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  2. 18 points
    hehe it turns out the invite was for me people pay money for this kind of shock and excitement
  3. 14 points

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Rather than attempting to read the tea leaves of a process that is now beyond one's control, please consider the benefits of managing your stress by assuming that you're going to get into a program somewhere and somewhen; accepting the fact that all of you are already historians because you are focused on the study of change over time; understanding that the majority of what you learn as a historian will be self-taught (for better and for worse); realizing that nothing is stopping you from learning more about the craft while you wait for the results of a truly grueling process with moments of pain and even despair. Even if you don't know which continent or century or nation or event or dynamic will be at the center of your endeavors, there are still shelves and shelves of books, monographs, periodicals, and unpublished works that are waiting for you. The essential reads, the books that change everything, the works "one ignores at one's peril," the literary masterpieces, the methodological trainwrecks, the prize winners, the memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies of key academics--they are waiting for you. Believe it or not, in a couple of years, many of you will be dealing with stress and intellectual challenges and personal crises that will make you think of your present circumstances with wistful yearning. Now is a good time to start building up the skills and resources and resilience that will serve you well in those ghastly moments of terror that come when preparing for qualifying exams.
  4. 9 points


    I've been accepted to UCSB! I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to continue studying philosophy.
  5. 8 points

    2019 Applicants

    nothing to comment but wow this was a long week. here's a Shx meme from a secret fb group I run with my friends
  6. 7 points

    2019 Applicants

    oh boy y'all there is so much more where that came from
  7. 7 points
    Literally going insane. I haven't heard ANYTHING
  8. 7 points

    2019 Acceptances

    yes OMG it's me! It's an invitation to fill out a doodle poll for availability for Skype interviews. -- I'm also the Yale Comp Lit interviewee if anyone has been wondering about that! I expected to hear nothing for at least another month but this has turned out to be an INSANE day!!
  9. 7 points
    ugh i just got an interview invite from upenn addressed to someone else this week is really showing me no mercy
  10. 6 points

    2019 Acceptances

    i had my trusty roommate call again (because calling would be way too anxiety-producing for me). apparently interview invites don't indicate application standing. they're for extra questions (about projects). i'm not quite sure what that means, but i don't think every applicant received an email about it so i would still take it as a good sign?
  11. 6 points

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    Is anyone else starting to go a little bit crazy? I jump every time my phone vibrates.
  12. 6 points

    2019 Applicants

    The first poem of hers that I fell in love with and one that basically encapsulates what made her so special to me
  13. 6 points
    Hi all, just came here to echo all the positive vibes about rejections! I myself just received a mass rejection from UBC and although it wasn’t a school I saw myself at, the sting was still there. A reminder that even though we are all stressed during applications, that our psyche is still important!! You guys are all amazing and have something to offer - don’t forget that even if you get a shitty mass e-mail. You chose this stream for a reason and don’t forget it!! Love how we are out here supporting each other - rejection isn’t a sign for you guys to quit and lose hope. If you guys are lookin for a sign that you should keep going - this is it!!!
  14. 5 points

    Screw The Back Up!

