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  1. I like to spend this day every year doing a little reading about Dr. King, and I happened across the following in one of the online document archives I was browsing: "King took the examination on 3 February. A table enclosed with the test report indicates that his verbal aptitude score is in the second lowest quartile and his quantitative score is in the lowest ten percent of those taking the test. In the advanced test in philosophy, King's score (on a scale of 100) places him in the lowest third, while his other scores (on a scale of 800) are in the lowest quartile in all the subject areas
    10 points
  2. I jumped a foot when I got an email from the University of Notre Dame. Then I realized it was announcing a sale from ND Press. Then I remembered that I didn't apply to Notre Dame...
    4 points
  3. wildviolet

    memorable moments

    I was at the airport, sipping on the most delicious glass of blackberry sangria, when I decided to check my email and found out that I had received my first acceptance. It was hard to tell what was making me giddier--the wine or the email!
    4 points
  4. No. You will feel an ominous sense of doom and continually refresh the results page like the rest of us!
    4 points
  5. When I applied last time (three years ago), I checked at least twenty times a day. It was pathetic and unheathly. This time around, once February hits, I'm not ckecking at all. I will still continue to check the forums and post things, but I refuse to check the results board. It sometimes skews your perception. My acceptances to MA programs didn't arrive until late March, and, but that time, I had ruled everything out because I kept seeing all of the acceptances/rejections in late February/early March. Anyway, for the month of February, I bought some Good Luck incense. I plan to burn one a
    3 points
  6. time for my annual "turn off the internet" post: most of you won't hear anything, positive or negative, until mid-february. right now, it's mid-january. with a few exceptions (which seem to be genuine surprises, so there's no way to predict them) you won't get any news for the next 3-4 weeks. so do yourself a favour and don't visit this website in that time. if you get an email from a school, it will arrive regardless of whether or not you check this website. if you get a letter in the mail, that will also arrive regardless of the power of the internet. if february 15 comes and goes with no
    3 points
  7. Common sense would tell you that we're only interested in information that we can't get from the usual sources. Common sense would also tell you that there is no way you could tell us what chance we stand just by our research interests.
    3 points
  8. I mean, I'm more than willing to be helpful and answer questions that people might have. I'm still more than willing to do that. But I won't put up with entitled people who make snide/passive-aggressive statements about common sense. I'm glad what I said was helpful. It's a shame you're not interested in history of the book--I know that that's Stallybrass's specialty...and that man is insanely brilliant. His story is one of my favorites too. He worked as a mortician for years, and is an autodidact...he would just sit in the morgue all night for years reading nonstop. And I'm intereste
    2 points
  9. So much negativity going on right here! Guys, let's just be friends!
    2 points
  10. realphx

    Notification Thread

    Berkeley has a PDF timeline on the department website that says interviews will be extended on 1/20
    2 points
  11. You've got a Boggart and it's taking the form of a terrifying Ivy League school.
    2 points
  12. Just my 2 cents...I've found the posts about discouraging students to apply for grad school just because they either didn't make an impression in your particular class or because...gasp...they got unremarkable B's in 2 classes, rather disturbing. I completely understand if for whatever reason a professor/teacher is not comfortable doing a letter, I don't feel like they are obligated to do so, but to declare that that student is unqualified based on his/her performance in your class alone is pretty shortsighted. If you don't know that student very well then you have no idea how they're doing in
    2 points
  13. Chande

    memorable moments

    My boyfriend proposed to me on Christmas day, shortly after I finished the last of my apps. He'd actually been planning and budgeting for a ring for months and I barely had a clue it was even coming! We aren't going to start planning until after there's some degree of certainty in where we'll actually be living next year but as stressful as this whole process has been for me it really helps to know he'll be there with me and that gives me so much hope for the future.
    2 points
  14. rising_star

    Hitler as a TA

    Okay, this YouTube video definitely made me laugh:
    1 point
  15. good thing I used my generic email address, so I don't get too jumpy but then again I'm going through the waves that I'm sure everyone else is going through. The intense moments of wondering, the creeping moments of despair and then the general "I just don't care anymore" moments.
    1 point
  16. Guest

