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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from llk in Fall 2021 Statistics/Biostatistics Applicant Thread   
    Boarder? 
     
    Borderline 
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from GradSchoolGrad in Getting an MBA for Government Affairs / Social Impact In Lieu of an MPP/MPA/IR Masters   
    Nice succinct and lucid synopsis. Further, we are now seeing increasing intersectionality between public policy and philanthropy, e.g. climate change, public health, issues of equity and race, etc, and for those reasons, there are real motivations to consider a different path. 
     
    As always, I’ll place a plug for the college of Eli, specifically, the Yale School of Management, which has historically been thought of as the incubator of executive management in the non-profit sector, and in fact, only turned to the traditional MBA model in the 80s. I know scores of folks who now work for major philanthropic foundations as well as similar corporate foundations and have great latitude (as well as resources) in addressing many public policy issues. Further, the networking apparatus of Yale is second to none, and the last numbers I saw had about 5 jobs for every graduating student on campus.
    Something to think about...
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    Boolakanaka reacted to GradSchoolGrad in Getting an MBA for Government Affairs / Social Impact In Lieu of an MPP/MPA/IR Masters   
    A lot of people have asked me about the pros and cons of getting an MBA instead of can MPP/MPA/IR Masters but to achieve government roles + social impact interests. So I'll give you some insights based upon my extensive familiarity of MBA programs + government/social impact recruiting for MBA.
    Generally speaking (of course the devil is always in the details), these are the 
    Pros:
    1. An MBA can (emphasis on can) be viewed as more unique, more competitive, and more prestigious compared to MPP/MPA/IR programs when being considered roles hosted by large organizations - for example - Presidential Merit Fellowship, the Mega Foundations (CZ, Gates, and Case), and government at large. 
    2. MBA also gives you flexibility win career advancement within Government/Social Impact to be more naturally considered for finance, operations, and private sector engagement - so basically more opportunities to do well and promote. 
    3. More and more about government and social impact is tied to involvement with the private sector (partnerships at a minimum), tech collaboration, and financial agreements - which naturally advantage MBAs. For example, I had a policy friend who got into sustainable housing policy, but quickly realized it came down to too tech collaboration and financial management and always joke how she should have went for an MBA instead of an MPP
    4. A lot of government and social impact is also increasingly about acquisitions (resources, people, property, agreements, and etc.) which MBAs are helpful for. It used to be that you had some guru who did it for 30 years getting involved in acquisitions, but with baby boomer retirements on the way, MBAs are getting involved.
    5. Due to how MBA schools are much more fiercely competitive against each other, they generally are very well run, well resourced, and well supported graduate school experience. At my policy school the ratio for career coach to students was approximately 1 to 200. At the MBA program at my University, it was about 1:50 (if you only count full time), 1:25 (if you count the part-time and full time). Basically, you get a very well curated experience for roughly the same tuition. 
    6. Career flexibility to also included private sector. I know people with MBAs only and MBA and another masters weave in and out of private sector and policy sector. They really enjoyed the diversity in their career. Yes, you can do this with an MPP/MPA/IR Masters, but it is much harder. 
    Cons:
    1. You can be the weirdo of your MBA program. Granted government and social impact roles are becoming more and more prevalent, they are still the extreme minority in MBA world (as in people will look at you funny, or you are branded as the gov/social impact person). That being said, some MBA programs are really well equipped to support you academically and professionally with gov/social impact interests (Harvard, Georgetown, and Yale come to mind). However, many may really struggle to support you. 
    2. At smaller social impact organizations (any organization that isn't recognizable outside of a small professional cohort) and policy intensive research organizations, an MBA can be meaningless (if not even a negative). Some of this can be attributed to how MBAs hasn't really matriculated there previously due to relatively lower pay/career advancement potential. However, many of my friends who were dual degree candidates or were pursuing a MPP/MPA/IR masters after having gotten an MBA previously found them treated rather suspiciously. I have plenty of stories of interviews whereby the interviewers treated an MBA with suspicion and viewed it as a negative investment. There is this legacy perception that MBA programs are basically one big drinking party and it is full of uncaring conservatives who have no interest in policy. I found this to be generally untrue, but heard this repeated to me frequently. 
    3. In many ways the MBA curriculum is can awkward fit for many policy / IR jobs. Analyzing selling soap is fundamentally not that different than improving healthcare, but there are fundamentally different ways of thinking fo them. I have yet to know an MBA to get a policy analysis/research job.
    4. Government and Social Impact entities have their own social networks that often stem from the Policy/IR schools, so coming as an outside as an MBA can mean limited networking gain. 
    What You Need to Watch Out For:
    Not MBAs are made equal. If an MBA supports government/social impact opportunities and has corresponding project opportunities in those areas, then it makes sense. If an MBA program doesn't, you should think abut other MBA programs or maybe it might not be right for you.
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from Crucial BBQ in Love, Academia and Success   
    Don’t feed trolls. They have a unique combination of being generally attention needy and ubiquitously putative.
     
