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Meta Discussion / Re: Assholes on XOXO OUTTED RUSKIEGIRL!
« on: March 12, 2005, 01:44:50 PM »
I have to agree that Ruskiegirl was uber-annoying.

But I don't agree about the Boalt-bashing. I mean check out LSN as of today, it has a higher or (nearly) equal median LSAT compared to the entire upper half of the T14. 

And Braden, you're clearly a moron. How much of an ass do you sound like by bashing Boalt as a "TTT" and not even being able to get in? That makes you dumber than Ruskie by your own metrics.

Happy Saturday!


Wait List / Re: waitlisted at Michigan
« on: March 12, 2005, 01:39:36 PM »

Hey Miguel - I was accepted to the Rochester PoliSci Ph.D. program. It's looking like I'm going to law school, but if I choose the Ph.D., Rochester is my first choice at the moment. (Pre-visit.) What do you think about the department there? Like the people and culture.

Congratulations. I studied Poli Sci as an undergrad there (as you've gathered) and I have high praise for the department. It has been top ranked for awhile now, and while Rochester doesn't have loads of cache-value name recognition, people seem to respect that dept all over. They are doing a lot to overhaul the faculty, which was getting very old when I left there (they staked there reputation on political theory in the 60s anad 70s when they really became a national program, but have had the same gray heads since then) and in the past 5 years have hired lots of new, young people. They also have a good budget there, and buy good professors as well as students. I'm sure you have a good funding package...

Anyhow, Rochester the city grows on you. It only can, because it seems like a hole on first glance. But it has some charm, and is more cosmopolitan than anyone would have guessed. Feel free to IM me with any more questions if you end up going.

Wait List / Re: waitlisted at Michigan
« on: March 11, 2005, 05:21:51 PM »
Just got mine too...not sure how I feel about this :-\. I knew it was a reach, did you guys get an attachment with your email? I didn't and it gave me the impression that a form was attached...oh man

Does anyone know when they start considering their waitlist?

I have no idea when they start considering the WL, but my take is that WL are a big pain in the butt, and you can pretty much count on not getting off of them (aside from taking yourself off).

As for how to feel about WLs in general, this is my second one now... and I think it is bascially an ego cushion. You don't get to go if you want to, but at least you get acknowledged as a worthy enugh candidate.

As for the PDF attached to the email (it was a link in the text), I had no problems opening it. If you want, IM me with your email address and I'll forward you the email I got from them with the link. It may just be a question of your browser or pop-up blocker.

Wait List / Re: waitlisted at Michigan
« on: March 11, 2005, 03:57:58 PM »
Just got it, too. What a crap shoot some of these schools are, huh? I was thinking going into this, from everything I had heard, that Michigan was my best bet (of reaches, that is). It looks like the 4 of us posted on here so far have at least one or 2 strong options already though.

I am going to accept the waitlist, and see what happens.

I agree that it depends where/what you want to do. Both are great public interest schools, and both will leave you in good shape in their respective areas. I don't think ranking enters into the equation too much, even if American is slightly higher ranked, it's name value doesn't trump NE in the New England area, and vice versa.

Both schools are liberal, but neither is "radical." Some of the students might be, but the schools themselves are not.

Good luck!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What's the deal with Phi Beta Kappa?
« on: March 08, 2005, 10:31:22 AM »
It's something worth joining. It is the oldest and most esteemed "honor society" for colleges in the US. It doesn't cost much to join (and you don't need to buy the ridiculous gold rings and pins and buttons they try to sell you).

While I know that each school's process for selection is different, you usually have to be nominated by a faculty member. Most schools have an open nomination process during each spring. Juniors that get selected are usually the most outstanding 1$ or so of students, while seniors usually comprise the top 5% or so, though not all schools have strict GPA cutoffs.

I can't remember about NE, but American is most certainly not 37% female - check USNEWS, it is the other way around, man!

Where should I go next fall? / Re: To Call or Not to Call??
« on: March 03, 2005, 03:02:50 PM »
Thanks for the useful thread and information. I was going to email and ask for similar information, but I am glad to know that I at least would have been contacted by now if there was something missing from my apps.

Good luck.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Deferrals -- any harm in asking?
« on: March 03, 2005, 10:05:48 AM »
Sounds reasonable enough to me, though I of course don't really know.

I would just put yourself in their shoes - they are probably thinking "does this guy plan on ACTUALLY matriculating next year, and is his reason legitimate?" They are also probably thinking about their class sizes and not having too many hold-overs, but you can't really control for that.

Good luck!

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Deferrals -- any harm in asking?
« on: March 02, 2005, 05:16:04 PM »
I am thinking of requesting a deferral if get a fulbright that I applied for, and I plan on asking sooner rather than later (if/when I get it). I figure the more planning they can do around you, the happier they are and the more likely they will accept your petition. I have never heard of anyone with a legitimate excuse (and you should at least make one up if you don't have one) that has been denied a deferral, but I would be interested to hear if anyone else has and for what reason...

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