Nov 12, 2009, 10:08 PM
Post #284 of 351
Again, agreed—I'd have a hard time not doing it as well. As for name-dropping, sorry, I should have been more clear—I meant any proper nouns (e.g. names of publications, programs, cities, and so on). It would sound pretty bad if I were to tell Brown I'd love to work for Epoch, or Cornell that I'd love to investigate the Providence poetry scene. I think it's probably poor form to name-drop, especially with faculty at extremely well-regarded/selective programs. And even if I absolutely had my heart set on studying with, say, C.D. Wright (and I'm not saying I don't), I think it just sounds kind of pretentious (and it almost certainly is never meant that way) to go on about a faculty member or his/her work in an SoP. Who knows if that person will even be the one reading your application?
Re: [BLUECHEESE] uptake
Hans Landa: You'll be shot for this!
Aldo Raine: Nah, I don't think so. More like chewed out. I've been chewed out before.