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  1. 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! 💜
    14 points
  2. 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,
    13 points
  3. It's December 1st finally! Just wishing everyone the best of luck! Applications have been a stressful time. I hope you all take time to celebrate being finished this stage of the process.
    12 points
  4. 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
    10 points
  5. In the words of Elle Woods..... WE DID IT!!!!!
    10 points
  6. 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
    7 points
  7. Are we counting preliminary Zoom chats here? EDIT: Feels too soon to make an official post, but I literally just heard from a prof at one of my "safety" schools about setting up a Zoom meet (not the official one I think)! I guess I should amend my earlier statement about PI's likely not issuing invites yet. I think it's fair game for some POI's to reach out for an early feel.
    7 points
  8. I agree! celebrate being finished with this stage of the process, but also celebrate the fact that you're in a position where you are applying to phd programs! All of us have put so much work into building up our applications and we shouldn't take that lightly. ❤️ We have done so many great things while preparing for this moment.
    7 points
  9. 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!
    6 points
  10. 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
    6 points
  11. Here both offering and seeking support. In the immortal words of High School Musical, we're all in this together! Help me through this 😅
    6 points
  12. Good luck and good vibes to everyone submitting applications!
    6 points
  13. Hey everyone!!!! Let the waiting game begin. We have already come so far for just getting our applications in. I hope to be able to report lots of good news soon
    4 points
  14. 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.
    4 points
  15. I have so many projects and papers I put off to work on applications and now I'm dreading picking them back up lol
    4 points
  16. For OISE, they don't tend to review apps until well into the new year. My cohort all got emails from the profs before the portal updated with any info. Rather than checking the portal, just make sure to check your email junk folder! Best of luck everyone, hoping for good news all around
    4 points
  17. Still have two more applications to wrap up tonight after work (facepalm). Good luck to everyone. Here's to a relaxing December!
    4 points
  18. It's December 1st finally! Just wishing everyone the best of luck! Applications have been a stressful time and I hope you all take time to celebrate being finished this stage of the process
    4 points
  19. 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!
    4 points
  20. Don't. Stick to your original plans. Do not throw in more applications because "COVID!" and "Dread!" What about ABDs who are finishing this year? They are really struggling to make decisions about whether to try to extend their funding because of the overall economic crisis and disastrous job market (except for a field that is in very high demand right now). They're trying to decide whether to use COVID as an excuse to extend their time in graduate school, even if their dissertations will be largely finished by Spring 2021, or how to come to terms with the reality that they will very likely
    4 points
  21. Hi folks! I noticed something interesting.. it looks like the timeline on the Gates-Cambridge website has changed. The offers are now slated to happen in late January for domestic US applicants, rather than early February, and there is no mention of the interview or panel ranking on the timeline anymore. Thoughts on this?
    4 points
  22. 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): DM for POI: Yes/No Good luck, everyone!
    3 points
  23. lilgreenblatt

    2021 Applicants

    Finished mine last week and all my letters have been sent off as well!! Fingers crossed and prayers (for those who believe in them and want them) for all!
    3 points
  24. I went to a small liberal arts college and am currently a 2nd year at one of the schools you applied to
    3 points
  25. I urge myself to think this way: even if I could halve the number of applicants from 980 to 490, my chance of getting accepted would only increase from 1% to 2%. Seriously, what's the difference bwteen 0.01 and 0.02? I bet they're insignificantly different lol...so relax.... It works, at least for me. ┑( ̄Д  ̄)┍
    3 points
  26. I have never personally regretted having gotten my PhD in history; it enabled me to have so many experiences I would never have had otherwise, to live abroad, to make wonderful friends, live the life of the mind, etc. I'd be a very different person if I had stayed in the job I worked in before applying to PhD programs; the experience of the PhD helped me grow so much and I would never take it back. But, I want to second a lot of what the OP said. There really are so few jobs. When I was first applying to PhD programs in 2011 I knew that the job market was bad, but like OP said, I did
    3 points
  27. Does anyone here have any personal contacts to admissions departments (at schools where the deadlines have passed by now)? I'm curious if more or less people applied this year because of the pandemic...
    3 points
  28. 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
    3 points
  29. Done! Time to step back and let what happens happen. Rooting for you all.
    3 points
  30. captbaka

