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  1. I'd take anything on poliscirumors with a grain of salt. I don't know any current doctoral candidates or students there, just someone who applied to the program before deciding against it to pursue other interests/goals and mentioned that getting accepted was a pretty painless process.
  2. I've been eyeing this program myself! The courses look interesting and apparently UCF has a decent amount of fellowships that can be applied for. It's a program that only started recently and so far the most critical thing I've seen was a one-star review on the UCF Poli Sci dept.'s Facebook page from a disgruntled graduate student. However, my concern would be that it's at some distance from places I'd imagine would hire Poli Sci grads with a Security Studies or IR focus, albeit their brochure does hint at UCF's historical connection to the space coast and aerospace industry.
  3. "Think Tank" NGOs might be a good option to look into depending on your focus.
  4. I'm in the M.A. program in Asian Studies at Florida State University. If anyone has questions, feel free to ask!
  5. Just heard back about the Virtual Student Foreign Service position I applied for! Got an interview and an offer. I'm pretty happy about this.
  6. I know I may sound like something of a pack rat, but I ALWAYS keep my textbooks. I'm in the same department for grad school as undergrad and have kept all of my undergraduate texts in case I need to refer to them in an academic paper and just so I can look back at them for foundational materials to build on or to gain a comprehensive understanding of arguments and bits of knowledge that recur throughout my courses.
  7. Current Association for Asian Studies member. I receive the Journal of Asian Studies on a regular basis.
  8. I'm also at FSU, in the Asian Studies Master's program administered by the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy! Nice to meet you!
  9. I think your experience would be to your benefit, and I say this as someone with a significant amount of education and little/no work experience who is pursuing a similar degree with the intention of a possible career in government service. That experience will probably give you a leg up in finding a position of the type you are describing.
  10. What can you tell me about the UCF Security Studies program? I am interested in pursuing their PhD program at some point after completing my Master's in Asian Studies (in which I am taking a lot of the International Affairs core and supplemental courses) at FSU.
  11. Not personally, since I chose to go to university and graduate school in the same town where I went to high school. Looking forward to homesickness when I eventually move though.
  12. Thank you, swedishcoffee! I've submitted my application and am hoping to be interviewed for a position. There are definitely time/money/travel constraints that would prevent me from realistically pursuing a non-virtual internship with any of the agencies I applied for projects with, but I'm hoping that I can gain some valuable experience and successfully network from the VSFS program.
  13. Can't wait to return to classes this Fall!

  14. Been on a huge Cold Cave kick lately, and also listening to a lot of the industrial and darkwave stuff on Artoffact Records like AAIMON, 3Teeth, and Seeming. I've also come to like quite a bit of synthwave like Perturbator, Kavinsky, Com Truise etc. in recent years. What about the rest of you? What's been in your CD player/cassette player/record player/iTunes library these days?
  15. As a huge anime geek, I've been appreciating the hell out of Knights of Sidonia. I highly recommend it, even if you don't particularly like Japanese animation.
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