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    Just got my first interview (wooo!) at UC Davis for IGG. Somewhat annoyed though as I realized the recruitment weekends for IGG and Neuro are the same, so I believe I didn't get a neuro interview as I put my first choice as IGG. Just sad I spent the extra $105 on an application when there was no way I could have gotten an interview for both.
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    Happy New Year everybody! Finally got all my grades back for fall semester and I can officially say I have a 4.0 major and minor GPA.
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    Crawled last year's thread. These are the dates of decisions: Jan 24, 2018 Wisconsin Jan 30, 2018 Duke Jan 31, 2018 Berkeley Jan 31, 2018 Princeton Feb 02, 2018 NYU Feb 02, 2018 UCSD Feb 05, 2018 UCLA Feb 06, 2018 Michigan Feb 14, 2018 MIT Feb 15, 2018 Cornell Feb 15, 2018 Stanford Feb 19, 2018 Penn Feb 22, 2018 Columbia Feb 23, 2018 Georgetown Mar 01, 2018 Harvard Mar 01, 2018 Yale Mar 09, 2018 Chicago
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    To the recent poster who got rejected at UNL, was this a mass email rejection? Sorry but thank you in advance!
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    Will my scores arrive in time?

    If you're taking the GRE in the normal computer format, you'll be able to download a pdf of your results as soon as you get them (after about a week). So if you need to upload them to your application, you'll be fine. As for the scores being sent, 27 days is probably enough time. If you're worried, you can always check with the grad school admissions office to see if they've received them a bit before the deadline.
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    Question about "Relevant Experience"

    Thank you! That reassures me
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    I did a NSF summer internship at OU this past summer and was really eyeing OU as my top. However, they still heavily rely on the GRE before looking at anything else, and with that being my only weakness in my application I was rejected. I got a personal email from my summer mentor expressing regrets. It wasnt a mass email but I received it on 12/21/18. My mentor also told me they usually get their application reviews done around now and start emailing applicants near mid to end January. Best of luck to you! edit: i just realized you wrote UO instead of OU... so apologies, I was referring to Ohio University
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    2019 Applicants

    I can't really say when I first read A Room of One's Own (it was ages ago), but besides its message, I remember being so taken by Woolf's wit and language that I immediately started looking for, and poring through everything else that she's ever written. Certainly, there's much to admire and discuss in her novels (which explains my honors thesis topic), but it was always her non-fiction — her essays, letters, diaries, memoirs — that charmed me. Her words just brim with such personality that I couldn't help but seek the person behind them, so that led me to Hermione Lee's biography of Woolf (which I, too, fell in love with), and then her other books on life-writing... I guess that, and my general curiosity in the gossipy particulars of writer's lives (especially those of women writers), was what then cumulated in my current research interest in women's life-writing. On a side note, this really cracked me up, because my best friend's a psychologist who can't tolerate any serious mention of Freud, whereas half — if not all — of the work I do now can be traced, in one way or another, to his theories... so she teases me a lot about it.
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    2019 Graduate Entrants

    Applying for a phil physics slot (hopefully we’re rare this season). Writing sample is on the recent effective realism literature from Williams, Fraser, and Ruetsche. Top programs: Michigan, USC, UC Irvine, Pitt, Princeton, but applying to quite a few. Was accepted to all the funded MA programs I applied to (~11), and am about to finish up the one I enrolled in. Still pretty worried about the results, but good luck to us all!
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    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    My first deadline is in A WEEK!!! How's everyone doing??
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    I have heard the current graduate students at my lab talk about how they like to use the time to get to know the interviewees a little bit better, and form a stronger opinion. If you happen to hit it off with a grad student during the home stay, it can put you at an advantage. Opting out of a home stay is almost like giving up an interview. While it is stressful to have to be "on" the whole time, the increased face time allows you to make a better impression and get valuable insight into the program. My lab PI places a huge emphasis on feedback from her graduate students when discussing prospective students after interview weekends, so I would agree with what some other posters said and try and suck it up if you can. On the other hand, you know yourself best, and if you feel you may be irritable and not refreshed, you might rub your host the wrong way, and that could hurt your chances. Good luck on whatever you decide!
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    Have you looked into UC Davis? I had a phone call with a current PhD student there who emphasized that the department is doing a lot with ecocrit and ecofeminism. And they have a good amount of 20th century American scholars. Margaret Ronda, Elizabeth Miller, and Michael Ziser might be good ones to look in to! And Frances Dolan isn't in your period, but she does some stuff on the history of books and printing and also stuff on agriculture that could send your research in cool directions!
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    Check out the programs in my footer. UBC in particular might be a great fit! UCSB, UCSC, and Alberta as well. Also UCR, its ranking is lower, but they are great too. Good luck!
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    Let’s talk books

