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  1. Hello everyone I have been lurking here for some time. I appreciate your always honest and detailed answers to even quite difficult questions. I am very excited to move from Europe to the U.S. as I have been accepted for graduate studies (Strategic Studies) at SAIS at Johns Hopkins University. I intend to pursue a career in, preferably, a think tank or the defense industry. I hope to be in a good position to enter these fields as I speak Russian and Arabic (both full professional fluency) on top of being an Army officer in my native country. I would like to know more of what kind of experience I will have at JHU. How is life in DC in general? What do you like about the city? How are foreigners welcomed? Links to other answers on the forum are also very much appreciated. Thank you - Aurelius
  2. Hello Everyone, Accepted to: Harris (MPP) Scholarship 15k Evans (MPA) some fellowship UCSD GPS was not considering it until it gave me full scholarship Maxwell, Boston (MAEP), GW: no aid Leaning towards: Harris. for its reputation, courses and faculty members. I want to work in the quant side of policy analysis which Harris is known for. But I will have to take loan to afford it and it is a VERY expensive school Evans: I plan to concentrate on policy analysis for MPA so I can study courses I am interested in without breaking the bank I have never been to chicago and liked Seattle. Hoping to work for a think tank! What are your suggestions? As a first generation college student having to take all these decisions by myself is very overwhelming. I am always afraid that I will regret the decision of choosing one over the other. Thank you!
  3. I'm deciding on a Masters in international affairs/development studies and would appreciate any advice anyone has. Johns Hopkins seems to be the most prestigious but offered me no funding, and Tufts seems to be of a similar caliber and offered me some funding but is in Boston and I don't have housing there so that would be an additional cost. Does anyone have any insight on the difference between GW and American? They are my most affordable options. I have family in DC so can live rent-free there. Is SAIS at Johns Hopkins worth going into significant debt?
  4. Hi Guys, Long (long) time lurker first-time poster here. Any input will go a long way in helping me decide which program is best suited to my personal situation. I am an Indian applicant looking to move to the US somewhat long-term . I am a lawyer by training and since graduating from law school I have worked as a policy professional for the past 3 years in not for profit thinktanks in India. My focus areas have been access to health, cybersecurity and judicial reforms, but I am sector and subject agnostic as I enter grad school. I have received admits from the following schools 1. Michigan Ford - no aid 2. Chicago Harris - no aid 3. Georgetown McCourt - 15000 per year in aid (tuition is 55k py) 4. George Washington Trachtenberg - 20000 per year in aid (tuition is 35k py) 5. Columbia SIPA - 12000 per year in aid (60k py tuition) 6. Fletcher MALD - 20000 per year in aid (45k py tuition) I have ruled out Michigan, SIPA and Chicago since thy are not financially viable even though I am still wowed by Chicago's program. I have been advised to turn down George Washington despite the aid since the school does not have as much international recognition, in the event that I won't be able to stay on in the US. Am I being misled? Does the programs raking or eliteness make that much of a difference? My focus after graduating is definitely securing employment and staying on in the US (it will be insanely difficult to pay back this kind of money on a public service job in my domestic currency). I am now attempting to choose between Georgetowns MPP and Fletchers MALD. Is Georgetown's DC location worth pay twice as much as I would at Fletcher? Is the MPP degree more marketable in the long-term than an MALD degree? I enjoy being a generalist and am looking to gain skills that can be applied across sectors. That said will the heavier quant training at an MPP/MPA program make me more employable? I have mostly worked in academia and non-profits, and am now interested in exploring private sector (but still have good work-life balance). I am also second guessing rejecting Columbia's offer since some people have advised that being in NY will serve me well as an international student, and that I can recoup costs by taking up a consulting job. Likewise I am worried that I am making a huge mistake turning down GWUs scholarship. Any advice or insight you are able to provide will be really helpful. (Hoping @Prester John and @ExponentialDecay will comment. Thanks.
  5. Hello, I would appreciate thoughts regarding graduate school decisions/comments from people in the same boat. Interested in environmental policy and potentially private sector consulting or NGO work. Accepted to: GWU - Environmental Resource Policy, Trachtenberg School ($10k/year fellowship) Still waiting on a decision from UCSB Bren MESM. Obviously this could all be for nothing depending on decision from Bren, but going into this process I regarded UCSB Bren as my #1 choice due to program respect in the environmental field, location (Santa Barbara sounds nice), etc. However, now that I have received word from GWU I'm beginning to like the idea of being in DC and the plethora of internship opportunities, etc. For environmental policy I believe this is potentially more important than program rank necessarily. Also, the GWU ENRP program allows for all classes to be done in the evening allowing for full-time and part-time internships during the semester. (EPA, DOE, EDF, NRDC, etc all having offices in D.C. along with pretty much every other environmental NGO). All of that being said, UCSB Bren is consistently ranked as the top or a top 3 program for environmental management. Anyone else with knowledge or experience in environmental sustainability policy have thoughts? I don't necessarily want to stay in DC long term and would actually prefer Southern California as a career location, BUT I feel like the connections I could form in DC could carry anywhere. I would appreciate any thoughts/advice
  6. I got accepted to Berkeley’s Master of Development Practice and Johns Hopkins’ SAIS DC. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. Though I haven’t had relevant professional work experience, I attended community college meanwhile to take classes for my own interest. Berkeley’s tuition is about $48k/year and offers small funding ($3k/year) while SAIS DC’s tuition is about $47k/year with no funding. Cost of living in DC and SF bay area are similar. I know UC Berkeley very well and it seems like I may have some advantage getting campus jobs that I may be able to graduate debt-free. While these two programs are not exactly the same, they will help my career goal, which is to work in international organizations focusing on Latin America in the long-run. Here are pros and cons I see from each school: Berkeley Pros: Campus jobs that will help me financially Bigger campus, more departments such as ERG and Latin American studies Fellowship opportunities for the second year Cons: I spent 4 years there. I am not sure if there’s much I can get out of this school. But Berkeley is a big school and being a graduate student is different from undergrad. So I’m not sure if it’s a big con. SAIS: Pros: Being in DC SAIS is more known and prestigious than MDP. Emphasis on quant skills Cons: I have no clue how I can minimize student loan (or if possible at all). What do you think? I would like to get some advice from others.
