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  1. Once again, thank you all... sincerely He's the one and we'll just make it work.
    6 points
  2. Won a full grant to Germany! Yes! I was in shock when I first received that and subsequently posted, so here's a copy of the email, for those who are curious (and yes, it was indeed an email): Dear ---, Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected for a US Student Fulbright award for 2012-2013 to Germany. Shortly you will receive a letter from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board with further details of the award. This letter will be sent to the mailing address listed in your application and noted above. This address will remain your c
    6 points
  3. Mr. Haviland-- Welcome to the gradcafe. Please note that over the past fifteen plus years, members of the academic community including professors, administrators, and staff, have become increasingly concerned with the dynamic in which the parents of students interject themselves in the educational processes of their children. The term "helicopter parent," a pejorative, is frequently used as a phrase to capture this dynamic and its disruptive influence within the Ivory Tower. Please note that many academic departments and their parent institutions have instituted policies to manage thi
    6 points
  4. In case you need ideas for the shirt ... and you're finally welcome!
    5 points
  5. K.Ash

    Official Admitted Thread

    If I get another email from "wagner.admissions" that ISN'T actually regarding admission I may go bananas.
    4 points
  6. saying that your results will be released on (or very close to, at least) the ides of march is kind of a foreboding thing to do, eh? eh, schools????!
    3 points
  7. I am a long-time lurker: I am on the academic job market in Art History, having gotten my PhD at a top-ranked pubic R1 (research university). Let me say in no uncertain terms that it would be pure folly for you to pursue an unfunded MA. The most compelling reason for turning down the IFA would be a financial one. It makes no sense for your financial health to go over $70,000 in debt for an MA in art history...at all. Even if you do eventually want to go get a PhD. I know that everybody wants to think that they will have a great job after they complete their studies, but this is just not t
    3 points
  8. You would do well to drop the "insider", "those of us in the know" routine. You clearly work in academia, and perhaps in the ivory tower, USNWR rankings actually correspond with general reputation. But among DC professionals (at least in my experience), equating Kansas or Indiana or whatever with WWS, HKS, etc. will get you laughed at. A school's reputation in the academic tribe =/= reputation in the working world. The fact that you included "faculty that are publishing in the major journals" as a major criterion of school quality is telling. I personally don't give 2 hoots whether, say, M
    3 points
  9. For the record, it wouldn't have crossed my mind to think there was anything pompous about this post and I'm kind of surprised that people jumped down your throat about it. If anything, I think the whole "OP, it is up to YOU to make this right!" thing is a little overblown... Chillax guys. I know feelings can be a little delicate this time of year, but don't be so quick to assume the worst of other people.
    3 points
  10. I've dealt with departmental politics at the high school level (I taught for a few years before starting grad school). The best bit of advice I can offer isn't to stay neutral, but rather to stay professional. If one professor is bad mouthing another and looks to you for a reaction, all you have to say is something like "I've heard Dr. Your Nemesis is a good prof, but I haven't really had any interactions with him/her." It's bland and it doesn't actually say anything, but it keeps you from becoming snagged as a participant in the drama. Plus, the more often you return a bland response like
    3 points
  11. UCLA is torturing us with these Summer Sessions emails.
    3 points
  12. I got tired of people acting so aghast that my partner was willing to make the move with me. "Are you sure he wants to do that? What about his job? Does he want you to go so far?" As though we hadn't discussed these things prior to applying. ...perhaps people aren't used to a marriage with good communication and mutual support?
    2 points
  13. Well, my decision process is actually really easy, but after two years of straight rejections and another slew of them this year I just wanted to be able to finally post in the decisions thread. Basically, two programs accepted me without funding, but UofOregon wants to give me money to get an MA so I'll be going there!
    2 points
  14. Why have they only started doing this right now?!
    2 points
  15. lg702

    Fulbright 2012-2013

    YAY! Thanks to you guys, I texted my friend and told her to check her email. Five minutes later I get a breathless call--"I checked my email........I GOT IT!" Woohoo Germany Fulbrighters!
    2 points
  16. kgba

    Fulbright 2012-2013

    Firstly, huge congratulations to vordhosbntwin! So happy for you, and glad to see that the promised e-mails are on their way! Secondly, to address the following: This summer my long-distance boyfriend and I will celebrate our fifth anniversary. And by long-distance, I mean transatlantic. So chin up! If it's the right person, you'll simply make it work.
    2 points
  17. "You have been told to go grubbing in the library, thereby accumulating a mass of notes and liberal coating of grime. You have been told to choose problems wherever you can find musty stacks of routine records based on trivial schedules prepared by tired bureaucrats and filled out by reluctant applicants for fussy do-gooders or indifferent clerks. This is called 'getting your hands dirty in real research.' Those who counsel you are wise and honorable; the reasons they offer are of great value. But one more thing is needful: first hand observation. Go and sit in the lounges of the luxury hotels
    2 points
  18. Second acceptance came in today. They're coming late in the season for me, so don't despair they are definitely still busy admitting people!
    2 points
  19. lg702

