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haltheincandescent last won the day on January 12 2016

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  1. The other poster is right about a Professor versus a TA. I am curious, though: you mention a TA for a class on probability, and a professor for a class on probability. Were these the same classes, or separate? If they were the same, you could ask both the TA and the prof to write a letter they would both sign - or, approach the professor first, and they will likely ask the TA for further input, anyway (I have written a few paragraphs for profs to use in letters for students I TA'd for - it happens all the time). If they're separate, I might still ask one of the profs first, and then try the le
  2. Basically the title. I'm applying for a few teaching focused positions this year, and besides a letter from my advisor, I need one specifically addressing my teaching. I taught with my advisor most of my time in grad school, so I really only have two other options: Prof A, who I TA'd for, in a class where I did almost all of the discussion section planning, which I got great evaluations & an email of praise from the prof for, but where the prof was mostly hands off (never observed lessons or advised on lesson planning); or Prof. B, who I worked much more closely with, but who I think I had
  3. Hi all, I'm sending a proposal to a conference in the U.K., and in reference to funding for student presentations, they say this: "Applications should be made online at the time of the submission of a paper or panel proposal for the Conference. Those who wish to apply for a Conference Award should tick the box to that effect and, in the space provided, add a statement of support for their application." My question then is, what is this statement of support? Looking elsewhere, it seems as if this can either mean a sort of personal statement/further explanation of my project's imp
  4. Eh, the creative literature itself is usually mostly good. The criticism/academic writing can be a different story. Some is just bad. Which maybe hurts more because, like: you people are supposed to be studying the craft of writing. But, okay.
  5. As a literature person, there's not really a distinction. Which is both good and bad.
  6. I like the concept of ebooks, and I use an e-reader for some things, but, I also really like annotating and handwriting, so, until there's a tablet with a stylus that well-mimics paper-on-pencil, I'm going to keep dragging around my large paper book collection. I'm not even sure I want to think about how many unread books I have--I'm definitely something of a collector (read: hoarder), but maybe that just goes with the whole studying literature/book history thing. But, bright side: I never have to think about wall decorations: the bookshelves take care of it all.
  7. I like Eco's take on the to-read stack: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/26/umberto-eco-antilibrary-oliver-burkeman
  8. Tell me about it! I have a 10 page single-spaced list worth of 'em to read by the end of next summer. (And this not counting anything for courses!) (Admittedly, really not complaining though--always happy to spend some more time with Shakespeare or Faulkner. It is, like, my job now, or something. )
  9. Exciting! Yay! But also, there are always good opportunities for English department puns or literary shirts in general. But, yet, most academic-y lit people don't seem big into the whole book-reference t-shirt thing, so they never happen. I'm usually with them, to be honest, but, have to say, this one's pretty enticing: http://www.litographs.com/collections/t-shirts/products/moby-tee
  10. I don't know too much in terms of specifics, (I'm not there yet) but when I visited and asked generally (also hoping to bike), everyone said Boston/Cambridge is very bikeable, and a lot of people do it, even if there aren't too many bike lanes. I think if you're generally confident biking with cars on the road, you'll be good. Biggest problem I heard of was: make sure to get a good lock; bikes get stolen fairly often.
  11. I'll be around! In the English department . I decided to settle on the GSAS dorms for the first year--not the most ideal situation, but there's no way, with work and other stuff going on, that I'd be able to make it back out to Cambridge before late August (renting sight unseen seemed potentially sketchier than communal bathrooms, so, you know). Pros, though: I'll be super close.
  12. Yup, this. If you have a smartphone, check out the free magoosh vocab apps; I found them really useful. If no phone, I think they have a list of the words on their website, also for free. Other than that, I'd suggest taking as many practice tests as you can find, and drilling on any words you don't know. If you have a bit of time 'til the test, reading a few Atlantic/New Yorker articles a day, and keeping a list of words you don't know/need to learn, helps too (and, you know, also fun/useful otherwise)--those sorts of publications are pretty good (bad?) about using GRE-type vocab here and ther
  13. I'm decided to stay in the grad dorms, since I won't be able to make the couple of trips out there that it'd take to find a good apartment from afar, so, nope, no roommates! Small room, though, but I'm used to and very fine with that, so But, yeah, once I signed it and had the move-in date official, I started to feel something like a future-tense homesickness--I just can't believe that I'll be moving away from somewhere I've been for going on 6 years in just 3 months; and the school year's going to be over in just two weeks. I've already graduated, but a friend will be graduating, then le
  14. Whoooo. I officially have a place to live in the fall! Got a move-in date and everything. Things are getting real-er!
  15. Congrats, @CrashJupiter! If you want any commentary on living in Louisville, let me know - I didn't go to UofL, so I don't have school-specific advice to offer (except, if you're interested in/able to take a class or two in the lit. part of the department, and like modernism/cultural studies: Prof. Jaffee--very interesting/cool/great guy, at least as far as his research goes) but, I lived there for a bit, and can definitely point you to all the best and coolest bookstores, coffee shops, bars, etc., etc., if you want!
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