I’ve received my official offer from [PhD program at] UT Austin (my first choice) over the past week, with a very good financial package. Thank you so much for your help in everything!! I am still waiting for the other two, but I’m already very excited about my first offer.
- Accepted to PhD program at UT Austin
I was lucky to have Dr. Barr by my side in my graduate school application. He helped me to see things I could not see myself, like how schools’ admission committees would think, like how my recommenders would think. Now I got accepted by my dream school, and all this would not become possible without Dr. Barr’s help. The applications felt less stressful since I knew I could call him and ask questions when I was confused. And Dr. Barr pointed me to the right path several times at crucial turning points along my way. Of course, it was also always fun to talk to him, and his encouragement cheered me up greatly in the long battle of the graduate school application.
Thank you so much for the warm congrats! [Accepted to MPH programs at the University of Michigan and UNC.] I could not have accomplished this without Dr. Barry and Accepted. I really enjoy working with you all. I will keep you updated on my progress.
Updated progress: While the outside world might be bringing us a mixture of positive and negative news, I do want to share with you something that is purely wonderful, and that is I got into the MPH program at Harvard!
Although we did not work on a personal statement together for Harvard, I don’t think I could have gotten in without your very encouraging video calls and emails at the beginning of the application season. By talking to you, I started to see that those positive qualities of mine are much more solid than what I have previously realized. For this, I feel very grateful and fortunate to have known you and been your student.
This time around, I chose not to waste any time on decision making. I think one of the major messages I learned from you, as well as from my own experience, is to follow my gut. I took your advice and reached out to several professors and students at various schools, and this helped me secure a good gut feeling. I could have spent more time weighing between MS and MPH, but the fit that I could sense between my career goals and Harvard’s program waived all hesitations.
- Accepted to MPH programs at the University of Michigan and UNC. Later to Harvard.
I'm looking forward to hitting the submit button and handing [this] over to the universe for a couple of months!
I would like to say thank you so much for your fantastic guidance throughout the writing process. Admittedly it can be quite mystifying at the start, especially since we didn't have to write a personal statement/statement of purpose for undergraduate in Australia. But I now feel a lot more confident in understanding what is required in the world of graduate admissions, and I've also learned some great tips for concise writing in general.