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Strait-laced Singapore hit by teacher scandals

By Thu, Nov 15, 2012 4:26PM UTC Strait-laced Singapore hit by teacher scandals

SINGAPORE (AP) — Their affair started with her giving him a copy of the mushy memoir “Eat, Pray, Love.” It ended with the 32-year-old female teacher in Singapore getting a jail sentence for illicit sex with her 15-year-old male student. The case, which shocked Singapore, was the latest in a

SPIRe Seminar Week 9: Socialization, Naturalization and Immigrant Political Participation in Europe: Testing Transferability Theory

By Wed, Nov 14, 2012 8:01AM UTC

SPIRe Seminar Week 9: Socialization, Naturalization and Immigrant Political Participation in Europe: Testing Transferability Theory byUCDspirePosted onNovember 14, 2012 SPIRe’s Dr. Derek Hutchenson and Kristen Jeffers will be presenting their paper (along with Tijana Prokic-Breuer and Maarten Peter Vink of Maastricht University) titled “Socialization, Naturalization and Immigrant Political Participation in Europe: Testing Transferability Theory” Thursday November 15th from 13:00-14:00 in G317 Newman (Arts) Building, UCD Belfield.Abstract: While there is broad consensus that immigrants are less prone to political activism, compared to natives, there is less agreement on the determinants of differences between immigrant groups. This paper investigates how citizenship acquisition affects conventional (but non-electoral) and unconventional political participation among immigrants in Europe, in the context of their formative experiences in the origin country and their re-socialization in the destination country. We find partial support for the hypothesis that immigrants ‘transfer’ their skills for political engagement from their origin country and, hence, that immigrants from more democratic countries are likely to engage more in forms of political participation in democratic destination countries. Yet we find no support for the related hypothesis that citizenship acquisition helps overcome origin country socialization experiences that are inauspicious for political engagement.

MBA Recommendations: What’s the Best Approach?

By Tue, Nov 13, 2012 2:55PM UTC

MBA Recommendations: What’s the Best Approach?

A recent post by mbaMission over at the GMAT Club, “Make Sure Recommendations are Personal,” reinforces the concept that applicants must put time into understanding the commitment level of those who are writing them MBA recommendations. They encourage you to make sure that your recommenders are not writing a single, standard letter to send to all schools.

With this type of standard letter, they say, “your recommender is not really helping you—in fact, this kind of approach could actually hurt you!”

They go as far to say, “If you cannot convince your recommender to write a personalized letter or to respond to your target school’s individual questions using specific examples, you will need to look elsewhere. A well-written personalized letter from an interested party is always far better than a poorly written letter from your supervisor.”

Of course, the more personal and “fitted” a recommendation can be, the better.  But is all this true? Many of us don’t want to hear this. What if such nuance is not possible? How else can you ensure the best MBA recommendations are being written for you?

Accepted.com gives some pretty good additional advice: “Choose someone you know and trust. Do you know about your recommender’s family and what they like to do on the weekends? If not, get to know them well before you ask them to write you a recommendation.”

When you take the time to get to know the people who are writing your MBA recommendations, they are also getting the chance to know you.

You want your recommender to fight for you and put in the time to write a great application. Make it easy for them by giving them a list of your reasons for wanting to go back to school and your recent accomplishments at work.”

They go on to say that a thank you gift after the fact can’t hurt, either.

If you want your MBA recommendations to MBA programs in DC to be personal, pointed, and influential, make sure you know the people writing them!

MBA recommendations: What’s the best approach?

By Tue, Nov 13, 2012 2:55PM UTC

MBA Recommendations: What’s the Best Approach?

A recent post by mbaMission over at the GMAT Club, “Make Sure Recommendations are Personal,” reinforces the concept that applicants must put time into understanding the commitment level of those who are writing them MBA recommendations. They encourage you to make sure that your recommenders are not writing a single, standard letter to send to all schools.

With this type of standard letter, they say, “your recommender is not really helping you—in fact, this kind of approach could actually hurt you!”

They go as far to say, “If you cannot convince your recommender to write a personalized letter or to respond to your target school’s individual questions using specific examples, you will need to look elsewhere. A well-written personalized letter from an interested party is always far better than a poorly written letter from your supervisor.”

Of course, the more personal and “fitted” a recommendation can be, the better.  But is all this true? Many of us don’t want to hear this. What if such nuance is not possible? How else can you ensure the best MBA recommendations are being written for you?

Accepted.com gives some pretty good additional advice: “Choose someone you know and trust. Do you know about your recommender’s family and what they like to do on the weekends? If not, get to know them well before you ask them to write you a recommendation.”

When you take the time to get to know the people who are writing your MBA recommendations, they are also getting the chance to know you.

You want your recommender to fight for you and put in the time to write a great application. Make it easy for them by giving them a list of your reasons for wanting to go back to school and your recent accomplishments at work.”

They go on to say that a thank you gift after the fact can’t hurt, either.

If you want your MBA recommendations to MBA programs in DC to be personal, pointed, and influential, make sure you know the people writing them!

MBA Recommendations: What’s the Best Approach?

By Tue, Nov 13, 2012 2:55PM UTC

MBA Recommendations: What’s the Best Approach?

A recent post by mbaMission over at the GMAT Club, “Make Sure Recommendations are Personal,” reinforces the concept that applicants must put time into understanding the commitment level of those who are writing them MBA recommendations. They encourage you to make sure that your recommenders are not writing a single, standard letter to send to all schools.

With this type of standard letter, they say, “your recommender is not really helping you—in fact, this kind of approach could actually hurt you!”

They go as far to say, “If you cannot convince your recommender to write a personalized letter or to respond to your target school’s individual questions using specific examples, you will need to look elsewhere. A well-written personalized letter from an interested party is always far better than a poorly written letter from your supervisor.”

Of course, the more personal and “fitted” a recommendation can be, the better.  But is all this true? Many of us don’t want to hear this. What if such nuance is not possible? How else can you ensure the best MBA recommendations are being written for you?

Accepted.com gives some pretty good additional advice: “Choose someone you know and trust. Do you know about your recommender’s family and what they like to do on the weekends? If not, get to know them well before you ask them to write you a recommendation.”

When you take the time to get to know the people who are writing your MBA recommendations, they are also getting the chance to know you.

You want your recommender to fight for you and put in the time to write a great application. Make it easy for them by giving them a list of your reasons for wanting to go back to school and your recent accomplishments at work.”

They go on to say that a thank you gift after the fact can’t hurt, either.

If you want your MBA recommendations to MBA programs in DC to be personal, pointed, and influential, make sure you know the people writing them!

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