Post # 1
For each of my applications for grad school they require a writing sample. When I visited my first choice this summer the director said that my research this summer would make an interesting sample paper so I started working on it, and got no where because of my course work this semester.
I do want to submit my applications in mid-November to beat the last minute rush of December- mid-January so I only have a month and half to do much of anything (including writing personal statements).
Writing is considered a very important part of the application at the schools I am applying to, so I do need to put thought into it. My GRE score will help (5.5) but I don’t want to rely solely on it.
I was hoping you all could give input, especially those who have gone through the grad school application process.
I have a couple options for what to submit for a writing sample:
– finish the summer research paper (Reception of Mormonism in Guatemala)- aiming for ~10 pages
– Use a term paper from the spring about the impact of Culture on Individual Behavior (11 pages and needs a little tweaking but not much)
– Use a paper from the same course looking at the revitalization process and how it is exhibited in Diary of a Winnebago Indian (I wrote a similar paper on the LAPD but I reference aspects of university life so I feel it is not as academically strong)
– Summary of Post-Modern Anthropological Theory (last fall, around 11 pages)
Post # 3
If it helps the programs are museum studies/ american material culture and some of them have an anthropological emphasis (my major)
Found the winnebago paper, while excellent, isn’t long enough
Post # 4
I’d finish the research paper. 🙂 My advisor told me that they want proof that you can write academically and not just summarize what you learned in class, and your research paper would demonstrate that. And it sounds super interesting, to boot. 🙂
Post # 5
@cuendillar: I agree, if it’s possible at all, finish the research paper. If it just isn’t going to happen, use the most recent- which I take it it the Culture on Individual Behavior?
I’m a history major strongly considering going into museum studies 🙂 I love anthropology too though.
Post # 6
@cuendillar: That’s what DH agrued too. It in theory is interesting but I could and have summarized everything in a powerpoint poster (which I still need to get from my professor along with my written field journal) so a lot of the paper will an explination of how Guatemala got to where it is now and so setting the stage for a growing Mormon population, as well as talking about the different denominations that also were present in the area.
@galloway111: I think that what I’m going to end up doing. I was hoping to avoid more work since I have my personal statements to write as well but oh well, it probably would look better than just a note in my CV saying I did field school.