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About cupofnimbus

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  • Birthday June 24

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    Washington, DC
  • Interests
    combatant reintegration, conflict resolution, international security, post-conflict development, US military, public policy
  • Application Season
    2016 Fall
  • Program
    Political Science/Public Policy

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  1. What is the group's sense about LORs? I'm 5 years out from my Master's program, 8 years out of my undergrad, and have had a heavily research-oriented career. I am applying to primarily policy-oriented programs. I have a strong reference from my graduate program, but due to the structure of the school (dozens of faculty, many adjuncts or visiting professors), never had the chance to build up strong working relationships with any other faculty. I can seek out another reference there, but it won't be as strong as the other. Would programs look down on a LOR from an undergraduate professor (w
  2. Reviving this topic a little bit for my own purposes. I'll be retaking the GRE in the next month or two, and really need to beef up my quant scores (verbal was great). Are there any recommendations for study programs? Is it worth the couple hundred to invest in a tutor or study course, or are there web resources that would work as well on my schedule?
  3. This is exactly the reason I didn't reach out to anyone last year. On one hand, it's good to hear that my instincts were correct, but on the other, if this board is any indication, it's common enough. Thanks!
  4. What's the conventional wisdom on reaching out to POIs? Should I come armed with questions about the program, about their research, and a little bit of information about myself as a potential applicant? I didn't speak to any at all last year, and I'm not sure how much that helped or hurt.
  5. Oh goodness, I guess it's already that time again. I'm still working out if I'm going to participate in the 2014-15 cycle, though I'll be making a decision in the next few weeks, before I start reaching out to my LORs (I've met with several of them since the 2013-14 cycle ended for me in March). Hopefully together we'll be able to figure out if I can strengthen my application! I welcome feedback and suggestions and the positive environment I found here last cycle. A bit about me: I'm interested in post-conflict policy addressing the reintegration and civic participation of ex-combatan
  6. Last rejection from Maryland came this morning. No surprises, but that closes out my cycle. Can't say I'll totally disappear, since I'm already planning for next cycle, but I'll be taking a couple of weeks to rest off the emotions from this one. Huge, huge congratulations to everyone with good news this time around, and best of luck in the fall! And thank you to all of you, for being such a great support group during this process.
  7. Hey, it's way more diplomatic than a wide majority of internet content! And I think you're right, which I didn't communicate very well! Congrats on your outcomes this cycle!
  8. I get it. Every time I see posts like that, I try to think that people are probably stinging from the rejection and trying to rationalize their feelings and confusion about the process. But I definitely get that it stings when someone puts down a program that someone else might be really excited about, and it's not a very nice thing to say. (The process is starting to get to everyone, I think.)
  9. I think your chances of finding work in think tanks after either program are good, especially with networking and hard work. It's not easy to give strict probabilities, because applying to jobs is even shiftier than applying to PhDs. At least with PhD applications, you can sort of guess by GRE/GPA/etc whether you're likely to get in somewhere. Not so with jobs, since it's not always clear what an employer wants the most. (I once landed a job not because of my research experience with the subject, or my technical research, but because I had experience doing a very specific administrative/organi
  10. If you're a US citizen, I'd check the programs affiliated with Peace Corps. It's not the same as teaching, but I believe the structure is very similar. The School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason is one such program, IIRC.
  11. You may not get a ton of feedback--but being at APSA means you can go to panels and posters and network that way, too. If you're going on the market this fall, sign up for the interview service. They're not really formal interviews, but still a bit better than Skype interviews.
  12. Publications help a lot. I assume that with your background in international law, you'll be doing something similar with a PhD? Aside from the GRE scores, write a banging SOP and provide a good writing sample and let it be what it'll be.
  13. Good heavens, no. You hardly know me at all, and only through some words and a ducky avatar on the internet, but please let me assure you that no matter how bad things seem, you are intelligent and hard working and you have a great deal more to live for than a graduate acceptance in a single year. I have seen my own version of rock bottom and, trite as it may be, it really does get better. Don't forget that.
  14. Not me, but this post on the board: University Of Pennsylvania Political Science, PhD (F14) Rejected via Phone on 11 Mar 2014 ♦ A 11 Mar 2014 Saw results here from 3/4, called number on the website, woman who answered checked the list and said she was sorry but I'm not on it, & should be "receiving an email shortly". Expected result but the lack of notification very unprofessional. Guess it doesn't matter if rejecteds are mad, tho.
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