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  1. Thank you! I just sent you a private message.
  2. This for all of you who have done or are doing your MPP, especially if your school is Georgetown: What level of math/stats skills is recommended/needed to do well in the program? I took intermediate economics courses in college, but I am not sure how different the quant level is for intermediate econ courses in grad school, if at all. I did calculus 13/14 years ago and remember nothing of it. Is that bad? I am trying be ready for fall. Separately, I am looking at the MPP and MIDP course sequences from Georgetown. Two questions: 1. For MPP: What quant concepts are used in Microeconomics II and Advanced Regression? Do the courses expect students to be quant gurus? 2. MPP vs MIDP: Some of the courses seem to be the same but with slightly different titles (and maybe content), e.g., Intermediate Microconomics for MPP vs Intermediate Microeconomics for Development for MIDP. Are they interchangeable? I am asking because I am an MIDP student but I want to do a joint JD degree, which is only available with MPP. Thanks for any insights.
  3. Thank you! I am glad it helped someone!
  4. Thank you for the thoughtful feedback. I wanted to follow up on this bit quoted above...would you mind elaborating how, as a CIPA student, you have access to the entire Ivy League network? I have heard a lot of good things about the flexibility of the CIPA curriculum. I think it is a credit to CIPA.
  5. In addition to what others have posted, my two cents: I shopped at Safeway when I lived in the Waterfront area. Shopped at Giant and/or Target when I lived in the Columbia Heights area, and used Trader Joe's when in Alexandria. It all depended on which was close enough to where I lived. I never saw a Wal-Mart in DC. Don't believe there is one. One of the most important criteria in deciding to get a particular apartment is whether groceries are walking distance, since most grad students and young professionals don't have cars (cars are for people with families!). Some apartments say "walking distances from restaurants and bars." That sounds wonderful, but my personal preferences is that you gotta be close to the Metro (or bus station) and close enough to a grocery store. Bars are secondary.
  6. You should visit the Washington, DC page on City Guides. It contains some helpful information. I moved to DC in 2011 and lived about two years. I've been back to DC on short work trips, which is not the same thing as living there. But off the top of my head, these things seem helpful in retrospect: Familiarizing myself with the Metro and bus system was very helpful because it gave me mobility. Creating some friendships outside of work and study kept me sane (a lot of people in DC are for work, grad school of an internship, so the population is always in flux. Everyone wants to "network," so genuine human bonds can be alarmingly rare). A lot of (new) people go to great lengths to live within the geographic limits of DC, paying exorbitant rent. Some Northern Virginia suburbs and parts of Maryland are easily commutable, so see if you can find something good there (though these areas have also become quite expensive). Speaking of the Metro, get one of those plastic metro cards instead of the paper ones. They're more durable and more economical in the long run. Teach yourself not to be an escalefter, especially during the peak tourist season in the summer. DC is full of harried people in suits who can be a bit aggressive as they hurry from one appointment to the next. Hit the National Mall for all the free museums (and the monuments nearby) so you can familiarize yourself with them for when you have out-of-town visitors. Related to this, keep the cherry blossom season in the back of your mind. The Tidal Basin and the monuments become very beautiful for the short duration when the trees bloom (early April). Sign up for email services like DC Link Tank to receive updates about all the cool think tank or cultural events happening in the city. Like @virionoftomorrow said, familiarize yourself with the safe and unsafe neighborhoods which, unsurprisingly, correspond with high- and low-rent areas. More later when I can think of them. But happy to answer any questions... EDIT: Oh, and sign up for Alert DC.
