tester123 Posted April 27, 2009 Share Posted April 27, 2009 Honest opinions appreciated. I have been accepted to a good IR program in DC, but not a tier 1 school. I applied to Gtown MSFS and was rejected but I didnt apply to SAIS or any other Tier 1 schools. I was wondering if I should attend the program I got into or wait another year and try to get into a top tier 1 IR program (SAIS, Fletcher, SIPA). If I dont have a shot then I dont want to waste a year but if I do then it might be worth it for me. My stats: I went to a T25 Undergrad and double majored in Politics and Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies with a minor in Judaic Studies. My overall GPA was a 3.242, however my first 3 semesters when I had a hard adjustment period I had GPA of arounds 2.9 whereas my last 5 semesters my GPA was around a 3.4-3.5. Unfortunately I took many of my Politics major requirements in my freshman year and my GPA for my Politics Major is a 2.986, GPA for Middle Eastern Studies is 3.269 and GPA for Judaic studies minor is 3.26. I have had one semester studying abroad in an Arab country, written some articles for local newspaper regarding middle east foreign policy, and have 3 years of Arabic Language study. I am also fluent in Hebrew. Since graduating I have also taken Macro Econ and Micro-Econ at a community college (Both A's) My GRE scores are 720 Verbal, 680 Math, 5.5 Writing and I have had a few months work experience in a prestigious think tank in Washington DC dealing with Middle East foreign policy issues where I have a good rec from a well known senior fellow (who also teaches at SAIS) and another internship in DC at a think tank dealing with terrorism issues that lasted several months. I also spent one summer during undergrad as a researcher and translator for a study in Israel on Kurdish Jews. My work experience other than that is as an SAT, GRE, and LSAT teacher for a national test prep company (2 years) and a small consulting/recruiting firm that specializes in Israeli non-profit and life-sciences/med device companies (1year). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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