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  1. Can we add in the template POI available upon pm (or something like this): yes/no Every year these things are clogged by (well-meaning and anxious) users spamming the threads with "omg can you tell me/pm me your POI". If we can add in that prompt, people who wish to be contacted and share their POI can say so and receive private messages accordingly. Just a suggestion!
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  2. Years ago I frequented Gradcafe while applying for a PhD in history. Not all of the advice I received here was good, but much of it was. Partly as a result of that advice, I was admitted to a good PhD program where I had excellent mentors, made some dear friends, and learned a great deal about the craft of writing history. Everyone battles depression at some point while doing a PhD, but on the whole I remember my PhD with fondness. So hear I am with my PhD in hand, ready to pay it forward. This is the best advice I can give you: don't do a PhD in history. Don't do it. I know that you have
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  3. Interview invites should *hopefully* be rolling in pretty soon, especially for the programs with Nov. 15th deadlines, so I thought we could get this thread going. Here's a template for posts that was used last year: School: Type: PhD/PsyD Date of invite: Type of invite: Mass email, email from POI, phone call, etc. Interview date(s): Good luck, everyone!
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  4. one of the POIs I contacted literally emailed me back 3 months later and 2 days after the deadline to tell me he's retiring so things are already off to a great start lol
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  5. There are some programs that have 11/15 deadlines so that's probably why! No worries. You got this!
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  6. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! Can't wait to apply next year!! ❤️
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  7. I went ahead and started one! It's a good way to track when invites start going out.
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  8. Hard to say this time around, but I wouldn't be too surprised if they start trickling in a few weeks (especially for the 11/15 deadlines). I don't expect much before the semester is over, but who knows?
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  9. Just wishing everyone the best of luck now that most of us have submitted our applications!! It's in fates hands 😁 Some last minute shuffling around, my final list of programs: Harvard - PHS - ID Epi John Hopkins - ID Epi Univ. of Washington - ID Epi (though I may have accidentally selected general track by mistake. need to correct that... whoops) UCLA - Epi UNC - Epi
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  10. yoinky

    Playwriting MFAs

    Hello hello @Strelka! That's been a slight concern for me as well, but honestly I've found it reassuring to just look at all the profiles of admitted grad students and read their bios (if available online). There's quite a bit of age diversity in many places, and there are LARGE gaps between amount of production experience/fellowships/residencies/etc. It really does seem to be all about the writing. I think certain schools are more likely to take people of certain ages (Juilliard students seem to swing older, etc.), and you can kind of get a feel for that by looking at bios, but there's no har
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  11. TMP

