So I’m trying to cut my (fairly canned) statement of purpose down to under 1000 words AND THIS IS NOT WORKING
(it was originally like 1400)
I HAD A FLOW OKAY
I HAD RHYTHM
NOW IT’S IN PIECES
LYING ON THE COLD HARD GROUND
If you consider anything about your academic record or career pattern to be unusual, please explain. Account for time (three months or more involving military service, travel, family responsibilities, etc.) not covered in preceding questions.
Haha oh my gosh my evolution professor is so sweet and supportive and I just want to hug her??
Sometimes I forget I go to a state school…and then they have their graduate school fair and all but a couple booths are from local universities.
Considering I only applied to one school in my state (and it wasn’t even represented at the fair lolol) I felt quite out of place.
I did have a chat with a rep from the one domestic out-of-state school they had for my field though (Rensselaer) and…eh. They told me right away that I’d have full funding because of one of my affiliations, which was cool, but…meh. I let them have my email address but I’m pretty sure I don’t have it in me to start another application, lol.
Also I am writing a paper on Clarissa in Pope’s The Rape of the Lock and oh my god my level of not-caring is over 9000. I wish I was more into this class. I really really do.
So the running theme when people give me feedback on my statement of purpose for grad school is this:
*vague gesturing at summary of research* “I have no idea what any of this means. But I’m impressed!”
I hope the committees feel the same way. :|
ok. 100% done with personal statement. 20% done with research proposal and it’s due in 5.5 hours. AT LEAST I HAVE A SNAZZY TITLE OK
75% done with my personal statement for the NSF application due on the 8th. 0% done with the hard part, which is the research proposal. Ahahaha help.
Sending good vibes, Jill!
Thanks dear! The thing is, I feel like I can represent myself just fine, but every time I’m asked to do so on paper—to make a cohesive narrative out of what has been kind of a clusterfuck of a life at times—I kind of…bluescreen…a bit. DOES NOT COMPUTE.