Can prestigious journal publication guarantee elite graduate school admissions?
Well it certainly is hugely advantageous.
But guarantee? - Well not exactly.
It is like the age old adage that ‘an interviewer makes up his mind whether to hire/not hire someone within the first 30 seconds - from there it is up to you to not balls it up’.
So with this in mind - you’ll certainly separate yourself from the pack in respect of standing out. Doesn’t mean you should slack though - I’d expect you to have strong academics and experience as with all other candidates as well.
So go in, don’t ‘balls it up’ and you should be fine!
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