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  1. Hello! I am applying to social work/counseling programs and today is the first day I am sitting down and thinking about how i will be writing my personal statements/SoP. The reason I am in this field is because of a difficult home life and living with people who have mental illness. I want to be personal and real about why I am applying but I do not know what is considered too personal or how much is too much. Does anyone have any advice? Whether its the amount I should include or the topics I should definitely include/definitely want to avoid. thank you so much!
  2. Hi guys. This is my first essay. It is a bit short. I have given the prompt and the answer below. Please evaluate and do give your feedback. Prompt: Science and technology will one day be able to solve all of society’s problems. Write a response to the prompt in which you discuss whether or not you agree or disagree. Be certain to fully develop your position and carefully consider ways in which your position could be challenged. Answer: I do agree to an extent with the given statement. Science and Technology have been the solution to many of the problems that society has faced throughout time. For example, take the Plague or any of the diseases that humankind has faced. They have almost eradicated humans. Had it not been for Science, we would not have found a cure for the disease and saved ourselves. Technology has also played a vital role in solving society's problems. Earlier, people used fire signals to communicate over long distances. Any news had to travel for many days before they reached the intended recipient. Due to the growth of technology, we are able to communicate with people halfway across the world within seconds. This demonstrates how powerful technology can be. We have made strides in both fields since then. Now, society is plagued with a new set of problems like global warming, fickle economies, lack of medical treatment. Consider global warming, Science has helped us to find better solutions that are environmentally sustainable and cleaner. Technology has helped us find alternate fuels, new energy sources. It has also helped spread awareness about the alarming state of our planet. It has helped connect people around the world rally for a better solution. Technology has helped take medicine to almost every nook and cranny. Remote medicine is finding its holding and has helped people in inaccessible places, get proper medical treatment. Take Google Brain for example, doctors and engineers have worked together to create a system that analyses diseases with improved accuracy. It has helped cancer patients get an early diagnosis and effective treatment methods. The world may not be an Utopia right now but it can solve the problems that we face, only if Science and Technology go hand-in-hand.
  3. Hi guys! I am in the process of applying to grad schools for next fall! I am having trouble with writing the personal essays. Some of my applications give me a limit on how long but others just say brief statement. How long should I make them? Also, what is the format of these essays? Sorry, I’m just getting stressed out with all of this stuff and I still have yet to take my gre!
  4. Hey guys please have a look at my essay and suggest any possible changes.Any type of suggestions would be helpful. essay1.docx
  5. Prompt: To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. I agree that the most important characteristics of a society come from its major cities. As you study the metropolitan area, there will be an abundance of factors that arise. For one, the city’s culture has a huge impact on the society as a whole. The prevalence of community plays another role. Lastly, society has much to do with the city’s economy. When we study a city’s culture, we can evaluate the various personalities, languages, and cuisines that are accepted within their society. Finding the most prevalent to the most limited tells us more about the society than we think. Learning how the city functions, for example how the majority of the population commute to the city, can determine a role of the society. Another way to learn about the society is to determine if there’s a well-built community. Community teaches us how society has progressed, more about the population making up the total society, and how to make it better. Lastly, the economy is usually built from major cities. How well the economy is doing plays a vital factor on how and why the society is the way it is. Learning the area that generates the most income tells us the future of the society. However, some societies are influenced by a group of rural areas. If the city doesn’t have a strong community, culture or economy, the outskirts could the be leading factor of one’s society. For example, the state of Georgia’s political standing has much to do with their society. The city of Atlanta has a difference viewpoint from the rest of the rural areas but the rural makes up the majority of the “society” in the state of Georgia. Furthermore, I would agree that in most places the city is where I’d start to dissect if I wanted to learn more about their society. There will be vast differences between major cities and the rural counterparts but the city is more likely to have fluctuations and progressive changes that shape the society.
  6. "Over the past two years, the number of shoppers in Central Plaza has been steadily decreasing while the popularity of skateboarding has increased dramatically. Many Central Plaza store owners believe that the decrease in their business is due to the number of skateboard users in the plaza. There has also been a dramatic increase in the amount of litter and vandalism throughout the plaza. Thus, we recommend that the city prohibit skateboarding in Central Plaza. If skateboarding is prohibited here, we predict that business in Central Plaza will return to its previously high levels." Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation. The following argument is flawed for numerous reasons. Just because there has been an increase number of skateboarders does not mean that is why the sales of Central Plaza have decreased. There are many things that need to be taken in account in order to make this a valid argument. Things change greatly in the result of two years. The assumption that the number of shoppers has decreased in two years because of the skateboarders is too vague. What was the economy like two years ago? The economy might have been better two years ago than it is now, resulting in fewer shoppers. If the shoppers of Central Plaza are not making the same money they were two years ago will decrease their shopping. If, the argument states that the economy has not changed or has gotten better would give this argument more validity. The author made another vague statement discussing the increase of litter and vandalism throughout the plaza. With no evidence to back up this statement does not result in it being the fault of the skateboarders. If the customers are the ones that are littering or vandalizing the plaza, then that is not because of the skateboarders. Also, has the town that the Central Plaza is in, has had increased crime rates? If so, that would be a possible explanation to why there has been an increase in litter and vandalism. By making the assumption that the litter in the plaza is because of the skateboarders and that is resulting in decreased sales, weakens the argument. Also, how much has the number of skateboarders increased? With no statistical data, it does not show how ‘drastic’ the increase of the skateboarders was. If it turned out to not be that big of an increase it would further weaken the argument. Finally, another possibility to take into account is if the demographic has changed in the last two years. Has there been an increase in young residents in the area? If so, that could result in the plaza not having as much business. If the stores within the Central Plaza are not intriguing to the residents, they will not want to shop there. Also, another risk to take into account, is if there have been any new plazas built in the area. With that being said, may result in the shoppers at the Central Plaza to travel to the new shopping plaza. The authors assumption that the increased number of skateboarders is what has caused the decreased number of shoppers at the Central Plaza is too vague and does not provide any support.
