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sloth_girl last won the day on October 21 2020

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    Utah
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    2020 Fall
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    Political Science

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  1. I was pretty busy (though I do have 2 kids!). My schedule itself was fairly flexible in what exactly I had to be doing at a specific time of day (other than classes, office hours, etc.), but it was still pretty busy. My program front loads a lot (not all do this), and I was taking two substantive field (CP & AP) as well as Methods and a required social science research course, so we're pretty busy this year. For a lot of weeks, I pulled one all-nighter (or ran on 3-4 hours of sleep) per week getting my reading/Methods homework done. For me, Zoom was really, really tough. We've got two
  2. Emphasizing this (very few have publications), though with the caveat that I think having an undergraduate publication is a good signal that you can perform well in academia. Usually, the people that get published are people with institutional affiliation who are at least in grad school, but that won't hold you back at an undergrad publication of course. The issue though might be more that you will have limited networks to help you out with the writing, researching, and publication process if you aren't in a well-connected grad school. I'd say work on the paper and present at a
  3. Try to structure your SOP to cover about 3 areas that explain your research. This usually includes something related to a preferred method and a substantive area of interest or two. Feel free to mention faculty and resources at the university that will help, but spend the bulk talking about the kind of research you have done and the research questions you'd like to explore. You should be doing more "showing" than "telling" about fit; the areas you are showing interest in should make how well you fit clear.
  4. I'm not sure if there's much you can do besides show good fit. We have a couple of people who managed to do that in my program.
  5. That's more of a toss up I'd say. I think those scores are fine if you're not trying to be a Methods heavy person?
  6. I'm always willing to share mine with the caveat you use if for guidance only!
  7. We have a few in my program, and I know it's viewed as beneficial in admissions. I unfortunately don't know about specific programs.
  8. I really agree with Mr_Spock2018 here. Continuity isn't an issue if you show interest and can talk clearly in your SOP about your research interests and demonstrate good fit with the department. Submit your best work; a lot of people send in writing samples that aren't related to their area of study, though it's a bit of a plus if you do. As for quant-heavy, I wouldn't worry too much, though I will mention that Rochester and NYU tend to care more about that their than peer institutions. Again, I'd focus on fit first and foremost.
  9. I think this is a competitive profile. Could be worth getting the Verbal up a bit, but this year is odd for the GRE so I understand not doing that. Overall GPA is a tad bit lower than ideal (most programs prefer 3.8+), but the Poli Sci GPA looks good. Really work on polishing/refining your SOP and writing sample and you should get some good acceptances! Good luck!
  10. I'd go with the higher verbal, middle tier (mid 160s) quant personally (that's what I had, and I had pretty good acceptances all around). In general though, those scores, especially this cycle amid COVID, won't likely keep you out anywhere.
  11. Yes, of course. My whole cohort is experiencing this. Especially went the sky literally turned orange last week.
  12. I'd consider getting an MA to up your chances of getting into a good PhD program. That way your MA gpa could be a good signal to counter your undergrad gpa.
  13. You're set to have good placement -- just be sure to get good LORs (sounds like you're set, but just give them an early head's up) and to really polish up a well-crafter SOP
  14. I agree with @Theory007 -- aim to get the quant/qual a little bit higher if you are submitting it (though it's definitely pretty good right now regardless) and aim for a few other T10 schools if they interest you! Good luck to you!
  15. I think you have a good shot. The GPA is a tad bit lower than they'd prefer, but you can make it up with other strong aspects of your application, especially a strong GRE showing and industry/MA experience. I'd say get in contact with LOR writers sooner rather than later, polish up your writing sample, and write a killer SOP early and revise often to get a nice final draft. Also, as many will echo on this forum, fit matters, so start making a spreadsheet/list of places to apply with faculty of interest. I'd suggest going through the last few years of this forum to get a gist of wha
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