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    How did you choose your writing sample?

    I came from abroad so I already needed to translate my whatever-writing-sample into English. What I did was to summarize my undergraduate thesis into 25 pages. It was a good exercise because I incorporated comments from my committee, I could highlight the major arguments, and I could delete sections that were very repetitive.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    When I receive e-mails I want the purpose of the e-mail right away. Though the example above is very good, I will make a suggestion: begin with "My name is X and I am an MA student at Y". I am writing to inquire if...." and then you begin to talk about you. Otherwise, the e-mail just reads as "me me me" until the very end. My two cents. @Balleu depending on how you word it you don't need to demonstrate now that you know the historiography of your project because that's what graduate school is for. You need to show that you have interesting questions and cool potential for expanding the field. Sometimes that means that you know your research is interesting because you have read the relevant scholarship. So, yes, you could include this narrative in your SoP (and even if you didn't choose sample A, I would still include it in your SoP).
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Good thinking. What's important is that you don't explain your "flaws" but transform them into something positive, a learning opportunity, and even a research question. E.g. "Having to drop out from college myself due to a health crisis, I am now interested in the intersections of education and public health. Specifically, I seek to examine the mechanisms local authorities employed to serve regional stakeholders in war-torn borderlands" [I'm CLEARLY inventing! ] I think your sample A could be more manageable. Does it stem from the thesis? if it does, you can then introduce the main themes in the thesis and then go into the paper itself.
  4. I agree with @megabee. They way you worded your background doesn't add up to what AdComms look for in diversity statements. How has your background informed your research questions? How can your background add to a different understanding of your research questions? How can your research contribute with the diversification of the field? Why having you in X program will make the department more diverse? What do you bring to the table? Good luck!
  5. I tried the notebook and pen and didn't work for me. I'm a faster typer. My advisor knows that I feel more comfortable with this and allows it. Only one or twice I asked for permission to record the meeting because we were going to talk over two chapters. I turned it off when we moved to something else. Also, as you transition different stages of your program, you will realize that you have increasingly more power to steer the conversations. Although my advisors are very tidy in the way they give advise (they start saying "I have three comments 1, 2, and 3, and they they go into them), I also reiterate a lot of what they say so that I chew on that and can ask back immediately. This, of course, depends on how you work with your advisor.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Welcome new cohort! Rising sixth year here. I found the forum very helpful when I was applying so I'm happy to pay it forward. If may, let me give you the single piece of advice I wished someone had told me (or at least had made it super clear): as you prepare your applications, stop thinking as an undergraduate (if you come straight from undergrad or have graduated in the past two years); start thinking like a professional, grad student. I understand this is very vague advice, but it's so because it applies differently to all us. In my case, it meant to stop worrying about stupid things (like GRE) and worry about the important ones (the SoP, for example). If you set your mind to the application process being already part of graduate school (you will be applying for stuff for the next 6-7 years at least), if you think of this as a specialization of your work, as a way to further your career, believe me, it will transpire into your application materials. All the best!!!!!!!
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    CV Details

    GPA: if you want to include one, include the most recent. Professional membership: It doesn't hurt, should go at the end. Since you don't have many publications, include the reviews there. Unless you have 10 peer-reviewed articles/chapters and 10 reviews. Otherwise you are just adding sections for no reason. Include non-academic publications under "Non-Academic Publications" section. Think carefully if this is relevant. Example: do they reflect your public scholarship? Teaching experience: Yes, be clear about what is what. Eg: 2016 Fall semester tutoring biology 101. Study abroad: it will probably show up in your transcript. Why do you need it here? Theses: Under education. It should read like this: Education 2017 Master of Arts in Philosophy (GPA). thesis: "blah blah blah" 2015 Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Hons). thesis: "bleh bleh bleh" Remember the CV is an argumentative text. Think why you want to add stuff. Do not add things for the sake of adding because it makes the AC wonder why those things are there. Example: if you did a study abroad in France and you want to study French philosophy, then you can include it under education (not as separate, just as a note clarifying one semester abroad in France). You will also mention this in your SoP, arguing for your readiness to begin a PhD. This is important: Make your CV a document that supports and complements your SoP.
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    How can I strengthen my application?

    Upfront your experience. "Time off" is never irrelevant. Spin it, it gave you experience of something, it helped you learn at least one skill, even if it was time-management.
  9. It looks that your best options is to stop guessing and ask the university if they can give you a payment plan; and your advisor, if they let have a job on campus (be sure to know which job and how much you'd be making so that it makes sense to you. The important things is to graduate).
  10. I was an international student from the southern hemisphere, so I quit my job mid-July and had about a month to sell my stuff, travel a little bit, and say goodbye to family and friends. If you can afford it, I'd certainly recommend taking a hiatus from work.
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    How many is too many?

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    Leaving One for Another?

    I agree with @lemma, either reject or defer the American admission. Knowingly applying for a program when you have already accepted an offer from a US institution can burn many bridges. In addition, it does not reflect well on your professional behavior, even to the Australian program. Remember that a lot of people are invested in your American offer (including LoRs writers). Have you considered doing a postdoc in the Australian institution? You can use your PhD years to build connections and work collaboratively so that when you graduate you have a network there to further your professional interests.
  13. I got a plan strong on data because of all the WhatsApp texting/calling/video calling. Some companies give you an international text plan, but I have never used that because no one in my home country uses text anymore. When I got back from the field, I got a SIM card at the airport and months later I migrated to another company because that one was not giving me good coverage. Before then, I had bought a (blocked) phone in target with a $35 plan (now I pay $40).
  14. It's fun to see how packages have evolved (or not!) in the past 5 years!

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