aem88 Posted August 10, 2010 Share Posted August 10, 2010 Hi all, I'm reapplying to Media Studies PhD programs for the 2011 year, after going 0-7 in applications last app round, some new programs and some that I applied to last year. I asked this qusetion I think last year, but I'm still mulling it over. I have a writing sample that I used last year, it is my best writing sample from what was basically my MA thesis. I by no means think it contributed to the rejections, but I guess you never know. There is one program that I came really close to getting into last year, that I am reapplying to, so my question is...should I use the same writing sample or start from scratch? Starting from scratch would allow me to cover a more updated topic, and show that I am still capable of graduate work, I received my MA in 2008 and have been working in higher ed admin since. But, at the same time, I don't really have the same support group of being in a graduate program now as I did when I wrote my thesis, so I'm not sure it would show the work I'm capable of. Any suggestions? Do you think submitting the same writing samlpe, with some updates/revisions, would be okay? I want my app to be different from last year, I'm retaking the GRE and writing a new SOP, but really I don't really have much else new to add from last years app. My stats are good UGPA: 3.9 MA GPA: 4.0 GRE: Q-570 V-630 (I'm retaking it in the fall); two conference presentations, fellowships, scholarships, internships in the field and teaching experience, so I'm just trying to figure out how to tweak everything from last year. Also, for the program I'm reapplying to, I did have a interview with a prospective advisor, who was really nice, we have VERY similar research interests and he contacted me directly by email to inform me of the rejection. He said the main reason for my rejection was that there was so many applicants and they were trying to find people whose research fit exactly with the three faculty members in the program subfield I was applying to. He said my app was excellent, but others fit more cleanly into all the faculty research interests. Obviously I will address fit more closely in my SOP this year. However, I would like to contact him and let him know I am reapplying, I was also thinking of contacting the two other faculty members as well, which I didn't do last year. I'm just not sure how to go about this, what to say, etc. Many of my questions were answered last year, and I really feel it's the perfect program for me, so I guess this round I need to make sure my research fit is expressed perfectly. Any suggestions on how to go about contacting these professors this time around? Thanks ahead of time, and good luck to all those applying (or reapplying) for 2011! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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