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  1. 77 points
    NOWAYNOHOW

    It Happened

    This morning I woke up to the coldest winter day so far this year. I could barely bring myself to get out of bed. Making coffee was a chore. My apartment was freezing. Our shitty prewar radiators are no match for this kind of weather. I just wanted to get back under my comforter, preferably wearing at least six pairs of sweatpants and my parka, and sleep until May. By 9AM, I'd already checked my email and this board approximately 200 times. The last couple of months haven't been easy for me. After implied rejections from what I felt were some of my strongest fits, I was feeling discouraged. What if I hadn't improved my profile all that much over the last year? Should I have retaken the GRE? Was it a mistake to take on multiple editing projects for faculty instead of working on publishing my thesis? Was trying to switch disciplines an impossible task? Why didn't I apply to more schools? Should I have tried for an NDSEG even though I wasn't firmly in the behavioral sciences? What if I just wasn't ever going to be good enough, no matter what I did? It doesn't help that I had a bad interview with a school I really love. I had two interviews there, but the bad one just really sticks in my mind. I replay all the awful moments in my head in the shower. I hear the dumb words come out of my dumb mouth when I'm trying to get work done for my actual job that pays actual money. To make a long story short, I have not been feeling hopeful. I have heard nothing from a lot of schools I applied to. I've been looking into all sorts of non-academic jobs, convinced that trying to get into a program for the third time would just be too much. YA novelist? Book publishing? Bartending? Teaching secular subjects at Yeshiva high schools? I've really thought through pretty much any possible career route, but nothing can stand up to just wanting that PhD. For my interests, you need the PhD even for non-academic jobs, so if I do anything else, I'm selling myself short. Around 9:15 this morning, I got the email. I've been waiting for this email for almost two years. I've dreamed about this email. I get mad at other emails because they are not this email. I have probably broken world records for refreshing my inbox because I have been waiting so impatiently for this email. I got in. I got into a program I genuinely love with faculty I respect and admire. I got into a program that believes in my work and can support my scholarship. I got in with funding! I got into a department where I fit, where I have more POIs than I know what to do with, and where I can, just maybe, soon call home. I got in! I want to scream it from the rooftops. There is still plenty of waiting to do. I have other schools to hear from, other disappointments, and maybe even other triumphs. But what matters now is that I have the chance to prove myself. Getting into the program isn't the hard part. Getting the PhD isn't even the hard part. Doing something with it -- something truly and fundamentally meaningful with that degree is the hard part. And I am a long way off from that part of my life, but what matters now is that I am on my way. I know a lot of you have been following this blog, whether from the beginning or just stumbling upon it now. I hope you can find the strength to drag yourself out of bed on the coldest day of the year just so you can get some of the best news of your life. I hope you soon have an excuse to drink cheap champagne and look at weird Craigslist ads for apartments in cities you barely know. I hope you finally get that email you've been waiting for. I hope you get in. I know you will.
  2. 19 points
    imogenshakes

    2017 Final Decisions

    I accepted my offer from UC Davis yesterday! I'm so excited and relieved. Much of the decision had to do with the area itself (better for me and my partner, easier for him to find a job) and funding (I found out recently that I actually have six years of funding there, which I didn't get anywhere else). Now onto the practicalities!
  3. 15 points
    Sunsy

