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About ajayghale

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  • Application Season
    2016 Fall
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    Media Studies(Television)/Communication

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  1. So, in what has to be one of the more nail-bitingly late decision releases, GSU finally accepted me to the program. Now to find out if I have any funding...
  2. Northwestern deigned to send out their rejections today. Still waiting on GSU and NYU, but not holding my breath.
  3. So, it's been a while since I last updated this. The main reason for this is that there is little to no news. The adjoining reason is that what news there is likely would only lead to a pretty depressing post. I'll keep it as light and cheerful as I can manage. Since last we met, I've been rejected, either tacitly or directly, from an additional four programs, leaving me with two that have yet to send any information: Georgia State University and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. I'm not holding my breath that I'll get rejected from UMass-Amherst and then accepted to NYU, but stranger things have happened. I'm hoping that GSU sends me an acceptance, but since I've already been down this road before, I'm preparing for the worst (while, naturally, hoping for the best). In order to move forward with my life (or at the very least make a lateral move) I'm applying to teach English abroad in Japan. My SO is doing it, I want to have some semblance of independence, and I like travel. It's win-win-win. Going back to the constantly getting rejected from PhD programs bit, I understand that the admissions committees are busy and I am but a floating speck of dust in the cosmic scheme, but why wouldn't there be some system of feedback for these things? It seems like it would be simple enough to provide some pointers on where an applicant could improve their packet. "Did not attend Ivy League school for undergrad," or "You're kidding, right?" or even "Lack of formal academic training in Communication/Media Studies makes candidate unsuitable for program." As I've mentioned before, I have a lot working against me, so I'd like to know what it is that is keeping me out of the big leagues. This is what I get for not being much of a planner, I suppose.
  4. So there's still a chance! They've yet to let me know my status. *sigh*
  5. Still waiting on NYU-Tisch Cinema, Amherst, and GSU, but the way things have been going, it's not looking good. Update: Amherst should be releasing decisions by the end of the week/beginning of next week and GSU should be releasing decisions by the end of this month, per the respective graduate admissions folks (in case anyone was curious).
  6. Is that the UT Austin Media Studies PhD? I didn't think they had interviews, but it's possible I'm both wrong and have been all but rejected.
  7. A lot of people who live in Tallahassee with a family and/or kids tend to reside somewhat outside of the city proper. The east side of town and Killearn are popular, if you want to avoid the student-heavy areas.
  8. I received word on Tuesday from the University of Wisconsin at Madison that my application to their Communication Arts - Media and Cultural Studies PhD was rejected. This was disappointing (I ate a pizza and watched The Flash in my darkened room after work, which I'd have done anyway, but that's not the point) but wasn't a huge surprise to me for a few reasons. The first reason was that their MCS division had been shrunk significantly in the previous years and only had about half of the spots available of the next smallest program. This is a trend in Wisconsin (and elsewhere) as higher education is being gutted (as it is nationwide). This is particular to the humanities and, to a lesser extent, the social sciences. Now I can prattle on about neoliberalism and the commodification of education in the United States, but I'd rather talk about myself. So, additionally, I suppose I may not have been the best fit for my prospective POI, despite the interest I perceived through our email correspondence. It could have been my abysmal undergraduate GPA (3.06. Never enter college thinking you'll be a doctor when all you made were Bs and Cs in science and math in high school. As I've mentioned, I'm not much of a planner.) or the fact that my two MAs had nothing to do with communications. Whatever the reason, they didn't want me. So, now I wait for the remaining six to render their judgment. I continue to have Rambo-esque flashbacks of last year when I got completely shut out. To paraphrase Frank Reynolds: "Wisconsin drew first blood!"
  9. Media Studies/Television Studies, or at least since the beginning of last year. I have no formal experience in communication or media studies.
  10. I haven't heard anything from any program whatsoever. I am thinking, however, that Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern are out just based on what I've seen in terms of acceptances here on the forum. Unfortunately, I can't start planning anything yet, other than what my plans B, C, and D will be in the event of another shutout. Edit: Just got my rejection notice from Wisconsin-Madison.
  11. I'm getting so many new songs to thrash to while obsessively rechecking application statuses!
  12. I still haven't heard anything from any of my programs, but that's more or less to be expected. At least until the first week of February or so. In the meantime, I shall provide for you a playlist of songs to listen to while waiting. This is best enjoyed while waiting for admissions committees to render decisions, for pizzas to arrive, for the triage nurse to call you up, or waiting for the world to change (that song will, fortunately, not be featured here). 1. Elevator Operator - Courtney Barnett (For when you're having those existential issues) 2. Waiting Room - Fugazi (I am a patient boy, I wait, I wait, I wait.) 3. Can't Get Enough of Myself - Santigold, B.C. (Want to feel good about something for once? This is the song for you while you're waiting and falling down the pit of self.) 4. MFN - Cibo Matto (For when you want some weird and awesome background music to a panic attack) 5. Gimme Love - Sleater-Kinney (Imploring admissions committees to send a placement and 4-5 years of funding your way) 6. Keine Lust - Rammstein (For those times when you just can't) 7. Hawks and Serpents - The Sword (For those times when you need to destroy everything in your path) 8. School Spirit - Kanye West (For those times you regret spending an enormous amount of money on college and have nothing to show for it) 9. Bassem Sabry - Of Montreal (For your dark and violent funk) 10. Careless Whisper - George Michael (Pro: This will chase out all the bad thoughts. Con: It will replace them with saxophones.) 11. This Could Be Us - Rae Sremmurd (For when you get rejected) 12. Dance Yrself Clean - LCD Soundsystem (For when you have nine minutes to kill and no one is around to watch you sway to the rhythm) Waiting sucks.
  13. I followed all of my POIs who have pages, so I may have preemptively piqued and crushed their interest XD
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