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#61 GK Chesterton

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 12:09 AM

Just returned from the loveliest conversation with GK Chesterton. Contigency indeed! Many congratulations on both acceptances. I will confess to being particularly thrilled about Princeton, as I also just received an acceptance email myself!




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#62 DrFaustus666

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 12:41 AM

Just returned from the loveliest conversation with GK Chesterton. Contigency indeed! Many congratulations on both acceptances. I will confess to being particularly thrilled about Princeton, as I also just received an acceptance email myself!

Herzlichste Glückwünsche an alle! Prima!
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#63 JoeySsance

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 06:37 AM

Hey there, Germanist friends. Congratulations to all on the recent great news. Check out my latest post on the French 2011 thread for links to some articles you might find interesting, including one specifically about the German program at Princeton. I see that some of you have been accepted there. Congrats once again! Feel free to check out those articles and to join the discussion on our thread if you like. Here's wishing you the best as you await further news and/or go off on your campus visits! :)
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Posted 17 February 2011 - 10:16 AM

Congrats to the Princeton acceptances! Let me know if you feel more like going somewhere else (then there might be a spot for me ;)) No, seriously, congratulations. Princeton is as good as it gets.
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Posted 17 February 2011 - 02:33 PM

Congratulations all around!

Does anyone have any specific questions for Yale professors he or she would like answered? I ask because I am meeting with Rainer Nägele, Brigitte Peucker and Rüdiger Campe tomorrow and on Saturday and will have the opportunity to speak with each at length.
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#66 kalleziffel

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 02:36 PM

That really is a good point. Eventhough I have a little teaching experience I would like such a training as well. Havn't heard anything from Toronto yet, but the deadline was Jan 30th, so I'll be patient...
...meanwhile I got waitlisted at Princeton :mellow:

congrats to kalleziffel! Cornell is ace!

Ich dank dir, Uldo!
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:21 PM

Congratulations all around!

Does anyone have any specific questions for Yale professors he or she would like answered? I ask because I am meeting with Rainer Nägele, Brigitte Peucker and Rüdiger Campe tomorrow and on Saturday and will have the opportunity to speak with each at length.


so cimalagon, how was your talk at Yale? Any news?
I can claim the stanford admission (and I am really excited about it). As it was already my 4th admission I think its time to start declining some programs (really didn't expect to be in a position like that). How do you guys manage that?
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#68 GK Chesterton

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 07:35 PM

Re: Berkeley rejection - does that belong to anyone here? I am sure I'm getting one and have been waiting on it for a while, but haven't heard anything.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 10:33 AM

Re: Berkeley rejection - does that belong to anyone here? I am sure I'm getting one and have been waiting on it for a while, but haven't heard anything.


that was mine. hope you'll get in though..

anyone here to claim the columbia admit?

Edited by uldo, 27 February 2011 - 10:34 AM.

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#70 kalleziffel

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 02:39 PM

that was mine. hope you'll get in though..

anyone here to claim the columbia admit?


I can claim the Columbia acceptance. Last school I expected to hear from!
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:33 PM

congrats kalle!
ich bin weiter auf dem absteigenden ast & claim the penn rejection
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#72 lagarconne

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:36 AM

Any other responses from Penn State? I still haven't heard back yet... I emailed and they responded to say that they have sent out a few acceptances but are still reviewing.
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#73 kalleziffel

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 07:16 PM

Had to do the hard thing and reject two offers to accept the University of Chicago. Super stoked about the first quarter though! Good luck to all the rest of you (with your deliberations).
Kalleziffel OUT!
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 10:06 PM

Hi! I'm new and just looked through this thread. It looks like it has been wonderful news for a lot of you; congratulations!
I'm beginning the process of looking at and applying to Germanistik PhD programs--planning to enter in Fall 2012.
Seeing as the process for this past year appears to be over, does anyone on this forum have any retrospective advice as to which programs to look at, GRE scores to shoot for, or really anything at all? It would be much appreciated!

Best,

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#75 kalleziffel

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 04:12 AM

Hi! I'm new and just looked through this thread. It looks like it has been wonderful news for a lot of you; congratulations!
I'm beginning the process of looking at and applying to Germanistik PhD programs--planning to enter in Fall 2012.
Seeing as the process for this past year appears to be over, does anyone on this forum have any retrospective advice as to which programs to look at, GRE scores to shoot for, or really anything at all? It would be much appreciated!

Best,

-Germanistik Rookie


Hallo Kafkaesk!
I'm glad to hear that there are people out there already making plans to join our US-Germanistik love bunch!; I was in the same position as you (obviously) about a year ago, and I was rather fortunate to have some funds saved for travel, a badass adviser (and I went to a not-so-hot undergrad school) with some connections and who took the time to make some informal introductions to a few professors, and that some of my personal travel plans coincided with my prospective visits, so I went with my ex-boyfriend to San Francisco for a few weeks, during which time I was able to visit Berkeley and decided it was not for me -- I also visited the University of Chicago (whose offer I accepted) and Columbia when I was out visiting a good friend of mine in NYC. I did put some time and effort into the GRE exam (spent about two months studying) and received good scores, but I don't think that they are very important (in retrospect) -- a good, solid verbal score (mine was in the 700s) is a good score to shoot for and I think they could honestly give a rat's ass about your quantitative (unless it's like freakishly low....) .. and the essays are a piece of cake (though I guess they're changing them now?) Your personal statement and writing sample are very important -- and your letters of recommendation. For familiarizing yourself with programs; last year, I just made a list of all programs I was potentially interested in: Princeton, Yale, Chicago, Cornell, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and then started narrowing my list to my three top schools which ended up being the only schools I applied to. I was also accepted in all three programs, so if you're looking to uh ... save some of those application fees, I would warn against applying to a dozen or so schools: klein aber fein. Chances are that if you know a lot about the program, faculty, their overall emphasis, and think you'd fit in well (and visiting is a great occasion to really figure this one out -- you can really take the reins here!) then you'll get in. And it will help your Letter of Rec writers know what they need to emphasize about you.
That's all I have for right now. My applications were grueling month-long processes and I had all kinds of dreams (I still do! I dreamt last night that I actually should be going to the Ludwig-Maximilian Universitaet and then somehow ended up in Princeton's bookstore -- and I didn't apply to or visit Princeton -- and was a bonafide Princeton student?!?), but I am confident that I made the right choice and it's great to be done. Let me know if you need anything else from me!
Cheers,
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#76 roxyshoe

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 06:53 PM

hey! I just posted a new thread for advice about German PhD's in this forum. Can ya'll take a look? I felt it was unique enough that it deserved it's own thread, hehe. Thanks so much.
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Waiting: Columbia University (?!)

Accepted: University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Boston University, University of Maryland-Baltimore

Rejected: Boston College, University of Minnesota (wait listed first)

Attending: University of Michigan MSW Class of '14




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