Dear Sir or Madam,
This is an international applicant named XXX, and my application reference number is XXX. Currently, I am put in the waitlist.
I am writing to update some news about my application.
Just as I have mentioned in my PS, I took many MOOC classes in the past three years. Aside from programming skills, MOOC classes like Data Science and Machine Learning on Coursera.org also taught me data analysis and visualization skills. Recently, I independently created NYC Real Estate Market Price Estimator, a Shiny app that helps users to evaluate the market price of any property of interest in the range of New York City. The estimator uses linear regression and KNN models trained with NYC real estate transaction records in the past two and a half years.
Here is the link to the project
(English Version): https://ningzhang.shinyapps.io/shiny/
(Chinese Version): https://ningzhang.shinyapps.io/estimator_ch/
Github Repository: https://github.com/YasserZhang/shiny
In order to further strengthen my quantitative background, I have signed up for non-degree study at SUNY OPEN, an online education platform of SUNY system that offers online and in-person credit-bearing courses. I plan to take classes of Calculus III, Linear Algebra, and Statistics during the summer term from May to July. I will earn 12 undergraduate credits if I pass all of them. While I already passed those classes on MOOC platforms, I believe taking them again in a more rigid style definitely puts me in better preparation for an MS program.
With these updates being said, I am wondering if I may have a chance to get an in-person or Skype interview with you by which you can know me more than just by paperwork. I live in NYC, and I am happy to pay a visit to your beautiful campus. Of course, if you feel that a visit is not any convenient for you, I also appreciate much for a Skype meeting with some of you.
I sincerely hope that I could get the rare opportunity to attend this dreaming program, and I am really looking forward to your reply. Thank you very much!
All the best