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  1. Hello, I am planning to apply to PhD in economics programs (Fall 2022). My profile is as follows: Undergraduate: BBA with a Major in Finance (University of Dhaka, the best university in my country Bangladesh, although not highly ranked) CGPA (3.94/4.00). Graduate: MSc Finance from The University of Manchester (Grade: DIstinction) Graduate : MS Economics in my home country (Ongoing, finished 24 credits out of 36, current CGPA 4.00/4.00) Graduate Coursework: Under MS mathematics in my home country (completed four courses, currently taking 4 more but the result will not be available before application) Math Courses: Completed : Calculus I,II ; Partial Differential Equations, Integral Equations, Mathematical Statistics, Business Statistics, Matrix theory with Linear Algebra (This is a P/NP course, prerequisite for MS mathematics courses) . All are A/A- Currently Taking: Real Analysis (P/NP course), Discrete Mathematics, Dynamical systems, ODE, Stochastic Processes (Results will be available in February) Economics Courses: Undergrad Level: Intermediate Micro (I,II), Intermediate Macro (I,II) Graduate Level : Advanced Micro, Advanced Macro, Cross-sectional Econometrics, Time series econometrics, Applied Econometrics, Advanced Econometrics, Mathematical Economics Other Relevant Courses: International Finance, Asset Pricing, Empirical Finance, Labour Economics (All Graduate Level) GRE: Quant 169, Verbal 153, AWA 4.0 (Planning to retake in early November) Research Experience: Independent Masters Thesis in Manchester (Got distinction), Econometrics courseworks with good remarks, Doing another thesis for MS Economics in my home country Teaching Experience: Working as Lecturer in one of the Universities in my country. Taking Advanced Business Maths Course. LoR: Supervisor from Uni of Manchester, Two top economists of my country (I have taken multiple courses under them and have done good in research coursework) I am planning to apply to 9/10 schools from the top 20 and 3 from 20-30. MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Berkeley, Wisconsin Madison, John Hopkins, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Vanderbilt, UCSD, Boston. Some suggestions would be helpful: 1. Do you think I am too much ambitious in case of selecting schools? 2. Do you think the less known schools (from where i have done econ and math courses) will be a disadvantage for me? Although I have done good in rigorous programs like MSc Finance in Manchetser which was mostly proof based masters. 3. Since some of the math courses will not be shown in transcripts though i am currently undertaking those, how do I mention those? In My SoP? Thanks.
  2. Hi I’m a dual US citizen currently taking up my 4 year BS Pharmacy program in the Philippines and my end goal is to work in the US with a PharmD degree. They offer a 2 year post-bacalaureate PharmD program here in my country, but I read a post saying that the NABP is very particular about 5 years of CONTINUOUS study. With that being said, would it be better to pursue the PharmD program in the US? Or would it suffice to graduate from the BS Clinical Pharmacy program of 5 years from my country?
  3. There is typo in title (obviously), and it doesn't make sense. Please see new post: https://www.www.urch.com/forums/phd-business/161866-accounting-phd-profile-evaluation-fall-2021-a.html
  4. Recently in the automobile industry, multinational companies have developed to the point where such few cars can be described as having been made entirely in one country. anyone knows, why the incorrect answer in this kind of question is "such few' I would really appreciate it
  5. Hi Urch community. I have been an avid reading of this forum since february, and it has been very useful to me. Right now I'm preparing for the application process of a Ph.D. in Economics, but I'm a little worried about how admission committee will assess my GPA since in my country grades go from 0 to 10, and you pass with a 7, but there is a lot of variance depending on the professor. If I scale my GPA to the U.S scale it is only a 3.32, which from I understand is pretty weak for a US university. However, I was first of my class in my math major and in Economics, and top 5 in my Economics major. I also was able to ask for a letter of recommendation from a very prestigious professor of Economics in a top 10 US university whom I was able to work and made a great impression on him. What do you think? Is this a deal breaker for any admission committee? I am aiming to a wide range of Univs, but decided to take a shot at a master in another country if I don't get at least in a top 30. A little more info: Country: A small one from the Americas with few recognized economists. University: The most recognized university at my country. GPA: 8.3/10.0 LoRs: One from a professor in a top 10 in US, the other two from professors at my university with whom I have a great relation. GRE: 170Q, 162V, 4.5 AW TOEFL: 107 (28R, 29L, 25S, 25W)
