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  1. 10 points
    daradara

    Applications 2019

    My subfield is the same as potsupotsu's (Japanese history). Thank you all for the kind congratulations. Getting into Yale really means the world to me. Even though I applied to several other schools, this is the one place I truly wanted to be, and actually having it come true is a major validation for me. Like @urbanhistorynerd I am from the Detroit area and a non-traditional student. I grew up extremely impoverished, and was forced to drop out of high school due to family health and financial issues. Prior to going back to college I was working day labor jobs that paid $100 dollars a week for 70+ hours of work thanks to the horrible economy. I seriously never thought I would have a decent future, but now I am heading to Yale History. I know many others on this forum are non-traditional, I just want to say that I am very proud of you all for fighting to overcome whatever barriers were placed in front of you. And of course, to all of you, I wish nothing but success, as you all have been extremely kind and supportive to each other throughout this whole process.
  2. 10 points
    Dark Paladin

    Applications 2019

    I WAS JUST ACCEPTED AT YALE!!!! Crying with happiness.
  3. 9 points
    potsupotsu

    Applications 2019

    Oh my god I got into Yale!!!!!!
  4. 8 points
    DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    Decisions are starting to fly in. Last night I was rejected from my second choice program and was absolutely heartbroken, I thought they were very interested. Then, this morning while I was in a classroom working, an e-mail came in to check the application portal from my top choice program. I sat in the GA office and panicked about opening the portal. I GOT ACCEPTED!!! After 2 rejections, this was a shock, but a pleasant one and nice to hear while sitting in an office across the hall from my current department head.
  5. 8 points
    Sigh....I'm sorry but...how hard is it to send a rejection email....
  6. 8 points
    PSA: As acceptances start to roll in, this is just a friendly reminder to everyone from someone with lots of contract experience, NEVER ACCEPT A POSITION UNTIL YOU HAVE YOUR FUNDING PACKAGE IN WRITING (unless, of course, you are not expecting funding). Even if it is your top choice and you've been dying to go for the last 20 years... I cannot stress enough; get that s**t in writing.
  7. 7 points
    theotherbrontesister

    2019 Acceptances

    In at SUNY Buffalo for their English PhD specializing in Poetics! First acceptance, feels amazing! This is a dream program for me!
  8. 7 points
    sandmoon

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    UCSD comparative. Very excited. For those who don't have an acceptance yet -- don't lose hope. You only need one.
  9. 7 points
    millw

    2019 Applicants

    First time posting on here, maybe a little late in the game. I graduated from UNC in May 2018 with a double major in English and Classics. I didn't know I wanted to do a PhD in English until I started my senior thesis on James Baldwin and so I'm giving it my best shot--I went a little overboard and applied to 17 schools. Not sure how attractive a white guy studying James Baldwin is to admissions committees, but we'll see! I think I have pretty strong numbers but I have no idea how to evaluate the strength of my writing sample and SOP. I'm definitely starting to get pretty worried about getting shut out across the board. Anyway, gradcafe is helping me to stay sane and also drive myself crazy so I thought I should introduce myself to everyone going through the same process! UIUC, Vanderbilt, Emory, UPenn, Columbia, Stanford, Duke, Yale, Harvard, Michigan, NYU, Columbia, UGA, UNC, Boston College, UT Austin Rejected Implied Rejection Waitlisted Interview Accepted
  10. 7 points
    snorkles

    2019 Acceptances

    In at Chicago..........
  11. 6 points
    daradara

    Applications 2019

    I'LL BE SEEING YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY TOP CHOICE AND MY FIRST DECISION. I AM SO HAPPY! My fellow student at my current Masters also got the e-mail when you did, and mine took 5 extra minutes to come in and I had thought I had been rejected and was absolutely devastated. I don't think I'd even consider anywhere else after this. WOW!
  12. 6 points
    Reading through this to procrastinate while finishing up my first comprehensive/qualifying 3rd year exam. Sending good vibes to you all, as I remember this process particularly well. No matter what happens, you will all do amazing things and it's hard having your fate in others' hands. You've done all you can now! In addition, for some people the forum will make your stress and anxiety worse. It may be worth taking a break if you feel like it's adding to your craziness - blocksite is your friend.
  13. 6 points
    pascal450

