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  1. 3 points
    Pro tip to any future applicant reading this: never apply to a school you would not be willing to pay for or cannot afford. Look up tuition before applying to any school.
  2. 3 points

    Is declining my only option crazy?

    Honestly? If I felt like I couldn't afford a program, I wouldn't go! It's important to consider how long it's going to take you to pay this degree off. Unless the program is offering you something specialized that you wouldn't get anywhere else I would rescind or see if I could defer my acceptance.
  3. 2 points
    you never know when you'll be accepted again. just go.
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    Canadian MSW Applicants 2018

    I got off the waitlist at U of T yesterday afternoon, too! It's a miracle. Is anyone also deciding between York and U of T? I'm having a lot of trouble deciding, especially with York's funding. If I'm interested in doing macro type social work - does anyone have any opinions on which program would be best?
  5. 1 point
    I think that's an insane amount of money to pay to become an SLP based on the real wages of SLPs. Can you ask them for a deferral for a year? Then you could apply to programs next year and decide if you really want to go there badly enough to pay that much if you don't make it into any.
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    Canadian MSW Applicants 2018

    Regardless, it's pretty awesome. Congrats!
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    Is declining my only option crazy?

    Unfortunately SLPs don't make THAT much money, so honestly (even though it'll be hard to do so), you should wait until next year. It won't hurt your chances to have a year off! I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and taught English abroad for two years and believe this is partly why I was accepted to various schools. I also think that this experience (and the fact that I'm older than most in my cohort will be in grad school) will give me a different perspective! You should definitely find something related and work for a year and try applying again that's what I would do in this situation!! It sounds really stressful to not only have that much debt but to also go so far away for school!
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    Canadian MSW Applicants 2018

    Aww, how absolutely incredible that you're fulfilling such a dream goal – will miss getting to know you, but so happy for you!! To us crossing paths in the future ??!
  9. 1 point

    MPH Canada 2018

    I think they said there will be one started in June!
  10. 1 point

    Is declining my only option crazy?

    You are looking at $95,000 in debt at minimum (combining undergrad and grad). No, don't go - that is way too much. Stay for another year in your current place, work, and volunteer. I also would apply to SLP programs at state schools in the state that you are a resident. Tuition and living expenses will be much lower than trying to go to grad school in NYC unfunded.
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    Who to ask for my letters of recc.?

    I think the best choices are the people who can speak to your research work and scholarly potential the best. So, if you are limited to three, the top three from your list would be: - thesis advisor - other thesis advisor who has known you since freshman year - internship supervisor who oversees your work (assuming they are a faculty member too...but if not, then perhaps more details is needed for all of these people). The other two choices are less desirable because the "prof from last year" sounds like someone who taught you a class but did not supervise any work and the third prof on the advising team may not know you as long as the other three. If the internship supervisor is not a faculty member, then you might want to consider adding a 4th letter if the schools allows it and if you think all 4 letters are going to be strong. Finally, keep in mind that you can ask more than 3 people for letters in general because you might not use the same 3 for every application. You would figure out which letters you want to send to which schools before making the request. It's also okay to chat with these people and see whether they think a letter from them can be especially helpful for certain schools. e.g. maybe you do want to include that 3rd thesis advisor as a 4th letter if you are applying to a school where this prof has a great relationship with.
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    Wow, my username is incredibly relevant here! As my username says, I really prefer Uniball Jetstreams, 0.5mm. I have really small handwriting, so larger, gel pens like G2s are really bad for taking notes or doing any type of work. I wouldn't exactly call Jetstreams gel or ink pens, maybe a mix of both, so they don't smudge very often. Definitely my favorite pen by far!
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    CMU Heinz AmeriCorps Issues

    I wanted to return to this thread in case it could help ease the anxiety of a future applicant. I checked in with CMU Admissions and Financial Aid to see if my funding would be affected, and they assured me it would not be. Their general stance seems to be that life happens, and what they really care about is that everything on the application is true at the time of applying. My award may be rebranded, but the sum of my aid should remain unchanged. I found out right after I enrolled at Heinz that I would not receive the AmeriCorps Segal Education Award if I left three weeks early to attend grad school. I resigned from my AmeriCorps position almost immediately to earn more money, and my supervisor was incredibly understanding. I'll post updates if anything with CMU arises as a result of that, but at this point I'm feeling assured that I made the right decision for me financially.
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    Grad. School Supplies?