  7. Hello all! I'm new to TheGradCafe and this is my first post. I wrote these 2 essays within a 30-minute time interval (more or less working on it) each during my preparation for the GRE. It would mean a lot to me if you could critique these essays, based on the criteria for assessing essays according to the Official Guide. It would be helpful if you could also give me an approximate score on 6 for each. Thanks in advance! Here are the essays: Issue Task: Claim: Major policy decisions should always be left to politicians and other government experts. Reason: Politicians and other government experts are more informed and thus have better judgment and perspective than do members of the general public. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based. I disagree with the claim and the reason on which it is based upon because it is not only too generalized but also takes into account the views of only a certain faction, when the policy holds good for all. There is no guarantee that politicians and government experts are the most well read and well informed people out there. There is no minimum education required to stand as a candidate in elections. There is also no resume or interview process as in other professions. The candidates who stand for elections are voted in by the public based on their promises, oratory skills, their Party's reputation and also to some extent what kind of work they have done for the people. They are one among the public, so they are no more like the rest of us in terms of the information they have to make such important decisions. Important policy decisions must take into consideration the views of those it impacts, that is the majority or the public. It makes it a fair decision and will be hence be appreciated more. A given policy or law would affect different strata of people differently. A survey should be conducted with a good representation or fraction from each stratum, which would give the officials useful information on how the law would impact. If there is a negative impact, the policy could also be amended or modified accordingly. After all, who knows the pain points of the public better than the public itself? Hence, the officials cannot take unilateral decisions. There should also proper representatives of the public in the government to represent and convey the needs of the public accurately But, we must consider seasoned politicians and government experts who have analysed the dynamics of the nation and give them due credit. They may have a different perspective on the matter than the common man, but only when put together do they reap the maximum benefit for the nation. Thus, the major policy decisions should not be left in the hands of the politicians and government experts blindly. The public, from which they have been elected and for whom the policies are, must know what is going on and also have a reasonable say in it. This alone would result in the maximum efficiency of the policy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Argument Task: The following appeared in a memorandum from the manager of KNOW radio station. "Several factors indicate that KNOW radio can no longer succeed as a rock-and-roll music station. Consider, for example, that the number of people in our listening area over fifty years of age has increased dramatically, while our total number of listeners has declined. Also, music stores in our area report decreased sales of rock-and-roll music. Finally, continuous news stations in neighboring cities have been very successful. We predict that switching KNOW radio from rock-and-roll music to 24-hour news will allow the station to attract older listeners and make KNOW radio more profitable than ever." Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the prediction and the argument on which it is based are reasonable. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the prediction. There are several assumptions in the statement that haven't been accounted for. This includes assumptions that listeners in the 50 plus age bracket don't enjoy rock music. An direct relation has been portrayed between the increase in the number of older listeners and the decrease in the total number of listeners, without explanation. There is also an unexplained, underlying assumption that the younger crowd does not enjoy Rock music. Rock and Roll music was all the rage back in the fifties, from where we can also trace its origin, with the rise in popularity of legendary bands like The Beatles and Queen. Hence, it is not preposterous to assume that the current 50 plus age bracket would not only have been exposed to Rock and Roll, but may also have loved it. The music when played on KNOW station, would have taken them fondly back down memory lane. They would have, in fact, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Hence, assumtption that the older generation does not enjoy Rock music is not only presumptuous but also invalid. There is also the assumption that only the older generation even listens to the radio. There would definitely be a significant portion of the younger crowd who would listen to the radio as they travel to work, school or college in the traffic, which cannot be ignored. Among this crowd, there would also be a significant portion who would possess an old bone in them and would enjoy rock music. This is evident in the sheer crowd that appears in Rock concerts these days and there is no dearth of the younger crowd. The Beatles and Queen still continue to be cherished as the most extraordinary bands of all time, which is proof enough. In the statement, a direct relation has been extended between the decrease in the number of older listeners and the decrease in the total number of listeners. The younger listeners may simply have gone out of town due to work or further studies. Due to extreme weather conditions they may even have gone to temporarily stay in a summer home or a hill station on holiday. There are innumerable such reasons why they would have moved away temporarily but the cannot be used as excuses for the failure of KNOW station. The decreased sales in the music stores may be due to the decrease in the quality of Rock music these days. It may also have been due to the high cost of the records which may not be affordable to the majority of the working class. These days, with the rise of platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, there is little need for people to buy physical copies of records from music stores. This could also have been a probable cause for decline in sales. It could not have been directly related to the decrease in popularity of the KNOW station. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  8. Argument Prompt : “The following is part of a memorandum from the president of Humana University. 'Last year the number of students who enrolled in online degree programs offered by nearby Omni University increased by 50 percent. During the same year, Omni showed a significant decrease from prior years in expenditures for dormitory and classroom space, most likely because online instruction takes place via the Internet. In contrast, over the past three years, enrollment at Humana University has failed to grow and the cost of maintaining buildings has increased. Thus, to increase enrollment and solve the problem of budget deficits at Humana University, we should initiate and actively promote online degree programs like those at Omni.' Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted.” Essay: In a comparison of his own university and Omni University, the president of Humana University comes to the conclusion that Omni University’s increased online degree program enrollment is to thank for lower costs for dormitory and classroom spaces. Due to the fact that Humana University enrollment has stagnated during the past three years, the president proposes that Humana starts ACTIVELY advertising online degree programs, in hopes that this will lower rising building maintenance costs and increase enrollment. While it is a fact that Omni University’s online degree programs have seen a surge in enrollment of 50%, the president of Humana assumes that this increase is at least partially made up of new students who were not already attending. This assumption may not be correct, as currently enrolled students could have simply chosen to switch to online degree programs for any number of reasons. It is entirely possible that Omni University started advertising their online degree programs more aggressively to their current students, or they could have offered incentive for their students to switch to online degree program, such as reduced costs, or classes available year-round that one could normally only take during specific terms. Omni University also boasts a decrease in expenses in dormitories and classrooms compared with previous years, which could be attributed to more students enrolled online, However, there are many factors which could explain the reductions. For example, if Omni had recently implement more energy-efficient lights, or appliances, or even if they had installed many solar panels to reduce their energy costs. As previously discussed, the increased online degree program enrollment may have been due to current students changing their status or signing up for an additional degree to complete online and compliment their other degree in progress. Enrollment at Humana hasn’t grown over the past three years, while building costs have increased. But has the number of students enrolled in online degree programs increased? If Humana hasn’t been making the effort to promote their online degree programs to those outside the university, then their degree programs could be filled with students who switched from regular degrees to online programs. Humana University’s enrollment has not been increasing over the past three years, while their building maintenance costs have only gone up. Although it is possible that promoting their online degree program could both reduce their building maintenance costs and increase enrollment, the evidence this conclusion was based on needs further analysis. It is not certain that Omni University has increased their overall enrollment as a result of their online degree program, nor that the decrease in costs related to dormitories and classrooms can be attributed to this increase. Therefore, the evidence seen at Omni needs to be further inspected before Humana decides to go ahead with their promotion of their online degree programs. Issue Prompt: “The main benefit of the study of history is to dispel the illusion that people living now are significantly different from people who lived in earlier times. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.” Essay: It is thought that that study of history is most beneficial due to its ability to discredit the notion that modern humans are noticeably different from those who lived in the past. History allows us to compare modern ideas, technology, government, science, and more to whatever degree of each existed at a certain point in the past. But is truly the most important reason behind the study of history that it allows us to realize that we live and act differently from our ancestors? At some point during primary schools, most Americans study both world history and US history, Undoubtedly, the most catastrophic events are discussed – world wars, revolutions, slavery, independence, changes in government, and more. Understanding the decisions that led to suffering, displacement, and death of people informs us of what mistakes should not be repeated in modern times. An example of this is the division of the Middle East that led to the countries we know of today, and the myriad of ongoing or recent problems many of them have faced. It is now known that the more or less random drawing of borders – by European countries staking claim to the land there – is to blame for many of these issues. This mistake has allowed us to realize today that it’s not only unwise, but also unjust for militarily powerful countries dominate more vulnerable countries in such a way. Modern medicine is fairly recent, although science and technology has existed in less complex forms for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. In Ancient Egypt, the most advanced technology, combined with human labor, was used to construct the pyramids, which have withstood the test of time. Now we can look back on these feats and be more appreciative of the advances that have led to where we are now, when a single person can operate a crane capable of lifting thousands of pounds of material, allowing skyscrapers to be built in the span of months, not the decades that were needed to build the pyramids. Similarly, as recently as one hundred years ago, a common cold could easily prove to be fatal, whereas more serious illness might have been treated in relatively unproductive ways, such as bloodletting, to allow the “bad blood” to leave the body. However, advances in medicine and industrialization have made simple cold medicine available on the shelves of your local supermarket, and many formerly serious illness have been tackled, with those still remaining a worry being actively researched every day by scientists around the world. On the other hand, history is not always inferior to the present. The study of prior use of tools or organic materials can inform researchers today of new ways to use technology and the materials available to use. Before the massacre and destruction of culture that Native Americans in the US faced, some of them used eucalyptus leaves in their noses to clear congestion. Now, eucalyptus oil is commonly used in cold remedies. The study of history is very useful in informing us of past mistakes, while allowing us to appreciate the advances we’ve made since. Conversely, the tools and practices of the past can still help inform our usage of tools and materials today. Regardless of this, the study of history is essential in allowing us to understand the ways we are different from our ancestors, and degree to which this is the case.
  9. To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. The true characteristics of a society can only be found in small towns and villages where heritage and traditions sill in extant. The most of urban cities are diversified by people from different societies who came and settled in for various reasons such as education and employment. Urban cities are developed mostly with benchmark of cities from western countries. In major cities of India like Chennai, Bombay and Bangalore, we can see the population of non-natives are more than natives, due to this the birds-view study of a major city will not produce an accurate result of its true characteristics. In contrast, small towns and villages, we can still see a vast number of people still holding their customs and traditions for generations- the traditional festivals, foods, Old Gods, martial arts etc can be seen celebrated there which were long forgotten by urban community. However, due the amorphous development of internet and media, the small towns even getting changed. As per saying “change is the only thing will never change” – the characteristics of the socity will also will not be constant. The one which is considered as rule may considered as taboo in future. Still, the results collected from the any one developed urban part of a vast nation will not reflect the character of the bucolic village next to it.
