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  1. Hello everyone, I thought I would start a forum for people to ask and answer questions regarding the MIRHR graduate program at The University of Toronto for 2018. Good luck to everyone who is applying!
  2. Hi everyone, I'm having trouble with a personal statement prompt that asks you to indicate your reasons for undertaking graduate study, outline plans for the future, and identify your strengths and weaknesses as a future SLP. I had no issue with the rest of the prompt, but I'm having trouble addressing the weaknesses. How do I address weaknesses without sounding like I'm essentially disqualifying myself from the program? A friend of mine who is applying to the same program has a sibling that is an SLP and they told her not to discuss weaknesses unless absolutely necessary. Should I listen to this advice? Thank you in advance!
  3. I'm trying to finish up my application for Columbia's CSD program and do not know how to format my optional essay. I know I need to discuss my GRE scores (below par) but focus on how my GPA is great and I have a lot of volunteer/work/professional experiences. Should this be a blunt statement? Or should it be put in a nicer way like every other personal statement? Applying to: Columbia, UVA, UNC, Vanderbilt, Pitt, BU, MGH, Kean, NYU
  4. Hi Guys, I'm going to apply in an European MA program in Continental Philosophy. Someone can show me some examples of WS and PS (SoP) related to this area? Thanks for the replies, Stefano
  5. Does anyone know whether the order of programs chosen (i.e. first choice and second choice) are reviewed separately for the Sciences Po graduate program? My first choice is the Dual degree Programme with Columbia's SIPA (School of International and Public affairs) in International Public Management + a Human Rights degree from Sciences Po PSIA. My second choice is the Human Rights and Humanitarian Action degree at Sciences Po. In the application, they list both personal statements one on top of the other. I had originally thought there would only be one statement needed. So now I'm thinking I would use the same bulk of my personal statement for each and change details accordingly to the programmes. However, it seems quite glaring and obvious that it's a huge copy and paste and i'm afraid that in comparison admissions may perceive this as lazy and not original enough. But would both be considered simultaneously or only review one after the other (like at LSE) if I don't get placed in the degree of my first choice? Thoughts? I spent an enormous time crafting this personal statement into a narrative and I am quite nervous in having to rearrange and finding a novel way of putting all this info into a concise format again. PS: I've also applied to a one year master's program at LSE for International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies and I've made a typo - despite my proofreading committee - of writing 'bear' instead of 'bare' and I'm cringing extremely hard. It's only one word amid 1000, but what are the chances of the admissions picking this up and looking down at this error? Many thanks!
  6. Hi, all Since we've started the application process (I know some have already applied and many of us are likely preparing this week to begin), we are all (I assume) done with any and all WS/SOP major revisions and are focused now on polishing (that is, at least, where I am in this whole thing.) While I sometimes feel like my tweaking is good, I also have a sense that it is not really necessary - while my SOP and WS could, of course, be "better" and definitely different, they are what they are at this point and I'm largely proud of them, regardless of outcome. So, how do you all determine when "good enough is good enough"?
  7. Does anyone have any tips as to how they are tailoring their personal statements to specific schools? I wrote one main personal statement and I am going to tweak it to each school by putting a paragraph as to why I want to attend that school. With some programs on my list I am having trouble finding more detailed info on their program (like Illinois, Urbana-Champiagn) and I don't want to say something generic. Any examples or tips to achieve this?! Thanks!
  8. Hi all, I am applying to Denver's forensic psychology MA program. One of their essay prompts requests the following: Describe someone you know who has engaged in behavior of which you disapprove. How has this behavior affected your view of this person? How has your relationship with this person changed? How do you understand your reactions? I am tempted to write an essay about a patient I have worked with (without disclosing their name, age, crime, HIPPA type violations), but I am worried this will come across as unprofessional. I have not included anything about patients in my other essays but this prompt seems to be looking for a level of self/professional disclosure that I have not seen in other applications, so I am unsure of how to proceed. Does anyone have experience with essays like this? AND: If I do not write about a patient, would it be unprofessional to write about a coworker who I discovered have multiple DUIs, and how that affected my view of their work and professional judgement? Thanks!
