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    Turkey
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    2017 Fall
  • Program
    Phd Education Policy

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  1. I'm not in the same field but in the same position, it's been almost 3 weeks and I still have heard nothing. 2bh I am pretty sure at this point that this means I have been waitlisted, but I emailed admissions and they said they hope I will have a decision this week. Perhaps call admissions and ask when decisions will be going out (and explain your quandary about the other school pushing you for a decision).
  2. The best advice I have received is to look at the qualifications of people in the jobs you ultimately want, that ought to give you a better idea of the universities/degrees they usually obtained and the frequency of Ivy League degrees amongst these people would give you a good idea of how important they are in your field. That being said everywhere you listed is a top ranked school so I doubt there is a huge difference between them ultimately. If you haven't already considered it I would also take a look at SOAS in London as they are renowned in the development/NGO world and offer a range of interesting development programmes.
  3. I was wondering if anyone on grad cafe has any advice to give me about UIC. I am an international student who has been accepted on to their PhD in Urban Education Policy programme and I would really appreciate any information about what their grad school is like to attend. I know that ultimately the most important thing is the course and POI and I am happy with those, but in order to make a decision I wish I knew more about the experience that students have there (within the field of education would be great but is by no means necessary). Basically, I know what Chicago as a city is like but not much about the culture/atmosphere for grad students at UIC. Any advice would be gratefully received.
  4. I agree with thousandhardships that there are lots of positive aspects of grad school for the job market outside of academia, also not everyone pursuing a phd does have the intention of going into academia which is a good thing because there aren't enough jobs in academia for every PhD student. For instance my friend who did a phd in nuclear physics was sponsored by a company designing nuclear reactors and intended to go and work for them at the end of it. For my part I want to work in education policy and whilst academia is one way to do so there are in fact many avenues outside of academia that I intend to pursue post my PhD, but the knowledge and skills I will develop during my PhD are one of the best ways into those career paths (in the UK at least). That being said I can see that some people are pursuing a PhD to the detriment of other career paths and may end up disappointed if they are not being realistic about their chances of continuing further in academia. Although accepting rejection and continuing to retry is also probably a positive attribute to have if you want to pursue a career in academia given how tough it is to be in the field and how probable rejections are.
  5. One year a long time ago, there were penguins who didn't wear hats when swimming. This made their mothers livid. "Unacceptable!" Frightened, they screamed, "Bears!" Nobody seemed convinced so instead of going swimming they tried juggling. Their mothers tried everything they thought would teach her a skill. However, she couldn't even make oatmeal without disastrous results. So, the penguins gathered money (obviously) trying to purchase a bear. Towering over them, a grizzly beast danced, devouring all bears with such ferocity that even God enjoyed it. Afterwards, God congratulated the penguins and applauded them. "You did it!" Suddenly, the grizzly beast started dancing vigorously. There was an acromantula nearby. It challenged the preconception that magical mushrooms were magical. Sparkling, the magical mushrooms were spreading throughout town. Nobody with pyromania thought grilled cheese would spontaneously erupt into nine identical squirrels! Nevertheless, the penguins elucidated the benefits of sparkling water from Iceland. Suddenly, Iceland exclaimed, "Enough!!! No more penguins. Kill all of the arcades on Monday because King Arthur suffered from sphenisciphobia." Tragically, everyone forgot lasers cure bug madness, meaning none of them stripped the violet beast of his powerful jaw bones. So while some arms spouted Kool-aid, others chopped nuts. This phenomenon halted commerce. Together twenty-five yellow dragons danced sporadically inebriating all anger gods, while academics drank champagne profusely. Who were they? Snotty undergrads eating free Tetrahydrocannabinol Chlorate. Homicidal kittens emerged from congressional hearings purring rhythmic improvised melodies, infuriating the associate professors who stripped them intermittently of all credentials. The incredulous kittens meowed like dragons farts. Except Bruno, who mewed like tinkling bells. Understandably, one chicken farted. Then, surreptitiously, two giraffes killed the conspicuous dragon. Audaciously, someone belched "RAWR!" Startled, four punks flew down from the Appalachian, a bit wide-eyed, and jumped into a brobdingnagian beam of protons, flipping fingers zestfully. Meanwhile, the paladins prophylactically committed themselves to diabolical plots. Therefore, lemonade became the de jure punishment for audacious acts. Worms squirmed and dug tunnels into Harvard where walruses prepared rejection letters and danced joyfully. They pressed flowers
  6. I would say that if you have been waitlisted you are not way off, intact you were among the top choices for multiple schools, you may have just been unlucky in that someone with research interests more closely aligned to the department/POI or with more experience than you applied this year. I think it sounds like there is still hope given that you have 3 waitlists, but if you end up having to reapply then you could use the contacts you have made with professors during this years interviews to ask them what you could do to make you application stronger. It's not guaranteed that they will respond but I would guess that if professors have spoken to you already in interviews they are likely to respond to an email thanking them and then asking for advice about reapplying to them next year.
  7. I know a fair few people in that boat. Given that sex outside of marriage is illegal regardless of sexuality Saudi's a risky place to be in general. A friend who has worked there for years recently told me there are also a lot of people either A - trying to clear major debt B - trying to quit drinking (then failing as they find they can illegally obtain alcohol). its good for saving up some money though and there are some good schools for sure.
  8. One year a long time ago, there were penguins who didn't wear hats when swimming. This made their mothers livid. "Unacceptable!" Frightened, they screamed, "Bears!" Nobody seemed convinced so instead of going swimming they tried juggling. Their mothers tried everything they thought would teach her a skill. However, she couldn't even make oatmeal without disastrous results. So, the penguins gathered money (obviously) trying to purchase a bear. Towering over them, a grizzly beast danced, devouring all bears with such ferocity that even God enjoyed it. Afterwards, God congratulated the penguins and applauded them. "You did it!" Suddenly, the grizzly beast started dancing vigorously. There was an acromantula nearby. It challenged the preconception that magical mushrooms were magical. Sparkling, the magical mushrooms were spreading throughout town. Nobody with pyromania thought grilled cheese would spontaneously erupt into nine identical squirrels! Nevertheless, the penguins elucidated the benefits of sparkling water from Iceland. Suddenly, Iceland exclaimed, "Enough!!! No more penguins. Kill all of the arcades on Monday because King Arthur suffered from sphenisciphobia." Tragically, everyone forgot lasers cure bug madness, meaning none of them stripped the violet beast of his powerful jaw bones. So while some arms spouted Kool-aid, others chopped nuts. This phenomenon halted commerce. Together twenty-five yellow dragons danced sporadically inebriating all anger gods, while academics drank champagne profusely. Who were they? Snotty undergrads eating free Tetrahydrocannabinol Chlorate. Homicidal kittens emerged from congressional hearings purring rhythmic improvised melodies, infuriating the associate professors who stripped them intermittently of all credentials. The incredulous kittens meowed like dragons farts. Except Bruno, who mewed like tinkling bells. Understandably, one chicken farted. Then, surreptitiously, two giraffes killed the conspicuous dragon. Audaciously, someone belched "RAWR!" Startled, four punks flew down from the Appalachian, a bit wide-eyed, and jumped into a brobdingnagian beam of protons, flipping fingers zestfully. Meanwhile, the paladins prophylactically committed themselves to diabolical plots. Therefore, lemonade became the de jure punishment for audacious acts. Worms squirmed and dug tunnels into Harvard where walruses prepared rejection letters and dance
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