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    PhD Profile Evaluation: Fall 2019

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    Undergrad: Large State School around 50th nationally
    GPA: 3.8
    Major/Minor: Econ Major, Stat and Math minor
    GRE:167Q/160V

    Econ Classes:
    International Monetary Economics: A
    Environmental Economics: A
    Intermediate Micro: A
    Intermediate Macro: A
    Econometrics: A
    Time Series Econometrics: A
    Game Theory: A

    Math Classes:
    Calc 1: B+
    Calc 2: A
    Calc 3: A-
    Intro to Proofs: A
    Intro to Analysis: A
    Linear Algebra w/ Proofs: B+

    Stat Classes:
    Statistical Inference: A
    Applied Experimental Designs: B+
    Applied Regression Analysis: A
    Mathematical Statistics I: A
    Mathematical Statistics II: A-

    Last Set of Classes that I'm taking in the fall:
    Senior Thesis
    Econ of Education
    Differential Equations
    Real Analysis

    Coding Experience:
    R (strong), RATS (used for one class, I think this program is awful), LaTeX (learning this for a nice looking thesis)

    Other Experience:
    Did Literature Review for a Professor one semester on a research topic he was exploring.
    With the same Professor, did a one-on-one class where he taught me discrete choice and how to code the models
    Tutored Intermediate Micro for 2 years.
    Interned at Porsche Cars North America last fall where I used some techniques I learned in Time Series to forecast car sales.

    Personal Info:
    During my Junior year I developed Crohn's Disease, it has been very hard for me. However, I recently found a treatment that looks like is getting me back to "normal." For this reason I am graduating in 4 and 1/2 years, which is not what I originally planned.

    Thesis:
    Writing my thesis on transportation demand estimation (using the famous Train discrete choice book). My adviser says that its the most ambitious senior thesis hes ever seen, however I don't go to an amazing school so I'll take that with a grain of salt

    LORs:
    One really strong letter from a professor I've worked with a while. One from My Intro to Analysis professor, and one from my thesis adviser. (I think the two economist letters should be pretty good

    Goals:
    My adviser seems to think that anything below 30 I should be really strong for, and have a decent chance 15-25. What do you guys think?

    Thanks for reading!

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    I think your advisor is right about the schools ranked below 30. I think he/she might be a bit too optimistic about your chances at the 15-25 ranked schools. I'd say you are competitive for those places, but I wouldn't say you have "decent chance". That phrase sounds to me like you should expect to get in with relative ease, which I don't think is true

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    I appreciate the advice, I'll keep that in mind when I pick which schools to apply to.

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