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  1. Depends on the school and the program. When colleges switched to mandatory P/F or something similar which applied to all students, most grad programs explicitly stated it was fine. If you're choosing to do P/F on the other hand, I think that's often looked down on/viewed suspiciously by grad programs, but again it depends on the specifics. It's hard to say right now because there's no precedent, but I think if you have the option to take a class for a grade and don't it's probably viewed negatively (can't say how much so) unless you have some specific circumstance (like having covid, cari
  2. I'd also recommend that @als14 look at the Ford School, and that your SOP not focus as much on the connection between your undergrad education and your current work, and more on what drives you to do that work in the first place
  3. I think to some extent it depends on the kind of program you're applying to. In general though, I would say option C is the best. I had a somewhat similar situation myself: I had recs from 2 professors who knew me extremely well and a former work supervisor who I was definitely going to have write a letter for each school I applied to. There was a third professor who I knew pretty well but wasn't quite as close with. They had gone to and taught at one of the programs I was applying to, and their field was also a bit different than the other two and more in line with this program, so I de
  4. Agree with the above on #2. I think you should be fine to do that. In terms of how to decide which to go with, I think that you should prioritize 1) how close you were with the professor, and relatedly, how well they can speak to your abilities, and 2) how relevant the content of their letter can be to the curriculums of the programs you're applying to. I would choose based on those two factors rather than the grade you got (imo). I think that it's also important for you to zoom out a bit and assess the strengths and weaknesses of your application (for example, quant experience/GREs, relevant
  5. Maybe things have changed since you last looked into it? As far as I can tell, it's open to all Yale degree holders 🙂 https://www.yaleclubnyc.org/membership
  6. Fwiw, there is also a Princeton Club!
  7. I think I disagree slightly with @GradSchoolGrad. I do not think Ford would be a waste of time for you. I was accepted there with less undergrad econ coursework and without the apparently data-heavy work experience that you have. A lot of the accepted students I met had similar backgrounds to yours: econ undergrad, worked in local gov or analytical research oriented positions for a few years. I think you can mitigate some of the concerns around the low Calc grade and the GRE by highlighting the quant-nature of your work and asking one or more of your recommenders to speak to your ability
  8. Depends. I think if you can get some sort of job or other fulfilling thing to fill up your time, definitely do Fall. I think it'll be easier to make connections and bond with your classmates when you come in with a class rather than dropping in in the middle of the year when those who started in fall will have already made close friendships etc. If you don't have any options for things to do between now and the fall, then I'd say defer to spring
  9. just to add on, at both Michigan and Duke you can do a great dual degree program between the public policy and environmental schools. At Ford they also have a specific track for nonprofit management. I don't know anything about your work experience, but I wouldn't count yourself out at schools like that. If you look through the forums, you will find people who got acceptances and aid despite having limited relevant work experience or less than stellar undergrad transcripts. I think for you, having a great GRE score will definitely mitigate some of the concerns about GPA or class grades etc, a
  10. If FES is online in the fall, I will strongly consider deferring. One of the big reasons why I chose it is the community, and it won't be the same if we're only meeting via Zoom. My experience with online classes hasn't been positive. Even though they'll be much better in the fall (I assume, bc they'll have had months to prepare vs just a few weeks), I'm just not learning that much and really miss the classroom setting. However, I'm not sure if they'll have a lenient enough deferral policy to allow me to do that (as I've heard HKS has done). if classes are online and they don't allow defe
  11. I'm not in a similar situation, but happy to talk about F&ES (or should we say SOE now?) and any concerns you have or that we share!
  12. It's definitely a tough decision. Yale is going to announce plans for the Fall by July, so hopefully you can delay until then and make a more informed decision. my experience with online classes has been subpar, and even though schools will have more time to improve them between now and the fall, I doubt that they will be worth the price of tuition. for me, a big component of grad school is the network and relationships. If that's also really important to you, it's worth considering how that aspect will be diluted thru online classes. i think a lot of it depends on how happy you
  13. It's official, I put down my deposit at F&ES today! I am feeling a bit sad about turning down Michigan-- I really loved the professors and course offerings there, some even more so than at Yale. But in the end I was just more familiar with the program, people, and location of Yale so I felt much more comfortable committing there (among other reasons). Now I can focus on being stressed out by the possibility of online classes in the fall 😬😂
  14. Don't disagree with your main points, but it's important to point out the Boston University has NOT announced it'll have online classes. Just like any other smart educational administration, they are coming up with plans for the possibility that classes will be remote.
  15. I got into an MPP program straight out of undergrad so being an LA can only be a benefit. Like others have said it is a job where people are often rapidly promoted which will help your prospects. Admissions decisions differ every year so it's not like you'd be a guaranteed rejection at HKS/WWS if you applied after 2 years of being an LA. Some years there are overqualified people that are rejected and in others under qualified people are accepted. That being said, you might be at a slight disadvantage if all you've done is grunt work. That's why it's so important to have a well rounded ap
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