gazelle Posted November 30, 2009 Share Posted November 30, 2009 Currently in the process of applying to MA IR programs. My stats: Undergrad degrees: Chemical engineering, chemistry (double major) School: University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus (top 3 ChemE program, well known in industry) GPA: 3.12 (ouch) GRE: 520V/730Q/5.0AW Work experience: two years living in a tiny rural coastal fishing village in Japan teaching English for the Japanese government (JET Program) as the only foreign national within a 50 km radius Foreign Languages: Proficient in German and Japanese Volunteer work: 2 summers at a Japanese garden Additional work experience: Three years in a demographic office working with quantitative historical census data, and two semesters of being a lab T/A for general chemistry at college Additional coursework: 5-6 courses in Japanese culture/society/language--grades of A in all (except I received a grade of A- for each of the two semesters of Japanese language) Extra: I grew up around alcoholism and was a child of divorce. At fifteen I began working full time to support my mother and myself as the sole income earner. Working full-time continued into college, and my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer in the summer prior to entering my upper division coursework. She died three weeks into that semester, but I persevered through that while still working 40 hours a week between my demographic job and being a T/A, and while volunteering. Also I had to spend the year following my mother's death going through her things and dealing with the legal aspects of her death. My GPA is pretty low but my degrees were no walk in the park, especially with the full plate I had. Verbal GRE is another ouch, but I took it eight days before moving to Japan (should've retook it anyway though). I suppose for an engineer my quantitative GRE is a tad low, but I was fairly happy with it (was shooting for 750). What I want to do: I want to study corporate social responsibility and environmental practices in Japan as a function of economics (e.g. relatively quantitative studies). Schools I am applying to: UCSD IR/PS Columbia SIPA NYU GSAS Syracuse Maxwell I sent off UCSD last week and felt pretty good about my essays, and am finishing Columbia now. However I am a bit worried about Columbia--they seem to only be interested in my academic record, if the application is anything to go by. No essays outside the statement of purpose, and nowhere within the application to really elaborate on experiences or anything like that. What are my chances? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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