  10. The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. The prompt says that the best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones. Now many might say that to spare the rod is to spoil the child, but the fact is that positive reinforcement can result in remarkable improvement in a student. This essay will discuss why the best way to teach is to praise positive actions and give examples in support of this claim. In education, as we all know, if you keep criticizing the student and not praise his or her achievements, it can lead to discouragement and in extreme cases, can cause the student to lose interest in studies. This has been proven time and time again. Therefore, in the developed world, there is heavy emphasis on positive reinforcement and building children’s confidence as in formative years, a negative or traumatic school experience can be detrimental to a person’s mental health. On the other hand, the developing world still seems to be stuck in the past, with teachers sticking to old hectoring tactics even resorting to beating when the child has made mistakes. They believe that if children are complimented for their achievements, they will complacent or that they will become arrogant. One can only witness how detrimental it has been to the developing world’s progress. Moreover, it is evident how the West has implemented this positive reinforcement in the field of sports to its advantage; it is arguably producing the best sportsmen in the world. A coach would typically focus on what the athletes are doing well and help them build on these successes. Most athletes are taught the power of visualisation, wherein they would imagine how well they would play in the game before it begins, thereby helping them get into a positive state of mind and alleviate stress and anxiety. Even in performance art, the teacher would often stress on the artistes’ strengths, accentuating them in order to get the best out of them. For instance, while casting, directors or casting directors would only choose those actors for a particular role, who can naturally play it, as in they will only cast a serious man in a serious role or an artful person in a cunning role. This being said, one can understand how totally ignoring negative actions can be disastrous. So one needs to be cautious in not totally ignoring negative actions, how else will a person learn from his or her mistakes. But at the same time it is a common mistake to lay all the focus on rectifying faults insead of building on strengths or positive actions. Thus as we can see how positive reinforcement can help people realize their potential, the best way, indeed, is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones as much as one can.
  11. Recent incursions by deep-sea fishermen into the habitat of the Madagascan shrimp have led to a significant reduction in the species population. With the breeding season fast approaching, the number of shrimp should soon begin to increase. Nonetheless, the population should not return to the levels before the fishing boats arrived. Because this trend is expected to continue over the next several years, the Madagascan shrimp will quickly become an endangered species. Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. The argument doesn't seem to be coherent, making several assumptions without reasoning through the various questions coming to mind. Firstly, it doesn't make clear as to why the species population fell sharply, merely saying that recent incursions by deep-sea fishermen into the habitat of Madagascan shrimp led to the drop in population. The argument doesn't say whether the fishermen caught shrimp or fishes that the shrimp fed on. We just don't know what caused the population drop. There could be other reasons for this that may not be linked to the fishermen's incursions in the area. For instance, global warming could have caused the water temperature to rise, making the area unsuitable for shrimps or there could have been an environmental catastrophe such as a big oil spill that killed the shrimp. Secondly, the argument says that shrimp population should not return to levels before the fishing boats arrived, adding that this may result in Madagascan shrimp becoming an endangered species. This statement isn't logically sound. Even if we assume that the shrimp's population declined due to the fishermen, what's to say the species will not become extinct if the population doesn't return to its previous levels. The deep-sea fishermen can still catch the remaining shrimp, and thereby reducing their number bit by bit every year until they go extinct. Thirdly, if we assume that the shrimp's number doesn't reach levels before the fishermen had arrived, they can still catch the shrimp and reduce their population drastically. Further, if the shrimps were not to increase in population and the fishermen were not to catch them, how do we know that their numbers will increase, not knowing how many times their breeding season occurs in a year and how much time do they take to muliply. These are all gaping holes in the argument. Unless these things are made clear we can't reach the conclusion that the argument has reached. Also, we are also not told how many times the fishermen come to the area. Do they come once in a year, six months, three months or every month? Before making any more deductions from this argument, we need to be told what is the population of shrimp in the region and how many shrimps have the fishermen supposedly caught. Without these numbers, the argument comes across as vague. Only when we know how fast do the shrimp multiply and how many are caught can we make projections about the extinction of the shrimps. These are some of the assumptions made in the argument and without answering the abovementioned specific questions, we can't reach this conclusion. To be cogent, the author needs to think through the argument.
  12. Is anyone out there able to give feedback on practice GRE essays? I would be happy to do the same for them!!
  13. QUESTION: The following is a memorandum from the business manager of a television station. "Over the past year, our late-night news program has devoted increased time to national news and less time to weather and local news. During this time period, most of the complaints received from viewers were concerned with our station's coverage of weather and local news. In addition, local businesses that used to advertise during our late-night news program have just canceled their advertising contracts with us. Therefore, in order to attract more viewers to the program and to avoid losing any further advertising revenues, we should restore the time devoted to weather and local news to its former level." Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. (MY) ANSWER: While it may seem like the right thing to do after a cursory evaluation, the idea of retraction from national news and paying more attention to local and weather news has its pros and cons. The memorandum does not offer a solution by being in tone dismissive of the existing operations of the station. The two disadvantages in the current scenario which the manager notes are complaints from viewers and cancellation of contracts with local business owners. However, firstly he fails to produce any hardcore data as evidence, indicating lack of effort to examine the trend. A better way to deal with it would have been to conduct surveys and note the data obtained. Secondly, losses that the manager seems to be bothered by do not need to be of magnitude or consequence. National news by its very nature could glue the greater section of viewers on to screen (while too many local advertisements may have at an earlier stage caused resentment in them). The businesses that have backed out might have other reasons. Equally, things might be actually going against the station because of its own complacency, such as hiring a narrow set of journalists and not hiring designers (for weather reports) and marketers (for advertising). A regular performance and quality check might be missing. Admitting to such loopholes is what can make the whole argument trustworthy in the end. Although the comment made seems to be failing to make an impact in a business meeting, if properly supported with facts by the manager, it can drive the executives to take a call on the issue, encouraging the shift away from national news. All in all, there needs to be further elaboration in the memorandum. WHAT SCORE DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD DESERVE?