  9. Hello all! Found this forum a bit late, but it's been very helpful so far. This is my first application cycle (finished my undergrad this May), and the whole thing currently feels very overwhelming. I think my quantitative stats are decent (3.97 undergrad GPA, 169V, 164Q, 5.5W GRE). I'm pretty confident in my writing sample and letter writers, and do have somewhat relevant independent research and teaching experience (honors senior thesis, NSF funded REU, and currently working as a research assistant in medical anthropology setting and part time as a secondary level writing instructor). However, I do not have a MA. While from what I've read that doesn't preclude PhD program admittance, I think I am at a personal-statement disadvantage in that I don't feel ready to propose a narrow and well-defined dissertation project without more advanced coursework. I can articulate broad interests (language/discourse as vehicles for power, social theory of objectivity and knowledge production, China, social media, science and environmental studies, technology and politics), but most of the example statements and advice I've read suggest that the ideal personal statement is an extremely narrow and specific project description akin to a baby dissertation proposal. I'm really struggling to write something which looks like that, given that I think it would take more coursework before I could know what questions need to be asked. I know that I wouldn't be bound in any way to what I propose there, but it feels disingenuous (and is probably a bad idea anyway) to just make up a topic that I'm not fully committed to. How do people do this before starting PhD level work?? The obvious answer here would be to pursue a MA before starting a P.h.D, but for many reasons (e.g. funding, the dearth of programs even offering stand-alone MA programs, timing, the fact that my end goal has always been a PhD) I'd prefer that MA to be a step within a PhD program. So--is it possible to write a successful statement elaborating my prior experiences/preparation for graduate work and potential future areas of research without going to that specific level? Would I be better off waiting a year to keep working at what I am doing, hoping that my interests will magically coalesce into something more concretely definable? In case it's relevant, so far I've had the most positive response from contacts at Brown, UMichigan, Notre Dame, and UTexas Austin, though there are also other schools on my list I've yet to reach out to. I'd really appreciate thoughts or advice from anyone also struggling with this or who has successfully navigated the process already. I'd also love to exchange personal statement drafts with anyone willing.
  10. Hi there! so I'm a senior in undergrad (sociology and psychology major) looking to apply to some clinical psychology PhD programs!From what I know, it's pretty taboo to talk about your own psychopathology on a personal statement. However, I have not so great grades from freshman year (a C+ in biology and a C in physics 2 and then a couple of Bs in social science classes), transferred to a better school, maintained a 3.5 GPA, and then this summer had to withdraw from a summer term so now I have two Ws on my transcript as well for linear algebra and intro to programming. All of this was due to my C-PTSD and subsequent alcoholism (which I am working on now). I'm pretty frustrated because I don't to leave this unexplained but I also don't want to cross a taboo subject. How should I address this in my personal statement? If it helps, here's a short list of the stuff on my CV: - GPA: 3.5, major GPA 3.9- worked in university's LGBT center for past year and continuing this year- worked in neuroscience lab for one year, presented poster- worked in clinical psychology lab for 21 months, presented poster- worked in child neuropsychology lab for a summer- worked with a professor at the school of social work for her poster and publications- presented at MBGLTACC, an LGBT conference for college students/staff on the intersection of hinduism and being LGBT+- presented at a LGBT POC conference on an independent research project- currently working in a social psychology lab that is related to my honors thesis, which is related to both social and clinical psychology- GRE scores: 162 verbal, 167 math, 5.0 on the essay. above the 90th percentile for all 3.
  11. Hi everyone, For some of the programs I'm applying to, a "diversity statement" or "personal statement" is required in addition to the standard Statement of Purpose. However, for schools that only ask for the Statement of Purpose, there is a field where I can attach additional documents. Would it be wise to provide a diversity statement to a school that isn't asking for it? Similarly, if a school is not asking for a writing sample, what are your opinions on providing one in the space to upload supplemental files? Basically, long question short is: to what extent should you/should you not upload supplemental files not specifically requested? Could it ever hurt to provide more? Thanks!
