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IRTheoryNerd last won the day on December 26 2015

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About IRTheoryNerd

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    Chicago, IL
  • Application Season
    2014 Fall
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    Political Science (IR) - 2013/2014 Cycle

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  1. Congrats to everyone who has heard good news. Keep your head up high if you haven't. You're all awesome regardless of the outcome. It took me two application cycles. It's hard, it's annoying, it's stressful. But don't let the process wear you down. Also, any Northwestern admits have any questions? Private message me. :-)
  2. I think your credentials read really well. The GRE quant might affect you slightly, but if the rest of your application is on point, I wouldn't think it terribly likely that those scores would be the sole disqualifier. I will say this: what matters more than any of the stats listed above is the coherence of your SOP and the strength of your letters of recommendation. Stats can disqualify, but it's the SOP and letters that make you really stand out. Fit matters. Coherence matters. Showing that you live for researching in your area of interest matters. The most important thing to keep in mind is
  3. As the application season starts to wind down and we enter the waiting period, I want to take a moment to wish you all best of luck! Keep your head up. Should any of you end up considering a Northwestern admission, I'm happy to answer questions as best I can about the program. :-) PS. And remember that when family doesn't understand the struggle of waiting on a letter from a school, send them the following GIF:
  4. Friends: as the season for submitting applications draws near, I want to offer to answer any questions I can about the political science PhD program at Northwestern. If you intend to apply to Northwestern and have any questions, feel free to message me. Best of luck to you all. You all deserve it.
  5. Oh, and don't be overwhelmed by the quantoids---and don't let them convince you to leave Poli Sci. It might be an uphill battle, but a worthy one to be heard in the effort to re-historicize this discipline that has so many problems because of the quantoids' hegemonic hold over it. "IRTheoryNerd, tell us how you really feel." ;-)
  6. Northwestern has a strong American Political Development leaning. Check us out.
  7. Congrats Northeastern folks! I welcome chatting about the program and life in Chicago, and meeting y'all at prospective students weekend. :-)
  8. Keep your heads held high, friends. This is the roughest period of the entire cycle. It will get better. :-*
  9. Keep your heads up everyone! We are all rooting for all of you. :-) http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2hme63OCl1rto2weo1_r1_500.gif
  10. Sections work as long as they can stand alone to some degree. I used 3/4 of my theory chapter and 1/3 of my empirics chapter of my thesis, which was not even done at that point, as my writing sample.
  11. If anyone has any questions about Northwestern University, feel free to send me a personal message. I went through the cycle last year and am happy to help with any advice you might find useful. Warmest regards, IRTheoryNerd
  12. I intend to submit a proposal for ISA-NE, yes. And RLemkin is correct, deadlines are usually in the early summer.
  13. All of us will have to work our butts off, but that's the masochistic career track we're signing up for. We all have a pretty good idea what we're getting ourselves into. (Or do we?: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/mar/06/mental-health-academics-growing-problem-pressure-university)
  14. No problem. :-) Yea, it was definitely a difficult email to write back to U of T. I will be in Toronto for ISA at the end of the month and I would love to actually talk to faculty there despite having told them I won't be attending. Their department has some people with whom I could certainly envision collaboration in the future, insofar as they are willing.
  15. Certainly. I agree that it's a fantastic school. In terms of overall rankings Toronto is slightly better but within the same cohort. In terms of departmental fit, there are people at both schools I could work with but Northwestern is a slightly better fit. It is also more interdisciplinary and has a very strong appreciation for critical theory. At Toronto, Emanuel Adler, with whom I would have been thrilled to work is phasing out his support of graduate students and I was advised by a current grad student there to not invest my application on his guidance. In terms of cynical funding considera
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