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Re: Should I transfer?
Hey, sorry I just saw this.
Originally Posted by hscjoe
1) When I say too late, I meant that if you transfer to there, I think you'd need to start as a junior/3rd year student, in which you should already taken enough courses at Purdue but you may need to start over your intermediate courses and metrics. This will put you in disadvantage when you ask to do research work with faculty, since your peer at the new school has 2 more years to build the connection, show off their intellectuals. I am not saying that it is impossible to do, and if you have good connections at Purdue, it is not hard to ask Purdue faculty to endorse you, but it is generally harder, and you are paying more.
2) Since you are considering transfer, I believe that you have good grades, since transfer cares a lot about gpa and believe or not, SAT. I am not saying that it would be better off getting straight As at Purdue instead of Brown or Cornell. What I'm saying is that you want to continue to get straight As at Purdue, and straight As at Purdue may worth more than straight As at Brown/Cornell, given GPA inflations at private schools and class size.
3) As a predoc myself I'm def biased, but seeing my coworkers' application results this and previous years, I'd say pre-doc still has a significant advantage against other applicants. This edge may be gone in a few years, but we will see. It's not too hard to find pre-doc work. You just need to know you need to apply to predocs at the right time(late Sept/early October, then throughout the year). Also I'm international as well. Some pre-doc programs will allow you to use OPT, or give you J-1 or even H1B.
Not sure how much a MS in Stats will help, so I can't comment on that.
And for MAE stuff, I have friends who did it and goes to Duke now, and friends who are RAs at other places now. Performing really well in a good school's MA program will def help you get in that school, but the downside is the competition and potential bombing your GPA given almost everyone in the cohort will want to fight the spots.
Also everything above I believe is only valid if you are certain that you want to do Econ PhD. If you are not too sure, transfer may actually be a better choice, but that's out of my league to give you advice on that. Good luck with whatever you choose!