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  1. Boolakanaka

    Any Current Duke Students?

    I think the most recent event occurring at Yale, concerning two graduate students are fairly emblematic of the type of micro-aggressions that have become far too frequent and common in higher education. The concerned person appears to have a history of calling law enforcement on people of color and utilizes the threat and institution of a police force as an instrument for her obvious bias against certain groups of people. In some ways, it highlights and provides a real-time example and snapshot of the environment and circumstances in which people of color have to endure, even at a place as storied, progressive and erudite as Yale—all together sad. See—https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/05/10/yale-responds-after-black-student-reported-for-napping-in-common-room/
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    Where Top-Tier PhD Students Got Their BA/MA

    To this end, and in similar promotion of its pedigree, the world’s most selective and prestigious (arguably) law school, YLS, has its own undergraduate university as being most represented in its student body.
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    Any Current Duke Students?

    Hmmmn, I’m at once skeptical and dubious about non-students of color commenting on the legitimacy and/or the frequency of such events for students of color. One of my main reservations about attending Duke, was the feedback I received from more than a few students of color—in short, it was not flattering or encouraging, and was told by more than one student to consider attendance elsewhere.
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    3 years at Union vs 1.5 at a local Seminary

    @ChristoWitch87 While I don’t have a great deal of background in the realm of seminaries/DS, I have had a fairly successful career and would comment on two items; the longevity of a career and the quality of education. I can certainly see your trepidation in having to delay your career path by a year and a half, but would say given the duration of contemporary careers (folks frequently work well into their 60s and 70s, especially in this career path), in the long run, it’s fairly negligible and will seem like a minor blip on the screen in 8-10 years. I think the second point will be profoundly more impactful; given that you have already completed studies at YDS, the relative quality and depth of education will be noticeable and affect your time at the local institution. Much like riding in a nice car, going back to the commuter pass can be revealing and at time frustrating. Also, if you do harbor aspirations of a PhD down the road, it would mitigate those options. Finally, if you do go to Union...we can be drinking buddies-wink!
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    Want to help me critiquing my AWA essay?

    From a structure and organizational level, I would be a bit more cognizant of your paragraph size, i.e., think about paring them down.
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    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    Just a quick note, I attended the opening program for the UTS “intersections” event and it was announced that everyone in attendance was being formally offered admission—so, woot woot. I guess the next coming days and weeks, will offer all of us some clarity where we will be in the fall..
  7. @la_modI meant “primary home” as sort of a homebase, where maybe more things and support systems are located. We did it through medical residences and several fellowships, and even a couple of different jobs....
  8. @la_mod It’s certainly doable. Have done it several times during my marriage—bi-costal.It does take a certain personality and we always kept a primary home...
  9. Yup. 25 years as a Native rights attorney and some youngins in college, although both near graduation. I’m very fortunate to be married to a physician who is very supportive of me going back to school—as she initially commented “hey, in terms of a midlife crisis, you could be buying some obnoxious car (several of my buddies have gone all out and bought Teslas in recent years) in some ridiculous color, so this is fairly nerdy and benign mid-life crisis.”
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    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    @kaaat The last statement is so true...when I first applied to law schools, I didn’t really have admission stats in hand, and was just sort of bumbling along, but yet still got into 4 out of 6 schools. In fact, I don’t think I gave it too much thought about not getting in, at present, I almost have too much information.....tho, the board is of great service and comfort. Fingers crossed!
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    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    @kaaat Me too. And although I have a law degree and another advanced degree from 20 years ago— I don’t remember “sweating it out” like this....
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    Yale MFA 2018

    Right across the street, nice boutique hotel called the study-see: https://www.thestudyatyale.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiAtorUBRBnEiwAfcp_Yxzn41_wuVjgZ2v0OK9EbrI0tw-hEotwvCnpzcl4bvHKxDClg4YC-BoCJbkQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    I was reading some earlier post, I think from a year ago, that folks invited to the Union intersection event are usually offered admission—does anyone know if that was just an anecdotal observation or whether there is some truth to this....anyone? I thought it was just a chance to get to know faculty and students, and take in some classes.....
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