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  1. Hi everyone, I'm in the first year of a PhD program. Recently, I emailed a professor asking to meet to discuss research topics, noting that we have similar interests. This professor is in a different department, so I don't know him personally, but because our research aligns, he's a very potential member of my eventual dissertation committee. Now, the professor didn't respond to my email -- which is fine, I get it: professors are often busy and forget to respond to emails. Had it been any random professor I would have moved on. But since this is someone who could be very important fo
  2. Still waiting for my schools! I hope to see some results later this week! Yeah the SoP is such a tricky genre--it's difficult to know which side to err on. Best of luck to you as well!
  3. I did the same thing with my SOPs (they were about 1,200 words). I did ask the graduate adminstrator at each of my schools if that would be okay, and they all said yes. But your concern is making me also anxious now (since the admin doesn't sit on the admissions committee and I'm not sure if the committee would agree). I really hope it's not counted against us!
  4. What's the current view on Berkeley? How is it doing in its various subfields?
  5. I wonder if Berkeley might also release soon...
  6. I'd say that Chicago is exceedingly likely, given past years' results... and Harvard is quite unlikely. They tend to release toward the end of February.
  7. I was actually thinking the same: last year Berkeley admitted on January 31/February 1, Chicago on February 2, and Princeton on January 31. If they stick to the same schedule, we might be seeing results this week. Of course, they're not consistent: in the previous cycle, for example, Princeton admitted around February 9. So it's unclear if they'll actually release this week... but there's hope! Good luck to all!
  8. In hindsight, you're probably right--it does seem to be a troll based on the style of the two acceptances. (One further indication: "Deparment Of Political Science"). Ahh all this waiting is making me jittery and overly gullible I think it's probably best practice that we don't check the results board until February, when the normal acceptances are out. No need feeding the trolls. Good luck everyone!
  9. There's another Yale acceptance out, with a similar story. Good luck to all the Yale applicants!
  10. Would anyone like to claim the Yale acceptance? The Harvard one seems off (MLK day); but I think the Yale one could be legit. Yale does have a new DGS this year, so it's not unreasonable that he's doing things different by notifying outstanding applicants early, as the poster said.
  11. Hi everyone! I hope y'all are doing well with your applications I'm finishing up my SOPs and writing sample in preparation for the December 15 deadline, and I had a few quick questions: 1. Some of my schools have a 25 page word limit for the writing sample and others have 20. Mine is around 23 pages. Would it be okay if I slightly tweaked the font or margins to fit these 23 pages into 20 pages? (Currently it's Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced, one inch margins). 2. SOPs: double spaced, right? 3. When mentioning potential advisors in the SOP, how do you name them the f
  12. Thank you all so much! All of your responses were really helpful, and I think I'm getting a sense now of how to approach and what to expect from an email conversation
  13. Hi ltr, thank you so much for the response! I'm so glad to hear it's been going well for you. And I should have clarified that I am applying to PhD programs. I guess my concern is that my emailing will come across as unnecessary and therefore annoying. Especially at the more well-known universities, I'm worried that the professors receive a ton of email and thus all the prospective students' emails might come across as pesky, and these professors would much rather people just apply directly. I remember a friend of mine applying to anthropology doctoral programs reached out to POIs, and a
  14. Hi everyone, I know there are mixed feelings on this forum about emailing POIs. I was wondering about the experiences of those of you applying this year, or recent applications such as last year's etc. Did you get in touch with POIs beforehand? Why or why not? For those who did, I'm wondering how the responses were and whether or not you'd recommend it. I'm quite on the fence about reaching out to professors and would love to hear some recent experiences to help me decide Thank you! Edit: I'm applying to PhD programs
  15. What would you guys say are the best programs in intellectual history in the UK? Specifically to do a master's... So far I've got Cambridge's MPhil program and the University of London's MA program (with Quentin Skinner et al.). I'd appreciate any other suggestions!
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