit cheaper than DC, but not enough to cover that price difference. I worry about debt as IR is not a lucrative field but the program at Korbel has more classes I am interested in and several professors whose research aligns with my own goals. Again, any advice would appreciated. Thanks
  3. Advise desired for selecting a school. For context, I'm pursuing a PhD in environmental engineering with the hope of landing a career in academia. I know I still have some schools to visit but I'm trying to start figuring it out. School A is relatively well-known. It's in a neat location and feels like a good fit, like I could be happy there. I'm a little concerned that other students in the department aren't as ambitious as a whole (there are obviously exceptions). There's a very very well-known professor working there that is trying hard to recruit me for their project/team. I think I would love to work with them; they seem like an awesome mentor as well as researcher. They told me that they have enough grant money so I could have essentially total freedom on my project. Cost of living is definitely manageable with the ample aid they're providing me. Top 10 program. School B is extremely well-known and respected. Also an interesting location, but for different reasons. I feel like I would seriously struggle with financial stress throughout the duration of the program; no funding yet. Lots of interesting projects but not a strong connection with any particular faculty member. Have yet to visit, but I think I could fit in. It may help me job-wise down the road. Top 5 program. School C is well-known, more so in academia. Good location- most people seem to like it although I have yet to visit myself. Cost of living is reasonable, and with the financial aid it's definitely doable. I have had good communication with a faculty member there, but not on the same level as School A. They have a really neat joint program that I'm interested in and that that faculty member would encourage. Could also probably fit in. I think it has a slightly better reputation in academia than School A. Top 10 program. Thoughts?? Things to consider???
  4. So I have gotten into University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Baylor College of Medicine, UCSC, and UCR... How do I choose the correct grad school?
  5. Hi! To those who used the transcript service, how long did SOPHAS take to complete your coursework? Does it really take 10 days? Today is the 9th day and my coursework still hasn't been completed. I'm hoping that something didn't go wrong. Please let me know what you experienced when using this service. Thanks in advance!
  6. I have an interview for the Speech Pathology program at Texas Tech on Friday and I have purchased a coral colored blazer to wear with a nice blouse, black slacks, and black heels. I am now doubting if my blazer is a good choice? I think it looks great but will the color come off unprofessional? I appreciate any opinions!
  7. Hey all! I just joined GradCafe, and I am so stoked but also nervous about the fact that applying for grad schools is just around the corner. Right now I am feeling so nervous because I know my credentials are not where they need to be. I'm graduating early in December, but since most grad schools don't do spring start and heading straight to grad school with no break would be INSANE, I am planning on finishing out my lease here. Then I'll be applying for summer and fall start dates at multiple schools. I have a few school ideas, which I'll state down below. I plan to earn a Masters in Social Work, potentially with a concentration in mental health. First, I wanted to give you an idea of my stats (no judgment--from the threads I have read so many of you have intensive experience and stellar GPAs :/ ): Undergraduate Degree @ University of South Carolina -- Experimental Psychology major with two minors: Social Work; Counselor Education GPA - 3.0 overall, should be closer to a 3.1 by the time I graduate (Yes, I know, it's's not horrible, but if college had been a little less rocky I could have done super well ) Member of Psi Chi, International Honors Society in Psychology Member of a panhellenic sorority through which I have volunteered and participated in philanthropy events Was in charge of a philanthropy within my sorority where sisters help a local blind man with every day tasks This is it so far, however I have a few plans under my belt that I am almost positive I can follow through with: This semester I will be completing at least 45 service hours with a local organization that provides lower-income individuals with housing (definitely happening, it's a part of a practicum I'm taking) If all goes well, I plan to intern in Rome for 8 weeks with a social service organization this summer. I should be working about 20 hours a week. I plan to join Delta Alpha Pi, an Honors Society for people with disabilities (I have severe depression which has contributed to my mediocre GPA). I plan to get involved with