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  1. I don't know what to tell you other than you should be confident and honest. You are doing everything by the books and pursuing a higher education. That is quite commendable. Just tell things straight, tell him about your plans and why you are excited. Also, be available to go out of your way to help out smooth things over for your last 2 weeks. I was on a similar position, having to tell my boss, whom I owed a lot to, that I would be leaving for my Master's. I had the fortune of being able to tell with more time in advance, committing myself to help out for the transition period. She was so excited for me I couldn't believe I was nervous before. She was happy I was going to do my masters, and compunded me to do it no matter what. Maybe the same will happen to you. Try not to be too nervous as it will botch your delivery.
  2. I'm entering the MPP program soon and during these months I've spoken to plenty of people who went to HKS. All of them loved it, many of them had to finance their education entirely. One of the people I've talked to works at government, other works at McKinsey and yet another is a consultant for a small company that advises governments across the world in implementation. All of them swear by the school. They all agree that the impressive roster of speakers throughout the year is incredibly formative. One of my interviewees told me that the leadership and negotiation classes were among the best he ever took (this coming from a MBA background). Another mentioned that the hidden value comes from the classes where you have mates which have, for example, been ministers in South American nations, or human right activists in south-east Asia. The career advancement services is impressive from what I've seen. I would agree that the price and lack of financing options is a huge problem, though. The article is unfair and its arguments mudded, which is unfortunate because this is a discussion worth having.
  3. If you are studying for a specific test such as the GRE, there are many sites that contain the most common "high-difficulty" words in these tests. Its a good habit to try to memorize a couple each day and then review how many you kept at the end of the week. There are flashcards apps that allow you to quickly study. If you want to improve your vocabulary without any specific purpose in mind, the answer is simple and you've probably heard it before: You have to read a lot of good stuff. This can be literature, but it could also be non-fiction. Just make sure they have advanced vocabulary. I read a lot and I love learning new words. That's why I always quickly look the word up in my cellphone when I read one that I don't know. If I was purposedly learning vocab for a test, I would also write down the new words. For those looking for reading material with advanced vocabulary, I always recommend The Economist. It has short, interesting, well researched and well written articles, with plenty of "GRE words".
  4. engagement ring
  5. Ended up accepting my admission to HKS, as I had a national scholarship
  6. And its not impossible to get funding (I got offered like 80% of tuition with some research responsibilities)
  7. You seem to have a great profile, unique story and a clear path. From what you wrote, it seems to make sense that you studied film and social sciences and now the next step for you is studying public policy to get into cultural policy. Make sure you convey that in your resumes, and that your recommendations speak to your committment to this path. Also, maybe it would be wise to use this time to think of institutions you may like to work in? Just doing this exercise and investigating on-line a little may be helpful to you and to your application.
  8. Is it different from the normal application process? Or is it just the same as if I were just applying to the MBA and then pointing out in the essays (I assume there will be essays)? Sorry of this question sounds kind of dumb
  9. Hello all. do any of you have any information regarding concurrent degrees? I have been accepted to HKS MPP program, but I've been seriously thinking of pursuing an MBA at MIT's Sloan. If I am reading the guide correctly, one may apply during his first year, but I am unsure what are the next steps to take. Any experiences in the subject?
  10. I would just break up at that point
  11. What positions are you considering after you graduate? At what institutions? What are the starting salaries there? Are there current graduates from the schools you are considering in similar positions?
  12. To add to the above, I would say that it ultimately comes down to how you tell your story. Spend a lot of time in your essays. I made the mistake of focusing more on studying for the GRE than on writing. Schedule appropriate times for thinking about your answers, writing, and re-writing (hopefully get some feedback). Were there unique moments that helped shape your decision to apply to grad school? Is there a common thread that you followed between your different experiences? How do they help shape your perspective for the future?
  13. Knock it out of the park with your GRE scores and you should be fine. Most schools will be more impressed with your essays/work experience and will only want a reason to be confident that you will not flunk classes. A great GRE score is perfect for that. You have plenty of time, so you can easily shoot for a 320+ score if you are disciplined. I recommend Magoosh as it helped me to do an effective daily routine. If you want GRE tips feel free to message me.
  14. Just to chip in, I will say that it is great that you come here looking for advice. Take my advice as a grain of salt, considering that I haven't started my MPP yet (but I do have several year of work experience and I've spent well over a year researching this). First of all, 1 year may seem like a lot to wait if your situation is shitty right now, but in the long run it will be nothing if it ultimately helps you make a better choice. You do not want to take your graduate studies lightly. I know that Pakistan can be a suffocating place, but I think you can have it in you to just lay low for twelve more months. Regarding GRE, the quant section is actually the easiest to improve, specially if you have several weeks. Just do Magoosh for 30 minutes every day and correct your wrong answers and you will see your score get much higher. (In contrast the verbal section is greatly limited if your english is not up to par or if you weren't an avid reader before-hand). However, also keep in mind that GRE is a very small part of the application, and the one extra year of work (if relevant and you stand out) can do much more difference). Regarding MBAs, money and positions may not seem like a factor now, but in 2 years they will be, trust me on this. If you go to grad school your primary focus should be on what you want to project your career. That doesn't mean that MBA is the only correct answer here, but you should take into consideration what you want to do. For example, most big non-profits value MBAs more than MPPs. But an MPA may be more valuable for public sector work. Never forget the huge financial undertaking that this choice signifies! Personally, if I could start again and money wasn't an issue I would consider a joint MBA/MPP, but that's just me, given my own preferences and outlook. Are you competitive for other schools in one more year? Depends. The GRE is not as relevant as you think, as I said above. You say you are passionate, but can you tell a coherent story through your work experiences and volunteer work? Can you get relevant work experience in an extra year? Best of luck
  15. Any advice regarding living in the Sommervile area (studying at Harvard)? How far away is it? Is the public transport reliable? Is it possible to go by bike? I've heard its a cheaper alternative