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  1. No, you shouldn't worry about that. First: More people should study Strauss for a number of reasons, very few of which have anything at all to do with whether one should 'agree' with him or not. Strauss is a very valuable resource for learning how to interrogate texts—and I use that term in the most holistic sense possible—in new ways. He wrote critically about the necessary tension between the philosopher and society, which is certainly worth reflection in an age where so many people believe they lead 'philosophic' lives—just as long as their 'philosophizing' remains in normative lockste
  2. I was thinking more like MIT, Cornell, JHU, Stanford—schools that are strong in the humanities, but maybe a bit better known, or as well known, for STEM. Michigan is an up-and-comer as a top humanities school, so they might not be as quick to put their reputation on hold for a year. One might also expect slightly lower-ranked schools to do the same—Boulder springs to mind? [Not saying they’re a worse school, just that the USNWR algorithm puts them a bit further down the list.] I’ve heard rumours that Northwestern was struggling financially and pedagogically to begin with, so they might also
  3. It probably goes without saying, but at this point—especially given that it has to do with 2021 enrollment—this likely has much less to do with COVID numbers and much more to do with financial ones. Many departments are probably facing extreme under-enrollment, exacerbated by unanticipated health and safety expenses. It's upsetting, to say the least. As for which other schools/departments will follow Columbia's lead, my guess is that they'll be, well, like Columbia—universities that have excellent reputations across the disciplines, and that are therefore willing to trim, or freeze
  4. It's unusual, but not unheard of, depending on the professor and relationship to the student [I've had similar experiences]. Given what @wwfrdhas said about this professor's stature in the field, I'd still use him as a recommender. At absolute worst, it sounds a little bit like he's guarding his own turf and wants to 'tag' the OP as one of his students, which is complimentary if not territorial. And that's probably not even what's going on; it's simply my most cynical interpretation. Given his age, it's more likely a generational thing. I'll admit that I preferred having my professors up
  5. Schools: Those are all within reach, and I agree with @Theory007 that you should consider UCLA, given what I recall your interests being. Brown might also be a contender. A lesser-known program that actually sounds like quite a good fit for you is UCSD. Unless I'm confusing them with another four-letter acronym university in California [there are several...], they've got a very strong social theory program sandwiched between their philosophy and polisci departments. GRE: It's a slog, but I strongly suggest getting both your V and your Q up. The GRE is learnable—and even lovable. It's al
  6. It depends on your subfield. Based on the rest of your post, I'm going to assume that you're interested in American Politics and/or Methods, since those are generally the most quant-heavy of the subfields. Please do correct me/elaborate if I'm mistaken. At the outset, I will say that a 3.93 is quite good, especially if you have great LoRs, a good fit with the faculty at your target schools, and a solid SoP/CV. I'm a bit confused, however, as to whether that 3.93 GPA includes the B in Calculus, or excludes it. I'm guessing it excludes it based on your phrasing. A strong GRE quant will also
  7. All of mine did ask that question. I believe you that yours may not have [honestly; I’m not just being snarky], so I won’t accuse you of stating ‘completely false’ information. I also agree with you that not all admissions committees run background checks on applicants prior to admission. However, from my personal conversations, some admissions committees and/or faculty do just that. In that sense, neither one of us is giving ‘completely false’ information. If it’s not a question on the app, sure; the OP can leave it out, although I’d read very carefully to make sure it isn’t on ther
  8. I wasn't blowing smoke. I have heard from professors that they do exactly this—yes, it's in the later stages of culling the field, but it occurs prior to acceptance. And really, wouldn't that make sense? If you extend an offer of admission only to have to rescind it, you run a high risk of losing out on other competitive. applicants, whom you could have admitted instead, to other competitive schools. We're a bit off-topic, and I don't mean to attack. But my remarks came from a place of having heard from several people about this, as well as doing my own research into what schools c
  9. I agree—I would be VERY wary of non-disclosure, especially if, as is the case for most of the schools to which you're applying, there's a section on the application that specifically asks if you've ever been convicted of academic dishonesty or plagiarism. I would also imagine that, even if it's not on your transcript, there is a record of this incident, linked to your name, somewhere in the annals of your university's bureaucratic proceedings. And top-tier schools will go hunting when it comes to a background check, especially when making final cuts. There is an oppor
  10. Hey @Psychological Yam, I know you posted this a while ago, but if you spot this and it’s not too much trouble, would you mind linking/sharing the Google doc? That’d be great! Have a blast this fall, guys 😀
  11. Even very competitive programs don’t have a hard and fast GRE ‘cut off.’ what many may do, even the less competitive ones [though they’re loath to admit it] is use GRE scores as an unofficial ‘culling’ mechanism. For example, when vetting applicants, some might merely ‘skim’ low-scoring applicants’ files, unless there’s something else about their recommendation letter, CV, or GPA that merits a closer read. This is pretty true for all the numeric components of applicant files [including GPA], which are faster to review than statements, writing samples, etc., are, and which are therefore