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    I was rejected by Princeton, Berkeley, Duke, and Wisconsin-Madison. My first acceptance came today, and all I can say is that the process is extremely arbitrary provided that you meet the minimum requirements. People on this forum have talked about math, SOP, research experience, GPA, etc being important factors in the admissions process. But my experience tells me that even if you excel in all these areas, it's still not sufficient. (N=1, so take my words with a grain of salt.) I took advanced math and programming classes and graduated with a minor in computer science. I worked as a research assistant for two CHYMPS political science professors and got recommendation letters from both of them. My GRE scores are in the 95% percentile for all three subsections, and my GPA is in the top 20% of my class at a top 20 university. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on political economy, and the project involved a lot of heavy programming. The two CHYMPS political science professors read my SOP and said it was good. I wrote two paragraphs for each school emphasizing research fit. All that is to say that I still got rejected almost everywhere despite these credentials. I honestly do not know what I would do differently to improve my chances. I would think it's the same for a lot of great applicants, like @acmnny and @Chronicoverthinker. Also, I think research fit is too subjective to be a useful topic of discussion. I met with another CHYMPS professor recently, and he said my research idea was "uninteresting" and "did not speak to any larger issue in political science." But the two professors I worked with both liked my proposal and one said he hired me because I wrote it in my job application. I think a more productive approach to rejections is simply accepting the arbitrariness of life. If you meet the minimum standards (90% GRE, okay GPA at a known university, good letters from people who do research, some research experience), there's no use faulting yourself for rejections or thinking you could've done things differently to improve your chances. The process is simply just random, like job searches and the search for a romantic partner or a true friend. Finally, there's a lot of reporting bias on this forum. I wouldn't have created an account to share my experience had I not received an acceptance today. So when you see people getting multiple acceptances, know that they are hundreds of others who have been rejected everywhere or who have only gotten into one school. Please don't think less of yourself as a person or as a political scientist just because there are two or three people getting accepted everywhere. TLDR: The process is random. Pedigree definitely matters, especially when it comes down to picking two people out of the final ten. Research fit is super subjective, so don't worry about it if you've said what you wanted to study in your SOP. And if you don't think there's anything you can change, either apply again next year or find a job! The application process says nothing about you as a scholar let alone a person.
  14. 5 points
    practically_mi

    Acceptances

    accepted to UW-Madison! no info on funding yet
  15. 5 points
    quesadilla

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Northwestern Rejects sounds like the name of a cover band from Portland
  16. 4 points
    j.alicea

    2019 Acceptances

    Just received call from POI to inform me of acceptance to Davis! From what I could glean from the call (with very poor reception), they are calling the accepted students and sending out emails tonight. Also was interviewed by Riverside (don't think this is normal, probably has more to do with the fact that my work doesn't quite fit regionally with what UCR is presently doing). With that said, it sounds like people should be hearing back from them sometime next week (once they know more about funding). Good luck, fellow UC applicants!
  17. 4 points
    4/5 I’ve emailed never answered. I left it very vague at the end though, so I wasn’t expecting a response...... still awkwardly stings though LOL. Like uhhhh I thought we had a connection!?!? ? ?
  18. 4 points
    Dysexlia

    Waitlists

    Waitlisted at Northwestern.
  19. 4 points
    trytostay

    2019 Applicants

    THANK YOU @Fedallah @sad_diamond !! I appreciate that kick in the butt. I’ve been trying to spread positivity around these forums since everyone seems so anxious. Thanks for reminding me that it’s far from over and that I have a lot to be proud of.
  20. 4 points
    Stat PhD Now Postdoc

    Choosing a School

    I would not recommend sending unsolicited emails to PhD alumni or current PhD students directly. I would email the Graduate Program coordinator (who should be one of the professors in the department) and ask them to put you in touch with current PhD students. I have answered questions from prospective students at my PhD program, but it was only after the graduate program coordinator sent me an e-mail and CC'd the potential student in it, and I replied that I would be happy to answer any questions that they had about our program. As for deciding on a program, it may also be beneficial to visit the department after being admitted (if possible). Then you can talk directly with faculty and current students there. I know some people were dead-set on a certain program, but after they visited a few different ones that they had been admitted to, they changed their mind, because another program felt more "right" for them.
  21. 4 points
  22. 4 points
    dangermouse

    2019 Applicants

    i had a dream last night that the admissions process involved everyone queueing up to be publicly and loudly assessed in turn by the Admissions Committee - & to really up the intensity, we all had to bring our friends and family along with us to witness the assessment?! anyway it was very terrible and i did have a moment of relief upon waking up to realise that, no matter how grueling this process is, at the very least i don't have to stand at the head of the queue alongside my parents and brothers whilst an admissions committee calls my prose 'tepid' ?
  23. 3 points
    FiguresIII

    2019 Acceptances

    congrats everyone!! also got an invitation to NYU's comp lit interview day AHHH ?
  24. 3 points
    Sav

    2019 Acceptances

    Just got into UC Davis! Nice call from poi.
  25. 3 points
    Karou

    Applications 2019

    Congrats to the Yale admits!! That's amazing!! Waiting on them for American Studies, likely won't hear for another week or so! And I've also been punked by Harvard with the 503 error. ?
  26. 3 points
    DarthXX

    Thanks, I guess?

