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  1. Has anyone made any decisions on where they are going next year? I know I haven't, but I am curious about where everyone will be studying!
  2. Hello folks, I am applying for a PhD degree in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. I submitted my online application and sent a package enclosed with all their required files to the department. I emailed them, asking whether my application has been processed, but no one ever replies since January. I checked the online system ten times a day but saw no updates of my information!!! I am totally freak-out!!! Does anyone hear from UPitt (Marsha Tsouris to be exact)? Or could anyone tell me what's going on there? I am in for the political science graduate program. So I am really worried about that. Could anyone HELP? Thanks.
  3. Dear All, First, I hope everyone is doing well! I am new here, and I found this forum to be very helpful for anyone envisaging graduate school. I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science at a CUNY University ( The public university of New York City). I am minoring in English, History and Philosophy and my GPA is 3.65. I have a fairly interesting life story despite my young age (21 years old). Born in a war-torn country, coming from a family which had been continually politically oppressed by the communist regime until the year of my birth, I was personnally confronted with the horrors of the civil war, and exiled in Paris, France where from the age of 10 to 13, my family and I were homeless. I have, thus, double citizenship: French and Albanian. At the age of 17, we moved to NYC, and since then I have been occupied with the writing of a book, which hopefully will be finished before my 22nd birthday. I have the American Green Card. I have won some prestigious literary awards, I have interned at the Albanian Ministry of Justice for a whole summer, and I have interned at one of the NYC Supreme Court. I would like to apply to Science Po and possibly LSE. My preference would be to go back home (Science Po Paris) for a Master and then come back to the US for Law School. My main focus would be to continue a Master in Political Science in Political Theory at L'ecole Doctorale of Science Po, or concentrate in the study of International Relations at Science Po or LSE. Can anyone enlighten me as to what is the difference between the two cited masters at Science Po? Which one is more prestigious ? Is the Master at L'Ecole Doctorale a rather good program? Also, I have heard that Science Po encourages and accepts more easily international students than French students. Will I be guaranteed acceptation more easily if I was to apply as Albanian as opposed to French even though I will be graduating with a B.A? And finally, I am extremely worried about my GPA as it does not reflect my abilities. I wonder if I can explain ( or rather would I be allowed to explain) that it was as a result of a major family issue... Will the fact that both my parents were victims of rather dangerous and life-threatening car accident, and that being the only person speaking English in the household, I needed to take care of almost everything while working two jobs (over 35h/week), being a full-time student, as well as involved in my college ' student activites ? I thank you all very much, and I hope I have not bothered you with my long comment. All inputs are very much appreciated, and do not hesitate if you have any questions. R.
  4. With "non-denominational winter holiday season" right around the corner, most people I know are pretty busy finishing up exams, doing shopping runs, and shoveling snow from their driveway (although, not in my part of Canada where snow is as foreign as 3 days without rain). I, on the other hand, am spending my days researching for my MA thesis and obsessively checking my PhD applications. Good news! All of my letters, transcripts, test scores, and writing samples have been received by my schools of choice. Bad news! This hasn't stopped me from checking my applications once a day for the past 4 weeks (what if I missed something? What if a professor withdrew a letter? What if ____ got lost in the mail? What if the internet conspired to delete my application from existence and crush my dreams??!!" Bottom line: I am a compulsive checker of applications. When there are no more applications to check, I am a compulsive checker of grad cafe (because who knows... someone could be looking for just the sort of unsolicited advice that I happen to specialize in!) Anyways, we have the "Welcome to the 2012 Cycle" forum but I hereby propose a much less useful and much more youthful (read: immature) forum in which we might discuss our no-doubt shared feeling of impending dread as February and March roll around. After all, there isn't anything wrong with arm-gnawing anxiety, it just shows you care. Questions/Topics for discussion: - How often do you check the status of your applications? - How often do you go on grad cafe? - What is the craziest thing you have done or written in preparation for these applications (i.e. spelling mistakes in SOPs? Hilarious personal statement teasers? Nagging emails to letter writers?) - Do you check other people's "what are my chances" posts because you want to help or because you want to know how competitive you are with them? - Have you ever responded to a "help me with my _____" post and then slightly regretted giving someone else an edge? Enjoy!
  5. luna210


    Just checked the ETS website and although scores aren't supposed to be officially released until Nov 17, somehow my scores are up... 164 V (670 on old scale) 153 Q (680 on old scale) 4 AW I'm really surprised at my low AW score... I was expecting at least a 5. Also, the ranges they gave me after the test were 650-750 Q and 690-790 V so I'm pretty surprised that my verbal ended up 20 points below the projected range. Anyway, my GPA is 3.9, very strong letters of rec (one from a professor I'm co-authoring a paper with), and my statement or purpose and writing sample are very good as well. I'm applying for Comparative Politics, and I really want UCLA!!! Do I have a shot, or do my low AW and Q keep me out of the running??? Also applying to Columbia, MIT, Chicago, NYU, Northwestern, and a few other lesser ranked schools.
  6. Situation I'm hoping to apply to PhD programs next year. I'm currently in a dual masters degree program at a top public university. When I'm finished I'll received one professional MA (public policy) and another in liberal arts. Dilemma In my professional program, professors aren't are all shy about assigning B (sometimes C) grades to students. While I'm generally doing well, I'm probably going to have a couple or more B/B+ grades on my transcript from quantitative/economics courses. Bottom line My GPA is going to be 3.8, maybe 3.6 (GASP!), by the time I'm finished with both degrees. Should I be freaking the fuck out? Are my hopes of attending a top political science PhD dashed?
  7. Hi Guys, One of my first posts, been lurking for a while though. I'm throwing my hat in the ring for the 2012 application season, and was hoping someone who applied last year might be ammenable to reading a rough-draft SOP. Also willing to trade with another applicant in the IR or Methodology subfields (willing to read theory as well, but I'm a bit rusty.) Let me know! Best, Justin
  8. Hi all, I plan to apply to various top tier PhDs in International Relations, but my most brilliant writing sample is not related to IR, but to the organizational structure and distribution of power in small religious groups. May it be possible to submit my paper on that issue, or will it spoil my application to PhD in IR? I was even thinking about writing a paper on IR ad-hoc as the writing sample of the application... I don't know what to do... Thank you sooooooo much for your help. Sincerely
  9. Hi all, I plan to apply to various top tier PhDs in International Relations, but my most brilliant writing sample is not related to IR, but to the organizational structure and distribution of power in small religious groups. May it be possible to submit my paper on that issue, or will it spoil my application to PhD in IR? I was even thinking about writing a paper on IR ad-hoc as the writing sample of the application... I don't know what to do... Thank you sooooooo much for your help. Sincerely
  10. I posted this in the wrong forum. Mods, could you please delete this.
  11. Hi all, I'm looking for a Poli Sci PhD program that includes studying a foreign language. I'm interested in studying politics of the Middle East (not interested in Middle East Studies degree), and thus continuing my study of Arabic; I'm currently in intermediate Arabic. Of course there are options like studying on my own time, but I would prefer a curriculum that includes language study. Do any programs exist that encourage students to become fluent within their curriculum, as opposed to simply taking two years of language study (like many of the UCs in California) to clear language requirements? Best, Atua
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