Triangular Posted November 1, 2016 Share Posted November 1, 2016 About three years ago, right out of undergrad, I made what I now understand was the mistake of applying to a bunch of big name schools whose programs I hardly fit into let alone would qualify for. I had a strong desire to progress academically, but I simply had no idea what that meant or what grad school was all about. I am the first in my family to attend college and did not go to a research-focused undergrad school, so my advice on the matter was limited and well, things obviously did not pan out. In hindsight I'm happy for this experience because I am even more assured now of my desire to go into academia, and I have worked since then to make myself a better candidate. This admin cycle, I have found schools that are a much better fit and more realistic, and they are none of the same schools I originally applied to. Since they are not the same schools, do you think I should mention this experience on my SOP? On the one hand, I think it would show that I am determined in the face of obstacles and committed to this path, but on the other hand, well, I'm afraid it will just cast a generally negative light. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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