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  1. Hello Folks, I was hoping you all could give me an idea as to whether or not I'm a competitive applicant for GWU. Program Applying To: George Washington University, MPA (Politics, Policy, and Administration/Health Policy Field of Study) Undergraduate institution: Cal Poly PomonaUndergraduate GPA: 3.90Undergraduate Major: Philosophy, Law and Society OptionGRE: -Years Out of Undergrad (if applicable): 1Years of Work Experience: 2-1/2Describe Relevant Work Experience: I interned on Capitol Hill for about 4 months and worked in the field of Bioethics for about 7 monthsStrength of SOP (be honest, describe the process, etc): I have very specific and thought out career plans that I have done a great deal of research into and I can tie my educational and relevant professional experiences to this goal quite well. The weakest part is going to be my non-relevant work experience (see below) and tying that into my SOP other than saying "I sure am adaptable!"Strength of LOR's (be honest, describe the process, etc): Very strong, one from the chair of my department, one from a current employer, and one from a professor who also serves as Chief Bioethicist for the hospital I worked at.Other/Questions: During undergrad I participated in a very selective internship program which included my internship on Capitol Hill for a Representative and a series of seminars from current/former government officials. Additionally, I participated in my school's ethics bowl team (think debate but focused solely on ethical issues). Finally, I received an outstanding graduate award from my college and participated in two separate academic conferences (not related to the program I am applying for). My non-relevant work experience includes working in IT/Web Development for about a year, working in logistics for about 6 months, and working in Artist Relations within the entertainment industry. As GWU's MPA program is GRE optional I was thinking about forgoing taking the GRE (I simply don't have the time to properly study for it at the moment)-- is this going to harm my chances in a significant way? I could very likely get a letter of recommendation from a politician if the ones I currently have lined up don't seem that great-- would that be worth doing?
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