the Undergraduate Social Work Student Association at my school. I haven't taken the GRE yet, so it could definitely still be a factor in boosting the impressiveness of my application. I am a strong reader and writer. If anyone has specific tips about the GRE, please let me know! ^^^So this is what I plan to achieve before I have to do applications (in the fall for the summer 2019 start, and in the winter for the fall 2019 start I suppose). For some reason, I have had a hard time finding paid opportunities/internships in the city of Columbia that are geared towards psychology or social work. I am going to keep looking, but the opportunities seem few and far between. That being said...what do you all think? What are some things you suggest I do, between now and the time I apply, to make my application as impressive as possible? I know I can't take back my GPA, but I can try to make up for it in other respects. From what I have read on here, those with low GPAs have been able to impress graduate schools in other ways. Again, if yo've got tips, let me know! Lastly, I wanted to list some schools that I am considering. I am going to rank them in order of my interest right now. If any of you know anything about these school's admission rates or have any specific insider info about a school, PLEASE contact me. I would love to get in touch with some of you and potentially ease my fears about applying for grad school! Here's my list: 1. University of Denver 2. San Diego State University 3. University of Southern California (the other USC...hehe) 4. Arizona State University 5. Florida International University and some maybes: Cal State - Long Beach; San Jose State University; Metropolitan State University of Denver As you can see, I really want to go far away and preferably out west (I've lived in SC my entire life). I am not sure about the admission rates of these schools, though I have heard that SDSU and USC are more competitive. I would love to hear thoughts on your experience with applying (especially to any of the schools above), selectiveness of these schools, my potential chances of getting in, and their quality of education. Thank you for anyone who actually took the time to read all of this!!! Any help at all would be so appreciated, even if it is constructive criticism. ~PeaceLoveSocialWork~
  8. I need some help! I am attempting to get into Nurse anesthesia school and need a verbal GRE score of 150. The first time I took the GRE, I barely studied for the verbal portion because I focused mainly on the math and the essays (I scored a 145 on the verbal). I then schedule to retake my verbal GRE and had used Magoosh (practice questions and vocabulary flashcards) to study. I also had taken at least 6 verbal exam practice tests, on which I scored anywhere from 136-150 (I used Manhattan prep, Kaplan, Princeton, and powerprep exams). I sat down to retake my GRE and scored a 145 again! The school wants me to continue retaking the verbal portion until I get a 150 on it, and I have no idea how to study anymore. English is not my first language, but this has never been an issue for me in school. Has anyone else had the same issue, if so how did you study to improve your score? Thank you for your help!
  9. Hello! Is there anyone willing to take a look at my personal statement? Preferably someone accepted in an MPH program.
  10. UChicago vs. NYU vs. Columbia

    Hey everyone! I have been accepted to both NYU and UChicago so far, and am wondering if I could have insight as far as the areas the schools are located in, and their programs! I am also waiting to hear back from Columbia, and am submitting my UPenn app soon. I have visited both NY and Chicago very recently, but of course the tourist perspective is different than the resident perspective. There are several pros and cons for each of my acceptances thus far, however the pros and cons of each don't quite overlap (in my opinion). NYU: Lots of familial/peer support, program seems more focused on my direct interests, tons of things to do in the area, gave my $17,000 a year UChicago: Rank, not as much familial support, gave me $25,900 a year, beautiful city with a lot to do, not as expensive. As I mentioned, I am still waiting from Columbia, however I know a few people who were accepted last school year who received full tuition scholarships, so I'm hopeful that I'd get some sort of money from them too? As you all can tell, I am at a weird crossroads, so I'd appreciate any feedback! Thank you you all so much!!
  11. Accreditation of Universities

    Hey guys, I am looking to apply for several Canadian masters programs in Aerospace Engineering. I noticed that according to Engineers Canada, only two schools offer an accredited Aerospace Engineering program: Ryerson University and Carleton University. I am confused as University of Toronto and McGill University both offer masters in aerospace engineering. Does this affect the validity of the program outside of Canada? Thanks in advance.