  14. Hey, guys! I hope you're doing awesome today. I wanted to know if you guys were willing to grade my essay for the GREs. I would appreciate it! To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Societies allowed for growth in many areas of human knowledge and technology. Many agree that in our globalized world, societies must understand one another through interactions, academic or otherwise. Because new ideas tend to be efficiently explored in the academic system, the academic has a priority in studying these cultures. To do so, academics should look take time to look beyond major cities to study the most important characteristics of a society. Many cultures are highlighted in major cities but many major cities are a mixture of different cultures combining traditions. In fact, the greater the population, the more fused cultures come about, limiting the representation of the culture that experts know of the society. Cities that hold a high population (e.g. New York) generally hold “Koreatowns” or “Chinatowns” which represent nothing of the W.A.S.P. culture in rural America. Many of these Chinatowns and Koreatowns are almost like you’re residing in their society. While one may argue that represents the culture of the area, towns with large populations of minorities tend to display the culture of the local area, not the general society of the nation. The nation itself can also hold societies that are nomadic in nature, making it impossible to find a major city of that society. Nomads are not keen on building infrastructure the same way non-nomadic nations aren’t keen on constantly moving to find food. These nomadic people tend to be very difficult to study because of their constant movement within the nation. A small representation of that society may appear in major cities, but these people are not permanent residents of these cities. In order to effectively study them, experts would have to follow their interactions while living with the tribe. The study of culture is very important to not only the society itself, but to other cultures so interactions are not harmful or deleterious to progress. Nevertheless, one will not find every aspect of a society in a small group of locations versus multiple locations.
  15. Hey all! I wanted to know if anyone would be willing to go over my essay for the GRE. Thank you so much for your time! Woven baskets characterized by a particular distinctive pattern have previously been found only in the immediate vicinity of the prehistoric village of Palea and therefore were believed to have been made only by the Palean people. Recently, however, archaeologists discovered such a "Palean" basket in Lithos, an ancient village across the Brim River from Palea. The Brim River is very deep and broad, and so the ancient Paleans could have crossed it only by boat, and no Palean boats have been found. Thus it follows that the so-called Palean baskets were not uniquely Palean. Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. The argument above assumes that because a Palean basket was found a great distance from Palea past a major river, Palean baskets are not unique to Palean culture. The argument fails in its assumptions and lack of explanation for it to be considered. The author in the beginning assumes that the Paleans did not make any boats during the time and thus couldn’t through the river. It could very well be in the next couple of years on the site that the author begins to find remnants of rafts made by the Paleans. The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. The way the author could strengthen the argument would be to find evidence that indicates that the Paleans did not make boats. Even if the river was an unconquerable barrier, it doesn’t mean that they were isolated as well. They could have interacted with other cultures, who then appropriated the ideas of the Palean people. Estimation of date of creation between the discovered basket and other baskets is crucial. The argument also uses vague language to describe the environment as well as the discovery. It is unclear the depth and breadth of the Brim River; only that’s “deep and broad.” It would also weaken this argument if it was discovered that the Palean people were strong swimmers and could overcome this barrier. It’s also unclear what the distinctive pattern gives artifacts a Palean distinction. If the argument went into further detail, it would most likely be strengthened. Nevertheless, we also run into the meaning of immediate vicinity. There is no explanation to the immediate vicinity, which could extend as far as 3 miles or be right under their feet. All in all, the author lacks a lot of detail in the argument to make the argument believable. Other evidence may need to be analyzed before it is believable.
  16. Hello everyone, Just some quick background. Long story short, I went to college for undergrad full time up until my first semester senior year. Due to personal reasons, I left to take a 2 year break. I went back in Fall 2017 to finish up my requirements and graduated in December. I am planing to apply to graduate school in the next 1-2 years. The school that I am definitely interested in requires a writing sample that is 15-20 pages long from undergraduate work. I have a sample that meets the length requirement. However, it was written about 3 years ago and my writing has evolved since then. I don't have any other recent samples (the final classes that I took were in French and Math). So, I would like to edit the paper that I do have. I was considering reaching out to students in the English department at my local hometown college for assistance in editing my writing sample to make it application ready. Since it is a lengthy paper, I figured that I would likely need to pay said editor for their help. I am not a current student, So I am not eligible to use my alma mater's writing center. Has anybody ever gone this route before? Does anyone have other suggestions for help with getting my paper edited? Does anyone know what a fair price might be for someone to edit a 20 page (about 6,000 words) paper for graduate school admissions? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  17. This essay has been wrote with a time constraint of 30 mintutes, hence the short length of the essay. Any help to manage time would also be much appreciated. An international development organization, in response to a vitamin A deficiency among people in the impoverished nation of Tagus, has engineered a new breed of millet high in vitamin A. While seeds for this new type of millet cost more, farmers will be paid subsidies for farming the new variety of millet. Since millet is already a staple food in Tagus, people will readily adopt the new variety. To combat vitamin A deficiency, the government of Tagus should do everything it can to promote this new type of millet Essay Starts Although it is commendable that the international organization developed an engineered breed of seed to help the people of Tagus, further information needs to be provided to understand its efficacy in helping to nourish the people of the country. There has been no indication of any alternative way that has been explored in which the problem could have been redressed. Without this information, there could be a question as to whether using genetically modified seeds is the best way to help the people of Tagus. There are no studies which has been shown of the use of the engineered seeds to show its efficacy to treat the malnourished people of Tagus. Also, even though the engineered seeds are described as high in Vitamin A, no details has been provided about its other contents. This can lead to the question as to whether the seeds are actually helpful at all, or may be detrimental to the people of Tagus in another way. Since there is also no clear indications of the actual cost of the new seeds, or of the subsidies provided to them by the government, it cannot be clearly said as to whether the farmers will readily adopt the modified seeds. There could also be a scenario in which people are averse to consume food containing genetically modified millets, and providing further damage to the country. If these questions are addressed, the efficacy of the newly developed seeds in helping the people of Tagus can be more clearly understood.