    Roundup

    I messed up an entire sentence in my final paragraph. Are we, by any chance, the same person? Wishing us both luck with JH...
    1 point
  17. I feel like many candidates would like to "update" their applications based on CV improvements over the last three months. But a deluge of these types of emails to your POI might end up being an collective annoyance. So especially if you already indicated on your application that you submitted to those places, then my inclination is no, do not. On the other hand, if you've already traded a few emails with your POI then it might be okay because of the previously-established connection. Here, you could lead off with something like, "When we traded emails in the fall I had told you that I subm
    1 point
  18. I've read the history forum recently, but refrained from commenting (per StrangeLight's views on the matter) since things will arrive when they arrive, the Penn one seems a bit odd considering that it says the person got an interview offer on Dec 15. Not saying it's made up, but just that applications to Penn were due on that day, so seems a bit unlikely...
    1 point
  19. I think it's comments like this that tend to present a problem. It's perfectly reasonable to ask people to be specific in the information they require. It's unreasonable to tell them you're not prepared to "waste your time". Offering to help is great Doing it aggressively tends to upset people. If only you'd been nicer about it and not bookended the comment with "dick" and "asshole". Your info on Penn is very helpful! So thank you! I really like the idea of Penn, but I think their early modern work is a bit too history-of-the-book focused for me, so I didn't apply. What's your focus? I
    1 point
  20. 1. you hear an outcome regarding your application (winning it, being waitlisted, losing) in april. no sooner. they promise early april and usually only actually send the letters in late april (meaning april 30, not april 16). my award letter from last year was dated may 5, 2011. so anyone hoping for anything in march or even the beginning of april can just calm down. it won't happen. you will, however, hear in february whether you were considered A list or B list. B list means you're out, A list means you still have a shot. if you're applying through your school, odds are you know this informa
    1 point
  21. Nope, although every time my iPhone vibrates, I jump a foot. I'm really starting to resent all of the silly e-mails I get....
    1 point
  22. edost

    500 words!!

    I second whirlibird's advice. I chopped off my opening paragraph, which was mainly meant to get the reader's attention, although it did introduce my research interest. Also, I shortened the descriptions of my MA thesis and different relevant courses I took. Whole paragraphs were reduced to two or three sentences each. It isn't easy, but it is doable! By the way, you might find this New York Times article interesting. It's about undergrad essays, but it's also relevant for graduate SOPs.
    1 point
  23. Some days it's just too difficult to think about getting rejected from everywhere, so I indulge my wildest fantasies of acceptance. It's a wonderful thing.
    1 point
  24. perrykm2

    GRE math section

    Don't stress out over GRE. You'd be wasting your time/energy.
    1 point
  25. commguy

    GRE scores

    This site is a little depressing insofar as the people who frequent it are more dedicated to academics and, consequently, have higher GRE scores. I celebrated my score (720Q, 640V), until I started reading results/forums here. Waiting sucks.
    1 point
  26. Actually, I made the results page my home page.
    1 point
  27. Sigaba

    Occupy History

    FWIW, I earned my B.A. at Cal. In my experience, the faculty and students (both undergraduates and graduates) were able to discuss controversial issues from a variety of perspectives and with a little snark from time to time. (I once argued during an upper division seminar on the Cold War that Elmer Fudd and Dwight Eisenhower were actually the same person.)
    1 point
  28. quimico

    Fall 2012 Chemistry

    I love that this forum as >20,000 views. We are all huge nerds.
    1 point
  29. Hi Lexicana. This is - well, I've been calling it round 3, but my fiance insists that it's round 2. You can read my story on my profile (and in several reiterations around this forum!), but in short: I've been trying to get into PhD programs since 2009, when I got 5 rejections and a "consolation MA". I took it anyway and earned my MA, and attempted the PhD again in 2011, going 0 for 7, including the very program where I earned the MA. March-April 2011 was an extremely dark, dark time for me. I try not to think what may have happened if I didn't have such good friends and family helping me
    1 point
  30. Another "Straddler" here! I have never seen the term before but I relate to it wholeheartedly. I grew up in a blue collar household where "getting an education" was viewed as a golden ticket for moving up to a better life. I had no idea what I was in for when I went to college. I had a hard time relating to my classmates but at least I was at a competitive Tech school so the challenges were more academic than social. That was not the case during my first attempt at a PhD, though. I ended up leaving my Ivy League program with a Masters degree because I just could not assimilate. I knew no
    1 point
  31. To reiterate what has been previously said, the "safety" schools might have a 15-20% acceptance rate. Far from safety. Any Ph.D. program is going to be at a good school with good research facilities and professors. I also believe that the reason these schools have a "higher" acceptance rate is simply that they have less applicants. Maybe 150 instead of 500. Still, that is a LOT of people applying for a very small amount of spots. I don't believe that any program is a safety school. I feel like we are all a part of Willy Wonka's master plan. We are SEARCHING for the golden ticket, and w
    1 point
  32. ha, ha, I read these kinds of posts when I was first starting to apply and said, "I'll never do that - how ridiculous!" And where am I now??? hitting refresh..... refresh..... refresh....
    1 point
  33. F5... doesn't matter that is is 11:30 PM on a Sunday and the day before the holiday... F5..... ((sigh))
    1 point
  34. cokohlik

    Freedom!

