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  1. I'm applying to a program where there's only 1 person I really want to work with. I found out that they will be accepting students this year. But the program website explicitly asks applicants to name two professors they want to work with. Would it hurt my chances if I only mention the one I'm interested in working with?
  2. I know this is the last minute for the applications but I really need some quick help! I am actually confused about some basic logistics of the personal history statement. So UCLA allows an 8000 character limit which falls to about 2 pages of 12 point text. I wrote my statement according to that but googling a bit I found that the ideal length is around 500-700 words which is about one page. My application to UC Berkeley also needs a personal history statement and I am now confused as to what length of a statement should I stick to.
  3. Hey yall- I'm starting this thread for those applying to NPSIA for 2018. Feel free to post any questions or comments here. And as offers roll out too dont be afraid to share your acceptance or decline comments here Just curious, in regards to the MA, are people limiting their statement of intent to a certain number of words? is it research focused (with citations and all) even if you aren't planning on doing the thesis or MRP? The instructions on the website are quite vague, so i'm curious what people are doing (especially word count wise).
  4. 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
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    Hey everyone! Would anyone who has accepted to grad school be willing to post their statement? It would be insanely helpful to see some examples. Thanks!
  6. Like most of you, I'm here because of uncertainties regarding some aspect of the grad school application process. I've read every credible article I could find about crafting the perfect Statement of Purpose. I've read through a dozen examples of what is considered a great statement. My problem is this: I'm not sure if a lot of the suggestions for writing style are applicable to the kind of program I want to study. Of all the statements I read, my favorites are the ones that are conversational and descriptive. They're the ones that read like a story. But is that style suitable for every major? My favorite statements were written for history and English degrees, but I want to go to grad school for International Relations (IR). The general style of IR publications is anything but vivid. It's careful, clear, and concise. It eliminates adjectives and adverbs, replaces gut-punching verbs with their emotionless equivalents, and speaks in the stilted manner of a indifference. Neutrality is key. So, at last, my question. Should my statement of purpose be written in the style of IR--because that's the degree I want to pursue--or should it be written to captivate the reader--because I want to grab their attention and be memorable? Note: I also have to include a writing sample on an IR topic. I wrote three complete versions of my statement (1,000 words each): #1 is written like a story #2 is written more like an article in IR #3 is a combination page one is my "story"/background, and it's written like #1 page two is my reason for choosing that school and that program, what I would like to learn, from which professors, and what I want to do after graduation. It's written like #2. _________________________ #1 - colorful My bleary eyes snapped open at the flash of the overhead fluorescent lights. Seconds later, my retinas drank in the scene and clarified the unusual predicament I had awoken in. I was surrounded by strangers. Surrounded, in fact, by 10,000 miles of them. I puzzled over the shifting words slithering across the LED displays and clung to my bag. I stretched my tired legs and crept out of the narrow tunnel into my new life. My 17 hour flight to Chongqing had arrived. To understand why I was in Chongqing--and why I am applying your prestigious university--it is instructive to know the experiences that shaped me.Before Chongqing, there was Tokyo. I grew up tending to the delicate leaves of my bonsai tree and reconstructing the gnarled lines found in my calligraphy book. At 13, my hazy lifelong interest in Asia took shape in the form of an academic interest: Japanese. I was drawn to the curvy loops of Hiragana, the jagged edges of Katakana, and the serious pictography of Kanji. I promised myself, “When I’m in college, I’ll study Japanese. I’ll even go to Sophia University!” I dreamed of the day I could move to Tokyo, that bustling city lit by the grotesque light of a million flickering billboards and crammed with overworked businessmen, young fashionistas, and everything in between. On the first day of registration, I took my first step and signed up for Japanese. From that day forward, I grabbed every chance I could to immerse myself in the language. Then, seven years after I picked Sophia, Sophia picked me. _________________________ #2 - IR version My interest in Asia originates from my childhood experiences. At that time, being exposed to Asia primarily meant taking care of a bonsai tree and trying to replicate the character strokes in my calligraphy book. Today, my interest is more academic in nature. By the time I was 13, I had already decided that I would learn Japanese. I even decided that I would study abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo. Once in university, I joined Elementary Japanese, Japanese Club, and the Language Exchange Program. Seven years later, I was the sole candidate selected from my university to attend Sophia. _________________________ Thanks in advance for your help!
