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I was wondering what you all thought of a writing sample that slightly (but respectfully and with evidence) disagrees with part of a POI's work. Basically, the argument is like this: My POI says X happened Y way from the 1830s onward. I say X happened Z way from the late 1840s onward. We both submit to the same idea, but just differ on its time frame. Do you think they would stop reading? Take offense? Have their interested piqued? I imagine they will respectfully disagree with me (and rightfully, they wrote a whole peer-reviewed book on it), but does that adversely affect my chances at admission?
I have a 50+ paper I would like to use as a WS for my apps. Should I send the whole pdf and designate pages to read or should I condense it into a cohesive 30-35 page paper? (I use that range since all my apps want somewhere in that range). Pro for the first option: They get to see all my effort. Con for the first option: It's not as cohesive, since they're jumping around. Pro for the second option: It reads as one continuous paper, as there is no need for jumping around. Con: They do not see the larger product. Thanks.
Hi All, After reviewing some of my work, I have decided none of my papers are really what I want to submit with my application. I decided to just write a completely new sample to send in. Has anyone else done this? Or am I just going crazy and getting too stressed about this?