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  1. http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to-the-usa/pre-departure/academics Here is another, simpler explanation. Which may not be exactly what your target universities will use.
  2. The British have their own way of classifying undergrad degrees. A First-class Honours degree is something like an A average, or >3.7/4.0. On exams, those usually are scores >+ 70. Second-Class Honours are divided between upper seconds (2:1) and lower seconds (2:2). When firms that care about academic competence recruit for BAs, they will often ask for 2:1 or higher (i.e., 60-69). MPhils or doctorate admissions committees will often specify a minimum "high 2:1 or first." The 2:2 (a "Desmond", 50-59) is decently respectable, but by itself won't make you attractive to employers or grad schools. You don't see a lot of third-class degrees anymore-- those used to be sort of the "gentleman's C" equivalent. Anyway, the Brits are used to translating between their scores and those used in the rest of the world, so they will doubtless have an opinion what they want your marks to be. If you want some more info, check the departmental websites and/or shoot an e-mail off to someone in admissions for help.
  3. Oxbridge and London always make conditional offers-- not just passing/graduating, but that you get (say) a high 2:1 or a first, or a particular point average, plus English language competence tested at a certain level if you haven't earned a UK or English-language degree. That can make you feel a little anxious over the summer while you wait for your results, but you won't be alone. Even if you have already attained those levels, they will make your acceptance conditional on a bunch of other things-- notably, finances and visas. Try www.thestudentroom.co.uk for specifics on UK universities. There are usually postgraduate threads for most of the big schools.
  4. As usual, you have to Know Thyself. I had out of academia for a bit, and while I'd done some recent night classes, my best papers weren't quite what I wanted to hand into a very critical committee. A January course at Harvard Extension (nowhere near $4.5K, BTW) with a writing component came up at a very convenient time. The prof and TA gave me enough of a kick that I ended up writing a really good final paper. That became a successful sample without too much over-thinking, and it probably didn't hurt to have another A in the file. It was also kind of an entertaining class, although I wouldn't have taken it if I weren't feeling a little fear.
  5. Still, some evidence that you've got your shit together academically never hurts, especially if it shows interest/aptitude for your chosen subject.
  6. Wouldn't you display an embarrassment of riches if you could tell them about a published article, and then -- once you whetted their appetite-- show them a completely different piece from your dissertation?
  7. Yeah, but this is a rhetorical question folded into a marketing problem. Faking confidence and sincerity are key, here.
  8. Why be negative? You were working on a part-time MLA and then the PhD offer came along. End of story.
  9. Is this the kind of thing you might have to go to Vermont to find?
  10. Yikes. You'd think that even if the university didn't want to do anything, posting both papers on a blog or sending the correspondence to the journal would leave enough dirt to accomplish the same thing. Once the decision to leave academia was final, anyway.
  11. In addition to being a potential doctoral supervisor, my master's supervisor was also on the hook to write recommendations for other programs. Not the ideal situation, but it turned out OK.
  12. My gap was measured in decades. Slow learner. Even after my master's, I used a year to get my act together for doctoral applications. This is in the humanities, but still... There are a lot of reasons not to go immediately. One is that you said you don't feel ready yet. Unless you're a Class A sociopath, that will probably trickle into your applications, making them less successful. If you wait, you'll (a) have a better academic year as a senior, and (b) have the chance to take a good look at the job market after you graduate, albeit from a really low level. Combined, that will probably enable you to get stronger recommendations [but keep those contacts warm!], and have a more focused idea of what you want to do with them. There may also be financial benefits to working for a year, but that will depend on your exact plans. Good luck.
  13. I'll try again, speaking from ignorance of this situation (and Canadian regulations): if the official machinery of reporting harassment is more than you want to undertake, can you request to get moved from this guy's project? When asked for a reason, you can just say that you weren't thrilled that he propositioned you. If someone in admin wants to take that to the next level, they can. If not, it leaves it on the record.
  14. I love it. A stats guy quizzing the internet on a probability. Anyway, best of luck! Sounds like you have your shit together.
  15. Sounds like a first-world problem. Can any of your recommenders make intelligent comments about your work for #2? If so, I'd go with #1 but there's no especially deep thinking involved with that.