DrPepper-olic Posted February 22, 2011 Share Posted February 22, 2011 I am quietly going nuts in my broom closet of an office. People are starting to hear back from the schools I applied to, and I'm a little worried. I figured I wouldn't be a first choice applicant because all of my degrees come from a lesser known school, although my particular department has some well-known (notorious) professors in my field. I am starting to fear now, especially after reading all the threads below, that my GRE score wasn't enough to make me a second or third choice applicant. Here's the deal: My GPA for the last two years is 3.81. Ironically, that's also my one of my major GPAs. (The other, Spanish, is 3.72.) My overall GPA is 3.38. In 2005, I had extenuating circumstances, didn't withdraw from classes to take care of them, and wound up with a couple of flags on my transcript. Unfortunately, I took a semester of graduate classes that year, so I have a flag on that transcript too. (Thus my MA GPA is a 3.5 from Whoare U.) It blows because I otherwise have stellar grades and have scored the highest of my classmates on almost every exam given in my graduate programs. I hope/pray that my LORs reflected this excellence. (I am certain that one did. I ended up rotating LORs from 6 different profs in my department, to lower the work load. I had profs who sat on my defense committee, who taught me since undergrad, and who have mentored me recently.) I am starting to fear that my transcripts are screaming, "Don't take her." I even tried to preempt this my committing 2 months of my life to studying for the GRE. (Every lunch hour, every break, every evening, it was me and the Kaplan strategy books.) I got a 800Q, which seems to be the necessary condition for acceptance to most programs in my field. I got a 1560 overall (and 4.5 aw...not terrible, considering). (I will confess, I danced around a bit with the proctors at the test site.) I hoped that this score, paired with my stellar performance for the past 2 years, would overshadow my bad year. Now I fear that my score only got me through the initial stage of looking at applications. Now I have to wait in application limbo. Application purgatory. Yes, I was sure to include a specific paragraph or two in my PSs about how I fit with each department. Yes, I used confident wording (as women are sometimes criticized for). No, my best fit schools haven't rejected me yet. But they are Ivy's. And I really doubt that they take people who have failed classes in their past. Especially after reading all the threads stating that GREs don't matter much. Will I never be able to move out of rural America? Is there no hope for people with a spotted past? Am I destined to pursue higher education only as a hobby from now on? Please, someone, post an example of how GRE scores can help your application get through. I mean, Zach Morris got into Stanford, and he almost failed high school... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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