    Apart from the waiting game, having all my applications submitted and all their materials accounted for feels very freeing. Anyone there with me?
    1 point
  35. Thanks to everyone for posting and I am glad the reception of this thread is so positive. There were a few specific things I wanted to say: I have an issue with networking and I think it is one of the more foreign things that I've encountered. Growing up, everything was sort of 'in your face'; people said what they meant and meant what they said and the idea of charming someone for individual advancement isn't just foreign, it is somewhat repulsive. I learned quickly as an undergraduate to keep my opinions to myself and not to stir the pot, so to speak. I would speak very passionately
    1 point
  36. If you casually, very casually, say you would like to try assisting a different professor next term to someone who manages this in the department, they will be sure to get the message and help you out if they can.
    1 point
  37. I think that since a number of people received early admits before Jan 1st., people are expecting to hear from all of their schools like yesterday. It is only January 13th, and many grad coms are still making decisions on first round admits (Vanderbilt's deadline isn't until Jan 15th).
    1 point
  38. I kind of wish grad apps had a "live" status bar like the Domino's Pizza website. So it would say Prof. So-and-so reviewing! Prof. Such-and-such second review! etc. Except for some reason, no matter what Domino's I order from, it's always some guy named Zack making my pizza.
    1 point
  39. This idiom is frequently leveled at prospective graduate students to warn them of the challenges that await should they pursue a graduate degree; or, worse, as an admonition against those graduate students who are currently unhappy in their programs. I want to try to unpack the meaning of this statement, and what it means for those of us who, despite meticulous preparation, find themselves in a situation much different than anticipated, and are perhaps questioning their commitment to graduate school. Be sure before you go to graduate school. As I find myself deeply unhappy as a first seme
    1 point
  40. IMO, an educator has the perogative to not write a LOR, but the following is, IMO, unethical. Guiding a student towards managing expectations is one thing. Attempting to convince a student to not try at all is quite another. YMMV.
    1 point
  41. I suggest a longer T-shirt: Friends Don't Let Friends Develop Unreasonable Expectations About the Job Market, No Matter How Much Easier It Is to Pretend That You and Your Friend Are the Exceptions to the Rule and You'll Both Get Jobs Because You're Both Brilliant and The Unemployed People are Just People Who Aren't as Academically-Gifted As You Are. Instead Friends Acknowledge to Each Other the Exceptional Difficulty of Getting an Academic Job, Call Bullshit on Each Other When Appropriate, and Help Each Other to Professionalize Early and Often. Further, Friends Will Also Remind Each Other t
    1 point
  42. I very strongly disagree with this post. An educator's primary mission is to enable students so that they can achieve goals they define.
    1 point
  43. It is probably prolixity following my every post (including this one) and voting down all of my posts so he can feel better about himself. He might have even created multiple alternative accounts in order to vote my posts down multiple times since each account is only limited to one vote per post and 5 votes per day. He even deleted many of his posts since they were all voted down since he is too embarrass. If I had to guess, he would probably delete this post too since he is too embarrass: If someone cannot access the above post, then it probably means he already deleted it from being
    1 point
  44. Stupid me. I'm so new to this board- I just gave myself a minus. What the heck.
    1 point
  45. Meh, trolls are everywhere. I guess higher education doesn't always bring out the best in people. It is very entertaining to read though. Maybe someone will make a reality show out of this. Put 15 people applying to the same Harvard program in a house during acceptance time and see what happens!!! I would SOOO watch this!!! MTV needs to get on this! Come on...you know you would too.
    1 point
  46. This thread is amazing and has totally lightened my mood. I was talking to a friend the other day explaining how I was concerned that I may not be getting in AGAIN this year after receiving several rejections, she said -- "I mean how long are you going to keep applying? Maybe you should just get a job, you are qualified for something, aren't you? I mean how much time are you going to waste trying to get in?" It was a good thing we were on the phone because I really wanted to punch her... I also must say that I really really hate, "I am sure you'll get in somewhere." This is especial
    1 point
  47. I'm 34. I was more worried about the age mattering to me than to the school. Or more accurately, the responsibilities I have rather than the age. I have a mortgage and an 18 month old son. I applied to a PhD program understanding I'd have to quit my job. And I'm finally making good money (but the work isn't meaningful to me). Going from 'good money' to a $16k / year stipend is something I can't just jump into given my commitments. Luckily my wife has a good, stable job. They pay teachers well here in CT. So we can probably make this work, but my choice to go back to school will require
    1 point
  48. From a parent: "You're not as disappointed as I am." Uh, yes, I think I probably am.
    1 point
  49. Here's some of my suggestions about the Triangle. I have lived here for about 12 years now and have lived in several parts of the area and went to undergrad in UNC-CH. Housing: Chapel Hill: Unless you are made of money or want to live in a dump, don't. This is very, very expensive. If you want to live near to the University but don't want the huge rent/purchase price, there are 3 possibilities: (1) Just inside Chatham County. This is just south of Southern Village and only maybe 10 minutes from campus by car. Plus there's a park and ride in Southern Village. Why do I suggest here?
    1 point


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