    Your employer (i.e. the school/department) should provide you with all necessary supplies (e.g. textbooks for the course, etc.). But I find it's fun (for me, as a TA) to have some non-necessary things to make the job easier. For example, I get a nice pen that I like using so grading feels less tedious. I also get stickers for my students' homework.
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    Canadian MSW Applicants 2018

    I just got a call from U of C this evening offering me a spot in the Clinical 1 year. It sounds like there may be additional spots opening up.
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    I'm actually planning to go into a PhD, but I hear wonderful things from people graduating with rhet/comp MAs because they chose the right program. If you want to be a grant writer, run a Writing Center, advise, or even just teach lower-level composition classes, an MA alone works! I understand the worry--two of my roommates are going into scientific PhDs and have actually said a Masters would have hurt their chances. I've not heard of that at all from my conversations with other rhet/comp people. For my MA, my school doesn't offer a PhD and works really hard on good PhD placements (and their recent ones were enough to impress me), so it seems having my MA will not hurt my chances later on. I did take the GRE, though there were some schools I applied to who didn't require it or didn't want to see it altogether. I got an... okay verbal score(?) (English programs will not care about your quantitative score anyway) after studying for about three months. No MA programs I looked at had score requirements or even a general "this is our median score" number listed for your GRE, though I've seen a handful of PhD programs that do. Again, there are really good programs that don't want your GRE score, or even recommend you send it. I will! Oregon State only admits students they can fund through some form of GTA. In their case, funding could come from a mix of teaching freshman comp with writing center work or some other composition teaching work. Other schools will admit more and only fund a few. My impression is that you definitely want some form of assistantship in your MA if you're considering a PhD, even if it means being a little broke for two years. I've also found no resistance when asking programs if I could speak to current grad students, and they almost expect you to ask what living off the stipend is like. Are you only considering the MA program at your university, or looking elsewhere?
  17. 1 point
    Hi! I'm going to speak as a total novice and based solely on my experiences, but I'll try to address some of your concerns: The way I'm interpreting this is that you don't read what's considered "literature" often, but you do enjoy reading. If you said, "I don't enjoy reading anything, period," grad school may not be the route to take, but depending on the rhet/comp programs you pick, you may not have to dabble in capital-L Literature very much. I avoided Literature-heavy programs when applying myself because I dig rhet/comp and am not so good at the literary criticism stuff. Unless you were a secondary school educator before your MA, I think it would be out-of-the-ordinary to have teaching experience. Plus, don't discount your Writing Center experience! I'm saying this after speaking to two MA programs on campus visits: very few undergrads have any rhet/comp classes before they enter graduate school. I was very open and said I'd had maybe 3 or 4, with almost none of the classical philosophers and no Foucault, and I was told that was a lot. Multiple professors have expressed to me that they had no idea what rhetoric was until they were already in their PhD for it. Plus, that's what your masters is for. A lot of people on this forum point out that your masters is a time to get to know the literature better, and that's absolutely the case for rhetoric. These are all careers that rhetoric MAs would prepare you for! In my personal search, Rhet/Comp is a bit odd in that a lot of the PhDs ask for an MA first. However, my search was not by any means comprehensive. I'd also like to point out that the possible careers you list seem like they could gel well with an MA alone. There are rhet/comp MAs that prepare you for other futures if you decide to not pursue PhD work. ? I'm not sure about books (I am also working on my own pre-grad school reading list), but someone on another thread mentioned finding the major journals of the field and just reading articles from the last ten or so years to see what's happening in the scholarship. I hope that helps! Let me know if I can help any further!
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    didn't get in.....

