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A Different Major in Disguise

Applications are now mostly in. Some schools lost some things and I need to resend them what they need. And then, on a whim, I decided to apply to St. Andrew's. For a Master's of Literature in Peace and Conflict Studies. Yes, I'm the History major who has applied to six schools with Archives or Public History programs. Yes, Peace and Conflict Studies leads me to an entirely new direction that I'm not sure how it would end. And I'm okay with that. My research has always been focuse

annieca

annieca

 

Introduction

It will probably become quite obvious who I am as I post more to this blog and as time rolls on, but for now you can call me C. My blog may be less interesting than others since I am applying to Masters of English programs where it seems like the majority of the people on this forum are interested in PhD applications. Regardless, my writings should shed some light on what it's like for an international applicant (from Canada) applying to some American schools. It will be an "unconventi

1Q84

1Q84

 

What If??

I bet that right now, there are about a million "What if??" questions running through every one of our brains... But the scariest one is "What if I don't get in?" I'll speak for myself-- that seems to be all I can think about lately. A couple of days ago, I made myself write out a Plan B (which started off seriously: "look into MS programs, studying/traveling abroad" but then it became... slightly crazed: "move to hippie farm, join convent"). It helped my anxiety a lot... for a couple of ho

obiwanitakenobi

obiwanitakenobi

 

Out of My Hands, Into Theirs

Hi all! I'm a senior history major from a small, liberal arts college in the Midwest. However, my last year I'm here in Wales, doing my senior honors thesis (dissertation in the UK) and travelling about. I'm applying to one school in the UK and 5 in the U.S. With the exception of Brown and Aberystwyth University, all of the programs are two master's - one in Library Science, another in Public History. My dream is to become an archivist and this is my path. Any questions - ask! I'm bad at th

annieca

annieca

 

What Have I Gotten Myself Into

Hello Everyone! I'm pretty happy to have been given permission to share my grad school application process with you guys here. I've been meaning to blog about my experiences with the application anyway, so it's nice to have an audience waiting. To introduce myself my name is Jenny hence the username, and I am in my fourth year of my Honours B.A. with Specialization in Psychology. This means not only am I applying to grad school for the first time, but I'm (attempting) to complete my fi

MissMoneyJenny

MissMoneyJenny

 

School lists, and statements, and letters, oh my!

So I want to start this entry by thanking everyone who left a comment on my last entry. I was touched to see how many of you wrote such positive things, so thank you! It really meant a lot to read your encouraging words. I haven't forgotten about this blog, in fact I've been trying to come up with an idea for an entry for the past few weeks. I always try to write an entry with either a pensive or funny message, or sometimes both, but recently I haven't been able to come up with anything.

psychdork

psychdork

 

Here we go again

It has been several months since I last wrote in here so I guess I should start this entry with a brief update. Basically last application season did not work out. I interviewed at one school (which I thought went really well) and ended up getting on the waitlist for 4 schools (including the one I interviewed at). However, in the end I had to wait until well after April 15th to find out that I did not get in anywhere. I spent a few days weeks dealing with the disappointment, but then I had t

psychdork

psychdork

 

T-minus 12 days.

This might just be my last blog post here on The Grad Cafe, and it is an exciting turn of events. How I went from a 'decaf' lurker to a Master's Student is certainly a trek I will not soon forget. I still wake up some days just wondering how I got into such a great program when everyone just seemed to out-qualify me, but there are those days when I feel confident, happy and ready. I am ready.   I'm still not 100 percent positive with what I want to do with my life, but I know I want to get my

Fell4Ever

Fell4Ever

 

Where has my summer gone...getting ready for it all to start

So less than a month until the big move. I'm both excited yet freaking out at times. This whole process is about to finally end and a new journey will start and hopefully it ends as well as this one. Anyways, as many obstacles it seems like a person confronts with this whole process they must not forget the journey isn't over until you are really there. I say this because some of the things you don't think about when applying become harder once you have made a decision. Finding an apartm

orst11

orst11

 

August 20: The Journey Begins

OK, I lied. I actually start TA orientation on August 6. FINALLY! What a long, strange journey this has been. First, the application season-that-wasn't. Then, the application season that ended in a fully-funded offer from a perfect-fit school. Followed almost immediately by the cancer diagnosis. Followed by the year of chemo and radiation. Followed (most thankfully) by remission. And now, after a full decade of starts and stops, I'm finally doing this. I've given notice at the sch

Medievalmaniac

Medievalmaniac

 

Its all about to START soon.

I leave for Vancouver Canada on August 15th, 2012 at around 7:20 AM from Newark Liberty International Airport and land at around 10:30 AM local time. August cannot come soon enough. Everything is falling in place, and the more I get done, the longer each day becomes. Its just like how it was when I was six and it was 3 days from Christmas... the waiting game is a horrible one. I've been in contact with my school - The University of British Columbia - and my program - Masters of Arts in Asi

Fell4Ever

Fell4Ever

 

Moving in 64 days.

