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  1. How is price the question? Georgetown is only $7k more expensive. Clearly you want to go there so don't let $7k stop you.
  2. I don't know much about Fletcher but most of what I've heard has been positive. I had a similar situation to yours and I chose CIPA. Have not been disappointed thus far. I'm just going to repost below what I put in a different thread when someone asked about CIPA... The opportunities at CIPA are virtually limitless and the resources are there. To give you an idea, here is a list of the classes I took first semester: Emerging Markets (Professor Ralph Christy) Food Policy for Developing Countries (Professor Per Pinstrup Andersen) International Public and NGO Management (Professor John
  3. I think it depends on what you want to do. I continue to be impressed with CIPA, though. The opportunities are virtually limitless and the resources are there. To give you an idea, here is a list of the classes I took first semester: Emerging Markets (Professor Ralph Christy) Food Policy for Developing Countries (Professor Per Pinstrup Andersen) International Public and NGO Management (Professor John Mathiason) Issues in African Development (Professor Muna Ndulo) Labor Economics (Professor Gary Fields) Leaders in Sustainable Global Enterprise (Professor Mark Milstein) Take a minut
  4. Cornell has one of the best names in Ag. There are so many opportunities here for those interested in what you mentioned I don't even think it's a tough choice. You can even spend a semester working with the WFP in Rome if you play your cards right. Otherwise many people in the program get top internships in DC and elsewhere related to food policy. One of my teacher's last semester won the World Food Prize and was spectacular. Connections run deep with top policy think tanks focused on ag policy too.
  5. 99% of those applying out of undergrad do not have your GPA, GRE or extensive quant background. Therefore they need the work experience, especially if funding is an issue. Congrats on your success and GL in Chicago!
  6. I certainly can't comment on whether or not you want to 'study library' or not, but from the sound of your post you've pretty much made up your mind. As an alum of UW-Madison I'm obviously biased, but all of the points you've laid out in your post lead to Pittsburgh. I see virtually no 'pros' for Madison listed other than two professors that have some research in an area you're interested in. If you are truly second guessing this move in life, do you currently have a job that you could keep and defer/reapply to school until you are truly sure you want to pursue this career? Why do you want
  7. After agonizing over this decision for weeks, I've decided against SIPA. Ultimately the debt and the way that students seem to be treated turned me away. GL all.
  8. Funny...I slept on it and now I'm feeling differently. This choice is killing me. Yesterday I was 90% sure about SIPA, today I'm actually leaning toward Cornell. What's your feeling at this point? I think I remember you, although we didn't talk much since there was that fire drill. I didn't get any funding, but I have enough savings to cover about half of the costs leaving me with roughly 70k in loans depending on 2nd year funding. If you want to talk about this further, I'd be happy to inbox you my number. Might be good to bounce some ideas off of each other...
  9. After attending the admitted student day, I think I'll be going for it. MPA-DP here!
  10. Hey Eclectic, I'm in the same position and am 90% sure I'm going with SIPA MPA-DP. Not an easy decision, though.
  11. ha! Didn't mean to discourage you. Maxwell, again, is a wonderful school. They've also given you a nice scholarship and it's always a good sign when a program shows real interest in you. Maxwell, Korbel or Elliott...you really can't go wrong. Also, I should add that a good amount of students at Maxwell are also able to secure additional funding after enrolling. Is Elliott off the table for you since they didn't offer any money?
  12. I know that many people wanted to but were unable to attend these open houses. In an attempt to provide more information to those people, here is a brief wrap-up of how it went. Sorry if it's fragmented, I’m just freestyling this and putting down my thoughts as they come. If anyone has specific questions, feel free to ask. I will inevitably leave a lot out. MAXWELL. I arrived the day before the event and spent time walking around campus and exploring the town. While the campus is big and relatively beautiful, the surrounding town leaves a lot to be desired. It is small and unappea
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