  7. Oops, I answered a thread that's, um, eight years old. Shoulda read the dates. *Blush*
  8. I have visited both schools and both cities, though I have not studied in either. I know professors and graduate students at ANU. City: If quiet is your thing, go to Canberra. You can take a three-hour bus across beautiful Australian plains to get to Sydney for the hubbub. Or you can drive 1.5 hours to Hyams Beach in Shoalhaven for an escape. There are lots of small towns with amazing restaurants along the way. Melbourne's weather is considered quite mercurial, with multiple changes in the course of a day, including colder-than-Australian-usual temperatures. But Melbourne has all the culture, architecture and whatnot. Crucially, you'll never get stuck in traffic in Canberra. In Melbourne, all bets are off. Uni: I sat in on a law class at UniMelb. It was pretty good. But walking there, I was taking photos of the campus on my phone when what seemed like a bunch of snotty-nosed undergrads walked past and audibly mocked my touristy-ness. I have had a bad taste in my mouth for UniMelb since. I know doctoral graduates, doctoral candidates, master's graduates and master's students at ANU. They all seem like a pretty close-knit community. I know a couple of their professors. They're extremely nice and take students down to Shoalhaven/Hyams Beach for retreats multiple times a year. ANU hosts a lot of events and foreign visitors. It has very close ties with DFAT, Australia's department of state. Several ambassadors, directors-general and others are ANU grads, so the ANU-DFAT link is strong...professors offer policy input/guidance, etc. to all levels of DFAT and even DIBP, the immigration people. People: Canberra is a lot like DC...a city of very educated, progressive young professionals, many of them connected with the government, law firms, NGOs, contracting agencies, etc. Melbourne is one of the two cultural capitals of Australia (along with Sydney), so you'll have a lot of events. It's also a melting pot, so a lot of immigrant communities (visit Afghan Bazaar in Dandenong, for example). I know it's a tough choice. But personally, I can live in a city like Canberra or DC. I don't need constant stimulation. I'd go with the better university. Purely on the basis of its location and the nice community, I'd go with ANU. It's also a more prominent Aussie uni.
  9. This is useful, thank you. Do you know what kinds of work international students do? I hear they can't work off campus as a condition of their visa, but I'm not sure...
  10. Thank you. I was curious about the DC schools. I know people who went to GWand GU while doing jobs. They did things like IR and MPH. One did MSFS. Not sure about the MPP, though.
  11. Hello again, I wanted to ask about the workload of a regular MPP semester -- how busy will it keep one? Is it reasonable to do a 20-hour job on the side? What about the regular workload and test prep for, say, the LSAT during one's first semester? I know it depends on the person and the courses taken, but any thoughts to bring this into perspective are welcome and appreciated. Gracias y'all!
  12. Congrats on getting into Georgetown! Exciting times. I'm in much the same boat as you in that I'll be moving from overseas. The rent for studio apartments are also quite unreasonable as you mentioned. But in case you missed it, there's a thread on these forums about managing remote renting with some excellent pointers from current and former students. Best of luck and hope to maybe see you on campus!
  13. Hi Eshtah, congrats on your acceptance to Georgetown! That makes the three of us on this thread accepted to Georgetown. I don't know of any offline tools unless it's a personal network of friends or contacts. One of the main online tools to use for apartment hunting that I used when I lived in DC and that people recommend is Cragislist, which has a dedicated DC page: https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/ (its barebones design can throw people off, but it's a legit website and it works! Though beware of scammers.) Most apartments or sublets become available a month or a few weeks before the tenant is expected to move in. I plan to start the search process in earnest a couple of weeks or a few days ahead of my arrival. That gives me time to schedule a visit to the unit and see it firsthand as soon as I arrive. Some apartment complexes have leasing offices, so you might have better luck dealing with them. They have greater flexibility about start dates, apartment visits, etc. If you want to share the space, DC is full of grad students and young professionals (20- and 30-somethings) who live in shared spaces. The rent, naturally, is lower in these arrangements and you usually get good roommates, though tales of inconsiderate or messy roommates are not unknown. Best of luck!
  14. Thank you, Natasha. I was looking at Glover Park after @Pythia also suggested it. As you pointed out, a shared apartment is possible within the $700-900 range, but I'm hoping to get a studio apartment. Nothing is below $1,400 within an hour-plus commute of Georgetown. That complicates things a little. But it's still too early and we'll have to cross the bridge when we get to it. I do look forward to meeting you in the fall!
  15. At this point, frankly, I might as well gird myself for the long commutes of the NE. A friend had a studio for $950 in Adams Morgan back in the good old days of five years ago. AdMo now boasts $1,400 studios. I definitely would consider Arlington or Rosslyn, even Alexandria, where I stayed back in 2012. It's just that prices have gone up significantly. Rent might even get a bump in the fall when so many of us will be flocking into DC. And thank you for the insight, @Pythia. I once met a GU grad student who stayed on 16th and Spring Road, in an apartment where I used to live...which was a rather long commute to Georgetown. But the shuttle to NoVA is news to me. I'll look into it. I also hadn't thought of Glover Park. I have a former colleague who lives there and might be able to help.