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    Boolakanaka reacted to NoirFemme in Don't Do a PhD in History   
    I am a black woman who is also first-gen and working class.
    I should think that my background gives me qualifications for understanding the way doctoral programs are designed to not only keep people like me out and/or marginalized, but create a false reality that will leave you assed out if you don't go through the program with open eyes for your own future.
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    Boolakanaka reacted to Averroes MD in PhD in Religion   
    Hi there.
    Harvard Divinity School no longer has a PhD program and there is no such thing as Columbia Divinity as far as I know.
    To be very honest, I think your chances at a fully funded PhD program in religion are just about nil. 
    But, that's OK! I don't mean to discourage you but basically alert you to the fact that you need to first get a master's in the study of religion before thinking about a PhD.
    Additionally, based on your major, it seems that your master's degree was from UChicago's Graham School (equivalent to Harvard's extension school). I think it can come across as misleading when you say UChicago full stop, although maybe others disagree with me here. Whatever the case, all of this reinforces what I said about the need for a master's degree in the study of religion. This is not just so you can stand a good chance of admission but also to learn about the basics of the degree program... Most importantly of all, you will get a better idea of if you really do want to traverse this path to begin with.
    Your knowledge of Sanskrit is definitely a huge plus. You should use the extra time to learn another language as well. French or German is good, or another research language. 
    Finally, you should be aware of how grim the job market is.
    Having said all that... Good luck!
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    Boolakanaka reacted to xypathos in PhD in Religion   
    I concur with @Averroes MD - getting into a PhD program in Religious Ethics without specific coursework in that field, probably won't happen.
    If you want to study religious ethics at Harvard's Committee on the Study of Religion you'll need to look through their faculty and find one that has a field in relation to yours.
    Columbia doesn't have a divinity school but Columbia University has a very close relationship with Union Theological. The latter does have a PhD program where you can specialize in ethics, and you'll see Columbia and Union students taking courses at the other school.
    I will also add that Columbia University has their own program in Religious Studies with a strong emphasis throughout Asian religions so I know they'll have faculty that will be of interest to you. We just don't get a lot of posters interested in Columbia and I don't think I've personally met a Columbia grad (I think they're exceptionally strong in asian and broader ME studies and I'm just not in that arena so it's ignorance on my part).
    I think I agree with Averroes MD's comments regarding your degree from Chicago's Graham School. Religious Studies, and the academy at-large, is largely still an old white man's club and part of that is pedigree and not intentionally misrepresenting yourself. People from Graham and Harvard Extension have gone on to great PhD programs, just be mindful of how you represent yourself.
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    Boolakanaka reacted to telkanuru in 2021 Application Thread   
    Generally, no. If a program does not offer full tuition remission and stipend support upon acceptance, it is not a program worth attending. 
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from Sigaba in Love, Academia and Success   
    Don’t feed trolls. They have a unique combination of being generally attention needy and ubiquitously putative.
     
