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  1. I'm going to post a quick rant, which I'm writing for cathartic/therapeutic reasons. Don't take anything in it too seriously. In office hours the other day, I let my thesis chair know that I was not having much luck this season. She made a remark to the effect of: "I regret having wasted the time writing you a letter." She phrased it in a comical way--we joke darkly with one another--so it wasn't as if she was intending to be hurtful. But it stung, because before now, I had only thought of how disappointing it would be for me if I were shut out--not that it would be a disappointment to al
    17 points
  2. Welp, I received my last application decision last night. So I guess this cycle is over for me! I'll be posting my profile in the other thread once I make my decision (probably on Sunday). I wish everyone the best of luck with the remainder of the cycle!
    16 points
  3. ja.col

    2020 Applicants

    Even though I'm yet to hear from NYU and UPenn (I mean, who HAS - both are implied rejects I suppose (congrats to the admits)), I'm considering the rejection I got from Columbia today as the final nail in the coffin for any further good news. Thinking about this as the end of my application cycle, I can't help but feel relieved - I have one solid acceptance to what has been my dream school since finishing my MA in 2018 (and my dream city since visiting in 2012). Now all I've got to do is visit next week, soak it in, and say yes. Not being Oxford or Cambridge educated, from a failing state seco
    12 points
  4. Claiming a rejection from Columbia (email to check the portal this morning). Also claiming a Harvard acceptance (got a call this morning). Only have Yale to hear back from, and after that I'll post my profile.
    9 points
  5. Ugh. Just got rejected from Brandeis. I only have one more to go (chandler voice: BU could you B any slower?), but it's not looking good. I know everyone says it's not over until it's over, but I kind of wish I could trick my brain into thinking it's over. I'm 100% reapplying next year (and probably adding 10 extra schools) and I plan on retaking both GREs and working on my writing, but I feel a bit lost. I know we all feel this way, and we are all right the feel this way, but I really felt like I earned it and I deserved to get in... My heart truly goes out to anyone feeling this pain ri
    9 points
  6. I feel everyone on the struggle to figure out what you did wrong when you've worked so hard and people you respect gave you feedback. To me, the worst feeling is the world is not knowing how to get better. Don't forget the lottery element and factors out of your control, like school prestige, connections of your LORs, whether you're non-traditional, etc.; give your SoP and writing sample another clear, critical, ruthless look and get more feedback; and if you can-- just get back in the ring to try your chances again. You're going to need persistence in this game no matter what you do. I
    8 points
  7. Great work on running this forum Dwar! You made things a lot easier on most of us this cycle!
    7 points
  8. FYI, I'm going to go ahead and email the Boston U DGS.
    7 points
  9. Well, I got offered a MA spot at Boston College (same thing they offered last year - scholarship of 11K). BC was my dream school when I was in high school many moons ago - my god, the architecture - and it was hard to walk away from the offer last year. However, as much as my heart wants to accept on aesthetic alone, I don't know if going into more debt is worth it. However, however, it opens the possibility of getting into a """better""" PhD program afterwards with a stronger writing sample and teaching experience. However, however, however, I'm also very, very tired of this process and want
    6 points
  10. Part II: A: Go to (k). I went to (y) but the three most brilliant minds working in literary studies right now are at (k). You would be an idiot not to go there, but I have a feeling you won't, because you'll be an idiot about it. Me: Well I've heard that all of the graduate students at (k) are miserable—a lot of current and recent ones have reached out to me with not so great things. A: What is "happiness" anyway? Why would anyone do a PhD thinking they're going to be happy during it? Me: Okay that's a point. Were you happy at (y)? A: Well, yes. Me: I feel like I
    6 points
  11. MundaneSoul

    2020 Applicants

    You know what? The doom and gloom over there almost tanked me too, and I kinda think it’s bullshit. Like do you want to go get TT at a Top 50 school? Then yeah, you probably should hold out for something high ranked. But like...are you doing this because you want to be the foremost scholar in your area or because you adore your subfield and want to keep learning in it and teaching in it? I don’t think you should let anybody tell you your lower ranked acceptance isn’t good enough. You might not get the prestigious job that they ultimately do, but that’s only a failure if you decide to frame it
    6 points
  12. Just got into UCLA MSW!
    6 points
  13. unctomsw

