Not every acceptance is an opportunity

I had been preparing for a few years for gaining access to the best graduate programs in sociology (MA & PhD in 6 years). I had reached the point of discussing my research with three Princeton professors — one of them being the leader in my research branch. They had admired my work and said that my research proposal was outstanding. For all I knew, I was set. These all-inclusive grad programs are fully funded and seemed great. When the pandemic started, Sociology programs started to announce they will not take any new students. Princeton was one of them.

I had to put that goal aside. The goal was very specific and wasn’t ‘by any means necessary.’ I would only want to commit the rest of my 20s for this diligent study, if it was with the right advisor, at the right research cluster, only available at a handful of top universities. When those few programs stopped accepting students, it was clear. I wanted to get started working. And doing so in international relations, immigration research centers, and in no specific order, earn a master’s in international relations.

I have been accepted to some programs I applied to. Even Boston University accepted me to their international relations masters. They even gave me their prestigious Dean’s scholarship. Nevertheless, I soon came to realize who is getting these masters. They have an “assistantship” program that is a mere stipend, and I was informed that there are no traditional assistantships available with tuition remission. Even with the scholarship, that leaves one short by $80,000 removing the term “opportunity” out of this acceptance. Long story short, I will gladly not attend BU. I’d hope nobody — even with money — would do so, since they’d be missing out on essential graduate school experiences such as getting to be a teaching or research assistant.

[P.S. the picture is click bait, sorry :) ]

Researcher interested in international law and migration governance; Graduate student at the London School of Economics

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