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Admissions Season

Bernardino

20 day(s) ago

It's admissions season for hopeful, prospective students everywhere. For those philosophers lucky enough to be employed in graduate programs, or in a position to answer the following question, could you speak a little about the admissions process? Here's my thinking, correct me if I'm wrong: Come the deadline for graduate applications, and thanks to an awesome secretary, Department X tallies an application count of 150. Things happen, they get divided, and several divisions of papers are distributed to faculty via some online medium and either at random or perhaps based on area of interest or assumed faculty expertise, and each division is ordered according to some feature that correlates with student promise like gpa & gre. Like grading rubics, individual faculty have their own way of assessing quality of application. Things happen and they decide on smaller numbers, and then somehow these smaller numbers get smaller until finally there's a pool of applicants who'll get the welcome notice of their acceptance.

Again, I don't know how these things work. What am I getting wrong? How might faculty at Department X facilitate their evaluation of prospective students? Is it a more linear or stochastic process? Any insight welcome. Thanks.

G.

19 day(s) ago

Look for a real job, my son, and do hope that all your applications get rejected.

Liu

19 day(s) ago

Look for a real job, my son, and do hope that all your applications get rejected.

G.

On the other hand, if you're a homosexual, a "biological woman," or transgender, you have nothing to worry, because you'll have tenure soon. You'll travel the world to wine and cheese conferences, where you can present Power Point talks about how oppressed you are. Relish the applause and encouraging smiles. Then when anyone tries to tell you that you're being deceived by a system of carnal lies and agitation propaganda designed to leave you lost and confused and seeking answers in all the wrong places, you can puff yourself up in your delusional pride and ridicule those who are trying to really help you. "No one talks to the woke professor that way!"

Of course you could instead live a life of truth and do work that reflects it, by bringing glory God while trying to expose the real system of lies that has people in bondage-in which case you'll be lucky to get out of graduate school (assuming you are even admitted), and, if you make it that far, you'll likely never receive an interview no matter how published you are, because, well, giving you a job would only encourage others to do the same as you have, and then this profession would have a real crisis on its hands: people who cared about the truth more than their reputation and comfort and pleasure? Banish the thought!

Liu

19 day(s) ago

So what I'm saying is: if you feel called, then enter the fray. This profession can use as many people as possible who love the truth.


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