Why I Came to the Woo

Dec 10, 2014
I came to the Woo to strengthen my quantitative skills and to gain greater experience in health policy. After working for three years, I knew these were the skills I needed to advance my career. After college, I worked for a year at the Pew Charitable Trusts, addressing issues from unemployment insurance to federal tax and spending policy. I often worked with Bureau of Labor Statistics data in STATA – statistical computer software – to examine...
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#BLACKLIVESMATTER

Dec 4, 2014
Published by: Melissa Lyles
#BLACKLIVESMATTER Today I witnessed one of the most moving moments at Princeton University since I started working here 11 years ago. Students, faculty and staff at the University were encouraged to participate in a “Walk-Out & Die-In” to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson and others in demanding an end to racialized state violence. One of the goals of the protest was to dismantle systemic injustices against marginalized people of...
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Policy Workshop Class Goes to Myanmar

Dec 2, 2014
As a part of the WWS policy workshop, “Elections in Fragile States,” I got an opportunity to travel with nine of my classmates to Myanmar to assess the preparations for the upcoming elections. The 2015 elections are critical to Myanmar’s democratic transition, and it was an incredible opportunity for us to observe this critical juncture in Myanmar’s history. We met a range of stakeholders, including the Government Union Election Commission, ...
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2015 Application Wrap-up

Nov 27, 2014
Published by: WWS Admissions
As you put the final touches on your applications to the MPA, MPP and Ph.D. programs, be sure to review the application tips recently posted to the admissions blog. For your reference, the links are posted below. The admissions office will be closed over the holiday weekend—If you have difficulty with the online application between now and December 1, you may contact the application administrator, CollegeNet, at help@applyweb.com. Please allow...
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Beyond Ferguson: Channeling Our Outrage into Action

Nov 26, 2014
On Aug. 9, 2014, Ferguson, Missouri added a heartbreaking chapter to an already tragic story that includes Emmett Till, Tanisha Anderson, Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Tarika Wilson, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner and many, many more. On this fateful day, yet another young life was taken at the hands of authorities. Michael Brown, 18 years old, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson. One hundred and eight days later...
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2015 Application Countdown, Conclusion - Résumé & Diversity

Nov 26, 2014
Published by: WWS Admissions
The Ingredients of a Strong Résumé Use a two page annotated format.  Begin with paid Professional Work Experience. Provide date, job title and employer. Under each one, provide a brief paragraph of your key assignments and important accomplishments. Some bullet points are fine, but be judicious as substance is more important than format. Include a separate section on Leadership and Public Service. Include examples of leadership in college,...
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2015 Application Countdown, Part 4 - Transcripts & GRE Scores

Nov 25, 2014
Published by: WWS Admissions
The Evaluation of Transcripts & GRE Scores The beauty of the admission process to schools of public and international affairs is that the applicant pool is relatively small in comparison to other professional graduate schools of law, business, engineering and medicine. We do not use a matrix or formula for Grade Point Averages and GRE scores because the content behind those points of data is what we value most. We focus mostly on your...
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2015 Application Countdown, Part 3 - The GRE Deadline

Nov 24, 2014
Published by: WWS Admissions
GRE Scores and the Dec. 1 Deadline WWS is flexible on the receipt of GRE scores for applicants who either retake the GRE or could not schedule the test before the Dec. 1 deadline. During the past 20 years, GRE testing has moved from paper- to computer-based administration, but not in all countries. The one constant is that it is difficult to control all of the externalities that affect taking the GRE, including: unforeseen professional travel or...
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What I got away with in my application to WWS

Nov 21, 2014
Here’s what I got away with in my application to the Woodrow Wilson School: Not having a degree in economics, political science, or international relations Writing my first ever policy memo Deciding to write that memo to the president, provincial governors, minister of mines, and chairman of the state mining company of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (I mean, Why not?) Prefacing my course list with the following statement concerning my true...
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2015 Application Countdown, Part 2 - Personal Statement

Nov 20, 2014
Published by: WWS Admissions
How to Build Momentum in a Personal Statement The personal statement must “smell authentic” meaning that it could never be possible to confuse it with any other applicant. To be compelling, your story must be told with humility while also highlighting your strengths and leadership. Begin by telling your story of public service, your contributions to the public good and define your passion for specific policy issues and the ways in which you have...
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