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Hey all, I'm starting to draft my statement of purpose and was wondering if any of you had any advice about the general structure of how the statement should look. It'd be great to hear any other advice as to what you believe the the essential aspects of a successful statement are Applying to sociology PhD programs and a couple of MA programs in theology, but would be happy to hear advice from those outside of these disiciplines as well. Thanks in advance!
Hi everyone: I was hoping to get some opinions on the best strategy when applying to methodologically divided departments. After speaking with a current PhD student, he seemed to imply that the department is split and a lot of your research will depend on the professors you get grouped in with from the beginning (this is a top program). He went as far as to suggest there was an underlying resentment/hostility between faculty, which makes me second guess whether or not that's the place I want to be -- but I plan to apply regardless and I've also heard that other programs may have similar atmospheres. (I guess you don't truly know until you're there) With that said, as an applicant, how important is it to be aware of these methodological splits? Can some of you help me navigate what types of splits there frequently are in programs and how that may influence the way an admissions committee views my application? If it matters, I'll be applying to IR subfield. Thanks for your help.
I am taking a look at social work programs and Boston College seems to have everything I am interested in. Certificate programs like the Latino Leadership program and the Refugee and Immigrant program are ideal for me. But I feel as though I have taken a look at a few students who shared their profiles and I may not seem up to par on paper. Here is the general gist of my experience: -Bachelors degree in Spanish, no minor with GPA of 3.2 Summer semester abroad with 4.0 GPA at that university. -Volunteer at a clinic called Centro Latino for a year. I translated, interpreted, provided support to immigrants with everyday processes such as going to the dmv, apartment issues, attending doctors visits ..etc. as well as helped to organize a camp over the summer for latino children that catered to more impoverished families. -Paid internship as a legal assistant for an Immigration attorney for a semester and worked primarily with the latino population. -Volunteer at an orphanage for 3 weeks in Cochabamba, Bolivia - Spanish teacher at a private pre-school for a year. taught 3-4 yr olds spanish in two separate classes, each once a week. (would this be relevant??) -I am also moving to Spain for the year to be an assistant teacher where I will provide students with knowledge and understanding of my culture while also teaching them english. -I am in contact with an organization called Aliento that I will be volunteering for while I am in Spain. They have an orphanage as well as other facilities that I will help with. I am in direct contact with their social worker and will try my best to work closely with her. - I plan on taking the GRE and really really hope I get a decent score! I did fairly well on the SAT years ago so I am sure I can get a decent score on it. - I wish I had other experience as a volunteer or intern but I couldn't consistently volunteer as I had to work full time to support myself through college. I did volunteer at a pharmaceutical clinic that offered hugely discounted or free medicine to those in need and a homeless shelter but I did not have enough time to do them consistently. I worked maybe 50-80 hours at the clinic as well as approx 30 hours at the homeless shelter. Any advice? I really want to pursue a career in helping the latino community internationally as well as domestically! I am half mexican and I am among the first few on my fathers side of the family to graduate high school, get my bachelors, and I will be first of this side of my family to get my masters degree. Because my parents were divorced, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to grow up within the latino community with my fathers side of the family, but also to grow up in a completely americanized italian family with my mothers side of the family (great-great grandparents are from italy). I see the common struggles many of my mexican family members face that I avoided growing up because I, like my mother, was very americanized. I havent been able to find a college that catered to the latino side of social work like BC on the east coast! If you know of any others I would love to hear from you! And if you have been admitted or rejected to BC, what kind of profile did you have? What was/is your experience there?