  12. Hello, I'm in the middle of the application process to several UC PhD programs in social psychology and I'm having a hard time with the personal history statement. I've already written my statement of purpose, but I'm really struggling with the personal history statement because I'm having difficulties organizing it and figuring out how to fit everything in that the prompt asks for. I'd really appreciate it if anyone knew where I can find sample personal history statements or if anyone is willing to share their own statements. Either will be fine, I'd just appreciate any direction anyone can offer. Here is the prompt for the statement: Applicants for our graduate programs are selected using a holistic evaluation system. This essay will assist both the admissions committee and fellowship review committees to evaluate your background and motivation for graduate study. In your personal history statement, please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. A sample of topics that you might address in your statement is below. However, please structure your statement in any way that you feel best represents your personal history. Please do note that there is a 1200 word maximum for the statement. Any educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences or opportunities relevant to your academic journey Challenges and/or obligations you have had to address in order to achieve your educational goals and how you addressed them Employment while an undergraduate How your perspectives or activities contribute to social or cultural diversity and/or make you sensitive to the experiences of underrepresented groups This "Personal History Statement" is required for all applicants who are US Citizens or legal US Permanent Residents and is different from the "Statement of Purpose" that is required for all applicants. The "Statement of Purpose" is expected to focus on your academic/research background and interests while the "Personal History Statement" is expected to focus on your personal background.In addition to the "Statement of Purpose" and "Personal History Statement", some academic programs require applicants to provide a writing sample. Applicants will be notified about any such requirements by their program and will submit any additional items separately and directly to the program. Thank you!!
  13. Hi, all. This is my first post here, but this forum has been greatly helpful to me in my grad school search so thank you so much! But I digress... I'm a recent graduate with a BA in English Literature from a small but respectable private university in Indiana, and I'm taking a gap year now before applying to PhD programs. My interests are in Gender and Sexuality and others forms of media such as Film and Theatre. I'm also interested in Post-1900s American literature, although it isn't my primary focus. I'm not sure how all to go about wording this in my personal statement to programs, and I was also curious about the importance of specifying a time period. Would it benefit me to include my interest in Post-1900s American literature along with my primary interests (or as one of my primary interest)? Would all of that be too much to detail in a personal statement? (Note: My 24-page senior thesis, which I plan to use for applications, is on queer theory and analysis of a French queer film, if that info is useful at all.) I was also curious if anyone has programs they think could align with my interests. I have a list of 11 schools so far that I'm considering applying to, but I'd love to hear suggestions and broaden that list. (Preferably schools that don't require the GRE Subject Test in Literature because I know I haven't read enough classic literature to get high scores on that and would rather not bother.) Let me know in the comments if you need any additional information from me. Thank you in advance!
  14. Hey, everyone! I have a quick question. For my personal statement, I mentioned pretty much a background of my life and how it's shaped me into wanting to go into social work. In my statement, I have my high school years. Would it be best to leave out anything before undergrad and just focus on what I've done in my undergraduate?
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  16. Hi. I'm planning to apply to clinical psychology PhD programs soon for Fall 2018 and I've decided to start on my personal statements. However, UC Berkeley's prompt (or rather multiple prompts) has me confused. On the psychology department's Application Instructions page and Berkeley's general Writing a Personal Statement page, it says to write a personal statement about... How you have overcome barriers to access in higher education. Evidence of how you have come to understand the barriers faced by others. Evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Evidence of your research focusing on underserved populations or related issues of inequality. Evidence of your leadership among underserved populations. However, the psychology department also has the FAQ - General Admissions page, which says... The personal history statement should discuss how your personal background influences your decision to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. For example, please include information on how you have overcome barriers; evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals from other groups that have been historically under represented in higher education; evidence of your research focusing on underserved populations or related issues of inequality, or evidence of your leadership among such groups. Some questions to consider are: What hardships have you overcome? What have been your successes? What obstacles