Learning public policy from the stars

March 26th, 2015 by Kaitlyn Wells
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For those of you who are planning a visit to SIPA in the coming weeks (hint, hint, Admitted Students’ Day), don’t be surprised if you see a dignitary, Nobel-Prize winner or president’s daughter walking the same path as you. In fact, don’t be surprised if they strike up a conversation with you! These well-known Seeple (and Seeple friends) have a lot of knowledge to share and they aren’t afraid to impart that knowledge on you during an elevator ride, brown-bag lunch or keynote address. One of our students, Affan Javed, MPA ’16, recently had a run-in with former NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins. Since then, he can’t seem to stop daydreaming about whom he may see next.

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A new student-life series

March 25th, 2015 by Kaitlyn Wells
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Now that questions about admissions are starting to die down, I thought it would be a good time to share some additional student-life stories with all of you. SIPA’s newest mini-series, “Week in the Life” offers snapshots into what it’s like to be a student in the MIA/MPA program at SIPA. So without further introductions, here’s our first snapshot!

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A view from the class: Kevin Kravitz, MIA ’16 & Tsechu Dolma, MPA ’15

March 20th, 2015 by Columbia SIPA
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Here are two more additions to the SIPA student stories series. One student is studying security and spent two years with the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan. The other story features is a dual-degree student who recently won the Brower Youth Award. Let’s see what their lives have been like before and while attending SIPA!

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What to do now that decisions are live

March 12th, 2015 by Kaitlyn Wells
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Hi everyone,

As you may already be aware, decisions rolled out Monday afternoon. While the majority of decisions have already gone out, we plan to release the remainder over the next few days. It hasn’t been easy issuing a mix of decisions to hundreds of qualified candidates, but the Admissions Committee has done a fantastic job nonetheless. While not all decision letters have brought happy news, I know you have questions about what to do next. Thus, I thought this would be a good time to recap what it all means; from waitlists to appeals, and everything in between.

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