joselito Posted December 20, 2011 Share Posted December 20, 2011 (edited) I attended a top undergrad, earned a GPA over 4.0 in my history coursework and overall, strong reading proficiency in 2 fundamental foreign languages for my region of study, and received recommendations from professors with very good reputations in their fields, but I feel like all of that might be negated by the fact that I didn't do a thesis or any substantive research work outside of my courses. At the time, I thought I would go into law as a career. Despite having a passion for history, I didn't go the extra mile to gain research experience because I didn't think it would be relevant to my future career. Working in legal services since graduating, I realize what little sense law makes for me career-wise, and would love to pursue the one academic area that ever fascinated me. Right now, however, I'm feeling like my goal of entering into a decent PhD program might be unattainable. I haven't applied to the Stanfords, Princetons, and Yales of the world, but still, my goal is getting admitted to programs in the top 20-25. With my lack of of research experience (basically a big blank) what should I do? Do I have any real shot at making this work? Edited December 20, 2011 by joselito Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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