    Don't Do a PhD in History

    I'll wade carefully here as an old-timer. When I started my PhD in 2012, I was already ambivalent about being a professor or entering academia. I wanted to get my PhD and work as a historian in a very large museum, which was viable then. I didn't know what academia was really about. I had never run a classroom. I was told that to be a TA meant running discussion sections and grading but I had no idea that there were positions that involved only grading. Due to declining student enrollments, my department dropped discussion sections and added more grading positions. Opportuni
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  12. I just wanted to wish you all the best of luck! You are all capable and intelligent individuals, and you will end up where you're supposed to be. As a 3rd year now, I still remember the stress and anxiety of submitting applications and waiting to hear back and the feelings of sadness and failure when I didn't get interview offers. I ended up getting 1 interview, which led to 1 acceptance. The program I'm in now wasn't originally my 1st choice, but looking back, I am so happy with where I am and the opportunities I've had throughout this experience. It's a rollercoaster for sure. But remember,
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  13. Hey! I am a current DrPH student and thought I could lend some insights since I relied on this forum heavily last year. I heard back from one school in late Dec about an interview (my top choice and current program), and the other two schools the first and second weeks of February. I heard back about acceptances the March 13-14th from all three schools. All three programs offered scholarships and job offers in March as well. I did get rejected from Harvard and that was sent on Feb 18th. Overall, by mid-Feb you should start hearing back so no need to stress before then I waste
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  14. Good luck this application cycle, everyone!
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  15. Hey there! I'm a second time applicant. I'm assuming that your statement of intent has a word/page limit therefore it's important to be really selective about the experiences you're elaborating on. Your statement is your chance to tell them why they should pick you. Why you stand out and what you can bring to the cohort that you're peers might not be able to. You really have to sell yourself. And so take pride in your accomplishments, the lessons you learned, and exude that confidence. Passion gets you far because it'll answer the so-what. Your grades and resume are just facts about you -
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  16. Yikes, he's only now figuring this out? Is he trying to say "nevermind" or just that this is his last year taking a student? I've been starting to think of next year a bit too. I think there's a possibility it might have to be my final year trying...I'm planning on going all out and applying to as many as possible. I'm a bit nervous about how COVID will impact next year too. 😕
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  17. I'm so sorry. Don't let that be your impression of the application cycle though. I know you guys will get invites.
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  18. Wow hearing how some schools have already sent out invites is not easing my anxiety. Most of my applications were due two days ago but still makes me nervous. Good luck to everyone!
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  19. Aw man, it was me who posted that on SDN, which I creep on regularly. I suppose SDN is for more seasoned folks, lol. I decided to make an acct here (rather than keep creeping) to see if it is more active for application cycles. I think a forum would be easier. It looks like the results page really gets cluttered with "who is your POI" rather than acceptances/rejections/interviews.
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  20. I will say, I tried to get something going on SDN last year and it's just not super active for applicants. We should definitely get one going on here, though!
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  21. My app for UC Santa Barbara was due on 11/15, and their website says that their first round of interviews are going out in December and second round in January. If any of you had 11/15 deadlines, I'd guess maybe December too? I'd guess we'll hear back from other schools either reaching out or offering interview offers in January or maybe even early February
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  22. Just wanted to say that Harvard PHS started on their admissions review earlier this week! Good luck to those who applied!
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  23. I would say not until January, especially with the huge increase in apps this year.
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  24. Some programs are really excessive - I doubt that many people would find this level of coursework useful (rather than just having the freedom to take the electives). When the program has 2.5 years of required courses, that probably means every student is taking a few extra applied classes beyond linear models, such as design of experiments, a Bayesian class, maybe a consulting practicum. Multiple semesters of probability theory and perhaps an additional class on stochastic processes. A computing class, etc... It's a lot, and most the classes should really be electives imo. I don't think ther
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  25. Thank you, I appreciate it! I'm sure we're all questioning so many things, this process really forces you to reflect and confront yourself, I will be so glad to be on the other side of it one day!
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  26. Echoing the reassurance from others...applying for or securing external funding is NOT the make it or break it factor for admission. I didn't apply for funding before my MA or my PhD programs, I applied once I was accepted...many, many people do this. My thinking is that the PIs really want to find a student who is curious, committed and hard-working and a good match with their research interests. Funding is way down the ladder of importance for PIs, in my experience. You have clearly worked very hard for your grades and achievements and are a great candidate
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  27. xypathos

    PhD in Religion

    I concur with @Averroes MD - getting into a PhD program in Religious Ethics without specific coursework in that field, probably won't happen. If you want to study religious ethics at Harvard's Committee on the Study of Religion you'll need to look through their faculty and find one that has a field in relation to yours. Columbia doesn't have a divinity school but Columbia University has a very close relationship with Union Theological. The latter does have a PhD program where you can specialize in ethics, and you'll see Columbia and Union students taking courses at the other school.
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  28. Honestly, they're all competitive. I've heard Texas A&M is sometimes suggested as a back up for continental leaning applicants, but I don't know to what extent that's true. All I know about Texas A&M is that they're hosting SPEP 2022.
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  29. At my PhD program, we had to take 2 full years of required classes, including two semesters of measure theoretic probability, and each of the first two years was followed by a 4-hour written exam. Then you had to take 4 additional electives, so most students didn't finish classes until their third (or fourth year, if they really dragged out the requirement). But it was typically 3 classes a semester for the first two years, and then 1-2 classes per semester after that. For this reason, the overwhelming majority of students in my program didn't start research until the summer after their s
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  30. Agez

