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Everything posted by guinevere29

  1. I do know multiple people who have chosen this route (an unfunded MA from a high-ranking school) and successfully gotten into top-tier PhD programs. However, I think this route may be better suited for someone who really thinks they need a boost in their applications due to a low undergrad GPA, didn't have strong recommendations from undergrad professors, or more research opportunities. This doesn't sound like your situation. After getting into both the University of Chicago's MAPH program and Univeristy of Toronto's Medieval Studies MA, I seriously looked into the cost/rewards of going to a t
  2. First off, I'll echo rachelann and queennight in saying that they are absolutely correct on how to do better on the Verbal. Plain and simple, memorize those words. My goal was to break into the 90th percentile and I didn't achieve that the first time, in my estimation, because I was taking a more hollistic approach to studying. Second time, I just took practice tests and memorized vocab and I got into the 90th percentile. Wyatt - I also got a 4.5 the first time I took the Analytical, mostly because I didn't believe that I needed to study examples of how to write an essay. I'd gotten a 12 out
  3. I'm a first year graduate student at IU and I'm moving out of my 1 bedroom apartment next year. I don't think the landlord has found someone for next year yet...just throwing that out b/c I saw someone posted they were having trouble finding a place!
  4. Love the Groundhogs Day reference. I think part of what people are frustrated about here is that while there certainly are naive, rosy-eyed students appying to PhDs in the humanities who definitely should be warned, if they have spend any amount of time on the forums here, they should be well aware of that fact. On the otherhand, it has been really refreshing to hear people defending their choices to pursue PhDs in the humanities when there is so much negativity going around. Once you've considered all the risks and rewards and made the choice to get a PhD in the humanities aware of th
  5. Hi coffeeandcomics! It looks like you are applying to the Literature program, so my response pertains directly to that. Things vary a bit by department. Right now the situation is that every incoming student should be fully funded with a first year fellowship and a 1-1 teaching load for the remaining years of the contract. I don't know if they updated their website since I applied, but if it's the same thing it's fairly confusing. Because IUB does not offer teaching assistantships to first-year students without MAs, in the past, some students have been offered admittance to the program wit
  6. Hmmm. That is a good question. I haven't heard whether comp. lit is doing anything official that day and I'm not on their email list. If I had to guess, comp. lit's campus visit day would be the same weekend if they have an official one. I would contact someone in your department and if they are not organizing something official, that would be a good weekend to visit either way.
  7. Yep! It's Friday, March 28th and coincides with IU Graduate Conference. PM me if you have any questions about IU, I'm a current student and I attended the campus visit day last year.
  8. Well I'm on here, I guess I'll put my two-cents in on perspectives on success. I'll let everyone else be the judge of to what extent I was successful; I didn't get into any Ivy Leagues, but I also didn't really apply to any of them besides Stanford, and that was at the behest of my advisor. I got into one PhD program that is top-20 for Medieval Lit. The school itself fluxuates around 20-22 in the USNWR for overall English program ranking, but obviously it was more important that it be highly ranked for my field. I got into two top-tier masters programs that were unfunded, and one funde
  9. While I'm not saying the coverletter isn't a factor in applications, I have trouble believing it played a crucial role in getting anyone in anywhere. I've always supplied cover letters for jobs, but the reality is that AdComms have a limited time to sort through hundreds of applicants, so I can't imagine they'd really want anything that they don't explicitly ask for. Worst case scenario, if you don't include something in your SOP that you do include in your cover letter, there's a chance that information will be discarded.
  10. Although when and how acceptances/rejections are sent out varies from school to school, if you are desparate to know, the Results Search on this website is pretty helpful. If multiple people are posting that they were accepts and 24 hours later you still haven't heard, there is a very good chance you are either rejected or wait-listed. If you are waitlisted, don't give up hope or jump to accept another offer just because you feel pressured to. I knew multiple people who got accepted at the beginning of April off the waitlist. I'm going to chime in here with one other piece of advice: once
  11. I also failed at excercising first semester...I may have gone on a short run once or twice...I watched a lot of Netflicks. But this semester I have actually be much better about it - I've been going to some group excercise classing at the gym which kills the getting involved and working out birds with one stone. In fact, in general I've been sticking to my resolutions a lot better in my second semester of grad school than I did in my first: 1. Make time for pleasure reading/creative writing. I'm in a Lit PhD program, so things can get pretty dry and theory-heavy. My goal is to write a
  12. If you are currently attending a university, I would definitely take advantage of its resources before pursuing expensive (and potentially fruitless) outside help. Even if one or two professors you ask for help don't come through or are too busy, keep trying. My undergraduate thesis advisor recently became the DGS of the college, and I was really looking to her for help, but I suspect she was too busy. I was wary to ask a professor that I just started taking a class with for help on my writing sample and personal statements, but when I did he really came through with giving me the advice I nee
  13. Thanks Algernon! I'm always happy to talk about UIUC. The English department is great.
  14. Congrats on getting accepted to UIUC! I love Professor Trilling. She was my honors thesis advisor for undergrad. If you guys have any question about UIUC or their campus let me know!
