I'm planning to update my series on applying to PhD programs in philosophy. One thing I'd like to do is display some actual statements of purpose (also known as personal statements) from successful applicants, so that future applicants can see what these things really look like at full length. Thus, I'm hoping that some readers will be willing to send me their past statements of purpose for this use.
If you're willing to help out, please email me (eschwitz at domain: ucr.edu) the following:
(1.) your statement of purpose;
(2.) the academic year in which you used it;
(3.) what schools you were admitted to (not just where you accepted but your full range of admittances);
(4.) whether you want me to list your name and link to your homepage (anonymous is fine if you prefer, but I also want to give credit where it's due).
I'll select a few statements to post on the Underblog and link to from the main blog when I update the PhD application series. I'll aim to display a few different flavors, to give readers a sense of the range of statement types. Selection criteria will include: recency (past 5 years preferable), success of application (elite schools nice but not necessary), and my sense of the statement's quality, representativeness, and difference from other selected statements.
Thank you for your awesomeness!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012