    Hello my fellow potential grad school students! So recently, I've been getting a few messages asking me what I'm doing during the abysmal "waiting it out" process. Rather than going into detail on every single reply, I've decided a blog post would be the most beneficial to everyone, myself included. As much as you may think differently, I am new to this entire process myself. I say that because I want everyone to know one simple thing: I have no idea what I'm doing. Yes, I may have started this blog and yes, it may have connected with people, but that doesn't mean I'm some sort of pro! I am a 22 year old who decided to follow my dream and take the next step toward my next educational frenemy (aka grad school). So, let me answer the question that so many have asked: what am I doing to pass the time? First, let me just say a whole lot of nothing. Yes, I work, and yes, I'm partially continuing personal research on a few matters, but it boils down to doing a whole lot of nothing. I work 5-6 days a week, go to pt about twice a week, I try to do research but half the time I get distracted half way through and end up on random websites like Pinterest, Facebook, and the occasional YouTube which gets me hooked for a few hours. I would love to say that I'm continuing my research, which is coming along swimmingly, and I have made new discoveries which will soon lead me to the path of enlightenment. Or that I'm planning for my next step (grad school or otherwise) and have everything planned out to a tee. Also, it would be fun if I could tell you that I became famous in my short time period on this blog and am now in the process of publishing my first worldwide famous book that is soon going to be made into a movie and be sold out all over the world. After all, any of those options right now would be worth my time; however, sadly none of that is happening. The truth (besides what I already hinted to above), secondly, is I'm thinking about a lot of "what if" scenarios. I know I've touched on this a bit in the past, but I wanted to be honest with you. It's not like I write about something and then it magically changes the moment it gets over 200 reads. That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. The issue doesn't go away. No matter what you or I may try to do. The thought of rejection will forever linger in the back of my mind, and if you're like me then you're the same (hate to tell you). I think everyone fears rejection, after all, no one likes to be told "no" or that they aren't good enough. If you do like to be told these things...honestly, I have no advice or witty remark to make here so you've officially left me at a blank, but still. Rejection sucks. Especially since we all know how it feels. With the thought of rejection comes the scenario of what I (or you) am/are going to do if this whole expedition of grad school doesn't work the way we expect it to. In other words, what's going to happen next if this doesn't work out? Well, I feel like in that sentence lies the root to our underlying problem. I'm sure that you've planned out how grad school is going to work out for you, where you're going to go, and what is going to happen after graduation. I have to and there's nothing wrong with that! However, if you're like me, then the question of "what if" lies deep in the core and, like I said, here lies the problem. I know I've said having a back up plan is a smart move (after all, I probably have over a dozen at this point and I still continue to add to that list), but after typing this out so many times it got me wondering. When I started to wonder I came to a frighteningly, devastating, partial realization that may be only for me, but I'm going to tell you anyways because that's the point of you reading up until this point. If by having all these back up plans, like I said I did, then that, in fact, is my problem. I started to think that by putting all this effort into the "what if" question scenarios, I'm actually taking away from what I actually want to happen which is grad school. I know that with applications already in there's not much I can do besides wait, but I could still be planning out what is going to happen not "if" but "when" I get in. We (again, I'm assuming you're like me) put all this effort into the higher possibility that our dreams will fail, but that takes away our hope of fulfilling our dreams. So, and I know this is easier said than done, stop. Stop degrading yourself to your back up plan. If it happens, fine, if it doesn't then that's great too. But at this point, you back up plan has taken away enough of our precious time. Now it's time to think about what we WANT to happen, rather than think about what may or may not happen. Finally, my last piece of advice is simple: go shopping. Not literally, of course! After all, we are potential grad school students, we're beyond broke. But play around with a few ideas like, "where you're going to live once you get accepted?" Or, "what are you going to decorate your apartment like?" To which, may I suggest Pinterest. Spark the inspiration of acceptance and think about these things. Look at apartments, look at decorating/organizing ideas, and look at scholarship possibilities (after all, we're broke and need all the help we can get). You've got more fire in you than you realize, and I hope that this sparks a little bit of inspiration. Anyways, thank you all for reading and I apologize if you have read some of my recent stuff...had a little bit of writer's block and I think I may finally be out of it. Be sure to check out the #SpreadTheLove campaign on my blog, and I also have another poll about Facebook so be sure to check it out. Also, I love hearing from you guys, so thank you all for your comments, your "fan mail" for those of you calling it that, and for your shares! It's amazing to know that people actually get a small kick out of reading my writing and it really makes me happy. Hope everyone has a great week, and I look forward to hearing from you in some way, shape, or form! Until next time, K.
  15. 5 points
    If we haven't heard anything back yet, I'm thinking now is the time to start re-prioritizing for the year and focusing on re-applying next cycle -- anyone else have thoughts about this? This is my first time applying and I only applied to 7 schools, so I'm not necessarily expecting to even get interviews this round, but the not knowing if I should have heard yet is... stressful. Anyway, if anyone else is in the same boat, just offering ya'll some solidarity!
  16. 5 points

    2019 Applicants

    i agree - i think this is absolutely an important and comforting thing to keep in mind during what can be an intensely self-flagellating experience - it is sometimes difficult to remember that there are ways of pursuing a passion for literary criticism outside of The Academy(tm), and that these ways are just as legitimate even if externally they don't feel as real or as concrete as being enrolled in a university and going to classes. this thread alone shows how much conversation and inspiration we can find and create outside of the classroom!! so i am determined over the next month or two to really dig deep into reminding myself how much enjoyment i can have with reading and writing criticism, and enjoying the lack of constraints that i currently have on what i want to research/explore/develop. maybe i'll finally read infinite jest?! the world is truly all before us.
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    two people in fact
  18. 5 points