  12. Hey now. That’s not the positive opportunity. You’re absolutely right—a lack of scholarly community and in-person training is not, itself, an opportunity. And frankly, it sucks. The ‘this’ I was referring to is graduate education itself, which is likely to resume in-person ASAP [not least because so much university revenue comes from the intercollegiate athletics industry]. AND, even so, there are other opportunities that present themselves as a result of the necessity to become more digitally adept, as well as the flexibility of location/schedule/learning environment for the first quarter
  13. How public is ‘public’? Are you talking about op-eds, journal articles, or social media accounts? If so—and regardless, in fact—now is a good time to make all of your social media accounts private and table any public-facing political writing. If your CV includes time spent on political campaigns or organizations, I recommend making their affiliations as vague as possible [e.g., ‘[year]: volunteer for state gubernatorial campaign‘; ‘Secretary of college political organization’]. Be specific about what you did—for example, recruitment, canvassing, event organization—but not about whom you did i
  14. Another thing to remember is that usually, if you defer your admission, you also forfeit your current funding package. That means your package will be re-evaluated the subsequent year, when—let’s face it—schools are likely to have a far more competitive pool, and far fewer dollars to throw around. Even if you’re still guaranteed a spot, you may not be guaranteed the money you are now. My guess is that even for those schools that will be online for fall quarter, there will still be active near-campus community within your cohort/department, and classes will likely resume in-person
  15. I see. Even so, I still think the answer is 'it's unlikely,' for the reasons described... And I'm afraid I'm showing my ignorance here, but in my experience, it's the professors who make up, and make, the major calls on grad school adcomms—not general admissions officers. This may not apply to all fields, though.
  16. I'm sure it happens, but I wouldn't worry too much about it. Obviously you don't want to be too self-disclosing—just general internet advice, really—but think about it this way: Professors don't have oodles of time to trawl the GC forums, and admissions committees have a much easier time identifying applicants by checking their social media profiles than they do scrolling through one anonymous post after another and cross-checking those posts with the information in applicants' files. The opportunity costs are way too high, and the payoff is dubious at best.
  17. You may also want to make sure it's not some sort of mundane issue like needing to mail an official transcript. Many schools who allow students to apply with electronic or scanned transcripts will request a hard copy mailed to them prior to sending an official letter of admission. If that's a hoop you'll need to jump through, that information should be readily available on the admissions website or in any of your earlier communications with the university/application server.
  18. From what I understand, the UC leadership and student government are still in talks about what to do this fall. Anecdotally, most of the people I know who know things [I said it was anecdotal...], whether faculty or students, want classes to be conducted in-person ASAP. Fingers crossed. Yeah, California's not necessarily always ahead of the game on all of the things. And lest we get too excited about any of the CARES funding—which would be great, if it were sourced differently—I'm not super pumped about bearing the inflationary fallout that comes from a helicopter money drop leaving a cra
  19. Sharing a link for anyone attending a UC [this is from the UCLA site specifically, but many of the announcements pertain the the entire UC system]: https://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/coronavirus-information-for-the-ucla-campus-community The latest is that the UCs plan to offer students the option to attend classes remotely, even if said classes are being held in-person, because of travel restrictions etc. That sounds like a reasonable approach—one that doesn't necessitate sticking to a remote-only curriculum until all travel restrictions are lifted. UCLA is also using some of its fe
  20. There's a UCLA Grad Student Housing Facebook group that you may find helpful. People have recently been posting a lot of offers for sublets and longer-term leases as well. Pricing seems decent, considering the area.
  21. My understanding is also that the article claims that the model used was developed in early April [during which time the US began to show a slow-down in new cases and/or deaths], whereas it was actually developed using data from late March, thereby making the situation look worse than it’s now expected to be. ^ All of this. It also plays into a lot of folks’ political priors to push the narrative that this is As Bad As It Could Possibly Be and apportion blame accordingly. It’s beyond irresponsible when it stokes the sorts of social and political responses we’re seeing. But I di
  22. There is nothing wrong with politely emailing the schools on which you are waiting, mentioning that you've not heard from them yet, and saying that you are inquiring as to the status of your application. Do mention that you remain very excited about the prospect of attending University X and would hope to attend if admitted. Many times, if a school knows that you WILL accept an offer if they extend one, they're more likely to do so.
  23. Hey all: I wasn't sure of where to post this initially, but I supposed that since students in different fields have to take different things into consideration when choosing between grad programs, I should probably stick to my home turf. Much of this, however, likely applies to fields outside of poli-sci. After going back and forth between two excellent schools offering comparable funding packages, I've settled on a grad program [yay!]. I'm very, very fortunate and grateful to have been admitted to both of them, which is part of what made this decision so difficult. This post is a li
  24. I am almost certainly attending UCLA. I was on the west coast for undergrad, but did my MA at UChicago, so I'll actually miss the horrible weather [no lie]! Congratulations on the admit! Have you requested a revised offer letter to help make finances more doable? That's fairly normal, and it never hurts to ask politely.
  25. Just as long as everyone commits up front to revolting en masse if this happens, I think we can resist any overly protectionist policies...
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