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  1. Many programs have waivers. I'm eligible for waivers for every program I'm applying to.
  2. I'm a graduate of a course like this one and I'm a certificated paralegal. Feel free to ask me questions. How much is the program going to cost you, or is your employer paying? I would say that makes quite a bit of difference here.
  3. There was a university in the Southwestern US where both students and a professor were outed for doing SW. I think the issue was that they were doing it with each other, but as far as I recall, no one was fired or expelled or anything, and there was just a degree of moral panic and then people got over it. Obviously, I do not know all the details of what went down.
  4. Congrats on your acceptances. If you're trying to make a choice based on which will help you with your end goal (teaching English at a CC), then I'd say to go for whichever one will set you up better for a PhD acceptance after you're done. Rhet/Comp is still placing decently, as far as I'm aware, but I don't know anyone teaching it at a CC level without a terminal degree (either MFA Creative Writing or a PhD in English/Rhetoric). Also worth considering: how old are these online programs? You want the one which is the most established and has the most support staff and the best response ti
  5. It's still a loss process, regardless of how you feel about your home town or country. Well, perhaps it's worse for those who love where they live already - but even for those ready to go, you still have culture shock and climate adjustment and new bureaucracy, etc. It's a big change. If you are a younger student, it might be the biggest change of your entire life so far.
  6. You would probably be better off getting a credit card with a low limit, as someone else said. If you don't use it, you pay nothing. If you take out $5K through, say, a federal Stafford loan, you're paying back your $5K plus compounded interest, as no grad school loans are subsidized anymore. So, you would need to take out $5K plus the projected interest (plus loan origination fees). Another benefit of a credit card is that, if you choose a points based card, when you put a lot of your monthly expenses on there you'll accrue points for things like gift cards, air miles for any travel rela
  7. I would agree with this take as someone who went to grad school in the Mountain West twelve years ago. Although I will probably never get a job in my field, the experience was so worthwhile for the reasons you mentioned that it was totally worth it for me (it's worth mentioning that I was 100% funded).
  8. I've worked in the field for 10 years - you're right, it's not for everyone, which is why I stay on the program management side whenever I can. It has a large budgetary component, however, so whether I like it or not, these are good skills for me to have.
  9. That all makes sense. I'm not interested in a stats focus but I did wonder if it would be useful to have - sounds like I can keep to my original plan of a budgeting/finance focus (there's stuff at work that I could benefit from knowing how to do, for sure).
  10. What's your take on MPA programs with a stats or quant focus? I've heard people say things to the effect that MPAs with these focuses are in demand because of the skill set they give, but it sounds as though you're saying their skill set either wouldn't be sufficient, or that they won't land jobs where this kind of work would be necessary as it's going to fall to an academic instead. (I'm not particularly interested in a stats focus myself, I'm just curious about whether this might be a new trend to try to make the MPA more appealing or relevant).
  11. I'll second what other posters have said: you need to get more experience first, not only as an application booster, but to give you more of an idea of what policy work can involve. You want to go into an MPP or similar with a set idea or goal in mind. Doesn't matter if you change your mind later. But make it specific. Have you ever attended a neighborhood association meeting? Volunteered to be a board member for your local library or for a local homeless shelter? These positions are open to any interested community members, and they give you experience with being in a room and watching p
  12. JDs are for those who want to practice law. Not everyone practices forever, and there are definitely other things you can do with a JD, such as become director of an institute or go into policy. In the same way, an MD could become director of a health policy think tank, or become the CEO of a hospital group. These are later in life career changes, however, and you need to do the attorney work first - especially if you have 6 figure debt to work off from law school. Also, JDs are increasingly taking non-attorney positions because there aren't enough attorney positions left. The field is su
  13. Why do you consider an online program to be worth less money than an on campus program? A good online program will give you access to the same faculty, same quality of teaching, same resources, and same networking opportunities as an in person program. So the question would be how their program is structured to give you these things. Do you have concerns with how the online program is structured?
  14. Some version of this is fine, honestly. It's helpful for employers to know why you're leaving: Are you miserable? Are you underpaid? Are you not growing? Are you struggling to keep up? Do you want to change sectors? Are you going back to school? People leave jobs for these kinds of reasons all the time. This is a great opportunity for you and you can feel free to emphasize that part. End on good terms with your current employer, because who knows, perhaps you'll be back there someday. I'm not sure whether my personal experience will help you, but I was in a situation once where I left a w
  15. Think about the odds of getting a job for which 75, 100, or 250 people apply. The odds are never that great. But it's also not true that you have a 1% chance of getting a job for which 100 people apply. Many people who apply for jobs aren't qualified for them, or they have resumes that are a total mess, or are disqualified in some other way. It's the same for grad school. One of our former interns excitedly told me she'd applied to a graduate program, and I asked her how she did on the GRE: "The what?" And yeah, the program required the GRE. So don't assume everyone has equal odds of gett
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