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  1. A place to share share hopes, anxieties, and disseminate information throughout the waiting period. Good luck!
  2. I think you've applied to the right mix of schools. There will be some noise, which is true for everyone, but especially in your case. Your letters are really crucial with such a mixed profile.
  3. This isn't related to graduate school admissions. Closed.
  4. None in CA would be better than Berkeley.
  5. Your resume should be no more than one page.
  6. I think you know that your performance at a non-elite program is likely going to limit your next steps, at least in a regular Econ program. Given your interests, therefore, you might find greater success at econ-adjacent programs such as Public Policy, Public Affairs/Administration, Economics of Education (Delaware, MSU, Columbia, and Vanderbilt have such programs), and so on. If you aren't "dead set" on regular Econ, these programs will likely place less emphasis on math and give you the chance to do what you appear to enjoy.
  7. The thing is, this should work, but it likely won't. You'll find that doing well in courses and research while also working is not feasible in 3 to 4 years, maybe you could do it in 5 or 6 years. Even then, you'll find community college classes and an online master's will be discounted. You'll also find that the instructors in these online classes might be grad students or not active researchers, meaning their letters are not very valuable. If your goals do not include academia, you might find that doing an MPP (in person, not online) and then a PhD in Public Policy can get you where you want to go at much lower cost.
  8. I wish Erin had never added the upvote and downvote.
  9. I see a number of positives in this profile. On the other hand, poor grades in math and micro are problematic. Also, it sounds like your "best" letters won't be from Econ PhDs. I'd recommend doing a master's if you really want to get into a top 20 school.
  10. My advice has always been to take it easy the summer before beginning your PhD. Watch some youtube videos on calc review, if you must, but don't stress out about math. My second piece of advice is, assuming you have X hours to devote to preparation, that the MB of getting ahead on research exceeds the MB of working more on math.
  11. I'm not an immigration lawyer, but entering the US on a tourist visa when your actual purpose is to attend college would be violation of the terms of the visa and could get you deported and banned from entering the US for years. Do not enter on a tourist visa just so you can begin your PhD program on time.
  12. If possible, do not take the pass/fail option in math or econ classes. Explain to your math and econ professors that you are intending to go to grad school. Hopefully, they are relaxing standards to compensate for this insane situation.
  13. I don't mean to be dismissive but the obvious choice is to go to Brown. CMU is a great school, too, but Brown is better ranked and provides better connections and opportunities. Delaying admission by a year to do an RA position makes sense if you expect a big improvement in where you might get admitted. That's unlikely most years, but especially next year when grad school becomes very attractive because of the inevitable downturn in opportunities in the current climate. Just look at what happened from 2009 to 2012.
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