  12. So, one of my letter writers has been great about turning in his letters up until now. I literally have one school left, and they reached out to me personally by email to ask that I get my letters turned in ASAP so they can review my application. Technically the due date is Jan 25th, but since the dept asked me personally, I emailed my letter writers. This writer is the only one left, and he hasn’t responded to any of my emails or text messages about the letter, only texts not about the letter for this specific school. What do I do?? I would be extremely upset if I didn’t get in because he doesn’t turn the letter in. Should I call?? It’s been almost a week since the department emailed.
  13. Hello! So I have a weird situation. I was offered an interview at a School Psych PhD program on the same weekend as another program. I had already RSVP'd to the other program, so I had responded inquiring if they had an alternative interview option (skype, phone, in person on a different day, etc.). After several weeks of following up to get my email answered, I received an email today updating me that they do not have another interview day, and that they "wish me the best" in my future endeavors. I have so many feelings about this. I went back and read through the language in their offer letter and it does not indicate that the interview is required for consideration. It states that they "appreciate in-person meetings" (which is why I had offered to come a different date). Their website does not indicate that either. I'm shocked, confused, and feel like I am being punished for something I'm not sure how I could have prevented. Anyway, this post is part rant and part- what do I do? Has anyone else had this happen before? I have never had a problem getting a different interview option. This cycle alone I have rescheduled two- with one resulting in an admission offer! It's so bizarre. After all, we are all in the same boat- everyone is applying and has to juggle/balance between a handful of weekends. I am unsure if I should say anything. Of course, I am disappointed for my own selfish reasons, but more than that this could be an easily preventable situation for future applicants if they were more explicit in their letter about their interview attendance expectations. I would hate to have someone else feel this disappointment in the future. While I want to reach out, I also don't want to be looked at like I am being "dramatic" or "difficult" just because I had the interview option retracted. I also know that programs/professors do and can talk to one another, and I would really hate if that was the tone they perceived and then shared. Maybe I am over thinking things, but its a risk nonetheless. And I am sure we all know that getting accepted is a daunting and terrifyingly delicate road... Anyway, any thoughts are appreciated.
  14. NYU MSW Finances

    Hey everyone! I recently just received my first graduate school acceptance from NYU. I am extremely excited about the entire thing, however I wanted more insight about finances and managing life in New York. NYU gave me a tuition award of $17,000 a year, but I am also not sure if that's even a good amount to be awarded. I know that regardless I'd need to find an additional source of income. For the sake of insight, do you all think that $17,000 a year is a good amount to get from this institution? I am still waiting on other schools to hear back, but I'd just like to hear some opinions. Thank you so much!
  15. I got this really troubling email from csdcas and I’m not really sure what it means. Can someone explain this to me? Does this ruin my chances of getting in? A lot of my deadlines were by the 15th of January. I got this email just now so there’s nothing I can do about it until tomorrow, but I definitely plan on calling them tomorrow and sending out another transcript immediately.
  16. So I sent my GRE scores from ETS months ago to all of the schools I'm applying to with the correct codes and everything. A school reached out to me the other day saying they never got my GRE scores, which i thought was weird since I did everything right. I emailed CSDCAS about this asking them to verify, but they haven't gotten back to me in 4 days. The deadline for many of my schools is the 15th. After double checking everything, I realized that somehow I managed to enter my birthday on CSDCAS as one day away from my real birthday, which ETS has. I believe this is why my scores aren't posted to my account. After realizing this and freaking out, I emailed all of my schools asking them if they got my scores or not. I haven't heard anything for anyone. All of my applications are submitted and verified. I even have the ETS confirmation for where I sent all of my scores, when, and how much my credit card got charged. So since I got charged and did everything else right, they must be at CSDCAS, just not connected to my account?? Has this happened to anyone before, where the schools make an exception because everything else is in and technically my scores were delivered to CSDCAS?? I can't imagine all of this money and time being wasted over a simple electronic error. If anyone has any insight please let me know!!!
