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lolopixie last won the day on January 9 2012

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    English Ph.D.

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  1. But carry a big a$$ stick!!!! To beat the adcoms down with!
  2. Just a heads up, last 2 rounds CM has only accepted 2 students out of 500-600 applicants.
  3. Mine has gone through 2 actual application seasons of embarassing!
  4. I was given advice from a retired professor, which was get through the Ph.D. program, take the best job you can get, and if you're not happy there, publish your way out. Sounded solid.
  5. Your SOP is one of the most critical parts of the application, if not THE most critical. It should be flawless. However, this is not a piece of creative writing. You do want to be straightforward and to the point, but it needs to be well written. Yes, it should be better than what a physics major could write.
  6. I think most people go to "no-name" schools. Honestly, if you are outside of our region, we have no idea what program you are attending unless it is one of the ivies or other big name schools. And lets be honest, half the time people from the south know names of schools from the midwest is because of sports. This is just an example of regions. I'm in the south so it seemed appropriate?? Anywho. I would not be deterred by the name visibility of your program. I went to a "no-name" MA program and am so glad I did. I received travel grants for every conference I went to and had really great
  7. Don't worry about choosing a thesis advisor at this time. Most MA programs do not expect you to choose someone until the semester prior to starting your prospectus. Yes, you will want to familiarize yourself with those professors that are in an area of interest, but you may find, after taking seminars in the MA program, that your area of interest changes and you have a whole new outlook. Example: I went into my MA program thinking I would write a thesis in the realm of Romantics, but wound up taking a seminar that completely changed my research interests and I wound up writing mine on Postc
  8. Very good to know! I got it down to about 680. One page single spaced. I'm still working on editing it out, but I'm glad to know that you did that and got accepted. Makes me feel a little better.
  9. <rant> I have a perfectly polished and absolutely fantastic 1200ish word SOP. It meets the criteria for all but 2 of the programs that I intend on applying for. Give or take a few words based upon the information that I am putting in as school specific information. The one program that I have the MOST to say about why their program is awesome and why I want to go there only allots for a 400-500 word SOP. Tragedy strikes. I want to tell you EVERYTHING that is in my SOP, but I just have to take it out. NO. I've been working on it tonight to shrink my SOP down to 500 words. I'm rewri
  10. I also didn't reach out to DGS or POIs last year. I don't know if this was a mistake or not because I know people that got in without doing so, but I am definitely going to do it this year. I've already set up a few phone calls with DGS and will be contacting each program to ask more questions. I figure it can't hurt...unless I wind up sounding like a moron. I'm more of a shy person when I first meet people, so having a conversation with someone I don't know always seemed really intimidating. Guess I'll be getting over that starting next week.
  11. I'm reapplying again this year too. This will be my third time applying. My first round I was completly unprepared - working FT and completing my thesis. I had no idea what I was in for or the time to really complete my applications. In addition, my GRE scores SUCKED. Last year I made it onto 3 waitlists out of 5 programs. I retook the GRE (increasing by 40 some percentile verbal and got a 6 on the writing as compared to 4.5) and revamped my SOP and writing sample. I think last year was a matter of number of schools applied to. I also think that it was my SOP -- I don't think I was as
  12. I've been advised to put the essay I have published as well as any essays I have under review in my "publications" section of my CV. Does anyone know the correct format on how to put this? "Title of Essay," (under review)?? Should I put the journal I have sent it to? I'm having delays in a response from my professors because of summer break. Trying to get this thing updated and finished.
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