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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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    2021 Fall
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    PhD in English

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  1. I like the idea of Interfolio, but I submitted my applications yesterday and there were already about four out of 12 schools that didn't accept Interfolio. I just feel that if my recommenders are taking the time to write my LOR, then they can take the time to upload each letter. It shouldn't be a hassle. I'm not sure $48 (even though I didn't have to pay for it because it was paid for as a gift) a year is worth it, if I'm just going to use it once (at least for now). Interfolio can maybe be more useful when applying to teaching positions, but I'll have to see when the time comes for that.
  2. Does anyone know or can update me on the status of Marquetteโ€™s Ph.D. in English program? I received an email from the director saying that closing admissions is likely. They are waiting to hear on the decision. This was one of my safety schools, so it sucks to hear this. ๐Ÿ˜ž
  3. Update: So I emailed the office assistant, and they said that the prompt was changed a bit and that I should include it in addition to what I already have. I also emailed the program director just in case. I think I'm just going to adapt what I wrote for my personal statement on diversity to this.
  4. If anyone here has applied to Penn State for their Ph.D. in English program and you know about this, please clarify for me. I would really appreciate it. Thanks! So on the English department's website, it says that a SOP (1-3 double-spaced pages) is required. However, when I went to start the application, the portal says that part of the documentation required is a personal statement with the following prompt: "Why do you want to pursue a higher degree in English studies at a time when the Liberal Arts are often less valued than science and technology?" This doesn't sound like a
  5. If anyone can give their input on this, I'd really appreciate it! So here are the WS requirements for each one of my 12 schools that I'm applying to: 15-20 pages 25 pages (minimum) One or two writing samples 12-20 double-spaced pages 15-25 pages No more than 25 pages 15-25 double-spaced pages (including notes) Two examples of academic writing (8-20 pages) Two samples (15-20 pages) 15-20 pages Around 20 pages 10-20 pages As you can tell, the average is around 20 pages for most of the schools. I'm using my mas
  6. Mostly done with all my SOPs. Moving on to polishing my WS.

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

  8. Boo ๐Ÿ˜• There'll probably be other schools from my list closing admissions as well (hopefully not too many more)...
  9. 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
  10. 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™‚
  11. When there's that one school that asks for a personal statement as wellย ๐Ÿ™„

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