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  1. bpilgrim89

    Basics of conferences

    Yes to all of this. You should also ask people in your field what would be good conferences to target. Most field groups have a large conference that they hold every year where the acceptance rate for papers is lower, but these groups will also list their regional branches that may have more relaxed conferences where it is easier to present. For example, if you were studying the eighteenth century, I would recommend looking at ASECS, CSECS, or BSECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Canadian..., British..., etc.) Presenting a paper at mega-conferences, e.g. MLA, is perhaps not as useful when you're trying to strengthen your work, so focus on conferences that are more geared towards your field.
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    How Important are Conferences?

    I want to second that if you're getting your MA, conference participation is more important than if you were applying with just a BA. Presenting at conferences is a pretty low-stakes but high-return investment in showing a doctoral program that you are serious about your work and that you have enough intellectual clarity to be able to share it with others. Scholarship is not meant to be written in isolation; you have to present your ideas and have them vetted. Plus, it only makes your work stronger!
  3. bpilgrim89

    Should I retake the GRE(s)?

    Agree with everyone else here! Put the work into your SOP and writing sample! If your scores are this good, you could land a spot at an Ivy if you write compelling documents.
  4. Iā€™m an 18th centuryist, so I have no idea if they will try to pick another one or select someone from a different field.
  5. bpilgrim89

    2018 Acceptances

    UPenn admit checking in here! I am so, so happy as I got in last night at midnight! Phew!!! Waitlist dreams do come true!
  6. I got in off the waitlist to my program!!! I contacted CUNY first thing this morning to decline my offer, so I hope someone gets some good news today if not tomorrow!
  7. For something like this, it's hard to say. I think it should be the person you've had the most contact with. When I did it, it wasn't the DGS I had the most contact with, but a professor in my field who was on the adcom. Because it sounds like you've had the most contact with the DGS, you might want to try them; however, they might feel like they can't give you feedback because of their role as DGS. It might be better to ask whoever seems like your biggest POI at the university. No harm in sending two emails to two separate people, so long as you're always polite, concise, and deferential.
  8. Out of your options, your best two options seem to be to accept the UA full-funding offer or to take a year off, with a slight preference towards the latter. Getting an MA doesn't preclude you from applying to a PhD, and it might even make you a stronger applicant. Plus, like Kilos, I am of the very strong opinion that graduate study in the humanities at any level must be fully funded for it to be worth it, so UA's funding sounds great. That being said, you don't sound excited by UA, and I agree a 2/2 teaching load for MA students is intense. If you're financially stable now and can solicit feedback from an adcomm member or recommender about how to better your application, then taking the year off to fix your shortcomings might be the perfect solution. Rochester sounds promising for such critique since they've already been so forthcoming about your space in the admissions process. You might want to ask them what the committee's hesitations were, so that you can address them for future admission cycles. As long as you strike the right tone of "this is to better my application," it shouldn't hurt to ask and the worst they do is say no! (If anecdotes are worth anything, I've done this and received a pleasant and constructive response that I think helped me this season.)
  9. Hi, I am a CUNY admit who is unfortunately still languishing on a waitlist for a different program. (Sorry!!) I still don't know what's happening with my own life/CUNY acceptance, but I can tell you that someone from my cohort was just admitted from their waitlist this week. FWIW When I was at CUNY's open house, I was one of only two admitted students who were actually in attendance, and the majority were waitlisted folk. So, in short, I'm inclined to believe that there is likely more waitlist movement to come for CUNY.
  10. I have now gotten two "you're still in the running!" emails, and I am certain you can feel my anxiety from a 30-mile radius.
  11. I think the "checking for continued interest" emails are because the schools are expecting to get final decisions from the first round of applicants this week. They want to make sure that they can move as quickly as possible, so they can try to let people know by April 15th in case other people have offers. That doesn't mean it will go as planned, but again, this is all the professorial gossip I've got!
  12. There are still plenty of people out there holding on for the waitlist, including myself! I'm sure most of us are just being silent because according to my professors, the real movement happens in that final run up to April 15th and even ā€“ ugh ā€“ after April 15th.
  13. In terms of the "feel" or "intra-department dynamics" aspects of it, I don't know as I have not been to the ASW yet. I do know that their cohorts are larger than the average PhD program with roughly 18-20 people in each year, meaning there are about ~100 graduate students at the GC. I also know CUNY's Graduate Center is pretty highly regarded for its strong emphasis on cultural studies. Their main-line faculty are all in gender studies, postcolonial studies, critical race studies, etc. They have consortial faculty, i.e. their employment is hosted at other colleges, that teach at the Graduate Center as well, so periodization seems doable. As someone intensely interested in period (eighteenth-centuryist!), this will be something I will be asking about at the open house. Their funding package: nationally, it's very nice with five years of $26k with Y1 teaching free, and Y2-Y5 1:1 teaching load. However, it is not as competitive for its ranking since similarly ranked schools like Rutgers and NYU have much less teaching (usually only two to three years, not four). Other schools are also a little bit more generous by maybe $1-$3k a year, but that's not a deal breaker in terms of difference. Plus, New York is expensive and 26k seems hard to live on for this city. I will also be looking into conference funding, but I get the impression it is competitive. (If someone knows better, please chime in!) Placement: it seems comparable with similarly ranked schools, perhaps even a little bit better? This is much harder to gauge though. But as others have noted, that consortium is something else since Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, and NYU are all very close. (Columbia and NYU more so, but Princeton and Rutgers seem manageable for a once-a-week seminar.)
  14. Day 3,928: Still no rejection letter from NYU.
  15. bpilgrim89

    Thank you gifts?

    Since my letter-writers are also my thesis panel, I am getting them a larger gift, but in the past, I got people: fancier chocolates, spirits/wine, and even a decorative item that rings true of our relationship. And of course a nice thank you card, whether it be handmade or made of really nice material like cotton paper. I think that's the most important part of the "thank you," especially since we're all such hyper-literate folk. Whether or not you get them a gift (or can afford to because let's be real about that!), the main gesture here is to be heartfelt and thoughtful with your gratitude, and for most of us, writing is the best way to do that.
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