    2017 Final Decisions

    Now that all my visits are finally over, UC Berkeley is the winner! Couldn't be happier about it, especially since everything I saw at the visit was extremely positive and welcoming.
  4. 11 points
    SAIC shantay you stay. Columbia you are the land of tuition for kings and queens. Now, sashay away.
  5. 7 points
    For those of you who have been rejected/waitlisted, and you feel it's because of a low GPA, don't be discouraged!! Contrary to popular belief, UofT does actually look beyond the GPA, and my acceptance this year is proof of that. I was rejected to the program in 2014 and I thought for sure it was because of my grades (last 2 years were in the B/B+ range). That being said, I also didn't have much experience in the field, given that I was just coming out of undergrad. So, for those of you wondering what you can do to improve your application, here is what I did (it might work for you too!): As soon as I got the rejection from UofT, I enrolled in George Brown's fast-track Social Service Worker program (it's a summer, plus one year ... similar to Lakehead's HBSW). I did a placement through that program, and was soon hired on as casual staff, and later on, part-time staff. Through a connection at the SSW program, I got involved with a volunteer project at the City of Toronto This next piece I will hugely emphasize, as UofT is highly research focused: I spent over a year volunteering in a research lab, getting authorship on publications, presentations, etc. *Tip for UofT personal statements: mention wanting to do a thesis - even though only 3 students get to do one, UofT loves the idea of having social workers become researchers/academics, as it's quite rare. This was a tip I received from one of the faculty there, and it was very useful. I continued to work on my professional development, getting certifications in UMAB, harm reduction, etc. I then received a full-time job in the field It's all a process, and like previous posters have mentioned, if social work is what you're meant to do, you'll get there Just remember, GPA isn't everything, and I can't emphasize that enough, especially since when I was applying, people repeatedly told me that the school was "too elite" for what my grades were. *not amused*.
  6. 7 points
    Bev_TO

    NEW Canadian universities M.S.W thread (2017)

    In terms of 1 year BSWs in Ontario, folks, here's what I found from calling and talking to all the admissions coordinators - thought this info may be useful to everyone: 1) Waterloo - not really a 1 year. They call it a 1 year, but you need to almost an entire year worth of pre-requisite Social Work Courses. You can register as a non-degree student and take most of them online, but you'll be paying for each course. So it doesn't seem financially feasible. You can take some of the pre-reqs then apply for conditional offer to their "1-year" BSW program 2) York - it's a MINIMUM 2-year program as was mentioned in the information session. They say 2-years full time. It's a post-degree program and requires a cumulative mid-B GPA. That's 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 3) Lakehead - post-grad HBSW can be done at either Orillia or Thunder Bay Campus. The tuition is 11k - 12 k because the school year starts in July (YES - Summertime) and ends at the end of June the following year. So its fee structure is based on a per course sort of system - as I have been told by former Lakehead students. It is indeed a 1-year full year program - so the tuition is seemingly high. Their application process is said to be the most holistic - in that they don't put all the emphasis on the marks. They do require a 70% or higher in your final 10 full year credit courses. Hope this helps. For all of you who didn't get in. Don't lose hope. I'll tell you I have the lowest undergrad GPA I have ever heard of getting into graduate school... And to be honest, I thought applying to U of T was a long shot. What I lacked in academic prowess, I made up for in 9 years of experience with a number of social justice organizations ranging from advocacy, activism, working with diverse groups from marginalized communities. I have worked with survivors of violence, mental health & trauma, children and youth, elderly populations, populations struggling with food security, newcomers and racialized people. If you didn't get in this year, take this year to really put yourself out there and work in what you're interested in. Diversify and network and expand your working opportunities. When the time comes to write your written statement, you will be able to speak directly from your experience - and that authenticity will shine through. You have an entire year to come back - and if you really believe that social work is for you, you will make it happen.
  7. 5 points
    screel45

    Fulbright 2017-2018

    Hi everyone! I've been lurking for a while and have been commiserating wholeheartedly with everyone about waiting for results. Bahrain usually doesn't notify until late April so I wasn't expecting anything until then, but I just got the email that I am a finalist for the ETA!!!! If anyone else is going to be in the Gulf area for research or ETA let me know!!! On a side note, I also won a CLS award to study Arabic in Oman this summer, but the PDO for Fulbright is right in the middle of the CLS period. Has anyone had experience with or known someone who has been able to miss the Fulbright PDO for this reason? The dates for the actual CLS and Fulbright periods don't conflict, just the orientation. You guys are amazing and have kept me sane the past few months. Thank you for being here!!!
  8. 5 points
  9. 5 points
    CaffeineCardigan

