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  1. Fall 2018 Applicants

    The newer versions of word have this feature. It’s pretty easy to use. It’s called Read and you can set it to different voices and speeds. Reading aloud doesn’t catch every error, but it helps catch a lot.
  2. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I submitted my first two apps this past Friday. Honestly, I didn't even put the page numbers for one of my writing samples. One application wanted the whole thesis, so that obviously had the page numbers. But for the app that wanted just a chunk, I copied and pasted parts of my sample that I wanted to show without adding the page numbers. Probably should have in retrospect, but the application instructions did not require it. Oh, I also used footnotes and then gave my project's full works cited at the end. I think what you are proposing is fine. Take it with a grain of salt, though. I'm in the application process as well.
  3. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Tip: Avoid looking at your application materials once you've submitted them. Your mental health will thank you for it.
  4. December 1st Look for the school.
  5. Applying to MAPSS

    Not sure what type of reassurance you are looking for. The stats seem good for any program.
  6. GRE Date

    I think writing samples and personal statements are much more important.
  7. Justify MS Word

    Not sure how. I wrote a 50 paper using left align, but switching it knocked off about 2 pages.
  8. Justify MS Word

    Does anyone use the alignment setting "justify" in their papers? I'm used to "left align". I never knew it existed until now. I had a reader just recommend that I use it, but it feels kind of sleezy, since it reduces my page count. I don't want to make it seem like I'm trying crunch a bunch of stuff in.
  9. Fall 2018 Applicants

    By moving some information into the abstract (which is not counted in the page count), I've already managed to cut down the introduction to 7 pages. I can't see it going much further, as the introduction doesn't just have historiography. It also has relevant historical context, definitions, and, of course, my thesis statement. That being said, how does a 1 page conclusion sound? Is that unheard of? That would give me 17 pages of main body content (25-8=17).
  10. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Eh, I'm wary of doing that mostly because of time constraints. I have two weeks left, and I still need to edit other sections. Plus, I still need to write one PS. I feel the historiography should be concentrated at the intro (as opposed to interwoven) in order to understand what happens later. Basically, it answers the "why should this paper be written?" question. Unless being top heavy might be considered a deal breaker in some way, I can't see myself putting in time for that change.
  11. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Finally decided on how to divide my up my senior thesis for my writing sample. I've decided I'm going submit my introduction (10 pages), middle body chapter (13 pages), and conclusion (2). I was a bit worried about submitting an introduction that long, but I decided I really want to show my readers how my project fits into the current historiography on the subject. I also think it is a skill they will be looking for. The middle section is where they will get to see my ability to use primary sources and my French level (all the sources in this section are in French), and finally a quick conclusion to sum it all up.
  12. GRE Date

    Those things are annoying and formulaic. I consider myself a decent writer, but I ended up getting a 5. Now I don't think it's a terrible score, but it's definitely not representative of my ability. I guess that's what the WS and PS are for..
  13. GRE Date

    About 8 -9 days week days (not business). Definitely not the 10 business days they said. Make sure to send them out to your schools now if you haven't already! I sent my last batch yesterday.
  14. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I thought you might get into resources as well. For example, I'm from a small liberal arts school with not a huge library, no big writing centers, and not a whole lot of people in my subject area. I have friends at bigger schools with more resources. And boy, are their writing samples very different.
  15. HELP! Do I have a shot this season ?

    Though you might (hastily) get your required essays and WS done, there are other, more practical matters involved. I am going off the premise that most PHD apps you will be submitting are due between Dec. 1st-Dec.15th, the timeframe majority of PHD apps are due. You say you want to retake your GRE. By the time you retake it, and ETS processses them, will you have enough time from your score reports to get to the schools you are applying to? Will you have enough time for any transcripts you order to arrive at the schools you are applying to? Do you have a CV written up and edited? What about diversity statements? You said you are an international student, so you would certainly want to take time to do those if offered the option. Only you know the answers to these questions. I'm just posing these questions because you failed to mention parts of an application that can be the downfall of an otherwise great application.