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    2017 Fall
  1. Yes, I think it's just an update in the system, which is very good - decisions must be coming soon
  2. Well, that's it for my US run this cycle, I am 2 for 2 on rejections. I think I am mostly okay with that. At least I got some valuable feedback out of the whole thing for if/when I apply in the future. Besides, I just learned I got into a very good MA program in Europe which I am super excited about! No word on funding yet, but I am optimistic Also, ladies of this thread, Happy International Women's Day! You are awesome and deserve the best in life! Here's for more good news to come in March!
  3. Does anyone know when AES/AMS results will be released?
  4. If anyone else is applying to MediaAC, just a heads up that they selected candidates for the final review round, and expect to put out a list of ranked candidates by the end of March/early April.
  5. @DBear Thanks for letting me know! Next week is not that bad, considering everything )) In other news, got a rejection from McGill. Wasn't very surprised because it was a reach, but man, the way they phrased their email was so weird: "a significant new decision has been made". Who says significant for a rejection? Anyway, hope we all hear back one way or the other soon!
  6. I am waiting to hear from MediaAC and EMMIR, but from what I've seen on the website the results come out only in April/May.
  7. I know, I resigned myself to basically not having a life until then. Oh well... And that cricket thing, sounds great doesn't it? Personally, I blame Tumblr for getting me hooked At least this forum is here for us to vent about waiting in the meantime =) We live to fight another week, then.
  8. It's a little hard to explain without revealing the details of the case, but basically "if you were a policy maker, what would you do in situation A? Situation B? Explain your reasoning using specific evidence from case study" and variations thereof.
  9. I really hope there will be some news soon =) I have offers from U of Westminster for two different MA programs, but funding is very competitive and you need to complete a separate application that'll cost me money I don't really have to spare (postal services, notarizing and translating documents, etc.). Since this option is less than ideal, I'd rather wait to hear from other places before putting time and effort into yet another application that may not pay off in the end. The deadline for that is only in May, so I have plenty of time to think it through. I also had an interview with National University of Singapore for their MPP program. I have a good feeling about it, but their results go out only in May, and, you know, it's public policy My advisor wanted me to apply there to keep some in-field options open, and it's a good school, so I did. Can't say I am super enthusiastic about staying in polisci, but we'll see what happens
  10. The uncertainty about future is the worst, honestly. I keep thinking that if I get one solid, financially feasible offer to go somewhere, anywhere, I will finally calm down, but who am I kidding? I'll be totally riding this fretting-fueled train until summer, ugh, so frustrating. Some of the MA programs I applied to release results only in May, whyyyy?? @feyfatale how many schools are you waiting to hear from? @DBear yeah, I struck out with UW-Madison, which is a bummer because it was a really good fit, so UMass Amherst is the only US school I have left to hear from. On the website they said notifications usually go out early February, but it's almost the end of the month and still crickets.
  11. Anyone else feel like their life is basically in "on hold" mode until the entire process is over and done with? All I do all day every day is obsessively refresh application portals and gmail, it feels like. Come on, UMass, put us out of our misery soon. Please?
  12. It's still fairly early in the game, so if you didn't hear anything yet it's not a big deal. Over the last two cycles the interview requests were coming out in batches by the region up until April or even later, and I suspect this year is going to be the same.
  13. As cliche as it sounds, the interview part is really not that scary, no one is going to deliberately tank you, so there is no reason to be nervous about it. If you are qualified to apply to the program in the first place, you should have no problem with the case study because you won't need any specialized knowledge in order to do well; it's all about critical thinking. Really, the most important thing is paying attention to what you're reading in order to actually retain information in your head. That's why you need confidence because if you're really-really anxious about your interview, chances are you won't be able to focus properly on the case during your half-hour reading time, and you don't want that. There is one useful exercise for maintaining your critical reading skills and just for memory in general: 1) Open a New Your Times, Foreign Policy, or an Economist article on a topic that you find interesting or relevant to whatever you're prepping for; 2) Read the first paragraph, then close your eyes and formulate its main idea in a single sentence in your head. Was it difficult? Open your eyes and re-read the paragraph to see how accurate your summary was. 3) Read the second (third, fourth etc.) paragraph, and do the same thing. 4) When you finished the whole article, paragraph by paragraph, come up with a 5-sentence summary for the whole thing, then read through the entire article again and see how accurate you were. 5) Rinse, repeat as many times as you need.
  14. @hunny7 My case was about school education in lower-income countries. The questions were mostly asking for analysis of the case and policy suggestions. There was also one quantitative question, very easy, grade school math.
  15. Hello everyone! This thread is so quiet this year... Thought I would share for those of you who have upcoming interviews or still waiting to hear: I just had my interview for LKY MPP program on Wednesday. Pretty nerve-wracking, but I think I did ok. The questions were all case study-oriented, no questions like "why you chose LKY etc." so you really do need to know the case and understand its main argument and salient points. The interview lasted about 35 minutes in total. I had a professor interview me, and she was perfectly nice and friendly, which was a relief. Good luck to everyone! Let's keep each other posted on your progress =)