Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

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Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

Postby naseermk » Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:02 pm

Looks like the Cosmo bloggers appended this one:

http://blog.lib.umn.edu/duver001/nwn/016044.html

Let the waiting be lightened :D

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Re: Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

Postby cato88 » Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:45 pm

Most of those are making fun of foreign applicants English skills.
Whats with the use of "engrish"
Im surprised one of them didnt go like

"Foreign langue: English, excellent profish" Me, I'm anti-fish, I like sashimi.
ching chang asian talk."

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Re: Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

Postby twistor » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:18 pm

"Sample courses taken: Military art theory, Cultivation of ethnics (that one scares me quite a bit), Culture of USA (barely passed), Plutonomy, Moral Accomplishment for Students, Mao Zedong Thoughts (quite a spread in grades there), Special Physical Education (the semester after failing Mao's Thoughts)..."

What is it with admissions committee members making value judgements about what classes their applicants are taking? Seriously, weren't these people required to take general electives? And who cares if a student got a C in Plutonomy if they got an A in Advanced Topics in Physics?

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Re: Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

Postby twistor » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:22 pm

And what's wrong with "Cultivation of ethnics?" Hey, they're not going to grow themselves...

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Re: Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

Postby quizivex » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:17 pm

HAhahahhahah, great stuff. Reminds me of admissionprof's experience:

admissionprof wrote:The funniest sentence in a personal statement came from a foreign applicant with poor English, who had discussed how his interest in physics grew. As a child, he had done various experiments with the beam of sunlight coming in his room (and pieces of glass, etc.). He then built a little lab in his room. Later in his personal statement he was discussing his desire to do experimental physics, and said "My bedroom experiments taught me a lot about the proper use of my hands".


twistor wrote:And what's wrong with "Cultivation of ethnics?" Hey, they're not going to grow themselves...
The problem is, like marajuana, ethnics are illegal in some uncivilized countries.

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Re: Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

Postby evilclaw2321 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:12 pm

So while reading this I realized I know this professor. It surprised me that he'd write something like this, in person he seems like a such nice and understanding person, not snooty or anything. Great one more professor from my department to add to the list of people to avoid.

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Re: Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

Postby metric » Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:59 pm

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Re: Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

Postby cato88 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:33 pm

Hes not a professor anymore since his main page is dead.

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Re: Things Grad. Committee Does Not Wish to See - Part II

Postby evilclaw2321 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:47 pm

guess ur right hadn't even noticed he hasn't been around for awhile hmmm i wonder why




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