University of Missouri (Mizzou) - Offered admission on Jan. 11, 2019
University of California, Irvine (UCI), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of Southern California (USC), University of Georgia (UGA), University of Virginia (UVA), Indiana University, Bloomington (IU), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Boston University (BU), Boston College (BC), Duke University, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University (VU), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
B.A. in Asian Studies, International Studies, and Political Science + Undergraduate Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison) - GPA: 3.79/4.00
M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University - GPA: 3.82/4.33
*M.A. Thesis Completed
TOEFL iBT: 120 * It was NOT required, but I took it anyways
Mizzou (Tuition Waiver + Health Insurance Subsidy + $18,000)
- Currently working as a fellow in one research foundation
- Served as a naval officer for three years and taught at the Republic of Korea Naval Academy (ROKNA)
- Did an internship for three months with one human rights NGO located in Washington, D.C.
- Undergraduate directed research
- M.A. thesis
- 1 journal article (sole author)
- Several op-eds
3 professors from UW-Madison & 1 professor (my M.A. advisor) from Stanford
When writing my SOP, I focused the most on my research interests and "fit."
Brief Skype chat with Mizzou's Director of Graduate Studies
I will continue to update as the results come in. I'm quite surprised to have heard back so quickly!