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  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Global Affairs/IR

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  1. spidy

    'Chance Me'... pls

    This belongs in the "Am I Competitive?" thread. I'm unsure of what you mean by "my stats kinda make up for it." Your GPA, while good, is probably not going to make up for a lack of work experience, and you haven't yet taken the GREs, which will be a big indicator of what you should be aiming for. In general, as I mentioned on your previous post, you may get into some of your schools, but funding is less likely. By all means, apply if you'd like to, but you'll likely get better offers and also benefit from the programs more if you wait until you have a couple of years of work experience. Do you have any reasons for choosing those particular schools? It's hard for anyone to recommend schools to check out without knowing your background, interests, career goals, etc. It's more important to choose your schools based on fit, and I'm not sure if you're doing that, based on the "maybe an Ivy or 2" comment. )
  2. Thank you very much for your feedback, I really appreciate it! Of course, my opinions on my LORs/SOPs could be totally off, and the only opinions that really matter are those of the adcomm members, but your comment has assuaged me a bit all the same.
  3. spidy

    Grad school chances

    First of all, I think you forgot to list which schools you're considering applying to. Second, I haven't seen many instances of people coming straight from undergrad receiving much funding. You could perhaps be admitted to some of the top schools, but funding is unlikely without work experience. Have you taken the GRE yet? That would give you a clearer picture of where you're likely to be accepted. If you haven't, I would recommend studying for it and taking it before worrying too much about schools.
  4. I'm also in the application process currently so take what I say with a grain of salt, but from browsing through these forums, I have seen plenty of people with your GPA or lower get into top-tier schools (as well as people with higher GPAs fail to do so). GPA is only a small part of what they're looking at, and the rest of your application is very strong/interesting, so it's definitely worth a shot.
  5. I've finally finished all of my applications (just waiting on a couple of recommendations) so I'd like to hear what people think about my chances! Applying to: Keough School at Notre Dame (International Peace Studies), Jackson Institute at Yale, Kroc School at University of San Diego Undergrad Institution: Large public (Big 10) Undergrad GPA: 4.0 Undergrad Major: History and Middle Eastern Studies with minors in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages & Literatures GRE: 168V / 162Q / 5.0 Work Experience: Fulbright ETA (1 year), Peace Corps (2 years), 1 year with an intercultural education nonprofit Language: Strong Turkish and Georgian skills (not fluent), ~2 years living in each country LORs: Pretty good, I hope. 2 from professors (1 I had a seminar with; other led a yearlong, small fellowship I was a part of), 1 from my supervisor in Peace Corps SOP: Relatively happy with it, it improved at each school I applied to. Thoughts: I'm worried about a) my lack of coursework in economics (hoping to take some courses in the summer prior to matriculation if I get in, or for next year's applications if I'm unsuccessful) and b) my lack of a super clear career plan. I think my intellectual interests are clear (studying the causes of ethnic conflict and ways to prevent it) and my studies/work experience combine well with it to paint a picture of who I am, what I want to study, and how I'm qualified to do so, but I wasn't super specific about a career path in my essays. I'm a bit worried that that will hurt me, but I'm hoping for the best! I only decided to apply to three programs as they all offer good funding and they were all a good fit for me: small cohorts and ability to focus on peace studies.
  6. Seeing as the deadline is still over a month away and, based on the fact that acceptances are all released together, applications are reviewed at the same time, I think it's unlikely the admissions committee has already read it--though I don't know for sure that that's how it works. Perhaps it's worth asking that in the email to admin?
  7. I submitted my application for my dream school very early (as in, about three months before the deadline), out of a combination of excitement for the program and relief to be done with my first application. As time goes by and I've revised my essay for other applications, I've realized I'm not particularly happy with that SOP I wrote and that it really is my first choice program. It's not that I despise my SOP, and I think that I still have a chance to be accepted with it, but I think I could make it much stronger. I realize it was very stupid and impatient of me to submit so early without being 100% sure that I was satisfied with it. Do you think it would be better to contact the admissions department to ask about the possibility to resubmit, or would the lack of foresight which that implies outweigh any benefit from a stronger SOP? The program is for a Master's in Global Affairs, if that makes any difference. Thank you in advance for any opinions!
  8. spidy

    Fulbright 2015-2016

    Also (one last note), here's the Facebook page for Turkey (not made by me): https://www.facebook.com/groups/734746963308515/
  9. spidy

    Fulbright 2015-2016

    I'm sure this has been asked before, but does anyone know if there's a place to see program placements for ETAs from last year? I'm interested in Turkey in particular. (Of course, on the same day I find out that I've gotten Fulbright, I'm already getting anxious about location. What is wrong with me?!)
  10. spidy

    Fulbright 2015-2016

    Ha, funny timing--I got it! Accepted as an ETA
  11. spidy

    Fulbright 2015-2016

    Hey everybody, I'm a longtime lurker and I decided to finally introduce myself. I'm an applicant for ETA in Turkey and anxiously awaiting updates. Best of luck to everyone and congrats to those of you who've already received good news!
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