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peternewman89

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    2013 Fall
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    Political Science

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  1. What are you looking to do after getting a PhD? I just started a program as a theorist, and job prospects 5 years down the line are fairly grim even with some methodological training and a second area of concentration (outside of theory) that I can use to market myself. Not to say there's no chance, but carving yourself such a tiny niche would likely leave you nowhere to go after you finish schooling. I'm in the midst of my first stats course now, alongside a course on general methodology, and I'm not enjoying it, but it's giving me enough that the department will be able to say I'm competen
  2. Just starting my first year in a PhD program and I am drowning in all of these meaningless numbers. I'm a political theorist so I have a different approach to the discipline altogether and something of a predilection against the quantitative approach, but I tried to come in with an open mind. The stats I've been getting, though have just been so mind numbing and I can't for the life of me see how any of this has anything to do, not with political theory, but with any sort of political science in general. Its all just a mess of variables and functions and subscript and doesn't make a lick
  3. It's not that bad; I'm teaching instead, which is probably better in the long-run, and I'll now have 2 service-free semesters to use down the road rather than 1, so I'll be able to devote an entire semester to dissertation-writing, no teaching or classwork to distract me. From what people have been saying, though, it's probably a good thing I'm not in that class, as it's been quite tough with loads of readings along with STATA work in the first week with elections data-sets. Not at all my forte.
  4. I started classes this past week, though Math Camp actually started almost 2 weeks ago, and maybe my expectations were just for it to be even worse than I could imagine, but so far things haven't been too tough. I've finished up all but about 50 pages of my reading for the coming week and am getting a lecture ready for Wednesday for a class that I'm TA'ing but the prof will be away at APSA. The biggest twist for me was that I wasn't even supposed to be a TA this semester at all, but due to unforeseen circumstances the department needed a theorist to TA and I'm one of 2, so I'm now the TA
  5. Luckily this isn't the first class, it will be the third session, so they know the professor and know that I'm the TA. At this point, I haven't gotten any sorts of past notes or any sort of presentation that was used in the past, though we did spend a bit of time while we were going over the syllabus on this lecture specifically, talking about what the aims of these readings are and what the students are supposed to get out of it. That's all I'm going on right now though (that and my knowledge of Mill).
  6. I'm a 1st-semester PhD Student in Political Theory, and the professor for the course that I'm TA'ing this semester will be at APSA next week and asked me if I'd like to give the lecture next Wednesday. After asking around a bit and hearing nothing but urging to do it, I told her yes. Does anybody have advice on giving a first lecture? Anything I should keep in mind or plan for? This course is primarily for freshmen or student who have no experience in political theory, so very introductory in nature. Thanks!
  7. I'm a first-year PhD Student in Political Science, and the Professor teaching the course that I'm TA'ing this fall has offered me the chance to lecture next week while she's away at a conference. I took her up on the offer after everybody that I asked urged me to do it as a great introduction to teaching and an opportunity to build my CV from the very start. The readings that this lecture deals with are topics that I'm comfortable and familiar with, so that doesn't really concern me. Additionally, and luckily for me in this case I think, the course is taken by primarily freshmen. An
  8. I'm a Political Science PhD Student because I hope to study and contribute to Political Theory and Political Philosophy as our world continues to evolve and new challenges arise that challenge the older paradigms that govern our lives. What I do has nothing to do with Economics or Sociology, or any Social Science really. The other place I could have gone was to a Philosophy program, but the questions that I deal with are the sort that fits into either vein, with Philosophy often handling the more esoteric aspects of a question while PoliSci deals with the more applied aspects of it (though t
  9. What's your goal with a PhD? What subfield would you be applying for? And what happened with CUNY that you went for a year and then stopped to go to law school? What's going to matter for PhD admissions is not your legal experience but research experience and research potential, which law school won't really speak to. Do you have a strong writing sample? How well do you know professors from undergrad, and how well would they remember you? The GRE you'll likely have to take again unfortunately, but that is just a matter of getting over a certain minimum bar rather than something that would pus
  10. You really should have another option in this for living with an SO. I'll be moving down south with my girlfriend and we've got a nice little 2 bedroom place for ourselves. I lived with roommates in college and then for my first year after graduating and never particularly enjoyed it, especially when a replacement roommate, a 30-somehing alcoholic unemployed lawyer, started to get rowdy and tried to be a bully. After living with my girlfriend for the past year, I really can't imagine living with roommates. She's applying to med school herself now to start in about a year, and if she does get
  11. I haven't started my program yet, but I'll surely be taking a number of classes outside of my department. My primary field will be political theory, and to expand on that I will need to go into course-offerings from the Philosophy department. My interests can range at times to the more philosophical side of political philosophy, and to create and analyze the underlying metaphysics of an ideology the poli sci department might not cut it. I'm actually planning to get in touch with a few people in my department in the next week or two to see about the advisability of taking outside courses
  12. I've taken tests at 2 centers in the greater Boston area. I took the GRE a few years back (senior year of college) at a Prometrics center in Lexington. It seemed pretty standard, they had headphones, dividers, nice enough staff; no issues at all that I was aware of. I later retook the GRE (and took another test a year or so before for something else) at the Prometrics office in South Boston, just on the other side of the river from South Station. There, also didn't have any issues. They had headphones, dividers and all, staff was not as nice and they seemed to take all the procedures and
  13. Just curious how large everyone's cohorts are. I'm starting in the fall and I'm all but certain that there will be 7 others starting with me in the fall; one other theorist, 1 or 2 Comparativists and 3 or 4 Americanists. How are everyone else's cohorts?
  14. If by going for the BA you have the chance to do a major writing project, a thesis or something of that ilk, then that should be all that you need provided you've established some decent relationships and will have at least 3 people to write you letters. The MA could look nice, but if you have a strong application otherwise then I really don't think that would push you over the top. Just have a good writing sample, either from the BA or an MA, showing you can do serious, long-term research.
  15. For me that's still a bit up in the air; my girlfriend and I are in a community in Bellevue right on 70S with a bus line running right to the Vandy area. We'll have one car, so I'll definitely be getting a parking pass. My girlfriend is looking for work at this time, preferably at the Medical Center where she has some connections, so at first I'll probably be driving, but luckily we'll have flexibility. I've been taking public transit since I was about 11, so bus isn't at all an issue, especially since it's free with the Vandy ID. I might just end up taking the bus at times to avoid stress
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