    2017 Final Decisions

    I've been off this forum for weeks because for a while there it looked like I was going to have to wait and apply again next year, but I ended up accepting an offer from Northern Arizona I'm pretty happy with. I received an assistantship with a decent stipend, 100% tuition remission, and health insurance completely covered by the university. After thinking I wouldn't be able to go anywhere and rejecting offers from my top two schools because of finances, I'm so happy to have accepted an offer! Now I'm looking towards getting back into my studies and getting ready to do this all again with a much stronger application for PhD programs in two years!
  10. 4 points
    loganondorf

    2017 Final Decisions

    I've formally accepted Notre Dame's offer! Dream school, so I couldn't be happier.
  11. 4 points
    claritus

    2017 Final Decisions

    I've also accepted my offer from Berkeley! Super excited about the program—it really felt right during the visit. @imogenshakes Glad to see you accepted the offer from Davis! You might have to take the train down to Berkeley for a seminar
  12. 3 points
    artlesspredilection

    Fulbright 2017-2018

    Let it be today!
  13. 3 points
    Duns Eith

    Waitlist Thread

    High time someone call out PhD programs about this. Happened to me, and three of my colleagues. Unlike Tim O'Keefe, I can see one good reason for the practice: the dept can stay non-committal when it comes to tough decisions, and why should the dept take on risk when they need not? The flexibility is valuable to the department. But I agree with To'K that it could at least be communicated.
  14. 3 points
    positivitize

    2017 Acceptances

    First off, Congratulations! Secondly, look around at Chicago for a bit then go for your dream if your dream doesn't change with what you learn. Rest comfortably in knowing that no matter what you choose, you'll end up in a program that will open tons of opportunities for you as a scholar.
  15. 3 points
    I know the struggle. My girlfriend and I moved to Boston from the Midwest, and we were in your exact position. Here are a couple of suggestions: 1) Look into university housing. A dorm, subsidized apartments, anything. It may not be ideal, but it is a place to stay. Most universities in big cities have university housing for graduate students. 2) Look for apartment complexes. Avoid apartments run by independent landlords. A complex will have an office that will work with you. You can ask for a Facetime tour of the unit or detailed photos. Complexes typically have units ready for the future. They will post a unit and say "Available 9/1." Or something like that. 3) If you find a place you like that is operated by an independent landlord, ask your university administrators to look at the apartment for you. They should be willing to visit the unit and take photos. You could also ask any of your cohort who already live in the city to visit the unit. 4) Look on craigslist or another online site for people in apartments who need a roommate. Working with someone who is already in a place and who is in need of a roommate is probably the most flexible option. To this point, see if your university has a Facebook page or website for finding roommates. Don't worry, you will find a place. Every year thousands of incoming graduate students face this exact problem and figure it out. Good luck!
  16. 2 points
    KikiDelivery

    2017 Final Decisions

    I accepted my offer to attend the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2017. They are so many wonderful and supportive people there that I would love to work with.
  17. 2 points
    garnet7

    2017 Final Decisions

    I accepted my offer at the University of Washington after a near shut-out this season I could not be more stoked to go to a top choice PhD program!
  18. 2 points
    sat0ri

    Gates Cambridge 2017-2018

    Extremely fast. This might be one of fastest turn around times there are--it might be slightly longer for international. For USA, interviews were on the 1/27 and 1/28 and decisions were announced 4-5 days later on 2/1. Since you guys interviewed in the middle of the week, 4-5 days would mean this weekend (which I doubt), so maybe next week at the latest? It seems the year before (2016-17) there were announced within 1-2 days and my friend from Peru interviewed in 2015-16 application year and he was told within a few days IIRC. It might be possible you find out in a day or so.
  19. 2 points
    kirbs005

    2017 Applications Thread

    Late to the party, but I officially accepted a spot at Wake Forest, which means I declined offers elsewhere, so hopefully it opens something up for someone else!
  20. 2 points
    GameOfLoans