  6. [TABLE=width: 64] [TR] [TD=class: xl66, width: 64][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Hi :) this is my shot at an independent essay. I want to improve my writing and I would appreciate your constructive feedback very much! The grammar and spell checking feature in MS Word is great, but it is no comparison to the valueable advice you can give! agree or disagree: Countries should not isolate themselves but instead should engage other countries. "We will build a wall, a great wall!" is a statement by president elect Donald Trump that shocked the globe. Americans see themselves in a time of mass immigration, high unemployment and uncountable terrorist attacks and thus believe that further isolation from other countries will protect the US. However, I disagree with this notion and I want to adress the benefits of engaging with other countries because working together improves our economies, solves difficult challenges and leads to peace for a number of reasons. First, while many people argue that isolation protects the economy of a country, history shows the opposite result. For instance, Germany in the eightteenth century was not a single country, but a collection of tiny city states which wanted to protect their own businesses by claiming high tariffs on imported goods. If a shoemaker in Munich wanted to sell a pair of shoes in Hamburg, he would have to pass 22 borders to get there. Accordingly, the shoes with a price of 10 Mark in Munich would cost 137 Mark in Hamburg due to all the accumulated tariffs. Therefore, the protectionism of the governments stifled the flow of goods in Germany and Britain's economy quickly outpaced the German's. Second, it is important to engage with other countries to solve difficult challenges. The greatest example of a global project is the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is in operation for more than twenty years and continues to produce exciting results in zero-gravity. Without cross-cultural collaboration this endeavor would not have been possible and, hence, we would not be inspired to look at the sky and try to trace the ISS's movements. Last but not least, we need to consider that we live in the longest period of peace on this planet. While in the past few centuries, there were always major countries at war with each other, in more recent decades, the people on Earth seem to get along pretty well. A proof by contradiction is North Korea, the most isolated country, where there is no telecommunication or internet allowed. Consequently, North Korea is the global hotspot most predestined for the next war. We can conclude, that isolation leads to misgivings about each other and that our communication across country lines is causing this unprecedented time of peace. In summary, erecting walls between countries will not benefit anyone. Even president Trump seems to have come to this conclusion, as so far his efforts to start building a wall were rather half-hearted. 415 words
  7. Some people think that college and university students must not spend at least a semester studying in a foreign country. This issue is controversial; however, a closer examination reveals that college students must spend at least a semester in a foreign country which will be beneficial to them. One of the reasons for students to spend a semester in foreign country is that the student can learn about their culture. This knowledge about other culture will expose them to different traditions of the world. It will help them better understand how different people live all over the world. Furthermore, the student can get a chance to learn a new language. With the new language, student can interact with other people, thus breaking the language barrier. They will be able to learn new information from the foreign text which would otherwise will be unavailable to them without translation. Perhaps, the best reason the students must study abroad is that the student will strengthen the international ties between the nations. The students can play a major role in maintaining peaceful relations with other nations by living in foreign country trying to understand their culture. In summary, the student must study abroad for at least a semester because it will be beneficial for both students and our country. Overall, studying in a foreign country will be a great and a new experience for the student which will improve their outlook of the world at large.
  8. :question: What should a government do for a country to become successful? :idea: One of the most important agents responsible for a country’s success or failure is its government. It is the government which takes the lead in shaping the future of its country and nation. In its hands is the authority to manage and guide its country and people. Whenever the government does its job well, its country will succeed and prosper. On the contrary, whenever it abuses its power and turns corrupt, its country will decay and perhaps fall into a failed state. To maintain its country’s sustainability and to guarantee its success, the government has to take fundamental actions. In my opinion, the most important ones are human resources empowerment and law enforcement. Fact shows that human resources are the most important determinants of a country’s success or failure. If the quality of human resources in a country is high, the country will have the strength and potency to withstand all challenges, develop, and advance itself. On the contrary, if the quality of human resources in a country is low, the country will face many difficulties in keeping its survival and sustainability. Therefore, to achieve success for a country, its government has to empower its human resources to their utmost and keep their quality high. Fact also shows that law plays a vital role in guaranteeing a country’s success. Without law, society will be plunged into chaos, anarchy, or disorder - a condition which makes any development, growth, or advancement impossible. On the other hand, strong law enforcement will create a conducive environment for higher competitiveness and effective national innovation systems. Some countries’ success in improving their people’s standard of living is substantially due to their governments’ strong commitment to enforcing the law. In conclusion, human resources empowerment and law enforcement are the most vital actions that every government should prioritize highly among others in order to achieve success for its country. When both actions are already going on well, the country will gradually develop into a prosperous one.
