crossedfingerscrossedeyes Posted January 16, 2012 Share Posted January 16, 2012 (edited) Hi everyone. I've lurked and I've lurked, and now that it's all over, I've decided to post. go figure. I majored in art history, but as an undergraduate, only got to take an intro course on the (non-western) field of art history I'd like to focus on. I've tried to remedy this by focusing other papers on this field, when possible (related classes in other departments, etc), but I still feel like I have a big gaping hole in my experience, especially considering it's a field that stretches 1000+ years and multiple cultures. I was lucky enough to have completed a great internship in it, but I am lacking formal academic training beyond the 200-level class. This worries me because when I've communicated with a few POI, they seemed disappointed that I didn't have more of a solid grounding, academically. As a consequence, none of my letters came from people in my sub-field, just general art historians. One of my old mentors has told me that this is a big problem. Also, it means that my SOP is not related to what I want to study, other than the lens with which I approach art history... Surely not all of you are in possession of these magical honors' theses that delve deeply into the exact same subject you wish to study for your PhD, examining your POI's oeurve and making striking new observations, right? Likewise, none of you have three sparkling letters all from your POI's best former students, right? I'm looking for reassurance here. Best of luck to you all! Edited January 16, 2012 by crossedfingerscrossedeyes Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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