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Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences to share regarding whether it's preferable to submit one long piece as one's WS rather than two shorter ones? One of my programs specifies one only, but others don't specify. I'd been planning to submit my senior thesis, but in my requisite last-minute panic I'm questioning whether my thesis, which I'm just now completing, is really polished enough to submit or if two shorter and more polished pieces from previous coursework would be better. Anyone who's been through this process have any insights on whether one long piece is strongly preferable?

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I'd say one long, sustained piece of writing is preferable to two shorter ones (unless there's such a discrepancy in quality), since you're likely better able to demonstrate your research and reading skills in the former than the latter. Though of course, if you're working from your senior thesis, you'll likely have to extract and contextualize chapters/sections from it, and it sometimes isn't easy to make that call.

On my end, I've decided that creating a new WS from scratch, based on a tangential idea in my honours thesis (which I'd like to continue pursuing at grad school) was the best option for me, but each to their own, I guess. 

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If it’s of any consolation, I’m also using my senior thesis as my WS even though I’ve finished it recently. It’s maybe not the MOST ideal, but profs of mine who have been on adcoms encouraged me to go this route instead of sending a couple shorter papers. 

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