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#621 Fizzy_wizzy

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 02:58 PM

Hello everyone! This is my first post, would really appreciate feedback as I am at a lost of what to do. I had just decided to not go for an MBA and pursue what I really like- International Relations! I am planning to apply this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Program: MIA

 

Schools considered: SAIS (nanjing and also the regular program), Fletcher, UCSD, SFS, SIPA, and still looking at others as well

 

Major: Journalism and Mass Comm with focus in PR. 

 

GPA: 3.90 - Outstanding undergrad of the year, top 10%

 

GRE: 150v/147q/4.0w, I took the GRE twice my first score was 152/145/3.5. I just can't seem to get a good score and I am getting depressed over my scores. I don't think I will take it again. Thoughts?

 

 

Undergrad school: Arizona state, J-Program is top 10 in nation

 

Years since UG: 1.5 years

 

Work experience: 1.5 years in Tech blog site doing community outreach/ PR, created marketing campaign for city government arts commission in Arizona ( 5mth duration), 9 months intern at Film studio PR firm with big clients like Disney/Universal, have published articles- mostly tech related

 

 

Coursework: minor in special event management, cert in international business -did all required econs.  Only took up to college algebra.

 

Language: fluent Mandarin, Taiwanese. Can read Japanese, understand most Korean. 

 

SoP:  Dreading it.

 

LoR: My supervisor from tech blog site who is pretty big in the tech community, probably PR campaigns professor, not sure who else is good :(

 

Other: I'm international, but stayed in US for most of my life. Minority as well

 

Really appreciate feedback! Thanks in advance!


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#622 crisisdiplomacy

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 06:09 PM

Hello everyone! This is my first post, would really appreciate feedback as I am at a lost of what to do. I had just decided to not go for an MBA and pursue what I really like- International Relations! I am planning to apply this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Program: MIA

 

Schools considered: SAIS (nanjing and also the regular program), Fletcher, UCSD, SFS, SIPA, and still looking at others as well

 

Major: Journalism and Mass Comm with focus in PR. 

 

GPA: 3.90 - Outstanding undergrad of the year, top 10%

 

GRE: 150v/147q/4.0w, I took the GRE twice my first score was 152/145/3.5. I just can't seem to get a good score and I am getting depressed over my scores. I don't think I will take it again. Thoughts?

 

 

Undergrad school: Arizona state, J-Program is top 10 in nation

 

Years since UG: 1.5 years

 

Work experience: 1.5 years in Tech blog site doing community outreach/ PR, created marketing campaign for city government arts commission in Arizona ( 5mth duration), 9 months intern at Film studio PR firm with big clients like Disney/Universal, have published articles- mostly tech related

 

 

Coursework: minor in special event management, cert in international business -did all required econs.  Only took up to college algebra.

 

Language: fluent Mandarin, Taiwanese. Can read Japanese, understand most Korean. 

 

SoP:  Dreading it.

 

LoR: My supervisor from tech blog site who is pretty big in the tech community, probably PR campaigns professor, not sure who else is good :(

 

Other: I'm international, but stayed in US for most of my life. Minority as well

 

Really appreciate feedback! Thanks in advance!

 

 

Do you have any international experiences, even as an international student in the U.S.? 

 

Also, don't freak out so much about your GRE scores. It's really a holistic approach. This forum makes it seem like you need a perfect scores on the GRE to get into any top program, but it's not true. You should try to get your scores up but don't kill yourself over it. It's good that you've dabbled in a lot of strategic languages and that you have the business certificate, which means you'll be able to handle the quant coursework. 

 

What are your goals after completing the MIA degree? 


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#623 Fizzy_wizzy

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 07:15 AM

Do you have any international experiences, even as an international student in the U.S.? 

 

Also, don't freak out so much about your GRE scores. It's really a holistic approach. This forum makes it seem like you need a perfect scores on the GRE to get into any top program, but it's not true. You should try to get your scores up but don't kill yourself over it. It's good that you've dabbled in a lot of strategic languages and that you have the business certificate, which means you'll be able to handle the quant coursework. 

 

What are your goals after completing the MIA degree? 

 

Sadly I don't have any international experiences, but I am now in Singapore planning to take on a job that hopefully can help me. Do you have any suggestions for me while I prepare for my applications this year? Will volunteering help?

 

I would like to work for an NGO, UN or as a FSO. I just love working with people with different cultures and sadly because I am international I cannot join the Peace Corps or Teach for America :( 


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#624 KenBesonders

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 06:03 PM

Program: MIA

 

Schools considered: SAIS, Maxwell, SIPA, Georgetown, American SIS, GWU Elliott, CEU SPP and Pitt GSPIA

 

Major: International Studies/Political Science

 

GPA: 3.00 (3.4 in major)

 

GRE: NA, figuring what score I could need to help offset GPA.

 

Undergrad school: Large Midwest School

 

Years since UG: 2.5 years by the time I apply

 

Work experience: 0.5 years doing a disarmament internship for UN NGO at UN HQ, 0.5 years marketing, 0.5 years writing in advocacy NGO,

two summer research projects with professors, currently working remotely doing military analysis for a NGO

 

Coursework: Statistics, want to re-enroll next year to take econ.

 

Language: Intermediate German and Spanish

 

SoP:  I know everyone says their's are "great" but I plan on spending this summer writing them out and tailoring my focuses in each program.

 

LoR: One from my undergrad IS director, one from a professor I know well and one from my former supervisor at my UN internship

 

Other: I did well in a student public policy competition I entered (Went up against students from Ivy League Schools), so that should be a good boost. Heavily involved with Model UN at my University while an undergrad. Currently a volunteer with a few different disarmament organizations that I help remotely. I staff around three Model UN conferences as well and hold senior rolls in each.

 

My main question is, what type of GRE scores do you think I should aim for? I believe I have a strong work, volunteer and research background so I want to try to really develop good SOP so I can be considered for funding. I know my GPA is a set-back so what GRE scores could maybe help offset that?


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