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    2018 Spring
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    Public Administration

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  1. Hi all, Applying to: HKS (mpp); Yale Jackson Institute; Stanford IPS GRE: 162/162/3.5; TOEFL 106; GPA: 3.7 ; Bachelor in Political Science (from a decent university in China, but not on very top) Very strong recommendations (one letter from a Harvard alumni, one letter from a famous scholar trained in the US, and one from my undergraduate mentor) nearly 4 years' amazing working experience in a government-sponsored think tank, mentored by a top scholar: coauthored two policy articles submitted for top leaders in China, Singapore and Hong Kong; interviewed with quotes by WSJ through telephone in English for several times; published three single authored articles on a policy journal in English, where one article was intensively cited by an editorial piece on WSJ; single authored one book chapter in English, coauthored three another book chapters in English (authors in the books were quite famous in academia, several come from Cornell, Princeton, Harvard and Oxbridge); columnist bilingually for several top newspapers in East Asia; invited three times by a TV program as a youngest speaker and debated there regarding regional issues with a former secretary of an Asian country's president and with a senior research fellow of Stanford; coauthored a policy article submitted to a forum hosted by China's central government, and several HKS professors attended the forum; presented three papers in English at international conferences, where one conference was co-orgainzed by a research institution of Harvard; provides policy consultancies for a think tank serving Hong Kong Government; One single authored academic article is under external peer-review by a SSCI journal (already passed through editorial review). Commitment to public service is quite good; Research area greatly fits in with HKS. Quantitative experience is good, and I learned some statistics, caculus, linear algebra and MATLAB/Python/R/STATA programming; essays were organized as a story connecting my experiences; career goal is to be a "public intellectual". Shortcomings: (1) GRE/Toefl writing scores suck (22 in TOEFL writing). Hopefully so many English publications could help, otherwise my other materials of application would not be reviewed simply because the below-requirement writing score (already stated in optional essay); (2) two nightmare typos in JFK essay, including a spelling error of the name of a harvard institution. Welcome all invaluable feedback. Thanks.
  2. Hi guys. I applied HKS mpp. May I know whether your application has been processed or not? Or how long had you waited before it got processed? My GRE scores and TOEFL/IELTS scores are still showing "awaiting". GRE: 162/162/3.5; TOEFL 106; GPA: 3.7 (from a pretty good university in China, but not on very top); Extremely strong recommendation letters (one from a Harvard alumni); 4 years' amazing working experience in a government-sponsored think tank: coauthored two policy articles submitted for top leaders in China and Hong Kong; interviewed with quotes by WSJ through telephone in English several times; published two articles on a policy journal in English, where one article was intensively cited by an editorial piece on WSJ; single authored one book chapter in English, coauthored three book chapters in English (authors in the books were quite famous in academia); columnist bilingually for several top newspapers in East Asia; invited by a TV program as the youngest speaker and debated there with a former secretary of an Asian country's president and with a senior research fellow of Stanford; coauthored a policy article submitted to a forum hosted by China's central government, and several HKS professors attended the forum; presented three papers in English at international conferences, where one conference was co-orgainzed by a famous research institution of Harvard; Commitment to public service is quite good; Quantitative experience is good, and I learned some caculus, linear algebra and MATLAB/Python/R/STATA programming Shortcomings: (1) not from a real elite university of China, (2) GRE/Toefl writing scores suck (22 in TOEFL writing). Hopefully so many English publications could help, otherwise my other materials of application would not be reviewed simply because the below-requirement writing score (already stated in optional essay); (3) two nightmare typos in JFK essay, including a spelling error of the name of a harvard institution. Good luck to you all.
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