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WildeThing last won the day on November 28 2019

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    PhD in English (Literature)

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  1. OR, hear me out, the admins are from an era where sexism was the style and it’s sexism because this is a widely reported, studied, and verified phenomenon that disproportionately affects women. I’ll buy ageism as an exacerbating factor but it’s definitely sexism.
  2. I dunno what mid to low tier would mean but some schools that seemed strong when I applied were UVA, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, UConn, Brown, Emory, Columbia. But Af-Am is so broad now that most schools will have at least 2-3 for you to work with. Also, a lot of schools also have Africana or other interdisciplinary PhD program you might want to consider.
  3. Though many here have or have applied to MFAs, you should know there is also a writing subforum for people applying to those types of programs where you might find more specific assistance (but please don't interpret this is as me saying you should go elsewhere, I'm sure you'll find a lot of help in this subforum as well since there's so much overlap between these programs and their applicants).
  4. Make sure that you look at the terms/expectations of your deferred acceptance. I remember when I first started applying I was looking at how some schools like at deferral and some of them have language about guaranteeing that you will enroll the following year. I don't know if this is common, how it would be enforced, or even if, given the situation, they would want to enforce it, but I'd just double check what your standing is so you don't face any issues or burn any bridges later.
  5. No, but it's definitely tougher. Both semesters here I've had "long" days with 3-4 classes and they're rough and some days you will be very tired but I don't think it's worse than maybe taking classes you're less interested in.
  6. My first cycle I was rejected by NYU but accepted to the MA with some additional funding to the norm. The second cycle I was rejected outright. Is it possible I was rejected outright this time because they remembered from last time so didn’t bother offering me the MA? Maybe. But is it also possible that for whatever reason they found me to be a relatively less compelling candidate than the previous year? Also maybe. This, aside with the cases of people who rejected offers and wound up coming up empty the next year that surface every once in a while suggests that you just can’t assume that if you placed high one year you will have the same or better luck the next. What if they offer your spot to someone else in your field and they don’t need someone else the following cycle? What if that year is more competitive? If you went to the trouble of applying then you thought the place you got accepted to would be a fine choice. It is still a fine choice, even there’s something that looks even better. Unless you have seen some significant red flags about your prospective school, are independently wealthy, or have other career options you don’t mind pursuing for a year (or more), I’d say take the offer.
  7. I guess this will vary but in my cass, I have taken and been encouraged to take classes outside of the department, to pursue interdisciplinary certificates, and to engage with the learning community outside of my department. For more advanced students, this has led to take on advisors and committee members from other departments (sometimes unofficially). The core work is done in my department but I can branch out and professors seem interested in getting new perspectives and different methodologies applied within the work you do for them.
  8. My anecdotal experience also supports this. I believe 90-100% of my PhD cohort did not get in straight from undergrad (a mix of MAs, MFAs, teaching, and non-academic work).
  9. You can use a Cost of Living calculator to determine how the funding will work in each context.
  10. Definitely not. I don't think professors really remember (though this will vary) who was waitlisted or not and within the cohort you certainly can't tell (we know who because we've discussed it, but it doesn't really come into play at all). Again, as with the question of cohort sizes, this will depend on people's personalities. Some people ARE more competitive and some people ARE elitist and that might come through and affect your interactions with them. But those people are probably the exception rather than the rule.
  11. They can try to nudge you but if they’re members of the organization that oversees the April 15 deadline then they can’t make you decide before then. But schools want to know ASAP (just like we do, yet we wait for twice as long at least).
  12. I was in a 4 person cohort where we hardly saw each other outside of class and I don’t think most people really connected with faculty whereas now the cohort is 10 (+30 MA who, for the first two years, are indistinguishable from the rest in terms of classwork etc.) and it’s very close-knit and I’ve never felt ignored by a professor. There’s certainly a sweet spot but I think personality is gonna be the big factor and it can ruin a good-sized cohort and save the opposite.
  13. I am pretty sure offer letters are signed by someone in the graduate school, at least in my experience. That said, I am sure there are mechanisms in place to change binding contracts in case of financial necessity. It would be up to student representatives/unions to fight against them, though it sounds like the Chicago thing was probably negotiated to some degree, since some groups gained money. Also, re: 2008 crash, is this the same magnitude? I am not an economist so I don’t know but either way, if we’re talking 2008 crash then everything is fucked for years anyway (my country was still not fully recovered from 2008...) so while academia will certainly suffer it will suffer no more than other sectors (in fact, it will probably suffer less).
  14. I would be very surprised if schools just cancelled incoming classes, though none of this is exactly normal. My guess is that things will return to "normal" for the fall, perhaps starting a bit later or earlier to accommodate changes. Alternatively they might push for another semester of online classes. That said, I am trusting that authorities will get their shit together and shut everything down so we can wait this out and that that will allow for everything to get going during the summer. Anyone with any familiarity with politics, national or local, will know that that trust is probably really fucking stupid and naive. Don't stress yourselves out just yet, basically.
  15. Honestly? I would say no. A lot of people do this and a lot of people jump from paid MAs to funded PhDs (and I assume some then make the leap to paying jobs that would not have been available otherwise). But, given the academic world and job market, it does not seem like a good idea to put yourself further and further in debt. That said, this topic has been discussed here before and perhaps others have expressed the various views more eloquently than I, so I would search through this forum.
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