  7. Hey guys, I will be applying to schools, mainly focusing on cosmology. I'd be glad if someone could review / critique a basic draft of my SOP. Here goes: The way math described the physical world in a predictive and self-consistent way had appealed to me since a class project on gravity in grade 11. I enjoyed learning high school physics, and I aced the physics section on the highly competitive Joint Entrance Examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology. I was still unsure about physics as a career, and thus chose the “conventional” engineering major at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. At BITS, I realized the full extent of my affinity towards physics, and the university offered me the freedom to take reading courses as electives. I started with relativity, about which I had always been curious, learning it from a combination of books and online lectures. Fired by the revelation of the significance of Einstein’s equations, I then self-studied basic cosmology, a branch of physics I thought asked the biggest questions, and started a project on plotting the Hu-Eisenstein power spectrum under Dr. Tapomoy Guha Sarkar. In my junior year, I attended a school on advanced cosmology, with lectures on structure formation, inflation and dark energy. How a field of random fluctuations gave rise to the structures we see today was a moment of revelation for me, and inflation struck me as an elegant solution to a host of issues with the big bang model, which still lacked many answers. Driven by this, I started my bachelor’s thesis at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics under Dr. Tirthankar Roy Choudhury. I studied the halo model, and then learned N-body simulations with GADGET-2. I then modified an initial conditions generation code to include massive neutrinos, and ran simulations to assess the impact of the same on the power spectrum at small scales. I had composed an international trivia quiz, organized a national cultural festival, published regularly in the college magazine, written papers on Kashmiri literature, and lectured on control systems and signals and systems apart from my physics projects, but I felt I was not ready for graduate school. I decided to take a year off, during which I studied the HI power spectrum, wrote code for the halo model power spectrum, and an integrated suite for power spectrum and halo mass function calculations. I also started reading more about dark energy, and then modified the GADGET-2 code to include some simple quintessence cosmologies. I also built my own cricket statistics database, and formulated new statistics, Moneyball style, to gauge performances, including using survival analysis to extend censored “not-out” innings. I decided that I needed a firm base and well-rounded view, through a formal education in physics, and joined the master’s program at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Where I had been disillusioned with courses in my undergrad, I started enjoying learning physics properly, topping classical mechanics, both my mathematical physics courses, relativity and statistical physics. I did an optional term paper and presentation for Dr. Ram Ramaswamy on classical fields to start with quantum field theory, and continued studying the same under Dr. Debashish Ghoshal as I wanted to explore theoretical cosmology, through studying inflation. I am now starting my master’s project on effective field theory techniques in inflation and dark energy. My progress gave me confidence, which was bolstered further when I was awarded the prestigious Summer Research Fellowship by the Indian Academy of Sciences. I spent the summer of 2017 working under Dr. Jasjeet Singh Bagla at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. I generated initial conditions using a scale-invariant power spectrum, and ran a suite of simulations in an Einstein-deSitter cosmology using GADGET-2, to investigate the dependence of the Sheth-Tormen mass function parameters on the tilt of the power spectrum. In the most productive two months of my life, I felt at home in research, modeling it as a cascade of problems I enjoyed solving. This was also the first time I used statistics for actual inference and fitting. On the side, I adapted codes for the power spectrum and correlation function, and also started a project with a student of Dr. Bagla’s, where I am using my modified GADGET-2 code to plot the halo mass – angular momentum relation in some quintessence cosmologies. My stints at NCRA and IISER, along with my independent projects in physics and otherwise, have convinced me that I am best suited for research: I enjoy and work best with formulating and attacking problems. I believe that simulations are going to be the single most powerful tool in the future, since the universe is the only instance, and experiments are limited. The questions of dark energy and inflation are still unsolved in cosmology, as it enters an exciting era with abundant data and computational power. I want to use my graduate education to further pursue these questions as a career, and also teach, which I believe is important to learn, as well as continue encouraging people to take up such questions in the future. I have explored a wide variety of fields within cosmology, and mainly want to use simulations to confirm new models, of dark energy, inflation and structure formation. I believe I am suited to graduate work in cosmology, with my experience in theory and simulations, my work in statistics, and my previous background in electrical engineering, which is a suitable combination for a field that now involves working in everything. Moreover, I believe I have the tenacity and self-learning ability to succeed in graduate school and research, as evidenced by my journey from an engineering major to physics. <Insert department-specific portion here: will contain more specific work goals / might have to condense with the above paragraph.> ------------------------------------ Thanks a lot, guys!
