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tdix09

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  1. Im sorry I didnt see this - by now you've made your decision, and I hope a good one! I am content in my decision. Moreso because I needed to leave NY. We're at different places - you have a partner to consider and it sounds like you two are looking to settle into/stay here. I've been here my whole life and need a new environment. Philly was new-ish, but still reminded me too much of NY, and I think I'd be too tempted to come home too often. The cost differential was a factor, seeing as how I have UG debt (from NYU) so I'd like to pay that off/down. Another difference - your masters (AF
  2. Im sorry I didnt see this - by now you've made your decision. I am content in my decision. Moreso because I needed to leave NY. We're at different places - you have a partner to consider and it sounds like you two are looking to settle into/stay here. I've been here my whole life and need a new environment. Philly was new-ish, but still reminded me too much of NY, and I think I'd be too tempted to come home too often. The cost differential was a factor, seeing as how I have UG debt (from NYU) so I'd like to pay that off/down. Another difference - your masters (AFAYK) is your terminal d
  3. Or starting their own charter/independent school. I can see the value somewhat, but I can also see it as a university moneymaker.
  4. I agree that the experience is a bit lacking. the 3.5 is decent enough, and "good recommendations" means what? Chair of a department? an alum of any of these programs who donates money or has a reputable name in the field? Or a professor who gave you a few As and maybe you did research for? I'm interested to know which Americorps program (I work for an Americorps literacy program), and I think that can work in your favor for, say, Penn GSE (as they seem to speak favorably about City Year and TFA on their site). On the other hand, their median GRE if I recall correctly was 157V and 4.5W so.
  5. Oh man! What a decision to make! I had to make a choice between a state school and Ivy. Chose the former bc of the same concerns: don't plan on racking up more student debt to go into a field that will take a while to pay back, whether through forgiveness programs or out of my own pockets. If your goal is to work for DOE, I highly doubt a Columbia degree is going to put you ahead of the curve THAT much.
  6. JBums gave great advice. While I'm super excited on attending Michigan State, I didn't think too much about locale. I'm willing to give the midwest a go (East coaster through and through) but as of now, I see myself returning east for work (at the very least, an urban environment). If I could apply all over again (which I wouldnt because it's a torturous process), I would've also reconsidered finances - I wasn't honest upfront with myself about taking loans out. In theory, great. When confronted with having to take out loans for schools who do NOT cover tuition via graduate assistantships, I r
  7. @Jbums: I know some NODA internships are open to undergrads, so for sure, you should be eligible if you are entering a program the following semester. But I'm just speculating. Also, yay for employment. not-so-yay on deferring school again. keep us posted!
  8. Seeing as how my response is experiential and and not a research paper... no, but don't doubt my ability to do so. I could back it up with the thousands of teachers and students who bear the long-term (socioemotional, intellectual and economic) effects of an uneven educational playing field. Quality of teachers (and teacher training) surely plays a part of that. Im sure there are studies that connect student retention, college readiness, disparities in standardized testing, community health... you name it, someone is studying how teacher preparedness is positively influencing or negatively aff
  9. Masters Stats: 153V/153Q/4.0W Background: education non-profit Applied: Michigan State University, Rutgers University, UPenn GSE Admitted: all programs Rejected: none Going: Michigan State
  10. Echoing @AmateurNerd. Teaching and educating is a craft and skill like any other career. We educators deserve to be respected and paid appropriately. It's never fair to take 4 years of a traditional education program (theory and practice which people have spent generations formulating and refining) and squeeze it into a summer intensive training. There isn't an appropriate length of time to be fully ready and prepared to teach but it surely isn't 7 weeks. I've had leftovers in the fridge longer than that and I don't want them teaching middle school math. My experiences with TFA teacher
  11. I was JUST saying this to my best friend, in comparing other programs. There hasn't been a lot of information put out, and it feels super inconsistent. @omnomnam: you should email/call the department, because there were emails that I missed too - I could tell because there were other messages that referenced past emails.
  12. Thanks! I got an email a couple hours ago about an error stated in a previous email, but I definitely didnt get said previous email - wrote back just to make sure I havent missed anything else. Now I'm super stressed.
  13. Has anyone heard anything via email about Penn's upcoming Preview Event? The last email I got was saying we'd receive GA descriptions soon, and then I got a "check out our GA positions at Preview Event" from a partnering university earlier today. But nothing else. My interest in attending is waning, to be honest.
  14. I say UPenn - it's a one year program (9 1-credit courses, plus one internship-type experience) which you could spread out over 1.5-2 years if necessary. Location makes it easy (I'm assuming you're on the east coast), and from the info session I went to last year, it seemed like they pull a lot of older students, career changers and have work experience (as in, not just out of college). If you aren't hung up on names, Stony Brook has an online program as well as in-person and would be relatively cheaper than some of the options you mentioned, since you already have an MBA.
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