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    University of Syracuse
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    2017 Fall
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    English Literature MA

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  1. Accept the 15th, then withdraw your acceptance if you receive funding on the 17th. It's shitty but not unheard of. Don't ask for an extension. When it comes down to it, most departments understand that you need to make the best choice you can for yourself. Be prepared to explain yourself if you do take this route, and don't be surprised if you burn a bridge or two. Still, if your fit/desire to go to the school that has waitlisted you is strong enough, it will be worth it for you in the long run. Sometimes you've got to be selfish. Just my 2 cents. I'm by no means an expert and could be wildly wrong.
  2. I've been expecting this to happen for a week or so now. If I'm being honest, half the reason I sent them out was so that I wouldn't receive more rejections...
  3. I wish I had Milton... mine was all random obscure bible verses (seriously, like 11 questions about the bible), some Chaucer, some Old English, and some Melville. I had a question about the play adaptation of Billy Budd. I really think the subject test is ridiculous. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Budd_(opera) What the heck. You've got all of Melville's works and you make BILLY STINKIN BUDD into an Opera? Melville =/= Pirates of Penzance
  4. I really enjoyed talking with Rae Greiner (one of their Victorianists) when I went on my visit. She's absolutely fantastic and her research is really cool too. If I were going for Victorian Lit, I'd be thrilled to work with her.
  5. Awesome! Congratulations!
  6. I'm not exactly sure when they offer it, so I won't speak to that. I will say that I took it in October in 2016 and that it was the last literature subject test available before applications were due. I lucked out to get a spot. To study for it, I looked at all the notes from my old survey courses, re-read the intro to each critical period from my Norton anthology, took the practice tests multiple times and watched Thug Notes for texts that I hadn't read yet. I'm not sure how much good it did. The whole test is comprised of 230(?) 5-option multiple-choice questions that cover everything from Caedmon to Raymond Carver. I only knew the answer to maybe 40% of the questions, but I had 1/3 or 1/2 guesses for most of them. I answered every single question, which apparently is a bad idea. The way it's scored is that it adds one point for each correct answer and subtracts 1.25 points for each incorrect answer, so it can be worth it to guess if you can eliminate enough incorrect answers. I finished somewhere around the 56th percentile, which wasn't great but was good enough to get me into a strong Ph.D program. If I retook it, I would guess on fewer questions and leave some blank--I think that would help my score a lot. I was also surprised by how many questions there were about bible passages and masculine vs feminine rhyme--but I'm sure each test will be different year to year.
  7. I second this nomination.
  8. so happy for you. congratulations! it's been a wild ride.
  9. I grew up in the northeast--in a small/sad town that enjoyed a "real" winter, so I might be biased, but the 1/1 load sounds a lot better than a 2/2 load. Also, I've spent the last 5 years in Kentucky (where Gov. Bevin attempted to cut university funding MID-FISCAL year). I am thrilled to be getting out of a political climate where higher education is constantly under siege. The danger to HE in states like Kentucky, Wisconson, and other states with governors who want to run HE like a business is very real. I'd go to the New England school.
  10. CONGRATULATIONS! I'm thrilled for you!
  11. Unfortunately, I'm located about 17 hours drive from Syracuse and lack the financial mobility to take a trip up to scope out the place. Although it's not preferred, the reality is that I'm looking at moving to a new apartment sight unseen. Thank you for the response. Even the little bit about the walking distance/shuttle was useful. Cheers!
  12. Have you heard anything (positive or negative) about Copper Beech Commons?
  13. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! It's an amazing school!
  14. I'm so glad this thread is resurrected
  15. I just did the unthinkable and turned down a funded/fellowship position from Indiana-Bloomington's PhD program in favor of a Masters at Syracuse. Hopefully I did it early enough for someone from here to take my spot. Good luck @Joasia0429!