  8. I have been completely stressed out about writing my personal statement for my grad program. It took me 4 years to complete my Associate's degree because of drug/alcohol addiction and general lack of motivation and enthusiasm for my academic career. I entered into rehab and have been sober for over 3 years. I completed my BS with a 3.88 GPA, but I know I will have to explain my low GPA and gaps in semesters during the time I was using drugs and drinking. My transcripts show a clear mark from before treatment and after treatment, but how much should I talk about how my addictions made me the person I am today? Is there anyone out there that has told this kind of story AND gotten into grad school???
  9. Hello everyone, I will start applying to PhD programs this month but I am not confident that my SOP is good enough. As an international student, I have little knowledge on this since writing SOP for graduate schools is not common my country (if existent). Can someone review my SOP and tell me what could be changed to improve it? Any advice is welcome ps.: I have ommited the university and faculty members names for an ethical reason. Thanks Raul L. L. Carmo I am writing on behalf of my application for the Doctoral program in Chemistry at X University. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil) in 2015 and the strong research on catalysis and new synthetic methodologies conducted in your institution made me very interested in pursuing graduate studies at your department. Since sophomore year in college, I have been involved in research projects in the interface between organic and inorganic chemistry, studying new ways to transform abundant and cheap substances into valuable compounds using less toxic reagents and generating less waste. In my senior thesis I managed to transform compounds extracted from pine trees into biologically-active amines in a one-pot procedure using ethanol instead of toluene as a solvent, a greener approach to the synthesis of amines that led to higher yields and selectivities than the traditional systems already used. In addition, I had the opportunity to take graduate-level courses at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) about group theory, advanced mass spectrometry and experimental nuclear magnetic resonance which contributed to my understanding of important concepts of my research area. I have also spent the 2012-2013 academic year in the U.S studying chemistry at Allegheny College and University of California Davis as a recipient of the Science Without Borders scholarship. Studying abroad has introduced me to state-of-the-art science and allowed me to operate new instruments and learn new techniques not available in my home institution. In 2016, the American Chemical Society awarded me with a scholarship to travel to Panama, where I received intensive training on scientific outreach and communication. This opportunity has impacted the way I think chemistry can serve our society and made me realize I can do more for my country than I ever expected through science. Brazil has numerous economic and social inequality problems,and I think one of the most powerful ways to overcome them is through international scientific cooperation and knowledge exchange. Research experience combined with extensive theoretical and practical training received during the baccalaureate and graduate-level courses encouraged me to take a step further in my career as a scientist. My professional goal is to become highly qualified in the field of catalysis and teach at an institution committed to social, economic, environmental and scientific development in my country. The PhD program in Chemistry at X University is a very good fit for me since it has a structure with all the resources I need to advance in my research, with Dr. Y and Dr. Z groups being very active and relevant to my field. It is also a medium-sized program in a small city, in that way I would feel more at home than I would in a big city where I would only be seen as a number. I am confident that the aforementioned characteristics make me a viable candidate for this graduate program. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my candidacy with the department faculty and provide further information. Thank you for your time and consideration.
