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  1. I'm on the east coast in a fully-funded program, and I only know of one person at any level in the program that started when they were over 35. There are, in fact, several people who started my direct-entry PhD program when they were 20-21. The place where I did my MA seemed to admit people in their 20s pretty exclusively, and the same goes for this program. I don't really know how common that is, but both graduate schools I've attended seem more inclined to admit 20-somethings in all of their humanities departments (I have also never met anyone from Comp Lit, German Studies, Hispanic Studi
  2. Have you looked at McGill and UBC? McGill, at least, is in a more affordable city (do your research, though... they're having huge budget cuts, so your resources may be disappearing and some of the faculty are as well).
  3. Mine are along the same lines as yours (having more skills won't hurt), but the only thing I can imagine it "helping" with in a less vague way is if it's a teaching-heavy program. You could market yourself as having the skill set to be more prepared for teaching ESL students and those who struggle with grammar. But I think this is a rather weak helper, if that makes sense, and I doubt it would be a game-changer. ETA: This is all just guessing, though, if that's not clear.
  4. good lawd. I had it easy. 2 institutions and no major courses at the first one. I think I averaged/recalculated to combine them for total GPA, but I wouldn't put any money on that.
  5. Rose Egypt: If the person you emailed is in the States, it's a holiday weekend here.
  6. id quid, I was a UG transfer as well. I had a pretty limp GPA before transferring, but I don't think that my transfer affected how adcomms looked at me. So I wouldn't worry too much about that if I were you.
  7. I agree about people getting hung up on fit. I think something that made this a non-issue for me is that I went into my MA with a real hard-on for working with two particular people. That did not pan out. At all. Working with one of them was, actually, one of the worst experiences of my life thus far. So, in picking a PhD program, I thought about it in a very different way. Instead of asking who is doing what I'm doing, I asked myself who is going to think about what I'm doing in a way that will supplement and complement my work. I don't want to work with someone who makes me feel
  8. I feel like I'm always Debbie Downer when I drag this into these conversations, but I'm going to do it anyways. I highly (and repeatedly and fervently) recommend that you give yourself as many options as possible. Here's why: 1) What you want right now might not be what you want in January. The time between submitting apps and hearing from schools can be a strange and mystical part of your life: you might read Jamaica Kincaid for the first time and become obsessed, you might meet your POI at a conference and discover that he is the devil incarnate, you might realize that you wouldn't li
  9. I'm going to both agree and disagree with Bunny (and both my agreement and my disagreement will be conditional... how helpful). I don't think that you should necessarily head straight for the rhet/comp route. Now, I say this assuming that you're interested in researching literature/theory as much as you're interested in researching rhetoric and pedagogy. So, if that's not true, then go rhet/comp. But both programs I mentioned work with their lit PhD students to very strongly establish a base for teaching rhetoric, and pedagogy is necessarily built into that. This is especially true of
  10. I'd look at Cornell for theory, Rochester for rhet/comp. I can't think of anything else off the top of my head, but that might change.
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