I am going up to Portland next week to check out Portland State. So far I have scheduled to sit in on two classes, go to a seminar, and meet with three professors (one of which is the head of the admissions committee). Ive also been talking with one student through email and we are going to try to meet up.
Im just wondering what is expected of me in these meetings with faculty. Should I dress up (slacks, black shoes, starched shirt) or would a Polo and Khakis be fine? (Id really rather wear jeans and a polo). What types of questions should I ask, and what should I be prepared for? What would be the best thing for me to do to impress them? Be very professional, or be myself (friendly, humorous, casual and easy-going).
Im getting really nervous and actually pretty discourage about whether I will get into PSU. My grades are not great....in fact, Im going to have to get them to bend the rules with my GPA. Right now it is a 2.9578 (their minimum is 3.0) but will be about a 3.1 when I graduate. My Major GPA, however is above a 3.5 and I will be graduating with departmental honors. My combined GRE (which is not required) was 1270, but I havent gotten the grades for the essays yet. I have done an internship with the city working alot with GIS and Bike/Ped. stuff, and have taken urban geography courses, spatial analysis, architecture courses (my minor) and one planning class during my undergrad career.............but I still feel like I dont know anything. Im afraid I'll go up there and make a fool of myself.
Im already pushing it because one of my professors that wrote a letter of recommendation didnt use the specified form that they sent me. I'm also struggling with my statement of purpose...
On top of all that, I can't afford this school, so I have to get one of the THREE Transportation Fellowships that they are offering for this fall. 150 people apply to the MURP program, and about 35-45 get in. of those, about 8-12 are usually transportation students...so Im battling against at least 8 people, maybe up to 15 or so, for these fellowships, not to mention probably 100 other people just to get into the program
Jeez...somebody encourage me before I have a nervous breakdown!!!!!!!!1