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About anxiousgrad

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    Winston-Salem, NC
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    2017 Fall
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    PhD English

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  1. Mostly commenting because I want to hear people's answers to this. I'm waitlisted, I know that I am second on the waitlist, but I haven't heard anything in about a week. One part of me knows that probably means that nothing has changed in the last week, but another part of me wants to check in. I've considered checking in under a different pretense (by asking some specific, unrelated questions about the program), but I don't know how obvious that would be.
  2. Since you have other offers, I would suggest contacting the programs. You can use your other offers as a justification for contacting them: you need to know if you're accepted or not because you want to accept/reject your other offer. From what I've heard and in my own opinion, that's one of the best reasons for contacting a program to which you applied.
  3. I didn't go to Villanova, but after applying from an MA-only institution this year, I got the impression that certain programs were less inclined to accept students from programs that don't also grant a PhD. Ohio State's website, for example, seemed to indicate that they only considered MAs for transfer credit if they came from a PhD-granting institution. I may very well have been denied for a myriad of other reasons, but their website made it sound like if I had been admitted, I would have been required to repeat my MA coursework. Take that FWIW, I don't have any inside info or anything.
  4. Possible silver lining: many of my professors/advisors have told me that they prefer--and many people they know on other admissions committees prefer--for graduate students to have taken at least a year off at some point. They think that students who have some time 'off' are less likely to get burnt out and are more likely to complete their dissertations than students who go straight from BA to MA to PhD. My professors also explained that it was beneficial for them to take time off, and they highly recommended I do the same (I'm trying my best not to, but that's another story). So, even though it's painful now, you may become a better graduate student and scholar in the long run because of what seems right now like a setback. Don't give up. I'm sure that you're well-qualified and would be extremely successful in an MA or PhD program, and after taking a few months to refine your application materials, I'm sure admissions committees will agree.
  5. Vent of the Day: No one else who applied to Duquesne's English PhD seems to be active on here this year. I know from the DGS that they offered admission to four people and I am second on the waitlist. Since I have no info on who was accepted, however, I can't gauge how likely they are to decline their offers. I just have to be patient. I don't wanna.
  6. If you are unable to find gainful employment at your university, I suggest working at a community college. I currently have a job as a tutor at a local community college, and it affords me access to the basic databases (JSTOR, MLA, Ebscohost, etc.).
  7. Maybe you could talk about the benefits of doing a terminal MA before the PhD. You could also mention a potential thesis topic, and explain how that would later on extend into a dissertation.
  8. FWIW, when I applied to Georgetown two years ago, I was accepted in late April after I had already written them off and accepted another offer. My guess is that they use an unofficial waitlist. Though it's certainly possible that you might, when I was accepted that late it was without funding.
  9. I'm on the waitlist at Duquesne! This isn't my first non-rejection and I am so excited. I desperately want to get in off the waitlist, but regardless I finally know that I'm at least a competitive applicant!
  10. @FeetInTheSky The helpful document @eatthatbee shared also states: "In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made." So, I would guess that you could accept your UNL offer by their deadline and then withdraw your acceptance if you get into UMASS any time before April 15th.
  11. Congratulations! Have you thought about letting UNL know about your situation? Perhaps they would offer you some flexibility. Also, do you know if you would be funded at UMass if you did get off the waitlist? If not, then you may want to accept at UNL anyway.
  12. I wonder where the kind of attitude your friends seem to have comes from. Perhaps it may be in part because our culture glorifies weddings to an unreasonable degree. People think that their wedding is the most important day of their lives, and maybe it is for them. I've definitely experienced hostility from some people who care deeply about getting married, and take it as some sort of insult that I don't care whether or not I get married (even if I express sincere excitement for them, etc.). I also think people who don't want to go to grad school often think that those of us who do are just trying to defer 'the real world'-- I even know people who have applied to Master's programs claiming they just weren't ready to leave college. I'm sure they had a rude awakening when they found out grad school is not by any means just a couple more years of undergrad. Ignore me if you just needed to vent, but have you tried asking your friends why they seem dismissive of your accomplishment and your need to deliberate your options? It could be that they're so absorbed with the wedding that they don't realize they're doing it. For instance, I have a friend who is chronically ill, and she sometimes needs to be reminded that just because her issues are very real and shitty doesn't mean they have to dominate everyone's life all the time. Just because your friend getting married is a huge deal doesn't meant that you choosing a PhD program isn't also a huge deal deserving of some attention. I'd say turn to your professors, advisors, and the good people here at Grad Cafe for advice. Your professors/advisors know you, care about your future, and have presumably been in a similar position. And, though I know having a close friend to talk to would be better, I've found that there are so many helpful perspectives on here. Best of luck!
  13. @Bumblebea Thank you for all of your advice and encouragement.
  14. I'm not sure I believe it's authentic.
  15. Either on this thread or elsewhere, someone said that they spoke to someone at Chapel Hill and were told we would hear back "hopefully by the end of the week," or Monday "at the latest." Last year, they notified at 6am on a Saturday. I am not-so-patiently waiting to hear if I was accepted. I'd even take a waitlist at this point.