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hj2012 last won the day on June 24 2014

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  1. Congrats to the Korea ETAs! I'm a former ETA, so let me know if you have questions. And lots of ((hugs)) to those who didn't make it...I'm so sorry!
  2. Depends - will the $400/month prevent you from adequately completing your project? Is it necessary for living expenses? If so, then the institutional grant seems like the right choice. If not, I think the Fulbright network and name recognition would be more important. Also, on a side note, that's great that your undergrad institution offers a grant like that - I wish mine had done the same!
  3. Congrats to the both of you! So well deserved!
  4. Question: looks like Mexico results went out today, but I didn't receive an email one way or the other. Are rejections/alternates usually sent out at the same time as acceptances? Did anyone else not get notified?
  5. Congratulations! Was this for research or ETA?
  6. I understand the impulse to start with the best information possible but TakeruK is totally right: it's absolutely impossible to predict these things and will probably not get the results you desire. In my experience, I've gotten the feeling that speaking frankly about these kinds of things, at least with strangers/people who are not your advisors, is considered somewhat gauche. That said, it is completely appropriate to get career advice, network, and to scope out different department cultures and expectations. So, this is what I would suggest: From your signature it looks like you're from NYC (correct me if this is a wrong assumption!). If your "dream job" is at a CUNY, I might make efforts to get to know some grad students there and stay in the loop: for example, try to attend job talks for searches in your field or attend a grad student conference to get a sense of the department culture. But more importantly, rather than focusing on the school where you'd like a job, I think it might be more helpful to have conversations with recent graduates from your department. For example, I would check to see if there are alumni from the program you attend who have been hired there. Reach out and see if they'd be willing to chat. Don't frame it as a "how do I get a job at CUNY" conversation, because that will not reflect well on you. There's no point in fixating on one school, because the chances that they will open a search in your specialization the year you go on the job market are very, very slim. Instead, ask for best practices / advice about going through graduate school and preparing for the job market. I've had conversations with recent grads of my program who have jobs similar to the ones I'd like to have (we connected at our discipline's annual conference), and I've found their advice very illuminating. Hope this helps! Academia (and its cultural aspects) are like a black box so I totally understand the desire for more clarity...
  7. You might look into University Village in Albany (https://housing.berkeley.edu/universityvillage), which is definitely safe and a good price for a one-bedroom in the area. What's your budget? My sense is that it will be challenging to find a one-bedroom apartment for less than $2,000 a month in Berkeley. Do you have geographical constraints? If you're open to living outside of Berkeley (e.g. Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, Emeryville etc) that will give you more options. I'd start the search now (join relevant Bay Area housing Facebook groups, check the Cal listings site, etc) but also make contingency plans, i.e. moving to the Bay in August w/ a 2 week AirBnB rental to search for housing. The uncertainty might be stressful but it will definitely be doable to find someplace to live in August.
  8. I'm not in your field so I unfortunately can't comment on that, but from your descriptions it seems that UMass isn't the best fit. One thing to consider regarding distance is that UIUC is a 2 1/2-3 hour bus ride from Chicago, so in terms of total travel time it would probably take you longer to go from UIUC to Dallas than Atlanta to Dallas or even Philly to Dallas.
  9. I concur with fuzzylogician. Since you already have two programs in mind a faculty member or the graduate studies coordinator in the departments would probably be the best point of contact. UIC says that "prior coursework must include coursework in psychology and statistics," and I would check in with them to see if they would consider your MOOC series. If not, you might not meet the basic requirements for admission, which would be a waste of your application money. Do you already have a PI in mind at the two schools? I'd also send them an email and see if you could come by during office hours to chat frankly about your chances. I understand that money is tight, but you might look into taking psychology classes (especially statistics and courses in your area of specialization) at a local community college, where the tuition tends to be more affordable. What area of psychology are you interested in studying? If it's something related to your prior experience (school/edu psychology, developmental psychology, child psychology) that might work in your favor. You might also start applying to paid RA positions in your area: at some colleges, they provide subsidies for further coursework for employees. Good luck...
  10. The Foreign Policy ranking shows overall reputation of the IR programs among policy wonks and academics and jives with my personal experience: http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/02/03/top-twenty-five-schools-international-relations/ You might also find this list of MPP programs (not IR specific) helpful: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/public-policy-analysis-rankings Google is your friend! There's lots of info out there.
  11. I understand rejection sucks, but don't descend into self-loathing. The fact of the matter is that graduate school (and academia in general!) is absolutely structured by rejection of all types, and this rejection has nothing to do with your self-worth or value as an intelligent human being. You only applied to four grad programs which is very few, especially in the humanities. PhD programs are a crapshoot: I know lots of people (very smart and successful people!) who applied multiple times before getting in. If this is absolutely what you want to do, I'm sure that you can improve your application and cast a wider net in the following year. [I also just want to say that our choices in life are hardly ever as binary as you've presented. There are lots of amazing, fulfilling career paths that academic tunnel vision might prevent us from seeing. This is not only unhealthy but also perpetuates some of the hierarchies and inequalities within the academic system itself. I think if this is really what you want to do, learning how to handle rejection and gain a critical distance from academia as an institution will make your journey more bearable.]
  12. Yeah, there really isn't much information for you, unfortunately. It's late enough in the season that I think it would be appropriate to send an email to the department asking gently if all decisions had been made. Hope things work out for you!
  13. Also, @pengpolaruin and @Tera : I am a former South Korea ETA, if you have any questions! 화이팅!
  14. Yay! Someone else for Latin America good luck to you, hope we hear back soon!
  15. Hi, what specific program did you apply to? You can check the "results" tab to see if the department has notified accepted students already. I think the same factors are important for international and domestic students: the ever-elusive "fit," statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and prior research experience/writing sample [depending on the field]. GRE and GPA, in my experience, won't get you into a school, but they can keep you out: as long as you're above a certain threshold you should be fine. Hope this helps, and that you hear good news soon.