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from tundratussocks in How Do You Feel About Going to Graduate School With Someone Convicted of a Crime?   
    In all of my graduate and/or professional programs (three of them) there have been convicted felons (and a couple of them had their convictions erased and/or overturned along the way) ranging from serial bank robbers to manslaughter. 
     
    All told, they added much to the program and a rare and unique  perspective, often vastly different from the  persnickety affectations of an Ivy/elite education. Several of whom I was actually pretty tight with and they had unusual close relationships—for instance the bank robber was very close to a former NYC police detective and a night out with those two always resulted in the missing of any morning classes.
    Perhaps my take is different than others, but being a man of color who grew up in a rough public housing, they often times more resembled my own upbringing and an actually a respite from the tight formulations and attitudes of academia. Finally, for me,  what is the purpose of a stint in a correctional institution if not to correct and rehabilitate and offer the chance to move-on. This in and itself speaks to some of the institutional bias that we are grappling with as a nation...
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    Boolakanaka reacted to Warelin in "partner" or "boyfriend" in SOP?   
    Unless you worked on a research project together, I don't think there is a need to mention your significant other in any capacity. If you did work together on a research project, you can use the word "colleague".
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from GradSchoolGrad in Harvard Kennedy MPP 2021   
    As GSG has aptly placed it, and much more diplomatically than myself, but chill.
    This going forward is a brand new world, where thought and reliance on how the process previously occurred will at best be fraught with peril, and at worse an entirely inaccurate reflection on how things will now be or how you wish them to be....
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    Boolakanaka reacted to PhantomThief in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    In late 30s, you're too old for undergrad students, stick with grad students 
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from profhopes in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    Sounds like you are looking for validation and support of your own conscripted answer, and not the perspectives and insights of those who already navigated this path....
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from PokePsych in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    On the other hand, your rather short history here of 32 posts and 16 thumbs down is impressive and reaching epic status.
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from GradSchoolGrad in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    No problems. While you certainly should and can exercise your own voice to this rather played out subject, your continued and prolonged announcements on the lost of youth now border on fetishism. Not exactly the look one would like to present during the start of their graduate education.
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from GradSchoolGrad in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    On the other hand, your rather short history here of 32 posts and 16 thumbs down is impressive and reaching epic status.
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    Boolakanaka reacted to PhantomThief in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    I'll reaffirm that I've heard different opinions
    and second, thanks for being condescending
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from GradSchoolGrad in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    Lord. Perhaps what you are in search of is not the counsel from seasoned adults that have traveled the maze of academia, but rather reputable Montessori programs as this adherence to your former period of life, e.g. youth, is your major preoccupation?
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    Boolakanaka reacted to PhantomThief in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    22 dating 20 isn't weird?
    I mean 20 dating 16 is wrong cuz its an adult dating a minor, I wouldn't say its comparable to that
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from GradSchoolGrad in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    Only 24 posts and 8 thumb downs, quickly accelerating towards territory known as being the province of a troll.
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    Boolakanaka reacted to PokePsych in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    xcept youre not really open to opinions that don't allign what you 'heard elsewhere'?
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from PokePsych in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    If you don’t see an issue: one, why ask? 
     
    Two, you probably asked as there is some some internal suspicion, albeit small, that there is something janky about all this.
     
    Three, while you have full personal autonomy to make such a decision, don’t think there might be some institutional and peer blowback.
     
    Four, the fact you are fairly resistant to any of the counsel gracious provided, is telling.
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    Boolakanaka got a reaction from PokePsych in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    Sounds like you are looking for validation and support of your own conscripted answer, and not the perspectives and insights of those who already navigated this path....
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    Boolakanaka reacted to GradSchoolGrad in Is dating/hanging out with undergrads who aren't freshman seen as weird/creepy   
    Well then, you don't seem to care about what we say so feel free to listen to your "many folks". Please stop wasting our time unless you want to have an intelligent conversation about this. I know Canada has great "Uni's", so as Master's student, you should know how to instead dropping pointless one liners. 
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