came up? Show how you persevered. How did you become interested in psychology? Were you in some way different from the majority of students in your class? Was your family supportive in your decision to choose psychology as a career field? Were you influenced by your parents’ education and career? Were you in a single parent family? Was much of your time spent taking care of your siblings? Did you work while going to school? Is psychology a common career field for people of your cultural background? Question 1: Which prompt do I write about? I will admit that I am a white, privileged person whose life has been financially stable. I have ideas about what I would write about if I chose the first prompt (working in a hospital + growing up in a racially diverse area), but they will pale in comparison with the statements of other applicants who have essays that are closer to home. I feel like I could write a better essay if I chose the second prompt (enduring and overcoming the consequences of a natural disaster), but I feel like that's a cop-out. I know Berkeley wants diverse applicants and I shouldn't beat around the bush. Also, when they say "What hardships have you overcome?", do they mean hardships exclusively concerning diversity/underrepresented groups, or would it be inappropriate to write about a natural disaster? Question 2: Where do I put my interest in psychology: the PS or the SoP? If you look at the FAQ - General Admissions page, it says to answer "What sparked your interest in psychology?" in your Statement of Purpose and to answer "How did you become interested in psychology?" I have a good story to tell about how I got interested in psychology, but I don't want to repeat myself. Do I answer in both statements? Maybe give a more lengthy answer in my SoP and briefly mention it in my PS? Can I assume that the AdComm will read one statement before the other so I could treat the two statements like two pieces of a longer work? Thank you for getting this far and reading my wall of text
  17. Hello All, I hope everyone has been getting the results they want in regards to getting accepted into the school they desire. As for me, I'm still hoping. I'm on the waiting list (Western Carolina) and then I need to submit my application for South Carolina State Uni. I'm looking for other options in case I don't get into grad school...for the 2nd time. I wanted to get ya'lls opinion on something. I want to include in my personal essay the reason why I am pursuing this career is because I know how it feels to be insecure about not speaking correctly or not being able to get one's thoughts out. It's frustrating and I'm in that shoes. I'd like to help those who are going through that. However, I haven't been to a Speech Therapist and been diagnosed, I just know it because I'm going through it. How can I relay that in my paper. I know I had someone tell me they don't recommend putting something like that in a paper if it's not diagnosed professionally. What's all of your recommendations? Thank you in advance,
  18. I can share a link to a google doc if you would like to give me writing feedback on the personal statement.
  19. Hi, I need some help regarding self-introduction letter and statement of purpose. I have written my self introduction letter and sop. If someone could give a review how is it written and what could be done to improve ? If anyone is interested I could PM. Thanks in Advance
  20. Hello, I am applying to a Master of Historic Preservation program. I am trying to reduce the length of my statement from 900 words to a word count close to 500, and receive more general feedback on the structure and content of my statement. Would anyone be willing to peer review my text? Thank you!
  21. I just found a typo in my SoP after I submitted it. I omitted an 'am' after 'I'. Should have not completely relied on MSWord to check grammar for me.... Will this significantly affect my chance of admission?
  22. A bit confused regarding how detailed I should be at certain places. Took feedback from a couple of people, but still need some more. Let me know if anyone's up for it! Thanks,
  23. Hi guys, I'm applying for a Ph.D. program in oceanography / Earth sciences. And I need some suggestions on the content and reading fluency of my SOP. I'd appreciate your generous help!! The essay is posted as below: To maximize my academic potential in physical oceanography, I made up my mind to pursue a doctoral degree at ESS. This is a natural outcome after my deep reflections on life experience. Exercising diligence to give full play of my intelligence, I finished my secondary education under a special State Financial-aid. And yet the admission letter from Xiamen University has brought me to a new evaluation of life. Here is the college, then what's the future I want indeed? I spent 2 years seeking the answer until I took Dr. Pettigrew's class on physical oceanography (graduate level). This was probably the trigger of something which was simmering deeper down. I’d often be enchanted by fluid phenomena like river flows or swirls. Nothing conscious, it would just happen. Only when I combined them with dynamic equations did I realize that those ubiquitous phenomena are actually something governed by rigorous physics. But the fluid mechanics class I took at the University of Maine was geared towards engineering applications, and somehow that did not resonate with my initial thoughts. Until I started reading books on ocean dynamics like The Turbulent Ocean (Thorpe, 2005), Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics (Gill, 1982), did I realize there are more appealing complexities lying behind. The Earth’s rotation, sphericity and the variable