    Fulbright 2012-2013

    That's not true! If you're with the right person, long distance is worth it and you can definitely make it work!! Hang in there
    2 points
  20. Swagato

    U Chicago MAPH

    2011 MAPH graduate here, Cinema and Media Studies. The shortest truth of MAPH is that it is what you make of it. My cohort was about 110, from the usual 900+ applicants across the entire Div. of Humanities. It was an incredible experience, and frankly, the notions of faculty ignoring MA students are silly. Again, it is what you make of it, and I was hell-bent on making use of my year there to get what I needed. What did I need? Well, I came from an unknown undergrad with a "meh" record with no hope of getting into a top PhD in my program. At Chicago I could fix all of that to a great extent. S
    2 points
  21. I don't think its as "dumb" as you claim. Though it is impossible for me to find out which schools' administrators responded to the survey, it makes sense that schools like Kansas and Rutgers would be more likely to respond because they clearly have more to gain by gaming the ranking system. It really doesn't matter if Harvard responds or not because people know the name and the reputation, and Harvard is going to get 2000 apps every year, no matter what. On the other hand, if Indiana weren't ranked #2 in this survey (not to say that its not a good school) it would get considerably less app
    2 points
  22. nothingatall

    Fulbright 2012-2013

    I'm really digging the anxiety in this forum. Seriously. It is normalizing in the most necessary way. I was on spring break last week and by Sunday, I seriously diagnosed myself with a paranoid personality disorder. Then, I remembered why I feel half-crazy: I suck at waiting. Being back in school is helping, but god, this waiting is torture. Like many of you, I'm obsessive about the mail and email and, generally, dreaming up the craziest scenarios (in one, I'm pregnant and I get put on bed rest so I can't leave for Poland--totally insane!). But seriously, not being able to plan for the future
    2 points
  23. First, jilly11, congratulations on being accepted to an MA program. You should feel good about that and hopefully not take these comments as people trying to rain on your parade. But, as someone who is on the other side of things, I have to agree with oh_la_la and fullofpink here. I would look long and hard at the numbers of people from the Institute who graduate with an MA who actually do make it from there into a PhD program (same with Columbia or Chicago's MAPH), adding that to the amount of debt you will accrue while in the program before making any decisions. Also, the size of both th
    2 points
  24. Thanks, Azrou, erry3779. Sorry to complain, but I've been doing a pretty good job of not talking about grad school apps outside the Internet (it tests my patience to talk about it with people who don't understand this process, anyway). So I feel I must express my anxieties here, among like-minded strangers.
    2 points
  25. ...I'm sorry, did you say something? I was busy refreshing my email.
    2 points
  26. MYRNIST, you are like the Simon Cowell of Gradcafe.
    2 points
  27. Some are not PhDs, but the vast majority of adjuncts I have known or encountered have been PhDs. Saying they're not PhDs might make us feel better temporarily but it's not true. As to Sigaba's comment about 200 applicants for every t-t job, I think the number is significantly higher than that. One person posted their rejection letter on Twitter because it said they had had 900(!) applicants for a t-t job at a Midwestern school. As to the statement about alternative fields, I don't know any graduate program that would let someone actually do a minor field in administration as opposed to lett
    2 points
  28. That may be true for Duke grad programs, but certainly not for undergrad. Fucklist anyone? Shooters? Duke basketball??? Also, I understand that Durham isn't the safest place, but I think the bit about the laser is a gross exaggeration. I lived in Durham for a year, and that's just simply not true. Like any other city with a university that has thrived at the expense of the surrounding community (e.g. Yale, Chicago, Duke, Johns Hopkins, etc.), it has problems, but it has great riches as well, and the triangle area is in general quite excellent. The New York Times cited Durham as a top place to
    2 points
  29. Although the odds are good, are the goods odd? That's been my problem at my current university.
    2 points
  30. I agree. It's encouraging to know that there are others who are genuinely wrestling with balancing their relationships with grad school opportunities. I know that I, for one, am completely unwilling to leave my wife and child for any career advancing opportunity, including grad school. This country already has an epidemic of fatherlessness, and I refuse to be part of that statistic. Art is important, but my family is my art. In some ways, I feel like nurturing a healthy marriage and growing a happy family is the ultimate and most challenging art form, even if it doesn't make it into any of
    2 points
  31. I just got an email from POI at LSU, was awarded a diversity fellowship for full funding! WAHOOOOOOO!
    2 points
  32. availability of local brews
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  33. Some great pronunciation resources here:
    2 points
  34. Diversity is actually an issue I'm staring to think about... As superficial as it may be interpreted, I'm not sure I would feel comfortable being the only minority in my cohort.
    2 points
  35. no no no Llama they hire you to tell the engineer who is designing it the backstory of the first engine and other such milestones ...but as for the #s you are correct ... and as for pay ... um you actually have to pay the company for the privilege of working there ... very standard practice
    1 point
  36. sansao

