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  1. Safety Schools

    So we're right in the midst of application season. Most applicants have completed their school lists, GMAT or GRE, picked out their LOR's, and, hopefully, started, if not finished, their SOPs. So this post is not particularly timely, but, alas, we press on.

    A common theme amongst my posts as of late has been school selection (I'm way too lazy to post links to previous threads, but believe me they exist). A big reason for this is that I have extremely strong opinions about selecting ...
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  2. Offers

    Alright to continue my posts of, hopefully, helpful advice, I'm going to spend a little bit of time today talking about offers. It should be noted that this advice holds true whether this is your first acceptance or your 10th. Remember how hard you worked for this, and how much you want it. Don't let the fact that you've been accepted somewhere else take away the excitement of future acceptances. Each acceptance is a big deal. To those of you who haven't been accepted yet, there's still plenty ...
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  3. Commitment and life pre PhD

    Alright so weíre getting towards the end of the interview season. We are not at the end of the season, there is still hope. Iím still not writing a post about complete rejection yet. I also began this post almost a month ago, but things got in the way of me writing an extended post (mostly school and research and all of the fun stuff that comes with being a PhD student, youíll know soon enough).

    Many of you are in the envious position of having multiple offers. More of you will ...
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  4. First year thoughts (and other ramblings)

    Alright so for my 1000th post, I thought that I would post something really good (other than the normal crap I submit). I was thinking about my time here as a lurker, then a newbee, now a distinguished member of the senior members and one day an actual professor. Rather than going into extremely boring details about how this site really helped me to achieve my goals (which it did), I thought that I would just give all of you future students some rambling thoughts of my first year. Of course we ...
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  5. For those who haven't made it in

    Iíve been away from writing long posts for a few weeks since classes picked up and, surprise, a PhD program is very difficult. But I wanted to write today now that itís officially April 16. What does this mean for you? Well for some of you it means that you made your decision about where you are going yesterday. And there is plenty of praise and excitement to go around with that. Iím not here to talk to you, though, at least not today. Today Iím here to talk to those who applied this year ...
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