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    Boren 2018-2019

    We can just use the Boren Facebook Group. They mention how to join up in the Handbook. Edit: Actually, the smaller groupme might be a better idea. I was just let into the Facebook group and it's freaking massive (probably should have predicted that). There are over 1,500 members, so the posting is a bit chaotic.
  2. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    First, thanks for the well wishes from everyone that made them. I didn't want to throw out a giant "Thanks!" earlier when some were still in the midst of dealing with heartbreak (as persona_in_foro said, you guys are awesome regardless). Also, congrats to all the other awardees! As for the acceptance date, according to the pre-program checklist, declines must be made by May 2nd.
  3. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    The email was in my other folder for over half an hour. I got it!
  4. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    He included "Fellowship" at the end of his comments though.
  5. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    Only one scholarship applicant on the sheet has received an email apparently, so I dunno.
  6. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    That would be cruel and unusual
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    Boren 2018-2019

    AFLI scholarship, still waiting.
  8. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    I saw your post about the alternates awhile back. I think the woman meant that alternates will know if they will receive funding by the end of April/early May. In past years, they have informed every applicant of their status on the same day. I don't know why they would switch it up and further torture alternates for two weeks just so they can inform them that they are in fact alternates.
  9. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    Feels like your entire life is up in the air, right? Been there for a few weeks at least.
  10. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    Well, if we're hearing by the end of the day, that means they have the decisions made and are just having fun playing with our emotions at this point. I'm on the West Coast, and every email I have received has come between around 8:30 and 10:30, so maybe they're just waiting for everyone to wake up.
  11. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    So who else barely managed any sleep?
  12. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    @schoolcat It will place you outside the preferences in that category. Early in the process of applying, I found an info session on Youtube in which the presenter provided a thorough explanation of the evaluation process as it relates to the preferences, and I have watched it borderline religiously over the last three or four months (helped with the application and has been strangely useful for calming the nerves during the wait). Basically, the gist of the presenter's explanation was this: The committee will look to see if the application falls within the preferred fields of study, and if it doesn't, then that application is marked as "Not preferred" in that particular box. Now, this won't kill an application, as many applicants will fall outside one or two of the boxes, but the applicant must include a compelling argument regarding whichever preferences they miss. So, for example, if you are an English major, the committee is going to wonder "Why is an English major applying for this scholarship?" You can still be completely in contention, but it is predicated on convincing them either that your current study of English is critical to national security, or that your future study of some other field is a solid enough reason for them to justifiably forget about your current one. As a journalism major, I'm in kind of the same boat as you, although journalism is perhaps a bit easier to connect to international relations than English. My minors are international studies and anthropology, so I fall into the preferences regardless, but I still included some discussion of journalism in both my essays, as well as an explanation of my pursuing a degree in international development with a somewhat unrelated major. I wrote about how journalism has allowed me to both hone my writing and to interact with international students from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Nepal and Tunisia, and I told them that I moved from foreign correspondence to a career with the federal government because I wanted to directly impact lives whilst spreading values for which I am passionate. Also, my discussion of utilizing my journalism skills to write profiles about local community members took up a nice chunk of my second essay. As long as you explained it well enough in your essays, I bet you'll be fine. Here are a couple of helpful pages from Boren's site: https://www.borenawards.org/scholarships/thinking-applying/program-preferences/boren-scholarship-preferences https://www.borenawards.org/scholarships/thinking-applying/selection-process/boren-scholarship-selection-process And here is a link to the info session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRBP5IJc22E&t=2964s Discussion of fields of study begins at 37:08
  13. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    Preachin' to the choir.
  14. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    @Heidi Olsen I'm a senior at the University of Idaho. My major is journalism, with minors in international studies and anthropology. I was originally a broadcasting major, then switched to journalism after being recommended to by a few teachers and re-evaluating what I wanted out of a career. I heard about the Rangel Program early last September, and started becoming very intrigued by a career as a diplomat type. I have always wanted to travel and am passionate about foreign languages, and being able to pursue both whilst spreading U.S. values/promoting development jumped out as something that I would find incredibly fulfilling. I had originally been thinking about foreign correspondence when I switched to journalism, but realized that I didn't want to write about issues around the world and hope that someone would be motivated enough by said writing to take action. I wanted to take action myself. So, now I am hoping to get the Boren and with it jumpstart my path toward a career in international development, with a possible specialty in international emergencies.
  15. CollegeSkiBum

    Boren 2018-2019

    What type of correspondence was it? I received an email asking me to ensure the accuracy of my program dates, costs and financial aid yesterday, but the correspondence has been brief. I responded and received an additional email today asking for confirmation of my edits. The email was sent with "high importance" according to Outlook. Trying not to read into it too much, but man being an alternate at this point would be a let down. I don't know why they would still be asking if I wasn't at least in contention, and the last second checking seems like unnecessary hastle for an alternate. Gahhh, this is KILLING me.
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