allhandsonthebadone Posted September 25, 2011 Share Posted September 25, 2011 Right now I am fretting about how to strike the right balance between contacting professors and building report and coming across as pretentious and pushy. So far for all the schools that I have found to be a reasonable fit I sent a brief introduction email (who I am, what I am interested in, are we a good fit?, any helpful books or articles?) To my delight I have received several positive responses and some references of people to contact. As I prepare my personal statement and tailor it to each individual schools I have had no problem tailoring it to schools in which I haven't heard a response but feel is a good fit anyway by stressing facets of the program that fit my interests and inexplicitly referring to research areas certain professors are known for without name dropping. The trouble I have is oddly enough from the schools which have had a positive reaction to my emails. I read some professor articles and mentally associated with what hope to do and work in graduate school. I would like to start and/or continue dialogue but I can't help but feel that jumping right into theory would come across as pretentious and the agenda (wanting to get in the program) would be way too transparent. I'm hesitant to name drop on the personal statement for the same reasons. Any advice on how to achieve the right balance? Thanks ahead of time! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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