The second student blogger end-of-semester wrap-up comes from Kaitlyn, who like many of her fellow students, appreciates a busy schedule.
This first semester, especially the second half, was a whirlwind of activity. It had never felt so bizarre as when I passed in my last final exam and stepped outside the doors of Fletcher to realize there was nothing else on the day’s — or the week’s — itinerary. After four months of non-stop activity it was nice to stroll across campus in the crisp winter air and soak in the relief that everything, for now, was done. At the same time I felt restless. Having an open itinerary might be refreshing to some, but my natural mode is to be busy. Hence, as soon as exams were done: I baked chocolate cake for my classmates so we could all celebrate, finished the puzzle we’ve all been working on in the Ginn Library, and then sat down to write this blog post. The principle topic on my mind was reflection: how did I feel after one semester? What were my resolutions going into the next one?
1. It is okay to explore a lot of Fields of Study – and it’s easier than I thought.
At the beginning of the semester, surrounded by many peers who were already firmly established in their careers, it was tempting to think that I should have a very clear idea of the Fields of Study I wanted to focus on, and the specific classes I wanted to take.
And then I talked to more second years.
The advice I got from them ranged from: “don’t worry about Fields of Study — just take whatever looks interesting,” to “take one that will get you a job and one that is for fun.”
I’m too much of a planner to like the first option, but the middle ground between the two is one that suits me well: plan one, and give myself the freedom to build the second one based on what’s most interesting. There are plenty of opportunities to explore different subjects, even with only 16 credits in the MALD program. Auditing courses, attending special events, and talking to peers and professors are all ways my fellow first years and I have found to explore Fields of Study that didn’t fit in our schedules. There’s also always that one class that takes you completely by surprise – as was the case for me and Art & Science of Statecraft. I took it because it fulfilled a breadth requirement and looked the most interesting. Turns out, it was my favorite class from my first semester! I’ll be taking the follow up course in the spring. I am not sure it will be part of a Field of Study, but if my experience in education has taught me anything, it is that following my interests is the most rewarding way to go.
2. Fletcher’s community really is the best.
I cannot emphasize enough how much everyone supports each other. It is much different than undergrad; here everyone is equally passionate about their courses and equally invested in the quality of their work. My study groups worked well together for the first time in my life, and I had my first good (actually amazing) experience with a group project in “Gender, Culture, and Conflict.”
And outside classes, our community in Fletcher’s dorm has become very close knit: we organized movie nights during exams, celebrated birthdays, and organized “Blakeley chats,” where our peers could give mini-presentations about their work and their experiences. By far the high point of my semester was one of these community moments: Medford had its first snow just before finals started. And my excitement and celebration over that was exponentially more memorable and special because I could share it with my friends and fellow bloggers (shout out Akshobh and Prianka) for whom it was a “first snow.”
1. Garder plus du temps pour pratiquer le Français
I worked hard this semester on reading and writing French. I reached the point where I could do both without translating back to English, a proficiency goal I never thought I’d reach. Next year I’ll take the oral half of my French proficiency exam and (security clearance pending) have an internship in Paris this summer. Thus, my second resolution is to invest more time into practicing my conversation skills — by taking advantage of the language courses offered at Tufts’ Olin Center and carefully planning my spring classes around a French audit.
2. Get More Involved!
There’s never time to do everything that’s going on at Fletcher. I didn’t try too hard to do so while adjusting to the rigors of grad school. With my first semester over, my most important resolution for 2018 is to add more activities to my schedule: get more involved with clubs, attend more events, and buy a giant paper calendar to better plan my job and classwork around events.
Here I am, in my kitchen, watching the snow swirl around outside the window. In one laptop window, I’m writing this post. In another, I’m participating in a pre-deadline online chat, along with all my other Admissions pals. We’re connected to each other with a conference call, so that we can ensure we answer all the questions that are coming our way. (There’s enough of a lull now that I can listen in and write this post at the same time.) Before the online chat began, we discussed our snow-day attire and agreed that “athleisurewear” is the uniform of the day. Laurie is wrapped in a blanket and several of us are wearing our warmest wool socks.