  9. :question: :question: Films can tell us a lot about the country in which they were made. What have you learned about a country from watching its movies? Use specific examples and details to support your response. :idea: :idea: Many people say that films are like windows to the world because through films, we can see many things without moving from where we are. We can see different places, different peoples, and different worlds through films. Aware of the power of audiovisual media, many filmmakers make the best use of their films to promote their views, their ideas, their thoughts, etc. Since every filmmaker is a member of a certain society and a citizen of a certain country, films he/she made reflect the society and the country in which he/she lives. Therefore, we can learn a lot about a country by watching its films. To give examples, I want to share a little about what I have learned about American societies by watching American films. I intentionally choose American films because they are the most popular foreign films in my country. It should not be surprising since the USA is very well known as the largest film producer in the world. Firstly, from films like “Superman,” “Spiderman,” or “Rambo,” it seems that societies are dreaming of “superheroes” who will help them out of their problems instantly and victoriously. We are all living in a problematic world in which injustice prevails and dominant forces are competing with each others to gain power and influence. The presence of superheroes in films seems to give some relief or consolation to some audience though it is only in an imaginary world. Secondly, from films like “Star Trek” and “Star Wars,” I see people’s longing for outer space exploration. The universe is very large and contains millions of mysteries. From the time immemorial, humans are curious to explore the universe and find out whether there are life and some chance to build human settlements outside the Earth. The craze for such “space exploration” films shows well how people’s curiosity about the outer space is always alive. Thirdly, from films like “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “American Beauty,” I learn that family values are changing dramatically in American societies. In the past, an ideal family was described as father, mother, and their children living together harmoniously with each other and sharing the family’s tasks proportionally. In modern time, more and more families are struggling with challenges and demands resulting from the rapid technology advancements, economic growth, and culture clash between countries or generations. Facing many difficulties in doing so, some families seem to have to put their families’ integrity and harmony at stake. Fourthly, from films like “The Day after Tomorrow” and “Waterworld”, two films dealing with global warming issues, I learn that people are becoming aware of the impacts of global warming. By supporting such films, people share the same concern that all the world should be united to take all the necessary measures and fight against global warming to save the world and next generations. In conclusion, I find that American films offer a very wide variety of topics and issues, ranging from science fiction, family drama, to environmental issues. From this variety, I learn the heterogeneity of American societies and the American filmmakers’ efforts to serve for this heterogeneity. I also see the way American societies react or respond to the world’s ups and downs. :) :cool:
  10. :question: :question: Because of developments in communication and transportation, countries are becoming more and more alike. How is your country becoming more similar to other places in the world? Use specific examples and details to support your answer. :idea: :idea: People say that technological advances in communication and transportation count as some miracles of modern living. Such advances can save much time, seem to shorten distances, and make the world seem to be smaller and smaller. If centuries ago intercontinental travel would take weeks or even months, nowadays it takes only hours. If centuries ago people had to encounter various risks in sending important message, nowadays modern communication provides very much convenience for us to send any message while guaranteeing its secrecy and minimizing the risks as much as possible. Modern communication and transportation accelerate and enhance information and goods exchanges worldwide. Overwhelmed with bulk of information, people of the world have so many alternatives in their life. By nature, they tend to keep up with modernity, choose the most popular alternatives, and follow the prevailing trends, creating a global way of living. Eventually, the world seem to adopt a similar way of living and make many countries seem similar to each others. My country, Indonesia, is no exception. Not until the second half of the 20th century did Indonesians make any significant effort to achieve technological advances. This was largely due to the slow pace of development in communication and transportation technology. In present, when technological development faces almost no impediment, the influence of international communication and transportation is easily widespread and has affected many aspects of Indonesian people. For example, until late 1960s, the majority of Indonesian people still wore traditional clothes. Television and telephone were still considered luxurious. But from 1970s until present, inspired by the modern way of living promoted via international mass media, the majority of Indonesians wear modern, practical clothes which make their looks similar to those of modern people elsewhere. Another example is shown by the way married couples organize their marriage and parenthood. Since modern living is very much demanding, many married couples choose to participate actively in planned parenthood and birth control. Until late 1970s, many Indonesian married couples typically had many children, i.e. more than two children, because they upheld a traditional belief that the more children they had, the more fortunes and good luck they would get. But from 1980s until present, only a very few Indonesian people still uphold such a traditional belief. The other many more Indonesian married couples voluntarily apply birth control and choose to have only one or two children. This tendency to have fewer children is mostly inspired by the global concern about over-population which threatens the world’s future. In conclusion, we learn that all people in the world are in fact one community. What affects some parts in the world will certainly find its way to the others. People are influencing and adapting to each others to make their relationships run smooth. This interactivity, supported by developments in communication and transportation, eventually facilitates the creation of a global way of living, making many countries become more and more alike. :) ;)
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