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3dender

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About 3dender

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    2017 Fall
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    MPP
  1. I've lived in CH for about 15 years. It's a college town, and dress is informal except for special occasions (either personal or business). Also, being a large University, there are all types of people from all types of places, and all types of dress, so don't worry about fitting in. I also wouldn't stress too much about shopping before you get here -- there's a good outlet mall in Mebane, 20ish min. away, where you can get great deals on name brand stuff, from Gap to Saks 5th Ave. Depending on your sensitivity you may have trouble adjusting to the summer humidity, but it's manageable and I can't think of any warm-weather clothing you need that you probably don't have. Oh, and you'll probably want at least one umbrella or rain jacket
  2. I believe both approaches can get you where you want to go. The macro division of MSW degrees is heavily geared towards organizational management. The advantage to the MPA would be if you think you may eventually want to work outside of the SW/therapy field, although experience managing a non-profit within the field could help you cross over. Sorry not to be more helpful but that's because it sort of seems like 6 of one, half-a-dozen of the other. My answer is based on my wife's experience, who just graduated with an MSW last month from a top-5 program. She originally thought she'd want to do the macro track but changed to direct practice because it didn't involve enough therapeutic training.
  3. I'm sorry you're going through this. I don't have any other real consolation but I wish you and your family the best.
  4. I agree with this and would emphasize that it was difficult to detect any passion in your post. You say you want to be a professor but you don't say why, and you don't have any idea what field you would want to do it in. It's hard to imagine how it would be possible to achieve your goal without feeling passion for the field you next stumble onto. In your shoes I would spend a lot of time reflecting on what subject I'm actually passionate about, and to what I'd like to dedicate my life's work. I speak from experience as I am currently transitioning from an unchallenging career into a field that not only fascinates me, but one that I believe will be extremely fulfilling as well.
  5. I recently read a fascinating book that might interest you, called American Slavery, American Freedom. It's several decades old but a comprehensive look at the economic beginnings of the Virginia colony. Most of my recent readings have been around race/slavery, and I read another recent one that linked nascent capitalism with slavery, called The Half Has Never Been Told. It was interesting but not as compelling an argument as the other, and I've since read compelling critiques about the author's methodology. Cool topic though, for sure, and I wish you luck on it.
  6. Anthropology, religion and philosophy are the three major fields that jump to mind. With so much work done in Sociology you're probably closest to an Anth degree. Looking for joint programs among those three fields for your graduate degree would probably be where to aim.
  7. If you like the west coast, Berkeley-Goldman does great work in this area and can get you set up anywhere out there.
  8. I didn't mean to imply that the framing was partisan. Propaganda -- that's in fact what I consider it to be -- goes way beyond partisanship. It's the same reason that Democrats don't embrace truly left positions like Single Payer healthcare or anti-monopoly legislation. Your areas of interest sound intriguing. Your concern for oligarchy/monopoly is obviously of interest to me as well. When you talk about democratization of economic power the first thing that pops into my head is of course labor unions. Are you interested in delving more into the nuts and bolts of right-to-work legislation and efforts to counteract it? I've read a handful of intriguing articles/books that tie the greatest periods of prosperity in our country to periods of strong unionization. Then I just caught up with this 5-year-old rebel Ted talk that was given by a rich guy who swore that rich people don't create jobs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKCvf8E7V1g&feature=share The TedTalk people ended up not releasing the talk for Reasons but it's suspected that they were pressured by the business community to sit on it. Oh, and if you figure out how to successfully de-bloat government bureaucracy I will personally figure out how to submit your name for a Nobel Prize :-)
  9. I like the way you frame the issues. I think there's a definite relationship between disenfranchised people bearing a heavier societal burden, whether cause/effect or otherwise I'm not sure. I also think your penultimate sentence is interesting when you talk of issues being framed. You word it passively, but it's important to remember who is doing the framing. Identifying the framers points straight back to the factions whose power must be limited by campaign/corporate reform. But enough about me. What do you plan on specializing in at Sanford?
  10. If it's compatible, Macbooks are worth the premium (not Pro, I agree you don't need that). They require hardly any maintenance and a few years down the road are still running 90% as fast as when new. I've never met a PC I can say the same about -- and that's before even taking into account all the countless hours you will spend running virus/malware scans. I don't like Apple snobbery but their machines are simply better and it's not particularly close.
  11. You should make the decision based on your interests and not on how easy the grades will be. It sounds like you may be leaning psychology despite being less interested in it, but decisions like that often don't pay off in the long run (mostly in terms of mental health). If your grades suffer in the joint program you can always get some field experience to bolster your PhD app.
  12. You may not get many bites on your question because there's a really long thread devoted to this issue -- it may answer your questions if you read it first. This one: http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/23492-the-am-i-competitive-thread-read-me-before-posting/?page=37
  13. Basically, whenever I look at the most serious issues -- environment, education, healthcare, poverty, unnecessary war, mass incarceration, etc. -- I notice that in large part the political will is never there to fix them. The reason the political will isn't there is that politicians know who butters their bread (and it's not their constituents). Until that changes, I don't believe anything else will. So by my logic, getting money out of politics is the single most crucial issue of them all, the first domino if you will. Figuring out how to do that and working toward it will make for constructive and fulfilling work. But yes as a tangential concern I'm very interested in voter suppression and gerrymandering, and I'm particularly interested in the work they're doing at POLIS. I saw that course you're talking about, and will take it if at all possible. I guess you could say my primary interest is democracy-boosting.
  14. I hope you're right because the sectors you pegged for vitalization are where I want to go. Also headed to Sanford, looking to create my own specialty in corporate and campaign finance reform. Some faculty have recommended that I take courses at the law school as well. I look forward to getting to know you. . .
  15. One of the more memorable moments from my visit to Chicago-Harris was hearing Anjali Adukia speak about her experience with education development in India. She was impressive -- I'd suggest looking her up and even reaching out to her.