Type of Undergrad:
Top 30 USNEWS
Type of Grad:
CalcI~III,Vector Calculus,Discrete Mathematics,Mathematical Reasoning, Linear Algebra Honors,Applied Linear Algebra, Real Analysis1+2, Probability1+2, Stochastic Processes, Differential Equations,Linear Systems of Differential Equations, Optimization (all A+/As)
Principles of Micro/Macro, Intermediate Micro/Macro/Metrics,Advanced Metrics,Honor Seminar Micro,Labor,PhD Micro/Metrics(still in progress when I applied) [b+ in labor, A- in grad micro, A+/As others]
C++, MATLAB, Managerial and Financial Accountings (all As)
Letters of Recommendation:
One from Thesis Advisor:Been RAing for him for a year already.
One from a very prominent professor. Took her class.
One from a top2 junior whom I RAed for.
One from a prof I RAed for a year.
They all agreed to write me a strong letter. Should not be bad, I guess
RAed for all three writer letters.Working on a thesis by the time I was applying, not finished yet. My advisor said it should be publishable
Been a grader for letter writer 2 for a quarter, if that counts.
Trade and labor
Ok SOP. Customized only when the application guideline explicitly told me so.
I transferred from a top50 to a top30.
Princeton, Yale, Chicago
Harvard, MIT, Stanford/GSB, Berkeley, Booth, NYU, Columbia,LSE, Northwestern
I am really happy about my result! I got a lot of help from this forum, especially by reading past applicants' profiles and results. I want to post mine hoping it can help future applicants someday! But for future applicants, the most helpful thing is to ask your (potential) letter writers for help!
What would you have done differently?
1.I hope I could have decided to do a PhD in my second year, not the third year. I guess I got lucky to have met my first letter writer, who gave me tons of hand holding and introduced me to lots of opportunities. Without his help, I would not have got into any of the top schools.
2.If I had known I am going to do the PhD, I would NOT take the accounting nonsense. I would finish analysis by the second year so I can go on to take grad sequences in my third year. Also I can start my thesis much earlier
3.I should have taken grad micro more seriously and not get an A-.
That said, I would not think that doing the above would get me into Harvard/MIT. Just ease of mind I guess.