- HI...I'm an aspiring Graduate student hoping to enter a math program
somewhere in the United States.
The application process is so hard, I'm scared to death of it. Anyone
here have any pointers about what I should or should not do during
the application process?
- Hi, Rachel,
Let me introduce myself - I'm a second-year logic grad student at
My first suggestion would be to not panic. :)
Other than that - When you write the personal statement (for me,
that was the most time-consuming bit, other than standing in line at the
post office), get other people to read it. Not necessarily a math
person, either - the director of undergraduate research programs at my
university was very helpful.
Just take things as they come. Get the exams taken care of, and
have the scores sent so you don't have to worry about them anymore. Make
a list of the courses you've taken and any honors you've gotten for your
recommenders so they can write more complete letters. A list of
instructions for how each letter should be sent would be helpful for them,
too ("fill out the attached form and mail it in the preaddressed envelope
I've given you / give it back to me in a sealed envelope with your name
written over the flap so I can mail it with my application").
It sounds like you may not be from the US - I don't know anything
about anything special you have to do when applying from outside the
country. Something to consider might be applying for governmental
scholarships from your own country. I'm sure it's not the same
everywhere, but my department has been a bit squeezed budgetwise and
really prefers people to apply for money from someone else. That's not to
say that they can't fund us, but they would rather not have to.
Of course, if I misinterpreted your note and you're in the US, my
I hope this helps!
On Sun, 8 Dec 2002, Rachel <rgpinol@...> wrote:
* HI...I'm an aspiring Graduate student hoping to enter a math program
* somewhere in the United States.
* The application process is so hard, I'm scared to death of it. Anyone
* here have any pointers about what I should or should not do during
* the application process?
- Well, I'm in Puerto Rico so the application process should be the
same as anyone out of state, not international.
Berkeley is actually one of the Universities I've considered. I'm
just scared about getting accepted because of my GPA.
Unfortunately, I've been out of school for two years and when I was I
didn't really think about going for my Master's. I was hoping that
was it. So I made the mistake of not establishing good contacts for
my recommendations. The University I went to is a little out of my
way here and I hated it so much that it's a chore for me to even go
get my transcripts. But I'm hoping to do all of that in January,
because the offices here are a pain to go to during the Christmas
But as I've been working here and I see it's really necessary to get
my Master's, and I would also like to immerse myself into my field a
lot more than I've done up till now. I'm not exactly sure what I
want to do yet so that makes writing my Statement of Purpose just a
little more difficult.
I don't know if I should apply this year or first take my GRE, visit
the schools and take a few courses here for another year. I just feel
that if I keep putting it off I'll never do it. I'm 33 and not
getting any younger.