    UNC MSW 2020

    I just got the email saying I got accepted!!!
    5 points
  14. Congrats! And i think i speak for most of the people on here when i say that i am eagerly awaiting your profile!
    5 points
  15. It's such a tricky thing, because I'm also wondering why I paid like $800 to get no real feedback except "sorry, no." On the other hand, I know how much extra labor people in general are asked to do in academia so I'm wary of calling for something like robust individual feedback outright. But as I think about the possibility of reapplying, I do want to know if there's anything I could have done differently. The email you received is a good reminder that it is usually not about a lack of qualifications, but other random decisions made my flawed humans. I keep going through my materials, an
    5 points
  16. Waitlisted at Princeton. Please, someone, send in your decline! Waiting for my fate is hard... Rejected from Brown and MIT - expected. Also expecting a rejection from NYU since I haven't heard anything. Sad that so few universities love me, but as a wise woman told me - you only need to get into one school.
    5 points
  17. Silverlake

    Playwriting MFAs

    I just want to echo this comment -- about how generous everyone's comments feel -- especially all of this discussion about handling rejection. I was definitely feeling low about it all today, and then when I landed back here, and read everyone's different experiences & perspectives -- it just gave me a broader feeling of having a shared experience, and not feeling so alone in the negativity. So thanks for that!
    5 points
  18. I am claiming a theory acceptance to Harvard, notified via phone call. So excited!!!
    5 points
  19. Jetpacked

    2020 Applicants

    I feel this last sentence a lot from my rejections last year. To be fair, a lot of the reaction I interpreted as disappointment is because none of my close family or friends have ever applied for PhDs before, so nobody really understood the process or the odds. I don't know if it's the same for you, but a lot of people may just know that you're a very clever and hardworking person who loves their research and therefore don't understand why you would be struggling to get a place, and express their support and frustration on your behalf in a way that sounds like disappointment in you. Some of my
    4 points
  20. The fact that there still exist programs like this in the year of our lord two thousand and twenty...
    4 points
  21. carolhd

    UNC MSW 2020

    I also just got an email with my acceptance! Seriously hoping you all hear the news you want very soon! I know how agonizing the wait is
    4 points
  22. Ydrl

    2020 Applicants Forum

    Made a strawberry pie, wish I could serve some to the rest of you so we could nervously eat it today. It won’t be set for a few hours, so not even I can eat my stress pie.
    4 points
  23. telkanuru

    Decisions

    First, smaller cohorts does not mean more attention. A more attentive adviser means more attention. But you can also be the change you want to see in the world. There was not much of a vertical cohort among the medievalists at my school when I showed up; there is now, but it took a lot of work.
    4 points
  24. I'm international too, seeing other international students here makes me so happy. The odds are def against us, as many programs use federal training grants for phd students. But there are still many good programs that provide funding for international students. I have interviewed with 5 programs, and so far, 2 offers has come with full funding and competitive stipends. So there is hope for us! I also figured a good way to gauge this is to see if the programs have accepted/funded a good amount of international students in the past. Wish you best luck!
    4 points
  25. Waitlisted at Pitt. Received an oddly personal email asking for my current level of interest in the program and floating the possibility that I attend the admitted student visitation at the end of the month. I say 'odd' only because I had assumed that a waitlist email would be more clinical, rather than warm and inviting. Perhaps this is normal, but it would take more willpower than I have to refrain from interpreting this as a sign that I am particularly high on that list; I will therefore ignore any comments on here to the contrary 😉.
    4 points
  26. Wow this implied rejection feeling really ... sucks doesn't it.* *Please please no one jump down my throat for saying this—I realize I'm incredibly lucky with the options I have; my only point is that as a feeling it manifests no matter the surrounding context and sucks no matter what!!
    4 points
  27. Yay!! The cycle is finally over. I've been mostly lurking, but popping in now to say that this thread has been good for managing the waiting anxiety. Good luck to all who have yet to hear back!!
    4 points
  28. In at U Wisconsin-Madison for Water Resources Management! Now just waiting on Tufts and Yale. Can't wait until next week 😱
    4 points
  29. PlayWitch