  10. Hello to all, The University of Edinburgh has offered me admission to the 3year Ph.D program of Philosophy but no news on funding. I need to apply for several scholarships but I have no idea how to write a statement of purpose (300-500 w) asking for funding. Any tips? Also, any tips about the Uni. or the department or about (UK) scholarships in general would be helpful. Thanks in adnvance Leah
  11. Hey everyone. I'm applying for the H-CI and Design masters program at the University of Washington. Can you please check out my essay for critique, improvements, and general feedback? Will review yours in exchange! Thanks! https://docs.google.com/document/d/109kOJMamb5MqLpidmGLr-RP1wl0ogsZHAI1pldR06Qc/edit?usp=sharing
  12. Hello. I am applying to top CS schools in the US. Anyone willing to critique my SOP? Kindly PM me if interested. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  13. Hey does anyone want to review this SOP for me? Much obliged! My varied academic aptitudes professional backgrounds have prompted me to pursue advanced degrees in geography, is an ideal institution for my academic interests in political ecology, environmental governance, political economy, and ultimate goal of becoming a researcher and instructor within academia. Furthermore, the specializations of the department’s faculty and research centers align closely with my own, and provide opportunities for prospective collaborations. BLANK" applies approaches and frameworks from political ecology, but was informed by methods and theories of other adjacent social sciences and geographies. I am eager to continue expanding and refining my interests in new applied and theoretical knowledge domains as a doctoral student. The Department of Geography at the University of BLANKMy master’s thesis, " where the patterns I have observed and intellectual curiosities I have cultivated have found outlets for formulation and expression. As a master’s student in geography at "BLANK" University, I have had the opportunity for inter- and intra-disciplinary exploration, professional development, and scholarly personal growth. During my undergraduate career at the BLANK State University I became embedded in the social sciences and humanities, taking courses in history, economics, sociology, English, and philosophy. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Geography and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, with minors in Philosophy and International Studies. I also pursued two years of coursework in French and became proficient in reading and composition. I joined the undergraduate geography club, philosophy club, and a more loosely organized philosophy and psychology discussion group called State of the Soul. At the 2013 Annual Association of Geographer’s meeting I presented a poster on my combined interests in geography and philosophy, which examined urban poorhouse distribution in the context of 19th century social Darwinist philosophies. I was keen to experience the theoretical perspectives and approaches of numerous disciplines, and it was in geography that I felt the most intellectually inspired and which seemed best situated to consider the issues of society and the environment that became the impetus for master’s project on environmental conflict. I was first exposed to research as an undergraduate student working on two separate projects. My first position was as a research assistant studying state level policy trends in reproductive rights using public opinion polls and dormant or active state legislation. My second position, working with the International Center for the Study of Terrorism, I collaborated with a large team of researchers from diverse backgrounds to examine the mechanisms of radicalization and recidivism in radical organizations. I gained invaluable experience coding qualitative data and interpreting results for policy proposals. These experiences as an undergraduate student introduced me to research methods and project management in the social sciences and prepared me to pursue projects in graduate school. on urban water resource management, focusing on urban water conservation obstacles in the utility sectors of cities in the western United States. As a graduate student researcher, I was able to take a more central role in administering the project and collecting data. For this position, I contacted research participants at public and private offices, assisted in mediating stakeholder meetings, helped in composing surveys, and conducted the review of theoretical and applied literature. This experience has also contributed significantly to my own research in political ecology on collaborative water governance in the Klamath River Basin. As a master’s student, I was employed in the department of geography as a research assistant working with Dr. BLANK My master’s thesis examines the mechanisms of collaboration and exclusion in environmental governance in the Klamath River Basin, which has become infamous for conflicts between fishers, tribes, farmers, and environmentalists. While this research project is situated within the critical political ecology and political economy of water governance, my broader intellectual project is to explore patterns and relationships in various regimes of environmental governance in rural area and small cities, using mixed methods of data collection and analysis. Themes that are of particular relevance to my project include formal and informal governance, scalar relationships, cultural expressions, and constructions of nature. How these different facets materialize and interact during perceived environmental crises, such as drought and species extinction, reveals not only potential paths forwards in environmental governance, but a glimpse into societies varied relations and connections with the non-human world. In addition to a political ecology/political economy perspective, I am interested in employing elements of New Materialism and other contemporary philosophical perspectives into my prospective dissertation. I am pursuing a doctoral dissertation that incorporates themes from political ecology and Science and Technology Studies to examine the spatialities, politics, management and perceptions of the disease commonly referred to as White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a cold loving fungi that effects hibernating bat populations. With the spread of mosquito borne diseases and the increasing attention to the biological treadmill of pesticide use in conventional farming, the loss of bats could likely result in serious health crises for human populations. While humans are indirectly vulnerable to WNS, we are unsure about the cause of its spread and we have been unable to identify it as a symptom of anthropogenic change or as