Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

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The-Specs
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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby The-Specs » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:59 pm

physicsguy wrote:
Vincent wrote:
physicsguy wrote:
bbkk wrote:Just out of curiosity, what kind of physics you study? I have a very good friend who is getting a Ph.D in Physics in Stanford. He studies the black hole and time machines. IT IS SO COOL.

I'd prefer not to go into that detail, since it would be possible to identify me from that. The number of people graduating with a Ph.D. in a particular year in a particular subfield of physics from a "top" university is not that high. Black holes are tres cool though.

However, to add to this wonderful discussion on math that I've incited :D, I'll say that I did Mathcounts, and I also did the AIME test but didn't qualify (or even come close) for USAMO. I never did Putnam, though I remember looking at some of the questions in college and feeling frightened. But I really enjoy applied math, and even abstract math to a point.


If you don't mind my asking, why law?

When I was 21, I felt sure that I wanted to do science for the rest of my life. I thought the dream was to get a Ph.D., become a professor at a renowned research institution, and live a life of academic purity. On a fellowship application, I wrote that my career goal was to stay in physics research, and I meant it. Now, I could stay in physics. I am pretty good at it, and I enjoy the work, too. And the freedom to set your own schedule cannot be beat.

But I've changed and grown a lot since I was 21. My interests and passions have evolved. Over the last couple years I have begun feeling the desire to be more directly involved in society and with societal issues than I can be as an academic scientist. I want to be engaged in issues that involve people. The physics research that I work on might be useful to people in the future, sure, but it doesn't hold quite the same excitement. My passions have simply turned elsewhere.

I am drawn to law and government as the arenas where I can potentially do the most good for the most people. The stakes are high there, and previously I never thought about them as within my "sphere of influence". Then I had a revelation where I realized that I can be involved. I can do more than just sit back and complain about the way things are. I have the opportunity, the ability, and the drive to make a difference, and I will use these to help people to the best of my ability.

AmericanBeauty wrote:Are MIT, Harvard, Caltech, Stanford, Princeton, and Berkeley all not offering tenure track professorships for your particular field in physics?!

Oh sure, they're all pounding down my door. :)


Look out world, future mover and shaker incoming!!

Looks like you are made for Harvard or Yale.

I am glad you found your passion, that is exciting. :D

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby Vincent » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:25 pm

The-Specs wrote:
physicsguy wrote:
Vincent wrote:
physicsguy wrote:I'd prefer not to go into that detail, since it would be possible to identify me from that. The number of people graduating with a Ph.D. in a particular year in a particular subfield of physics from a "top" university is not that high. Black holes are tres cool though.

However, to add to this wonderful discussion on math that I've incited :D, I'll say that I did Mathcounts, and I also did the AIME test but didn't qualify (or even come close) for USAMO. I never did Putnam, though I remember looking at some of the questions in college and feeling frightened. But I really enjoy applied math, and even abstract math to a point.


If you don't mind my asking, why law?

When I was 21, I felt sure that I wanted to do science for the rest of my life. I thought the dream was to get a Ph.D., become a professor at a renowned research institution, and live a life of academic purity. On a fellowship application, I wrote that my career goal was to stay in physics research, and I meant it. Now, I could stay in physics. I am pretty good at it, and I enjoy the work, too. And the freedom to set your own schedule cannot be beat.

But I've changed and grown a lot since I was 21. My interests and passions have evolved. Over the last couple years I have begun feeling the desire to be more directly involved in society and with societal issues than I can be as an academic scientist. I want to be engaged in issues that involve people. The physics research that I work on might be useful to people in the future, sure, but it doesn't hold quite the same excitement. My passions have simply turned elsewhere.

I am drawn to law and government as the arenas where I can potentially do the most good for the most people. The stakes are high there, and previously I never thought about them as within my "sphere of influence". Then I had a revelation where I realized that I can be involved. I can do more than just sit back and complain about the way things are. I have the opportunity, the ability, and the drive to make a difference, and I will use these to help people to the best of my ability.

AmericanBeauty wrote:Are MIT, Harvard, Caltech, Stanford, Princeton, and Berkeley all not offering tenure track professorships for your particular field in physics?!

Oh sure, they're all pounding down my door. :)


Look out world, future mover and shaker incoming!!

Looks like you are made for Harvard or Yale.

I am glad you found your passion, that is exciting. :D


Looks like you are made for Harvard or Yale.
On the Stanford thread. -smh-

Thanks for that, physicsguy. Perhaps we'll meet soon? I'm really curious as to what you do now. I've worked with SP (not on Physics, unfortunately), and I love listening different bits of physics (in his case, cosmology) brought down to a level I can understand.
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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby dubster101 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:42 pm

Can we please keep this thread on topic and move the math/physics discussion to PM or somewhere else?

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby Nonconsecutive » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:46 pm

dubster101 wrote:Can we please keep this thread on topic and move the math/physics discussion to PM or somewhere else?


Is someone antsy? :lol:

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby Julian_Rios » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:46 pm

How long does the SLS fee waiver take to get approved? And do you guys submit the waiver before the application? :P

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby angels2fly » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:48 pm

Julian_Rios wrote:How long does the SLS fee waiver take to get approved? And do you guys submit the waiver before the application? :P


I sent mine on 10/15 and was approved on 10/18. Applied in mid December.

