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Non-IIT/NIT/BITS engineer journey to Carnegie Mellon (CMU)

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a dream for a lot of students who want to pursue their Masters degree. CMU’s brand and reputation as a world-class innovator in educational practices, and alumni which includes several Nobel Laureates and Turing Prize winners, makes it highly ambitious in any school selection strategy. CMU attracts more than $380 […]

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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE That Got Selected To MS IN Analytics AT GEORGIA TECH

By: Subhkirti Sinha, Founder, Gradsmiths Among the most asked questions that I get during my SOP review sessions is ‘Does my SOP tell my story?’ And my most common reply is…. I don’t think so! I don’t blame them though! Although it’s no new information that a strong yet appealing narrative in the Statement of

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How I survived the Great Recession – A note to the class of Fall 2020

‘I got an admit from my dream University for Fall 2020. I was over the moon with joy… And then, the world exploded.’   This story of Mukesh, a FALL 2020 applicant, (shouldn’t be mistaken for his namesake who is now dead, coz tambaku chabane se), will resonate with millions of prospective applicants, as they see

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Corona Quandary: 7 ways to keep yourself productive during Covid-19 lockdown

If your Midsummer night’s dream in 2020 was to be on a university campus at the start of Fall, attending classes, making new friends while getting drunk at Corona-binge-drinking beer pongs, irony must be high-fiving itself right now and washing hands right off! #staysafe As Universities are locked out and borders are being shut, while

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10 most outrageous things to write in your Statement of Purpose (SOP)

If you are applying to grad schools for FALL 2020, you must have already started drafting your Statement of Purpose For people living under a rock, paper, scissor, Statement of Purpose is perceived to be the MOST IMPORTANT document in your application process. Simply stated, it can make or break your application. Get you to

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Strategies and Tips to make your CV/Resume graduate school friendly (with examples and samples)

 If God had a resume, it would probably be a one-liner which reads “God – Responsible for the creation of this madafaka world.  But then, some Hiring Managers would not be happy with the word ‘responsible’ to start your action point of creating this madafaka world.  So, in all probability then, God’s resume will end

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Statement of purpose (SOP) done right! [with Samples]

Statement of Purpose (SOP) or Personal Statement forms a crucial element of the graduate school application process. For the uninitiated, a Statement of Purpose is an essay that introduces YOU to the Admissions Review Committee (AdCom). It contains your accomplishments, career plans, and reasoning of why you think a particular graduate program is the ‘right

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Mechanical Engineer (1.5 years Work-Exp) goes to Columbia Business Analytics program

Mechanical Engineering is an evergreen field, so we have been told. However, with the exponential growth of Data Analytics and it being hailed as the ‘sexiest job of the 20th century’, more and more engineers tend to veer away from their undergraduate degree in ‘evergreen’ branches such as Mechanical, Chemical, and Civil engineering towards a

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