  17. I would love to blog about my admissions journey here on Grad Cafe, but how to I start a blog?
  18. General letter advice?

    Hey, I'm trying to get my letters of recommendation all wrangled up for my desires to get a PhD in philosophy I'm freaking out right now, mainly because I only ever did like one course with most of my professors. Out of the two I worked closest with, one of them has been kind enough to work like pretty closely on the process, and the other one has been dead silent because of a bunch of things going on in their life, and am in the process of trying to re-open that communication channel. The other big hurdle is that for financial reasons I am on the opposite end of the United States as I could not find a stable job near my college that could pay DC / Northern Virginia levels of rent. Currently, due to this, I only have like one real letter of recommendation on lock-down. I am thinking of going to get an MA to try and drum up two more, but the issue there is that it seems like all the MA programs for Philosophy in WA require 3 of em. I also was part of an Accelerated MA program for the college, used it to take Graduate level work, but due to the move that the family was making I kinda had to ghost out and am concerned that might lead to bad blood with one of the professors I want to get into contact with but I'm worried that if I broach the subject that'll create that bad blood by bringing it up. So, the question becomes: 1. Should I reach out to the professors I only did like one course with, but who seemed to respect the general cut of my jib? 2. Should I look to other sources for possible letters of recommendation? Both in other departments, my English classes for instance, or outside of academia proper? Working a normal job right now and am thinking of asking one of them to give me a generic one, if that might be of use? 3. Any tips on trying to get the conversation started and not feeling like a miserable and selfish bastard for taking up a lot of their incredibly busy and precarious schedules?
  19. Hi everone (it's my first post). I am trying to apply for a PhD position, but unfortuantely I have only 2 reference letters. (I am an international students and this whole reference letter thing is not common in my country) I was hoping it would not have been a big problem, but it turns out it is a HUGE problem and every university requires at least 3 letters. Since application deadlines are (ususally) on the 15th of Dec, it also seems like it is way too late to look for any other possible source of reference letters. So do you know any US university with a good Computer Science PhD program which accepts applications with only 2 reference letters? Thanks
  20. Phd Profile Eval (stat or biostat)

    I would really appreciate it if someone could look over my stats and give me some advice on how to look like a more competitive applicant. I'm set to graduate in 2 semesters, but I might take an additional semester if it's helpful. I plan on applying to programs next fall, and I am not sure how to proceed from here. I would also like to know if an MS is maybe more appropriate for someone like me. Undergraduate Institution: University of Georgia (top 20 public school) major/minor: Math/statistics GPA:3.67 Ethnicity/Gender: White Male GRE: Haven't taken it yet Math GRE: I don't want to take it unless I need to take it Programs Applying: Statistics phd or biostatistics phd Noticeable Courses Taken: Calc 2 & 3 A- , Intro to Proofs A linear algebra A, Abstract Algebra B-, Differential Equations B Sequences and Series (Introduction to Real Analysis) B Real Analysis (Don't know yet, likely a B or C) Complex Analysis (Don't know yet, likely a B or a C) Intro to Statistics A- Statistical Methods B+ Intermediate Biostatistics B+ Some classes I plan on taking are a follow up course in real analysis, number theory, (maybe abstract algebra II?), CS courses (including a stat programming course), and other stat courses to finish my minor. Is that a good approach? Awards: Made Dean's list spring my freshman year, because I had a 3.9 overall GPA Research experience: Nothing Notable, but I've talked to a professor about working on it, I plan on applying to an REU Misc: I have three semesters left before I graduate, so I need advice on how to make the most of it. I just don't really know what I should be looking at. My transcript looks a little off, because I made A's and A-'s my first year of college, and then I did alright my third semester besides the B in differential equations, but I made nothing but B's my fourth semester, because I took nothing but math and statistics courses, and I had an unusually bad experience with Algebra (I believe the teacher was reprimanded for the course, because it was absurdly difficult) so it caused my whole semester to just go off the rails. This semester I've been dealing with a continuation of extenuating circumstances involving my personal life that have caused me to not do as well as I could have this semester. I also find Real/Complex Analysis to be very difficult subjects. Schools and programs I am applying to: Probably UGA, maybe GA Tech, not sure where else to realistically apply at If I don't get funding, I can't really afford to go anywhere Concerns: My GPA is probably going to go down after this semester, and it's starting to get into a low range. My grades don't look great, but I can explain sort of what was going on in my life to cause that to happen. I don't really have a lot of research experience, and I'm not sure I'll stand out as an applicant to any programs.
