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Matthew3957

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    Berlin
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    MA North American Studies - Literature

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  1. If the people you want to work with are at top-tier schools I would just make sure your writing sample speaks to their work. Also in your SOP make sure you have clear goals. Don't worry so much about the gap in time, I do not think it is looked at as a huge deal. A lot of people I know have taken long breaks and now it seems to even be suggested to make sure academia is what you want to do. For the MA, I would recommend finding a good funded MA in the US that you can make good connections at so you have strong letters. "Name" does not matter much from what I understand for MA, but how good the letters you get from it does. Hopefully that helps! Also make sure you have a set domain within the field you are aiming for and do a lot of research into which schools would best serve you there.
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    2019 Decisions Thread

    I am officially joining the UC train again. Going to UCSC
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    2019 Applicants

    Who was the correct person to email? I emailed Alberta for feedback and it was nice to hear something direct about my application. I know I am going to UCSC at this point, but it's hard to pass up a chance to hear why I was rejected somewhere. Am I a masochist?
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    What would you choose?

    I'll throw my 2 cents in too. Go to Duquesne. I did a free but no stipend MA in Berlin, it was great. But I'm exhausted, being able to not work would have been a dream. Prestige doesn't really matter for MA. Just the work and that is going on to be better if you focus on it. Also, as someone who knows about English/lit/comp grad rankings but not a lot about school rankings for undergraduate I can honestly say I had never even heard of Wake Forest until the scandal broke over the last week. Maybe this is also being from the opposite coast. Maybe this is just my ignorance. Just saying that prestige is so relative. I have like fifteen anecdotes about the illusions of relative prestige. If you want a few I'm happy to share.
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    2019 Applicants

    @hgtvdeathdrive Whoops sorry wrote that at 3am when I was up coughing. Yea that is what it means. From what I was told, yes it seems like they will be following up on those.
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    2019 Applicants

    @Bopie5 "We are waiting for the program director to approve all admission decisions in our application system which will then transmit an official letter from Graduate Studies. I just found out she will start doing so today. " - from Davis The person also let me know didn't get in but honestly so much better to have a clean rejection at this stage.
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    2019 Applicants

    @swarthmawr @effietheant I have followed suit and emailed the three I am still waiting on. I am with you and would just love any response so I can start planning the move.
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    2019 Applicants

    I guess I should do this with the ones I am waiting on... Having a response would be great. I am with you @effietheant I do start to have some annoyance that they cannot just let me know I am waitlisted or rejected outright.
  9. Make sure you want to commit. Also maybe look into programs that specifically have creative components or an emphasis in writing (there are a few, UCSC for one). On the Ivy note, sure it's definitely possible, everything is about fit and having the basic grades, letters, SoP, and writing sample there isn't anything specifically that excludes you. I would say though, that in my searching, none of the Ivy schools are good fits for ecocrit people. Maybe finding a Conrad or McCarty person though that will then allow you to do ecocrit work on those authors is the best way to pitch yourself and find good people to work with.
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    2019 Applicants

    Yea I am wondering the same thing about Davis. However, my guess is like Santa Cruz they have an invisible waitlist. I kinda wish they could cut them off though and send out the absolute rejections. Same with UIUC! Same with UBC, apparently they've sent out acceptances, but no one on gradcafe noted one and now they're holding out the rejections. Either way I cannot accept the UCSC offer in my portal yet so I guess I have to wait either way.
  11. I just want to raise the chorus's volume with me loud voice, I would suggest you do not go. The "prestige" is what makes people consider them, but it's also exposes how much of a lie they are in general. What makes a school prestigious? Will you have access to any of that? Is accessing it within a year even possible? Is it worth a lifetime of debt? My story is that when I first applied to graduate school I got these same offers from Columbia and NYU who have similar cash cow programs. I think it is telling that these all tend to be at private schools with big names, in first class cities (yea I classed them), and they seem to be on broad topics that cover huge areas to admit a lot of applicants. If you really want to an MA to transition to a new field do that. Like people said there are funded ones. Belgium and Germany also offer MAs with no tuition and low cost of living. Getting shut out is not the end and please do not feed into the system that these programs foster.
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    2019 Acceptances

    You too! Spirit show PR!
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    2019 Acceptances

    I finally had the call with UCSC and am so happy to say I've been accepted!! I should have known with the email saying they wanted to talk, but with how the season has gone I had so much doubt. I am ecstatic!
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    2019 Applicants

    Hi all. Tomorrow I'm talking with a PoI who says he has good news on my app. Is there anything I should be prepared for on the call or I should definitely bring up? I've seen the campus visit Q&A but not sure of the etiquette here. I have a good idea of how I'll handle it all already, but some advice would be awesome.
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    2019 Applicants

    Same with Davis for me. Like @santraash mentioned I get the impression that's kinda how they do waitlists/rejections but I would say it means most likely a rejection as they've sent out acceptances.
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