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Hello everyone,

I am trying to get a feel if I am competitive for the International Affairs or public policy programs I want to attend, and if there is anything else I can do to help my admission chances. Here is a basic look over my resume/ transcript.

Program: UPitt GSPIA, Korbel, Fletcher, NYU any other suggestions would be nice

Field of Study: International Security  

University: Senior Military College/ regional public university

Major/Minor: B.A in International Affairs, Minor in Organizational Leadership and European History

GPA: 3.2

GRE: 165 V 163

Age: 23

Experience: 6 month internship to NATO School Oberammergau working with the academic department in Germany. I also had a 3 month internship at NATO LANDCOM HQ in Izmir, Turkey working with public relations. Enlisted in the National Guard out of high school as an Infantryman (no skills there), and I am commissioning into the Army national guard as a CBRN officer (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear).  I have received a ton of certificates from time with the NATO School from all different areas of interest.  

LOR: I have one from the dean of academics at the NSO Oberammergau, Germany writing a letter. My department head for my program is also writing out a recommendation. I also have other professors who could write stellar LORs.

Activities: Model UN president, Allied club secretary, along with other leadership positions in ROTC that don’t matter that much. I had a few part-time jobs and a study abroad to the Baltic nations for a semester.

Languages: Fluent English, intermediate Turkish, and basic level German and Russian picked up from courses and travel.


I have a rather low disappointing GPA, this and my unknown regional university will probably keep me from going that far. What should I do, retake the GRE? Take a few graduate courses? Any input will help. thank you!


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