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Thanks to Esha Banerjee (MA'18), for this post! 

You’ve filled out your name, academic information, work experience, uploaded your transcripts and test scores, and requested letters of recommendation. Now you face the Herculean task of writing the motivation statement. What to write? How to start? How do I fit everything in so few words (or for some how do I write so much about myself)? Should I start with a quote or is it too cliché?

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Jessy Nguyen, Class of 2019

Student: Jessy Nguyen, Class of 2019

Position: Fellow at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

What is your policy area of interest?  Is there anything you want us to know about you? 

My name is J

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Harris faculty member Ariel Kalil has been selected as one of 20 leaders in the realm of children and family healthcare to the 2018 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. Throughout the next 18 months, Fellows will bring together their varied expertise to create new opportunities for children and families.

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Our team is hitting the road this fall – we encourage you to come see us in a city near you! Our events range from informal coffee chats to networking receptions with Harris alumni. Check out the schedule below for some of our upcoming dates – and be sure to bookmark our general events page to see more opportunities! 

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Thanks to our Directors of Recruitment, Jenny Erickson and Devon Reber Drehmer, for this post!

We frequently receive this question from eager students searching for opportunities to strengthen their application, as well as those who are concerned about specific aspects of their application. Read more to hear our thoughts on these questions! 

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Have you started your application for Fall 2019? You can start your application by creating an account here!

Check out these posts on our application tips from staff and students:

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Our application is now live! Applicants frequently request more information on the application rounds and the benefits of one deadline over the other. There is no disadvantage to applying in Early Action. Read on to find out more benefits:

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Assistant Director of Recruitment, Andy Wolanski

Our application for 2019 is now officially live! Head over to the application page to begin yours today.

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Our application for 2019 is officially open! As you start your application, check out some of our profiles on current students and alumni. These pieces are a great way to hear from our Master's candidates- past and present - on how their degree helped to elevate their career, follow a passion for change, and why they chose Harris to continue their studies. 

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M-o-v-i-n-g. Perhaps the most dreaded six letters in the English language, this torturous activity can be expensive, exhausting, and… enjoyable? That’s right!

Whether you’re loading your car with all of your possessions and driving down the road, flying in from halfway across the world and starting new, or somewhere in between, here are five tips to make your move to Chicago an enjoyable experience:

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Courtney Jacquin, Class of 2019
Courtney Jacquin, Class of 2019

Student: Courtney Jacquin, Class of 2019 

Position: Press Team Member, Office of U.S.

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Matt Shomo
Matt Shomo, Class of 2020

My name is Matt Shomo and I am an incoming first year student at the Harris School of Public Policy. I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State in December of 2015 with a degree from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

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Drazzel Feliu, Class of 2019

Student: Drazzel Feliu, Class of 2019

Position: Summer Analyst, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago, Illinois 

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If you’re an admitted student who is moving to the city, or a prospective student visiting for the first time, nothing quite beats summer in Chicago. From street festivals to outdoor movies to beach days, there’s something for everyone. Plan your perfect weekend around these quintessential summertime events!

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Part of your graduate school experience is shaped not only in the classroom, but in the relationships formed through your strengthening professional network. Our award-winning Mentor Program provides a structured system of meaningful connections between our students and policy leaders. Through a two-year program, students will collaborate with both their Harris peers and mentors in first-year affinity groups, followed by personal mentorship in their second year.

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Whether you’re trying to figure out where to eat with friends after a day full of classes or planning to grab a bite with your family, Hyde Park has a wide range of options. From cheap eats to fancier locales, here are my top five restaurants to explore in Hyde Park:

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Representatives met with UChicago students.

Chinese universities have long had a relationship with the University of Chicago and inform students about its world-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs each year.

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Hello to all my current Harristas, and to prospective students! I am very excited to share my experience of Harris Career Trek, a student’s ticket to career exploration in other cities.

What is the Harris dual-city Career Trek?

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When considering graduate school programs, it’s important to look at factors like academic rigor, professional development resources, and perhaps most importantly, career outcomes. In true Harris School of Public Policy fashion, the Career Development Office provides data highlighting the previous year’s career outcomes. From the 2018 report, here are 3 key takeaways: 

 

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Myth #1: It’s a race to the top of the grading scale and people are throwing elbows to get there.

When I came to the Harris School of Public Policy, I expected the students to be cutthroat competitors stepping on each other to get that A+. Fortunately, this could not be farther from the truth.

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