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  1. I currently live about 20 minutes from Duke, got half-tuition paid there, and see myself ultimately settling on the East Coast. Last and least: as I understand it, Sanford's degree/network has more cache on the West Coast than Goldman's has in the East. (I might be mistaken on this, and feel free to correct.)
  2. Well I will not be going there, so maybe my hypothetical funding will trickle down to y'all. . . you're welcome
  3. FWIW, it has felt ridiculous to me from the outset that LBJ has a deadline of 12/1 but then doesn't get back to you until 3 months later. It doesn't take that long to review an application. I applied to schools with Jan. 5th and Jan. 15th deadlines and heard back from them before LBJ, some of them a little more than a month later.
  4. Yes via email, but she did take a few days to get back to me.
  5. I attempted to negotiate w/Martha and was kindly rebuffed with what I took as a boilerplate "We'll have to wait and see if our extant fellowship offers are accepted, and then reconsider allotment. . . we'll get back to you in early April if we decide to offer funding." She did mention the myriad GSI opportunities available and said they can cover up to 60% in-state tuition and 40% out-of-state. Basically I don't think your chances are very good, but it also couldn't hurt to try. I guess she could be adding peoples' names to a list in the event that more funding shows up in April. . . so why not get in line?
  6. My bad, I thought SAIS was in Baltimore with the rest of JHU. But yes, DC not as cheap as Balmer for sure. Still, cheaper suburbs available with very quick access to downtown.
  7. I imagine it has occurred to you that cost of living is a significant factor. Check out the housing differences and reflect on how much extra debt you are willing to accrue just by living in NYC.
  8. Finally heard back and they're offering me full funding (split between granting me in-state tuition, a GA, and stipend), renewable for my 2nd year. It's by far the most generous offer I've received. Would anyone who knows care to elaborate on how Maryland SPP compares to the other main schools I'm considering: Duke-Sanford and American-SPA? the money is pretty even across the board, considering living costs in DC vs. NC.
  9. I feel you on this and have the same thought re: anxiety. . . then again if we can't get a B in our Community College Econ course, we probably don't deserve Sanford anyway, amirite?
  10. I didn't mean any disrespect, and your observations align closely with what I found at AU's Top Prospect Day. It was an incredibly warm welcome and I got a great, diverse vibe from the rest of the invited students. Honestly the "what I heard" part of my statement above was actually heard from AU themselves, along the lines of "We know that GWU and GT get the accolades for DC-area schools, but we're determined to prove that our program is just as good." It was a solid message and it's evident that they're putting money where their mouth is (i.e. they offered me by far the most generous package out of all 8 schools I've gotten into). Basically, I feel lucky to be in the position that I can consider AU my backup. I didn't mean to indicate otherwise, but I certainly appreciate your defense.
  11. Thanks both for your replies. Yes I've been a little flustered lately so I went and outed my source anyway -- I wish there were an edit or delete feature, but oh well. I appreciate your thoughts Buck. They align with what I've been feeling as well. On the one hand my wife and I ARE intrigued by the possibility of spending some time post-school in CA, but that's way too big of a decision to make in spur-of-the-moment fashion, especially with two children and having family support here. I'm looking forward to the Open House on the 31st and hope to see you there. If you want to find me just look for the oldest guy in the room :-) Honestly, I'm almost certain I'm going to commit to Duke unless I somehow get a weird vibe at the Open House that turns me off. Not likely, I know, but it actually happened when I went to visit Chicago-Harris. To put it diplomatically: it became apparent very early that I was not a good fit for their culture. Anyway, I appreciate your help, and thanks to sturdy for pointing me to the Gov't Affairs board, which I hadn't known about. Cheers!
  12. I found the disorganization very off-putting, as well as the repeated claim "I can't believe how many people came!" That comes off as a weak excuse for their disorganization, but it also doesn't even make sense, unless they're admitting how poor of planners they are. They knew how many they admitted, and they could figure out percentages of how many would likely show up. It's not rocket science. I got the feeling they were trying to dazzle us with their wealth and prestige, and I definitely picked up a "cash-cow" vibe (mentioned from last year's thread). But it was inconsistent because they cut corners in other ways if you were paying attention -- e.g. not having any place for us to sit down and eat lunch, having mediocre food, etc. (Downright terrible, gas-station level coffee was not a good first impression either.) The lunch arrangements can't honestly be blamed on size of turnout either, as even 100 people would have struggled to find adequate seating in that particular facility. Ultimately I was glad to go, just to help me better figure out what I need in a program. I didn't know cohort size would matter as much to me as it does now, but yeah I don't want a cohort of 200 and class sizes of 50+. The faculty and career services dept. were impressive, and by far the most attractive aspects presented. But all in al I'm pretty sure I will go to Sanford instead (tbf: they offered me $50k vs. Harris's $20k).
  13. It is currently my 2nd choice behind Duke-Sanford. I also received the above offer but currently live in NC so relocating to DC plus their housing costs would still make it significantly more expensive. I'm waiting until Duke's Open House (3/31) to make my final decision, just to make sure I don't have a dealbreaker experience there. I'm not sure how the program rates -- I've heard among DC schools it is probably behind GWU, Georgetown and GMU, more on the level of Maryland. They are certainly making a push to attract quality students with these aggressive funding offers they've been handing out. Some things I like about it are a) small class size, 2) the Applied Politics concentration and d) the certificate in lobbying/political campaigns.
  14. This is the only of 9 schools that I haven't heard from yet.
  15. My wife's getting her MSW right now at UNC. I have a friend who is a professor in the program as well. I'm no expert, but my layman's impression of the field is that if you get a PhD it's basically to become a professor. For anything else in the field you only need a Master's (even if you just want to do research). Her program divides its candidates into "Direct Practice" and "Macro/Organizational", so anyone who doesn't want to do straight therapy does the Macro. My wife is doing Direct but thinks that eventually she will want to move into Macro. It's easier to do that than the reverse. FWIW, she has found her field placement to be by far the most rewarding part of her experience. My (again inexpert) opinion is that if you're sure you want to be a professor, go ahead as planned. But if you think you're going to want a job outside of academia you should strongly consider the field placement -- that real-world experience is invaluable.