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  1. 12 points
    gooniesneversaydie

    2020 Applicants

    Another day of silence. Another day of cheesecake. (For those keeping up at home, I'm now on cheesecake number 3! * The Count's voice* Yes 3! 3 Cheesecakes! Ah ah ah! 10 rejections. Count them 10! Ah ah aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh 😫)
  2. 9 points
    MundaneSoul

    2020 Applicants

    I just want to thank everyone for their kind words after my last post. I spent an hour or so today talking with one of my professors in my MA program and she really made me feel a lot better. Like...yes, the tenure track job is a nightmare, but it's not the only option for folks with a PhD. I can teach at a private high school, work in publishing or grant writing, etc., and that to me would by no means be the end of the world. I'm also in game studies, so there's a chance I could end up with an industry job. (Of course, I'd love a tenure track job, but more than anything I want to make sure I can provide for my family first and foremost.) And I have options internationally, too; my partner is from Korea and we've talked about opening an English academy over there, which of course we'll have better prospects in doing if I have the PhD. Stony Brook has a fairly sizable Korean community and a developed Korean Studies program, too, and so my son will get to grow up exposed to that culture (we're already planning to raise him bilingual). Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know I'm doing much better now. Thank you again, and I wish everyone here the best of luck.
  3. 7 points
    kolyagogolova

    2020 Applicants

    Woohoo double waitlist club (UNC Chapel Hill & UVA)! Since six straight rejections preceded these (uh... ow) I am trying to remain reasonable and not too optimistic lol. Does it count as a shutout if you die of old age on a waitlist? Anyway, congratulations to everyone (including people with rejections: it's a roll of the fricking dice on so many levels). I was comforted somewhat by a professor who told me the other day that he's "made a career by getting rejected from Brown every step of the way."
  4. 6 points
    MichelleObama

    2020 Applicants

    Got rejected from Brown and Princeton today, and despite the fact that I have great offers already, I am still SO BUMMED and am investing in drinking champagne in the afternoon and dreaming about having health insurance in September. I feel like I got dumped twice by two different people and I only even wanted to date one of them but I needed them both to love me??? 2 more schools to hear back from and it will be O V E R I C A N N O T W A I T
  5. 6 points
    Yesgirlstoo

    2020 Applicants Forum

    I got in at Iowa! I got a phone call from John D’Agata about half hour ago. Wowww! Full funded for 3 years!
  6. 5 points
    karamazov

    2020 Applicants

    HELLO, FRIENDS! I just received word that I'm on the waitlist at UNC Chapel Hill!! I am so excited and so flattered that they are seriously considering me and I would absolutely die if I got in! The DGS sent a very kind letter and he sounded positive about the likelihood of admission! Still, I know I shouldn't get my hopes up too much, but I really am extremely pleased that it wasn't the rejection I expected. I had thought I'd have my decision made by the middle of March, but it looks like I'm going to be in this for the long haul! (Also, I sure wasn't expecting an email from the DGS at 10:59pm.)
  7. 5 points
    sns1106

    Playwriting MFAs

    Same for me...I followed with a quick “please disregard my previous email” 😅 currently out of the running at Yale and Texas, waitlisted at CMU. Best of luck to everyone still waiting! If anything, this has been a good exercise in how to approach this processes again next year. Relentless optimism is all I’m allowing for myself rn 😬
  8. 4 points
    tinymica

    2020 Applicants

    I don’t even want to talk about the number of girl scout cookies I’ve eaten...
  9. 3 points
    MedievalIllusions

    2020 Applicants

    SAME. My fiancé trying to explain what I do to her family always says something like “she reads English..... but old.... like Shakespeare.... but less English..... and more old..... also she likes old books..... and libraries....” Needless to say, they’re baffled.
  10. 3 points
    space94

