snickus Posted November 9, 2017 Share Posted November 9, 2017 (edited) Probably what's causing me the most trouble is picking what to submit for my writing sample for some of the schools. I have one paper I wrote in my Ed.M program that closely ties into my research interests. It's a decent A paper, but I have another one that I think is much better quality: I heavily researched it and the writing is more polished. I presented that one at a conference, but it's not self-evidently connected with my current research interests (which I'll be discussing in my SoP) and even with explanation its connection isn't as tight. So I wonder if I should explain its connection in my Statement of Purpose--describe it as an earlier point in the evolution? Or should I instead spend time revising the other paper. Any opinion? Edit: I should also note that the more relevant paper isn't just more tied to my research interests. It's also more obviously related to the program I'm applying to, rhet/comp, than the more polished paper, which I think admissions committees will view more as a paper on pedagogy. I suppose it looks like the relevant paper is the obvious choice! I'm pulled towards the other because it better showcases my research and writing. I won't have time to bring the more relevant paper to the level of the other, which I wrote over the course of an entire semester. Edited November 9, 2017 by snickus Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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