Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Two dates & this journal

First, a couple of reminders:

1. Our next online information session is set for Wednesday, November 28 at 5 pm Italy time (1600 GMT). We'll be posting details next week on how to connect. If you're interested in attending and want the details sent to you by email, drop a line to

2. The deadline for applications to SAIS is Monday, January 7, 2013. Remember that you can start your online application, save it and come back to it later. You do not have to complete it in one sitting. It's a good idea to start it early so your thoughts have time to germinate.

On the application, you'll be asked if you want to start your studies in Bologna or DC, or if you are open to starting at either campus. Your chances of being admitted are the same, regardless of your answer. The important thing is to consider carefully where you'd like to start. If you are genuinely open to either campus, then that choice would be the right one.

Now, a few words on  this journal itself.

One of the best ways to stay in touch is to subscribe, either by email or RSS feed. To do so, you'll want to drag your cursor to the right-hand side of the home page. Nine icons should appear vertically. If you click on the bottom one, which looks like this:

you can subscribe via email, RSS feed or Google Reader.

By the way, we like receiving feedback on our posts, so don't keep your thoughts to yourself. You can always comment via the comment function at the bottom of each post or by sending an email to For example, are there kinds of posts that you'd like to see more of?

Since we launched this journal in December 2010, we've had 170,000 page views. Here are the countries whose readers have clicked the most on our posts:

United States: 70,323
Italy: 30,472
United Kingdom: 4,779
Germany: 4,653
Greece: 4,262
Austria: 3,217
France: 2,853
South Korea: 1,745
India: 1,505
Belgium 1,376

Is your country punching below its weight?

Here are the most popular posts since we launched:

1. The Analytical Essay (Nov 16, 2011)
2. The Statement of Purpose (Oct 19, 2011)
3. Standardized tests: No time to wait (Oct 5, 2011)
4. Seeing how you think (Feb 21, 2011)
5. What is in a name? (Dec 9, 2010)
6. Jobs at SAIS Bologna (May 24, 2012)
7. What are SAIS Bologna students most proud of? (Oct 6, 2011)
8. The early bird gets the worm (Aug 16, 2012)
9. SAIS Bologna's Halloween party: a slideshow (Oct 31, 2012)
10. Learning outside the classroom (Mar 7, 2011)

Nelson Graves

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