    Playwriting MFAs

    Hi @Strelka welcome! The rules of "when is the best time to apply" are arbitrary. The most often I've heard is that right out of undergrad is not the best time to go, but I know at least 3 students in the Yale MFA who were straight out of undergrad. I will now be three years out (though I did take an extra two years for context), so I'm 26 and I think my understanding of myself and my writing has only improved. I think that's just time. But if you know yourself, your voice and how to make a program do for you what you need it to, that's the best time to go. Just my 2c though.
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  31. Hey y'all - long time no see! I haven't been on this site in probably 3 years! Between the years of 2015 and 2017, I applied 3 times for grad programs. On my 3rd round, I ended up getting into a funded MA program, which I'm currently writing my thesis for. I've decided to apply again to PhD programs! I feel crazy for applying 4 times...but maybe 4th time's a charm? Over the years, I've submitted 23 grad school applications and got 19 rejections. This year I'm applying to 7 PhD programs. I hope it's not 7 more rejections.
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  32. Sigaba

    I've Made A Huge Mistake

    Please clarify. Did you get the book's title wrong or the book's author wrong? (Either / or, I don't think it is an unrecoverable error if your SOP is solidly written otherwise--especially if you're applying to an educational psychology department.) If doing so will ease your state of mind, please do contact the appropriate person by telephone and see if you can swap in the corrected document. I do not recommend going into detail--just say that you belatedly caught a typo. Try to think of the request as "it's no big deal one way or another" even though you may be dying inside. If the a
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  33. I have a friend who is attending PSU's statistics PhD program. According to him, the coursework at PSU is indeed intense and each term he takes three courses and each course has weekly assignment. He has to take two full years of very theoretical courses. I am now attending one of the top statistics PhD programs in Canada and I only need to take 5 courses and I can choose whatever courses I want to take. I choose probability this term and plan to choose a second probability course next term. They are challenging but I found them extremely rewarding.
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  34. Strelka

    Playwriting MFAs

    Hey folks!! I've been stalking this thread for a little while and wanted to finally introduce myself! I'm a first-time applicant and I've really appreciated having this forum as a resource. I'm applying to the following schools for the fall of '21: - UT Austin - Brown - Columbia - Iowa - Ohio - Rutgers I apologize if this is a loaded question, but I'm very curious about the typical age range of students/applicants for MFA Playwriting programs. How unusual is it for a student to apply for programs in their early twenties? Is someone applying after only a year
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  35. I only got the notification that one app closed and was sent to departmental review for the one school. Regarding the rest, I meant the like thank you for applying emails when I was talking about the confirmations. Sorry if I explained poorly earlier! Haha
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  36. The problem though is that while there are race and gender critical theorists dispersed, it can be difficult to find a program which has a concentrated cluster on different topics which might interest critical scholars. I myself focus on critical security studies, which is not easily found many places in the U.S. Since OP wants to do critiques of economic ideology, they have a similar set of problems to deal with. Unless you really want to focus on gender and race issues specifically (I don't), then the places where you may fit is smaller than it seems in the U.S. I can say as someone who has
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  37. For a long time, this paralleled my thoughts on the matter. But, as an adviser pointed out, a guaranteed 5-7 years making $30k with excellent health insurance coverage isn't nothing in this prepostapocalyptic hellscape. So I'm not so sure anymore.
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  38. So much of admissions is fit with faculty, writing (e.g., personal statement, writing sample), and depending on the school, perhaps LORs. This means we're pretty useless in gauging chances. That said, your stats won't hold you back, so it will really come down to those other things that we can't see. I will say that programs are indeed admitting fewer students this year (e.g., NYU cutting the cohort in half), so I'd say anyone applying should be prepared for the real possibility of needing to do a second cycle next year just due to the lack of space in programs. Heck, a ton of people do s
    1 point
  39. Rbjrbj

