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    Adelaide9216

    The Positivity Thread

    Yeah! I can’t believe it!
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    mandelbulb

    2019 Applicants

    hi all! i graduated from a funded Master's program this last year, and after a close-but-no-cigar at Notre Dame last cycle, i'm here again with a longer list of schools and better material to work with. my BA/work experience before my MA is in another field, though not entirely unrelated to my research. i'm primarily interested in studying affect theory as applied to nonhuman bodies and natures in contemporary science fiction film and literature. my fingers are crossed for Notre Dame since i've made a connection with my POI, but i'd be happy anywhere at this point. i took a long enough break after my BA and didn't really want a break after my MA, but life never quite goes the way you want, right? at this point, i'm starting to think of which schools i'll add (or remove) for next year if i have to do this all over again. contingency plans are really the only thing that keep me sane when i'm experiencing high levels of anxiety. anyone else like that? so what is everyone's dream program and why? and on the other hand, if you don't get in anywhere, is there anything you can fall back on that doesn't make you feel sick about facing another application cycle? edit: i forgot to mention i've been lurking for a while but felt too intimidated to join into the conversation. this is me trying to convince myself i'm not an imposter lol
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    Adelaide9216

    The Positivity Thread

    I finished the first draft of my MSW thesis in its entirety! 98 pages! I will send it to my supervisor in early January to get her comments before sending it to the external examinator.
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    not important at all. Focus on your research and producing a compelling, strong writing sample
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    Lemonsour123

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I'm applying for bioanth PhD programs at NYU, Colorado Boulder, Nevada Reno, Ohio State, Arizona State, UNC, and UIUC. I still have to submit my Colorado and Nevada apps but they should be done soon. I have read so much on this site about how the waiting was the worst part but I didn't believe it until now. I can't wait until some decisions are made!
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    Hi all! I am sure I am not alone when it comes to feeling super anxious about waiting to hear back from schools after pressing that submit button. I know there is a Venting Thread, but I thought it would be nice to have a specific forum where people can talk about their worries while they wait. So, I am going to first talk about what I am worried about and then talk about what I am excited about if I get accepted in grad school. Worries: I feel like I don't have enough research experience under my belt, especially since I haven't done any research in the fields that I want do pursue my graduate degree in. My GRE scores are mediocre, so that scares me as well. I think the fact that I am taking a gap year and I am not currently doing anything "resume/cv worthy" right now will make me look lazy to the admission committees. I am also worried about paying for moving to grad school. I really hope I can get a retail job next year so I can start saving money for that. Also, I want to pay off my loans during grad school, even though I know I can defer them while in school. I just am tired of my interest accumulating. Excitement: Even though grad school will have plenty of hellish moments where I probably won't get enough sleep and be able to make meals for myself, I am ready to be back in school again. Despite the homework and stressful tests, I oddly like taking classes. I am even more excited to take graduate-level classes because I feel like I will be able to focus more on learning and less on getting an A on every single assignment. After doing that in undergrad and pretty much destroying my mental health, I am never going back to putting myself through that again. I am also ready to move to a new place and explore the area. Additionally, I can't wait to start researching something I am interested in. I am nervous that I might find out that I might not like it, but at least it will still be interesting enough that I can do it for 5-7 years. So, go ahead and just type away your worries about waiting, grad school, and anything else. Also, talk about what your excited about when it comes to grad school. I feel like doing both will make you feel slightly better.
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    ray92

    2019 GEM Fellowship

    @Moods Yes you can. It states on the website that you can combine Fellowships
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    From my past experience, opting to book a hotel may put you in a slight disadvantage. Specifically, you'll be missing a key opportunity to bond with a current student in the program. Yes, you will have opportunities to speak with students during interview day events, but the home-stay provides a more personalized opportunity to discuss your host's experience in the program. If possible, I'd suggest trying to push yourself to do a home-stay for your top-choice programs, but request a host who can provide a private sleeping room due to your sleeping issues you described.
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    As the poster above said, you know yourself and your ability to function best! However, there are some significant benefits to staying with a graduate student. The most advantageous is being able to chat with a current student more informally. While the conversation from the airport all the way until the end of the weekend won't be 100% about the school and program, it's a more calming environment to ask questions, hear about someone's experience, and get a small glimpse into what life is actually like there (e.g. where are grad students living? where do they get their groceries? distance from campus?). Saving the money is also a huge plus. Interview season is relatively expensive and cutting costs by staying with a graduate student could make it possible to spring for an extra comfortable journey home. I've had grad students offer small snacks or even bagels in the morning before interviews, though I wouldn't say that's universal. More logistically, it's nice to have a graduate student host who can direct you to where you need to go for interview and social events. Depending on the layout/location of the school, it can be overwhelming navigating transportation and "simple" things like building room locations on your own. It was significantly less stressful having someone who kept an eye out for me, let me sit in their office on a break, and was there to show me how to navigate an unfamiliar bus line. Coming onto campus from a hotel can get expensive and may be confusing unless you have very detailed instructions, which I have to admit is not always the case. In short, I'd recommend it for the insight, the cost-cutting, and stress reduction.
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    Rey38