an externality of capitalist production that has been symptomatic of many political ecology case studies. As a biological technician working for a private company collecting data on white nose and endangered bat species, I have an understanding of the management and mitigation practices for this disease and bats more generally. Data collection is primarily conducted by private companies, with different hiring standards than state or federal agencies, which affects the quality and type of data collected on this disease. During my work, I observed a difference between the capacities of states in the Mid-Atlantic region to address WNS and provide resources to track environmental change. A comparative study between Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania might be most productive because of their shared geology along the Appalachian range and socioeconomic development as mining and agricultural states. Through this dissertation project, I seek to interrogate discourses and practices of environmental governance and the limits of anthropogenic change, allowing me to build upon my intellectual project by examining the effects of neoliberalization on the production of knowledge and environmental governance. The work of Dr. Bruce Braun has been influential in guiding my current research, as well as my prospective dissertation. Dr. BLANK's interest in political ecology and New Materialist perspectives is of particular relevance to furthering my research interests, and I would welcome the opportunity to work with Dr. BLANK as a potential adviser or in other collaborative capacities. I have also been in correspondence with Dr. BLANK2, who’s research on political ecology and political economy of waste and labor in India has also been influential on my current master’s project, and who’s perspectives on development are central to my prospective dissertation. There are many other faculty within the department with whom I share research interests and whose writings have been particularly significant in my current courses and academic projects including; Dr. BLANK3 work on scholar activism and engagement and research on racial politics in post-Hurricane Katrina and Dr. BLANK4 research using spatiotemporal analysis on animal migration, which is of particular relevance to my prospective dissertation. My research experience and interests have been one of my primary motivations for pursuing a doctoral degree, my professional experiences outside of academia have contributed significantly to my research interests and how I perceive the future directions for my work. In addition to being employed as a biological technician, I was recently employed as a planning intern for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird and Habitat Program. In this position I worked closely with ornithologist to plan and review habitat conservation programs during several controversial western conservation campaigns, including the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Working in the USFWS allowed me to observe governance within a federal office, and to understand the personal perspectives of employees and biologists, who often acted in accordance with political mandates that contradicted their professional opinions as biologists. I was also employed as forest conservationists for the World Wide Fund in coastal Kenya, where I worked closely with my Kenyan counterparts and local partners to set organizational goals, review Environmental Impact Assessments, and advocate for forest preservation from outside extractive interests. In many ways the WWF fit the archetype of the neoliberal conservation institution operating in a former colony, however, it also challenged some of the assertions about these organizations within political ecology and development literature. My primary project was to contend with an Australian mining company that was attempting to gain mineral rights in a protected forests with known high levels of radioactivity. The communities living in this region were divided on the mining project, and the WWF, along with several local partners, acted to disseminate information and often found itself to be taking a contradictory stance from the state environmental institutions. These professional experiences have helped to cultivate my interest in political ecology as a critical subdiscipline, while giving me practical experience on the discourses of development, conservation, and governance. I believe that my greatest asset as a student is a passion for my field and conducting creative environmental and social justice oriented research. I am applying to the University of BLANK because it is a progressive academic environment, where research projects flourish as a result of shared learning and collaboration. Recognizing the challenges of completing a doctoral program, I believe that my work ethic, professional experiences, and academic ambitions make me an ideal candidate for the PHD program in geography.
  14. Janny

    Purpose statement

    Hey guys, I am a new grad student and today i went to talk to my adviser and i was crashed hard by what he said. We will talking about possible topics of my interest and he ask me questions like what is your independent and dependent variables, types of research. I couldnt answer because i have not touch any of those courses yet. So he was surprise that i have no background. Am i the only on thinking i was this bad ? or was he just pushing me hard ? Also is there anyone that can help me with my purpose statement ? i have ideas but it just dont look right when i put them together . ( and figuring what is DV and IV) Really appreciate it
  15. Hallo! Currently working on a draft of my statement for Cambridge's Mphil in Health, Medicine, and Society. Does anyone want to look over it? The limit is ~600 words, so I'm struggling with cutting out fluff and including information that would make me an appealing candidate (they sadly don't look at CVs!). It's meant to be framed as a research proposal, so that is what I'm aiming for. I'd be happy to edits others' statements as well
  16. Is a bibliography or a works cited page needed for the statement of purpose? I was planning on using one or two quotations from external sources and discuss my theoretical approaches, including theorists' names and texts.
  17. Hey, I am preparing now for passing my PhD, but I found out that I have got a huge lack of time and I can't make everything on my own on time. A friend of mine told me that I can use some help from the outside (services). I found one called phdstatementofpurpose.com and wanted to ask, if anybody used such services and, maybe, particular one. And it would be very useful for me to know whether it is a good idea to use such services? Thanks, in advance!