    MFA Directing 2021

    Hey all!! Slowly but surely submitting my applications. What a weird year it’s been!! How are we feeling about apps so far?
    1 point
  40. Here both offering and seeking support. In the immortal words of High School Musical, we're all in this together! Help me through this 😅
    1 point
  41. To contribute to the support train, we've got this guys! We've cried many tears, grown many grey hairs from the stress, and have written and rewritten so many versions of our personal statements and statements of purpose. To those who have had to submit more than one essay in your application(s), kudos to you! We've grown so much from this experience and have prepared the best we could! Now we can sit back and wait it out! Stressful, yes, but in a different way 😃. Fingers crossed for interview invites 🤞 If any of you are interested, I would love to form a group where we can practice out some m
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  42. I got in! Now I am waiting for my funding package. I guess I have to wait two weeks until it is generated.
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  43. Good luck to everyone! Whatever happens, try to remember your worth isn't wrapped up in the outcome of this process. If you don't manage to land a spot this cycle, it says nothing about your competency or fitness for graduate work. Charge on and keep trying! We've got this! 💜
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  44. Are funded Master's programs in America an option? There are a few, like Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Georgia, and Kansas (not sure about others). Your language skills might be a bit under the mark for those, but you could explain in statement of purpose why you were only able to advance as far as you have, which I imagine admissions committees for MAs would be sympathetic to. A B.Phil. in UK also might be an option, though could be expensive. A second BA seems perhaps a bit over-the-top, but you certainly could pursue that if you wanted. Post-bac programs don't tend to be competiti
    1 point
  45. rd1222

    Playwriting MFAs

    Hi! I'm a current second year at Hunter College (on here because I'm applying to Juilliard, as many MFA students do!). Christine is an amazing person and I love having my program run by a dramaturg! She's kind, funny, and a wonderful teacher who gives great feedback and is also INCREDIBLY organized (which I think is an extremely rare combo). The way the program is structured is Christine bookends teaching you in two semesters: one is a class on adaptation in your first semester, and then the other is basically gearing you up for your thesis play while also analyzing plays and preparing you for
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  46. sandringham

    Playwriting MFAs

    Hi all! First-time applicant as well. My list is: - Juilliard - UT Austin - Columbia - UCSD - Hunter College - Brooklyn College - NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing I’ve read through all ten years of this forum (felt a bit like 100 Years of Solitude in its cyclical, epic nature!) and really appreciated what everybody shared, so didn’t want to just keep lurking! @Mel Rose @Agez@Coffee&Flowers Looking forward to going through the process with you. I invite anyone else who’s applying this year to come out of the woodwork and say hello!
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  47. Is there another similar thread on here? I feel like it's pretty quiet compared to years past...
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  48. I have completed BTech Biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai India in 2014 with a cgpa of 8.86, Department first, university rank holder. Have an above average academic record and IELTS score 8. Worked as an IT professional for five years. Now married, looking for masters in canada in Health Informatics or Bioinformatics. From the official websites of the top 20 universities of Canada, I can see I meet the basic eligibility criteria. But, recently one of the consultants I spoke with, told me that I have higher chances of being rejected either in the application phase or in the Visa phase
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  49. There are some points in life - and oh dear God do I feel old saying this - where the only point of the issue that matters is "did you do the thing." Changes of medication, mental health support, and professors who are bad at using online grading systems can all garner sympathy for you if you did not do the thing, but sometimes that's not enough to outweigh the fact that you didn't do the thing. When you don't do the thing, there can often be unavoidable consequences with life-changing impact. That's adulthood. And this is a case of you not doing the thing. There were many places for you
    1 point
  50. Somewhere on here there are threads about being pregnant in graduate school. Use the search feature to find them.
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