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I don't have past experience with this but my intuition would be to book your own place if that'll make you feel more comfortable and allow you to sleep well. There are other opportunities to interact with grad students and it's always better to interact with them and with your POI when you're not tired and grumpy
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    lyonel_

    2019 Applicants

    If I'm being completely honest, I'm infatuated with every program I've applied to. But if I had to choose, it'd have to be UCSD. They have some serious all-stars in literary studies– including Shelley Streeby, who is really, I think, one of the great contemporary U.S. scholars. And their program is described as an in-between of a Comp. Lit. and English program. So I sold myself as a scholar of English literature with significant training in German, but I plan to try to strengthen my Spanish and French (mostly for philosophy/theory) along the way. Crazy to think adcoms are going to be looking at our materials within the next few weeks ?definitely not freaking out!
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    School: Queen's University Type: PhD Clinical Psychology Date of Invite: Dec. 29, 2018 Type of invite: Email from POI for Skype interview in coming weeks to discuss research ideas/compatibility Interview date(s): The week of 1/7/19
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    Worries: This is my second cycle of applying and I only applied to 3 schools as they were the only ones I could see myself genuinely happy in. 2 of them I was waitlisted for last year. As days pass I see more and more posts about how other people have gotten an interview and I have not yet. I was so sure I'd get one since I had one last year and nearly got in and I thought my application was only stronger now; I guess that was arrogant of me. I know I would be a good fit for the program and would flourish there; I just want a chance to show them. Excitement: It's not over yet- the anxious part of me wants to ignore that it's only 12/29 and still in the midst of the holidays- the people who got the emails for interviews could have different POI's. I daydream about getting in all the time- the area is so outdoorsy there would be so many trails!! It's a small town with cute little boutiques and I talked to the POI's current grad students and he's flexible about what your research is and he doesn't use you as a work horse. It would be a dream to get in!! Thanks for starting this thread lol I think my friends and co-workers are tired of hearing me talk about it and I don't think they realize how competitive it is.
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    cyberwulf

    Prestige vs. Fit

    Here are a few good reasons to choose a "prestigious" program: 1) It's very difficult for students (and even faculty) to gauge the quality of a faculty member "at a glance". Having a large number of faculty working in one area doesn't necessarily mean a department has strength in that area. Faculty at higher-ranked departments are, on average, "better" than faculty at lower-ranked places, so you don't have to rely as much on your own judgment. 2) Targeting a particular faculty member (or small group of faculty) when deciding on a program is risky. Faculty may leave/retire/change research areas/go into senior administration/etc. This is a particular concern at a lower-ranked place; if a faculty member is truly excellent, they are more likely to be "poached" by a higher-ranked place, asked to serve in higher admin at their current institution, etc. 3) Following from the first two points, higher-ranked programs generally offer better "fall-back" options if your original research plan doesn't pan out. At top places where most faculty are field leaders, switching advisers and research areas won't typically have a big impact on your future prospects. 4) The student cohort matters. Not only is it motivating and inspiring to be around other top-tier students, but an underappreciated benefit of going to a top program is the academic network that you build from being there. Knowing people in academia means you are more likely to be invited to give talks at other institutions and at conferences, more likely to be asked to be a reviewer or associate editor for a journal, etc. And, a few reasons not to: 1) Sometimes it's better to be a big fish in a small pond. If you're one of many excellent students at a good place, it's easier to get lost in the shuffle. 2) Top places tend to be pretty big, and you may prefer a smaller environment. 3) Faculty members at prestigious programs are under a lot of pressure to maintain a high level of productivity. This can create an intense environment that may be sub-optimal for student learning/advising. For example, advisers may feel that they can't be as patient with you if they need to get stuff finished and published quickly to be competitive in their field.
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    spotlighte

