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Theory007 last won the day on September 1 2020

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  1. Thanks everyone for another season on this forum! I'm proud to be associated with you all (even if we're anonymous) and grateful that we are such a good community! The main application thread had, as you can see, well above 500k views since November, which is really quite mind-blowing to me. To those of you who will be reapply next year, I'll be back then and look forward to reconnect. I'll sign in from time to time and please feel free to reach out if there is anything I can do, help with, or give you advise on. I certainly do not know everything but I do know some things and would
  2. Yes! It's not absolutely certain that you will, but I'd reach out tomorrow if you did not.
  3. First of all: it freaking sucks coming to a program with a dream of getting outstanding political science training and then get disappointed. I'm sorry you are going through this. It's painful and difficult and you should do your best (as you are) to get out of there asap. But I agree that you cannot transfer. But some programs, also good ones, accept a ton of transfer credits. So you can go to a new program as a new student but skip out on 2-4 semesters of coursework. Also if you were to start over, it's not the end of the world. Many students join new programs and have to do or redo cou
  4. Maybe I was too harsh but I don't know how to say what I think about this without being a bit harsh. And yes, it does suck that the DGS one place is pushing him to make a decision.
  5. April 15th is approaching everyone and this is a very nerve-wracking time!!! Hang in there!! I've both been rejected and accepted off a waitlist and know how tough the wait is. I was literally going insane checking and rechecking my email. It seems that most students with offers really do not make up their minds before April 15th so be prepared to wait another 2 weeks or so. In the unfortunate event that you do not get off the waitlist, you leave the application process with very important knowledge. There is a program out there that wants you and your chances should be good if you decide
  6. I doubt that most universities will have that knowledge. However, in the upper tiers it would not surprise me if adcoms across schools were in conversation with one another in order to admit as efficiently as possible. They all know one another anyway. Having seen many people struggle through this process, I have fairly strong opinions about this stuff. As you suggested yourself, the real problem is that it's really unethical to accept two offers knowing that one will ultimately have to return to one of the schools with some excuse. There are so many waitlisted people, sitting on the
  7. On thing that stands out to me is that Michigan is not ranked for political theory. I don't know if it ever was but I suspect that it was. All other subfields are ranked very high but not theory.
  8. What are your other choices? And what are you interested in studying/researching specifically?
  9. Where are you going instead, if I may ask?
  10. Okay. I have you not heard from NYU yet? It might be a good time to reach out to them and check. I think I'd take Albany and not wait for Georgia if I was in your position
  11. That's curious. I thought all programs had the April 15th deadline, but obviously I was wrong.
  12. Ok different story. I understand that's a hard choice.
  13. The application process is messy and trust me there is zero guarantee that you would have gotten into Harvard had you applied next year. Whether or not you get in depends on if a faculty member happens to have sufficiently overlapping interests with you and if that faculty member has space/capacity to take on a new phd student. It also depends on who is reviewing applications that particular year. Since you did not get admission to several other competitive programs, I would for sure count myself lucky and wait it out for Harvard. If you get into Harvard then that's amazing, but if you don't y
  14. I'll just emphasize that the application process is truly messy. It's possible you did nothing wrong at all and simply was rejected. Even the most qualified applicants should count themselves lucky to get into MIT and many do not get in. That's unsatisfying of course but if you apply to more programs next year you'll increase your odds. I understand your apprehension about coming to the US but, despite all the difficulties, things are great her. In my opinion at least. What do you all think? Yes there is division these days and many things I don't like, but at least it's true that in
  15. I wonder if this is a correct use of the downvote on the original post? I mean one can disapprove of the rejection but still support the person rejected.
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