    Pi Day

    The obvious answer, I suppose. I despise pumpkin pie, second only to mincemeat. I'll probably order a cake, just to be contrary, haha.
    1 point
  37. I suspect that those of you (us) that will trash the rankings will do so for the same reason you (we) trashed the last version: the rankings are rubbish. I mean, who the hell's heard of the University of Kansas SPIA (#9)? Which is apparently ranked above Duke, Michigan, Georgetown, Berkeley, Chicago, etc., etc. So, as hard as it is, continue to (almost entirely) ignore the rankings.
    1 point
  38. if you get into Rice's PhD program with funding (that is better than the NC State Master's funding), the choice should be very easy... if you get into a PhD program but without funding, or poor funding, it could be better to get a Master's, and then re-apply to PhD programs so that you get into one that is better and covers your expenses.
    1 point
  39. This post is SO problematic & offensive. Having an elitist deposition is DEFINITELY going to be a positive characteristic in your Social Work career!! Congrats on having a "much higher gpa than the people getting accepted at the schools I applied to." FYI: I applied to CSULB last year and admissions told me the average applicant that was accepted had at least 1000 hours of social work related experience. -Signed: one of those dimwitted, accepted, students TWO SNAPS FOR THIS!!
    1 point
  40. In all seriousness, I'm approaching this decision making process by looking at which program will provide the best training for the area in which I'm interested. The primary factors I'm focusing on are my potential advisor(s), the quality of the training generally, and the ability to build my own CV through publishing, conferences, etc. Other than that, the rest, like funding (unless it's ridiculous and impossible to live on), location, etc., are all secondary for me. This is a temporary stop toward a long term career, and I'm going to grad school to be trained by some great sociologists, r
    1 point
  41. I concur with others, in that you probably got rejected due to lack of program/supervisory fit (since your grades and GRE were obviously good enough for Harvard!). Also, I know others have commented that your post seems kind of pompous, but I think you've raised an interesting point. This kind of "reverse" rejection happens all the time in grad school. e.g., Why did my paper get accepted for this conference and not for that one? Or for this journal and not for that one? Or - the most confusing - why did I win this funding, but not that funding?!?!?! It can drive a person nuts. What I'd sugg
    1 point
  42. Mom: "I can't understand why they didn't see your potential and take you right away." Me: "They must have realized my intelligence is a ruse." Mom: "What's a ruse?"
    1 point
  43. Hi again AlyaLeka! Thank you very much for the congrats! I am feeling like a very lucky little scholar for being in a position to choose between a handful of awesome programs! I know that your program has been a bit slow in moving towards decisions, but I hope that your app season has been treating you well nonetheless! I do indeed have an ongoing York v. Toronto type situation. The U of T offer is time sensitive (March 30th) but I'm waiting on one more offer, funding info for both York programs and two recruitment days (most of these will be resolved this week) so that I can formulate a
    1 point
  44. I incorrectly attributed a book to a faculty member at Maryland who *ahem* did not write it. I could've sworn he had, and then I pulled it off my bookshelf like a week later and went, "Whoops." So, definitely not surprised I didn't get in there. I also put "App ID Number:" in the letterhead of some of my SoPs thinking it would be beneficial to them in sorting and organizing my file. About halfway through submitting them that way, I realized that it was probably a totally pointless move and stopped. I bet at least a couple of them were like, "What? Why is this here?" Oh, I also remember o
    1 point
  45. amblingnymph

    SUPERLATIVES!!

    Adornopolisci2012: Most likely to run a snarky, popular blog on politics.
    1 point
  46. This is a magic art form, requiring foresight, cunning, and leverage; I have no idea how to tactfully do this (I didn't get in contact any POIs, since most of the high profile faculty I wanted to work with were too busy), and am curious what has worked for others.
    1 point
  47. You may need to get a job you don't like. People have been putting themselves through college for a long time. Not everyone can get a TA job, some of us had to work at McDonalds and take an extra year to get through school.
    1 point
  48. FWIW, I recommend: A set of blank correspondence cards from Crane and postage to send thank you notes. Purell and lots of it. Your sense of humor--most notably the ability to laugh at yourself. At least one Moleskine notebook as a journal for venting. A +1 rule for taking extra sweaters/jackets with you to campus so that you can make the transition from the outdoors to the often frigid temperatures of a classroom or a library without breaking stride. Using the student discount rates for academic journals specific to your field of study, as well as to popular magazines of your choice that can p
    1 point


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