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Hi, thank you so much. I'll be asking them to include this intro while starting the recommendation. I just asked one of them now if he included the fact that he was a doctorate, and he said that he didn't. Sigh!
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    beardedlady

    2019 Applicants

    I don't really feel like I have a dream program. Every time I go into one of the department websites I decide that that one is my number one, and it fluctuates daily. In terms of location, my favorite would probably be UT Austin, and the least so would have to be the NYC schools (I honestly don't know how I'll be able to afford to live there). Since if I'm accepted anywhere, I'll be dragging my significant-other along with me halfway across the world, I have the added stress of his ability to find a job in his field etc. Thankfully, he's an American citizen, so no work-visa issues... If I don't get in, I have a few ideas of what I could do but no real plan. I don't think I'll be able to go through a second round of apps both money-wise and life-wise. But who knows? The TOEFL was an idiotic waste of money, especially considering that all of the schools I applied to required the GRE, whose V section is obviously much more difficult. Why both for crying out loud?? On the other hand, now there's ample confirmation that my English skills are unequivocally up to snuff. As if the 20 page WS, SoP, and LoR's wouldn't have been more indicative of that anyway... Salt up the wazoo on this.
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    Stat PhD Now Postdoc

    Prestige vs. Fit

    Prestige is something you should certainly take into account but it is not the only thing. It is probably a good idea to visit the programs you are admitted to in order to get a sense of where you would be most comfortable. In addition, even if a program is ranked "below" the top tier, it likely has niche strengths that are very strong, e.g. Rice University and UCSB Statistics are very strong for financial mathematics, while OSU and University of Missouri are both strong in spatial statistics. So if you are interested in a niche area, it makes more sense to go with the program that has particular strengths in that area. In addition, your PhD advisor matters more than the program. I attended a mid-tier program (in terms of overall USNWR rankings), but I worked with one of the most distinguished professors who has great PhD placements... former PhD students of his are now faculty at Duke, TAMU, University of Georgia, etc., and from 2012-present, this PhD advisor has had his students taks postdoc appointments at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Penn, etc. So while the prestige of the institution is something to take into account, your success is ultimately up to you. Your publications and recommendation letters are what carry the most weight in academic hiring for Statistics.
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    dilby

    2019 Applicants

    @mandelbulb welcome, it's nice to see another cinema/literature ticket-splitter here. Your research sounds cool and very similar to my own, at least the affect and embodiment angle. I'm sure we have a few overlapping POIs. :] I have a few dream programs for various reasons. It would be miraculous to get into any of these: Stanford is where Scott Bukatman is working, and he is my #1 academic because his research constellates a similar focus on animation, embodiment, and technologically mediated consciousness. Their Modern Thought and Literature department is also built on an interdisciplinary flexbility that will allow me to construct my own curricular center of gravity around the overlap between cinema studies, ecocriticism and neurohumanities. Super neat! Chicago is where many, many theorists whose work I adore are currently working. Sianne Ngai (affect queen!!), Lauren Berlant, David Rodowick, James Lastra, and Tom Gunning are all teaching there. UCLA is where my undergraduate mentor's dissertation advisor from her Ph.D. is currently teaching, as well as a ton of other faculty doing ecocriticism. UCLA also has some cool interdepartmental resources like the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies. It's a very politically engaged school and that's important to me. If I don't get in this cycle, I'm going to continue working at my comfortable tech industry customer service job and apply again next year. Anyone here can PM me with questions about finding a job—I've only found the one I currently have but I'll be happy to offer my two cents if you're feeling anxious about it. :]
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    flungoutofspace

