LivePoetry123 Posted November 20, 2011 Share Posted November 20, 2011 A few questions here. SUNY-Buffalo is by far my top choice because of their Poetics program. I applied a few years ago (that was the only school I applied to) and was rejected. I am completely KICKING MYSELF now because I did not, at that time, write to ask why my application was rejected, which would have given me a concrete direction for improvement this time around. I know my application will definitely be better this time-- I've improved my GRE verbal, got a much clearer focus for my SOP which is pitched directly at the Poetics program (it wasn't last time), and have added one LOR to my crew who will write me a really strong one. First question, though I fear I already know the answer to this. What if I asked at this point why my first application was rejected? would they still have it on file? and, would I look like a horrific procrastinator? I essentially just want to know whether it was the SOP or the writing sample that was the problem... those are the only two things I could think it would be. GRE was ok (not great), LORS were great, great GPA, etc. Second, I am worried about my writing sample. Last time I submitted a 22-pg seminar paper that was very well-written and has actually been published, but it is on a theorist who is not well-known and is probably very much ridiculed in some circles (Eric Gans-- anyone heard of him? Anthropoetics? the originary scene of symbolic representation? the end of culture?? very interesting and strange stuff, I don't really believe in it at all but managed to write a paper that Gans himself published in his journal, which is peer-reviewed and everything). Gans himself is not a theorist I'm planning to work with but my essay was about the aesthetic experience, which is very much my area. Is a writing sample on this really unfashionable theorist going to hurt me? I also have another essay I could submit which also centers on aesthetics/poetics (my area), but is about a Victorian novel (not my area-- I plan to focus on modernism). This paper is 13 pages, not long enough for Buffalo (they want 20-30). Its not really my best writing but shows better than the Gans paper how I've been working up to my area of interest, and it doesn't include any unfashionable theorists or anything. My thought as of now is to include both of them, but if the Gans paper was what got me rejected originally, sending it again could be death. I can't really see, though, how I could expand the other paper all that much. Damn it, should have asked them this 2 years ago!!!! I also had the thought to explicitly state in my SOP that the Gans paper was included to show what I'm capable of in terms of writing style and shouldn't be looked at for content, and that the other paper shows more about my current ways of analyzing and something I could possibly do in my area of interest (though I would be doing that in modernist lit). any other tips on getting into Buffalo would also be appreciated. I realized recently I am so dead-set on going there, its difficult to even get motivated to apply anywhere else.... but I am going to. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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