    2019 Acceptances

    I'm the one with the Buffalo acceptance Just created a profile for grad cafe, so I'm a little late to the party! I was offered two fellowships in addition to the typical stipend. I've applied to 10 other schools, so it's killing me to know I've been accepted to Buffalo but unsure about many of the others! Thanks to everyone here for the congrats posts! It's exciting to know I've been chosen somewhere!
  19. 5 points
    LEGENDS ONLY!!!!!!
  20. 5 points
    School: Vanderbilt (Peabody) Concentration: Developmental Type: PhD Date of acceptance: 1/11 Notified by: text from POI!!
  21. 5 points
    Ooh this is nice--great idea during these trying times! School: Dalhousie University (Canada) Woooot! Concentration: Clinical Type: PhD Date of acceptance: Before Christmas! /But formally accepted Jan 16th Notified by: Email from program coordinator, POI /Status change via online application portal, snail mail to follow
  22. 5 points
    FRICKITY FRACK IS MY MOOD ALL JANUARY Btw y'all, I got rejected after Skype interview by 1 POI at Rye and 1 POI at Queen's. Normalizing rejection! It's nothing to be afraid of, and I encourage people to share their rejections as well as their acceptances and interviews here. Being turned down is part of the process, but you gotta dust yourself off and try again.
  23. 4 points
    I can never explain as clearly as I'd like to how fundamentally mysterious a thing the mind is. Like, it strikes me as super weird that I'm "taking in" and making sense of reality from the perspective of some arbitrary American boy and not that of someone else or of a rock or of no one at all. Any of those scenarios make almost equal amounts of sense given what I know about the universe, but we're in this one and I don't know why. I mean, if you think about it, our brains, the supposed seat of all mental life, is not very different at all from the computer you're using to read this. The exact processes being executed are different and the hardware's even more different, but the entire body of science on how the brain works offers no indication that our skulls hold anything more than really complicated symbol processing machines sculpted through evolution to process and act on information in our environments. In principle, no particular neuron in our brains does anything more complicated than what an undergrad could and maybe already has written in Python or C or some other programming language, but somehow from a concert of billions of those things, my brain doesn't just organize intelligent behavior: I have and you have these vivid, phenomenological, subjective experiences that make us, well, subjects in this universe instead of just objects! I mean, like any old rock in this universe, our bodies constantly move and are affected by ongoing physical and chemical processes happening in and around us. But we're also experiencing this dynamic, and if symbol processing explains that then it's something literally every atom in the universe is doing to at least some extent and even in that case there's nothing obvious out there to account for why. I've studied a lot of philosophy tied to this; I've read Dennett and Chalmers and Jackson and Searle and Ryle and Descartes and so on, but I still really, really don't know understand how simple chemicals could ever be conceivably be deconstituted and rearranged and "set off" in a way that makes them subjects in the way we are. I don't want to sound grandiose, but I sincerely think solving that mystery is potentially the most important endeavor anyone can do on this planet. I think it's key to understanding our place in this universe and what we really are. I know that sounds really mystical, and I don't at all mean to imply that something supernatural is going on (indeed, maybe just looking at the facts in a different way will clear things up immediately), but I'm convicted that it's a real fundamental mystery that we're a long, long way from solving. I don't know how anyone could even find out, but I think it depends on advancing our understanding of lots of smaller mysteries about how the mind works, maybe even through the uniquely powerful computationalist framework I just said doesn't seem to really solve the issue. But I don't think the necessary advances will inevitably happen as the wheels of society and science keep turning, and to be honest, I personally want to be part of the story of how we figure this all out. I want to build a lab that focuses on this mystery; I want to train students who'll do the same; I want a platform where I can do and think about and explore this stuff relatively singlemindedly rather than under someone else's close direction or as a byproduct thereof. Therefore, I want to be a professor. Don't get me wrong - I know that there are a lot of fun and interesting ways I could make the most of my life. I could find fulfillment from a career in industry, healthcare or even as a stay-at-home dad. In the end, the reason I've committed to this goal instead of others is because I just genuinely enjoy the practice of science, independently of what comes out of it. In fact, this post probably could have just been me saying that instead of this melodramatic mini-essay. I guess I wanted to give a sense of where that intrinsic enjoyment comes from: this really deep-set curiosity about what's going on when someone thinks and feels and lives...
  24. 4 points

    2019 Acceptances

    Hello everyone! Long time lurker here (who has avoided making an account because I was worried about spending too much time). But it’s too late for that, so might as well interact, right? It’s been super helpful to look at last year’s timelines, so thanks to everyone for posting results present and past! Congrats on all the acceptances so far, and much success to those waiting! Keep the good news coming! Thus far I’ve received and posted a Notre Dame and Emory interview invitation and a Tennessee acceptance. Would be curious to know if anyone knows which other schools interview before I scour the past threads.
  25. 4 points
    Guys I'm a finalist for the Knight-Hennessey Fellowship at Stanford and I'm literally crying right now lol Any other neuro folks on the list?? It's for all disciplines so curious if anyone else is in this field!


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