  15. They will be sending out acceptances in the next couple of weeks, Indiana is currently doing a bunch of new facutly hires and the department is really busy with that. But they just selected who will be the prospective student coordinator so they are getting ready to send them out soon. They are looking to have about 10 people in the incoming cohort, so I assume this application season was especially difficult but the good news is that everyone who is coming in this year should have a first year fellowship if you don't already have your MA. I'm currently at Indiana-Bloomington in the PhD p
  16. Mmorrison - I think the empahsis on language can vary from program to program. Especialy because medieval work covers quite a range of different texts, if you work with later stuff it's not essential that you have Latin, though it help. My program (Indiana) is especially language-heavy and I think my language background was probably what got me into the program, but that wouldn't neccessarily be the case at a school where there aren't a lot of philologists. Also Medievalmadness I forgot to respond I'm not on Larry Swain's panel. I'm with Ben Garceau on the Medieval Monster as a Mirror pan
  17. Wow a lot to respond to! Im so happy this thread as taken off. Cloudofunknowing - I am taking a class with Karma right now! She is the best. We are working on Object Oriented Ontology theory and the medeival object/sacred relics. The class is incredibly interesting, Karma is doing some really neat work with pilgrim's badges. I will have to check those all this out! I can't apply to teach my own curriculum until I've taught Writing & Composition for a year so I'll have to keep all this in mind. A friend of mine mentioned to me though that the reading load for these classes cannot b
  18. This bit is really interesting! I'd like to hear more about what type of research you might do on this. I'm in the PhD program at Indiana U Bloomington. I mostly do Anglo-Saxon/Old English studies and I'm always fascinated by how much OE Tolkien puts in his writing. In my program start out teaching Intro to Composition but we can apply in later years to teach a lit class based on our own research, and I've always thought Tolkien and his medieval sources would make an awesome class that might get undergrads interested in Medieval Lit. Anyone presenting at Kalamazoo or attending? Cause you sho
  19. I have been interested in the digital humanities for a while. Last semester I was part of a digital project for MAPS (Medieval Association of Place and Space) in which graduate students wrote Wikipedia-like entries for an online database on Arthurian legend. I also took a class that was completely dedicated to the "digital turn," but the professor was mainly interested in rhetoric rather than literature so any lit students were on their own to apply it to their fields. I ended up doing a video with a voice recording of the poem The Wanderer in the original Old English, so students who are lear
  20. Hi there - I had similar qualifications as you do from a Big Ten school and I did not recieve an acceptance until the end of February last year. So don't despair! Did you only apply to three schools? Unfortunately, the truth about this process is that it is extremely subjective so they more schools you apply to, the better chance you have of being a "fit" somewhere.
  21. I really wish we (meaning American soceity) had a more fluid naming process both after marriage and for naming children. Specifically, that people could give equal consideration to taking both last names regardless of gender and ultimately choose to keep one or both last names. For same-sex couples and transgender couples, this is already the case - there is no protocol or pressure to choose one partner's name over the other's. However, for hetereosexual couples, there is still considerable pressure for the woman to change her last name. The thing that really frustrates me is that the name-cha
  22. I am a first year student in a PhD program. I came directly out of undergrad, so I am also on the young end of things age-wise, and at the beginning of the semester I erred on the conservative side and addressed all my emails to professors as "Professor _____," though in responses my professors have generally signed with their first names. It is also fairly typical that graduate students call professors by their first names in my department, especially the older students in the department. What I'm wondering is: current grad students, do you/when did you transition into calling professors by t
  23. I know how you feel - it doesn't end after the application process either, I've had more than a few important emails not receive a timely reply. Is there a secretary for the department or anyone else you can contact? Although under normal circumstances I wouldn't go to someone else because it is akin to calling that professor out on not being communicative, sometimes when it is imperative that you recieve a response an extra push from a staff member can help resolve the issues.
  24. First, take a deep breath. We all feel inadequate sometimes when we read our own writing (especialy when it counts for something important). Here are a few specific pieces of advice. I'll try to keep it brief since I'm sure you can find more detailed advice elsewhere on this site. Try to think of it as an excercise in which you demonstrate to the admissions committee that you 1) can articulate a specific set of interests that are appropriate for your field 2) are a good fit for the school's program and 3) have the crudentials and experience necessary. I would error on the side of being dir
  25. You are right that a lot of schools do weed people out. If you scored 60th percentile or lower on the Verbal GRE, I would be concerned about getting cut. However, I see a lot of posts from people worrying frantically about their 75th percentile scores, or even their 80th percentile scores, and that's not worth your time or effort no matter what the websites say. Now, lower-end GRE scores combined with other sub par elements of your application lowers your chance of getting in. However, if you've studied and done the best you can do on the GRE, I would not go dropping a grand on a GRE prep cour
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