shalacked again...

  • This has become our largest and most active forum because the physics GRE is just one aspect of getting accepted into a graduate physics program.
  • There are applications, personal statements, letters of recommendation, visiting schools, anxiety of waiting for acceptances, deciding between schools, finding out where others are going, etc.

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grae313
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Post by grae313 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:32 pm

that's my eyeball. if it is disturbing people I can change it :roll: :wink:

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Post by cancelled20080417 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:37 pm

Hey no, I was kiddin!

are you sure thats ur eyeball!
i just found that eyeball online! hehehhe

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Post by grae313 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:48 pm

if you did then you either just found my myspace page or one of the other forums I post on 8)

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Post by cancelled20080417 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:02 pm

no that is Charlize Theron's eyeball!!
hahaha

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Post by grae313 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:04 pm

wtf! no, that's MY eyeball

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Post by cancelled20080417 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:42 pm

No, IMHO, that's Charlize Theron!

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Post by grae313 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:47 pm

are you PUI? what evidence do you have to support your libelous claims?!

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Post by anthonyk » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:01 pm

haha you guys are ridiculous, cool eye color though!

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Post by fermiboy » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:05 pm

grae313 you should take it as a compliment. You have eyes like Charlize!

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Post by cancelled20080417 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:11 pm

some time people don see the dif betn libel and a compliment!

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Post by grae313 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:27 pm

oops, yeah I guess I can't tell the difference :oops:

lol... thanks RG

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Post by butsurigakusha » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:44 pm

Okay, I have no idea what you guys are talking about.

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Post by butsurigakusha » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:44 pm

Oh, wait, I get it now. For some reason I couldn't see the picture before.

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Post by will » Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:50 pm

Avatars? I want to play!

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Post by grae313 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:35 am

oh, and by the way...

...shalacked again. :cry:

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Post by twistor » Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:02 pm

Who started this avatar nonsense? Now these forums take even longer to load...

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Post by quizivex » Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:37 pm

I believe I was the first of the regular users to upload an image... I take full credit for starting this trend... I am the sole author for something at last!

:D :) :o CONGRATS ON 300, TWISTOR!!!!!!!!! :D :) :lol:

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Post by twistor » Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:15 pm

Thanks :D

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Post by butsurigakusha » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:21 pm

I thought maybe since it is a new week, today might be the day I hear back. Nope. How foolish of me.

Some people last year didn't get accepted until March. I can't stand the thought of waiting that long. I think I might cry.

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Post by quizivex » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:24 pm

I wish there was some convention where you could contact your favorite program and tell them, "if you offer me admission within the next day I will cancel the rest of my applications and promise to attend your program."

I think it'd be good for students and admission committees.

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shalacked again...

Post by woooster » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:34 pm

I think most schools start to accept people around Feb 2#, which means still 2 weeks of silence. That suck! :cry:

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Post by agonizomai » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:51 pm

@quizivex - I agree. I would happily give up even the open houses.

Aaaaand, shalacked again!

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Post by tnoviell » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:54 pm

You shouldn't - the open houses are awesome. Free vacations...I loved my trips.

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Post by quizivex » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:58 pm

I see your point, I'd like the vacations too but I'd be very willing to give them up if I could get a prompt guarantee that I can go to my favorite program.

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Post by tnoviell » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:06 pm

Ah, my friend, alot of times you won't know your favorite until you visit. Make sure to make a well informed decision. Sometimes what one thinks is ideal is far from it ;)

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Post by will » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:17 pm

I thought maybe since it is a new week, today might be the day I hear back. Nope. How foolish of me.
Take solace in that at least you're in the company of fools.

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Post by agonizomai » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:48 pm

I agree that it's important to consider all the options. However, I did an REU at my top choice grad school, so I've a pretty solid idea of what it's like (I definitely want to go back). I even published a paper there :D

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Post by grae313 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:55 pm

shalacked again :cry:

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Post by admissionprof » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:03 am

"You shouldn't - the open houses are awesome. Free vacations...I loved my trips."

As an admissions director at a top 50 (but not top 20) department, I was unhappy to see this comment (and the subsequent comment with a "wink").

It is unethical to visit an institution that you have no intention of attending. Period.

Each visitor can cost over $500, and they take a lot of time (especially at places that allow individual visits). Graduate schools (with a few exceptions) aren't wealthy, and we'd rather use our money for other things, like graduate student stipends. To take our time and money so that you can have a "free vacation" is, frankly, despicable. It is also unfair to the many students on waiting lists who don't know what their future is until those who know they aren't coming make it official.

Please, people, if you get into a place that you would definitely prefer to a place that you've already been accepted, then tell the place lower on your list right away. Taking their money for a free vacation, and waiting weeks to tell them, is morally reprehensible.