Other conversations we’re having in the background include our own typos. (In fact, I just typed an answer that included one.) Lucas is the moderator for the chat, and he’s able to catch our most egregious mistakes.
Back to the snow. If you’re in the U.S., you might be experiencing much of what we are here — a long week of cold days with today’s snowstorm arriving like the unwanted icing on the cake. It won’t surprise you that Tufts University is closed for the day. It’s always an easier decision to close when we’re on winter break and there aren’t students on campus to worry about. I think the Admissions team is united in feeling grateful that we can participate in the online chat from the comfort of our homes.
We’ll stay on top of the email inbox today, and we’ll most likely be back in the office tomorrow. Feel free to send along your questions and we’ll respond as quickly as we can. Meanwhile, if you’re on the east coast of the U.S., stay safe and warm!
Every year I introduce our new graduate assistants, and I write posts as needed about new staff members. But I generally (and inexcusably) neglect to tell you about the long-time staff. In fact, you may be wondering whom I’m referring to when I mention Liz or Kristen, or another of my Admissions pals. Today I’ll fix that. Note that all of us do a little of everything, but each of us has greater responsibility for certain projects or programs. My introductions focus on the activities that distinguish us from each other. With that, please meet us!
In alpha order, we have:
Dan may be best known to blog readers as the human friend of Murray, our canine pal, but even more noteworthy is that Dan is the lone Fletcher graduate among us. He had previously worked in international education, and a post-MALD position in Fletcher Admissions was a natural for him. Dan is also the Admissions liaison to the LLM program. He reads LLM applications and works with the program staff throughout the application process.
Jessica is me! In addition to the blog, I’m the Admissions link to the PhD program. Anything else you might need to know about me has turned up in some past post.
Kristen is unlike the other members of the staff in that her desk is not within the Admissions Office. She’s upstairs with other folks working on Fletcher’s business programs, reflecting her dual-focus. Like the rest of us, she does a little of everything, but she manages the Admissions process for the MIB program, and also oversees some content aspects of the program itself.
Laurie is the director of Admissions (the assistant dean, to be precise) and naturally she has a hand in everything. Laurie doesn’t have a Fletcher degree, but she’s still a double Jumbo, with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tufts.
You’ll hear from Liz if you have sent us a question about the May Your Future pathway to admission to the MALD or MIB program. And once MYF applicants have been admitted, it’s Liz who provides them with a pre-enrollment Fletcher community. Liz is also the master-organizer for our fall visit days and spring open houses.
Lucas oversees our Slate application system with zen-like calm. No matter what crazy request we make, he’s likely to make it happen. The interview program took a step into the 21st century this year when Lucas created a mechanism for our volunteer interviewers to receive reminders and for them to file their reports directly into Slate. It’s a behind-the-scenes change, but if you participated in an interview, you benefited from his work.
Marquita is the newest member of the Admissions Staff and anyone who visits will find her out front in the office. We gave her a couple of months to learn everything she would need to know about Fletcher, and then we passed her the task of organizing the winter break coffee hours. Apparently, details do not faze Marquita.
And that’s the Admissions team. You don’t need to worry about keeping track of who does what, but I hope this makes it clearer why you’re hearing from one of us rather than another.
The Admissions Office wasn’t closed last week, but it was a lonely place for Marquita, who was keeping everything going. We’re back today and ready to take your questions ahead of the January 10 deadline. Send us an email, give us a call, or participate in our online chat on Thursday. We look forward to hearing from you!
Hey friends! Many of you have a little extra time away from your day-to-day this week, so I would like to remind you that the official January 10 deadline is coming up, but it’s not too late to assign yourself an arbitrary double-advance-deadline that will be your ticket to submitting all your materials on-time and without errors. I’m telling you, based on many years of experience, that it’s a rare soul who enjoys the experience of running straight up to the last minute (11:59 p.m. EST). At the very least, please (PLEASE!) complete your application one day early, review it to be sure it contains everything you do want and nothing you don’t, and submit it on the morning of January 10. While it makes no real difference to the Admissions Office if you submit early or late, it is better for you to submit early. Trust me. I’ve seen it all. You don’t want to know. Just do it. You’ll thank me.
With the fall semester behind us, the Admissions Blog Student Stories writers are starting to report in. Today we’ll hear from Mariya, who kept herself more than busy throughout the semester.
