hopefulastro wrote: Anyone else in the same boat? What are your plans if you don't get in this year?
sadman wrote:hopefulastro wrote: Anyone else in the same boat? What are your plans if you don't get in this year?
Haven't got the rejection emails yet, but I'm sure that I won't be accepted.
I also plan to apply for Master's in Germany, like Nishikata. If even that doesn't work out well, I guess I'll be trying to get some more relevant research experience before applying again next year.
Good luck, and hope you (and the rest of us too) get admits soon.
chris314 wrote:I didn’t get in anywhere last year and was really bummed about it. I attended the March meeting and used that as a networking opportunity to meet a bunch of faculty at universities that didn’t accept me but I felt I still had a chance with if I reapplied. I attended a bunch of talks from labs I wanted to work in to see what work they were presently doing. This improved my SOP and gave me a better shot this time around. These conversations let me know exactly what the labs were looking for and when they liked something I said, I made it a point to tell my LOR to mention what they wanted, a specific story about me doing XYZ that this particular lab wanted. To save money, I didn’t retake either GRE so I didn’t have to resend scores to the same schools. So far I’ve been accepted to 2 out of 3 schools, still waiting on 16 more. One of my acceptances is from a rank 27 school doing the exact research I wanted. I was devastated last year, but so glad I stuck it out one more year.
jabennett2194 wrote:Can you or Nishikata explain the thoughts behind pursuing a masters in Germany if you don't get in anywhere? Masters (to my knowledge) are not funded there right?
Nishikata wrote:Masters in Germany are not funded in a sense that you won't receive a stipend for living expenses. However in Bavaria (Munich), there are no tuition fees, so you only need to pay for your own expenses. Therefore, this is better than US/UK schools where you have to pay for huge tuition especially as an international student if you do not have a financial aid.
Not the ideal scenario, but not so bad either.
jabennett2194 wrote:This is wonderful advice How did you determine those that you "felt I still had a chance with if I reapplied." ???
chris314 wrote:jabennett2194 wrote:This is wonderful advice How did you determine those that you "felt I still had a chance with if I reapplied." ???
I definitely started with the two threads with PGRE statistics on what percentiles are usually admitted. I'm a numbers person, so I used this along with info on gradschoolshopper to try and estimate the difficulty of being accepted. Another thing that helped me sort through them was whether or not I was rejected right away, waitlisted, or ghosted. If I was part of the first round of rejections, I figured my chances of getting in would be low without huge changes. I sent emails to schools that I was waitlisted at or didn't receive any notification from after April 15. I told them about the conversations I had with faculty at the March meeting, and provided my fall grades which were outstanding.
Some schools were blunt with their rejections, others commended me for showing initiative and encouraged me to reapply for next year.
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