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  1. Interests are too broad?

    So I'm having trouble figuring out how narrow my interests need to be before I apply to grad school. Some background: I'm aiming to apply to an anthropology Master's program that begins this fall (super quick, I know. Long story), at the same school I got my B.A. in 2014. The program has a focus on cultural resource management (CRM), and it's a terminal Master's. I've worked as an archaeology tech with a government agency for two seasons, going on three, so I know I want to do CRM. I'm also interested in historic archaeology of the American West, and have some interest in public archaeology. One of my profs told me my interests needed to be narrowed down some. Being new to this whole grad school application thing, I didn't realize my interests needed to be narrower before I even started. I'm not even sure what that should look like for me. Does anyone have an examples of what their narrowed interests look like? For instance, if I'm interested in historic archaeology of the American West, would a narrower interest be something like historic mining/extractive industries? Does there need to be more to it than that? Right now I sort of want to scream. I'd ask my profs about this, but it's Saturday, so....
  2. I am writing my SOP and have the strong urge to organize my SOP this way: 1. my specific research interest (food of the Middle East) 2. how it fits with the discipline (situated food in context blah blah geography) 3. why I am qualified to study it (world systems theory seminar, food studies, place in my life, academic interest, hebrew language skills) 4. why I chose this school in particular (strong Middle East dept., profs with background in cultural geography theory, food, gender studies) Both official and unofficial suggestions of outlines are usually: 1. intro hook/interest in discipline (place is important/geography but saving research topic for #3?) 2. academic background/qualifications (history major, hard worker, this is still going to sound odd without them knowing my specific interests yet) 3. specific area of interest (food of the Middle East) 4. why this school in particular (see above) Is there a problem with reorganizing my outline how it seems to flow best? Is there some reason adcoms prefer to see it the "usual" way? Do I have to have a charming hook? Shouldn't my research interests be enough, with my personality coming out slowly in my writing? Won't my personal statement be the place for me to write about growing up in a rural setting, immigrant grandparents, my personal interest in the topic, anecdotes, etc.? Thanks! -I Miss Coffee (and wish I was drinking it but I can't, at least not until the anxiety of this application process is over)