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Cartman84 2010:
I made some slight changes in my profile (that is I tried to convert my grades to GPA used by the US universities and explained in further detail my Maths - I was kind of freshman-to-the-forum when posting my profile)
Type of Undergrad: MA (top grade/summa cum laude) in Econometrics from the top Polish business schol, BA (expected June 2010) in Maths, Warsaw University
Undergrad GPA: 4.7/5.5 (this is extremely hard to get on Econometrics, like 3,9 - 3,95/4 GPA) at my MA program, excellent grade on my thesis, rather poor grades at Maths (I study and work part-time as a freelancer so it's hard to be the top student now, GPA like 3,0/4 but I got very good grades on courses that are most closely related to economics)
Grad GPA: I did a 5 year program, consider it equivalent to Undergrad and some Grad courses too
GRE: V-530, Q-790, A-4.0(I think I was too nervous and solved some problems too fast, better use time they give you in 100%)
TOEFL: 112
Math Courses: Linear algebra, Calculus I-IV, Topology, ODE, Probability Theory I-II, Abstract Algebra, Control Theory, Time Series, Measure Theory, Functional Analysis, Computational Maths I-II, Complex Analysis, Statistics I-II, - mostly C and B but I consider the program very demanding as for a BA level, due to the reform of Polish university education system some of them is on the grad level
Econ Courses: Macro (4 semesters), Micro (3 semesters), Econometrics (lots of small lectures, let's say Theory and Applied with good understanding), Growth Theory, Game Theory I-II, Public Finance Theory, Monetary Policy, Mechanism Design
Other Courses: C++,
Letters of Recommendation: One from Economics Professor affiliated at one of the top10 US universities (get to know him during his lectures in Poland), one from my MA thesis supervisor (that's a really great letter, he recommended succesfuly some students to the top US and Europe programs), one from Maths Professor (PhD NYU, currently at Warsaw University, published in top Maths journals)
Research Experience: worked 2 years as a research economist, did some policy analyses for various Polish government agencies, also one paper for OECD/World Bank on pension funds performance; now working for a financial risk consultancy - mostly forecasting and programming
Teaching Experience: 4 years of TA - macro and micro for undergrads (started during my MA program)
Research Interests: Macroeconomics, focus on pension systems, DSGE models, exchange rates
statement of purpose: I aimed at presenting how professional and educational experience made me prepared well for the program, focus on strong mathematical background and teaching experience
Other: 26yr old male, Polish nationality
Concerns: late application to UMN, late reference letters
Applying to: UMN, Tinbergen, Tilburg, Stockholm Uni, Stockholm Sch. of Econ., Goethe, Universidad Carlos 3 Madrid, EUI Florence
Acceptances: UMN, TI, Tilburg, SU, SSE, Goethe, EUI
Rejections: UC3M (withdrawn application after being admitted to UMN, never really wanted to go there)
What would you have done differently? Nothing, I guess. Maybe if I had different preferences I would have speeded up my TOEFL/GRE and applied to some more US programs
    Acceptances: UMN, TI, Tilburg, SU, SSE, Goethe, EUI
  • Institution: University of Minnesota Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Nomination for Graduate School Fellowship, if not granted with the fellowship I will receive a standard financial aid package Notification date: January 26th Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) No Comments: Very late application (January 10th) so it's a nice surprise
  • Institution: Tinbergen Institute MPhil/PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Yes (12k EUR/year + healthcare insurance) Notified through: E-mail Date: 03/05 Comment: The salary for years 3-5 is tempting
  • Institution: Stockholm School of Economics Economics Decision: Admit Funding: 15000SEK per month (after tax); for further years - contingent on performance Notification date: 03/10/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comment: Totally surprised
  • Institution: Goethe Economics Decision: Admitted Funding: 12k EUR 1st year Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: phone call from the program director Posted on GC: no Comments: They want me despite the fact a few days before I informed them I withdraw my application
  • Institution: Tilburg University ResearchMaster/intro for PhD Decision: Admitted Funding: peanuts for the first two years Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: e-mail Posted on GC: no Comments: I thought there will be no cash at all, my referee was late with the letter of recommendation
  • Institution: Stockholm University Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 11k SEK/month Notification date: 03/22/10 Notified through: E-mail Comments: oops, did not expect that ... however, I've already rejected SSE which is basically the sam program, with better financial conditions ... gonna decline it quickly
  • Institution: European University Institute Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: standard grant paid by my country authority with respect to the agreement with the Institute Notification date: 03/23/10 Notified through: Email Comments: I forgot to post it here as I have already rejected the offer, sorry about that
    Rejections: UC3M (withdrawn application after being


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