  18. Revising you personal Statement for a SLP graduate program I highly recommend buying this book because it has awesome tips and examples of letters other student essays. Perfect Personal Statements by Mark Alan Stewart Here are some great tips for revising you personal statement, if you are reapplying or applying for the first time. What should you write about? This issue forced me to procrastinate forever! I felt like everyone had such a good story about why they wanted to become a SLP. Some girls in my undergrad classes had children with autism, siblings with hearing impairments, or a grandparent with a tracheostomy. I just loved the healthcare field and happen to stumble across SLP as a career choice, but that doesn’t make for a moving or inspirational story for the admissions committee to read. This book gives a few good topic choices, but one really stuck out for me. I wanted to discuss my learning disabilities and how I overcame them, but I did not want to sound “damaged”. This book explained that it is okay to as long as you make the topic about how you overcame the situation and do not whine about it. Some of the most compelling essays that universities see are on disabilities, low economics status, and/or minority status. I used this book to revise my personal statement before reapplying. While reading the DO and DON’T chapter, I found tons of things I did in the “DON’T section and I had to edit them out of my statement. Here are a few:Your essay should give them an idea of your personality, not reiterate your resume The opening sentence should capture the reader’s attention and curiosity. It should entice them to keep reading on You are wasting your personal statement opportunity and the reader’s time by writing introduction and conclusions even though this is the way you were taught to write a proper essay. Typically you will not have enough space to write these given the 250-1000 word limit. For example, erase sentences like these… “allow me to introduce myself…” “these are the reasons you should admit me…” “thank you for your time and consideration…” “I hope you grant me the opportunity…” [*]Double check each school for the word limit and stick to it. You will not be disqualifies for going over, but the admissions reader has too many others to read and will only read the 1st pager (or whatever the limit is) and move on. [*]Use normal vocabulary. Trying to impress them with large words will only distract them from the content. [*]Don’t “whine” about the system or about how hard the GRE’s are [*]Don’t remind the university about their rankings or strong faculty. They already know that’s why a lot of students want to attend there, dig deeper and get specific about THAT particular university and certain faculty members. Go to the website and research each and every faculty member until you find one that has similar interest as you. [*]For example, do talk about wanting to go to that school because of the close proximity to great hospitals and you want to do you CFY there and specialize in swallowing. (or great schools systems they are affiliated with) [*]For example, do talk about a particular faculty member who is currently doing research that is interesting to you. Then e-mail that professor, telling them you are impressed with the research they are currently doing and that you hope you can learn more about when you are accepted. Then you go back to your essay and say I have even sent Dr. so and so an e-mail expressing my interest. [*]Make sure to twist your weaknesses into something good read more tips like this on my blog at MedSLP by the way how do I submit my blog to thegradcafe.com???
  19. I am applying to the University of Maryland in Baltimore and being that i am aware of how i tend to stray off of topic i was wondering if anyone would be interested in reviewing my statement and offering me some critique or advice. It has 3 questions to answer and the answer can not be longer than 300 words. Please let me know if you have the time and i will send it in a personal message.Thanks
  20. Hi all, I have a SOP that I've worked really hard on and submitted to 4 of the 6 schools I am applying to. It is roughly 1000 words and the last two apps I have to turn in are 500 words. I have been looking over my statement to see what I can trim (or should I say chop off) and it is so difficult! Does anyone out there have any tips ? My sentences are well thought out and link to one another so it is difficult to delete a sentence here or there while keeping it cohesive. Should I stick to just one or two main stories (what I did for my undergrad thesis and what I do now) or try to briefly list several things (experiences that lead me to this area) to give a broader picture? Thanks for the advice in advance!
  21. Hi there, and thanks in advance for any advice you can offer I am applying for my MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry). I've been battling my SOP for a solid week. I am curious as to what approaches anyone has found successful in their SOP for poetry in particular. I'm particularly interested in two things: (1) Tone - trying to find a balance of professionalism and, of course, creative voice....not sure how conservative to be. (2) Poetry-related content...Do admissions boards what to know specific poets I read? Who inspires me? My academic understanding/study of the craft? I'm absolutely stuck...Sincerely appreciate direction and thoughts ~ Thanks!!
  22. I have just finished the 2nd draft of my SOP and I'd love some feedback! I'd also be happy to exchange statements with others. If interested, PM me with your email address and I will forward you my draft. A little bit about my SOP for those interested: It's thematic (my first draft was chronological but it seemed dull) I've been working on it with my university writing center over the summer so hopefully reading it won't make your eyes bleed I'm having trouble with the introduction Thanks!
  23. The title says it all. Lot of other applicants have the same question. Is it worth paying almost $100 to an essay review site like essayedge.com? Especially, if you used such a site, was it helpful at all? I am an engineering student hoping to start graduate school in fall 2012. Thank you!
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