What do you guys think of my chances?

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bijection
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What do you guys think of my chances?

Postby bijection » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:39 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top (P,H, MIT etc)
GPA: 3.8
Major: Pure Mathematics, minor statistics
Math GRE: 82%, am retaking
All A's in statistics classes, several graduate mathematics classes.
Experience:
Top REU (Math paper published in top journal) (soph summer)
Math research senior year of high school -- another paper
1 year in finance (trading) (jr summer)
1 year taking graduate seminar and reading course (freshman summer)
Should have good recommendations, top student in previous stats classes.
Several graduate stat classes senior fall.
math competitions in high school (USAMO, Intel etc.), not sure if relevant.

Only applying to statistics graduate school, interested in Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley.
Are these schools realistic with my stats?

rsk
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Re: What do you guys think of my chances?

Postby rsk » Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:00 am

Well, call me conservative, but I don't personally think the "go big or go home mentality" is a good approach when it comes to gambling your future. Apply to the best programs you think you have a shot at, sure, but also apply to a few that you'd be willing to settle for if everything goes to hell in a handbasket.

To me, the worst feeling would be getting into nothing at all because I aimed too high. At least with a broader range, I don't put myself in that position of, "So, I didn't get in anywhere. What now?" I can at least do something productive in the mean time at a lesser school, hell, even if it's just a Master's.

Progress. Always move forward. Even if progress comes in inches, keep moving. That's how I'm attacking the situation.

bijection
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Re: What do you guys think of my chances?

Postby bijection » Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:20 pm

Sorry! Meant to add an etc after Berkeley! Anyone have general thoughs on chances!?

Catria
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Re: What do you guys think of my chances?

Postby Catria » Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:59 pm

You have your reaches set, now what are your non-reaches (in a PhD process, one cannot really talk about safeties as one would with undergrad or with law school)

bijection
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Re: What do you guys think of my chances?

Postby bijection » Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:53 pm

Update: GRE General Test: 340 (170 Q, 170 V)




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