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  1. markovka


    Congrats bro
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    What's your sample title?
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    I reached out.
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    Waiting-list confirmed. For those of you accepted to NIU, as usual, please decline the offer if you know you won't be attending. Thanks 🙃
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    I also applied to NIU, but haven't heard anything from them. Does it mean that I am rejected?
  6. markovka

    How many schools is “too many schools”?

    I've seen people doing it. In my opinion, it isn't a bad thing if you can afford it.
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    Time spent on Sample paper

    Care to elaborate? What hashtags do they use out there?
  8. markovka

    safety schools

    The concept of the safety school does not apply in the case of PhD admissions since in my experience if you think you are not ready to do it, then it is better to take a year off to do whatever is necessary to get in you in a good shape. PhD should be something that you are doing for itself rather than collecting course credits because this is what you'll get in whatever a school you land in. The question is why, if you think it will not be as challenging and rewarding as it could be? Having said that, I recognize the value of getting course credits as a pathway towards PhD, though not a "safety school."
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    2019 Graduate Entrants

    Applying to GSU, UH, UWM, NIU, and some PhDs. International student. Already planning what I'm going do if I'm shut out my second time. I have interests similar to the previous poster's. On that note, I must admit I've met some pretty outstanding people on here. I comfort myself with thinking that in any case there is no shame in losing to someone who deserves it better ? All hands on deck coming from a prestigious liberal arts school I have: GPA 3.7 (Philosophy 3.8) GRE 161V, 153Q, 4.0AW I know what you're thinking ? But my sample is awesome, I promise ? I wonder, though, if anyone on this forum majored in philosophy without writing a thesis and got into PGR schools.
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    What's the other program?
  11. markovka

    2019 Graduate Entrants

    Mine was less than 4000 words.
  12. markovka

    2019 Graduate Entrants

    I'm pretty sure you can if you explain in the statement of purpose why you want to pursue a second MA if you already have one. I personally know people who have two MA. Though my guess will be is that it is hard to find a funded MA when you are doing it second time over.
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    Time spent on Sample paper

    It took me two years to understand what to write, which took me only three days to type. However, I was shut-out last year, so I guess you can say had a lot of time to think. I don't want to wax all poetic, but I believe that In a way all writing is ecstatic. It must be something writes you.
  14. Hello there! My problem is that I don’t know how I should present myself to adcoms in the statement of purpose and CV when applying to PhD programs in philosophy in the US, Canada, and the UK. Your responses will be greatly appreciated. I believe there are many people in the world who were or currently are in the similar circumstances. As a senior, I wrote a thesis on Plato’s Timaeus. Since then, I’ve been writing articles and sending them out to journals. I even managed to get one of them published in a semi-professional journal, but they were all on the Timaeus. I was hoping my enthusiasm would get me into a top PhD program this year, but I was wrong: I was rejected from everywhere. I graduated in 2017 by the way. When he shared his thoughts on the letters of rejections with me, my advisor told me that I should use the space of the SoP to explain how my interests (basically, Plato) will allow me to benefit from the strengths of the departments I am applying to. I gather that analytical philosophy and philosophy of mind is big in the philosophy departments now. Considering that my transcript lists as much as three courses in these fields I also gather that just saying that my coursework qualifies me to write papers on Plato for the rest of my life won’t do. I think that the whole idea of studying Plato itself for itself comes under attack even though I can clearly see gaps in the scholarship that I could fill with my work as I am doing it now with these papers on the Timaeus. I guess departments are looking in their candidates for something other than skills for becoming an author of philosophy articles, right? I am assuming throughout that I have an excellent writing samples by the way. My question to you is, what other factors should I bring in to my profile to make my research interests be an asset, rather than a liability? How do I ward off the adcom’s fears that once I get into the diverse academic environment I won’t be able to keep up the pace? As I am seeing it, the problem is that I don’t have any other achievements to show off except my work on the Timaeus which very little people ever heard of in the first place and, therefore, cannot say anything conclusive as to its quality. I hope a new piece that I sent for peer-review in Phronesis will remedy this, if it’s accepted for publication of course. Likewise, I am planning to take classes for credit next fall in some other field than ancient philosophy to convince the adcoms that I intend to bring my research interests to bear on relevant topics. Which do you think I should take? Other than that, do you have any other suggestion?

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