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The Maritime Scholar

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    Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Maritime Literature; Transoceanic Studies; Sound Studies; Performance Studies; Queer Studies; Archival Studies; Material Culture
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    PhD in English

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  1. Already heard one school from my list is not accepting applications this cycle. Hopefully there's not many more ๐Ÿคž

  2. Boo ๐Ÿ˜• There'll probably be other schools from my list closing admissions as well (hopefully not too many more)...
  3. I'm surprised no one has taken the time to reply to your post! Either way, each of my schools are requiring a SOP, but only one of my schools (UCLA) is also requiring a personal statement. From my understanding, a SOI/SOR are synonymous with a SOP. They both address your interests and your research. In some of my schools that I'm applying to, I see that they want a personal statement, but it is basically asking for a SOP. All in all, I would email the program directly and see what they want. P.S. It's funny how when I search "statement of intent for grad school" on Google, mos
  4. Hi, @kimmy! When I first started researching programs for my Ph.D. in English, I had my thesis advisor/mentor help me. Do you have a professor that you were close with that could maybe help you? I found that my advisor knew a lot of the faculty in many Ph.D. in English programs, so that helped me out a lot. It's always good to have someone who has experience who can assist you in the application process. Good luck with everything, and stay safe! ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. When there's that one school that asks for a personal statement as wellย ๐Ÿ™„

  6. My field is 19th-century American lit, so it's obviously different. However, for me, it took one class and one professor to really see what field in English/lit I wanted to research. I agree with @Randi S. If you did your MA thesis, look into that and see what you were passionate about.
  7. I've lived in Miami all my life, and the one thing that I would say is that you probably need a car to get around. Unless you want to do Uber/Lyft or carpool. If you live on/near FIU, then I think you should be good because there is a Publix, Walgreens, etc. right across the street from campus. However, it would mean having to carry your groceries. I was lucky enough to live only a few minutes away from FIU and even though I didn't have a car, I relied on Uber/Lyft, parents, friends, etc. to drive me to and from campus and to wherever else I wanted/needed to go. One of the reasons I'm moving a
  8. I believe all my schools are still accepting applications for fall 2021, but now I'm a bit worried. Does anyone know anything about my schools (see my signature for schools I'm applying to)? Thanks!
  9. I always write better in the middle of the night...

  10. Hi, @ssg! I hope all's well with you. I've just finished a draft of my SOP for one of my schools, and I have included at least three professors that I wish to work with, or whose work is related to mine. When you say "PI," do you mean a person of interest? Since I'm applying to a PhD in English program and you're applying to a clinical psychology program, I'm not sure how the structure works behind "naming" professors in your SOP. I don't think it's a bad idea to have two mentors. I'm guessing in terms of my own SOP, I am naming possible committee members, but I'm not sure if that's what
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