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rchlm_618

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    milwaukee
  • Application Season
    2014 Fall
  • Program
    ma in political science (american)

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  1. rchlm_618

    Profiles and Results, SOPs, and Advice (Fall 2014)

    I did this once, but now that I've made a decision and my cycle is over, I thought I'd redo it. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad Institution: top 100 national university Major(s)/Minor(s): double major in political science (law and politics concentration) and women's and gender studies Undergrad GPA: 3.4 overall, 3.75 in POSC Type of Grad: n/a Grad GPA: n/a GRE: 158v/152q/6.0aw Any Special Courses: none to speak of, though I took a great deal more POSC classes than I was required. Letters of Recommendation: one from adviser (a constitutional law specialist), two from other professors (one an international law/HR specialist and the other a presidency/media specialist) Research Experience: one research fellowship, one internship that was research oriented. Teaching Experience: none yet. Subfield/Research Interests: American constitutionalism, public law, civil rights and liberties, some comparative constitutionalism. Other: four internships at most levels of government: one local/state, one congressional, one bureaucracy, and one non-profit. RESULTS: all MA unless noted. Acceptances($$ or no $$): American, Boston College (MA), Georgetown, George Washington, Georgia, St. John's, Villanova ($$), Marquette ($$), St. Louis U., Syracuse (MA) ($$) Waitlists: Boston College (PhD), Syracuse (PhD) Rejections: University of Virginia Pending: Case Western Reserve Going to: Syracuse LESSONS LEARNED: This has been a wild ride. I learned a lot about myself and about my goals throughout this incredibly long and arduous process. For one, this was exponentially more successful than I ever expected. The only reason I applied to so many schools was because I was unsure whether anyone would take me with my mediocre GPA and okay GRE scores. As it turns out, I didn't have a reason to be concerned. I ended up with more possibilities than I could have imagined, which, though a good problem, was daunting to try to work through. In the end, though, Syracuse was clearly the best fit for my interests and I'm so very excited to be starting there in August. SOP: I'm reticent to share my SOP in its entirety, but it outlined my interests in civil rights and liberties, why the schools were the right fit for me, and addressed some shortcomings in my application (i.e. very low first semester grades).
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    Declined Offers, 2013-2014 Cycle

    If it means anything (and it may not since this is a PhD-heavy board), I'll be declining master's offers from the following schools: --American --St. John's --Case Western Reserve --St. Louis University --University of Georgia --Marquette
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    I have had a truly unbelievable week, which is why I haven't posted on here in a while. Since last Tuesday, I've received five acceptances, bringing my record to 7 for 7 with 5 left to announce. That's about 7 more acceptances that I was expecting and I am still completely in shock. To all of you who helped me through the long wait, thank you so much. You've been a godsend.
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Two acceptances for me today! This is unreal.
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    First acceptance with money! I'm feeling approximately a thousand percent better right about now.
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Congrats! Chances are slim since I live quite a ways from DC, but I'm still considering it!
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    I applied at Georgetown for the master's and I haven't heard yet, so I think we're good to go for now.
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    I think my favorite part of this was looking at the median debt for my top choice and it was less than $3,000. Now THAT'S what I like to see: minimal debt.
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Just made the executive decision to buy this with my tax return.
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Is anyone else obsessed with reading CVs of successful academics? It's actually all I do with my life anymore... This waiting is killing me. I was really hoping I'd hear from at least one more school this week.
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    I don't know if this is new news (probably not, since the results historically show later response times), but I emailed Syracuse yesterday and they said they're still going through PhD applications. So, for whoever is waiting for Syracuse with me, it's going to be a while.
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    The last two Tuesdays, I got acceptances. Now my superstitious self thinks I'll get something today. (Though, likely, I'm just working myself up for nothing. Forgive me while I refresh my email incessantly.)
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    @Cautiously and IRTheoryNerd -- thank you so much! It's good to have y'all in my corner. Since their incoming class is 5, I would tend to believe that the wait list is similarly small.
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    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    I emailed the DGS at Boston College today (because I'm impatient and I couldn't stand not knowing how much longer I'd have to wait since there's a huge dearth of information on the results page re: BC POSC) asking for a timeline as to when I might hear an admissions decision. Expecting a terse 'calm down, we'll tell you soon' reply, he told me that I'm wait listed for the PhD, but accepted to the master's program. Which is actually really awesome news seeing as I applied to the master's program and was asked about my PhD intentions later. So without even applying for the PhD, I still might get it. What a day, folks. What a day.
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    Faculty perspectives

    That's the go-ahead I needed. Thanks so much!
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