  18. This essay has been wrote with a time constraint of 30 mintutes, hence the short length of the essay. Any help to manage time would also be much appreciated. People who make decisions based on emotion and justify those decisions with logic afterwards are poor decision makers. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Essay Starts People who justify their decisions with logic even though the decision was based on their emotions may not be poor decision makers. The fact that their justification was not the actual reason does not implicitly mean that their decision was poor. Emotions are what drives many people.Such people make emotional decisions to gain emotional satisfaction. It may be that sometimes, they do not want to disclose the actual reasons for their decision, hence providing logical reasons for their actions. This does not mean that they are poor decision makers. Also, the fact that they are able to provide a logical explanation may mean that it was not a purely emotional decision. It could have been the best overall decision which could be made. Sometimes, it may also be that people actually act without much thought at the onset emotional flooding, and end up making decisions they regret. In such cases, they can be called poor decision makers if they are trying to justify their actions with logic for the sake of justifying their actions. It can be argued that just that just the act of changing their reasons for making a decision does not make the person a poor decision maker.
  19. The following appeared in a memorandum from the owner of Movies Galore, a chain of video rental stores. “In order to reverse the recent decline in our profits, we must reduce operating expenses at Movies Galore’s ten video rental stores. Since we are famous for our special bargains, raising our rental prices is not a viable way to improve profits. Last month our store in downtown Marston significantly decreased its operating expenses by closing at 6:00 P.M. rather than 9:00 P.M. and by reducing its stock by eliminating all movies released more than five years ago. Therefore, in order to increase profits without jeopardizing our reputation for offering great movies at low prices, we recommend implementing similar changes in our other nine Movies Galore stores.” Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation. The recommendation provided cannot lead to the similar result which were achieved in Marston before the analysis and feasibility of the solution in different stores. As it may be true that by reducing the operating hours may not have affect in downtown but it might have a major impact on sales in town or other store locations. Furthermore, it is also required to analysis the interest of customer at different stores. The main question which need a valid answer is whether the populace living near other stores are similar to the populace living near Marston. As it is said the store, Marston, is in downtime, the main high time for the store’s operation is before 6 pm but store in city may have high rush in the store between 6pm to 9pm as in cities most the customers are corporate people and buys after working hours. The nightlife of the store’s location may vary depending on the customers. The customer in Marston where able to adapt to the change in operating hours as time is not constrain for the people in Marston whereas in some other downtown stores people may not be able to go to store due to time constraint. If the answer to the question that the all stores have a rush time before 6 pm then reduction in operating expense may not be increase profit if the reason for the decline in profit is independent of the operating hours. Another question which need a justified answer is that whether the interest of the people in all stores are alike, if not then the elimination of all movies released more than five years ago can not only help in increase of profit but may lead to decline in the profit for the stores. The customer of the store where the recommendation has been executed are more interested in the movies which are latest but it might be a possibility that the interest of the customer at other store may be more incline towards old movies. Nonetheless, a particular area might have more sales owing to a specific movie genes which have been released before 5 years. If this can be verified from the records that the sale of movies released in last 5 years is greater than earlier, it may be the case that the main reason for the decline profit is not dependent on the stock at all. The recommendation has assumed that the reason for decline all 9 Movies Galore’s store is same as the one in Marston. Different stores can have different reason for the decline in profit. Operating hours and excessive store may not be a reason for decline in profit in other stores. There are many other factors needed to be considered. One integral factor is the quality of the product, may be the company to known for the great movies at cheap price but the quality of the movies is not satisfactory for the customer. Moreover, Quality is imperative then expense. Additionally, factor for decline in the profit is stock availability of a movies. Furthermore, location is an important factor. Nonetheless, the people are less interested in renting the movies than buying them. Moreover, the customers are more inclined towards the online rental where less equipment is required than cd or dvd of the movies. The recommendation can considered to be achieve the predicated result if all these questions are answered and it may be answered if we analyses the last records of sales in the stores individually and also feedback from the people in the area where store is located as well as of the customer will help to achieve the goal.
  20. The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. Positive and negative aspects are two sides of coin. It is never a good practice to focus on one side and neglect the other sides. Teaching is the basic fundamental of our life. Negligence is the foundation of the life’s study cannot be accepted. As a result, it is never a best way to teach by praising for positive actions and ignoring the negative ones. Teaching, means to learn from our actions and we cannot ignore the actions which are not right as there are the most imperative learning of our life. Let’s exemplify, if you have cooked a dish which is cooked perfectly but the salt is in excess. You can never ignore the fact that the next time you have to decrease the quantity of salt. Ignorance is bliss. Learning from the mistakes make a recipe perfect. Negative result are as integral as the positive result to learn for the future. As praise for the good indeed motivates us but only praise won’t push the person to learn from it. Before the invention of the blub, Thomas Edison failed thousands of times. If he had ignored the failure and would have settled with a short achievement, we would never have lights in our home. Furthermore, he said the failure taught him 3000 things that cannot be used in the light bulb. As a result learning from the hard way is the best way. Teaching is the most pristine and difficult jobs of all. As we don’t have to make the person learn it but remember it for rest of the life and sometimes abrasive punishment teaches us the most imperative lesson of the life. The great warrior always learnt from the failure and from the deaths of their dear one, the lessons of their life. Teaching can never ignore any side of the result whether positive or negative. The best way to teach is to go hand in hand with praising for good actions and learning from the negative ones. Neither of the two aspects can be ignored in life. The following appeared in an article written by Dr. Karp, an anthropologist. “Twenty years ago, Dr. Field, a noted anthropologist, visited the island of Tertia and concluded from his observations that children in Tertia were reared by an entire village rather than by their own biological parents. However, my recent interviews with children living in the group of islands that includes Tertia show that these children spend much more time talking about their biological parents than about other adults in the village. This research of mine proves that Dr. Field's conclusion about Tertian village culture is invalid and thus that the observation-centered approach to studying cultures is invalid as well. The interview-centered method that my team of graduate students is currently using in Tertia will establish a much more accurate understanding of child-rearing traditions there and in other island cultures.” Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. The following argument is flawed for numerous reasons. Primarily, the argument is based on the assumption that time doesn’t play any role the research. Furthermore, it is also considered that the rearing and talking about parents is equivalent. Thus making the weak argument that Tertian village culture as well as the observation-centered approach to studying cultures is invalid. The argument is mainly invalid owing to the reason that it doesn’t considered the fact that Dr. Field’s research was carried out twenty years ago. As the time changes the tradition also changes in the villages. The children who were observed by Dr Field are now adults and hence may be they were reared by the whole village but as the two decades have passed the parents are more protective towards the children and therefore tertian village culture is obsoleted. Dr Karp should have also interviewed the adults who were children at the time Dr Field study was executed. Though this would have given a much strong reason to extrapolate that the Tertain village culture was invalid yet this argument this fails to validate that the observation-centered approach to studying cultures is invalid. The argument also fails to give strong evidence that the children of Tertain are not reared by the whole village. The argument that the talk more about their biological parents only give any strong proof that they are reared by their biological parents. May be the children are not good in communicating or maybe they are repeating the things that the children of the other islands are answering. This can also be considered that they are reared by the whole village but they have more affection towards their parents. As a result, we can say that besides interviewing the children, observing the children’s lifestyle is an integral aspect to validate that Tertain village culture is not practiced. Therefore concluding that interview based approach is better approach that observation centered is inaccurate. As the argument has left many unanswered question as well as many factors has been ignored in the argument. Thus it fails to make convincing case that interview based approach is much more accurate understanding of child-rearing traditions.
  21. I'd really appreciate some feedback on my argument analysis essay writing! I'd be happy to also offer my opinion on your essay, though I'm not very confident in my GRE writing skills yet... I really do appreciate any help you can give, even just a number! Prompt: Woven baskets characterized by a particular distinctive pattern have previously been found only in the immediate vicinity of the prehistoric village of Palea and therefore were believed to have been made only by the Palean people. Recently, however, archaeologists discovered such a "Palean" basket in Lithos, an ancient village across the Brim River from Palea. The Brim River is very deep and broad, and so the ancient Paleans could have crossed it only by boat, and no Palean boats have been found. Thus is follows that the so-called Palean baskets were not uniquely Palean. Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strength the argument. Response: In this passage the author puts forth the conclusion that the so-called Palean baskets, baskets heretofore only found around Palea, were not uniquely Palean due to finding baskets of the same make in Lithos. The author’s conclusion is based upon the Brim River being very broad and deep, inhibiting trade. However, there are a few key pieces of evidence missing that could seriously impact the integrity of this argument. First, the author states that there are no boats found around Palea so that they could not cross the Brim River to trade with Lithos. However, there is no mention of whether or not boats have been found in Lithos. This is an essential piece of information because if people from Lithos had boats then they could have traveled to Palea and brought back Palean baskets, which would seriously undermine the author’s conclusion. Conversely, if no boats have been found in Lithos, then the author’s conclusion would be much stronger. Second, the author is assuming the Brim River to be an obstacle for ancient trade based on its current width and depth. In order to accurately judge whether the Palean baskets are unique, we need to know the state of the river in ancient times. If the author cannot give evidence that the river was wide and deep when Palea was thriving, then it severely weakens their conclusion. Conversely, if the author can show that the Brim River was very wide and deep throughout history, then the baskets are much less likely to be uniquely Palean. Finally, - just as we do not know the time periods relating to the Brim river - we do not know the time periods relating the villages in question. We do not know if they existed concurrently or centuries apart. Some thought must be given to this aspect as well, because if Lithos predates Palea then the baskets are most certainly not uniquely Palean in origin. If Lithos existed during the time period Palea existed, then there is a chance that the baskets are uniquely Palean, depending on the previously addressed points. If Lithos existed after, then it becomes a complicated question involving the migration pattern of people who left Palea. If Lithos housed descendants of the Palean people, then the baskets would be Palean in origin even though they were produced in Lithos. In conclusion, the evidence the author uses to support their conclusion is not enough to reach a definitive answer. They need to review their conclusion in light of boat access for the people from Lithos, the geological history of the Brim River, and the time periods for each of the villages. Even if the new evidence does not support the original assumption, the author can be assured of a stronger base upon which to rest their revised conclusion.
  22. Hello people! This is my first try of writing an argumentative essay and I kept it so short. Any comment would be appreciated since your help would help me to organize my future study plans for awa. Argument: People who use the artificial sweetener aspartame are better off consuming sugar, since aspartame can actually contribute to weight gain rather than weight loss. For example, high levels of aspartame have been shown to trigger a craving for food by depleting the brain of a chemical that registers satiety, or the sense of being full. Furthermore, studies suggest that sugars, if consumed after at least 45 minutes of continuous exercise, actually enhance the body’s ability to burn fat. Consequently, those who drink aspartame-sweetened juices after exercise will also lose this calorie-burning benefit. Thus it appears that people consuming aspartame rather than sugar are unlikely to achieve their dietary goals. My Essay: The author suggests that consuming aspartame can prevent people from reaching their dietary goals based on several reasons. However, this argument is not convincing as it uses some manipulative and weak assumptions while making the aspartame inferior to sugar. Firstly, author propounds that using aspartame will remove the feeling of satiation in people so that people will consume more food. However, this statement lacks detailed gross regarding how aspartame stops brain to sense satiation and author ignores the fact that people can resist their biological impulses and they may behave not in a way that their chemicals want them to behave. Secondly, She argues that sugar increases the ability of burning fat after at least 45 minutes of exercise while neglecting people who never exercise or those exercise less than 45 minutes. Therefore, by not taking effects of sugar into the consideration on these people, the author just gives a partial information that is in line with her idea. To sum up, These main problems make this argument flawed and not convincing. Thus, the author should give more detailed biological explanation about the effect of aspartame on brain chemicals and should take representative sample of people into the consideration while giving examples about how sugar affect satiation of people.