  21. MPH Chances and Advice

    Hey all, I was just looking for some candid feedback regarding my application. I am about to apply for the Environmental Health MPH program at Harvard School of Public Health. I will have almost 5 years of international work experience by the time I would enroll next fall. I worked for the Peace Corps in Africa, taught in Asia and have been doing Agriculture research in Latin America. I graduated from small liberal arts college with a degree in Political Science I received a 3.29 GPA. I took the GRE and got a 161V/ 158M/ 3 AW I know that the writing is egregious but the other two scores should be ok. I do not have a ton of full-time experience doing health-related work. I work in the agriculture sector in Peace Corps and did some health education. I did a lot of nutrition based planning regarding farm preparation. With the exception of teaching my work experience has been tangential to health which makes me somewhat nervous about admissions but I think that I pull together my Ag work nicely with Health in my personal statement. My LORs are very strong and I have advanced proficiency in two foreign languages. What are my chances at admissions for Harvard's MPH program? What do you think that I should do to increase my chances if I would reapply next year? Recap: GPA: 3.29 small lib arts GRE: 161V/158M/3AW 5 years work experience; peace corps (agriculture, Africa), teaching private school (English, Asia), research (agriculture, Latin America) program: Harvard MPH Environmental Health Thank you in advance!
  22. So I was discussing my letter with my recommender and sent him a recommendation request from the UPenn application portal. I was a little late in telling him it was just to see what the recommendation form is like and his letter wasn't entirely ready. However, he thought he should go ahead and fill it all out and upload the letter so he did, without using the new, updated letter. Now the recommendation is submitted but I'd really like to change the letter. Is there any chance the recommender could edit/update the letter or will I have to redo the application? Please help. Thanks.
  23. Can someone suggest me for any low-cost online courses associated with biomedical engineering? Since i don't have any research papers i planned to rise my sop using online courses. Will online courses really help in improving my sop??
  24. I’m currently a first semester graduate student at my dream school. I’m having serious trouble in two of my classes. The ultimate person to blame is myself...but how the two classes run is part of my problem. For these two classes, I have the same professor. She’s a tough grader and her exams are hard. Her midterm and final for both classs laid out like this: the questions are all multiple choice, the questions have multiple answers, and if you miss one part of the questions it’s completely wrong. I don’t do well with that kind of exam. I am grasping the material for sure, but being graded harshly on two papers and having trouble with the layout of the exam is an apparent reflection of whether or not I understand the material. I’ve met with her a few times but she cannot give me any feed back on papers. I expressed my concerns to her about the exams and she is testing our knowledge so that is why the exams are formatted that way. She said she appreciated that I came to her but at the same time I don’t think she did. I’m so afraid that I’m going to be removed from the program. From the second I wake up to the second I fall asleep, it’s on my mind. I start to wonder whether I’m a fit for the field or not because of how I’m struggling. I’ve wanted to be an SLP since I was 16 years old; I can’t imagine doing anything else but this. I’m hoping I can get some advice and insight on this issue. Thanks everyone.
  25. Alright so for the longest time I wanted to be like Bones and pursue forensic anthropology. Texas State has a MA program for forensic anthropology and that was my plan. I am now realizing that I am more passionate about getting a MA or PhD in bioarchaeology specifically in the region of the Andes or Peru, My undergrad anthro department focused on Maya archaeology so many of my undergrad classes are related to the Maya region. Would it be easier to get into a program that focuses on that? Does it make a huge difference if I get an MA or PhD? I have zero funds for grad school so I will be living entirely off of grants or end up in a huge amount of debt (which I've accepted). I have been on 2 study abroad trips: One an archaeological field school in Belize and another not a field school but still studying the Maya in the Yucatan, Should I do another field school? I know I need an internship as well but I have yet to find one near me that relates to bioarchaeology. Any advice would help!