Application Advice for Columbia SIPA – Letters of Recommendation

The prompt from Columbia SIPA’s application checklist instructs, “Choose recommenders who, individually or in aggregate, will give the best sense of your qualifications for study at SIPA.” Sounds easy, right? In practice, for a lot of applicants, choosing recommenders can be difficult. You may want to choose a former professor but you’ve been out of school for… Continue reading

Five Ways to Know if Your Boss is a Supporter or a Hater of your Graduate School Applications

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your boss will be ecstatic or enraged if you ask for a letter of recommendation for graduate school. Rather than make yourself the office guinea pig, look out for these tell-tale signs of a boss who is a supporter of her subordinates leaving the job for graduate school: Figure… Continue reading