Thanks Brazilian PhD
To be frank, I have been a secret visitor and admirer of your blog " My PhD Tales" and took lot of insights for my applications and interviews.
Thanks for all that help
Will PM you with my details and share my thoughts.
Anyone with info about NYU Finance? I saw a waitlist on GC, and a couple of guys who said they were contacted to gauge their interest in the program. It's getting late and still no formal decisions.
Also, was anyone here accepted at Northwestern Finance?
This is hard work
I would also like to reemphasize that when you pass the cutoff, nobody will look at the score as a determining factor anymore.
Got a lot of pressure to commit to my only acceptance and finally caved after 2 weeks of daily emails. So of course I just got an interview invite from a top 5 program that I’ll have to turn down. I second guessed my self I had 1 offer 5 rejections and the only 2 schools outstanding where both reaches so I figured they already made decisions. Logically I don’t think I would’ve been a great fit at this school they are known as kinda cut throat but still hurts to never know what could’ve been.
We always say that fit is important, and not only for research interests. You said the school has a reputation as "cut throat" and I've heard that kind of thing about some schools. There are people who like that kind of environment, there are people who even thrive on that kind of thing. But if you're not like that, going to a school like that is not good. A PhD is already hard enough, doing that in an environment you don't fit can make it unbearable. If you had waited longer, maybe you would get accepted and then it would be very hard to decline an offer from a top 5 program, even if you know it is not a good fit.
So, I think you did great. You have been with us here for a long time already, we can see you have been serious about the application process. So, don't let this kind of thing bring you down. You accepted an offer, it's a great accomplishment, an important moment. Enjoy. Celebrate.
I finally have my first acceptance, for Rutgers Finance . I had been away from math and finance and econ for a long time, almost 6 years, other than taking Rice U's online PhD Math Camp last summer and I was honestly afraid I would not get accepted anywhere. Due to geographic restrictions (wife's job) my applications were top heavy with more "reaches" than "targets" and no "safeties". I am extremely excited and I think the odds of me accepting the offer are pretty good. It is a big relief. My wife told me that I was driving her nuts constantly checking my email and GC, so she is probably happier than I am.
Also, for anyone on the board who says that teaching experience is irrelevant, that may be the case if you are applying to a top program or if your teaching experience was TA/grading. Six years ago I taught a couple of junior/senior level UG stats classes as an adjunct at a regional college that the adcoms were likely familiar with. I was specifically asked about my adjunct work during my interview, as well as why I stopped doing it (I moved) and I am pretty sure that it was a factor the adcoms took into account with regards to me being accepted and funded.
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