Hello readers! It has been a while since I last wrote. Let me take a moment to update you about my life at Fletcher. Traditional wisdom has it that your third semester at Fletcher is the hardest — this has certainly been true in my case.
For me this year has been about change. Physically, I moved into new, smaller apartment two streets over from my previous home, and acquired two lovely roommates: Riya, an old friend from last year; and Misaki, a first-year student from the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Academically, I decided to switch up my security and diplomatic history courses with finance and investment courses. Thanks to the flexibility of a Fletcher curriculum, doing so was no problem. And personally, I am making conscious efforts for self-care, including making time for mindfulness and spirituality. I am grateful to the Tufts Chaplaincy and Fletcher’s meditation room, which have facilitated this growth. Change is often stressful, but for me, it has been refreshing and beautiful.
Earlier this semester, Fletcher alumnus and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford came to campus for a talk. He said something that particularly resonated with me. “To be successful,” he said, “surround yourself with good people.” As I reflect on my fall semester, I feel grateful to be surrounded by good people who share my passions, challenge and motivate me, and make me appreciate the Fletcher community all the more.
Here’s a list of activities that have pushed me to new horizons — I hope it gives you a flavor for what a busy second-year MALD student looks like.
♦ Competing in a research challenge. Four peers and I submitted a 22-page report resulting from eight weeks of research, interviews, and model valuation for a medical device company as part of the Boston CFA Research Challenge. Thanks to Professor Patrick Schena and mentor Cameron for their guidance and expertise. We’re hoping to advance to finals like last year’s team!
♦ Serving as a TA. I welcomed the quintessential graduate student experience: serving as the teaching assistant for an undergraduate course called “Peace Through Entrepreneurship,” taught by Fletcher alumnus Steven Koltai. It has been an absolute pleasure working with and learning from both the professor and the highly motivated students. One of my favorite moments from class is teaching economic development theory.
♦ Staying hopeful. Former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra and now Dean of Tisch College Alan Solomont sat down with Fletcher’s State Department Fellows (Rangel, Pickering, and Payne) and shared his experiences and advice. His wisdom gave us hope to continue our chosen paths in diplomacy.
♦ Sharing ideas. I am so proud of the Fletcher Islamic Society for hosting a number of impactful events this fall, including an ISSP luncheon with Fletcher alumnus Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Aizaz Chaudhry, a guest lecture on the Palestinian Diaspora, a panel discussion about intersectionality and diversity in the Muslim community at the Gender Conference, and most recently, a community dialogue on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.
♦ Interviewing leaders. What a privilege to sit down with Ambassador Chaudhry and with Sean Callahan, CEO of Catholic Relief Services, and interview them for The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs.
♦ Role playing. “Representing” the Chinese defense ministry, I helped my team devise a strategy to effectively respond to the hypothetical unfolding crisis on the Korean Peninsula for this year’s SIMULEX.
♦ Exchanging perspectives. My “U.S.-Russia Relations” course, which Skypes with students at MGIMO university in Moscow, has given me an appreciation for the Russian perspective on world affairs. It was great fun to moderate a panel on the “Instability in the Middle East and the Threat from Radical Jihadism” at the Fletcher-MGIMO Conference on U.S.-Russia Relations.
♦ Learning from professionals. In Professor Michele Malvesti’s “National Security Decision Making” course, it was an honor to be in the presence of high-profile individuals who came to class as guest speakers to share their knowledge with us. We had the privilege to learn from General Tony Thomas (Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command); Mr. Thomas Shankar (Assistant Washington Editor of the New York Times); The Honorable Derek Chollet (Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs); and The Honorable Nicholas Rasmussen (Director of the National Counterterrorism Center).
♦ Leading a workshop. Recognizing the importance of professionally marketing ideas, Pulkit and I led a “Blogging and Website Design Workshop” supported by the Ginn Library and the Murrow Center.
♦ Celebrating Diwali. Dressed in salwar kameez, saris, and kurtas, Fletcher folks came together to celebrate Diwali, Hindu festival of lights.