    Playwriting MFAs

    I think I've mentioned this is my second go at this. Last year after everything fell through for me, it sucked, but by early May I actually started to feel a little relieved. I think it was because I was no longer in that space where I didn't know what my next year was going to look like--I wasn't just waiting anymore. My ego was a little bruised, but honestly that needed to happen for me to realize how hard I would need to work. So I read a lot, wrote a lot(it was hard for me to write while I was waiting, and it has been this year, also), and workshopped so that by the time the applications opened again I would feel a little more confident. I'm honestly not sure how that process has impacted this year yet: I'm only officially out of the running for Yale. But I can say that I actually did feel good going into the applications, and regardless what happens I know I represented my work better in 2020 than I did in 2019. If I end up without an offer this year, I'll just do it all over again. I know I'm on the right path, so for me it's not an "if I ever get into a program" it's "when I do get into a program" because I'm still young and figuring these things out. I guess basically I'm saying that if you don't get an offer, the best thing to do is dust yourself off and try again until you do. In the end, if you start fall 2021 or whatever you're really only one extra year older, and that year might be necessary for your personal and artistic growth.
  11. 3 points
    littlered11

    Playwriting MFAs

    I don't know if this will work for everyone, but I had a mini therapy session with myself the other day where I pictured not getting in anywhere and tried to isolate what I found most upsetting about it. I realized it was actually the idea of another year of living at home and feeling like I'm just waiting for my life to start--which is super fixable and completely in my control. So I made a pact with my best friend that we'll move in together if that happens, and I've been feeling pretty zen about the nonsense that is this process ever since. I think it's key to have a back-up plan that can be exciting in its own way and helps you to feel like you're moving forward no matter what.
  12. 3 points
    karamazov

    2020 Applicants

    @TiredStressed @asongreference Joining the ~still waiting to hear from UNC~ club! I'm wondering if maybe we're on the waitlist for the waitlist that @CanadianEnglish found out about? If I don't hear anything by the end of the week I'm probably going to email the DGS.
  13. 3 points
    Dongato

    Playwriting MFAs

    So....maybe this helps and maybe it doesn't but here's a story: I've been clean and sober for over twelve years. When I first got sober, I was in the middle of a fancy acting gig. Lots of parties and what not to attend. And I was freaking out about what to do now that I was sober. I didn't know how to leave a party. I was very fortunate bc my SM on the show was fourteen years sober. So I asked him, "How do I leave a party? I'm scared I'll miss out on everything." He smiled gently and said something that changed my life. He said, "You're not missing out on anything. You're doing something else." That bit of advice has been my guiding principle on acting and writing things. If I get the gig, the school, the opportunity, great. But if not, I just do something else. And what I'm doing is just as important. I try not to live in the what if because that life is fiction. The life I've got is what matters. Doing something with this day I've got matters. Now, I'm no saying don't be sad or disappointed. I have been rejected now from three schools, and it hurts. In addition, I found out a contest I was in the finals for was a dead end. And that hurt. But I've also had a few auditions that have gone well. I've shown up for my husband. I've shown up for my family. I've been a good friend. And I've written over the last few weeks. Anyhow...I try to keep that perspective. Whatever it is that I'm doing is the most important thing. I hope this doesn't come off as an ooky-spooky, power of now, I hope you dance sort of thing. No matter what, I hope that your bad feelings pass soon. Keep making things.
  14. 3 points
    amphilanthus

    2020 Applicants

    hi all! I’m a current first year PhD student at UVA, and have been lurking on here a bit trying to message those who have been accepted/waitlisted just to say congrats and make myself available – but I’m sure I haven’t been able to catch every post, so figured I should probably say more publicly that I’m happy to answer any and all questions via PM! please reach out if you have any questions, or even just want to connect. I will answer all messages to the best of my ability and am maybe most qualified to talk about: UVA faculty/courses related to early modern lit or women & gender (a bit of 18th century + medieval knowledge as well) the waitlist process at UVA choosing a program sight-unseen grantwriting/the nonprofit sector as a path before or after graduate school moving away from one’s spouse/partner for a program (saw some discussion on this topic a while back in the thread I think) I also have a small amount of knowledge about Vanderbilt, Rutgers, and Michigan E&WS from last year, and would be happy to answer any questions that I can on those programs if (like I was) anyone is very desperate for information at this stage. wishing you all the best with a very, very long and miserable process! be good to yourselves.
  15. 3 points
    energeia11235

