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franz

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    2017 Fall
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    Philosophy, Religion
  1. Heard from ND this afternoon, and it was a reject. But, I'm very pleased with my options so far, and, adding to that, Chicago awarded me a FLAS Fellowship today! Congratulations to everyone who got in at HDS too!
  2. Admission at YDS for the MAR!
  3. Thanks for the link! I'll check it out. I had heard about Miami from a number of people before and should have considered that as an option.
  4. Judging from the news last week about admitted students receiving phone calls, I wonder if some people are on an "unofficial" waitlist and might hear later than those whom they admitted and received positive answers from last week. That is, before giving out official admission offers, they wanted to see if those they called turned it down, for whatever reasons, and they could, subsequently, offer those slots to applicants they placed on this "waitlist"? I could be completely off, but it's a thought that occurred to me. Congratulations on your acceptance!
  5. By the way, I know you didn't mention this specifically, but I wanted to bring it up, in case it would influence your decision. If you're not a citizen of an EU member or a nation whose citizens may live in Germany without a visa, you'll also want to check the financial requirements for the student visa. I considered studying in Germany for an MA (in philosophy) but found it wouldn't be possible for me due to the financial requirements. I believe one has to have around 8,800 euros in savings per-year of one's studies, along with purchasing German health insurance. I believe one has to prove this amount of savings each year to renew the visa, so one doesn't need it all at once. But, mind you, a student visa only allows a set number of hours of work each year. (Around 100 hours sticks out to me, but I could be wrong.) So, if one has an idea about getting a part-time job to make enough for the next year, it's most likely not going to help a great deal. On the language piece, I think you'll have to pass the DSH exam to show proficiency in German in order to matriculate at the university. (It was required for undergraduates when I studied there, even for those of us who studied for only a semester, and I think it applies for MA and PhD students as well who aren't studying in English-language programs.)
  6. I presume it's a separate email. The applications I filled out for them were handled through the universties' grad schools, though they went to the department that houses the language I wish to study. I think the notification might likely come from the relevant language department, as they review the applications and make decisions.
  7. Ah, but I grew up in a harsh region of the northern Upper Midwest, where we view cold winters as a character building blessing or something like that. (On the other hand, this might be even more reason for some to flee to warmer climates.)
  8. I'm going to wait until I hear from YDS and Notre Dame and visit the programs I get into. At the moment, between Duke and Chicago, I think I'd pick Chicago. I think it's a better fit. I also applied to a FLAS fellowship at Chicago, and the results of that might influence things as well. So, at the moment, I'm waiting to learn more but leaning toward Chicago.
  9. Congratulations @suhba7 and @ibn daoud! And @Johnny.S, thanks, but 50% is still great funding!
  10. @Johnny.S Also just heard from U Chicago and got in for the MA (60% funding)! I'm very excited to hear this as well, and I hope everyone else has excellent results!
  11. @ibn daoud Nothing on my end from U Chicago Divinity either, but I also can only speak for hearing about the MA program, so take that as you will.
  12. @enayqq Thanks again for the reply, and that sounds great. I'll likely PM you sometime later today.
  13. Thanks for pointing this out. Congratulations on the admission and waitlist too! Admittedly, it's difficult for me to examine because, frankly, I don't know what I could do to improve in these areas, save for bettering my GRE quant score. I've struggled a lot with math and the sciences since high school. (Though it's a standardized test and not a course, I got nearly perfect marks on the reading and English sections of the ACT/SAT and scored incredibly low on the math sections.) Even with tutoring, regularly seeing the professors for help, studying a lot, and help from science major friends, it remained a terrible slog to get passing marks in the science classes in college. Logic and philosophy of math were similar, with the latter being slightly better. I'm not at all trying to give an excuse, though, but it feels as if these are areas in which I don't know if I stand a great chance of improving. I don't know what else I could do at this point for the bad analytic grades on my transcript, as I've already graduated. And, in a way, I feel like I did truly put forth the best effort to do well in these courses and have somewhat put them aside as spheres of less skill, in favor of concentrating on other areas. Still, that might not make up for lacking in these areas. You're completely right to point this out as a weakness. Perhaps it's solely my own wish, but I partly hoped that the ability with languages and translating works out of languages with low numbers of non-native speakers, especially in the Anglosphere, might make up for the analytic cracks. That being said, I acknowledge this is partly my own desire, owing to that feeling of not being able to progress well and hitting a wall in the sciences/math/analytic phil. Also, it could rather likely be the case that translations from Scandinavian languages and Serbo-Croatian interest few professors. Alternatively, in complete fairness, it could also be an issue that even fewer might have the background in order to assist with such projects, or these sorts of skills might not exceed those of having a solid footing in analytic in terms of helping an application. (Interestingly, similar to your noting of your abilities in analytic phil, I emphasized in my SOP my translation projects and abilities with languages (I'm self taught in a number of them, by the way) to open up a wider range of philosophical thought to my work, particularly from Slavic languages.) And no worries for that either, haha. I had asked both of the continntal professors in our department, and they said they had no idea about whether the low quant score would matter. So, they told me to ask that analytic professor, who was the most recent to have been in grad school. If I may ask, by the way, are some of your AOIs in political or social philosophy? When I wrote a professor from Penn State, whom I thought had interests closes to mine, he, essentially, told me not to apply because my AOIs weren't in social or political philosophy and wouldn't fit the department. (It is true that my AOIs don't concern social or political topics.)
  14. You are correct in noting that I didn't apply to any terminal MAs, and I think it's becoming clearer that I should consider this possibility the next season I apply. According to some on the religion forum, this might constitute the best sort of program for me if I enter an MA/MTS program in religion first, as I will most likely do. The reasoning of this seems to go that, if one has an MTS degree or attended a divinity school (even if it's for an MA), philosophy programs might feel some suspicion about one's commitment to or abilities in philosophy and want to see completion of a terminal MA first. Frankly, I really no have idea about this perspective and am not in a position to reflect on it beyond a level of speculation.
  15. That makes a lot of sense, considering the sheer numbers involved in this process. I did worry that I should have applied to more programs, but I found departmental fit an issue too. As a result, I wondered if it was even prudent to increase the number of schools applied to, if it resulted in stretching the fit too thin. This was a question for me even with two of the programs I applied to this year somewhat (Penn State and NSSR).