We launched our ~virtual~ Admitted Students’ Day last week for admitted students to get to know the SIPA community, including faculty, current students, and alumni. It’s by far the weirdest one I’ve been involved in, and usually every year I really look forward to meeting the many people that I met and got to know (by application!) over the last few months.
So to recreate a bit of what we cover at ASD, I’ve done a roundup of the most popular / useful posts for students around this time:
- How to choose a graduate school. Sorry to post this on the same day we released decisions, but I still think Stuart provides some useful guidelines on making your graduate school decision!
- All about SIPA’s quant courses. Professor Cristian Pop-Eleches actually recommended this post to admitted students recently. SIPA’s quant courses go far beyond just macro- and microeconomics, and David gives a very thorough walkthrough on how you can craft a curriculum that best fits your career goals.
- “What I wish I knew about taking a language at SIPA.” There’s a ton you can learn at SIPA and Columbia, but you have a limited time here. How can you be strategic about this, especially if you want to improve your language skills? Amanda shares advice on how she wish she approached it after taking Arabic during her time at SIPA.
- Your FAQs, answered by current SIPA students. Just a mish-mash of common questions from April 2019 – I think this will resonate with many of you.
- And finally, housing! You’ll get more information on this over the summer, but here are some great posts from students. This is a *chef’s kiss* of a post about NYC, its boroughs, and its relative commute to the Columbia campus. Here’s how to hustle living off-campus, and a walkthrough on Columbia University campus housing. That’s just scratching the surface on housing and New York City — you will have no shortage of opinions on housing in NYC once you get here.
- And finally, since I’m firmly in the “prepare for anything” mindset right now, what to do if you didn’t get the decision you wanted.
Hope you find this helpful, and I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and sane.