    2020 Acceptance Thread

    Same—congrats.
  16. 2 points
    pirhiaa20

    2020 Applicants Forum

    @Dochinka96 I totally agree w/ @doe-ish's approach to the interview questions and that it's that balance of showing that you've researched while expressing interest (so, y'know, don't ask how large the cohort is, if their website says it. but you COULD spin that into "why does the program choose to select [#] students; how do you think a cohort of that size impacts the students' experience?). my only specific add would be to ask the director what initially drew them to MN State, what has surprised them in their time there, and what keeps them there. gives a chance to connect more personally with the interviewer and to learn what, in their eyes, sets the program apart from similar ones. and of course it's an opportunity to actually learn about the program's ethos and approach. super simple, but maybe it'd be helpful for you to make a list of all the elements of a hypothetical dream program, and then if you're not sure whether MN State has/doesn't have any of those things, ask! good luck!!! and congrats @Yesgirlstoo ! (and any other acceptances I missed!)
  17. 2 points
    CanadianEnglish

    2020 Applicants

    Yeah it might be the waitlist for the waitlist. I would recommend emailing the DGS of UNC or any program you're still waiting for that usually has sent out acceptances by now or had a super early application deadline. It never hurts to ask and all the DGS that I emailed last week sent out responses right away. Obviously, be very respectful and understanding in your emails, but definitely doesn't hurt to ask! The UNC DGS was especially nice over email!
  18. 2 points
    MichelleObama

    2020 Applicants

    Thank you for your condolences! I'm surprisingly heartbroken. I am trying to remind myself that I'm already in at my top choice and that I'm probably definitely going there anyway, but I still really thought Brown and I would have gotten along. I visited Yale and Brown last year and spent the night in Providence on my way to Portland, ME. I had wished the whole time we were eating lobster in Maine that we had chosen to stay in Providence instead. I loved Providence more than New Haven, even. IT'S FINE EVERYTHING IS FINE I have great options I just really f*cking wanted to have the option to consider Brown. It felt so right! I would have loved to receive pedagogical training there! Despite having a successful cycle even after expecting/preparing for a shut out, it is still a devastating process. My hands were shaking for like 10 minutes after receiving the Brown rejection. I could hardly open my rejection champagne! 🤦🏾‍♀️
  19. 2 points
    orangebrain

    2020 Acceptance Thread

    It was specific to my focus! I'm so excited
  20. 2 points
    doe-ish

    2020 Applicants Forum

    Maybe try asking questions about their Creative Writing/English department, about how its resources can help you succeed. I don't know anything about their program, but maybe, using what you know about them, you could ask how they've connected students with publishing opportunities in the past, what kinds of opportunities there are for TA-ships (even if you're not actually interested), etc. I'm imagining it's like those questions at the end of a job interview, in the sense that if you express your familiarity with details of the program, and show concern over how those resources can aid your success, you'll demonstrate your ambition and also the fact that you care enough about their program to know its specifics. Sorry if this is poor/obvious advice, but hey I tried! ^^;
  21. 2 points
    rbr542

    2020 Applicants Forum

    Omg awesome! Many many congratulations!! I hope we meet there.
  22. 2 points
    Procopius

    2020 application thread

    I was in the same exact situation as you were in in 2018. Emory was also one of my dream programs and I got waitlisted there. Other posters already answered your question, but to add on, I think I waited until the last couple of days before the deadline before moving on and what I had heard was that if only a few more people had declined their offers, I probably would have made it in. I think I was basically at the top of the waitlist, but things didn’t work out
  23. 2 points
    epistemicjustice

    2020 Acceptance Thread

    Does anyone have any first hand knowledge about the MA program at McMaster? Was accepted there last week.
  24. 2 points
    Congratulations!!
  25. 2 points
    Also, as a general piece of advice, you might want to apply to some MA programs first. It sounds like you're still in the process of totally figuring out what you want to specialize in, and MA programs are great for that, since you get some more time to develop the depth, etc. that you say you feel like you're currently lacking. Good luck!
  26. 2 points
    imallears

