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changing focus: IR versus domestic-oriented studies

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I have a question regarding grad school applications -- I have a lot of experience in foreign affairs, but I would like to switch my focus to more domestic and economically oriented studies for grad school and beyond. Either way I will have to leverage my experience when applying to programs, but I wanted to know if I should be direct and state that now that I've done "X" I would like to pursue "Y." Or would many schools frown upon such a track?

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My opinion: definitely address your background and where you're coming from, tie that to where you want to be and how the degree program to which you're applying will help get you there -- but be sure to also explain the process by which you came to the realization/decision that a shift in focus is best for you. Tell your story, leave no gaps and make it compelling!

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