Brown_Bear Posted October 24, 2019 Share Posted October 24, 2019 Hey all, This is something I am thinking deeply about. When I go to write my SoP / Personal Statement / document requiring me to specify my graduate school plans, I am having a semi-rough time putting into words what my research plan is. First off, I don't think I have a one-hundred percent idea of how my interests will evolve, but I have a base of different points to choose from. For application purposes, and to be a good candidate, how broad or narrow should I make my proposal? Is it simply enough to indicate in my sample that I want to work in a certain area, and have a few goals to achieve through its study? Or should I have a focused, specific, and very direct choice of century and style? I would like to study Literature, for instance, that spans both the 19th, 20th, and 21st century of America and is more based upon theme, rather than time-period. Is this just as acceptable? Or am I lowering my overall application quality by lacking in specificity? Did some people "wing-it," or propose something that they knew they may not stick with if admitted? What is the resolution to this conundrum--should I just put out there what I want to do, even if it is very broad? Im an English PhD applicant by the way. Thank you. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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