♦ Meeting a celebrity. It was inspiring to learn about Michael Dobbs’ path from Fletcher to the House of Lords. He was on campus for a two-week stint, teaching a leadership workshop, engaging in lectures and debates, and meeting students one-on-one.
♦ Cruising the Boston Harbor. Thanks to a classmate’s friend, about twenty of us enjoyed a BBQ lunch on a cruise boat in the Boston Harbor. What fun!
♦ Sharing my experiences. My summer in Bangkok affected me in more ways than one. After reflecting on my faith journey, I decided to share my poem “Return to Spirituality” at the Winter Recital in the Goddard Chapel earlier this month.
♦ Enjoying a home-cooked meal. There is no replacement for the intimacy and the deep connection that is shared when someone invites you to their home. Thanks to the lovely Airokhsh for hosting a delicious Afghan meal for 15 or so of her female friends and allowing us to take a break from the hustle and bustle of student life.
♦ Organizing a Trek. Much of my energy was devoted to organizing the first-ever Fletcher Pakistan Trek. Though the trip won’t, in the end, take place, the leadership team and I worked hard to raise funds, design a robust itinerary of meetings and outings, coordinate with local contacts, and work within the school guidelines to make this opportunity available for 10 classmates.
♦ Presenting in London. More details coming in the next post!
Please note that the Admissions Office, and the rest of Fletcher and Tufts University, will be closed today and tomorrow (Tuesday) for the Christmas holiday. We’ll also be closed on Friday and on Monday, January 1, for the New Year’s holiday.
If you have questions on any of these days when the Admissions Office is closed, please feel free to send them by email. We’ll respond as soon as we can.
I wish all the readers of the Admissions Blog happy holidays and a happy and healthy start to 2018!
Who reads a lot? Students read a lot! So, on behalf of the blog, Kristen invited students to suggest winter reading for all of us. The list below is a mix of books connected to specific classes, along with books that would appeal to someone with Fletcher-ish interests. And here’s the list, with the name of the student doing the recommending in “Fletcher orange.”
Ankit: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
“This book provides a riveting account of a South African childhood at the time of apartheid and beyond. A must-hear audiobook for anyone remotely interested in that era in South Africa.”
Meera: The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene: An Intimate History, both by Siddhartha Mukherjee
“The Emperor of All Maladies is a surprisingly gentle and empathetic discussion of the history of cancer and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. The Gene: An Intimate History discusses the discovery of the gene and the history of genetics. Again, highly recommended for non-scientists interested in science-y things.”
Filip: The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court, by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong
“The book is an amazing read for people interested in how judges really decide cases. In a time when the Supreme Court had to decide cases related to abortion, the death penalty, and Watergate, it shows how many judges make a decision based on their personal preferences first, and only then start looking whether they can couch their decision into a legalistic framework.”
Jared: Submission: A Novel, by Michel Houellebecq
“Taking place in 2022, a political satire where a traditionalist and patriarchal Muslim party aligns with the socialist party to win the French presidential election.”
Utsav: The Zero Marginal Cost Society, by Jeremy Rifkin
“This book changed the way I think about technology, society, and emerging trends important for humanity’s future. What was also amazing is that the author is a Fletcher alumnus (F68) and has the same birthday as mine, 26th January!”
Julio: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard
“If you like history, and particularly ancient history, you’ll love this book. It takes you on a journey through Roman history in a really amenable way while based on the latest research and findings. I particularly love how it allows you to peek into Roman daily life though anecdotes and stories, and how it connects the politics of Ancient Rome with today’s world politics.”
Protiti: This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel
“It’s a feel-good romance where the woman is actually in control, not a damsel in distress.”
John: Alamut, by Vladimir Bartol
“This is, perhaps, my all-time favorite. Written by a Slovenian in 1938, it serves as an allegory for the absolutist fascist state of Mussolini. It is set in 11th century Persia and details the story of Hassan ibn Sabbah, the leader of the hashishin cult, from which we derive our English word “assassin.” The book is also loosely the basis for the Assassin’s Creed video game series. Aside from the elegant writing and capturing imagery, the reader will be struck when they realize their empathy is directed as the 11th century equivalent of modern suicide bombers.”