    Taking care of one's mental health

    Get a pet. They end up becoming better therapists than the school will give you. A lot of it is going to depend on you as a person and your school. Scheduling and/or designating school time and non-school time hours has been really helpful for me. Like, most of the time I don't do school work past 7pm...etc. It's hard; but try to take at least one moment to feel awesome about yourself and what you've accomplished. Also, try and take moments to focus on the present- just a brief moment to feel some grass or look at the sky. It sounds stupid; but it's helpful. Honestly, i'm not the best person to give advice on this; because I struggle with a lot of issues during my current grad school life. A competitive program that pits students against each other like it's the hunger games, and they isolate you. No man is an island...unless that man is a grad student at ECU. Myself and my rambling aside, the best advice I can give is just to find ways to vent and take moments to just soak things in. Sometimes life sucks and that's okay, and it's okay to let yourself be angry or sad or just live in the 'suckiness' for a brief moment. Sorry I couldn't provide better advice- I also am currently sick, so my logic and grammar are suffering as a result. I attached a picture of my hedgehog. Whenever i'm upset, spending time with her helps me to not be upset anymore.
  21. 2 points
    Pythia

    Georgetown - where to live?

    I can't speak from the perspective of a grad student at Georgetown but I can speak from an undergrad perspective. I got my degree from a different DC university, but I took classes at Georgetown and commuted a lot. Even in areas of DC that are less expensive and not as swanky, I'd say $1400-1500 is about the average starting price for a studio/1 bedroom, especially in areas closer to GU. My friend lives in Glover Park in a $1500 apartment with 1 bedroom and a small den (big enough for a roommate) and I don't think she pays for all of the utilities. It is a quiet neighborhood with young professionals and some families, and (if I remember correctly) it's a 15 minute walk from Georgetown. There are buses that stop in the neighborhood, but the metro is a bit far. From what I've seen, generally apartments further from a metro stop tend to be slightly cheaper than others, but anyway, you could always check out this neighborhood and the neighborhoods in that section of DC. Another consideration is Virginia. A lot of 20- and 30-somethings live there. Pricing is not vastly different from DC but some places are less expensive. Plenty of students at GW and GU commute from NoVA and I know there is a free Georgetown University shuttle from the main campus to Virginia (I believe it's somewhere in Rosslyn).
  22. 2 points
    orphic_mel528

    2017 Acceptances

  23. 2 points
    maelia8

    Has your advisor ever hugged you?

    My advisor is a foot shorter than me and male, so a hug would be ... weird ... to say the least. The only prof I've ever hugged is the sole female member of my qualifying exam committee, after not having seen each other for a long time over winter break. In my opinion it's very gender-socialized - I'd feel super weird getting hugged by any of my male profs, but female profs hugging me wouldn't bother me at all.
  24. 2 points
    Naruto

    Declining offers 2017

    I declined my offer from Florida State, removed myself from the waitlist for Purdue, and will decline my offer from Georgia. Hope that helps someone.
  25. 2 points
    HiFiWiFi

    Worst graduate school visit stories?

    I hope you said to yourself "Well that's the only degree I need from this place!"
  26. 2 points
    I haven't experienced what you are experiencing at school. Some if your unhappiness may have to do with the circumstances you are in and some of it likely has to do with your depression. I encourage you to seek support for your depression and to take some time for yourself every day for hobbies or other activities that you currently (or used to) find enjoyable, relaxing and fun so that your can get a break from the stress you experience every day at school. Sometimes it helps make friends outside of school that aren't grad students to get a completely different perspective on life, or to connect with family and close friends by phone or in person. You are almost done the program. You might not find any benefits to your degree right now, and perhaps you never will. But that doesn't mean that someone who will hire you one day won't find value in your education. This might be the very ticket to your dream job and you just don't know it yet. Hang in there. You are only a few months away from moving away and moving on.
  27. 2 points
    Neist

    Anyone else feeling hopeless?