    2019 Applicants

    Ah, I didn't know you're an international student too! (On that note, how much of a waste of time and money is the TOEFL?? You'd think that having studied ENGLISH literature for about, or at least four years, we'd be sufficiently able to communicate in the language itself... ?) But anyway, it's a wise choice to put off applying in this cycle, I suppose, especially seeing as Harvard's program tends to skew towards being more traditional, still, not to mention that their application fees are rather exorbitant. Nonetheless, if you're thinking of applying in the future, I believe Glenda Carpio and Henry Louis Gates Jr (amongst others) work quite extensively in your areas of interest. And then there's Homi Bhabha, of course... It's currently a toss-up between Columbia and Chicago. On one hand, there's Marianne Hirsch at Columbia; on the other, there's Lauren Berlant at Chicago... How to choose, how to choose — as if one could even be so lucky to be offered that choice in the first place. To be honest, I think I'd be more than happy at all the programs to which I've applied, though Duke does present a slight challenge since I've always been more fond of living in (or at least, close to) a big city. But who knows, I could like North Carolina after all. At this point, all I'd like is an acceptance (just one will do!!), because I don't really have a satisfactory Plan B, except to proceed on to do a masters at my current university. I could go back into journalism or take up a gallery internship, and maybe do some language courses on the side, but I'm just afraid the pause will lead me to stagnate.
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    Bopie5

    2019 Applicants

    @mandelbulb Is your profile picture from Annihilation!? That was one of my favorite films of the year. Dream program is currently Michigan; I'm really excited by the intersectionality and interdisciplinality of their department. I had a few skype calls with current students/recent grads and they emphasized that the program is rigorous, but has a culture of social/communal learning and collaboration, and that's a really good fit for how I learn and research! Plus, so excited by the work of Valerie Traub, Xiomara Santamarina, and Megan Sweeney. The way Michigan fosters connections between Women's Studies/Gender Studies and English is also a great fit for my interests. Only downside is the weather... If I don't get in, I'm going to take training to become a part time yoga instructor, and then try again on the next cycle. The consoling thought is that I can take six to eight months really pursuing holistic wellbeing, and that I would have more time to bolster my application and CV. I'm not expecting to get in this cycle, so I'm basically taking my backup plan as reality.
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    I’m a current student there — I can say that we’ve started arranging hosts for interviewees today, so it seems invites are going out earlier than last year.
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    Adelaide9216

    What are your hobbies?

    Going to the gym, online shopping for make up and clothing, listening to music and going to concerts, cooking, going to restaurants, fast walking.
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    Publish. Publish. Publish. One of the biggest things they look for is research productivity and the ability to garner grant money to fund research. Also, sometimes it comes down to what kind of domain they are looking for. For instance, one of my friends got her current tenure track position because the university was looking to add more courses in her specialization and were looking to higher faculty with her specific expertise. Also, more teaching focused universities (such as small liberal arts universities) will want a decent amount of teaching experience.
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    ray92

    2019 GEM Fellowship

    Well I applied to six programs hopefully I will get into one
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    ray92

    2019 GEM Fellowship

    @Moods That is awesome!!! I am glad you are chasing your dream and achieving it!
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    ResilientDreams

    The Positivity Thread

    Yay!!! You did it!
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    IceCream & MatSci

    2019 GEM Fellowship

    Thank you!! It is with a national lab, which is my dream. Who would have thought?!!? And that's great that you still have your name in papers. And surprisingly, I didn't do an interview. I just happened to check GEM today and there it was that I have a sponsor and I accepted it.
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    kef5

    2019 Applicants

    Hi @Mumasatus, I'm currently finishing up a Master's of Library Science at the UIUC iSchool and would be happy to answer any questions you or your daughter might have about the program. Also, I scored a 4 on the AW section and have a truly awful Quant score and haven't found either to be an issue so far.
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    Gofer1996

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Hi everyone! I saw someone got an email from the DCT from University of Alabama Birmingham Clinical/Medical Psych inviting him/her to an interview. I saw that last year, invites were not sent out until the new year, so I was wondering if anyone else got an interview from them or had any info on that. Thanks!
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    OMG--If people don't stop asking for POI Initials on the results page I am going to blow a gasket. Especially that one person who said "...You're giving the rest of us anxiety by not posting the initials..." WTLF.
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    I did. The official interview invite came by email from the graduate program assistant.
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    Hi there! Congrats - is this for John Jay College at CUNY, by any chance?
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    4/10 applications completed. Almost the halfway point!
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    An anecdote: I have a terminal MA, and I would not be in a position to even think about doing a PhD if it were not for my cohort. My peers were exceedingly supportive of my work, and I of theirs. Our co-operation made us all better students and better philosophers, and therefore better applicants for PhD programs than we otherwise would have been.
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    ResilientDreams

    The Positivity Thread

    We're going to the Caribbean after New Year's!
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    tdwightdavis

