owlpride wrote:One thing I have heard over and over again is that there are no safeties in this game (unless you have personal connections that will get you in).
Lower-ranked schools might not accept a strong applicant because they don't think we would attend. Higher-ranked schools might not accept us because we aren't strong enough. If other students from your school are applying to grad schools, you might want to coordinate your lists because many departments will accept at most one of you. This is even more important if you are getting letters from the same professors. (The one with the stronger letter would get most of the acceptances and the other one might be screwed.) Consider the possibility that your letters might not be as strong as you think. If a professor has a reputation for writing overly glowing letters for everybody, his letter might be discounted completely. Some professors generally write rather cold letters, which can hurt you immensely.
So many things that could go wrong...
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