Belltolls Posted January 9, 2010 Share Posted January 9, 2010 Hello all, I've recently applied to 10 programs (9 PhD 1 MLS program as a backup) and am curious about the subdivision distinction. My interests are in Renaissance poetry and I've been told by several professors in this area that my interest alone helps me the slightest bit with my applications. I've applied to only top 20 programs all with a strength in the Early Modern period and I suppose my question is does having this interest help me at all? My overall application is decent, I hope. GRE lit score is average, GRE verbal 690, AW 6. I have a 3.85 GPA in both overall and English from a strong undergrad university and also have LORs from well respected scholars in my field. My SOP is, I think, strong and focuses on specific research I've done under one of my recommendation writers as well as my methodology (interested in historicism and the history of the book). I've been worried about my writing sample. I had originally wanted to submit a portion of my honors thesis but realized it would not be polished enough in time so I had to resort to an essay on King Lear. I'm worried because after having read it again (why do I torture myself with that which cannot be changed?) I think my introduction is rather weak and am not sure how "hot" a topic what I focused on truly is. I realize this is a hodgepodge of information and I appreciate any responses considering either my chances or thoughts on the importance of a subdivision is which typically generates less interest among students. Thanks again and Good luck all! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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