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Everything posted by orphic_mel528

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
  5. 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?
  6. You can't prove that, Bill.
  7. Sami-sami ing forum iki preduli saka lapangan saka sinau. Yes? As one does. There is, after all, a lot of flavor in my glass.
  8. What Yanaka means is that it's the best thing that could've possibly happened to you, @kaleembogor.
  9. That's amazing. So much of foreign language studies focuses on the romantic languages, so it's refreshing to see someone have such a specialized focus. You'll probably find a lot of helpful info in this section of GC: http://forum.thegradcafe.com/forum/39-languages/ Best of luck with your endeavors!
  10. Well, what is your field of study?
  11. Answer the question, Mr. Bogor. Are you or are you not an ichthyologist?
  12. This section of the forum is about sharing excitement, and I for one don't give a good goddamn if you're an ichthyologist. If you want to come here and share good news, you're welcome. Unfortunately, all we know about in a studies perspective is words, so if you need discussion about programs or funding, we can't support you there. Are you an ichthyologist? If so, what's your opinion of the biodiversity in Spongebob Squarepants, because it seems to me there's intermingling between fresh and saltwater species there and I'm not sure about the accuracy of that.
  13. I used it exclusively in my MA program.
  14. You can get the Olive on pre-order at any of the following: Baum-Kuchen Goulet Pens Two Hands Paperie And I haven't checked, but there's an Australian stationery shop called The Journal Shop. I bet they'd have it for pre-order as well. Happy hunting!
  15. I think, aside from the absurdity of the methodologies used in these rankings, that all the prestige and ranking in the world won't help anyone who isn't willing to work hard and demonstrate their viability as a researcher and educator. To be clear, that's very much a general statement, by the way, and not aimed at anyone in particular--certainly not in this forum. However, the amount of anxiety I see over rankings and post-doc job prospects, and the relationship between these two things, is very troubling to me. If I can venture a guess, I would say that attending a top 20 program likely affords you connections and opportunities that others may not, but there are other ways to make a path for yourself. In 2014, I attended and presented at a conference in Australia at which one of the top-ranking Early Modernists in the world, from a top 10 program, was also in attendance. At the social gathering following the conference, he approached me and said he was impressed with my work. He asked me what doctoral programs I was applying to, and offered to put in a good word for me. At the time, I wasn't 100% sure I was going to go for a PhD, which I told him. I did my MA at a program that isn't even ranked, and I completed my BA at a university I affectionately/begrudgingly call a glorified community college. The point is: talent will out if you show it, and it will be recognized. This anxiety over rankings implies that the only way to job security is to get into a highly ranking program. I simply don't agree with that, and I think to have any anxiety over rankings developed from methodologies as shoddy as these is also unfair to yourselves. Any disadvantage, for lack of a better term, you might perceive you have because you're attending a low-ranked program can be compensated for. Anyway, that's my word as an Ancient One. I just hate to see anyone biting their nails off, thinking they're going to be unemployed and destitute because they didn't get into UPENN.
  16. Thought I'd leave this here for consideration as well: http://www.phds.org/rankings/english
  17. I don't believe for a moment that the ranking of the university I chose will hold me back in any capacity, and I hope no one here believes that, either
  18. I had this problem in the beginning before I wore it in. I don't know how long you've had yours, but that might be part of it. Otherwise: yes, I used a large butterfly clip to hold it open.
  19. No need to be sorry.
  21. Did Imogen get her sweep?
  22. I wish I could live up to the GC experienced moniker, but this is my first go-round as well, and I wasn't waitlisted anywhere. Hope you all hear something soon.
  23. Just curious: What have the reactions been from family/friends/whoever regarding your PhD plans? About an hour ago, I told a friend I was starting my PhD this fall, and he made a wisecrack: "Putting off non-academia and a real job for a few more years? Good idea." First off, I was shocked he would say this, even jokingly. He's known me since I was 15, therefore he knows I've been working since I was 15. I worked full-time through the entirety of my undergraduate and graduate education. I had three jobs during the latter, actually: one full-time and two part-time. I haven't been unemployed more than a month in my adult life. I had a career in a different field for a decade. So it was super bizarre and insulting to think about the possibility that he was making some kind of crack about my work ethic. Second: Why is it that no one seems to understand that most people are working while doing their PhDs? Teaching undergraduates isn't considered a job, orrrrr? Because that's what I'm doing now, and I get a paycheck...that's what having a job is, right? Or am I confused? A close family member reacted to my plans as follows: "Why would you want to do that? Who's going to pay for that?" After I explained why I want to do that, I also explained that only a small number of applicants are accepted and are given jobs/stipends to pay for their studies. "Why would they do that for people who want to read books?" http://gph.is/1sCcMr3
  24. Yayyyyyyyyy!