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Ramus last won the day on October 1 2016

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About Ramus

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    Early modern literature/culture, Milton, Spenser, Shakespeare
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  1. With all due respect, haven't we discussed your situation at some length already? I'm not sure you've presented any new information that would lead posters to revise the advice they gave you in the earlier thread (which directly addressed many of the same issues you raise again here).
  2. No. I did my MA at Bama and ended up at Ohio State. One of my peers in the program made the leap to Yale. The lower ranking of the program wasn't an impediment to either of our PhD applications. If you do anything with Af-Am and/or 20C lit, having T. Harris on your side is a major plus. (So long as you can keep up with her demands, which are high.) One of her mentees at Alabama just landed a TT at the University of Florida (yes, you read that correctly).
  3. While I would love to see the city install a tram system (even a one line tram running up and down High St. would make a world of difference), the bus system isn't that bad. The routes cover a fairly comprehensive spread of the city and even a couple of the outlying suburbs. Consistency and issues with tardiness have improved in the last couple of years, too. What's more, as students, we get unlimited bus fare for $13/semester. Sure beats the prospect of paying hundreds of dollars on a parking pass and dealing with traffic on 315 every day.
  4. I would avoid Weinland Park, an area east-southeast of main campus. It's tempting to those who aren't familiar with the area because it's fairly close to campus and isn't anywhere near as expensive as Clintonville. But it's a fairly high-crime area and has a generally bad reputation. I'd also be cautious about locations south of German Village. I actually live in the neighborhood directly south of GV right now (Merion Village) and love it, but even a couple of blocks away the area is kinda sketchy. My advice would be to go and check out those properties in-person before signing a lease, if that's at all possible. Same for Old Town East. It has a hip/hipsterish, up-and-coming vibe but is, like WP, a high-crime area.
  5. I don't think you have anything to gain by committing this early. While I think you're probably right to assume those are implied rejections, it can't hurt to wait a few more weeks until you get final word. If you ultimately end up attending the program you're currently leaning toward, it's not like committing now as opposed to, say, March 30th, is going to score you any extra points. They know that other programs are still notifying and won't (or shouldn't, at the very least) expect you to solidify you position right now.
  6. When I visited Bama before attending for my MA, I did so by myself, without any other new admits. I mentioned to the Strode director I was going to be in the state visiting family on a certain long weekend, asked if I could swing through Tuscaloosa, and she made arrangements with faculty and other grad students to meet with me. It was all very informal.
  7. It would be appropriate to contact them if you hadn't heard anything by April. But not now, not next week, not this month.
  8. Frankly, @eadwacer, I don't think they care much at this point if you respond or not -- they're too busy to sit there tallying which applicants send nice emails and which don't. But I still agree with @engphiledu. Niceties never hurt. Send a brief and polite email saying more or less what engphiledu said. You don't need to bother asking about timelines, since you can safely assume you'll know something in advance of April 15th.
  9. Congrats on your offer! You can find out about the standard funding package here: https://english.osu.edu/grad/ma-phd/funding. Aman Garcha (our DGS) will be calling you sometime in the next week or so, and one of the things he'll discuss is your funding offer. If you've been nominated for a fellowship, he'll let you know, and you can find more about them here: https://gradsch.osu.edu/funding/fellowships/eligibility-requirements.
  10. That may very well be true for many programs, but I doubt that those mentioned above would be flexible enough to consider OP's scores. Cornell, Brown, and UPenn will all almost certainly receive applications from ESL students with better scores, so I imagine they would have little reason to extend OP the latitude he or she needs.
  11. Kidding aside, no one can really provide widely applicable answers to your questions, even if they have experience serving on an admissions committee. Different programs review application materials differently. Each will have its own "disqualifiers," each will dedicate different amounts of time to different written materials, etc. In general, though, I wouldn't assume all that much time is dedicated to reading any given piece of your application. Keep in mind that there are usually hundreds of applications for a committee to review and the amount of time dedicated to reading application materials closely is time lost on the committee members' own work. Regarding your SOP: yes, you should have narrowed the scope of your declared interest. As you'll see reported elsewhere on this forum, and as you may know from experience, English departments are almost exclusively organized around literary periods (that's partly why so few people do genuinely transhistorical work). If admissions committees can't quickly "label" you, that puts you at a disadvantage.
  12. Everyone here is being kind in saying your GRE scores are low but that they won't necessarily shut you out of top programs. I'll go out on a limb and say there is little-to-no chance of being admitted to a top-20 program with your scores. A 155 on the verbal puts you at the 68th percentile of all test-takers, not simply those applying for English programs. A 4 (59th percentile) in the analytical writing suggests basic competence in writing but no more than that. A 135 (1st percentile) on the quantitive, while the least of adcomms' concerns, will only confirm a program's decision to reject you on the basis of GRE scores alone. Of course, I may be wrong about this, and you may be radically underselling the quality of your writing sample, statement of purpose, letters of rec, etc. But you shouldn't get your hopes up.
  13. I'll second the recommendation for Hayot's book. It should be required reading for everyone entering a doctoral program in the humanities. In addition to doing the things @lesabendio mentions, it explains the structure of article-length essays, which a lot of early graduate students struggle with. And in general, it does a good job of answering your questions about the formal features of academic prose directly, without the hazy bullshit ("your article's introduction should be as long as you think it needs to be") you may get from some of your professors.
  14. Fair enough. In the future, just make sure not to check off the box that says you'd consider attending without funding. Occasionally, programs will get apps from the super rich (see James Franco) or from folks with national scholarships. That box is for them to check.