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    2018 Fall
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  1. kayemeh

    HKS 2019

    Answering for my BF: Undergrad Poli Sci major, sub 3.5 GPA. Limited quant courses, but Arabic language skills GRE: low quant, high percentile verbal, 4.5 AWA 3 major internships; two separate state legislatures and one state agency 7 years of state legislature experience with increasing responsibilities and seniority Great LOR writers: one from state rep (current boss), one HKS alum, one academic
  2. kayemeh

    HKS 2019

    Not me, but my boyfriend applied this year. He doesn't have a gradcafe account but this thread is very quiet this year...
  3. kayemeh

    How long is your Resume?

    I only have a BA + Graduate Cert + 7 years of experience, so I tended to be quite stringent on the "single page resume" for all rule. And, while I still stick to that rule if I'm applying for employment, I do not stick to it for grad admissions. All of my resumes for grad school have been 2+ pages, detailing leadership positions and extracurriculars that your run of the mill office job probably won't care about.
  4. kayemeh

    American University- GRE Waiver

    I did and was granted. I had a mix of campaigns, political internships and (at the time of application) 4 years of paralegal work. So 6 years in total of work experience.
  5. There are a few programs that require at least a basic background in stats/economics. Did you retake the class for a passing grade to receive credit? If not, I highly recommend taking at least a basic intro to microeconomics or intro to statistics as a non-degree seeking student at a local college (or through an online course). I got a C in a microeconomics course sophomore year and then retook it 6 years later during my application cycle and got an A, which I am sure helped. A lot of applications have the option to explain low grades/extenuating circumstances in a personal addendum or some request that you include it in your personal statement. I'd look closer at what the programs you are interested in require.
  6. kayemeh

    Programs without GMAT/GRE

    George Washington and American University don't require the GRE for their MPP programs
  7. I'm hoping to get the opinion of internet strangers who are unbiased on my situation. Factors: I was accepted to School A (no funding) Wait listed at School B. School B is my top choice. I have been offered a prestigious internship for the Fall contingent upon being a graduate student (at any school) The Issue: I have a deposit in at School A because I did not want to wait all summer for School B to dangle the possibility of a wait list admission and not have anywhere to go in the Fall. School A and School B are in the same city. I would be leaving my full time job and moving to another city to attend school and the internship is unpaid. My heart is set on School B and I intend on applying again next cycle, regardless of my status at School A. However, my conundrum is is it even worth going to School A for the Fall just to keep the internship and rack up tuition + living expenses loans? My thought is even if I am denied/wait listed again at School B I will still be admitted and pursuing a degree somewhere. Or should I just forget the internship and defer to the spring semester at School A with hopes of transferring credits in the Fall to School B if I'm admitted?
  8. Twiddling my thumbs on the Georgetown McCourt waitlist over here.
  9. I think you'd be a good fit for GU MSFS & SAIS. Grad school admissions is far less a numbers game than undergrad. I had a lower GPA (albeit more work experience) but still got into good programs. If you're applying for Fall 2019, start talking to admissions at your choice schools and get an idea of what their Fall 2018 cohorts look like so you have numerical data to compare yourself to.
  10. kayemeh

    McCourt 2018

    Congratulations! I've sent in a letter of renewed interest to the admissions team with updated grades and such, so I'm hoping I get a positive response.
  11. kayemeh

    Movies and TV to distract us while we wait...

    I have a deposit down, but on waitlist for my dream school. I've started re-watching The X-Files and will probably re-watch the The West Wing over the summer too. (I mean, I am applying to MPP programs after all )
  12. kayemeh

    McCourt 2018

    That's so funny, I was at the Boston idealist fair AND the Boston McCourt reception, so we probably met.
  13. kayemeh

    McCourt 2018

    Oh, I wasn't aware we could submit new materials! Did you happen to talk to the Admissions Director with the initials I.J.?
  14. kayemeh

    McCourt 2018

    Has anyone heard of any waitlist movement or talked to admissions? I got a very generic "we take people off the waitlist until August" but no clear picture of what the waitlist looked like
  15. kayemeh

    McCourt 2018

    Waitlisted for MPP. I'm hoping after 4/15 spots start to open. This is my top choice.

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