    Why aren't you applying here? All my courses next semester are focused on Contemporary Drama or Gender and Sexuality! I'm currently waiting to hear back from 2 journals regarding pieces I wrote on Adichie and Suzan-Lori Parks. I think I should hear back sometime in February. Bummer that you didn't get to see Sweat. I've heard great things about the performance!
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    I agree with @beardedlady, but would also encourage you to check into UC schools as well as USC. Lots of feminist and ecocrit scholars, many specializing in literature of the West.
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    I don't have concrete suggestions re: specific programs, but one way to tackle this is to look at who's writing criticism that speaks to you and where they teach. When I was looking where to apply, I followed the trail of queer theorists, for instance. This may be productive also because it simultaneously provides you with some important information regarding your theoretical field of interest, and an understanding of who's who, increased exposure to the current debates, etc. Good luck!
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    I just recently applied to University of Arizona as well! I definitely feel you on nothing ever being "done." I can't stop myself from constantly rereading and editing - it must be a writer thing? The advice I've been given with the SOP is that you should first and foremost answer the questions on the given prompt. Once you've answered them to the fullest extent (while still below word count) you can call it. Or another something I try to do is get another pair of eyes on it and mark it up based on their feedback and make those changes. Sometimes that gives me a sense of finality. Thanks for posting btw! I've been prepping for this cycle since February and I can't remember how it feels to not be anxious about this stuff. It's good to know I'm not alone
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    ....................The radio silence on the results page and my inbox is killing me. LITERALLY, LAWD
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    Interview Advice

    I don't know if there are really a lot of rules in asking questions. Just make sure they are thoughtful and cannot be answered somewhere on the website or by reading any recent publications by the POI. Some good ones might be based on specifics of their current research project and directions the lab is moving, the culture of the lab and the POI's mentoring style. Although I only interviewed at 1 school last year, I did get in on my 1st cycle so I must have done something right. I made sure to be up to date on my POI's more recent publications and the project they lab was currently working on. I asked questions specific to those things during the interview. I asked cohort culture questions to the student interviewer. Make sure you are prepared to talk about your research interests and goals, as well as any information on your CV, in depth. Also, be friendly with your fellow interviewees. If the culture of the program is that everyone is supportive of each other, then they are also looking for people who would fit within that culture. If you're being competitive and rude with fellow applicants, that can look bad.
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    Where to begin?

    Minus the military spouse and kids, I was in a similar-ish position. I dropped out after my first year of college, took a 9-year hiatus, and did the rest of my undergrad degree and post bacc online due to my busy work schedule. If anything, the time off from school lets you gain real world experience and shows grad programs that you can handle responsibility. As far as LORs go, it might depend on the program, but every school I applied to required at least two LORs from professors. If you can get a recommendation from your kids' SLPs that would be great, but ideally try for at least one professor who can speak to your classroom abilities. It is harder to connect with online profs, but there are ways (which I didn't properly utilize). They might have online office hours through Hangouts or another program. Ask questions or even just share what interests you in class. If there are discussions, write thoughtful posts and connect to real world experiences. If they get a sense of who you are, not just how well you write, they can write a decent recommendation even without the face to face experience. As far as a leveling program, I did a 2 semester post-bacc at Pacific University and recommend it. It's shorter than many leveling programs, it has a good selection of courses that would cover most schools' pre-reqs, the professors are good, and it's a certificate program, which enables you to get federal loans if you need them. It was about 10 grand for the whole program. Good luck! I think even with so-so LORs you have a decent chance. I used three online Linguistics professors that didn't know me very well and still got in. Stress your experience and work hard on your personal statement!
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    I applied to work with one professor (X) and then got invited by a different professor (Y). I didn't realize that this meant that X was not interested in my application even though Y was. I proceeded to tell all the people I met at the open house that I wanted to work for X, and they got confused and asked, "But isn't Y hosting you?" It was more awkward than I realized at the time.
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    The best thing that I did was to get ahold of a successful proposal that was unrelated to my project. For example, I looked at a immunology related proposal, but I wrote about metabolism. This way, while I got some tips about organization and building aims, I still had to exercise my brain and really come up with everything. It made me feel like I actually did the thing at the end. In reality, I didn't use the sample proposal that much, but it kept me from forgetting some important parts and gave me something to refer to. I also spent a lot of time having what we call intellectual combat with my boss before and during writing. I would come up with aims, and then he would do his best to shoot them down. Once I was happy with that, I wrote my aims page, and we talked again. Then I wrote my proposal, and we debated once more. Then at the end of all of that, I put together my significance and innovation sections. Only after I wrote and debated the whole thing did I have some friends look at it. Doing it this way was perhaps a little stressful, but I was really happy with my proposal when I finished. I highly recommend setting "due dates" with friends that are also writing and trade your proposals back and forth. You get to learn from theirs, and everyone gets some editing done. I also had my committee review my fellowship proposal before I submitted it. I wish that this was the method I had followed for my dissertation proposal, but alas, I didn't learn to do this until I was submitting national fellowship applications. I highly recommend it. Something about talking it out really solidifies the good ideas and washes the bad ones out.
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    Accepted PHD Students and GRE

