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  1. I'm having similar problems as far as being discouraged, but not in the way people are describing. I'm on top of the work because I was lucky enough to get a fellowship and honestly, I have a lot more time on my hands than I thought I would and find it difficult to find the motivation to do anything outside of my apartment and my TV. I'm mostly feeling it in the inadequacy department; the mingling and the small talk terrify me, and I thought that I can always at least keep up with scholarly ideas, but I'm feeling so intimidated by how smart everyone else is that I just have performance anxie
  2. Anyone else experiencing this? I have only been in school for a week and a half but man, I'm feeling very intimidated right now. I don't so much feel like an impostor as I just feel constant fear about my inadequacy. I'm in an English graduate program so all of class time in my seminars is devoted to discussion. I had no problem participating in undergrad, in fact, I was annoying in how much I talked. I was confident and didn't overthink and second guess all my ideas. Now, I can barely force myself to speak, and when I do, it's very obvious that I'm nervous and its rambling and incohe
  3. OSU is having funding problems like the rest of the country (especially in Ohio with the new governor) so they have downsized. I've been kicking myself for not applying the year before when they still had the MA program, which admitted about 30 funded students! It definitely is no more though.
  4. U Washington and Illinois no longer has a funded MA, they have a funded MA/PhD program. So you are applying to the PhD basically, but you could, theoretically leave with a master's.
  5. The bitter cynic in me agrees with you. But then again... when I see billionaire celebrities spending their money on plastering themselves with designer names and houses on every continent, it's refreshing to see someone who uses his money to better himself. If he was taking funding away from someone else to do this, then it would be unethical. But he's paying his way to spend his time learning and being immersed in an academic community. While we who are trying to start careers see it as somewhat superficial, I wish more people would spend their money on reading, writing, and critical thi
  6. Hey guys, I just officially accepted my offer of admittance. My period is early american with emphasis in narrative theory. Anyone else accepted officially yet? I just visited and had to make a tough decision between staying in state and moving way way across the country.
  7. I think that the above advice is good, however I think if you have funded offers you should choose them over the unfunded one. In this economy and market, there's no reason to turn down money to get an English MA. The work you do is the most important. I do not deny the above advice about having more time, getting access to great faculty, etc. But I guess it depends on how "lowly ranked" your other schools are. If they are anywhere in the top 75, I think they are fine. Unless you have stellar credit, no debt, and tons of money, take the funded offer. While being free from teaching might
  8. So I wanted to suggest some things for English major types to see while they are here or when they move here, to get a feel for the kinds of places and social activities people from the department frequent. Social life is important as work life! I suggest visiting the bar Surly Girl. It's got great food and local Ohio beers and a lot of people go there frequently. It's on High St. in the Short North. There's also St. James Tavern on 4th Ave. That's just a straight up bar. Bodega is a kind of hipstery bar, that has good food and a good trivia night. On High St. If you're into dan
  9. Part of me doesn't ever think that old people know how to use the Internet, but I think that's me being naive. If they know about grad cafe, it would be a great resource, at least administratively. Lots of people put their schools applied to in their signature and posts their acceptances and denies to each school. Also, I tend to discuss whether or not I'm interested in attending more honestly here than I would with the school. Though that might be presumptious to think they care about that- most schools probably aren't as invested as browsing the Internet looking for answers. I do
  10. I should clarify since I made a typo. I was told that the SECOND person always gets in. BUT I still stand by my statement that this means that you'll get int, since I'm second and there's a good chance I'll be going to UW. I just straight up asked where I was on the list. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, and she immidiately told me 'you are second.' I also asked about visiting and they were more than welcoming. So don't be shy! Show that you are very interested and it will be more likely that you will get in I think. I made sure to show I was interested, and if they ar
  11. I'm second on the waitlist and the first person has been accepted according to the results page, so I'm assuming you're third. I was told in past years that the third person on the waitlist always gets in, at least in the past. I really like the program and am still considering it- but I have a very generous offer from a much highly ranked school that I'm also considering. Nothing is for certain, but I would assure you that you can keep hope that you will get in.
  12. Yes, perhaps it is because I'm talking about the far east side of Clintonville. The western side near the bike path, or the community market is nice. But closer to Indianola or Hudson or Summit Ave is where there is lots of crime and the antagonistic relations that I'm talking about. Perhaps I just had a bad experience but I wanted to share it just in case it helped someone. I came from a small rural college town so maybe some of it was just the shock of city life in general.
  13. Ugh, that's awful. They should refund your application fee for such a horrible thing. Or at least try and CALL you instead of just emailing saying PSYCH MY BAD
  14. I don' t know anyone that lives there, it's pretty far from campus. I've driven through it once, but that's it. Seemed okay, but it's more near downtown and Bexley, which is a nice neighborhood. But again, this is very far away from campus. If you don't want to be right in town, I'd suggest Grandview. There is more walking and there are coffee shops and restaurants, but it's away from town. What exactly are you looking for? City living, biking, nightlife?
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