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    2017 Fall
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    Fulbright ETA - Netherlands

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  1. Hi sorry I don't have any advice on your post, but I am also looking to take a stats class online and was wondering which one you were thinking of taking and whether you knew how good it was? When I asked a couple of the schools I am wanting to apply to if they had any recommendations for good distance-learning schools, they said "oh just take it through your community college"... well my community college is more vocational in nature (no stats being offered this fall) and I have a friend who took a stats class through the state university this summer and she said it was the easiest course she ever took (she earned a 100%). Not that I wouldn't love to earn a 100%, but I also really don't know statistics very well and want a rigorous class! So if you have ideas about what might be a good one I'd be interested to hear what you were thinking! The one I'm currently leaning towards is through UCLA, but I really have no knowledge of its rigor level and I'm not so stoked about the $600 additional cost compared to my state school...
  2. Fulbright 2017-2018

    By "haven't heard anything" do you mean no grant documents or anything? I did get an email with a request to return the grant document and other forms within two weeks and then only after I had submitted anything I began getting emails from my host country with info and suggestions about how I could be preparing. If you haven't even received any documents I would reach out and just ask what to expect-- it would certainly be better to make sure you didn't miss some sort of welcome correspondence from your school there!
  3. Program: public policy + analysis Schools Applying To: Chicago Harris (MSCAPP) and Carnegie Mellon Heinz (MSPPM, data analytics track) Interests: education policy & issues in economic development, particularly in rural areas Undergrad Institution: top public state university (also completed an MS in ed at a top program) Undergraduate GPA: 3.76 (master's GPA was 3.94) Undergraduate Major: History GRE: 163V (92%), 168Q (95%) Quantitative Courses: Microeconomics my freshman year of college (B-) -- this is a big worry of mine since the only quant course I took was also the lowest grade I earned in college.... Years of Work Experience: 4 Age: 26 Languages: English, French (intermediate) Work Experience: AmeriCorps, Teach For America, and Fulbright ETA; taught math and computer science (so, even though I was totally unqualified to teach any of this, I now have a LOT of quant experience) LORs: one from my former manager at TFA, one from my thesis advisor from my master's degree SOPs: Wanting to discuss how I got interested in CS and how I want to actually study it so I can use it to study/influence policy changes; I've always been interested in public policy, but after self-studying and teaching CS I really want to incorporate it into a policy program Concerns: I'm definitely worried about not having a lot of undergrad quant experience but I feel like having taught math/CS since then kind of makes up for it; I also recognize that education is not the most valued or respected field, but I'm really ready to move out of the classroom. I don't want these schools to see me as "just a teacher" since I don't have any real policy experience I have a number of concerns about my competitiveness. I'd really appreciate feedback about whether a former teacher has the right qualifications for these two particular programs (as well as any others you'd recommend)!! If I ought to go back and take a stats or another economics course, I'd definitely do that too!
  4. Practice GRE scores vs. real GRE scores

    I read through this post last week while studying for my exam and decided to take the Manhattan practice test over the weekend as my last one (I'd already done the Magoosh and PowerPrep exams), and earned a score actually 1 point lower than the sort of diagnostic test I took several months ago when I began studying (161V/159Q). I completely ran out of time on both quant sections and felt the verbal didn't resemble the passages I'd been practicing on Magoosh. Probably not the best way to go into test day, but I ended up taking the approach that I really just needed to be really diligent about timing and I sped through the quant on the real thing even leaving myself 5 minutes to go back and review a couple of questions I marked. According to the unofficial results it gave, I scored 163V/168Q. Just wanting to share this anecdote because everyone keeps saying Manhattan is the best predictor of scores but that might not be true of everyone so don't get too nervous if you score lower on this version. In fact, my actual score is higher than anything I've taken in practice, so I'm thinking all of these companies just try to get in your head and psych you out Just wanted to share my (slightly against the norm) experience!
  5. Fulbright 2017-2018

    I wonder this a lot of ETA-- I do feel like it was random in a lot of ways but once I committed to the Netherlands I found reason after reason why it felt like the right choice. And when it comes to the personal statement, you can't really just say "Netherlands and Bulgaria both checked all of my boxes, so I just went with my advisor's suggestion," so you have to really find what about that program in that country makes it the best fit. The fact that I've already been teaching for four years made me more intentional in finding a place where I felt like I could grow and develop or it wouldn't be as worthwhile. For me, the presence of effective high school tracking with emphasis on vocational programs was a huge draw and something I'd like to see implemented more intentionally where I currently work, so of course now it feels like a couldn't have picked anywhere else but I definitely see what you're getting at. Interested to read other people's justifications.
  6. Fulbright 2017-2018

    They haven't provided the location yet, but I plan to email next week since the interviewer said the schools themselves would be the ones selecting us. Where are you going to be stationed?
  7. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Netherlands ETA just announced!!!! Happy I am home from work because I really wasn't ready for that and the weird shriek I emitted that may have alarmed other people. Also SOOO glad that waiting game is over.
  8. Fulbright 2017-2018

    I am also a Kentucky teacher who spent the morning refreshing my email-- definitely not a healthy habit! Good luck and hope you hear back soon
  9. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Netherlands did the same thing! And if the excel document is all correct, several other countries have as well. They're just getting our hopes up!
  10. Fulbright 2017-2018

    I hope this means Netherlands ETA will also announce soon. Hoping you are promoted!
  11. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Since I was the one who posted that I should definitely note that I applied for ETA so don't lose hope yet!! I think they just interviewed us this time around because this is the first year they are accepting ETAs, but I understand the research program has been in the Netherlands for a while so maybe they don't feel the need to interview. Sorry to have caused any unnecessary grieving, but ETAs and research grants are definitely not approached the same way and I'm sure you're both awesome candidates so you wouldn't need an interview!!
  12. Fulbright 2017-2018

    @CoffeeTime I am! During my interview she said they would submit the names to the U.S. the first of march and they should release the names mid-march soooooooo we have to be getting pretty close!!
  13. Fulbright 2017-2018

    @beamurray I certainly hope so. I have the day off today for snow so I'm even more anxious than if I could at least go in to work!
  14. Fulbright 2017-2018

    I think it depends heavily on country. For example I am a semi-finalist for the Netherlands where ETAs are being selected by the schools themselves because the schools are actually the ones paying the fee (as opposed to the education department putting up the funding where schools are less involved). So if accepted, I would be able to almost immediately find out what school (and therefore what area) I would be in. From my conversations with former ETAs in Thailand and Poland (or was it Poland? I can't remember with certainty), that was not the case for them because they were not specifically selected by a particular school so they had to wait a while to learn exactly what school they would be placed in. I imagine that once you are accepted you can ask the country what their process or timeline is.
  15. Fulbright 2017-2018

    What a horrible time for this to happen. If only for your sanity!