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  1. Of course they can ask. My point was that the program will not give those explanations unless you ask for them.
  2. Actually, it's not complicated. Many things could have happened that are not up to you. Maybe Prof A is on leave next year (academic, medical, or family), maybe they will serve at another capacity (like chair or DGS) in the department and they want to make sure you have another professor to reach out to, or –worst case scenario for you– they are leaving the department. In any case, no one owes you an explanation. Until you receive instructions otherwise, you continue to correspond with the person you were corresponding. At some point, they will let you know if you need to do so
  3. The advice I always give is: 1) If you have an offer in hand, you can email them to inquire and let them know you have an offer. 2) If you don't have an offer but they gave you a date in which something might happen, you can inquire about a week after that date. 3) If you don't have an offer nor a date in which something can happen, you won't probably hear until after April 15, when accepted students have to give a response. In that case, you don't have any reason to contact the program before then. I don't agree contacting the program, but I've seen people suggest it here (and
  4. They are saying mid-April because that's when others will give their final decision. By a rule of thumb, my advice would be to only contact POIs if you have another offer and/or are waitlisted elsewhere. However, you have seen that regarding waitlists everyone has a different experience and so we are all giving you different advice. YMMV. Note: I wasn't waitlisted, I was outright rejected/admitted. I have no idea if there is a waitlist in our program or how it is handled.
  5. It's not that common. Faculty don't have the time to send emails to every applicant who wasn't admitted. You should thank them and sign something like "I hope our paths cross in the future." If this were a different year, you could ask specific faculty if they were thinking of going to an upcoming conference and maybe grab some coffee. I would take the offer to discuss your application further, if you are thinking of applying again. Questions you could ask are: How can I strengthen my application? What type of conference/workshop/seminar would you suggest I eye this year in preparation fo
  6. It's in the student's best interest that someone senior writes the letter. You will serve them better by letting them know they should approach other professors. You can be a third recommender.
  7. If you are thinking of Florida and if you are thinking of re-applying if nothing opens up, I'd suggest looking into FIU. They have a great program and top notch Latin Americanists. Besides UCSD, did you apply to other programs in California? A faculty may be on leave and that's why they didn't respond. You are right in feeling at a loss. Admissions are really secretive and this year more factors than we know played a role. No. Unless the program has eight Latin Americanists (one modern Mexico, one colonial Mexico, one Brazilianist, one Southern Cone, one Northern South A
  8. I saw this tweet and this is a good reminder. Folks with rejections: it sucks. I know this is not much comfort, but remember that those rejections are not about you or your scholarship, they are symptoms of a broken system. I see you. 😔
  9. Additionally, ask about fees. While programs cover tuition, there are usually some fees (mine amounted to about $250 even during the summer, because you had be registered to get paid. We got paid one month during the summer). As faculty now, the "best" questions are usually the ones that make me talk, like what's my favorite thing about the program, the school, or students; what opportunities I had to mentor students (I'm a recent hire, obviously), where have I encountered other grad students outside of our program. Usually like talking about things that make them proud
  10. Please read why this right here is extremely inappropriate:
  11. I join this congratulatory message. We've known each other for far too long!
  12. When you submit an article to a serious journal, you will have to state that you are not submitting that piece anywhere else. Don't do it.
  13. If you already have an offer in hand, ask the program administrator to refer to the person that can guide you through healthcare questions. There is a steep learning curve: I suspect that healthcare in the US is purposely confusing (lots of jargon, illogical policies, etc.). So, ask everything a million times. If you have an offer that includes healthcare, ask for the complete list of coverage. You'll find there if appointments with a psychiatrist are covered and how much. Also ask very specific questions about your medication. Personally, I push very hard for concrete answers because so
  14. Scarlet makes a good point on setting up a good filtration system and probably one that relies on multiple things. Eg: if a POI does not respond by x date, reach out the the DGS. Other forms of filtrating: Programs that offer waivers on application fees or standardized tests. Funding, not only your stipend but also the fees you'd pay (there are always hidden fees), healthcare coverage, available competitive funds, dependency of funding on your labor, etc. Additional support: mental health, digital humanities, graduate certificates, nearby consortiums of libraries, etc.
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