eastcoastdude123 Posted July 6, 2009 Share Posted July 6, 2009 Hello, I recently graduated summa cum laude from a top tier public school in Virginia (not UVa) with a double major in political science and history. My overall GPA was a 3.86, and my in-major GPA's were a 3.81 and a 3.97, respectively. I am also Phi Beta Kappa, and I was a member of my university's SGA for two years. From the time I was a junior in high school I knew I wanted to be a lawyer (or so I thought). I was convinced of this as I was sending out applications to various law schools. Then I came home for Christmas and I started talking with old high school friends who were also going to law school or were already there, and they started talking about things such as signing bonuses, tort class, and moot court. Too make a long story short, I've realized over the last 6 months that I never wanted to be a lawyer, I just wanted to say that I had the degree. All along I had wanted to work for the federal government in some capacity involving homeland security or international policy. When I got back to school I brought this up to my adviser and he recommended that, given my interests, I should look into getting an MPA or an MPP. I've spent the last six months researching various programs around the country, and I'm very interested in the following programs: USC's MPA, UPitt's MPIA, George Mason's MPP, GWU's MPA, UNC's MPA, LBJ's MPAff., William & Mary's MPP, Duke's MPP, and Virginia Tech's MPA. Here is my dilemma: After I figured out law school wasn't the right path for me it was too late to get merit based aid at many of these schools, so after taking advice from several of my professors, I decided not to apply to those programs for Fall 2009 and enter the workforce until I went back to school in 2010. Let's just say things fell through, and I didn't get the job I thought I was going to get, so I'm stuck without a job worthy of being put on an application to a top tier school. I know that I can count on three very solid LOR's and I think I'll do well enough on my GRE's. I've also worked various jobs since high school, and I spent last summer interning with the GAO in D.C. So, after that narrative (sorry about that by the way ), my question to anyone reading this post is this: Will my lack of "REAL" work experience screw me over on my applications? PS: USC's SPPD is my top choice- its an internship goldmine and it has an excellent reputation all over the U.S. Plus, I really appreciate the fact that their instruction seems to be more practical than theoretical. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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