    Playwriting MFAs

    Well, babes, last year I applied to 10 schools and got nothing. Not even an interview. I spent the year working on my application and submitted a new play with a totally reworked SOP. I just got an interview request from NYU! So... Anyone have any advice? What kinds of questions should I prepare to answer?
    4 points
  30. Yes, especially to the part in bold, and this is my main gripe with academia (and, I believe, the public's gripe with academics). As for prestige vs. talent issue, I definitely think prestige has likely played a (big) part. There are certainly better and worse applications, and there's the question of fit, but if you're getting waitlisted/accepted (and being waitlisted is more of an acceptance than a rejection), then that means your application is perceived as marking you as ready for this level. I don't think there is really that much of a difference between the level of work you do or the le
    3 points
  31. I have received an official offer from SFU via email! Very excited!! Feel free to message me
    3 points
  32. Love, love, love--you've accomplished so much already just getting to Chicago, and the years you've got ahead of you are so exciting! I look forward to the day a few years from now when I'll read a new, excellent essay in queer studies thinking, Gosh, that's brilliant, I've never thought of it that way, without knowing that the writer is an anonymous GradCafe user from years ago who went to their dream school.
    3 points
  33. Edit: I just reread your post more thoroughly and realized you were asking specifically about the TAship pay. I don't actually know the answer to that, I'm sorry! But I'll leave my answer for the rest of it. I was told by an admissions person from a grad school at National Portfolio Day to always ask for more funding. She said that the worst they can do is say no, but often if the funding is available, they'll work with you. She did preface it with "you didn't hear it from me, but..." though, so take that as you will. 😂 I think if you wrote to them or spoke with them in a polite, p
    3 points
  34. I claim a rejection from UNC. Considering the slim chances of good news from Chicago and Harvard, I think that my cycle is over. I must say that, no matter what, I am happy about not participating in the next cycle
    3 points
  35. JT at CU Boulder confirmed for me that I am on an unofficial waitlist. I pretty much already knew this, but it is nice to have a degree of certainty regarding something about this process.
    3 points
  36. Wimsey

    2020 Applicants

    On the day before my first campus visit, a conspicuous pimple decides to appear on my face. Love that for me. 😅
    3 points
  37. It deterred me. I also don't want to live in Boston. I'm from Boston.
    3 points
  38. Dongato

    Playwriting MFAs

    Even though, I know from past years that Columbia won't be in touch about interviews for a week or so, it does not stop me from expecting an email to magically appear in my inbox!
    3 points
  39. Claiming the acceptance to Colorado State University! Whew. I feel like I can finally breathe again.
    3 points
  40. You may want to copyright this sentence, because I'm going to make a motivational poster out of it. It fits perfectly with the quotes from JK Rowling's Harvard commencement speech I turn to during really tough times.
    3 points
  41. Rani13

    2020 Applicants

    Congrats on coming this far! As a former international student myself, I think these are really pertinent questions. I want to say there is no single, right way of doing this. I've had a fairly unconventional journey myself, and am seeing some successes with PhD applications. My BA is from the Global South and my MA is from a non-fancy US university. There are pros and cons to worrying about prestige. On the one hand, it does count for a lot, and can certainly help you get in to a well ranked PhD program. On the other hand, it really isn't everything and there are ways to overcome the lack of
    3 points
  42. Two quick ones can make it seem worse than it is - don't be disheartened! Even if it doesn't work out this year.
    3 points
  43. Kelsey1599

    2020 Applicants

    Out of reacts but I am right there with you @gooniesneversaydie At this point, I just want to get into A program let alone THE program. With the help of this group I am starting to realize how things do work out for a reason so I wish the best to you in your decision and to everyone as the rest of the application season shakes out. Cheers to one more bit of ice cream lol🤣🍦
    3 points
  44. WildeThing

    2020 Applicants

    Are any schools pressuring you to commit? Do not accept an offer if you have decisions pending (unless you know you would not accept, but even then, you could leverage the offer). Moving on and starting the process is enticing, but you don’t want to have any regrets about this situation.
    3 points
  45. feralgrad

    2020 Applicants Forum

    Just saw the first notification for Hollins *shivers*
    3 points
  46. This, also inquire as to if/how students normally go about getting additional funds outside of normal (non-academic) side jobs. TA or solo teaching opportunities vary in availability, not sure how Austin is. Additionally, the graduate school entity (i.e. the bureaucracy that oversees all the grad programs) might provide support in the form of smaller grants/stipends, though these are often competitive. Also worth consideration is the health insurance plans provided by both, as well as any other benefits that are provided by the university that don't make it into the stipend dollar amount.
    3 points
  47. I haven’t heard anything from SVA IxD yet either. Hopefully soon? I got an email today about Parsons Interviews. They’re taking place this week.
    3 points
  48. Keep waiting in the sense that you do not accept an offer from another program if there are schools that have not yet rejected you before April 15th that you might choose over some other school to which you have been accepted. People often receive acceptances in April, sometimes on the 15th or afterwards. Do not keep waiting in the sense that you hold out high hopes. But don't make it impossible or difficult to accept an unexpected offer, should one arrive. It happens.
    3 points
  49. So long for this cycle gradcafe! It’s been real, see you next cycle ✌🏻Good luck to other folks in the same boat.
    3 points
  50. Friends, I wish you all the best. May you remember that your value is not determined by any acceptance or rejection. I accepted my admission into BC this morning. This forum has been a place of solidarity during this grueling process. See you all around the guild.
    3 points


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