14. "Friends" in the department. If someone’s pushing for you, that can be very helpful, but it’s an extremely delicate issue. First, it depends on how the friend is regarded by his or her colleagues. Second, it depends on how skilled the friend is at presenting you as a candidate. Colleagues resent being pushed too hard in this situation. After all, they’re not your friends. On the other hand, if they respect your friend, they may well appreciate their evaluation of you. In any case, there’s nothing you can do except sit back and hope the person can successfully navigate the political shoals of the department. Keep in mind that in today’s highly competitive market, you must be seen first as objectively qualified. If that’s the case, a person known to a committee member might have an edge.
In a subsequent piece, I’ll discuss the interview.
In an effort to modernize, Yale will no longer use the terms "freshman" and "underclassmen" and will instead adopt gender-neutral terminology, such as "first-year" and "upper-level students." University officials still anticipate students and faculty to use the old terminology, since they're "deeply ingrained in our everyday language and in Yale's history." The new terminology can be found in the Undergraduate Regulations and the First-Year Handbook and is expected to appear in all Yale College's publications and communications by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. The effort to phase out the older terminology is "a piece of a larger movement to reflect the diversity of college campuses" and also in part because the "two words in particular are gendered," according to Jennifer Keup, Director Of the National Resource for the First-Year-Experience and students in Transition. [...] Senate Bill to Make College Affordable and Accessible for Homeless, Foster Care Youth September 13, 2017
In college, as I became more politically engaged, my interest began to gravitate more towards political science. The interest in serving and understanding people has never changed, yet I realized I could make a greater difference doing something for which I have a deeper passion, political science. Pursuing dual degrees in both Psychology and Political Science, I was provided an opportunity to complete a thesis in Psychology with Dr. Sheryl Carol a Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Texas (UT) This fall I will complete an additional thesis as a McNair Scholar with Dr. Ken Chambers, Associate Professor in Latin American studies in the UT Political Science Department.