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  1. Are there any programs that have not cancelled?
  2. It covers your rent and a grocery-store trip or two, but that's about it. It helps. It's still far from a funded MA, though.
  3. Substantive reply right here. Looking on the bright side, I'm at least glad that I've provided a relatively meaningless target for other people to vent their frustrations at. Pile on my post if it makes you feel better. I certainly can't blame you for doing so.
  4. What I'm saying is just that rejection and dream-denial come in degrees. Of course there a people worse off than I am, and I feel for them. Very much (though I'll admit that in the moment I wrote my original post I wasn't thinking about that). That doesn't mean that people who get rejected from some places but accepted to others haven't have certain of their dreams denied, or their dreams denied to a lesser degree, depending on how one wants to formulate it. I think this should be a pretty uncontroversial point. Maybe I can rely on a sports analogy: someone who gets cut from Spring Trainin
  5. Yeah I agree, probably not the venue for what I said.
  6. Yes, but bear in mind two things: 1) All 20 grand must be paid in the period between the September of your first semester and the January of your second. So, while it is only 5 grand a semester, you do need to have 20 grand in liquidity over a period of about 5 months. 2) This is just the cost of tuition - not the cost of attending Tufts! Medford/Somerville is a pretty expensive area, and you can expect to pay $600-$800 a month on rent just to share a 1 bedroom apartment with roommates. Many students take jobs to supplement their income (TAships pay about $1,000/mo while school is in
  7. Imagine making an account just to say this. I'm glad I won't be at your department, either. 1) That's an immensely uncharitable reading of my post (although it was admittedly a screed written in dejection). What I said is that my writing sample probably failed at certain programs because I flouted certain norms. I thought that people would be open to reading something that was written in a less collegiate style, and that maybe some would find it refreshing. I did not claim that I thought people would be impressed by my iconoclastic radicalism or whatever. 2) Throughout your reply
  8. Tuition remission varies between students, but most students have to pay just under $20,000 ($16,000 in my case), all of which is due during the first year. During the second year no tuition is paid, and each semester thereafter (if you elect to stay longer) costs $800.
  9. Yeah, I'll be happy at UT or WUSTL, but in some sense I just definitively lost a competition in a field about which I care a whole lot. If there were national rankings of philosophy students as there are for golfers or tennis players, it seems that I wouldn't be all that high on the list. That's reason to be upset whether or not I'm happy where I end up. I think UT Austin and WUSTL are fantastic programs, and that they're both under-ranked. Still, if you figure that each Top 10 program will have an incoming cohort of about 5, it's clear that I didn't make the Top 50 rankings this year. Anyone
  10. Well, I've officially been rejected from NYU and Columbia. This was a pretty bad applications season. I have three acceptances from my three lowest-ranked schools, but not so much as a waitlist from any of my top 10 schools. I know it silly to complain about this, but given my GRE scores, grades, letters of rec, and pedigree, frankly I expected to do better than this. I'm pretty sure that my writing sample is what sunk me at those programs. During my MA I have become increasingly bored with formulaic collegiate papers, where the introduction consists of some stupid preview of the sections
  11. I've cancelled all my visits. Even if some programs do not cancel, it simply isn't worth the risk to attend. I'll be doing a lot of emailing in the next few weeks to try and get as much information as I can, in lieu of a visit, before making a decision.
  12. Also haven't heard from any of these programs. I don't have much hope for NYU or CUNY anymore, but it looks like many rejections from Columbia are out. So if, like me, you haven't heard from Columbia, then it could be a (moderately) good sign.
  13. At this point I'm pretty sure that I'll be cancelling all of my visits. It may be a bit tricky, since WUSTL already bought me tickets, but it's the prudent thing to do.
  14. In my view, if a handful of programs are cancelling their visits, then probably many more will, and probably all should. I think I will be cancelling my visits in the coming days.
  15. Not venting, just passing time here: Any historians of modern philosophy have any thoughts on Spinoza's view of the semantics of proper names? In a letter to Simon de Vries, March 1663 (see Spinoza, Ethics, ed. Feldman, Hackett 1992 p. 267), Spinoza offers the following cryptic remarks: Now I'm not entirely sure what to make of this. Prima facie, it seems as though Spinoza is advancing some kind of descriptive theory of names, since he takes care to articulate different descriptions associated with each of the two names. On the other hand, he says that the meaning of 'Jacob
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