    Audiology Applicants 2020

    If anyone else got accepted to OSU or UC, message me! I'd love to put together a groupchat or Facebook group or something to get to know y'all!
  27. 2 points
    madisonc7

    MSW Applications Fall 2020

    Cheers to hoping this week, being the last of Feb., brings about a decision from CU.
  28. 2 points
    lattes&equality

    MSW - Berkeley

    For those accepted, did you get any information on financial aid? I got an email saying I didn’t get any departmental fellowships. Does this mean I won’t get anything from FAFSA? This will be my first time taking out loans for school so I’m not really clear on the process. Any input is appreciated!
  29. 2 points
    Bubby

    MFA 2020 Freak Out Forum

    I spoke to them recently and they said they were finalizing the review process. Shouldn’t be too long.
  30. 2 points
    gooniesneversaydie

    2020 Applicants

    Spoke to two friends last night lamenting about the current situation. Neither understands the world of academia, but were supportive nonetheless. However, when I explained that one possible reason for rejection is that another medievalist was chosen over me, one friend shouts, "Wait! God! There are more of you??? Who the f**k studies that?? Who else chooses to study medieval sh*t??" Then, my other eloquent friend shouts, "Nerds, that's who! You should start a nerd school, so the rest of the nerds can attend nerd school!" And there we have it, friends. The origin story of how I started my very own "medieval nerd school." All are welcome.
  31. 2 points
    Anyone else get their soul crushed when a potential PI talks about how they are SURE you have SO many offers and that they think you have an amazing career ahead of you...but then reject you? I know it's them trying to be nice, but when the reality is that I have no firm offers, it just adds insult to injury when they are asking me to contact them when I "decide where I'm going".
  32. 2 points
    Oba2020

    Harvard Kennedy MPP 2020

    Hi all, I just wanted to inform you that I just got an email for an interview (CPL Emirates). Like you, I have been stressed out, so I wanted to share the information. Interview for March 2nd. Wish you all the best of luck!
  33. 2 points
    Epi2020PhD

    PhD Applicants: Fall 2020

    This is true across the board. Hopkins pays way less than national averages (SPH, Medicine) because they can and they'll still get top people because of the prestige. I've also heard - and I could be wrong - that the public health school rankings are all down to amount of grant funding the school pulls in and has nothing to do with academics. If that's true it checks out with an earlier comment about how JHU professors are chasing down grants all the time.
  34. 2 points
    Accepted to UT Austin
  35. 2 points
    The PhD will end at some point soon, however, your partner will always be there...if you're meant to be together. I say complete your PhD and then go back to your country. It's tough now to transition from being together to being alone in the US, but remember, it will come to an end, no situation is permanent. Also, in my thinking, if your situation was reversed and you were done with your post-doc, would you be okay with letting your SO quit their PhD program just because you finished yours ahead and want to move back home? Don't quit, you just have to work harder at your relationship in the time you'll be apart.
  36. 1 point
    gooniesneversaydie

    2020 Applicants

    Out of reactions, but solidarity! Sugary, sweet solidarity.
  37. 1 point
    gooniesneversaydie

    2020 Applicants

    Thank you!!
  38. 1 point
    In at Cal for the MDP! Way earlier than expected, great surprise. Only waiting on Columbia now, which also happens to be my first choice. Fingers crossed.
  39. 1 point
    100% appropriate and a great idea in general! I went to the APA conference in 2019 without even presenting anything but I wanted to network. So I emailed professors I wanted to connect with in order to put my name on their radar for fall 2020 applications. They were all appreciative of my outreach and I think it’ll make you stand out as someone who is super motivated!
  40. 1 point
    Hi everyone, I just received a digital interview with Columbia MS in Data Science. Anyone has received it as well? Do they send it to everyone or it means better chance of getting admitted to the program? Thanks!
  41. 1 point
    zayzay

    Playwriting MFAs

    Mental health is definitely first and to be honest....mine has taken a hit from this process. I feel very low and very exhausted and am having a difficult time keeping it together right now. This process is one of the most taxing and emotionally draining I've ever been through and I'm sure all of us feel that way to an extent. Does anyone have tips on how to make it through? Even if you don't get into any of your programs, how do you move forward?
  42. 1 point
    madisonc7