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Post by twistor » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:40 am

Gimme a break. Schools rake in tons of money in application fees and let in only a small percentage of the students that apply.

The entire reason that the school offers the visitation is so they can try to sell you the program when you get there. Saying it's morally reprehensible to go with no intension of attending is like saying it's morally reprehensible to watch TV while changing channels during the commercials.

What is the purpose of the visit, anyway? To try to convince students to go who otherwise might not want to. The trip is essentially an adverstisment for the department. If you're going to advertise you have to spend money, that is a fact of life. Not everyone will buy your product (read: attend your school).

"OMG you went to Florida but you didn't buy the timeshare? Those people wasted four hours with you... how reprehensible!!..."

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Post by tnoviell » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:47 am

admissionprof, I'm sorry to have offended you, but there was sarcasm intended in my post, hence the wink...

I don't know if you read the whole thread, but someone made the statement that they would throw out all other schools for one single school that they may not have ever visited. I think that if you encourage that, that's morally despicale. Judging by your said past, however, you wouldn't encourage such a thing.

And, admissionprof, considering I've been posting here for years, I think the people here generally understand my demeaner, as I get PMs quite often. Please, at least question the nature of someone's statement before you decide you understand what was said and tear the person apart.

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Post by admissionprof » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:50 am

You misunderstood my point. If there is even a small chance that you might attend a school, then by all means you should go on the visit. My post was based on those who know with certainty that they will not attend an institution, and yet they go on the visit anyway in order to get a free vacation. I think that is morally wrong. You are free to disagree.

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Post by admissionprof » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:52 am

Tnoviell--

You are right, and apologize for my tone. I have only started posting on occasion, and don't know the individuals involved

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Post by tnoviell » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:59 am

I understood your point and I agreed with it. I don't think anyone would go on a visiting weekend for a vacation, as not only is it morally wrong, but the trips usually seem to come in the busiest parts of the semester. I only went on two myself, and it was extremely hectic. Besides, I wouldn't call a 2-3 day trip of interviews and tours much of a vacation anyway. My point in my last point, again, was that I was kidding around.

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Post by grae313 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:18 pm

Well, I'm about to leave work and head home. Could today be the day that something awaits in my mailbox? :shock:

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Post by grae313 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:27 pm

nope :cry:

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Post by twistor » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:41 pm

I put a mirror in front of my monitor. Can you see yourself?

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Post by hpharty » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:18 pm

I just got shalacked big time. I saw "Gmail - Inbox(1) - ......" and got way too excited, only to find that it was an e-mail from the Hiring Solutions Network. F(*&ing SPAM! Gmail totally dropped the ball on that one.

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Post by will » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:16 pm

That's me, every time I look up at my inbox. :(

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Post by twistor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:27 pm

I got an email today. It was from a professor who wanted to look at my CV. I never get emails from Berkeley. I'm going to send them a letter complaining:

"Dear Berkeley,

Although I did not apply to your insitution I would appreciate it if you would notify me in a timely manner as to whether or not I am accepted to your program. I have been waiting for several weeks now and I have not heard from you. Unless you inform me differently I will assume, starting now, that I have been accepted to your insitution. Thanks for the acceptance. However, because I have already accepted an offer from Harvard I will be forced to accept unless you are willing to make a generous counter-offer.

Yours in Physics,

twistor"

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Post by fermiboy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:10 pm

Every morning the first thing I do (even before I pee) when I wake up is to check my email. There's always like 4 or 5 new messages and of course none of them are ever from grad programs.

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Post by twistor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:32 pm

Yeah, it sucks when you check your mail and see:

Subject: Application

And then you open it up and see:

"Thank you for applying for a new visa credit card...."

or

"Thank you for applying for a quad size penis-pump..."

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Post by will » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:04 pm

man, twistor, how many quad size penis-pumps do you need?

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Post by grae313 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:11 pm

zing!

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twistor
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Post by twistor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:13 pm

Well, technically speaking I only need 1/4th of one...

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Post by grae313 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:32 am

I guess everyone is tired of getting *SHELLacked* (thanks, doom)...

well I've had nothing in my mailbox for the past three days :cry:

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Post by grae313 » Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:47 pm

this daily shellacking is getting unbearable

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Post by fermiboy » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:02 pm

I hear ya. I still waiting to hear from 3 schools that others have already been accepted to.

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Post by will » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:39 pm

Whatever, grad school. Just... whatever. I always wanted to be a professional musician anyway.

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Post by anthonyk » Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:46 pm

so i got an email today with subject "application status." it said thanks for your application to uc irvine, your application has been received and is being evaluated.

why would they send me an email now about that? i totally thought it was an acceptance/rejection, not a statement of the obvious. especially since my materials were in by december



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