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13 hours ago, Boolakanaka said:

You start your personal statement with this first sentence,  “My path to (insert hoity toity Ivy university) and you send it to schools other than the one you just named....

If it’s any consolation, I still got admission to two of my four tops schools....

I ended my statement with "I am very excited to pursue graduate education at [school]" and miraculously only forgot to change it once... thankfully they let me resubmit my SOP when I emailed the department!

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14 hours ago, Psygeek said:

hahah wrong version?

Still, the departmetn knows, so let's hope they won't tell ad comm or use both letters...

I spelt her name as Karen instead of Kristen. My brain somehow saw first and last letters and just went with Karen. good job brain. you had one job

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3 hours ago, loffire said:

I spelt her name as Karen instead of Kristen. My brain somehow saw first and last letters and just went with Karen. good job brain. you had one job

Just make sure to get it right if you actually get to the interviews :) These things happen!

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You realize one of your recommenders overlooked the link for your top school....and submits your LOR 4 days after the deadline.....my badddd.....

Also the moment when you call your own lab by the wrong name.

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50 minutes ago, petitebiscuit said:

You realize one of your recommenders overlooked the link for your top school....and submits your LOR 4 days after the deadline.....my badddd.....

Also the moment when you call your own lab by the wrong name.

I think generally there’s more leeway in LOR deadlines than application deadlines, so you might still be okay on that front!

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22 minutes ago, phonotactless said:

I think generally there’s more leeway in LOR deadlines than application deadlines, so you might still be okay on that front!

Agreed! They know how busy/forgetful faculty members can be. Hope you get dem invites so this will be just funny on hindsight

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You are checking one of your 4 already submitted applications and you notice that in one of them you assigned to your most important research experience the description of a meh summer session instead of the actual description...OOPS

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Went to an info session where the admissions/financial aid director emphasized that if letters of recommendation were submitted even one day after the deadline, no scholarship money would be awarded. Panicked because I was still waiting on one LOR and my professor hadn't responded to my email or follow-up phone call, so ended up DRIVING TO NEW YORK from out-of-state to talk to her in person. The look on her face when she saw me in her office door was pretty priceless, as was my weak explanation that I just happened to be in the city visiting friends. Definitely an awkward moment but she was just busy and missed the email, and asked me to remind her again as many times as I needed to before the deadline.

Still waiting for now. 

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17 hours ago, doctormelody said:

Went to an info session where the admissions/financial aid director emphasized that if letters of recommendation were submitted even one day after the deadline, no scholarship money would be awarded. Panicked because I was still waiting on one LOR and my professor hadn't responded to my email or follow-up phone call, so ended up DRIVING TO NEW YORK from out-of-state to talk to her in person. The look on her face when she saw me in her office door was pretty priceless, as was my weak explanation that I just happened to be in the city visiting friends. Definitely an awkward moment but she was just busy and missed the email, and asked me to remind her again as many times as I needed to before the deadline.

Still waiting for now. 

This is gold hahah I hope you got your LoR in time and (get) your scholarship!

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2 hours ago, loffire said:

This is gold hahah I hope you got your LoR in time and (get) your scholarship!

There are still 10 days left before the deadline and she's 100% gonna wait until the very last minute to submit it, I can just tell. But thank you! I'm choosing to trust that it will be fine because at this point, there's not much else I can do.

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1 hour ago, doctormelody said:

There are still 10 days left before the deadline and she's 100% gonna wait until the very last minute to submit it, I can just tell. But thank you! I'm choosing to trust that it will be fine because at this point, there's not much else I can do.

One of my LoR writer does the same thing. He waits till the last day to submit everything. I have him on fb so I pmed him like 4hrs before the deadline and he got it all in on time! Sending good vibes your way hahah

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9 minutes ago, loffire said:

One of my LoR writer does the same thing. He waits till the last day to submit everything. I have him on fb so I pmed him like 4hrs before the deadline and he got it all in on time! Sending good vibes your way hahah

Oh my God, that's so frustrating! I would probably have a nervous breakdown if someone did that to me... I was definitely close to one last week. And thank you, same to you!

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You're so nervous during your first set of Skype interviews that when you're asked where you are you answer with "Oh, my den" instead of your geographical location. (At least they laughed?)

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...you spent a week preparing for an informal interview and didn't have enough energy left for the "why school" question, turned out the POI cared because he's the departmental chair ?

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...You are having a phone interview at your dad's house while visiting him and his dogs start barking and you apologize a million times to the POI (interrupting her talking the first time just because you feel super bad but now even feel worse for interrupting). Then you get nervous, so you stop asking all the question you wanted to ask because the dogs are still barking. Gosh, what a great first impression I gave!

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okay, I have two:

1) when you go to your master's thesis supervisor to get the  recommendation letter while he was expecting from you to do a Ph.D. under his guidance

2) when you are content with your CV but after reading the profile of the other students on gradcafe, who have applied to the same university  as you have, you realize that they have 3 patents, 6 first author publications, and have research experience from ivy-league institutions. :( :( 

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Your referees email address has michael not mike in it but you use mike on an application, D'oh!

 

Lucky I caught it... and I went through all of my applications again and found the inverse typo on a referee that is actually named mike... 

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Your UPenn SoP says "Penn State" (to which you are not even applying) three times and you just barely catch it in time to delete the one you uploaded and replace it with one that actually has the correct school name in it.

When one of your SoPs says "additionally" twice in the same paragraph.

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