density distribution throughout the ocean would introduce physics unlike anything I had ever heard of and the diversity of geophysical fluid dynamics phenomena was just like a bottomless well where I could find inspiration. Later on, especially after participating in the IPCC report conference in 2015, I gradually got to understand the role ocean plays in the climate system, which also resonated with my general concerns as an ordinary citizen. Now I feel like it’s the right time for me to explore the even more amazing side of physical oceanography in graduate school and to prepare myself for careers in teaching and research in academia. And all the effort I made to come to this point has built a solid background for my professional growth. During the last 3 years of my study involved with oceanography, I have set an extensive knowledge basis in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geology. Out of the desire to share ideas, I organized a seminar group among my peers to discuss some novel topics like ocean acidification, climate change, carbon circulation, etc. Sometimes we even mentored each other to disabuse ourselves of the confusion in different fields. To get exposed to a research environment, I joined a wave observation project for Taiwan Strait as a freshman. I focused on the statistical and characteristic analysis of significant wave height, period and wind speed to reveal their spatiotemporal variabilities and interrelation, thus built a database for future wave forecast, especially during hurricanes and storm surges. This project gave me a basic idea of the research processes, from proposal, implementation to conclusion, discussion, and my interest in oceanography got developed further. In a later course project on performing harmonic analysis for one-month water level data, I wrote a MATLAB function to calculate harmonic constants for considered tidal constituents using a least square method. Incorporating with my partner’s work, we designed a script to dissect the tidal characteristics of a gridded area, and the reverse forecast also showed good congruency with original data. This programming experience was proved to be beneficial in my subsequent dissertation project, which focuses on a reverse method regarding isoneutral and dianeutral mixing proposed by Dr. McDougall. He developed the conservation equations under a neutral surface framework to show that the very small dianeutral velocities can contribute significantly to the lateral advection of scalers. Based on these, I implemented a combination of conservation equations in divergence form, thus formed a method to obtain parameterization for the isoneutral and dianeutral mixing via applying the hydrographic data to a least squares solution. Still, encouraged by Dr. Zhiyu, I'm trying to estimate the general currents pattern and distribution of tracers across the ocean by applying some canonical diffusivities. This may generate an inspiration for rectification of numerical models in future. At present, my general research interests center on fluid dynamics of the ocean and climate, especially on ocean circulation and multiscale mixing processes. Moving toward graduate school, I prefer to extend my study to the statistical and dynamic analysis of mixing processes (e.g. eddies, turbulence). They play a vital role in the ocean by affecting material transport, vertical stratification, large scale currents, and air-sea interaction. From my former research, I learned that parameterization was not enough to fully explain their functions coupled with energy transfer and dispersion. I'm looking forward to exploring the mechanisms governing their genesis, propagation, interaction and dissipation through theory, models and observations. This could be challenging and I think Dr. Thomas, whose research focuses on dynamics of fronts and eddies, would be an ideal advisor for me. I’m especially interested in his project on mode water formation and he is the main reason why I decided to apply for this program. Besides, I’m excited with the excellent computational resources from the High Performance Computing Center at Stanford, which would to some extent, facilitate my work in operating mathematical tools and data assimilation. Furthermore, regarding the direction after the Ph.D. program, my synoptic view at this stage is to go deeper and wider in these areas, like involving simulations of several types of these processes to develop stochastic and deterministic models for practical application in large-scale circulation, biogeochemical process or environmental problems like oil spilling. Moreover, I’d also like to dedicate myself to the outreach education of Earth science with a desire to promote environmental learning among the public, particularly under the growing concerns on climate change. With an integrated multidisciplinary research context in ESS, and the cultural diversity around Bay area, the education from Stanford will provide invaluable experiences and unusual perspectives that help me to achieve my research goal. Therefore, I assume it would be a suitable place for me to start the academic career.
  24. Hey guys! Sorry if this is a stupid question, but in the APA 6th edition (which is what I'm required to use for my submission), a title page is used, as well as an abstract. I know for a personal statement for grad school, an abstract sounds kind of insane, so I figured that's not necessary. However do we need a title page? Do we need info on the headers?? I just want everything to be perfect and I know I'm overthinking everything. Thank you!
  25. Something along the lines of "I appreciate your consideration for reviewing my application... etc" ?