    Verbal: 148 (32nd) Quantitative: 152 (48th) Writing: 4.0 (56th) I am horrible standardized test taker but I'm an excellent student. I was nervous about applying to PhD programs but I went for it anyway because I have a lot of hands-on experience and research experience. I also recieved excellent letters of recommendations and was told my statement of purpose was really good. I don't know how bad you did but I would just make sure (1) the scores are above the cut-off because even if the rest of your application is great, they will not look at it. (2) the rest of your application is amazing. The program may look past your scores if they can see that you have potential from all of your experiences and recommendations. (3) It also depends on the type of PhD program you are applying to. Some are more competitive than others. I performed horribly on the GREs. I applied to 9 schools. I received 6 interviews and 2 acceptances so far.
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    The biggest thing I learned was not to take rejections personally. It's a hard pill to swallow.
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    Most of the things I wish I had done differently were from way back in the day as a young undergrad. The things I messed up on during the actual admissions cycle were due to lack of energy/concentration (following a huge life disaster), so I'm not sure I would have been able to do them differently even if I wanted to. Here's my advice: 1. Do an honors thesis, or some other form of research. I feel so much more prepared and qualified having done my own independent research study, and I'm sure my applications reflected that. It was also a great way for me to get to know professors, since I'm incredibly socially awkward and had the hardest time just popping in for office hours. 2. Find a way to talk to professors high up on the totem pole. I personally hate how much reputation is valued in academia, but it's the way things are. When I was trying to find LORs, I realized all of the professors I was in contact with were actually only lecturers or assistant professors or whatever. One of my LORs did not want to write a letter for me because he thought his lack of prestige would hurt my profile. Obviously it's better to have ties with an assistant professor in your field than some famous tenured professor who knows nothing about your topic, but still. 3. Try to get published and go to conferences. It was only after I applied that I found out these things are expected nowadays. I didn't even know conferences were a thing that undergrads could and should go to. 4. Start looking at schools' requirements early. I had zero idea that I needed to know a language, for example, and now I'm scrambling to learn one. 5. Read posts on thegradcafe. Congratulations, you're already doing it! I found this website after I applied. I pretty much went through the whole application process alone. I got a little bit of guidance from a few professors, but honestly they didn't give me much specific, constructive advice. If you're here, you have access to so much knowledge and advice about what you can do to improve your application. 6. Be honest, both with programs and with yourself. Even though I have pretty stellar numbers (4.0 GPA, great GRE scores), I've been rejected from most of the schools I applied to. I applied to programs and schools I wasn't a great cultural or research fit with, just because I felt like I "should" have. I was more concerned about being a good student than about finding a program that suited ME. I think I included just enough of my weird interests to turn away the more mainstream folks, but not enough to really engage the other weirdos who would want to work with me. I wish I would have trusted myself more and just gone for it, instead of being wishy-washy and trying to force myself into a mold that I clearly do not fit. I would advise that you write truthfully, because even if you're more likely to get into a program with a fake/generic SOP (which you're not), you'll probably hate the program once you get there. 7. Be gentle with yourself. Despite the things I listed here that I messed up on, I think my biggest hindrance was out of my control. Your self worth is not tied to how many programs you get accepted to, or how prestigious your school is. Things will work themselves out.


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