unbrokenthread Posted October 12, 2013 Share Posted October 12, 2013 Hey all, I'm a Zoology and English Lang/Lit double major. Here are my stats: Zoology major undergrad GPA: 3.0 English major undergrad GPA: 3.8 Overall undergrad: 3.19 (this includes LOTS of community college courses that are now irrelevant, though) Last 90 units: 3.38 GRE: 154Q, 166V, 4.5W (prev score was 155Q, 163V, 4.0W) Research: McNair, CCRAA, CAMPARE, and one other One publication (in one of the big journals!), but it wasn't a scientific paper--it was a short commentary. Several talks/poster sessions on my record. One more coming up next month. I'm interested in astrobiology programs--unfortunately they are only at a few schools. I'm applying to Harvard, MIT, WashU, UPenn, and looking at Arizona and Stanford. I've already been turned down from one lab because of my GPA and GRE scores, and it was a school that's not very highly ranked. I'm confident...but I'm also second guessing a bit now. I'm wondering if these big-name schools are overshoots; am I kidding myself? My GPA is easily, easily explained away because I have had serious family trouble (like, we're talking life-threatening); I'm only briefly mentioning this in my SOP, but it does bear mentioning, because it seriously disrupted my ability to succeed academically in the past, particularly last year. (I did rally back, though, and was on Dean's List by spring. Wahoo!) (I'm also a bit concerned because of the govt shutdown; my main letter of rec is a government employee and cannot access his email, and thus my recommendation request, until they're allowed back to work. If the shutdown continues, can I note this to the committee or something? I have other recs, but he's the most recent and he's seen the most of my work ethic and quality.) Thanks in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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