  7. Hi everyone! I am Sheila and I am 23 years old. I am moving to Washington DC (or nearby neighborhoods) in the mid-August to attend GWU as an international student. Looking for 1-4 roommates to find and share decent apartment in good neighborhood.I am particularly interested in following areas: Foggy Bottom, Crystal City, Pentagon City, Courthouse, Rosslyn, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown. My budget is about 800 USD for a separate/shared room. About myself: open-minded, optimistic, calm person who respects other people's privacy and enjoys good company. Graduate students, young professionals from DC area are welcome to send a message to me, would be very interested to talk and possibly connect about finding shared housing)
  8. I've been accepted to the MA National Security & Foreign policy program at American University and the MA International Security program at the Josef Korbel School. I've been trying to choose between the two and it has proven to be a very difficult process. I will be relying on loans to pay tuition, so money is serious concern. I want a program that is geared toward policy development and encourages the 'think tank' approach. Help!
  9. Hey everyone, sorry to create another 'Vs.' thread. If you don't mind, I'd like to ask for your opinions. I trying to decide between SAIS and Georgetown SFS and I'm having a tough time! My stated goal in my personal statements is to become a Commercial Service Officer. These people work at US embassies, but are members of the Department of Commerce, not the State Department, I believe. Among the many things CSOs do, their work mostly consists of promoting and assisting American businesses in other countries. In grad school, I want to focus on East Asia. East Asia has developed countries, near-developed, and developing countries all mixed together. I want to focus my studies on three main aspects of IR, business, government and development, and integrate them together in the context of East Asia and the US. I won't go into details of my thoughts and reasoning, but this is part of why I want to become a CSO. To my disbelief, I got into SFS and SAIS. Unfortunately, I got no merit aid from either school; I'll be borrowing money in either case. Now here's where things get tricky for me. I've been in Japan for 3.5 years and speak Japanese with reasonable fluency. For that reason, I applied to SAIS and picked the Japan Studies regional concentration. After reading through their website, it looks like if I take a few extra Asia IR classes, I can get a Masters of Asia IR (which I intend to do if I choose SAIS). I guess the International Economics concentration and Asia IR coursework could prepare me for my intended career. But in case I can't become a CSO (of which there is a very high probability me thinks), I'd be in a good position to return to Japan/Asia or enter into some kind of Japan/Asian-related work I would think. For SFS, I picked the International Commerce and Business concentration. Compared to SAIS, SFS has very little variety with only 3 concentrations. SFS prides itself in being a 'practitioner-oriented' program; their classes are all about teaching skills. Very few people at SFS go on to do Ph.D's because they don't focus on research or theory. I wouldn't be able to take a lot of Japan/Asia-related courseshere; instead, I'd have a lot of more general IR and business classes. So why am I confused? Well, as many people stated on this forum, SAIS has a better Asian department and connections. But I think Georgetown's ICB program offers more practical skills rather than history and theory. SAIS is very economics heavy, but how useful is all that economics knowledge unless you want to become an economist? And as interesting as their Japan/Asia IR classes sound, how useful will they be? I'll benefit from gaining knowledge about history and issues in Japan/Asia, but what marketable skills will I have to show employers besides the fact I know a lot about Japan/Asia IR? I suppose I could switch and pick a functional concentration instead, but nothing at SAIS seems to fit my goals I think. Part of me also thinks I shouldn't fret over details; after all, SAIS is an amazing school with great connections and many, many successful alums. Another issue is location. If I choose SAIS, I will do my first year at Bologna vs. 2 years in DC with SFS. As cool as it would be to go to Bologna (I'll probably never get a chance to live in Europe again), part of me also reasons that it would be wiser to be in DC for 2 years. And of course, I'm also pondering the other issues already mentioned on this forum: program size, school prestige, school connections, actual campus vs. office building in downtown DC, debt, etc. I guess the issue comes back to my original thoughts on IR schools: by getting a Masters in IR, what skills would I gain and how useful will they be in when seeking employment? I've always seen MBAs has a better investment, not only because they command higher salaries, but also because they give people practical skills. For the same reason, I suppose I favor SFS over SAIS at the moment. I'm welcome to any input! By choosing an IR degree, I'm moving into a new field career-wise, so there is a lot I don't know. So please educate me!
  10. Is anyone else going to the Preview day on Sunday for people accepted to George Washington University's MPH program? I'm kind of freaking out about it. I don't think they're going to give me that much money, even though I'm pretty poor. I would love to get an assistantship with tuition remission but I have no idea how to go about it. Does anyone have any suggestions for questions to ask, general advice, etc? Thanks!
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