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zling

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About zling

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  • Location
    International - Asia
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    MPP/MSFS
  1. Maybe you could list out the specific field of international policy you're interested in (security? trade? development) or types of careers, and the pros/cons of each school you've thought of so far? I was debating between Harris MPP and Georgetown MSFS, and after advice from this forum, I think I'm leaning towards MSFS for the clear foreign relations / IR focus. Harris seems to be a lot more urban and social policy, and while they did set up that new Pearsons Institute for Conflict Resolution last year, it's still quite new and there aren't many details out, so I'm going to go with the "known" quantity of MSFS.
  2. The other thing to consider is how much other work experience do you have, and how does it stack up against your family business experience? If you have held more significant jobs, have a few years of work/research or experience in MPP-relevant fields, then you'd likely want to focus on that instead. However, if there isn't much else to write about, then it's about marketing your family business experience as best as you can. e.g. running any projects, coming up with a social media marketing plan, increasing profits by XX%.
  3. MSFS Admissions sent an email to outline the funding waitlist process - basically, those offered funding have up to 23 Apr to accept/decline the offer, and if any money frees up, they start contacting people on the waitlist.
  4. @thex11factor Thank you so much!! Both for sharing your impressions / contrasts between the two schools after the visit, and for the advice on personal fit and career plans. I'm currently drawing up a comparison between the two schools and seeing how they match up, and of course, trying to figure out if I want to work in IR specifically or keep options more open. I'm pretty amazed by how helpful and generous people are on this forum in sharing their advice and providing feedback - thank you & @3dender again! (P.S. Is UChicago the Socratic style, or just its law school?)
  5. @thex11factor Thanks for sharing your experience on visit day! I saw from your other posts that you're also deciding between Georgetown-McCourt and Chicago-Harris - did you feel there are other major differences between the schools, and which program do you think you're likely to pick? (Sorry for asking so many questions - I was excited to see that you're making a similar choice, and hope to get pointers in making my own decision!)
  6. @3dender I can't say thank you enough! I really appreciate you going in-depth and explaining the details of your key considerations - hearing this explanation of your thought process and the way you rank your choices really helps to clarify some of the factors that I should also be thinking about. Especially the lifestyle factors - I've mostly focussed on school quality and placement, without giving as much thought to quality of life considerations like weather, city-suburb environment and being near to family/friends. Best of luck to you too, and I hope your Duke Open House visit goes well!
  7. @3dender Again, thank you so much for sharing! If you don't mind me asking, which are the other MPP programs /schools you applied to? And what are the major factors in your own decision or ranking of the schools (either to apply, or accepting the offer)?
  8. @3dender: Thank you for the thoughtful reply, and for sharing your personal experience! I unfortunately won't be able to attend any of the admitted students days, because of work. And yes! I was really interested in the launch of Pearson Institute, but communications with the Harris admin office have been a bit... hit and miss? It seems as if they only reply to 1 out of every 3 emails (even when it's a relatively uncomplicated question like "Can I get a waiver for TOEFL?"), so it's honestly frustrating trying to find out more. Edit: Just curious about your impression, especially on the "snobbery" bit- was it more of an intellectual/ivory-tower-type snobbery (e.g. dismissing rival views / looking down on people without a PhD? or more of a "rich trust-fund kid" / not worth getting to know you if you don't make a six-figure salary?
  9. Bump- any advice / help / views? Would especially appreciate people who know more about the US university and job market landscape!
  10. Hi all, (Posted in the Government Affairs section with no responses, so am trying my luck here!) Hoping to get views on two offers - Georgetown Masters of Science in Foreign Service and Chicago Harris MPP. I've heard good things about both schools, and am pretty torn, so wanted to get views on which school/programme would be better for future career prospects in the US, either at a foreign policy/security-related think tank, or private sector consulting firm (either IR-focused or general e.g. McKinsey). In terms of background, I'm an international student, so would be ineligible for US government jobs. I'd be able to find work in my home country, with either of the two degrees, so that's not a major factor. Not very interested in working for NGOs or the UN. However, the foreign policy poll of IR faculty also voted Georgetown #1 (50% of all polled) for masters' degrees leading to a policy career in IR, compared to Chicago at #12 (5% of votes).[Edit: Realised the poll compared Chicago's CIR programme, not the Harris school!] Funding-wise, Harris has offered $10k, which makes overall costs around $65k, versus Georgetown at $75k. I'm waitlisted for Georgetown funding,but those decisions will only be released on 23 Apr, after Chicago's 15 Apr deadline to accept. Other potential Pros / Cons: Harris MPP: more general degree - greater customisation and flexibility to branch out for private sector jobs? However, their MPP's strengths seem to be in more urban/social policy or city development, rather than security issues. Georgetown MSFS: better location for the D.C. network; specialised IR focus and branding would also help in getting a think-tank job? I saw around 50-60% of graduates also found work for the private sector. tl;dr - how would you rate the two schools/programs, in terms of reputation & job placement (both private sector & IR-focussed careers)? Any other factors to consider, beyond the differences in curriculum? Thanks in advance!
  11. Hi all, I feel really lucky to be deciding between two offers - Georgetown Masters of Science in Foreign Service (waitlisted for funding) and Chicago Harris MPP (10k funding). I've heard good things about both schools, and am pretty torn, so wanted to get views on which school/programme would be better for future career prospects, either at a foreign policy/security-related think tank, or private sector consulting firm (either IR-focused or general e.g. McKinsey). In terms of background, I'm an international student, so would be ineligible for US government jobs. I'm confident of being able to find work in my home country, with either of the two degrees. Not very interested in working for NGOs or the UN. Potential Pros / Cons: Harris MPP: more general degree - greater customisation and flexibility to branch out for private sector jobs? Availability of some funding to offset tuition costs. Georgetown MSFS: better location for the D.C. network; specialised IR focus and branding would also help in getting a think-tank job? However, still waitlisted for funding, and am also unsure whether the MSFS translates well in when seeking private sector jobs. Thanks in advance!
  12. Hello all! I'm curious whether anyone here has applied to the Pearson Institute fellowship, and if you have heard back yet or gotten any details on the awards? I wrote to the office, and while they were very responsive to questions on activities and research, they went silent on the administrative/finance part (e.g. how many Fellows are selected each year, what funding was available, or even whether the results would be out before the deadline to accept your admissions decision).