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Historiogaffe

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    Female
  • Location
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Interests
    Medieval mnemonics and post-Conquest ideas of the past; historiography; ecological rhetoric.
  • Application Season
    2016 Fall
  • Program
    English, Medieval Studies

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  1. De-lurking to adapt an old chestnut: don't judge an envelope by its girth! I received a thin SSHRC envelope in Vancouver this afternoon with a fellowship offer — my application scored 13.7.
  2. Yes, me! I'm a medievalist! I'm interested in British history-writing after the Norman Conquest, and the intersections of landscape and memory therein. I'll be attending UBC, up here in Canada. Pretty stoked. Grettir and sstrickland — congrats on your acceptances! And best of luck to everyone else!
  3. Seems like Toronto has a healthy wait list this year! I'll be advising them to remove me, as I've accepted an offer elsewhere.
  4. That was also me! (I may or may not have only applied to Canadian schools.) I did not apply for the CSPT concentration.
  5. Ha! I figured as much – with the rational part of my brain, at least. The other part was like, "There is something suspicious in your application and they want to smoke you out!" 95% of my brain knew this was BS. The other 5% knows that it's February The interest in amping up interest in their program makes sense, as well — they're one of those that have been lower-ranked but are clearly putting the jets on in terms of raising their visibility and prestige. Very responsive to queries about placement rates, etc.
  6. Have any of you received phone/Skype/chat requests from programs of interest? The graduate advisor of one of the unis I've applied to contacted me about an informal Skype chat about my application and what their program has to offer. She sounded really interested in my research and potential fit with the program, but emphasized it wasn't a formal interview, and that they hadn't made admission decisions yet. Is this normal, or heard-of? If so, what have your experiences been with it? This program's really, really interesting to me in terms of fit, and I'd kinda love to attend – despite it
  7. A salient detail for me is that both my wife and my closest referee have forbidden me from leaping into the adjunct lifestyle — so developing a Plan B has become a must! So, my Plan A verse is the same as the first: I'd love to snag a tenure-track position at a research university. You hear me on this one. It'd be a dream. Plan B emerged during my ill-fated, 2.5-year attempt to sell myself out — er, that is, sell myself ON corporate communications. That didn't work out in itself (good lord), but the organization I worked for (a corporate nonprofit, for that special kind of bleeding-h
  8. The month after finishing my MA in English Lit, I landed a job in communications (tourism/hospitality industry). It's been great because I happen to love where I live, so the industry fits; and, well, I'm not a barista -- love to the profession, but I've found out the hard way, a couple of times, that I'm far too introverted for customer service. Heh. In terms of landing the job, the MA was an advantage, as were part-time editing/RA gigs during undergrad and grad. Anyway, the job involves a blend of writing (internal comm.), writing (external comm.), editing/proofing, design, admin, event
  9. We're pretty crazy. BUT I found this quite odd (olol our souls are too crushed for optimism) career forecast on the Canadian government's career stats page for professors: "Outlook Job prospects in this occupation are good. (Update: January 2011) After dropping slightly over most of the last decade, the number of university professors has increased slightly. These movements can be explained by changes in government spending, the number of university-age young people, the school attendance rate of young people aged 20 to 29 and the highly skilled labour supply. Given the expected changes
  10. The best starting point: author stalking. What books or articles have bowled you over in the Modern American Lit field? If someone called, say, Georgina Wu wrote something that stoked your nerdy flames, Google her. (If it's someone with a name more like John Brown, maybe type "John Brown professor".) See where they are, and where they got their PhDs. Which of these universities have you heard of before? Which ones do many PhDs seem to be coming from? That should start you off. You can also plumb the archives here for "american lit" or whatever; posters often list the schools they have ap
  11. A bit of wisdom ("wisdom") that I encountered frequently when I began my neurotic online grad school advice search a couple of years ago: Of all your possible degrees (BA, MA, PhD), prestige matters least for the MA. What does matter, as some above have noted, comes down to making connections, working with specialists in your field, going to conferences, etc.
  12. I submitted a 761-word SOP to a program that asked for 500, and was accepted to it with pretty great funding. They'll take longer as long as you really aren't repeating anything, every sentence matters, etc. etc. The only place I encountered a real problem with word limit was in an online application with a textbox for the SOP that would not accept more than however many words/characters.
  13. Thanks, everyone! Zeugma, my own research is friendly to both new and traditional approaches to medieval studies, but it's certainly the Ivies/traditional programs where rhetoric's unlikely to be an area of focus. WUSTL looks promising -- I'll add it to my nascent list.
  14. Any takers? I'll be in Canada's Austin this fall for a one-year MA in English. (And, of course, for All the Music Festivals.)
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