    UW Seattle MSW Fall 2020

    I don't think anyone has heard anything, period
  43. 1 point
    coffeeortea

    Spanish 2020

    February 1st, by email. It actually went to my spam mailbox, I found it by chance like 3 days later.
  44. 1 point
    As I was discussing with someone else in a PM conversation earlier, given that departments like Stanford’s MTL state quite explicitly that they prefer “projects that could not be carried out in a conventional department,” I didn’t know if my work would be sufficiently far-out to suit such interdisciplinary programs (as it turns out, it probably is). This was partly why I decided to apply to more “conventional” English departments instead. (Other reasons had to do mainly with funding packages for international students.) Granted, there are faculty at each of the schools to which I’ve applied who are working in some capacity on my areas of interest, but they tend to be jointly appointed in comp lit departments and — as I later learned — have less of a presence in english programs/adcomms. Besides, most of my POIs in these programs are at a stage of their career where they can put out more interdisciplinary work — precisely what interests me — and no one will bat an eyelid. But this sort of research tends not to be what’s expected of English PhD dissertations and early-career job applications, which still remain grounded in traditional periodizations/demarcations of approaches. (Oddly enough, academic publishers do prefer books that are more interdisciplinary and can reach a wider audience, so many students end up having to put in extra effort to rework their dissertations into their first books.) In this sense, I don’t think the “fit” was quite there for most of the programs on my list. Like I mentioned in another thread, if I had to do over this cycle, I’d probably apply to more of the programs that I’ve listed above (or, if possible, just spent more time working on my language skills to apply to comp lit programs), though I really hope I don’t have to undergo this arduous application process again.
  45. 1 point
    It sounds like the only thing School #2 has going for it is the location. Family is important, but if you set yourself up for success after grad school by enrolling in the right program you're more likely to have the resources necessary to better take care of your mom. From what you've posted here, I'd absolutely pick School #1. It sounds like you're much more excited about the program & the research.
  46. 1 point
    tanzil

    McMaster eHealth 2020

    Hi guys, I'm sharing this breakdown of Iris's last email to calm all the readers' waiting anxiety, as well my own 😅. This might be a totally unnecessary repetition of information that everyone already knows but here it is: Based on the timelines, it seems the admissions committee has already made their decisions (Fri Feb 14th), and these will be sent out on a rolling basis (i.e. a few at a time). A couple decisions (interview offer or rejection letter) as well as actual interviews have likely already taken place between last Monday and Friday (Feb 17th-21st). After this coming Tuesday Feb 25th, the interview offers/rejection letters should be coming in much faster (i.e. their Quality Assurance Review deadline). Given that the currently targeted last day for interviews is Fri March 6th, it can be assumed that if you have been selected for an interview offer, you will PROBABLY know by Friday Feb 28th (assuming they'd want to give you a solid week to study and prep). Of course, all of the above is simply my understanding of Iris's last email sent to all the applicants on Feb 7th. I could be totally wrong about my last point if they significantly fell behind on the above mentioned targeted goals, in which case add 2 to 3 business days. Hope this helps anyone in some way! 🙂 Tanzil
  47. 1 point
    deep_field

    2020 Acceptance Thread

    got an (unofficial) offer today (via email) for Pitt HPS, my AOI is PhilSci so I'm super excited! this one will be very hard to say 'no' to...
  48. 1 point
    Mswstudent101

    MSW Applications Fall 2020

    YOU GUYSSS my CU portal just changed!!!! I have red X’s next to my official transcripts?? Anyone else with me??
  49. 1 point
    Hello, I am starting to feel overwhelmed (end of my first semester as a PhD student). I have two papers to write. I have a book chapter to turn in as a co-author (I was invited to contribute to a book that's exactly related to my doctoral work, I could not say no). I also have my research assistantship.
  50. 1 point
    MarineBluePsy

    Grad. School Supplies?

    I'm not sure what type of writing you do in your program or what sort of help you need but have found these books very helpful: How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark Writing Empirical Research Reports by Fred Pyrczak


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