Amanda Posted November 29, 2009 Share Posted November 29, 2009 Hey everyone! So...I'm in the last phase of my statement of intent but I'm getting last minute jitters. Truth be told, I feel pretty good about it but I was wondering if you all might scan it and tell me what you think. I'm not looking for a detailed tearing apart or anything, more like a sentence or two telling me what you think of it. I've had tons of my family and friends read it over but of course, I'm a little skeptical of their comments. So...what do you think? Am I ready to hit that submit button? "I am applying to the doctoral program at the ______ program because of my enduring interest in people, technology, and society. As an experienced researcher I already possess many of the qualities vital to success in the professional world. _______ provides the missing piece, a program that supports my existing interests while providing room to grow in both my topics of inquiry and my capabilities. My work ethic, scientific creativity, and drive to understand the relationship between technology and society make me an ideal candidate for this doctoral program. ________ is the premiere institution for the study of communication and technology for a variety of reasons. The strategic imperatives of the program highlight a distinct commitment to research that is both forward thinking and grounded in practical application. Computer mediated communication is well represented by prominent faculty such as _______, ________, and _________. The addition of _____ has bolstered the program's concentration in media studies and digital culture. Research programs such as the _________, _________, and ___________ further establish ______ as the place to study new media and its social repercussions. Not only do these projects contribute to the academic dialogue, but they also seek out positive applications through local and national engagement. An excellent course selection is also a key element of the doctoral program. _____ prepares its students for success with solid coursework in the essentials of theory and research. Beyond this, there are many classes which are ideal for students interested in the intersection of technology and society. In these classes topics such as social movements, politics, advocacy, the arts, small groups, and online communities are covered from relevant perspectives such as dramatistic and diffusion theory. Through this rich course selection, students concentrating in media, culture, and communication are provided with ample resources from which to develop their own work. This atmosphere would serve as the ideal incubator for my research interests. My “big question” is how social institutions, as well as the individuals who populate them, have been impacted by, utilized, and adapted to new media and advances in communication technology. Clearly, these advances have changed the relationship between social institutions and individuals. This has implications for the whys and hows of group membership as well as group influence on members' personal identities. Further, it has ramifications for the possible impact of communities on the larger culture. This is particularly important in the realm of cultural studies and political communication. Understanding the dynamics of these relationships would not only add to the dialogue about communication and technology, but it would also shed some light on the practical applications of online communities and new media. Despite my youth and the distractions of juggling a full time job, undergraduate classes, and several internships, I have already begun to pursue this “big question”. I was first introduced to the internet as a preteen and I have been people watching online ever since. As an internet native, I learned the ins and outs of communicating online and was exposed to multifarious online groups very early on. As an undergraduate at ___________, I utilized my research methods class to design small projects that explored computer mediated communication as well as online communities. The early exposure to online research means that I am familiar with some of the challenges and frustrations that my research questions will require me to deal with. This was also the beginning of my academic pursuit of the ____ community. I knew from past casual observation that they are a fascinating group, however, I had an inclination that popular perception had them wrong. When my content analysis project supported this intuition and I realized that sociologists were not writing about them, I became determined to seek out answers for myself. This meant developing my own theoretical framework for understanding ______, independently designing a survey of the local convention, and finally constructing my own senior capstone course to analyze the data I had collected. I hope to continue my research on the ______ community. This would include gathering nationwide demographics, interviewing community members, content analysis on ______, and participant observation of the group both online and off. Further, I would like to apply what I learned from this project to other online communities and explore them in a similar matter. In line with my “big question”, I would focus on two types of online communities, those that are casual in nature and those that are political or oriented towards social activism. Theoretical and methodological guidance from faculty who share my interests such as _______, ________, and _______ would provide me with specialized insight not available in other doctoral programs. Through this work I would hope to not only contribute to the field but also to suggest ways in which new media and online communities can be positively understood and utilized in the future. While I possess the skills necessary to be a successful doctoral student, I am particularly qualified for enrollment at _______ because of my excellent fit with the research and atmosphere at the school. Like _______, I am committed to innovation and looking beyond the ivory tower. I am fascinated by the world of online communities and the potential for new media and I see that passion reflected at _______ both through the faculty as well as current doctoral students. I believe that _____ will present me with the education and research opportunities necessary to be successful in the professional world. In return, I am confident that I will become a credit to _______'s reputation for innovative and meaningful research, not only as a student but throughout my professional career." P.S. - I have to submit this in the next couple of days so I'll be a little preoccupied but if anyone out there wants me to read their statement over for them feel free to pm it to me. I'll get it back to you with my thoughts asap. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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