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The Maritime Scholar

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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, most results are about SOPs. I found this specific school's info on a statement of intent, which sounds like a SOP to me...
  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 away from Miami and even Florida for my PhD is because I want to be more close to things, and since I'm not planning on buying a car, I would need to do things by walking/biking. I also want to have a change of scenery and environment (people, culture, etc.). Many people who think of Miami think of the beach. I'm about an hour away from Miami Beach. It's beautiful there. I don't think Sweetwater is that nice surrounding FIU, but it just depends where you go. Miami could mean Sweetwater, Brickell, Coral Gables, Kendall, etc. There are certain places that are nice and certain places that are just run down and not so pleasant. These are just my personal opinions after living 20+ years in Miami, FL.
  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 you mean. I'm assuming you mean like a committee head that would act as your mentor during your time in the program. Either way, I don't see a problem with naming two. IMO, I think that having another to fall back on is beneficial. Good luck with everything! You got this!
  11. In my department during my MA, our theses were required to go through Turnitin after a student a while ago completely plagiarized their thesis (at another department). It was ridiculous, but I knew I had nothing to worry about. But yes, I do worry all the time about whether I've "plagiarized" or not. I try to search for plagiarism checkers, and I usually check my paper through different ones to see if there are different results. Also, I'm not sure if this is a thing, but if you're really worried, you can ask a professor to run your paper through Turnitin with their account, if you guys are close. I've never had to do that, but I'm sure some students have thought of it or done it. Good luck!
  12. I doubt that they'll Google you or whatever. Even if they did, wouldn't it be expressed in the admission info that they do actually do something like that? I think that your application alone gives them a good idea of who you are in an academic sense. If they want to know more, I would think they would set up some sort of meeting with you. Maybe out of curiosity they could search for you online, but it's not going to be to the point where they dig up every single thing about you. If you have a strong online presence, then maybe it'll be discovered easier. However, if you have a few accounts here and there and you don't really post much, then I wouldn't see much of it coming up in search results. All in all, don't sweat it.
  13. Personally, I think it's best to branch out and move to a new place. I've lived in the same home for 24 years now, and I'm so happy that I'm applying to schools out of state for my PhD in English. It's good to experience new places and be independent. It's the best thing moving forward in your life. The choice is ultimately yours, though...
  14. I really wouldn't worry about it. They're looking at your application. Not the emails you send.
  15. When I first began writing my SOP, I didn't really know how to structure it or even what to write. I looked at some samples and that helped. One sample began with stating outright what your "purpose" is: "I am applying to a PhD program in X at Y because Z." My mentor/advisor told me that the admissions committee already know that you're applying to that program, and since they're reading hundreds of them, it would be better to start with something interesting. He suggested that I start with a quote (based on a primary source used for my MA thesis), and then introduce/connect my research interests based on that quote. It definitely sounds better than the straight forward approach, IMO. I wonder what everyone's opinions are on ways to start a SOP. P.S. My advisor is about two years out of a PhD, and he became an assistant professor right after finishing his PhD. He is young, so I feel like his advice is the best I can get, for me, since I'm following his path. However, that's not to say that other professors with more traditional approaches or advice aren't helpful. I'm open to everyone's input!
  16. Taking a (somewhat long) break from looking at/writing your SOP really helps...

  17. Yes, thank you! I saw that some schools on my list don't require the GRE anymore because of COVID-19. I was relieved because that's $27 less for each school! Hah ๐Ÿ˜…
  18. I mean, that would make sense. I expect philosophy to be part of a lit PhD program; however, most of the work you produce will be literary with philosophy as support for your research (I'm not in a lit PhD program yet, so I can't really say). I'm sure every program is different.
  19. Hi, @desertwoman! I made an account last week, and I made a post asking for SOP feedback. No one replied. However, some have been replying to other posts I've made recently. I think it's a matter of having a "catchy" title for your post and posting it in the right thread. Some people may just be busy or your post may get lost in the other posts on this forum. I wish you the best of luck! I'll try to take a look at your posts when I get a chance. ๐Ÿ™‚โœŒ๏ธ
  20. I'll be applying for a PhD in English for next fall, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit worried. I was already worried about getting into a good school way before COVID-19 happened. Like @DrGonzzo mentioned in his response, I do try to see things in a more optimistic way. I'm still not sure if less applicants, especially to a PhD in English program, will benefit me or not. Will that just mean they're more selective? Less selective? I'm not really sure. All I can say is that I'm hopeful for the future, and I'm hopeful that I'll get into a good PhD program in English. As of now, I haven't been immediately affected by COVID-19, and I hope it stays that way for me. *Knocks on wood.* ๐Ÿ˜…
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