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Old Bill

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Old Bill last won the day on April 15

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About Old Bill

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    Cup o' Joe
  • Birthday 08/19/1979

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    Burtonsville, MD
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    Early modern / Renaissance literature; book history; Shakespeare; historicism; other stuff...
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    Ph.D. in English at Ohio State

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  1. I disagree with this. We all make sacrifices in relationships -- some big, some small. An understanding partner will "take the hit" sometimes to help the other out. I mentioned my former situation above, wherein I commuted 100 miles and my wife 50 miles to make things work. One of my friends, a second year Ph.D. student at UMD, commutes from Delaware three times per week -- his wife got into U of D last year, and it made the most sense for her to be close to campus (her field requires labs etc.), and have him drive 100 or so miles. He crashes at my place sometimes, and whenever we talk about it, he certainly doesn't love the commute, but there's not one iota of resentment toward his spouse because of their situation. This is just to say that it all depends on the kind of relationship you have. In some cases a long commute could be a relationship killer, but in others it's just one of the compromises you make for a better long-term situation.
  2. 1/1 means that you teach one section of a course in the fall, and one in the spring. 2/2 means that you teach two sections (or two courses) in the fall, and two in the spring. You can probably infer 2/1, 1/2, 3/3 etc. from there.
  3. This is pretty common. At OSU, you teach in your first semester if you come in with an M.A., unless you get a fellowship. I truly love teaching, and it's at least as important to me as research / writing, but I'm admittedly very grateful to not have to deal with teaching right away in a new program...
  4. There is nothing wrong with this at all. It falls under the umbrella of "it can't hurt to ask." I know of a few scenarios in which this has definitively worked out, and I know of at least one current situation where this is at least in the cards. Incidentally, when I did my undergrad, I was 100 miles from campus and my then-wife was 50 miles (in the other direction) from where she worked. We lived in a crappy apartment in a crappy little city, but we both commuted for two years, and it was definitely doable. I'm not sure if there is a suitably equidistant town between Davis and Frisco (sorry @hj2012, I had to), but I'm living proof that such a thing is a viable option!
  5. Congratulations!! Based on the two threads you created, I think this was the best option for you and Summer!
  6. I'm no Victorianist, so take this with several grains of salt...but I suspect that you'll be able to justify using Polish for your language exam. While it does not have any direct relevance to your studies, as you say, very few languages actually will to your period, so far as I'm aware. Latin would be the logical choice as a catch-all, but if all of your intended studies are in English, and you're not dealing with anything that vaguely touches on other source languages, taking a language exam in Polish would seem to make the most sense.
  7. Just adding my voice to say that I'm an early modernist, and my only language other than English is Spanish...which was taken in my first four semesters of undergrad. I have no Latin, no Italian...yet I got into a very good M.A. program two years ago, and a great Ph.D. program this cycle. Perhaps I would have had more success if I had more language training, but it obviously wasn't a big issue overall. That being said, I'm admittedly a bit anxious about learning Latin (or perhaps Italian) in a fairly short span of time, and if I'd had the time earlier, I would have liked to have taken a language course at some point. My point, however, is that it's likely not essential for application purposes, though it may help a little.
  8. So damn happy for you!!!
  9. It's the final countdown, folks -- good luck to those of you still waiting on waitlist movements today!!
  10. Exactly! If anything proves that rejections are truly "nothing personal," it's this.
  11. It's educational!
  12. It's a tough call. Were you assured of funding at Georgetown (as opposed to just a tuition waiver, which is still a major boon), I would say Georgetown hands down. There are no rankings for MA programs, of course, but if there were, I wouldn't be surprised if Georgetown was ranked quite high. Being in the greater D.C. area, I hear nothing but great things about their program, and I also hear occasional whispers that they might be getting a Ph.D. program in the not-too-distant future. D.C. is a very expensive city, however. It's not New York or San Francisco...but it's not far behind. You'll almost certainly need to have a roommate (or multiple) regardless of whether you get funding over and above your tuition remission. Of course, in D.C. you also have the Folger, the Library of Congress, the various Smithsonians, and pretty much any highfalutin resource imaginable. And you can likely take courses out of GWU, Catholic University, UMD, and others if you're so inclined. I'm not trying to steer you toward Georgetown, but since I know the city and know the program's reputation, I can definitely say that it could be a great option!
  13. UMD did the same thing this year -- they wanted to reduce the cohort size and raise the stipend a bit, as I understand it. As far as I know, they only took (and waitlisted) Medievalist Ph.D. candidates, and no Renaissance folks. (I think they took a Renaissance M.A. student, however). Realistically, even though it meant that I didn't get in to the doctoral program at UMD, it probably makes sense, given the shrinking job market and how low the stipends are. That being said, there are quite a few Renaissance profs at UMD, so they could likely have borne the numbers if it weren't for the desired size of the cohort.
  14. Huzzah to a fellow long-time early modernist GCer getting great news!
  15. Aaaah! I'm anxious (!) for you! Fingers, toes, arms, legs, and eyes crossed for you! Such a nerve-wracking time, even as an observer -- I hope this thread explodes with happy posts in the next three days!