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Please pardon the off topic nature of this message. I have been a member of this list for a few years now -- I read the messages when I have a chance. I am currently finishing up my masters in English and am filling out applications to English Ph.D. programs. Since most of you on this list are professors ... I was wondering if you could provide some advice on getting into Ph.D. programs. I am working on my essay/personal statement -- but was wondering what kinds of things schools look for in essays, applications, etc. Any advice you can give would be very helpful. Thank you, Brenda Haak