    It's much easier to write letters after the first. A lot of faculty members keep copies of letters and just update them with subsequent submissions, and every letter I requested from professional references, said writer gave me a physical copy of the letter. If I need another letter from the latter, I'll send them a copy of the letter, reminding them of who I am, and I'd ask for an updated letter. I wouldn't give up hope yet. It's still only February, even if late February.
  28. 1 point
    Plenty of people have posted with similar questions - I would look through other posts. Good luck !
  29. 1 point
    SLPLS

    2017 Canadian Application Thread!

    Well, Western said they'd tell us March 31 and it seems like their portal system is automated. Plus, I've heard from earlier in the thread that it is released riiiight at midnight so I think that means that the second it legit becomes March 31, we'll know!
  30. 1 point
    Studied Master of public management in Europe with A Gpa...worked in private sector as financial manager...rendered two papers in international conferences...my case was on rice policy in Asia...honestly I think the game is over for me...I wasn't among their first choices..I'm realistic enough!!
  31. 1 point
    akh276

    Gates Cambridge 2017-2018

    There has been an update - we will be contacted today or tomorrow.
  32. 1 point
    By the interactions I had with professors and gwen, I came to a conclusion that firstly they pass all of the applications through initial scrutiny where a committee judges each application for standards and requirements, then they are given to the potential supervisors to make final decisions. Looking at your response seems that your application has successfully gone through the first phase but no faculty member has put their commitment on you. So its better to email your potential supervisors asking their support. Best of luck
  33. 1 point
    phelms

    DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

    I'm still waiting to hear back as well, so to pass the time, I decided to compile some of the statistics about the CSGF that I found on the DOE's website. Here's a link to the blog post I wrote about it, hopefully it will help you pass a few moments without checking your phone to make sure you didn't miss the call!
  34. 1 point
    Pencils

    Fall 2017 MFA

    Hey, @Sleam, if you decide to apply to more places, perhaps dossier service like interfolio would help? Your recommenders upload the letters, and then you can have them submitted to schools more schools without asking them to do extra work.
  35. 1 point
    marsbars

    Social Psychology Fall 2017 Applicants

    Just coming in to offer encouragement and positivity as we enter the final stretch! 18 days until decisions are final (counting today!)
  36. 1 point
    minja134

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2017 Applicants

    I would suggest taking a few things into account: 1. Is this dream school really your dream school? Have you visited the program, spoke with the faculty and students, etc.? If you haven't interviewed with this program you do not necessarily know if it will be your best fit as you do not have anything to compare to other programs. 2. Any sunk costs associated with the current application cycle, essentially do you care if are "throwing" this money away? Plus the costs with reapplying next year. Keep in mind some programs require you to resend everything, so you would be repaying to send your transcripts and GRE scores. Remember the stress associated with applying, and if you would be able to handle this with a new job. Also remember you will be reassign your recommenders to resubmit letters, and potentially having to ask your new employer for a letter. So you are also putting additional work onto other people, so be mindful of others time as well. 3. The job offer you get might not still guarantee your admission into your dream program, and it might hurt your chances with other programs you denied this year when you are reapplying next year, as I would highly suggest you apply to more then just your dream program. If you applied to your dream program this year and did not get and interview, you would need to contact them to see why you did not get and interview, unfortunately most programs will not speak with you until a 2-3 months from now, so this would not help you gauge whether to accept an offer for a different program or not. You could have been lacking in several other items besides your current job, especially since there are tons of qualified applicants that get into programs on all sorts of backgrounds and experiences, so you would have to question how much you think this job would improve your application. Keep you mind your grades, GRE, personal statement, letters of rec, other experiences, etc. And on top of this once you get an interview a lot of times you are on equal footing with all the applicants, and your interview is what sets you apart, and a lot of the time it seems like it is luck of the draw on who they choose as everyone is highly qualified at this stage. So you would have to be confident in your ability to interview towards this particular programs interview style. Sorry if it all came off as a bit negative, but I wanted to give you a good amount of insight to the other side of the argument. If you do choose to take the year off, know that it is only a year of your life that will be long forgotten once you go into your career.
  37. 1 point
    I believe College of Saint Rose offers spring semester start dates. Also look into SPEECH@NYU and Western Kentucky University. (WKU and SPEECH@NYU spring starts are both online).
  38. 1 point
    I can't talk from personal experience, but I don't see any major issue in switching for another field (especially social work --> criminology). I met many students pursuing a master in criminology who held a bachelor degree in psychology, social work, chemistry (!), etc. In my opinion, the biggest con is that you might have to take extra classes, which might delay your graduation. But I think that being able to use knowledge/theories from other fields is expected in grad school (especially at the doctoral level, but also at the master level), which could turn out as an asset for someone who studied in another field.
  39. 1 point
    avocet

