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7 minutes ago, PoliSHopeful said:

I feel like you need a break from this forum after so many rejections. 

I will not learn how to treat people from you. 

You ought to because they are kinder and a lot more gracious and inspiring than you. I don't know the circumstances in your life but you are the kind of person I would loathe to be in a cohort with. 

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JUST GOT A FULLY FUNDED OFFER FROM CONCORDIA!!!!!

I just got a call from the program director for Government & Social Policy at Harvard letting me know I've been accepted! Really can't believe it, I had completely given up hope for this cycl

I JUST GOT AN OFFER FROM USC WITH FELLOWSHIP AAAAH (still have to put it in the survey) 

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@BrownSugar congratulations again on USC. I was actually born at USC Medical Center and grew up not far from the campus. It's a beautiful school in a beautiful city. You can't quite beat the quality of life there combined with SC's academic reputation. If you have any questions about the area, let me know :)

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Claiming U Chicago admit via email, CP Subfield. Full funding. They said "Please note that since the administration is still reviewing our recommendations, you cannot present this letter as documentation of admission or as a guarantee of support: soon you will receive an official letter of admission", which I hope is just a formality and not an indication of COVID funding issues.

As a longtime lurker on this forum, thank you all who have been so positive and helpful parsing through the various nonsense and rejections along the way!

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2 minutes ago, BrownSugar said:

I don’t know what’s going on in your life to make you like this, but I’m quite happy with mine. I’ll certainly stay on this forum to remind people not to listen to the likes of you :) 

I am the happiest I've ever been! I got admitted to my dream school. 

But I understand why you might be grumpy. It should not be easy to only get admitted to the lowest ranked school you've applied to. Instead of trying to teach people how to act, try to find peace somewhere else.

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3 minutes ago, Mad Scientist Malfrost said:

but you are the kind of person I would loathe to be in a cohort with. 

Believe me, you're not someone of my caliber anyway. So, don't worry, you can never reach to a level to be in a cohort with me. 

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6 minutes ago, irinmn said:

@BrownSugar congratulations again on USC. I was actually born at USC Medical Center and grew up not far from the campus. It's a beautiful school in a beautiful city. You can't quite beat the quality of life there combined with SC's academic reputation. If you have any questions about the area, let me know :)

Thanks a lot!! I’m actually really happy about it. It’s one of my personal preferences despite what some people might think. I’ll definitely keep you in mind :) 

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1 hour ago, polisci_gal said:

Where did you  apply? Do you have any schools you’re waiting to hear from still? I’m sure you’ll get in somewhere with those stats!! Keep the faith 

Thank you for your support!  I only have Harvard, Yale MIT, Stanford pending, so not really gonna count on them. Prolly just going to contact my undergrad advisor to develop a paper idea I had last semester and re-apply next cycle. Best of luck with your app!

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6 minutes ago, PoliSHopeful said:

Believe me, you're not someone of my caliber anyway. So, don't worry, you can never reach to a level to be in a cohort with me. 

Good, I'm glad I'm not at your caliber then. Cause you and people like you are the part of the reason why political science has such a bad reputation in academia among other social sciences anyway. I can safely say I would rather be DEAD than be in a cohort with someone as repugnant as you.  

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47 minutes ago, politicsgal said:

I've been lurking for a while and want to thank everyone for their positivity and support on this thread! Also, claiming a Vanderbilt interview (AP, received the email today). Would anyone who has completed a Vanderbilt interview be willing to share what to expect (topics, length, etc.)?

31 minutes ago, Crossed_fingers said:

I have an interview with Vanderbilt tomorrow and would also love to hear someone else’s experience.

Hey y'all congrats on the interview! I spoke with Vanderbilt last week and I believe @Indeed did as well. I'll give the same advice as such. Was honestly pretty relaxed, but I do think that they will ask you more than the generic questions. 

There was the normal, why a PhD, what do you want to do in the future, etc, but was also probed on application specific stuff. For me, I have not taken many method/quant classes formally so she asked about my research and how it prepared me for grad school. For context, I am applying straight out of undergrad and only took one class on methods/stats and everything else I learned "on the job" either through my thesis or as a research assistant which I explained as such. 

Other than that it was super conversational, just talked about what naturally came up. Know your application strengths and weaknesses as well as why you want to attend Vanderbilt specifically and it will go swimmingly. 

Drop me a message if you have any other questions and I'd be happy to help out! Godspeed. 

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Also @NeedaMormon, I just followed you on Twitter. Your research is fascinating. I follow Japanese politics and culture as a hobby and I'm really looking forward to seeing you grow your research if you continue to focus on voter turnout in Japan! 

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3 minutes ago, Mad Scientist Malfrost said:

Does it snow often in Utah? I'm legit curious now lol 

It depends on how hard the people pray. (jkwhydoimakethesejokesaboutmyownreligion)

In all seriousness, it snows pretty frequently. We get a couple serious snowfalls. Probably no more than 18in in a year.

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5 minutes ago, Mad Scientist Malfrost said:

Also @NeedaMormon, I just followed you on Twitter. Your research is fascinating. I follow Japanese politics and culture as a hobby and I'm really looking forward to seeing you grow your research if you continue to focus on voter turnout in Japan! 

I mean we'll see what I end up doing. My real interests are with voter turnout, and political communication. Especially online communication by political campaigns.

If I want to do stuff in Japanese politics I should def brush up on my Japanese lol. Can't just waste those 2 years in Japan.

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1 hour ago, CharmanderGo said:

Hi everyone, long time lurker here. Just wondering if anyone can share their 0.2 applying as an undergrad? I received my 5th rejection today (so far no acceptance), and it's getting really hard to not blame myself at this point in the game.

I am an international applicant with a BA from an ivy (just graduated last December), triple major (government+area studies+philosophy, summa cum laude), GPA 4.0, GRE 168+169+5, four RA-ships, two TA, one first-author publication accepted at a top area studies journal, and a few more student journal/conference/etc. LOR from my undergrad advisors, all of whom I have worked with for a while and assured me they wrote strong letters. Tbh, I really felt that I checked all the boxes and didn't expect this result at all. I would really appreciate if any fellow undergrad applicant can share their experiences! Thanks!

Unfortunately this is just an extremely competitive year. I know you can sometimes fall into the trap of obsessing over your stats, but don't do it. As many others have mentioned, I think schools were looking for a much more tighter fit than in previous years. And on top of the pandemic, there are a whole host of other factors at play here. Don't beat yourself up too much.

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2 hours ago, Jay22 said:

Did they mention when they might release the decisions? What does it mean to use a waitlist? Do you think they will waitlist first and then accept from that list? 

I'm really sorry I can't answer all questions. I have no idea about what the department means by "go slow," but I doubt it's all going to be like what you described.  But that's all the department told me. I had posted somewhere earlier that Cornell's plan to release the decisions would be by or before the end of this month, which is in line with previous years. 

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33 minutes ago, spotted said:

logged on just now to see all the berkeley/chicago/michigan acceptances go out
ive got 4 more schools to go.. I only need one
at least thats what my advisor tells me lol

Keeping my fingers crossed for you! You definitely only need one! :)

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