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Aug. 30th, 2006 | 09:20 am
posted by: legacy_tycho in representingid

Heather....

are you around?

I've left my keys somewhere in/around the apartment, so while I trust I will find them, I haven't yet. I don't think I need to come to the room now, but it might be nice to see you at some point while I'm on campus today. I'm free until 10, and then from 11 (well it's a meeting, so it'll probably be sooner or who knows) untill 12, and then from 1 until 2... Probably leaving at 4ish with the Rtron.

anywhoo I'll probably set up in persons but I have my phone with me if you can't find me and want to.

In other news, and the reason I'm posting this to this community is I wrote an email to a psych professor at a grad school I want to go to. It needs a little grammatical polishing maybe and I wanted you to look over it.

Hello,

My name is Sam Kleinman, and I'm embarking on my senior year as a Psychology and Women's Studies major at Beloit College in Wisconsin. I'm interested in the development in identity through narratives, (particularly gender and sexual identities, due in great part to the work in feminist studies) and I've run across your work/the work of (former) graduate/post-doc students working with you a couple of times: I read a couple of articles and presentation that Neil Korobov did with narrative analysis work on heteronormative discourse in adolescent boys, and I also did a presentation on Kate McLean's 2005 Late Adolescent Identity Development article for our Psychology Journal Club.

So, I have a couple of questions about the program/your lab at UC Santa Cruz, and the field/area in general that I hope you can help me with or at least point me in the right direction.

I've come to developmental study through a very circuitous path. I am, shall we say, not a kid person, and the developmental portion of the Beloit Psychology department is particularly focused on child development, so I ended up working through the gender studies as well as personality and social psychology, and finally through a more life-span oriented psychology of women course, and a lot of independent reading that I _really_ was interested in developmental psychology. As a result, I have what strikes me as perhaps one of oddest undergrad transcripts, though I'm working on telling myself that this just shows "widely synthetic" interests and approaches to dealing with interesting questions: the sword cuts both ways I suppose. The more I look at development programs that have more of a life-span approach, and research dealing with narratives and identity, the more I feel as if I've found my spot.

I suppose, then, my questions are rather simple:

Are you currently accepting graduate students (I'd be applying this year for Fall 2007 admission)?

Given that I've come to this rather late in the game, I still wonder/worry that I'm somewhat unprepared for this field. Is there something I should read, work on, or do that might prepare me and hopefully a more attractive candidate during the graduate school application process?

Thanks for your time.

Cheers,
sam

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Wildflower Fever

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from: wildflowerfever
date: Aug. 30th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Mainly, I tried to make this e-mail seem more positive because I know you're actually very sure if your academic interests and know what you're doing, and I thought that should show more than your nervousness.

Hello,

My name is Sam Kleinman, and I'm embarking on my senior year as a Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies major at Beloit College in Wisconsin. I'm interested in the development in identity development through narratives, (particularly gender and sexual identities, due in great part to the working in feminist studies) and I've run across your work/the work of (former) graduate/post-doc students working with you a couple of few times: I read a couple of articles and presentation that Neil Korobov did with narrative analysis work on heteronormative discourse in adolescent boys, and I also did a presentation on Kate McLean's 2005 Late Adolescent Identity Development article for our Psychology Journal Club.

So, I have a couple of questions about the program/your lab at UC Santa Cruz, and the field/area in general that I hope you can help me with or at least point me in the right direction.

I've come to developmental study through a very circuitous path. I am, shall we say, not a kid person, and the developmental portion of The Beloit Psychology department is particularly focused on child development, which I wasn’t originally interested in, so I ended up chose to working through the gender studies as well as and personality and social psychology departments. Those fields, and finally along with through a more life-span oriented psychology of women course and a lot of independent reading helped me realize that I _really_ was interested in developmental psychology. As a result, I have what strikes me as perhaps one of oddest undergrad transcripts, though I'm working on telling myself that this just shows "widely synthetic", I think it helps me understand widely synthetic interests and approaches to dealing with interesting questions: the sword cuts both ways I suppose. The more I look at development programs that have more of a life-span approach, and research dealing with narratives and identity, the more I feel as if I've found my spot.

I suppose, then, my questions are rather simple:

Are you currently accepting graduate students (I'd be applying this year for Fall 2007 admission)?

Given that I've come to this rather late in the game, I still wonder/worry that I'm somewhat unprepared for this field. Is I’m wondering if you have any suggestions about what I should might read, work on, or do that might to better prepare me and hopefully a more attractive candidate during the graduate school application process? for work in this field?

Thanks for your time.

Cheers,
sam

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