Nico Corr

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About Nico Corr

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    Male
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    Washington D.C
  • Interests
    conflict resolution, Foreign Policy, Security Studies, research, cultural studies, language
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Applying: GW Elliott, SIS, SAIS, Maxwell

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  1. Took the GRE once in the Spring, and got a Qualitative score of 158 and a really low quant score of 140 with Verbal 4. Most of the programs I am applying to have a Quant score range of between 150-155. I've been studying a bit, and planned on taking the test again to get these scores up with a retake in December, but I am already strapped for cash as it is with the holiday season upon us, and I really only have money to either pay application fees, or retake the test. I also learned one of the schools I am applying to is test optional now (which also happens to be my #1 choice), so I'm wondering if I should even bother retaking it. I am thinking of just applying this cycle with the scores I have, get good LoRs and write good SoPs and hope I get at least waitlisted. If anything else, I'll just wait to retake the test again in the spring to reapply in he fall for Spring 18. What should I do?
  2. Who in your opinion makes the best GRE prep material?

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I actually talked to someone from one of the schools I was going to apply to told me they decided not to make GRE scores a requirement. This coupled with the fact that the holidays are around the corner, and I'm currently strapped for cash as it is makes me think I should just apply with my current scores, and if anything else, I can just study over the spring/summer and apply for the next admissions cycle in the Fall.
  3. Schools making GRE submissions optional

    That is probably not too far off the mark.
  4. What if SOP research interests change later on??

    I think it really all depends on the type of program you're in. From what I have heard anecdotally, No one really cares, or expects you to follow through with whatever your intended interests stated in your SOP. The important thing I think is to sound focused in your SOP and be able to tie your interests at the time of application to the program itself. Once you've gotten in, then you can work with advisors and professors to focus on a specific subject. At least that's how I would think it would be with more interdisciplinary programs.
  5. Advice from the inside - hiring in the private sector

    Any tips for people who have 10+ years of non-IR experience prior to grad school??
  6. I spoke to admissions staff in two IR grad schools this week about possibly holding off applying in order to improve weak Quantitative GRE scores, both of which indicated that they recently decided to make GRE scores optional, and didn't think that was necessary. One of these schools is a top 10 program. Will this set a precedent for others? Is this a good or bad development? I certainly think it will help ease the already considerable financial burden Grad students must surmount.
  7. Yes, I support dependents, so it's difficult for me to participate in these kinds of programs. I have found a number of smaller internship programs that only last a week- 2 weeks abroad and I am considering those. I figured 3/4 of the people participating in Peace Corps were doing so for career benefits in the same way people do City Year or Teach for America.
  8. International Affairs rankings

    I cannot remember off hand what the criterion for their rankings were, but I think it was based off of a survey sent out to various IR professionals. I do think there needs to be a lot more accountability and more data on outcomes and ROI of these programs as there are for Law schools.
  9. I've been looking in to numerous IR Master's programs and plan to apply to two or three "traditional". I have also recently been looking at Executive Master's programs as well. From what I have gathered from talking to Admissions folks from these programs, they are much more hands on with students, offer evening classes and are more receptive to taking in students who have a dearth of experience in their policy areas. I have specifically targeted SAIS' and GW Elliott's Executive Programs. Do the executive programs defer in any way from "traditional" programs in any way besides the type of students they cater to? Do employers take them as seriously as a traditional Master's program?
  10. Syracuse MPA Questions

    I am planning on applying to Maxwell myself. From what I have heard, It is a solid program with great resources whose only real disadvantage compared to other programs is its distance from "traditional" policy hubs like DC, NYC and Boston. Maxwell puts a lot of emphasis on experiential learning a tad bit more than academics. Internships and workshops, from what iv'e gathered make a large component of the learning experience there.
  11. International Affairs rankings

    Every year, I looked forward to Foreign Policy's "Inside the Ivory Tower" rankings of IR programs. They stopped posting it a couple years ago, and I heard a rumor that this was done due to the mounting pressure some of schools were putting on FP because they claimed it was hurting their brand.
  12. Yes, PMF is extremely competitive. I know someone who works for Dept. of Interior through it. Maxwell I just learned has an executive IR Masters program in cooperation with CSIS here in DC. Probably will be much cheaper than GW, SIS or similar programs. It's actually my #1 program of interest.
  13. What I meant by that was I do not have the luxury of time or money to go around the world doing the wonderful work the Peace Corps does.
  14. Thanks for the response. I agree with you on pretty much all points. Being 30 I don't think i'm necessarily "running out of time", but I am trying to make this switch urgently, because I know i'tll be harder to make this change the longer I wait. I know IR is competitive, but I figured that my proximity to DC and my already substantial work experience would give me if not at least a slight edge over other people seeking jobs in this field. I didn't realize the market was that bad. Forbes recently listed a Master's degree in IR to be one of the best investments in 2016; https://www.forbes.com/pictures/fjle45gfkg/no-5-best-masters-degree-for-jobs-international-relations/#79f02b65414c I have actually looked at Grad programs in International Education at one of the bigger schools like Harvard, Penn etc., but I don't know if those would interest me, and even if I were to do them, I'd be stuck in the same field. I don't make a lot to begin with in my current position, so I don't know how much of a pay cut transitioning would be. I know a few people in State and within the DoD, but I don't know if I would be able to parlay those connections into a job. One of the people I know at State told me they could give me a good work reference, but they couldn't help me get a job at State.
  15. A job with the foreign or civil service of State, analyst positions with a four letter agency or the private sector are what would interest me. I have tons of experience working with foreign nationals at my job, and people whose primary language isn't english. Haven't really had the time, opportunity or $ to live or work abroad. Peace Corps would be great, but I don't have the luxury of spending two years doing it. Maxwell is actually one of the schools I am looking at.