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  1. You should probably post this in a field specific thread. 12 might be outrageous in some fields, but in others 15-20 may be the norm! In my opinion, 12 sounds just about right for IR MA programs.
  2. If it makes you feel any better, when I applied to this one school I panicked that the GRE score wasn't received, so much so that I ordered a second report THEN emailed them about it. The secretary had said it wasn't PROCESSED yet. I wasted $25 dollars. I sent it the first time with a department code and the second without. All you can do now is just wait for an e-mail from them.
  3. They should have received them irrelevant of whether you included a department code or not. Maybe it has not been processed by the school yet?
  4. I took the GRE on Sept. 11th and started my SoP on the 12th. I think I am finally done (Nov. 21st) with editing the writing sample, CV, and SoP (including personalizing it for each school), but knowing me, I will still read over them until I actually submit. Official transcripts (only for the schools that require a paper copy) have been sent, but some have yet to receive them. Still waiting for some letters to be submitted...
  5. US based Professors I use "best" European based Professors I use "best wishes"
  6. I know all of my letter writers wrote letters that could be submitted to all schools. They are professors, they don't have time to personalize each letter to each school. However, I am in a different field where it is the norm to apply to 15 schools...
  7. Cesare

    Plan B?

    After reading the thread about finding a husband in graduate school, I read the title of this thread and instantly thought "omg, they are discussing birth control." Anyways, I agree with this:
  8. I regret not going to a different, better school. I feel very bitter because I see what other courses schools offer their undergrads. Courses that would make me a stronger candidate for graduate school, but I was unable to take because it was never offered at my institution. I am irritated because I paid the same amount in tuition, but received less education. Now I am stuck competing against people who had the opportunity to take these courses. If I only new then what I know now... *I did take advantage of opportunities like research projects, etc., but I still can't help feeling angry. I f
  9. I cited the one and only Professor who is working on my topic just once. I think it helps situate my topic in the literature, but the questions I asked had nothing to do with this Professors' work. I also mentioned other Professors who are working at different schools who have done similar, but different work. Not sure how you are writing your SoP, but I situate my "original" questions in the literature. There is nothing wrong with mentioning literature, but you need to make sure you are not emphasizing a Professor to the point where you make it seem that no one else is capable of supervi
  10. I have the same problem you do. I stayed with my unique/new field, but I did a lot of work relating my research questions or actually changing the questions within this research area to related to each school/professors interests. Of course, this was not possible for every school, but I am hoping for the best. My previous research papers were more mainstream, so I am hoping that I don't come off as crazy. However, at the same time, as hard as I tried, I could not come up with an interesting question that was not in this new area, which is why I stuck with it. I would rather have an interest
  11. It is fine, but don't use it too often. I think I used it 2x in my 1200 word statement. Example: "I would like to examine X and Y..." or "I enjoyed this topic because..."
  12. I had the same problem. I was able to access it through a proxy like hotspot shield.
  13. I had 3 quant and 2 verbal both times. They do not switch it up based on what you got before. It is completely randomized.
  14. Some programs will allow a fourth some will not. I doubt they will toss the fourth (Actually, I am sure this will vary greatly by school). Adding a fourth will not harm your application as long as it is not a negative letter. Also, some schools weigh letters more heavily others less so, therefore, it may help, but who knows.
  15. I am having the same problem. Before totally reorganizing it, I was very happy with it. Now I wonder how in the world was I happy with that, but it has gotten worse... I am now asking myself how else can I improve it? I keep on making little changes here and there. BUT I am now wondering if my decision to present a series of research questions rather than just one and go into detail about it was a good idea. There are just so many ways to write a SoP.
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