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    2015 Spring
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    MA in International Studies/Affairs

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  1. As a Korbel student, Korbel and DU in general have quite a few international students. That said San Diego as a city is definitely more diverse than Denver. If you are interested in focusing on the Pacific area, Korbel does seem to be lacking in this area as far as specific pacific country classes goes. Korbel focuses more on Asia, i.e. China, for that area of the world. You could still do research in this area through your class papers, though. From my experience in trying to plan my degree at Korbel, I would say that Korbel seems to focus more on work areas, i.e., human rights, development, security, etc., rather than regions. If you can visit either campus, I would strongly encourage it. I really liked Korbel when I visited and it was one of the main reasons in my decision to go to Korbel. Korbel does have a very good career services program and staff that will help you as soon as you join the school, if you are looking to go the professional route. If you wanted to pursue a PhD, I think Korbel has a strong academic program, and a few of the political theory classes are open to PhD and MA students, so you have the opportunity to meet PhD students at Korbel.
  2. Sticker shock of renting an apartment because on campus housing wasn't available, in a city that was supposed to be "affordable", after living in and paying for a house mortgage. The only way you can figure this out correctly is to actually call or visit housing in the area or use Craigslist. Renting a room (rather than own apartment) isn't so bad, even after living by myself for five years. Sleep Pillow is a wonderful app for getting rest when living with roommates. How difficult it would be to transition from a full-time job to no job and full-time graduate (MA) school. Losing that sense of fulfillment and usefulness that comes from having a job/career. As someone else mentioned how much sitting I do, sitting in class, LOTS of reading, never ending reading assignments, and some writing. The outside of class work read load is much larger than undergrad. Lack of finals or any type of exam (at least in my field, international studies) for classes. When people ask how I'm doing in my class, uhh...I don't really know because the class only requires a final paper and presentation, which I won't get a grade for until the class is over! Comparing my undergrad institution with my grad institution...trying to not make those comparisons. How quickly my interests and career goals could change once I actually started. Advisors are not always very helpful. My assigned advisor kept letting me know I was free to choose my own advisor, well thanks, but I don't really know anyone else here yet. Disappointment in my grad school and program, i.e., program not as diverse or flexible as originally thought (despite checking the course schedule & descriptions), limited availability of classes (summer, fall, spring), decrepit facilities compared to the cost (it's a good idea to do a full tour of campus, back to comparing undergrad). How many times I would think about quitting. How much I would enjoy the class topics, discussions, and readings. How much I have learned in a short time and how much my original views have been turned on their head way more than as an undergrad. That if I wanted to do a thesis (not required in program), I now have plenty of ideas to choose from.
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