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Everything posted by TeaOverCoffee

  1. I actually emailed the DGS of every program if I had a question about the application process and many times they would forward my emails to the professors I was interested in working with. I think this helped the faculty remember my name in a good way. So I don't think it could hurt to send an email if you have something to say.
  2. I would ask your professors about which schools they recommend, especially professors in your desired research field. They'll know best. I didn't know that in undergrad, so what I actually did was look through the top 100 English graduate programs in the U.S. from usnews.com. Then I looked through every single one of the programs' faculty to see which ones had faculty in my field. I then tried to see how many instructors were in my field at that university. You'll want at least two to three in your field at the university, and be careful because sometimes they could be retiring soon. Onc
  3. So the entire process is overwhelming and it will continue to feel that way until you're accepted into a program. This is especially difficult when you're still getting your B.A. If your grades don't reflect your abilities, mention that in your statement of purpose and have stellar recommendations to support that. Most programs aren't going to cut you for mediocre GPAs; they typically look at applicants holistically. I don't think any of us can tell you what programs to consider because it all depends on your research interests, your geographical preferences, and your finances. I'm, of course,
  4. I also was told not to have a graduate student write my LoR when applying while in undergrad. When in my master's, I was told that I shouldn't ask anyone who wasn't on a tenure track.
  5. Your verbal is great, but I would say that a 4.0 for a Ph.D. program is on the lower end. Maybe ask an advisor or professor at your current program.
  6. You don't have to find professors who research just what you want to do. The professors I've spoken to are against creating replicas of themselves. If I were you, I'd broaden your scopes a bit and look for scholars in Victorianism/Modernism and gender studies. (Also, I agree with you about Romanticism; I'd argue that it belongs to the long c18, though many, I'm sure, would disagree.)
  7. Funding has dropped for a lot of programs, so it's becoming more and more typical, but my cohort was about 10 Ph.D. students.
  8. Your scores are excellent. Definitely put that energy elsewhere.
  9. @parksandrec Everyone here has offered wonderful advice. A master's program first would be a good idea if you're unsure about your research skills/abilities. I did a master's first, and it was one of the best choices I made for graduate school because I didn't have much experience writing longer papers other than my thesis. It also taught me what I need to be prepared for when starting a Ph.D. program--workload, mentorship, how to research, etc. 1. I wasn't in the honor's college, so I asked a professor to be my advisor for an independent thesis. That gave me a glimpse into self-paced res
  10. MHW is leaving after this spring, I believe. Not really applicable to the conversation, but thought it might be good info for those interested.
  11. I agree with all of the above statements. I will also say that a majority of schools accept a small number of students, so to reiterate, there is no safety school. I applied to about 10-12 programs, and I was only accepted to the schools that best fit my interests. So I recommend only applying to places that you think will be a really good fit, especially in terms of faculty (at least two to three tenured/tenure-track faculty members in your identified field). Placement is a big deal in the humanities if you want an academic job after the Ph.D. So that's definitely something worth asking
  12. I agree with @TakeruK about the business casual. Most people wore a nice pair of pants/skirt/even jeans with a nice shirt/blouse of some kind. I also recommend walking shoes, which is something I forgot about last year.
  13. My MA mentor was incredible. We also weren't assigned mentors, but I took a class with this instructor. I asked them if they needed a TA that same semester, and they didn't but took me on anyway. Because of that, I was able to work with them often and they helped me every step of the way. Mentoring is very individualistic. Sometimes you'll have a standoff-ish mentor (as I did in my undergrad) and other times you'll have a mentor you speak to two to three times a week. It's all about the personality of the mentor. Mentors often develop over time because you're interested in the same field
  14. I recommend having a chat with the current graduate students there to see if the issue involving a faculty member who sexually assaulted grad students has been resolved. That may not be a university you want to commit to for a few years if the department is divided, as it is at Ohio University.
  15. Best of luck! I met several people last year who were waitlisted, and most were accepted later. So don't give up hope! When I applied for my master's, I was waitlisted at three universities and then accepted to one in April. So it's definitely stressful, but getting off the waitlist happens! He could probably gauge whether he'll get off the waitlist if he speaks to the person who was accepted in his field at the open house, as most schools' waitlists are categorized by fields like Renaissance, Victorian, African-American studies, etc. So if the person who was accepted in his field decline
  16. Feel free to message me if you are going to the prospective students day at UMD. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have!
  17. In all honesty, it depends on the school. The likelihood of getting into a PhD program straight from the BA (or law school in your case) without any literature classes is slim. So taking a few literature courses would prove useful if the PhD is your goal. Furthermore, maybe speak to a DGS or two at schools you're interested in to see the qualifications for an MA. I will echo @renea to say that once you take a few literature courses, you will see if your interests develop beyond passion and into a career. Best of luck!
  18. UMD let me know last year by the first week of Feb that I was accepted, and the open house was mid-March.
  19. Congrats to all of you who received interviews from UMD!
  20. Haha! I'm sure it wasn't that bad. I think the main thing that frustrates art professors is when students don't try and step out of their comfort zone, so at least you tried! (My high school English teacher, though, told me that I was the worst poet she's ever met. So here I am pursuing a career in which I critic novels and poetry instead.) I typically made teapots or dish sets or custom gifts for my professors who wrote my grad school recs. I only worked on the wheel really because that is where I could perfect something versus my topsy-turvy handbuilt vases that I wouldn't even give to
  21. I minored in studio art in my undergrad, so probably something with ceramics and wheel throwing. Alternatively, admissions and administration are more stable jobs and something that I could enjoy outside of the arts.
  22. It really depends upon the school or the program, but if you haven’t heard back by the beginning of April, I just considered it a rejection. I actually didn’t even hear back from one school last year. You’ll mostly receive emails (so turn off those alerts on your phone or you’ll go crazy), and some will send a follow up snail-mail letter to reject/accept you, which is really lovely. With one school, I received a rejection via email, a letter in the mail from the department, and then another rejection letter from the graduate school. I tell everybody this, but please stay off thegradcafe
  23. Don’t drive yourself over the edge by continuing to edit the writing sample until the day before it’s due. Submit submit submit and then don’t look at your writing sample or SOP again. You’ll feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. But then take up a new productive habit, and stay away from grad cafe until March (or a date of your preference). That’s how I kept my sanity.
  24. Has he looked into object-oriented ontology (OOO)? There are several scholars interested in that at UMD.
  25. If you’re doing c18, you might want to look into U of Maryland. That’s my field, and the resources I’m receiving in the program are incredible! The DMV area provides a plethora of rich archives.
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