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About natalielouise

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    Double Shot
  • Birthday September 14

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  • Interests
    Women's writing, Victorian lit
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    CU Boulder English MA

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  1. CU Boulder increased my fellowship award for the fall semester! I should be totally covered if I am able to work in the writing center and receive another scholarship I applied for. I am so excited for this sign that I made the right choice!!! :~~~~)
  2. Yeah, I am absolutely just talking about the MA! I do want to get my PhD after the MA (I applied to programs this year but was only admitted to MAs), so it's on my mind now to pick a good language during my MA program so I am prepared for the PhD/have excellent applications for my next round. If I was just thinking about the MA, I would certainly just do Polish or Romanian (it would be a lot easier!), but since I am trying to think ahead, I want to choose a language that will be helpful for me in the future. Especially as it pertains to future graduate work, a dissertation, etc. I know of a few GCers who did not really have a pertinent language going into the PhD from MA or undergrad, so obviously it's not the most important thing, but I just want to be strategic. Thanks @jackdacjson, and congratulations on your acceptances!
  3. Yes, you can go back to my original post to see that I already have languages, and the question is whether or not I should pursue another language more relevant to study or just stick with one of the languages I already have proficiency in.
  4. Thank you everyone for the feedback! I understand that the primary reason for a second language is to help with source material, but at the same time, I know many Victorianists who work with the translations and don't have any problems with this (like @Silabus mentions :)). I'll have to decide if I have the time and the need to review French or German; I'll most likely also consult with professors at my program. It's good to know that I do have options, though, especially since I have proficiency in some (although unhelpful) languages. I would still love to hear from people if they have any experience or advice with this topic!
  5. Yeah, the philosophers you mention are all of great interest to me. I have yet to consider them in my research, but I am also interested in Gothic lit and have studied some Freud, so I think German would actually be very helpful. I love George Eliot too! Thanks for your input!
  6. That's a very good point on the French. I haven't read Villette in a while, but it does contain a lot of French. I did do two years of French in high school, so it wouldn't be the most difficult to pick up. Thank you for your input!!!
  7. Hi, everyone! Congratulations on all of the acceptances this round - I am so happy for all of you who had success and sending positive vibes to those who are trying to figure out next steps. I couldn't find this info anywhere on the thread, so apologies if I'm being redundant, but I have noticed some other questions about language training and am hoping to get an opinion on this. I speak Polish (intermediate) and Romanian (heritage speaker but I can't read or write), but these languages are not relevant to my area of interest (19th century British lit & women writers in this period). In my MA program at CU Boulder I need to pass a language exam in the language of my choosing, and I definitely want to do something that would be relevant to my area of interest. If I'm a Victorianist and primarily interested in women writers, does anyone have any recommendations for language? I'm not sure if I should study German since I have some interest in Marxist criticism, or if I should study Latin just to have a solid base if I go back to any EM texts (I could see myself doing that since I used to want to focus on EM and have a lot of experience in that time period). Another question: how relevant is the language you choose? Could I theoretically take the MA language exam in Polish, just because of my background and to get it out of the way quickly, without it hurting my chances of getting into a PhD program in a few years? I don't want to continue with a language that isn't relevant to me, but at the same time, not sure what language I should study instead. I am definitely open to studying Latin or German, I'm just not sure how helpful it would actually end up being. If you're a Victorianist or doing 18th/19th century Brit Lit, I would love to hear about your experience with language and what was recommended to you in either your MA or PhD program. I really don't see myself using lit or criticism using another language (at least at this point), so I'm just at a loss. Thanks in advance
  8. Congratulations!!! My aunt is a prof in the English/Comp. Lit department and they have a great program.
  9. While we seem to be a bit on the topic of housing, does anyone recommend or not recommend living on campus? CU has really affordable studio apartments for graduate students near campus and so far they are a lot cheaper than any of the apartments or even rooms I have seen on craigslist (Boulder is a super expensive area). I know on-campus housing is usually not cheaper, but this seems to be a good option. Are there any major down sides to living on campus? It's for sure graduate/post-doc housing, so it isn't with undergraduates.
  10. Perhaps @Warelin could help some people on this thread out - do you know if students who did not receive funding their first year have had luck getting other positions/assistantships through the English department and elsewhere during their second year? It seems like there are a lot of opportunities for funding grad students, I'm just curious how often they go to incoming students rather than current students without funding.
  11. I haven't signed but I called the DGS at Boulder on Tuesday to accept their offer! Excited to be continuing my education at such a great program after getting rejected almost everywhere else! Yay!
  12. Michelle Dowd is AMAZING - my undergrad mentor (Julie Eckerle) and her have done a lot of work together. Just wanted to second this! I have heard great things about Alabama!
  13. I was on the waitlist for funding at Villanova, but I just officially declined my offer. There should be some movement on the waitlist, at least, but it sounds like most of the funding offers have already been accepted by incoming students. Good luck everyone!!!!
  14. I emailed Heather Hicks and told her I was working on confirming my offer from another program but wanted to check in with her before doing so - she told me there has been no movement on the waitlist and that only two funding offers have not been accepted. Those students will also probably be deliberating until after the visit days on April 8th, she said. Sorry for the bad news everyone I am turning down my offer officially today so at least there will be waitlist movement in the case that the two students do not accept their funding offers.
  15. I am waiting on an email from the DGS at CU-Boulder to answer a (somewhat important) question. Unless I get a really weird response to the question (it concerns funding and the most likely date of my granted TAship), I will be accepting the offer from Boulder this week and letting Dr. Hicks know that I am declining Villanova's offer of admission. I hope that those of you on the waitlist for funding hear good news because of this!!!!