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Re: Profiles and Results 2018
Type of Undergrad: One of the UCs
Undergrad GPA: 3.3
Type of Grad: Cal State
Grad GPA: 3.7
Math Courses: Calc Sequence (B average), DiffyQ (C+), Linear algebra (B), Analysis (B)
Econ Courses: Intermediate Sequence (A average), graduate micro, macro, micrometrics, time series (A), random econ electives (A)
Letters of Recommendation: 1 from masters thesis chair, 2 from masters coursework professors who have seen my research. These letters are solid.
Research Experience: Ugrad honors thesis (department award); MA thesis (department research award); RA for 2 professors during masters
Teaching Experience: 2 semesters as adjunct at 5 different schools--instructor of record for principles of micro/macro and business stats
Research Interests: macro, monetary, time series
SOP: Individually tailored to each school. Identified 3 faculty I wanted to work with as well as discussed those faculty member's research and how it relates with my existing research pipeline.
Acceptances: UC Santa Cruz ($$), NC State (no idea about funding, turned down before got funding offer), Houston (same with NC State)
Rejections: 20 other places
Attending: UC Santa Cruz!
Comments: Honestly not that surprised given my math history. Honestly felt that the masters was worth it (it was fully funded)--allowed me to explore my interests while also giving me additional time to prepare and get better LORs.
What would you have done differently?
Figured out I wanted to do PhD not during the end of senior year of ugrad--would have allowed for better planning. Taken way more math and taken that math more seriously during the beginning. Honestly, should have probably either double majored in math or have a math minor as well as some comp sci classes. Also, probably have taken the GRE sooner rather than cram it all in at the end...164 kind of a weak signal.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results and am super excited to start this fall at UCSC! Hope things work out for everyone else!