Posted by: Josef Korbel School, Office of Graduate Admissions | January 19, 2011

yes, I am still alive

Wow. Long time no post, huh? Sorry about that. I could give you a bunch of excuses–I was in California for a little while, the quarter just started, work is really busy, I came down with pneumonia…. (all true), but really, who wants to hear all that? The important thing is that I’m finally posting something! Hooray! 🙂

So we are in the middle of week 3 of the quarter and things are going well. I’m taking Politics of Deeply Divided Societies, International Criminal Law, and International Campaign Management. I had originally signed up for Nuclear Ethics (I know, I know.. what in the world was I thinking?!) and after just one class decided that I needed to get out- FAST. Philosophical/moral/ethical reasoning is definitely not my thing, and the professor’s requirements for participation and assignments were frankly absurd. Absolutely unreasonable requirements considering that all of us have at least 2 other classes we can’t ignore and most of us also work part-time. The class would have fulfilled one of my degree requirements, but it wasn’t worth my sanity to stay. I can fulfill that requirement some other way. So instead I picked up Intl Campaign Management and am very pleased with my decision. So far it’s a fun class and I really like the professor. But the best part about the class is that there aren’t any long papers! YESSSS!!! lol.

In other news, the deadline for Fall 2011 admission was last Saturday, and we are being flooded with calls and emails from applicants. The main problems seem to be with the letters of recommendation, and believe me, I feel your pain. The system for submitting them sucks and we are doing our best to help you guys (and your recommenders) get them in. Yesterday I went over to the Office of Graduate Studies (they handle the application itself and all corresponding materials) to help out for a bit because they are buried under a mountain of transcripts and hard-copy letters of rec. After seeing what they’re having to deal with, I urge you to please be patient if you sent your transcripts 2 weeks ago and they still aren’t showing up on your online checklist. They’re being entered as fast as possible and they will make note of when the transcripts were received, not when they were entered. So all will be well. Take deep breaths and believe that everything will be okay… it will all work out.

Achen devlesa!

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