bpilgrim89

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    English Literature

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  1. 2018 Acceptances

    Such, such good news!!!
  2. I have asked for placement data, and I get mixed responses depending on the department. But I also think their response to that question is important! A department should at the very least be transparent with admitted students about how the current ones fare in post-graduate outcomes. Instead of asking directly, I also try "Does the department keep statistical data about graduate placement, and if so, is that information accessible to admitted students?" If they don't share the data, that tells me something. If they don't keep the data, that tells me something else. If they do offer the information, that tells me something too. If they do offer data, here is Princeton's (which is blessedly publicly accessible!) It should give you an idea of what the higher end of placement looks like: https://english.princeton.edu/graduate/program/job-placement/job-placement-statistics-1995-present
  3. 2018 Acceptances

    As someone who is in a funded MA program, I want to second the "please be careful about unfunded MAs" sentiment. An MA in English/Rhetoric guarantees you nothing - maybe even less than nothing! Taking out a sizable amount of debt for that is terrifying to me personally, but if you had a clear, concrete plan for that MA where all paths did not necessarily lead to academia, then it might be worth it. If your goal is a PhD, there is plenty you could do to bolster your application that does not include taking thousands of dollars out in loans. You could take one or two courses (which would be significantly cheaper!) You could rewrite your SOP and WS. You could retake the GREs. You could get new LORs. Last round, I was lucky enough to have a professor on an adcom tell me with pretty brutal honesty what was wrong with my application. For me, concerns were raised about my GPA, so additional coursework was needed. Even if you're not that lucky, you can still ask your recommenders to do an "autopsy" and see where the problems might be. If, however, you're independently wealthy, then of course do as you please! If not, think carefully about that unfunded MA and what you would get out of it.
  4. I so admire your courage! I can barely manage to compose an email to my advisor, let alone cold-call another university's English department!
  5. Huh, I haven't heard anything, and my decision page still says ND, though I am sure I am rejected as well. And there haven't been a lot of rejections posted to the Results board. I wonder what's going on.
  6. I think what matters more is post-graduate outcome. How does the department track what happens to its students once they graduate? If they track placement (and placement matters to you), will they give you numbers/names of institutions? How about the students who do not go on to teach at the university-level? What do they do, and how do they measure the success of what happens to their students? Most departments will at the very least have a "spotlight" section where star candidates are highlighted, but that is more for marketing. How a department follows post-graduate outcomes will show you whether the department cares about what happens to you after you graduate and how much help they will provide in finding you somewhere to go.
  7. Mentoring English MAs

    I would also emphasize the natural rushed-ness of an MA. It's only two years. It goes by so quickly! I also think how the department is structured matters. The institution I attend only has the MA program, so there are no doctoral students who would take up valuable faculty time. There may be departments that have both MA and PhD programs and give enough support to all, but I believe attending a program where the faculty were fully devoted to the MA program made all the difference for my study.
  8. Someone posted a Rutgers rejection, so I am wondering if today is when that floodgate opens?
  9. In other news, I got my official acceptance from CUNY today for anyone still waiting on this. It also looks like WLs were released.
  10. If I had more reacts, I would up this, but I am out. So, all I can say is yes!
  11. In all honesty, they are a great scholar who will do amazing work no matter which program they end up in. They just also need a lesson in self-awareness, but I am sure that's obvious from the post. And is also true of many academics tbh!
  12. Unfortunately, I've known people like that (or at least people who get into the same constellation of schools). Good luck to whoever ends up in a program with them!!!!
  13. 2018 venting thread

    To the first item, I totally empathize with that (finishing up my thesis is feeling like an impossible task) but I also think that's the academia cycle. An initial stage of enthusiasm, then solid working progress, and then finally the "Oh my God, can this please be over??" stage. At least, that's how I work! As for Jersey, don't believe the hype, i.e. criticism. I have lived in New Jersey, and despite all the hate it gets, it's actually a lovely space. There's a reason why it's called the Garden State! You get NYC and Philly being so close, but at the same time, there is so much greenery and lovely parks abound!
  14. I don't know, but I am asking myself the very same questions!! Both in the past have notified over the course of a few days, but this year, they both seem to be more centered on a single day. If I don't hear anything from them tomorrow, I am chalking them both up as rejections.
  15. Post-Acceptance, Pre-Visit

    So Yale has this weird website which seems like the best resource I have seen. It's a little dated (Top US 30 Rankings here include Chicago down at #9!) but importantly, it's divided up by assistant, associate, and professor. So, you can see who is producing a lot of assistant professors, i.e. their most recent placements. Also, this is by raw number. For example, Johns Hopkins might seem lower with their placement, but you have to keep in mind the size of their graduate class is tiny as well. I know this isn't helpful for those applying outside of these arbitrary rankings, but for any of you who are, this might be of some use.