In 64 days, I'll be driving cross-country with my parents to Delaware. My dad offered generously to drive our truck, which will also be towing our car. I last did a move like this when I was a kid, so I was too naive to know that I should worry about things like accidents, the car breaking down, thieves breaking into the storage portion, running out of gas, how to park so you don't need to reverse, etc. Now, these are all things I'm terrified of, even though I definitely trust my dad. He's a gre

cokohlik

cokohlik

 

Moving in 64 days.

In 64 days, I'll be driving cross-country with my parents to Delaware. My dad offered generously to drive our truck, which will also be towing our car. I last did a move like this when I was a kid, so I was too naive to know that I should worry about things like accidents, the car breaking down, thieves breaking into the storage portion, running out of gas, how to park so you don't need to reverse, etc. Now, these are all things I'm terrified of, even though I definitely trust my dad. He's a gre

cokohlik

cokohlik

 

Visit to my new school!

Hello friends! I'm so excited to tell you all about the wonderful time I had visiting my new school's campus last week. My one year anniversary was Tuesday, and that night (after an incredible day together, of course), my husband and I left LA on a redeye for Newark. We were there for about four days, and it was... an incredible experience. Unforgettable, really. We met with current graduate students who could not have been more friendly, fun, hospitable, and informative if they tried, and

cokohlik

cokohlik

 

What Up, What's Haapnin'

-- Update irregularly -- Obivously, I started playing this game called "The Waiting Game" after submitting all of my grad school applications few weeks ago. Like many others, I was hoping to get e-mails or phone calls regarding my applications - ideally for interviews/acceptances, of course. Unlike some of the users at the forum that check their e-mails extremely frequently, however, I check the admission results here once every hour or two. - First Week of January - The fact that my

aberrant

aberrant

 

Not looking to be a good season ...

So at this point, I am looking at three rejections, and still two unknowns. Out of those two unknowns, I am thinking that one is a definite rejection, and the other one I think is not looking that great either. Not necessarily impossible, in my cynical mind, but unlikely, mainly do to the fact that they take so few people. But at this point it looks like I have a good start for my plan B, which I have been thinking a lot about this season. Considering what I want to do in the future, with a

Kitkat

Kitkat

 

Things are starting to become clear

Some things are starting to become clear in my new adventure, and some things still remain a mystery. I've been in touch with two graduate students (one is one of my POI's students and one is from hereeee ) and they've been awesome answering all my questions and going above and beyond what I would have ever imagined. I feel so much more at ease about this crazy transition that my husband & I are about to undertake (no matter how much I flip flop in the following paragraphs ... it's true

cokohlik

cokohlik

 

Preparing for Grad School

I really liked and thought it would be fun to make a list of my own. 1. Officially accept the offer by signing paperwork & sending it back (via post ... ugh.) 2. Visit Newark! My husband & I will be spending the week of our wedding anniversary in Newark exploring the campus, housing options, perhaps meet my POI, etc. I can't wait! We won't have a rental car but it seems like Newark has pretty awesome public transportation to/from Newark, Wilmington, and the mall I keep hearin

cokohlik

cokohlik

 

It's All Over: The Best News Ever!

Dear friends! Before I get into the best news ever, I wanted to say a huge thank you everyone here who has offered a listening ear, support, advice, well wishes, and happy lurking. I could not have gotten through this process with my sanity in tact without you guys! I mean it! Now on to the news! Yesterday, I got what I thought was a "butt call" from the POI at my dream school because there was no message or email. I debated twenty minutes before calling him back, figuring that if it

cokohlik

cokohlik

 

A Moment of Levity and Lessons Learned

Just finished a hilarious interview, and I really mean hilarious. When I first got the email from the POI of a school that I was already accepted to but had no funding yet, asking to chat, of course I was excited, who wouldn't be? So I immediately went off and prepared for the interview by reading the POIs personal webpage.... only to discover that he specialized in a field where I had abysmal grades in as an undergrad. And by abysmal I DO mean abysmal, not the 'oh my grades were awful, my only

mallorn

mallorn

 

Dreamschoolception: The puzzle grows.

Pardon my lame attempt at integrating "Inception" into this title I bit the bullet and called my dream school POI yesterday. He kind of laughed and was like, the status of your application is... there is no status. (Cue scene from the Matrix: There is no spoon.) Which in turn made me laugh (internally) because I know that this school has sent out acceptances and rejections. I asked him if I was on some sort of wait list and he said no, because it hasn't gotten to that point -- the faculty

cokohlik

cokohlik

 

Email from my Dream School!!!!

I got an email from my dream school today, asking for an update on any other offers I'm considering (no update, sad day). I wrote back and said that the MA program is still the only offer, but that UMD is sending their letters via post so I might have an offer update for them in a few days. (Post, really? Agony!) That's not the good part. The good part is when the email asked me to please not accept any offers without checking with (dream POI, who also wrote the email) first. GAHH

cokohlik

cokohlik

 

Emailed Programs, News, and so on

Well, almost one week has passed (tomorrow will be a week) since I got the official funding offer from the MA program that's accepted me. I thought I would hear from more programs by the end of the day on Monday this week. I didn't, so I emailed them. I've heard back from two, and still need to hear back from two. I didn't email one program I applied to because their graduate secretary simply has an autoresponder on and that's no use. UVA wrote back and told me that I was on the waitlist (

cokohlik

cokohlik

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