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orphic_mel528

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    UMASS Amherst, PhD
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    2017 Fall
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    English (Literature)
  1. Have to ask a silly question: I've seen the usage of 1/1 or 2/2 before. What does that refer to? Like one section of one subject, ex. you teach 1 section of Comp 1? Thanks in advance to whoever replies.
  2. It's totally okay!
  3. I think we agree more than you think we might agree
  4. I'm not one to ask for favors, so I likely wouldn't try to secure a job for a spouse by asking someone directly to pull strings. Nepotism happens everywhere, but rarely in a flagrant way, so I would be concerned over that. However, there's a section on every university application for every university job that asks whether someone you're related to works for the university. I'm not totally sure of all the reasons they ask this, but that's a good place for your partner to state your name and role at the university. Your partner could then casually stress in a cover letter the fact that you are relocating because of your doctoral work, which might incline them more toward doing you a favor. When I applied to Davis, I had similar concerns. My husband works remotely for a large software corporation, and the only stipulation is that he has to be within 40 minutes of one of their offices. It turned out that the closest office to Davis was, like your circumstances, in San Francisco. The midpoints we were looking at were the Fairfield and Napa areas, but those are very expensive areas. Oakland and Vallejo are more affordable options, but you have to be very careful about which streets/neighborhoods you check out, as there is legitimate gang violence and crime in certain sections that I don't imagine you'll want to deal with. And frankly, what I heard from friends in SF that commuting into SF is hell anyway you slice it. I definitely advocate for living in the same house--not just for the health of your relationship, but also for the sake of your finances. Paying rent in CA is tough enough, let alone paying two. Good luck; I'm sure you'll find a solution!
  5. @FeetInTheSky @tvethiopia See you both there, although not in R/C. Can't believe there's no one else here from the lit PhD cohort.
  6. I had a ton of Milton on mine, and a lot of contemporary poetry.
  7. My husband and I are buying a home. Having lived in a lot of apartments and having owned a home prior, if you have a stable income, I would recommend buying a home over a rental for a lot of reasons. For one, with the right choice of home, you will have a line of equity available to you that can help you in emergencies, help you make repairs to the home, or even be used for investments, if you know how to do that wisely. Rent doesn't really earn you anything, although it can help your credit; it's just money going into someone else's pocket. Depending on the area you're relocating to, it might be impossible for a young student, or two young students, or people just starting out to afford a home. Having assets is always a good thing, and while real estate value can vacillate wildly, property is pretty much always a stable investment. Important thing to note about condos: They are considered a more "high risk" property and are not as easy to sell when you want to unless you're in a high-demand market, like Seattle, San Francisco, etc. If you're in a smaller college town where the demand for rental/real estate is not as critically high, you should aim for a modest single-family home if you possibly can. Trulia is my favorite resource for finding homes to buy.
  8. I'm an old married lady, so my considerations about living arrangements are a bit different. Thank you for the info on independent study and the rest, though! @Old Bill: I think Stephen King overlooked the inherent horror of my father, Prune Man, when he wrote "It." "Georgie looked down into the sewer drain, desperately hoping for a glimpse of his lost boat, and was surprised to find a man grinning up at him with a soulless but not unkind expression. "HIYA, Georgie! Do ya like prunes?!" "Do they taste good?!" "Of course they taste good, Georgie! There's a lot of flavor in that glass! There's a lot of flavor in ALL THE GLASSES DOWN HERE!"
  9. For those of us who have accepted offers: Is anyone else wondering what happens now? I'm not afraid to look clueless. When do I sign up for classes? If I want to submit a proposal syllabi for independent study, when do I do that? How do I do that? Who do I give it to? I assume once the April 15 deadline passes, we're all going to be getting a lot of info, so maybe a better question to any of you lurking "already in the midst of my PhD" people is: what should we all expect in the first month?
  10. This might be a helpful way to think about it: if a person came to you and said, "My MA is in literary studies and critical theory. I've never taken a single creative writing class, or I took one as an undergraduate and maybe one as a graduate student, but I want to pursue a PhD in creative writing," what would you say to that person? The ability to deploy theory to support novel arguments/ideas is central to success in a literature-focused graduate program. I can't speak about Rhet/Comp; I just don't know enough about how they function. With respect to a lit PhD: I would strongly advise taking some literature classes at a local university--ones that deal with critical theory and approach literature from an analytical/expository perspective instead of creative writing. Basically, in order for you to be competitive, you're going to have to demonstrate that you've had some preparation in critical theory and that you can produce critical writing. In addition to the classes, I would participate in as many conferences as I possibly could and see if I could get published as well.
  11. Every professor I have ever spoken to has advised never to go into debt for a PhD. However, your financial situation might be different enough that it wouldn't matter. If you already have student loan debt, I would not continue to accrue that. This is in part because of the uncertainty of the humanities job market post-grad; will you be able to afford to pay your loan payments every month?
  12. I think if it were me, I would ask School X to what extent you would be able to collaborate across departments. This was a specific concern of mine as well, because my intended research is interdisciplinary. Frankly, it sounds like that's your main concern about School X and that it otherwise presents a near-ideal opportunity for you. If I'm understanding correctly: I suggest sending an email to a professor in the department and asking them about interdisciplinary or intersubfield (I just made up that word) collaboration and support. Specifically, I might ask whether it's permissible, given the nature of your intended research, that your future dissertation advisors be composed of faculty from different departments. The answer will likely help you a great deal.
  13. I understand; it can be tough to decide, especially when all of them are offering you something appealing. Is this a situation like with dessert where you have three pieces of cake and they all look really good and you just can't decide between, or is it like...you're not sure what's in the cake or what factors you should use to decide between the cakes? If it's a matter of being unsure which factors you should consider, I have created this sub-standard flow chart for your perusal:
  14. I am a lover of all languages! So where are you at in the process? Are you preparing to apply to programs, or have you already applied? How's the season going for you?