    Playwriting MFAs

    Hi hi -- if this is helpful, I did a panel with Playwrights Realm a couple weeks back about MFA Playwriting programs, and they just posted the panel here. Schools represented: UCSD, Brooklyn College, Yale, and Ohio U. It taught me a lot about those other schools and how different the programs are. Tanya's take on Brooklyn might be particularly helpful, based on previous questions on here. Though we all agree: Do not go into debt for your MFA.
    3 points
  31. Hi everyone! Try not to panic too much regarding the influx of applications this year. More applications doesn't necessary mean more competitive applications. A lot goes into preparing doctoral applications (securing great letters of rec, taking time to prepare your personal statements and cater them to each program, and finding professors with the greatest fit for you)! I know that I spent a huge amount of time researching so many programs and have attended many sessions advising on how to best apply to doctoral programs. I assume that many of you have done the same. People that have chosen t
    3 points
  32. don't try it honestly, just get it all done ahead of time so you don't have to worry about it. If there's a problem with uploading a file or if you have a question about the application, then you won't have time to reach out to the department to get your problem solved.
    3 points
  33. 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
    3 points
  34. Best of luck to everyone this cycle! I applied to 3 DrPH programs. Let the waiting game begin.
    3 points
  35. Describe exactly what you mean when you write. Avoid phrases like "that is to say" "as well as" etc. Most people have at least some of that kind of fluff in their writing. Look for places where you're not actually saying anything and chop out those words. Same goes for summaries of others' work. Is each sentence/paragraph contributing to your overall paper, or is it just there to fulfill a summary/review requirement? In terms of editing papers down, I find I can get distracted when words start moving around on the page so I set up an "operating table" which is a blank doc where I copy-pa
    3 points
  36. I've already started obsessively checking the websites even though I know they will email me and it is too early.
    2 points
  37. @Olórin @SmugSnugInARug @Marcus_Aurelius @UndergradDad @BabyFarmer Thank you all for all of this very helpful advice. I am so appreciative of all of your time in responding.
    2 points
  38. There is a 1% chance of getting into a clinical psych PhD program this year. Nervous laughter
    2 points
  39. So I can't say for certain -- but what my mentor told me who is a professor at a major university that some of y'all have applied to and sits on the doctoral admissions committee ... the longer ago your undergrad (or even grad) was, the less weight it will have negatively. So if you graduated over 5+ years ago, the professors won't hold some bad grades against you, because they understand that was some time ago... etc...
    2 points
  40. 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
    2 points
  41. 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.
    2 points
  42. 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
    2 points
  43. Last year I submitted a couple on the day of the deadline (before midnight in the time zone of the school). I did not have an issue. Last year, UNC accepted a new version of my SOP a few days after the deadline because I had found a few typos in the one initially submitted. It obviously should not be a reason to miss the deadline, but if you find yourself with such an issue don't panic.
    2 points
  44. I got in! Now I am waiting for my funding package. I guess I have to wait two weeks until it is generated.
    2 points
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  46. In order, yes, submit at least one more application, and focus your efforts on your SOP and limit work on your writing sample to making adjustments for clarity. The peril of your plan is that you are not merely competing against applicants who are dedicated to the study of history. You are also competing against applicants who are committed to the study of history. Committed applicants believe that COVID-19 does not materially impact their "chances" because they are competing against themselves; their potential, their hopes to contribute to the profession, and their doubts that they will
    2 points
  47. Maybe you've already done this, but I would poke around the admissions site to see if they have program-specific guidelines for this. For one of my applications, the program website actually said something like "ignore the SOP directions on the application". In another one of my applications, if you went to the FAQ specifically, they said they were not strict about the word count. I wish they could consolidate these directions somehow because it makes me nervous about which direction to follow!
    2 points
  48. around the first or second week of jan
    2 points
  49. Some of the programs I applied to have sent emails after submitting applications confirming they will be doing virtual interviews as well as programing with the current grad students and professors as they would have in person. I have seen a few schools that seem to be considering in person as well, and the rest haven't updated the interview schedule and details on their sites as of yet. "The selected applicants will be invited to interview via Zoom and participate in programming with faculty and current students. Our interview dates are currently set for Wednesday, March 3 through Saturd
    2 points
  50. This isn't academic exactly, but I'm glad someone gave me this advise anyway. If you're at all interested in counseling services, do it. Call the student health center over the summer and ask when their mental health services department will begin making their schedule for fall. Ask to be put on a waitlist if needed. Just get in EARLY. My biggest issue this past year hasn't been class, but dealing with all the personal stuff that made class and clinic that much harder. I don't have any diagnoses (depression, sdhd, anxiett, etc), but found individual therapy and support groups really help
    2 points


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