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  1. Hello all, I plan on applying to NT PhD programs this upcoming fall season. I'm a bit in the dark on the SOP. Of course, schools usually give a broad description of what they expect. But, does anyone have pointed advice for--or links to examples of--successful SOPs? If it helps, I plan on applying to Duke (Phd and ThD), PTS, Emory, Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge. Many thanks!
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  2. Hi, I wanted to add a little perspective as a current PhD candidate at an ivy currently organizing to pressure my department to follow Yale and Chicago in suspending admissions for Fall 2021. The response of most programs to the disruptions presented by the pandemic has been atrocious. PhD students of all disciplines find themselves looking at what amounts to a year loss of progress towards degree--many students have had to abandon research in the US and abroad, obviously library access has been severely limited. Hiring freezes set in pretty quickly after the pandemic's outset, so the cla
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  3. If I understand correctly, are you referring to a second Penn State professor? If so, that won't be necessary. If he puts in a good word, that's all you need. You don't want to overweight your application packet with a bunch of internal recommendations. If instead you are still talking about the original professor you mentioned in your opening thread, yes a letter from him would be fine.
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  4. Ydrl

    2021 Applicants Forum

    Hi, this is the place to discuss the MFA in creative writing. I’m not sure where the PhD in Health Sciences discussion is. I looked but I can’t find it, I’m sorry.
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  5. Always apply to APA accredited schools that offer funding. The PhD is a long route 5-7 years and even if you are funded, its barely enough for one person to live on, let alone a family. Taking on an unfunded program will mean that you would be in significant debt for a much longer time and you would need much longer than finishing your program to just "break even" with your finances. It looks like you are geographically restricted and are considering this when applying for grad school, but it is also important to think about this when you apply for internship and post-doc. These applicati
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  6. feralgrad

    2021 Applicants Forum

    An SOP should be less personal than a college admissions essay. This is a professional situation, so don't say anything you wouldn't be comfortable saying in a job interview. It's fine to mention personal struggles or marginalized status in passing, but remember that you're hoping to work with the people on the admissions committee. Keep explicit personal details to a minimum. You should differentiate yourself through your writing practice, not your life story. Here's an example: Good: "My writing draws on my personal experience confronting misogyny. It seeks to express... [insert th
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  7. EvolvedGradBlog

    PhD Education

    My first recommendation would be to do an EdD rather than a Phd if you want to work as a school administrator.
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  8. Hi! When I applied for programs last year, I waited two weeks before sending a follow-up email. One tip that I have is to send the follow-up email in the same thread that you sent your initial email so that the PI can see that you tried to reach out before. Here is the follow-up email template that I used: Dear Dr. [PI's last name], I am following up regarding an email that I sent about two weeks ago. I realize that your schedule is probably very busy, but would greatly appreciate any information that you can provide in relation to my following question. I hope to apply to the [prog
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  9. You just need to make a choice, for admission's sake. It's going to be unnecessarily challenging to get accepted if you try to craft an SoP and incorporate all of those things. I'm not sure what kind(s) of program(s) you're applying to, but if you're thinking full-time and funded, then you'll have to make a direct connection with a professor or a department. This professor will most likely have very focused interests and their willingness to bring you in as an advisee will often be based on how your interests align with theirs. Personally, I crafted a super-focused SoP, but assessed the schoo
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  10. ebs

    Fall 2020 Applicants :)

    There are definitely some folks coming into the Brandeis program with little to no linguistics experience, although I'd say it's more often the other way around -- people coming into the program with lots of linguistics and minimal CS experience. There's also a CS MS program at Brandeis, and a lot of those students cross-register in CL courses, so you certainly won't be lacking in terms of peers in terms of prior course experience. Brandeis is not crazy competitive, from what I've heard it's about a 50% acceptance rate. You're right the tuition is high (although not really any different
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  11. Yea...if grad school doesn't work out, I already have a BS degree and can very quickly get a high paying engineering job locally, so...yea. Suicide is the coward's way out.
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