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby dubster101 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:23 am

Nonconsecutive wrote:
dubster101 wrote:Can we please keep this thread on topic and move the math/physics discussion to PM or somewhere else?


Is someone antsy? :lol:


Yes, and I'm sure I'm not the only one :P

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby physicsguy » Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:16 am

The-Specs wrote:Looks like you are made for Harvard or Yale.

I am glad you found your passion, that is exciting. :D

Thanks :). I think Stanford should make the list with Harvard and Yale though.

Vincent wrote:Thanks for that, physicsguy. Perhaps we'll meet soon? I'm really curious as to what you do now. I've worked with Saul Perlmutter (not on Physics, unfortunately), and I love listening different bits of physics (in his case, cosmology) brought down to a level I can understand.

Perhaps we shall. Nothing would please me more, for that would mean I would be at Stanford! The school rejected me for undergrad and it's eaten at me ever since.

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby Vincent » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:29 am

dubster101 wrote:
Nonconsecutive wrote:
dubster101 wrote:Can we please keep this thread on topic and move the math/physics discussion to PM or somewhere else?


Is someone antsy? :lol:


Yes, and I'm sure I'm not the only one :P


But before this, the entire thread consisted of:
1. Checking in! <3 SLS
2. Love me please, Faye?
3. FAYE CALLED!
4. Congrats! Numbers/softs?

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby Vincent » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:29 am

physicsguy wrote:
The-Specs wrote:Looks like you are made for Harvard or Yale.

I am glad you found your passion, that is exciting. :D

Thanks :). I think Stanford should make the list with Harvard and Yale though.

Vincent wrote:Thanks for that, physicsguy. Perhaps we'll meet soon? I'm really curious as to what you do now. I've worked with Saul Perlmutter (not on Physics, unfortunately), and I love listening different bits of physics (in his case, cosmology) brought down to a level I can understand.

Perhaps we shall. Nothing would please me more, for that would mean I would be at Stanford! The school rejected me for undergrad and it's eaten at me ever since.


Poke me if you come; you'll probably be able to tell who I am in the Facebook group :)

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby wowhio » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:48 pm

Fellow K-JDs... are you guys sending transcript updates with fall grades? Some schools (Columbia) asks for them but as far as I know Stanford doesn't do that. Do they expect the update anyway?

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby kershka » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:02 pm

wowhio wrote:Fellow K-JDs... are you guys sending transcript updates with fall grades? Some schools (Columbia) asks for them but as far as I know Stanford doesn't do that. Do they expect the update anyway?

I updated (assuming LSAC ever actually receives my updated transcript) but I also graduated in Dec so I wanted to verify that I did, in fact, graduate.

Still, it can't hurt to update them unless your GPA plummeted

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby drawstring » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:33 pm

I feel like there will be calls tomorrow.....then again I've been wrong nearly every time.

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby Moonlight » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:37 pm

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby cee cee » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:14 pm

I finished my statements in mid-November, then proceeded to endlessly tweak them for a month and a half, then submitted an application today that is roughly identical to what I would've submitted before Thanksgiving. Welp. Checking in.

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby applelover » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:54 am

I hope Dean Deal makes more calls soon.

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby koalacity » Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:22 am

applelover wrote:I hope Dean Deal makes more calls soon.

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby Moonlight » Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:38 pm

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby krispymenudo » Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:39 pm

Moonlight wrote:
applelover wrote:I hope Dean Deal makes more calls soon.


+1 and to people who are long shots :)



Can I get an amen?!

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby bbkk » Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:57 pm

Still working on my apps - not 100% happy with my PS yet. :oops: Hope to get it in by end of weekend. I feel I'm so left behind you guys.

Good luck all - hope you get dat 650 call soon! :D

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby t-14orbust » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:00 pm

bbkk wrote:Still working on my apps - not 100% happy with my PS yet. :oops: Hope to get it in by end of weekend. I feel I'm so left behind you guys.

Good luck all - hope you get dat 650 call soon! :D


Just paste your avatar into the body of your PS and you should be admitted sometime next week

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby koalacity » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:04 pm

t-14orbust wrote:
bbkk wrote:Still working on my apps - not 100% happy with my PS yet. :oops: Hope to get it in by end of weekend. I feel I'm so left behind you guys.

Good luck all - hope you get dat 650 call soon! :D


Just paste your avatar into the body of your PS and you should be admitted sometime next week

:D :D :D

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby kershka » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:19 pm

koalacity wrote:
applelover wrote:I hope Dean Deal makes more calls soon.

I keep reminding myself that Stanford is several hours behind and so its still early there. But my hopes of calls today is dwindling fast :(

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby applelover » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:50 pm

kershka wrote:
koalacity wrote:
applelover wrote:I hope Dean Deal makes more calls soon.

I keep reminding myself that Stanford is several hours behind and so its still early there. But my hopes of calls today is dwindling fast :(


+1

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Re: Stanford c/o 2017 (2013-2014 applicants)

Postby hellomellow » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:46 pm

Hello,

Checking in :) I submitted two days ago!

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