DCguy Posted December 24, 2013 Share Posted December 24, 2013 I'm looking for any tips or ideas. If you think any of this is too general or not general enough, please let me know. this is not finished. it's my third rewrite. I have left out the school specific final paragraph. thanks everyone. To the graduate chair and admissions committee at WHEREVER, In the late Spring of 2011, I had the opportunity to present a research project concerning Thomas Jefferson and early national religion at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The conference subsequently published my research in the NCUR Proceedings. This presentation solidified my preliminary commitment to the research and writing of history. It was my first taste of being a professional historian and I began my plans to pursue a career in academic history. I completed my Master of Arts degree in American History at BLANK University last spring and I now face a year off as a student during the 2013-2014 academic year. This year off has given me an opportunity to explore teaching. I am teaching my first world civilization survey courses this fall and in the coming spring semester. This time teaching has given me the ability to see the academic world from the other side of scholarly life. I had a degree of uncertainty concerning the teaching aspect of becoming a professional scholar. I worried that I would not be a good teacher or I may not enjoy teaching but this semester had dispelled any uncertainty, as I love it. I was exposed to Twentieth Century American politics in a seminar with Dr. BLANK as a graduate student.. I enjoy exploring the changing nature of the presidency and what the office of the president means in recent American politics. Most of my interest concerns mid-Twentieth Century presidents (Franklin Roosevelt up to Reagan). My "go-to" book during classroom discussions was always William Leuchtenburg's In the Shadow of FDR. I also have enthusiasm for outside of political history. As a second area of major interest, I have always been drawn to the American Civil Rights Movement and African-American history. I enjoy exploring the meaning of equality in recent American history. Mary Dudziak's Cold War Civil Rights first opened my eyes to the possibilities for combining political and civil rights history. However, I would like to take more reading and research seminars before I commit to any one topic. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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