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    Metaphysics, Agency (Mind, Metaphilosophy)
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    2017 Fall
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  1. "I'm getting paid to do this really fun stuff. Suckers, I would've paid them!" And then try to drive the discussion to one of the many, many interesting options of topics within philosophy. This achieves two things: 1. It demonstrates how awesome philosophy is. 2. It lets me talk with people about philosophy. Which is totally better than some other topic.
  2. 2018 Philosophy Applicants, Assemble!

    Non-traditional almost seems like the norm at UCR. (Possibly because non-traditionals stand out a bit, but at the same time it was the only place I visited where my odd background got a "Yeah, we all have odd backgrounds" response.) The general rule is have upper-level or grad-level coursework in philosophy. Even if it's just one class to 1. Get an A and show you can handle it. 2. Get a letter from a philosopher who can say you can handle it. I only published in one undergrad conference proceedings and presented at undergrad conferences. My B.S. came from a school without much of a reputation. (It's a decent program, but I doubt the name was pulling much weight.) Nonetheless, I did get accepted to a top 15 overall philosophy program. If you do a little bit of searching in the subforum, you'll see some threads with stories of even longer shots. A top 10/15/20 program is a long shot for pretty much anyone. I wouldn't say you need to be publishing or speaking to get in, but at the same time, if you can be presenting your work and getting feedback, why aren't you? Several studies I've seen (thanks to the philosophy blogosphere being concerned with causal connections between studying philosophy and test scores) say you can't do much to improve your GRE. If you have the time and money, though, it can't hurt, especially since you know where your gaps are. (I was able to remember the problem I missed on the Q section and solved it on my way home. Prompt smack to the forehead.) Look at the averages to the schools you're interested in. At some you're solid. I've seen a few where you'd be at a disadvantage. As @Glasperlenspieler said, though, fit will matter. Spamming the top ten with little regard for fit is a waste. It's a survey of what many prominent philosophers think regarding which schools have the best faculty. The alternative is just asking the philosophers you know which schools are best. You can still do that, though. PGR just gives you an aggregate of what more qualified people think. This is why finding placement data is important. Last I checked, U of Memphis had a 100% placement rate despite being (iirc) unranked. Reading the part on the website saying what the PGR is measuring is important in using it. Really in using any statistical data, reading what the data is measuring is a good idea. 1. I'd be concerned about anyone who hasn't grown substantially in five years. If you're not getting better each year, what are you doing? 2. Why are there mid-tier journals, then? Shouldn't everyone be polishing until they get into Nous? The general rule is a letter from a philosopher is better than from a non-philosopher. Though the more damning rule is when more than three can be sent, three good is good. Three good plus one lukewarm may sink you. I would speculate two good letters from philosophers plus a good from religious studies is better than two good philosopher letters and a lukewarm philosopher letter. (This is also usually regarding PhD programs. I will note I know much less about applying to MA programs.)
  3. Topic choice also seemed to be at least somewhat relevant for me, as well. When I talked with some of the people I was especially interested in at the departments I was accepted to, many of them mentioned liking my sample, usually the ones who research in the area I wrote in. (Of course, in my personal statement I also mentioned what I am interested in, so perhaps the correlation of topic and where I was accepted/rejected can be explained by AOI alone.) As far as popularity, I haven't heard anything about it, but there's likely some at least subconscious effects. Being memorable is probably easier with a more radical thesis. As is being interesting in a pile of writing samples. (I can tell the difference between "Libertarianism is compatible with the PSR" "" and "Everything supervenes on the mental" "Wait, how did you get that?") Too far out may lose some charity from readers.
  4. Anyone Can Be a Data Scientist

    Decimals are yucky.
  5. Best apps for grad school?

    Worth noting FB Messenger now does this for free.
  6. I went to undergrad at an SLAC that isn't super notable in the US. I still got on the ND waitlist. (I took myself off, so no idea if it would have panned out for me.) So not all hope is gone. Also, YMMV, but I've heard since ND is super popular for philosophy of religion, it's in your interest to show some love to your other interests.
  7. Acceptance Thread

    Not for a Philosophy PhD program, but I've seen someone accepted by a school as late as a month before the start date.
  8. Thoughts and Feelings Going Into August

    A bit sad leaving my undergrad community in a week or so. Then leaving the place I spent the past 22 year in in a few months. Very excited for my adventures in Riverside.
  9. 2018 Philosophy Applicants, Assemble!

    Depends on how fast fall grades get into the gradebook. A lot of applications are due in January, so unless your school's fall goes late or takes a very long time to update your transcript, yeah, they'll see it. If I were you I'd see if a letter can explain away the C, make the writing sample show you in fact can do good work, and apply to some PhD programs that look like a tight fit.
  10. Acceptance Thread

  11. Pros & cons of finishing early?

    Echoing fuzzylogician, I've heard one popular strategy among those who can finish early is to try to get a job and stay in grad school just until you can get a good job elsewhere. I do know people who delayed graduation as much as a year to weather out a bad job market.
  12. Farewell Thread

    Fare well. I imagine I'll be seeing at least some of you around in the philosophy world. Since the next application season is coming around soon and I found the people who stuck around from previous years helpful, I'll probably pop in on occasion. And the other subforums look like they have some good info on the part that comes after making a decision. Song relevant.
  13. Declining offers 2017

    I love how mutually supportive this community is. Replaces the sting of turning down a good offer with the pleasant knowledge someone else will get it. (While this could be true even without the community, it feels more personal this way.)
  14. If you're very sure you won't change your mind and are willing to sacrifice some happiness to work with the Berkeley people, go there. If you are willing to work harder to make MIT work for the sake of the happiness or see the chance of switching interests to something MIT excels in, go there. Five to seven years is a fairly long while. I would consider what you want to do in those years and go wherever will best enable doing that. (I know you said Ab initio calculations in condensed matter. Is that all you want to do?)
  15. Declining offers 2017

    Also removed from Notre Dame waitlist.