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    2018 Fall

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  1. It's a new-ish program, no? I can't find a solid placement record for their PhD grads... Their current students seem to publish and present frequently, though. I was on a conference panel with a UCSC student and their research was interesting and unique. Your best bet would be to contact current students and ask them what the atmosphere is like--I found this most helpful when considering where to apply. Are they all fully funded? Is there a lot of competition for funding and external fellowships? Are the faculty supportive of their students?
  2. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    Thanks for your honesty. For those still weighing their options, U Del's delayed response is very unfortunate.
  3. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    Interesting. Thanks for the info--seems like they have some communication hiccups!
  4. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I emailed them yesterday and was told that while they have sent out acceptances, all other notifications will go out after April 15th. I find this a tad unethical, as most schools require you to accept financial packages by that date. I just accepted an offer at another school, but was curious to hear back since it was the only program to which I applied that failed to send any form of notification.
  5. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    Anyone want to claim that U Del rejection? Haven't heard either way--just curious.
  6. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I completely rewrote my SOP. Granted, the first time I applied I had little experience, compared to this year. Also my interests and scholarship evolved so I made sure to really communicate how and why. Also, I think I now realize that my SOP from 2 years ago was totally weird and came across as too theoretical. It didn't demonstrate how I am interested in applying my scholarship, just that I enjoyed studying a particular topic! I didn't change my writing sample because it was my M.A. thesis (and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into it and I am super proud of it). The topic isn't something I'm currently pursuing, or plan to in my PhD program, but I made sure to touch on how it helped me arrive at my current interests.
  7. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I think they were implying that 11,000 people applied to the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences or whatever (at least that's what my rejection letter made it sound like).
  8. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I would think PhD programs might be more inclined to accept someone with teaching experience than curatorial experience--but I guess it depends on the program? Good luck in your application season! It sounds like you have a lot of great experience.
  9. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    This is my second time applying to graduate programs. The first time around I received all rejections (I applied to 13 programs. Just a tip: don't do that). I took two years off in between my M.A. and applying again, and I'm glad I did. I wrote exhibition reviews, worked as a freelance research assistant, presented at a few major conferences (which allowed me to really develop my interests) and later received a pretty prestigious year-long fellowship. These experiences helped me to strengthen my application and prove to admissions committees that I was really committed to my scholarship and my field. I came from a low-tier program, so the extra experience probably helped demonstrate that I wasn't just a mediocre student. My M.A. adviser also helped me meet new people in my field, constantly sent me opportunities, and was there when I needed guidance and support (even after I graduated). Those two years were productive, but also marked with lots of anxiety, depression, and self-doubt. Like, I was working customer service during the day and writing my conference presentations at night. It's really hard to be an independent researcher and writer without affiliation. If you find small but meaningful opportunities related to your area of interest (or a good museum job or teaching/tutoring position), and keep updating your CV during that gap year, it can pay off!
  10. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I would also be interested in hearing from others regarding proper attire. I’m planning on dressing like I would for work: black jeans, nice shoes/boots, maybe a blouse and black blazer? I mean, is a suit TOO much? My POI’s at both schools are fairly casual from what I can tell, but I am terrified of showing up underdressed. HALP.
  11. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I thought the same thing about the acceptance board this year, in general. So many decisions are rolling in earlier than previous years...
  12. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    I'm trying to remain hopeful, but my gut instinct tells me that if we weren't contacted by Penn for an interview by now the chance of acceptance is slim. Same goes for Northwestern. Harvard doesn't do interviews, FYI. Sending y'all good vibes. Wine helps.
  13. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    To the other UCSD admit: PM me?
  14. Noscrubs

    Fall 2018

    Wow, already a rejection from UCSD? I still haven’t heard anything and it’s driving me crazy. UCSD is my dream program ?
  15. Noscrubs

    Funding Doc for Art History

    While I partly agree with you, I also think it's important to both update and circulate this document. Transparency is important, and it's unethical (IMO) for Ph.D. programs in the Humanities to take students and NOT fully fund them. For example: it's helpful for me to know what other candidates have been awarded in their 5th, 6th, and (gasp) 7th years. I also find it interesting that some programs do not include a teaching component as part of their stipend/fellowship awards, but shell out way more money than other "competitive" private institutions. These are factors that heavily influenced my decision on where to apply.
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