    Master's Admissions 2017(MA,MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    After over a month of waiting and emailing the dean, I received a phone call from BUSTh informing me that I was accepted with 70% scholarship! They also apologized profusely for the delay...apparently my application was one of three that was lost. Are the other two applicants whose applications were lost on here by any chance? So it looks like I'm going to BU! While the offer from Union was great, BU was tied for my top choice and the cost will end up being much lower than Union. Looking forward to the next 3 years!
  40. 1 point
    TMP

    Decisions 2017

    @angesradieux Your hesitation is absolutely normal! Once you submit your decisiosn to the program, try not to look back and keep looking forward. The feeling of "what ifs" will never, ever go away.
  41. 1 point
    transmodalnut

    admission without assistantship

    Message people at the Department for advice. If they are confident that you'll be able to get an assistantship either there or at another department then I would feel free to accept. I won't know for sure about mine until May but I spoke to the people in charge of the program and they said I had a good chance. Ask current and past students what are the best departments to TA (not always your own). Just make sure it will cover your basics (especially if you're a non resident). I'm going through the same thing so ask everyone for advice. Hope this helps.
  42. 1 point
    Ed07ti

    NEW Canadian universities M.S.W thread (2017)

    My application at york u for msw shows reviewed - unsuccessful today and I was waitlisted at u of t. Hard to bite the bullet but I guess I'll think about either switching career paths or continue to work for another year and re-apply next year. I don't know what else to do to improve my application as my GPA and work experience were as good as I thought they could get. Congrats to everyone who was accepted.
  43. 1 point
    PsychologicalA

    School Psychology Fall 2017

    Anyone hear from Brooklyn College or Queens College? Any insight into the format of the interviews would be appreciated too.
  44. 1 point
    deptbios

    Career after Ph.D. Biostatistics

    Hey, Yes, I've got the admissions from Miami and Arizona, even though Arizona gave me conditional offer about TOEFL or IELTS. Thus, I'm not considering Arizona. Maybe, it was on early Feb. And I applied them before first priority due data, maybe early December. Thank you.
  45. 1 point
    Old Bill

