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Submitting a writing sample not in your field
Posted 10 February 2012 - 07:25 PM
As a second note, if I'm applying to Public History, can my writing sample really be anything History related?
My capstone won't even have been started by the time I'm applying for grad schools (Aber does them second semester) so that will be the most recent paper I have written. The second most recent is a paper about the same length but on that 1989 European Social History.
Brown (Public Humanities), Maryland, South Carolina, Indiana-Bloomington, IUPUI, Aberystwyth University, St Andrews (MLitt Peace and Conflict Studies)
Accepted: Aberystwyth University, Indiana-Bloomington SLIS, Maryland, IUPUI History, IUPUI SLIS, St Andrews (MLitt Peace and Conflict Studies), South Carolina SLIS
Rejected: Brown, South Carolina Public History, Indiana-Bloomington History
Decision Made: University of Maryland!
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:25 PM
Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:48 PM
Posted 12 February 2012 - 09:07 PM
i think it depends. i've emailed programs about this---what's more important to you guys? appropriateness of topic or writing mechanics and ability? I've gotten different responses from diff programs and have tailored my writing samples accordingly. You should do the same.
I don't disagree with you, but I think you would want to submit something with suburb writing mechanics and ability regardless, so topic could the be adjusted after that depending on what you choose.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 09:21 PM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 12:35 AM
yeah, mechanics wasn't the right term. i just mean quality of argument and structure and all that. I've written excellent papers that I don't really care about because I constructed great arguments and offered excellent evidence. Certain programs told me to send that paper rather than the more "relevant" one that is shorter and less subtle. then again, I was applying to interdisciplinary programs.
Yea completely legitimate points. I guess the question for the person asking the question is what length it needs to be as well...
Also, I just realized I wrote "suburb" writing mechanics. I'll blame that on the stress of the last few weeks. Though I suppose you could have writing mechanics that are tailored toward the suburbs. Now there's something to ponder.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 08:24 PM
I'd run this question by a few faculty if you can, but in general I think the point of the writing sample is to prove you can write, and not to prove your knowledge in a certain area. That being said, you better be sure your SOP shows you understand the language of your field and explicates what kind of research you want to do, and why you want to do it at XYZ University.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:21 PM
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