Hey friends, I am Kunal from Mumbai.
I just got an admit from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for their PhD in Neurosciences.
At first there is nothing strange about this admit, but if I say I had actually applied for a MS course for which I got rejected, it actually sounds strange!
Yeah I actually got rejected for the MS course as they converted my application into a PhD , but when they realized that they were too late in that conversion they gave me a reject for both PhD and MS ( the people at Uni of Ok were very kind in that they deferred my application to fall 2013!).
However during this time I developed a very good relation with the program co-ordinator in that I was honest with him to such an extent that he actually guiding me for my other college admits( trust me HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY WHILE APPLYING TO US).
He expressed sadness that he couldn’t give me a chance for even an interview an was giving me a reject.
I replied that it was okay but I also stressed on that even if there is 0.01% of a chance I’ll still take it.
I had admits from Johns Hopkins, UTD, University of Hartford (MS) so I had nothing to lose.
Over a period of a month and a half I used to stay awake till 4am, used to mail him every night asking whether there is a chance( PERSEVERANCE IS THE KEY and IF YOU SHOW THEM YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THEIR COURSE THEY WILL GIVE YOU A CHANCE) I must have exchanged about 300+ emails in that period plus called numerous times (and hats off to the program co-ordinator for replying to each one of them patiently).
During this period another opening came and I was fortunate to get interviewed for it last week itself i.e in the last week of April (a lot of people will say April is very late for PhD and will tell you to lose hope, but I will say till the University begins its year, DON’T GIVE UP, after-all I was going to spend about $2300/ month in the US , now I will earn $2000/month).
At the end of the day what matters is where you want to go.
Apply your will power, be perseverant and determined (TWO VERY IMPORTANT QUALITIES FOR A PhD candidate and which have got me an admit) and you will get what you want.
My profile isn’t that great(infact its nothing, just 64%,315 GRE,106 TOEFL and no work experience, which is very important for my field), but I was honest with respect to my application, to the interviewers and most importantly MY OWN SELF.
That’s the key to a successful application and you as an individual.
And trust me they will take you if you show them your are interested( NOT DESPERATE) Thats all guys. All the best.