    PhD Applications Fall 2019 Season

    Also as long as I'm here: Hi, I'm Dwight. I'm doing another round of PhD apps (I think this is round 3? I lost count). Applying to Emory, Vanderbilt, UVA, BC, Marquette, and Fordham for theological studies. I have a MDiv from Beeson Divinity School and a MA from Vanderbilt. So far, I've been contacted to interview at Emory. We'll see how the rest goes.
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    spoitier

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I'm applying to MA programs in medical anthropology at Georgia State, Maryland, Colorado-Denver, Oregon State, Alaska, and the MA/MPH (epidemiology) dual-degree program at South Florida. I submitted all my application at the beginning of December, and now I'm just waiting on a few final LORs! Good luck everyone!
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    fortsibut

    Applications 2019

    Hey, a fellow Cornell applicant; hopefully I'll see you in the fall! ? I'm still polishing my writing sample and SOP. Did you contact POIs at Cornell prior to applying? ----- Two applications to go, and the struggle is real to finish them. I really hate the fact that programs have such widely varying writing sample lengths. Most of them are 50 pages or so and I've been able to include the bulk of the important bits of my MA thesis, but cutting down to 20 for Columbia was brutal (the application didn't specifically offer the option to send a longer sample and flag what you wanted them to read) and Boston U has a 40 page limit so that'll involve some more editing too. Work's been crazy lately and Columbia was a pretty last minute decision so that was probably a wasted $110 given how mangled the final 20 page writing sample edit was, but you miss 100% of the shots you don't take, right? RIGHT?? /sigh
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    Yeah waiting has been hard for me too. I think everyone panics after hitting that submit button, you never feel good enough etc. I've tried to dedicate time to self care or exploring new hobbies. It really has taken my mind off of the "omg no one is gonna give me an interview." thoughts. I totally believe in you! Please lmk if you get Vandy or UAB. Maybe we'll be on the same interview weekend! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate) and NYE.
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    WTF OMG this made my day! Thank you hahahaha
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    Hey! This is a little old but I was wondering if you made it!!!
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    sgaw10

    The Positivity Thread

    First interview offer today. No longer feeling like a complete lost cause!
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    This thread is a great idea! It's comforting to know that you are not the only one who hasn't everything figured out.. Worries: My first application that I have sent out so far (to my top choice, no less) could have been better than it was – I'm not sure if I struck the right tone in my SOP, as I'm naturally bad at writing those, and on top of that it contains a silly mistake. It's so small that you wouldn't notice it if you are not in the field, and even then only if you read it very carefully, but I'm afraid that it completely damages my credibility if they figure it out. Also, I have no clue how to finance my studies if I get accepted without a scholarship; the prospect of having to reject my dream programs for lack of funding worries me a lot and is a very real possibility. Sometimes, I even wonder why I bother applying in the first place...Finally, I have done quite okay so far academically, but I often fear that I will never be able to fulfill my family and friend's expectations this has created and that they will end up seeing me as a failure even if I end up in a position I'm happy with. Excitement: At least on paper, I'm a very competitive candidate: Strong grades with relevant coursework, strong results in the GRE, famous letter writers (moderately famous in the discipline, at least), relevant internship experience and so on. So at the very least, I hope I'm not completely deluding myself when I believe that I have shot at being accepted and getting some kind of funding. I'm also excited about the prospect of further studies: I love my field and I couldn't imagine doing anything else with myself, even if I don't end up at one of my top choices. I'm also looking forward to study in another country, meet new people and begin a new phase of my life.
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    EileanDonan

    The Positivity Thread

    I joined a new lab yesterday! The lab supervisor demonstrated a willingness to work with me on helping me design a project that was more relevant to my interests, so I'm excited about the possibilities.
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    Loved this: "Today I've sent an e-mail to follow up the decision process. In response, I've learnt that I'm rejected. It was like Schrödinger's E-mail."
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  50. -1 points
    I've heard that terminal MA programs are like this. Imagine a department filled with people who are battling (essentially) for the opportunity to get into a Ph.D. program that more or less guarantees you a job at the end of your Ph.D. So, does some crazy stuff happen that you'd rather not happen? Yeah, but if you want to be a contender for top programs and thus an academic job, you absolutely need to strategize and game out your moves. Does this mean you need to participate in the viciousness? No, but you must take it into account during your strategizing, and, depending on your program, it may very well require you to participate depending on your assessment of your particular state of affairs. It really is horrible, but if you don't recognize this, then you will not succeed unless you get lucky or your writing sample solves some long-standing philosophical problem.


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