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  1. From what I've heard, it can be useful to frame it in a different way, asking them: "would you be able to write a strong letter of reference with regard to xyz," instead of just asking for a letter of reference. This gives them more space to say no if they think their letter would not be strong.
  2. It really depends what you want to get out of the programme, but you might want to consider the UvA's (Amsterdam) 1-year programme in philosophy. Of course, it's not an English-speaking country, but everyone can speak English, especially in Amsterdam itself, so if that's the main concern it might not be as big of a deal. Also, it's probably cheaper than some other MA programmes. It generally is, however, considered not the programme to do if you want to go into research (there's also a 2-year research track which does have that exact aim), but that might be better suited to your aims! It
  3. (Just a disclaimer: I'm not very familiar with non-thesis options, nor have I already gone through a PhD application season, but I am a big fan of theses haha) I think one of the main questions would be why you're in the non-thesis track. Of course, work like that of your thesis will be closest to PhD work, so it probably will at least raise questions of why you decided against doing so. If it is impossible due to circumstances for you to do a thesis, that might be worth mentioning in your application/having it mentioned in a letter of recommendation, if it says somewhere which track you'
  4. I'm not sure how to edit my previous comment, but you can of course also just email them asking "would you be able to write me a strong letter"? That leaves them more room to say so if they actually don't remember you well, and might increase your chances for a strong letter!
  5. Definitely go for your thesis advisor, of course. Apart from that, from what I've heard, it's most important to choose people who know you well, so that they can say more than just "they got an A in my class". While it's definitely a good sign that you receive emails saying you did so well, that on its own wouldn't convince me completely. I think that Professor 2 seems like a really good pick, but only if, and after you meet with him a few times. Then he'll certainly know you better. While I get the appeal of the third one, you have to properly ask yourself if they would still remember you wel
  6. Thank you so much! I love Heidegger and Derrida, so will definitely look into Martin Hägglund! I'm also definitely going to look more into what exactly it is in postmodernism that I like - I have some ideas of course, but this has helped me enormously to realize that I definitely need to look further. Again, thank you!!
  7. @EM51413Sorry to bother you, but I was just wondering if you also had any knowledge about departments currently strong on philosophy and literature, especially in the context of postmodernism and marxism? Apart from Emory, JHU and UC Davis through being mentioned here, I only had Duke on my radar, and Binghamton, but am honestly getting very weird vibes from that one. Apart from that, I mainly end up at programmes strong in 'critical theory,' but as I'm not someone having gender/postcolonial theory as main interests, I'm feeling quite hesitant all-round.
  8. Thanks so much for this, and the info above! Has definitely helped me a lot as well (especially since I'd never have looked at comp lit but this does seem possibly to be really right for me!)
  9. This is such a good question! I'm sorry I can't help you, but just wanted to add that if anyone is reading this and thinking "I only know this with regard to English programmes," that I'm definitely following and interested in that info haha, and so feel free to share! I hope this doesn't come across as me hijacking your post; it just really made me realize that this is something I've been trying to find out without really being aware of it! Good luck with your applications, it seems like you really have everything together so you'll probably do so well!!
  10. I was worried that you might not know your interests at all, but honestly, your interests seem relatively specific already (but still broad enough), so that is good! I think if you look at what research is currently being done in your field (maybe find a journal that deals with it a lot?) that could potentially be quite helpful to you.
  11. You have to remember that they see a lot of applications; if it's just a few small discrepancies between your cv and your statement and only has relevance on a few extra classes you took, they might not even notice? I'm not sure about that of course, but even if they do, it's not like you're deliberately leaving something bad out or put a different university than the one you actually went to, or something. Additionally, I'm not from the US so take this with a grain of salt, but Columbia seems quite picky in who they let in anyway, and especially with the huge numbers of applicants this year "
  12. Honestly, these mistakes seem quite minor to me - it's not as if you put the wrong university you're applying to in your personal statement, or something. Of course, the fewer mistakes, the better, but mistakes will always happen and as long as they can understand the basic trajectory of your studies and see that you meet their criteria, I personally don't think it would be a huge issue. I get that it feels like that from your perspective, though! But if they don't know you did an extra summer semester, why would they make a problem out of it?
  13. I'm not super familiar with the programme, but did some analytical philosophy at the same university and thought about doing the programme (before I changed my interests completely lol). Unless the mandatory courses are general philosophy as an introduction, which I can barely imagine (and you can check at studiegids.uva.nl), I wouldn't worry too much about sociology and history. The analytical philosophy sphere is quite insular in a way within the philosophy department.
  14. Oh I definitely think it's relatively safe! I've mainly heard a lot of good things about the programme so that's why I'm assuming it might be a bit competitive, but many Dutch MA programmes don't even have selection for Dutch students, and the handful that do are just selecting to see if you're a good fit, so I don't think it's super-competitive in international terms, if that makes sense!
  15. I have no idea, to be honest. I'm assuming you're going for a research master in gender studies? My experiences with research master programmes in general are that if you meet the criteria and show in your application that this is the right programme for you, they will generally accept you. I've heard of some people being declined, but I feel they accept most candidates. However, that is at a different university and at a different programme, and while there isn't really a "this university is more prestigious/harder to get into than another" going on in NL I do feel like the gender programme i
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