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    African Lit

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  1. Good day, everyone. Apologies for the long story, but your feedback is truly appreciated. I guess I'll start with who I am. I'm Charlotte (Charlie), African, born and raised in London. I went to NYU for my master's in interdisciplinary humanities. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA and I want to go for a PhD in English Literature. I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but NYU is a very pretentious school. The professors never email you back and don't care if they miss a significant deadline. During office hours, they will slam the door in your face. For classes, they don't respond to emails, but insist t
  2. Hi, Ian. Good to hear from you. Thanks for this solid advice. I'm definitely going to see if I can audit a class at NYU.
  3. Good day, everybody. Forgive me, I had posted this in the Literary Arts section, but I do believe I was wrong to post it there. I feel that my questions are more aligned with the application process. My goal is to get a PhD in English; it's something I have wanted for a very long time. I had a very bad application season last year, but I am willing to work hard and do it again. Right now, I'm subbing in high school and getting my standard teaching license; I do love teaching, and I think I want to teach high school for a bit before moving forward with the PhD. But here's my profile, and I feel
  4. Good day, Grad Cafe! Haven't been here in a while. New website layout is spiffy. ;)

  5. Good day, everybody. I'm thinking about applying for a PhD program, but I want to take some time off to teach. Right now, I'm currently teaching high school English. I want to strengthen my application for the Fall 2017 season, however. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA from NYU. I'm an African student from London, but I got my MA here in the US. My MA was in Interdisciplinary Humanities. I do have two solid recommendations from my NYU professors, but I am trying to seek a third. I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but many of the professors at NYU don't like to help their students. They ignore emails
  6. Still waiting to hit rock bottom. Bloody hell. :o

  7. By the way, what do you think of the English GRE? What's the most effective study aid that you would recommend? Thanks a lot, mate.
  8. Hi, again. I actually would like to teach high school for a bit. I need to take a break from the horrific experience that was graduate school. I was actually offered admission at a school in Philly, but there was no funding and no chance to ever become a TA there. That's why I turned down the offer. I think I might go back to grad school later, when I'm like 30. But in truth, I have a deep appreciation for kids, and I think I want to teach at the high school level for a while before going back for the PhD.
  9. Good day, everyone. I would like to hear your input about possibly applying for the Fall 2016 application cycle. I recently graduated from NYU with a Master's in Humanities. I wrote a thesis on apartheid in South Africa, so it was more anthropologically-based. I did apply to some Comp Lit PhD programs last fall, but I was denied by 7 schools. My main research interests were 20th Century African and American literature. Come to think of it, I am a bit more passionate about American Modernism. One of my dear professors in London told me it would be worth a shot to apply for a PhD in
  10. Thanks, mates. This is solid advice. I definitely would like to start teaching for a bit. Perhaps I can try delving more into English literature instead of Comp Lit. But I'd need high GRE scores on the English test. Oh boy... Here we go! Yes, I do have an MA, but I have heard these awful posts about MA degrees in Humanities. I figured it would be best to get an MA in English. But it doesn't matter, right?
  11. Oh no, you're absolutely right. I would have to take out loans. To be honest, I don't want my PhD to be something I go into debt for. It's not fair. I did everything I could to make my application better, but it was all in vain. Right now, settling down as an English teacher would be my best bet. It sounds the most comfortable.
  12. Hi, all. I think I might have posted something similar before. I'm an NYU graduate of Humanities. I have my MA from their Draper school. I applied to some PhD programs in Comparative Literature last fall, and much to my dismay, I received no acceptances. Last year, in August 2014, I was offered an admission to Temple University's PhD in English. However, it was an unfunded offer. They gave me no info on funding, nor did they even mention a TA-ship. Also, no enrolled student can be offered a TA-ship if he or she was not offered one upon admission. I deferred their offer of admi
  13. IQ, I apologize you took the down vote to heart, but it was only because you angered me with "You don't know what you want," which is simply not true. It's the internet, mate. You don't know who I am, so your assumption was a bit skewed. That's all I meant.
  14. Thanks so much, all. I've much to think about, but I think I will settle down as a teacher right now. I was offered a job this morning, right as I'm about to leave for the U.K. Must return to New York by June for training. It's quite all right that I won't be going for the PhD now. I just lost my beau and much of my health. I don't wish to be hospitalized for a while. But know that everybody's graduate school experience is different. Some of my mates adored NYU, but for me, it was not the right fit. I would have been happier studying anthro or African Lit at a different environment.
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