    Waitlist Movement

    I don't think this will have much of an effect on anyone here, but I just removed myself from the Ph.D. waitlist at the U of A Hudson Strode Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. It's a fantastic program, and I'm sure there will be some lingering questions of "what if?" in the weeks and months to come, but since I won't have the opportunity to visit their campus and interact etc., whereas I have with my two other options, this just makes sense.
  46. 1 point
    Hello MarvelousSquirrel, I spoke with the person in charge of the distance education learning MSW program. He checked my status and told me that my application will be viewed in the "next round" (because I missed the first round?). He said that the committee is meeting this week and I should hear back via snail mail by the first week of April. Keeping my fingers crossed. If I were you, I would find out who is the person in charge of the 2-year program application and see where your application is in the process. Dana
  47. 1 point
    As an alum of UVA's program, here are some specifics as to Batten and some more general advice: Cost is certainly one of the most important factors and it is not worth thousands of dollars more to attend a more "prestegious" school to earn this degree, in my opinion. Public Policy school teaches important foundational knowledge and skills, but salaries at this first-professional school are typically quite lower (at least to start) than Law or Business degrees at any prestegious school. Please consider that “Average net price for Batten School M.P.P. students in 2014-15 was $7,004 for in-state students and $12,942 for out-of state students, which equates to a discount rate of 54%.” (http://www.virginia.edu/bov/meetings/'15Mar/March%202015%20Finance%20Book.Final.pdf, page 13). If you have an offer that requires tuition at Batten above this at all, it would be wise to renegotiate or consider attending another school. This also indicates, however, that they're game to dole out money so press for more (up to and including a full ride) if you consider going there at all. I cannot speak to its specific strengths and weaknesses of other programs, but here is some information about UVA's program from my experience and public source data. First, compare the course offerings from public source information for each program, both in total and for policy areas in which you are interested. Batten offers a total of 10 electives for the upcomming fall semester (http://rabi.phys.virginia.edu/mySIS/CS2/page.php?Semester=1178&Type=Group&Group=PPOL) - this is far lower than other programs you're considering. Also, you've expressed an interest in Education Policy, but there are no such courses offered for the fall. In fact, UVA historically teaches one Ed Policy course per year, so you're likely to have precisely three credits in ed policy from that school for your two years of work. Second, class size is important in developing relationships with both professors and classmates. Using the same source, you can anticipate being in classes of 40-50 students for your core courses at UVA. This is way too large and will make building relationships with professors quite difficult. Also along these lines, how are your quantitative skills? I found that many of my classmates struggled in this area and a lecture of 45+ students was not the best learning environment for them. The administration will try to sell you on "well, we don't teach many ed policy courses, but you can always take courses in the education school." It is true that, in theory, you could take classes at “all” of UVA’s professional schools as a Public Policy student, but in practice this can be quite difficult. MBA and Law classes were almost impossible to get into for students not dual-enrolled with these schools. Often their registration processes made it so that Policy students had to forego courses in the Batten school to try (and fail) to get into interesting/relevant Law and MBA courses. The education school is more flexible, but since you're not a student in the ed school enrollment is not guaranteed. Each school is quite territorial and this could result in you missing very interesting/relevant ed policy courses and force you to take courses in areas which you have zero interest. Finally, they will give you a list of end placements for grads that seems very wonderful. It is true that many Batten graduates do end up in renowned organizations, but, at least in my experience, this is almost exclusively a result of individual hard work to obtain these positions. UVA’s Public Policy school has very few pipelines to place or recommend graduates at elite institutions and professors are generally not willing to share professional contacts outside of their favorite students (back to the point about large class sizes making it difficult to make relationships with professors). Expect to cold call and drop resumes via USAjobs or other sites a lot. I also think that location is one of the biggest factors in choosing a school. If your goal is to work in a federal agency you should strongly consider a policy school in/near DC. Likewise, if you want to work in a specific state office, choose a school in or near that state capital. The reason for this is that many agencies offer academic-year internship programs that provide direct access to both experience and non-competitive hiring. Though a few of my classmates were able to take advantage of such offers at UVA, this was definitely the exception and it came at the expense of academic opportunities due to commuting to and working in the DC or Richmond area. Other schools offer multiple night courses that allow students to be more fully engaged in both academic and work life. Overall, my advice to anyone planning to pursue an MPP is as follows: What is your career goal and how will your chosen school get you there? (Have a specific job title/path in mind. This can change, but given the time and money involved it’s important to have a firm idea of what the end state is up front.) Be intentional about your courses, internships, and extracurriculars to reach that goal. Arrange/negotiate your financial aid prior to enrollment. Do not wait for or rely on advertisements of future scholarships or assistantships from the school. Also, if schools advertise research assistant positions, ask how many and with what professors and demand to know the process in hiring (i.e. how do professors select students for these positions and how often are such positions advertised?). Ask the following of admissions officers and demand specific and quantifiable answers: How many students will be in my core classes? How much post-doctoral teaching experience will my professors have? Will my core academic classes be taught by an individual with a terminal degree in the field taught? (schools love to plant fresh-out-of PhD professors to teach core classes while holding back award-winning/experienced teachers to do research. Batten, in particular, has also been known to have individuals without terminal degrees teach core academic classes. This is your time and money, demand the best the school has for it.) Do professors grade and give substantive feedback on assignments (as opposed to graders/TAs—especially course capstone assignments)? This is important as you will have to provide writing samples for many employers. Do professors offer professional contacts to help students get jobs? How? (Yes, you will have to do some work to develop relationships with professors, but you are also investing a significant amount of time and money here. It should not be a tough process to have the people whom you both pay and work hard for academically invest in your success.)
  48. 1 point
    Jess2323

    Fulbright 2017-2018

    yayy!
  49. 1 point
    minswho

    Fulbright 2017-2018

    Wooo! Congrats!!
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    Stormtrooper1138

    Fulbright 2017-2018

    CONGRATS!!! Thats awesome!!