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    Monody reacted to StrengthandHonor in Profiles, Results, SOPs, and Advice 2017   
    To throw in one more piece of advice....

    For the love of God, once you've submitted your applications, DO NOT READ ANY OF YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS. That way lies madness. Seal those things away in a dark little corner of your hard drive, and only look at them if you decide to apply again in the next cycle. 
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    Monody got a reaction from guest56436 in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Let's not kid ourselves. Everyone knows that the C in CHYMPS stays for Columbia, just as much as the P stands for PSU.
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    Monody reacted to Bibica in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    I agree with @VMcJ. Although I would also say that within the Top 5 or 7 (basically, CHYMPS + Berkeley, etc.) your personal fit with the faculty matters much more than the subfield rankings. This is especially true for comparative politics, I think, where some programs are really strong in some regions but not in others (Stanford, for example, has only one Latin Americanist that I know of. Columbia, much further down the rankings, has 2 or 3.)
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    Monody got a reaction from izmir in Help Needed- International Student   
    On 2., Yale may be an option. Slovik is there as far as I can remember. 
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    Monody reacted to jge in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    I'll be accepting my offer at Columbia too, but I wont be at the visit day. D:
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    Monody got a reaction from resDQ in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Yeah, I did. Best offer and best fit arguably, and the stipend suffices for everything I will need, so who am I to wait or to complain. Also closure.
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    Monody got a reaction from OptimiscallyAnxious in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Yeah, I did. Best offer and best fit arguably, and the stipend suffices for everything I will need, so who am I to wait or to complain. Also closure.
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    Monody reacted to Stadimeter in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    No distortion intended. The tone, however, drawing attention to all one's hard work in a "reputable" program, does in fact sound a little resentful and by extension disparaging of others who ostensibly have not spent as much time burnishing their "reputable-ness".... Of course it's probably only my poor reading that gave me that impression, in which case, I apologize for the distortion.
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    Monody got a reaction from nate3869 in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    I think that it is important to note that given the low number of admitted students, 4% turns out to be about 1 spot. Of course, it can be the difference between an acceptance and a rejection, but the chances do not become that much smaller.
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    Monody got a reaction from VMcJ in accurate ranking of top polisci programs   
    I don't remember any but given the limited variation I would not give it too much thought.
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    Monody got a reaction from VMcJ in accurate ranking of top polisci programs   
    In March according to what I read on PSR.
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    Monody reacted to krapp in accurate ranking of top polisci programs   
    Let's be real...whatever program I end up going to is number one. The rest are all fine enough...I guess 
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    Monody reacted to changeisgood in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Very nice.  The chance to work with Gelman is one in a lifetime.  I wish you the best.
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    Monody got a reaction from Gik in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Going to Columbia. I am quite certain that I haven't misclicked anything.
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    Monody got a reaction from dagnabbit in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Going to Columbia. I am quite certain that I haven't misclicked anything.
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    Monody got a reaction from kwaddy in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Going to Columbia. I am quite certain that I haven't misclicked anything.
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    Monody got a reaction from krapp in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Going to Columbia. I am quite certain that I haven't misclicked anything.
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    Monody got a reaction from Bibica in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Going to Columbia. I am quite certain that I haven't misclicked anything.
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    Monody got a reaction from Quick Questions in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Going to Columbia. I am quite certain that I haven't misclicked anything.
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    Monody got a reaction from VMcJ in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Going to Columbia. I am quite certain that I haven't misclicked anything.
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    Monody got a reaction from international_IR in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Going to Columbia. I am quite certain that I haven't misclicked anything.
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    Monody got a reaction from minoxum in Poli-sci PhD programs: Michigan or Columbia?   
    1) I can only partially speak for Columbia as it is the school I am going to, but it seems to me like funding after the fifth year is pretty certain given how regularly it is alluded to in the material they provide on the website.
    2) I guess whether you feel overworked depends on what kind of person you are, how you work, and how fast and efficient you are at it and maybe less on the program. Personally, I wake up every morning at 6 and work from 8AM (10AM on the weekends) to 17:30+PM and then go to bed at 10 PM. Some would say that this is excessive (my grand-mother), others would consider it as normal. I would be bored if I wouldn't do it and if I were to only focus on the courses I am taking now, I would only do stuff on two days a week which would feel frustrating. In sum, in your place I would ask myself what kind of person I am and then contact current graduate students at the departments to ask about their experience to do some comparisons.
    3) Given their rank, I would say that they may be both generally good. But again, it depends on what you are actually interested in. I do IR and for example didn't apply at Havard because they quasi-literally have nobody who is working in my field of interest. Columbia on the other hand is practically a dream come true.
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    Monody got a reaction from BillyJoel182 in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Yale isn't that good. It really isn't.
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    Monody got a reaction from oakeshott in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    Yale isn't that good. It really isn't.
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    Monody got a reaction from changeisgood in Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!   
    So, I just declined my admission offer at PennState and hope that one of you who are still waiting out receives a very nice email in the next few days. Good luck.
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