Kelsey: “Leasing the Rain,” by William Finnegan
“This article is from a 2002 issue of the New Yorker, but is very Fletcher-y (especially for MIBs/business MALDs). It’s about how privatization can go terribly wrong when community stakeholders are not engaged.”
Claudia: Havana: A Subtropical Delirium, by Mark Kurlansky
“I just finished reading Havana and it was great! Lots of history but a very easy, engaging read.”
Iain: Dune, by Frank Herbert
“A 1965 science fiction classic that I finally read for the first time this semester. Life on the desert planet of Arrakis touches on so many dynamics that are relevant to international politics today, from climate change and resource scarcity to inequality, great power relations, religious fervor, and guerrilla warfare.”
Colin recommends a few books:
Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers, by Richard Neustadt and Ernest May
“The core text of The Historian’s Art, this book has changed how I view ‘time as a stream’ and make decisions. In a tweet, don’t rush into anything … and be very careful with analogies!”
The Effective Executive, by Peter Drucker
“The single most influential book I’ve read at Fletcher (and not for class). The subtitle says it all: this is ‘the definitive guide to doing the right things well.’ Fletcher folks can do many things well, but choosing which are the right ones to focus on can be challenging.”
The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman
“Or any of her books, for that matter. Tuchman is a splendid writer, and each of her books memorably and cogently address important events that formed the world we live in.”
The Leader’s Bookshelf, by James Stavridis
“As soon as I decided to come to Fletcher, I started reading what the dean was writing. Here, he writes on reading — a passion of his, and a key skill for any Fletcher student. From this book, I learned a lot about how to read (and picked up a few suggestions on what to read).”
Laura: The Arrival, by Shaun Tan
“It’s a beautifully illustrated wordless graphic novel that captures the experience of displacement and immigration. Anyone who has felt like ‘a stranger in a strange place’ will be able to connect with the story and artwork. Can’t recommend enough, and neither can Amazon.”
Greg: Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, by Mark Bowden
“Written by the author of Black Hawk Down, this is a meticulously researched, well-rounded, and vivid description of arguably the most important battle of the Vietnam War.”
Hiram: Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“Though well-known in some national security circles, it’s a book I wish more people read — people in economics and STEM in particular. It presents a deeper and more multidisciplinary way of thinking about risk, and even when readers disagree on some particulars, they will learn from it and do their jobs more conscientiously.”
Oleksandr recommends two books:
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, by David Halberstam
“The Korean War, with its causes and consequences, is crucial to understanding the Korean Peninsula today, and why the Asia-Pacific looks the way it does. David Halberstam, who wrote The Best and the Brightest while toiling as a visiting professor at Fletcher, delivered yet another page-turner.”
Shoe Dog: a Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight
“Phil Knight takes readers back to the days when he himself was a young graduate of a small business school (Stanford) with no clue nor vision for what to do next. His journey is both fascinating and inspiring.”
Ryan: The Taking of K-129: The Most Daring Covert Operation in History, by Josh Dean
“I actually bought this book a few weeks ago to use as a source while writing a Fletcher term paper on U.S. covert operations decision-making at the Presidential level during the Cold War, but I accidentally ended up reading it in 24 hours — it didn’t necessarily expedite the paper-writing process, but I was hooked from page one.”
Jonathan: Windfall, by Meaghan L. O’Sullivan
“It’s a very new book that observes that: 1) fracking has created a boom in cheap, cleaner fossil fuels; 2) this unconventional oil and gas revolution is putting tremendous economic and political pressure on OPEC countries/Russia; 3) climate change is demanding cleaner technologies still. Given those observations, O’Sullivan argues that the ‘energy abundance’ will have massive geopolitical implications, causing civil strife and destabilization in legacy producer states and economic booms in states that embrace unconventional production and clean energy technology.”
And several students suggested a book by a member of the student community: Heil Hitler, Herr Göd: A Child’s WWII Memoirs from Occupied Austria, by A. P. Hofleitner
It’s about his grandfather’s experience as a child in Austria during WWII.
So there it is — more reading than any of us will do during the winter, but plenty to pick from if you’re interested. Happy reading!
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At our Admissions team meeting last week, I asked what I thought would be an easy question. I figured it would be nice to offer some application tips, and I asked my Admissions pals to suggest things that make them happy when they’re reading applications. Such a simple request! Or not! It turns out I had, instead, opened a big ol’ can of worms.