  23. Call for Papers: Disability and Shame Extended deadline! Anticipated publication date: June 1, 2019 (Volume 15, issue 2) The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal is issuing a Call for Papers for a special forum on the subject of shame and disability, broadly conceived. It is hoped that through critical discourse addressing the historical and current contexts, contributing factors, effects, and responses to shame, greater understanding of this phenomena will diminish discrimination and violence. Full papers should be submitted directly to RDS online at http://bit.ly/RDS_AuthorGuidelines no later than June 1, 2018. Please submit to the category “Forum - Disability and Shame”. For questions about the content of the Forum, please contact the guest editors John Jones, jjones@truman.edu, Dana Lee Baker, bakerdl@wsu.edu, or Stephanie Patterson, stephanie.patterson@stonybrook.edu. For questions about the submissions process, please contact rdsj@hawaii.edu Submissions to this special issue will undergo a process of peer-review. Authors will be notified of whether their papers will be invited for consideration in the forum by August 1, 2018. Prospective authors are encouraged to consult the RDS website at www.rdsjournal.org for more information about the journal and its formatting guidelines. Authors are encouraged to review previous issues of RDS in preparing their paper. Please note that initial acceptance of an article does not guarantee publication in RDS. RDS is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, international journal published by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The journal contains research articles, essays, creative works and multimedia relating to the culture of disability and people with disabilities. Disability and Shame Forum Overview Shame plays a powerful role in social interactions, beliefs, and institutions. Shame and shaming take varied and quite diversely motivated forms. Shame exists as both a cultural and psychological construct, stimuli for and reactions to which are heavily context-dependent. For much of history and across varied cultural contexts, disability provoked shame. Whether understood as the result of personal failings, sins of a family, misapplication of scientific findings, or empirical evidence of an unhappy deity, experiencing disability involved largely unquestioned shaming. During the last decades of the twentieth century, progress much attributed to disability rights movements finally created expanding space between disability and shame. Yet, shame remains a powerful and often-accepted tool of social control, an incorporated pillar of our social infrastructures along with cultural norms, popular culture, and public policy. For example, in September 2016, Satoshi Uematsu killed 19 patients at a center for disabled people outside Tokyo. In the aftermath, many family members of the deceased declined to speak to the media and asked not to be identified out of shame that others would know that their family members had a disability (Ha & Sieg, 2016). Such a tragic outcome in Japan in response to fear of disgrace signifies a decided need to examine the role of personal and societal shame and how it affects the lives of people with disabilities. Topics to be Explored (suggested, but not limited to): Shame, disability, identity Labelling and shame Shame and relationships Shame and dependency/interdependency Shame and culture Shame and access to public programs Historical connection between disability and poverty Historical shame Diversity and shame Intersectional approaches to understanding shame Reclaiming shame Shame and employment Societal and family shame resulting in violence against disabled people
  24. hi, I'm preparing for GRE to apply to study abroad. Can anyone here help me by grading my essays? Please let me know if you can help and i will send you my essay. PS: I'm new and not native English speaker. Thanks in advance. I appreciate the help.
  25. SStudents should always question what they are taught instead of accepting it passivelyld always question what they are taught instead of accepting it passively. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. When going to school I was always told that asking questions was very important to my education. This statement holds some truth to that. Students should always ask questions, not because they do not believe of what is being told but because they should be able to understand why what is being told is correct. Students need to expand their knowledge not just from repetition or memorizing new facts but from understanding what is being taught to them. Asking questions leads to more questions. Students who ask questions can encourage other students who are having a hard time understanding something to also ask questions. This encourages other students to ask more questions about one certain topic. That leads other students to feel open into asking questions. When other students are encouraging each other it becomes more effective to understand what is being taught. Also, excelling school make sure that students are always asking questions. They want to engage the student in a bigger way than just having the student memorize facts. Those type of school end up having very well educated students because they tend to make sure that the students are engaging in what they are learning. Those students end up going to college and fulling being able to understand concepts that are being taught at a higher level because the student is able to engage in the topic through questions. Another reason why asking questions on what is being taught is important, is that students can learn to ask questions not just in school settings but also in the real world. When you start teaching the student the importance of asking questions when you are being taught something you are also teaching them to ask questions in their everyday life. If an African-American gets pulled over and gets handed a ticket they might just take the ticket without asking. But if the same person got pulled over and was taught to always ask why, he could have asked why he got a ticket and could have seen if he did indeed break a law or violation. He would be able to defend himself from that ticket. However, some might disagree on students always asking questions on what they are being taught because they might think that the student wants to disobey or make a fuzz in class just to fool around. I do think that there is a place and time to ask question especially when you are being taught a new concept that might be something you can’t grasp at first. It is important however to teach them how and when to ask questions so things like that don’t happen to other students. The statement agrees that students should always ask questions on what they are being taught. I agree with the statement; students should always ask questions but not only on what they are being taught but also outside that. They should ask questions to encourage other students to do the same. To make sure they are being treated equally. So they can go to college and be able to engage in lectures and be able to ask a questions that helps them engage in the subject. Some might not agree on this view, but we should be teaching students on how to ask questions properly to make sure that they are being engaged in what is being taught.
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