    GUYS... miracles happen... I just got an acceptance.... keep on waiting, it'll come!!
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    Canadian MSW Applicants 2018

    Hey everyone! I received an email from Angela this morning asking me to call her. When I spoke to her over the phone, she told me there has been some movement off the waitlist and they wanted to give me an offer into the full time one year MSW program!! I am absolutely STUNNED by the news and still trying to digest it!! so that being said- UofT is now offering acceptances off the waitlist!! WOOHOO!!
  20. 1 point
    Some potentially relevant past discussions: There are more if you search. It all comes down to a matter of personal preference though.
  21. 1 point

    Jobs after getting a PhD

    Interesting to read through this thread as a current PhD student in anthropology. My primary focus has always been museum work, so it's never been about getting a tenure track position for me. Honestly, a lot of the jobs that I'm looking at don't require a PhD and I'm at a crossroads of wondering if I really need it. I'm waiting to see if I receive the big grant that I applied to and if that doesn't come through I don't really see a way forward at my current institution (which is an R1, not an Ivy but still a solid place). I had a nice funding package for four years and I could walk away tomorrow with two Master's degrees. It's the external grants that are a problem. I'm seeing a pattern of people self-funding their fieldwork here (I think support is really lacking because the dept. is in major transition, among many other problems). When I speak to other students they seem to think self-funding their field research is okay because they will come out of the program making $60-80K. This seems to be true only in rare cases (at least here, anyway). At any rate, it's gotten to the point for me where I have applied to a couple great jobs just in case everything goes under. I kind of wish I had the inclination four years ago that this department was slowly dying. I think that this seeps into the advice that they give which sometimes boils down to, "You can't do this or that" because they have stopped conceptualizing at the level of being ABLE to do those things. They don't see the world through a lens of possibility because they feel dead in the water themselves. It's one thing to shoot down bad ideas, but I wonder if a lot of what I have seen here is just encouraging students to aim low. Who does that help in the end? I can't speak for other fields, but if I was giving someone advice about programs I would say aim for the top 10-- if only because the benefits from start to finish are tremendous. I have seen it first hand. Again, I can't speak for every case, however, I came in with guns blazing and it feels like I might have hit the ceiling of what I could do here. Some programs are going to say they offer a PhD course when what they offer is really more of an MA. You'll always be your own expert on your topic, as well as an independent researcher, but it will become clear to you when a place has really let you down otherwise.
  22. 1 point
    I wouldn't continue to overload by taking 5-6 courses in a quarter unless it's something that's necessary to graduate on time. Instead, I would focus on doing what you need to do to take the courses to finish your degree. Beyond that, research experience, ideally in an area you want to be doing research in, is the most valuable thing you can do. Also, you don't say what field you want to go into. Is it computer science, math, genomics, or something else?
  23. 1 point

    MPH Canada 2018

    I accepted UWO for a few reasons. I applied to 6 schools (U of T, McMaster, UWO, Queens, Waterloo, McGill) and so far have been waitlisted for Waterloo and Queens and refused at the rest. I expected this to happen since it's my first time applying to grad school, and in all honesty I don't want to apply again next year in hopes of getting into the rest of the schools. I got into a program that is good and I should attend. It's a program like everyone else. Only difference is that it's a year. Save for McMaster and Waterloo (MScPH), the rest are also non thesis, course based that also provide a practicum placement. The one concern I had was the ability to publish research. I hoped to be able to join a research team as an RA within those two years and the condensed nature seemed daunting. I reached out to a current student in the program and she helped to answer any questions that I might have, and that was great! After creating a pros and cons list, it was pretty clear that if you have a goal and a means to achieve it, then go for it! I am thinking that after the completion of the program, I have an extra year to work and to plan and see if I would want to pursue further schooling. I know the cost is very large ($32000), but once I broke down the cost from 2 years to 1, including living costs of other cities and London, Ontario, I am framing it as paying a lump sum for a degree that is supposed to be 2 years but has been brought down to one (it's letting me sleep at night lol). Lastly, a wonderful colleague of mine said that you only need one place to say yes, and it's the student that makes the program, not the other way around. So here I am, ready to drag my butt across Canada in hopes of putting my foot in the door of the public health work force and research out in Ontario.
  24. 1 point

    CSUN MSW 2018

    Hello everyone! I interviewed on 03/14/2018 and received my acceptance this past weekend on 04/20/2018

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