What I discovered is that, in some areas, our preferences are not in line. Interesting! I always assume that everyone will agree with me! (In a perfect world…) So today’s post will capture the points on which we achieved clear consensus, in hopes that blog readers who are starting or editing an application can benefit. And it isn’t that our points of disagreement result in differing application evaluations. Simply that what has another staffer smiling ear-to-ear may not affect me at all.
The part of the application on which we agree the most is the résumé. We all like to see a nice clean résumé, listing (in reverse chronological order) your professional and academic experience. Different settings call for different résumés, but the Admissions Staff all noted that we don’t need to see special colors, quotes from inspiring leaders, or your list of favorite movies. Stick to the basics and make it readable. (And then chat with me about movies after you’re admitted.) While we encourage you to keep the résumé to two pages, we won’t penalize you if you go over, so please, no teeny-tiny fonts. Check out these posts for more tips on the résumé.
Kristen went further to say that she’s happy when the employment information in the application and in the résumé match up. It’s so much easier to understand your story if you don’t leave us struggling to figure out whether your job lasted one year or one month.
Dan likes when applicants synthesize their interests and note the links between their experiences. It might be clear to you why you went from this to that, but if you don’t lay it out, maybe we won’t see the connection. When we do, we’re happy.
Next, Laurie mentioned, and we all agreed, that you should use the “additional information” section of the application wisely. DO use it to explain why your first undergraduate year resulted in such poor grades, or why your Peace Corps experience ended abruptly, or that you are planning to plug a gap and take economics in the spring. DO NOT use it to explain a single B on an otherwise perfect transcript, or anything else that really doesn’t need explaining and/or could be interpreted as whining.
Liz and I disagreed about what essay structure makes us happy. I personally like to see the applicant’s objectives right at the top. Liz likes when the applicant builds the narrative and states the goals later on. One thing we agree on — if you actually answer the question we’ve asked, your goals will be clear to us after we read the essay.
And speaking of essays, one of my pet peeves is when applicants are obviously using a thesaurus to make random word changes. Instead of, “I walked to the store,” the essay will say, “I perambulated to the emporium.” Sure, the essay is a type of formal document, but it calls for clear, personal writing — not someone else’s idea of fancy words. I try to keep this from being an annual theme, but perhaps I’ve written about it before…. For that matter, the Blog archive includes quite a few essay tips. Make sure your essays work together to tell us your story and to describe your goals, and we’ll all be happy!
Lucas mentioned that he likes when he sees all the information he needs in the transcripts. You should be including documentation of all courses that counted toward your undergraduate degree (and graduate degree, if applicable). We don’t need to see anything else. No certificates. No high school diploma. But we absolutely want to see grades from your semester/year studying abroad or from the first university you attended before you transferred. When all the details are included and clear, we’re happy.
Now that I’ve given you this list of what makes the Admissions team happy, I can also tell you not to worry that some strange unmentioned preference will doom your candidacy. That is absolutely not the case! My experience is that there’s a strong convergence of views on the quality of an application. The matter of our preferences relates more to the pleasure we take in reviewing it. There’s a certain satisfaction in seeing a nice clean application, but it’s the underlying qualities that result in a decision to admit an applicant.
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Rather than wait until the Admissions Office is already closed for the holidays, I thought I’d highlight our schedule and some key dates coming up in the next few weeks. This week, of course, there’s tomorrow’s December 20 “odd couple” MYF and PhD application deadline. Our staff is here to answer your questions! Send them along. (If your question is what time on December 20 you need to submit the application, the answer is no later than 11:59 p.m. EST (UTC-5).)
Then, the University will be closed on:
Monday, December 25
Tuesday, December 26
Friday, December 29
Monday, January 1
On the 27th and 28th, Marquita will be here to take your calls and emails. The rest of the staff will return on or around January 2. That will give us plenty of time to reconnect with applicants aiming for the January 10 deadline. Note that those who are still working on their applications can take advantage of a pre-deadline online chat on January 4. Sign up here to ask your questions, or — sometimes even more helpful — to hear the questions of others.
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