zblaesi Posted May 24, 2015 Share Posted May 24, 2015 (edited) Hello everyone, I was an applicant during the 2013 season (nearly shut out!), and thegradcafe community was very helpful throughout the whole process. So, I figured I'd try to give back. This may not be the best time to start a thread like this, since the 2014 season just ended. However, since I tend to be fairly swamped during the semester, this seemed like the best time for me to actively participate. First, some background. I was a transfer to NYU, where I completed a double major in film production and philosophy. I imagine this is sort of rare, as philosophy applicants tend to major primarily in philosophy or in some other related major (like mathematics or science). So, my undergraduate experience was somewhat atypical: I only had two years to take philosophy courses, and my film degree bogged me down with a bunch of extra work. I was ultimately admitted from wait-lists to UT-Austin and UW-Madison. At the time, my main AOI was metaethics. So, UW-Madison was very appealing. However, I sided with UT for a few reasons. First, UT was a more well-rounded program for my interests (which also included mind, language, and epistemology). Second, UT seemed to have a reputation for being an underrated department that was gaining momentum. Third, Austin seemed like a better place to live. And finally, I was really impressed by a phone conversation with David Sosa, as well as emails I exchanged with UT graduate students. Nowadays, I believe I made the right decision, especially since Russ Shafer-Landau announced his leaving UW. At UT, I just completed my first year. I have taken courses with Adam Pautz/Katherine Dunlop, David Sosa, John Deigh, Josh Dever, Jonathan Dancy, and Mark Sainsbury/Michael Tye. So, at this point, if you guys have any questions about the program or my experiences thereat, I'd be happy (to try my best) to tackle them! Edited May 24, 2015 by zblaesi shinigamiasuka, Page228, yusufkh and 1 other 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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