    Purdue Graduate School sent me a birthday wish. Tempted to reply asking an admit as a present.
  27. 3 points
    steesp

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    I just got an interview for Cranbrook Photo
  28. 3 points
    amphilanthus

    2019 Applicants

    haha I'm sitting at work right now, on grad cafe, checking my portals every few minutes, checking the results page, posting here... in an office I share with two of my superiors, just kinda hoping they keep their backs turned. my standards for basic decency slide lower every day of waiting.
  29. 3 points
    When you say “only” 2 acceptances, it hurts ? I wish I had that. Congrats!
  30. 3 points
    eggsalad14

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    I basically always keep an email tab open. Just saw I had a new email and got excited. Nope, it was just the chipotle I just ordered.
  31. 3 points
    trinityshot

    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Hoping for Michigan to come out and I didn't even apply
  32. 3 points
    Same! I already knew with not having heard anything as well. I got my first acceptance (TAMU) yesterday too though! So balanced it out. Hopefully, you'll hear more positive responses soon!
  33. 3 points
    I've been wearing a blouse and slacks. No suits for me. Most folks tend to wear suits. I'm just at a point in my life where I feel much more comfortable without, and would prefer a program that isn't going to ding me on something as silly as whether I wore a suit vs a blouse
  34. 3 points
    placeinspace

    2019 Applicants

    Woke up to the Davis acceptance and taking it as another implied rejection, and with that, I’m officially done with this process. Good luck to the rest of you guys!! It’s been a wild ride.
  35. 3 points
    MarchK94

    Early Americanists!

    Hello! I'm hoping to study religious life, Euro-Wabanaki encounters, and material culture in Early Maine. I'm particularly interested in envisioning the area as a spiritual borderlands/contested space, and I'm currently reading Homelands and Empires by Jeffers Lennox. I hope to meet some of you this year!
  36. 3 points
    bluwe

    Acceptances

    Does anyone know how slow these Michigan phone calls are going out? Have they all been made?
  37. 3 points
    University Of Mars Clinical Psychology, PhD (F19) Rejected via E-mail on 6 Feb 2019 ♦ U 6 Feb 2019 report spam "We have received an unprecedented number of exceptionally qualified applicants this year from across the Cosmos, including many from a hitherto undiscovered parallel dimension. Accordingly, we regrettably were forced to deny admission to many of Earth's mightiest applicants." Whoever posted this: I would like to be your friend. Thanks.
  38. 3 points
    Got a phone call this morning when I was cooking... it says, "this is from the Department of So...(omg I was so excited...)...cial Security... ok...fine...
  39. 2 points
    At least this person is handling their rejection with a sense of humor. Too real.
  40. 2 points
    FYI - Some adult neuropsych applications at York are now being reviewed if you haven't heard back. Just received an e-mail to chat. I Wouldn't consider it an interview at this point since it's only to discuss future directions
  41. 2 points
    When I was looking for a technician job I used university websites and because I needed a job quick, I emailed the PIs directly with my CV explaining why I was interested to work in their labs and I ended up finding a good position within weeks. It's definitely hard to find positions but not impossible you just have to put yourself out there!
  42. 2 points
    pdh12

    2019 Applicants

    @placeinspace don't leave us yet! there's still hope! we need your banter!
  43. 2 points
    I'm beginning to think my schools have forgotten about me...
  44. 2 points
    JAKH

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Modern contemporary
  45. 2 points
    That application scored a 7.0 on the writing section of the GRE, too. That's just bad luck. There's also a follow-up post, asking for their planet of interest!
  46. 2 points
    I know this sounds lame but... I wish I could somehow connect with all the people I interviewed with! LOL I wanna know where you are all going to end up!!!!! And make friendships across universities ugh ❤️
  47. 2 points
    Same. I'm 99.9% sure I will be rejected just because the fit wasn't really strong for me with their department. I'm literally begging for my first rejection at this point. All I have are implied rejections. I NeEeeddDdD ClOsSuUrrREeE.
  48. 2 points
    Don't take it personally, there were so many super competitive and experienced applicants this year, and I'm sure you were one of them. Take this time to relax, get more research experience that you're actually passionate about, and find programs that really speak to your heart. When you finally get into a dream program next year and eventually get your PhD you will be extremely relieved that you didn't get in for Fall 2019. I've gotten all rejections before and it just led to me getting lab experience that changed my life and my research goals, as well as making me a super competitive applicant. You got this, believe in yourself and your abilities.
  49. 2 points
    fordlandia

    Interview

    @Jericho While it has been stated many times on this Forum, I also had a difficult time finding the information on interviews. Typically, the History department interviewers ask about your research interests, scholarly influences, foreign language competency, your strengths and weaknesses, and your overall journey as a scholar. Also, they can be very formal, but are often more informal and laid back than you would assume. Hope this helps!
  50. 2 points
    historygeek

    Applications 2019

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/192JhkiVUpUNsHd0h6SgFZ4abuTeNSVfe1qEBRRPzmFc/edit?usp=sharing I made a new funding spreadsheet.


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