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So my case is a little different. I never liked my college studies much because the subjects never excited me, which eventually lead to a low CGPA (7.18/10). But I started to have a strong liking for NLP since the time I was first exposed to it. I've been drenched in NLP for a year now, and out of interest I have done several deep learning projects related to NLP, image classification etc...I also have carried out proper experimentations and submitted a paper to top NLP conferences in India and several other places(now I'm waiting for reply from these). I have 3 good LOR's, one of which is from my mentor-ship program with a reputed NLP researcher from CSIRO . My GRE score is 330/340. The programs at the top universities such as Stanford, UC Berkeley etc excite the crap out of me!!! Given the minimum aspects of my application, should I apply to these universities?? And is it plausible to expect an admit from these universities?? I am desperate for answers, so any help would be highly highly apreciated.
EDIT: This is not a duplicate of any of the questions out there. Its a specific problem which I did not find anywhere on this platform. It could be of help to students facing the same issue.