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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. Actually, I really don’t think this is the case. While the UChicago situation was much publicized, I’m not sure we should draw too many conclusions from it. For one, the Covid situation was only partly the determinant in that decision. Historical inequalities in admissions and in the academy led to a decision to create a seismic change in the department culture (I imagine). While many departments have probably considered this given the past year, we shouldn’t forget that humanities departments are liberal havens and liberals love to make small temporal changes in lieu of massive systemic ones.
  2. I’m afraid it’s just a matter of waiting. Replying stating your continued interest (and perhaps a “let me know if you require anything else” type line) is all you can really do. Definitely do not send a million emails. Infrequent check-ins might be fine, but depends on how nice the admissions people are. I think I found out I was waitlisted in early March so in early April I asked about movement on the waitlist and then again a couple of days before the deadline. Both times I was told they were waiting for responses and had no new information but a few hours later I was notified that an offer
  3. I don't have an answer to your question because there are so many factors and so many questions to navigate (and for the most part they have been addressed on this forum). I just wanted to say that you should make sure to investigate cost of living before making a decision based on finances. I'm sure you've already considered this, but 10k can seem like a big difference but if rent is higher at the latter place then you might find that the offers are equivalent. I would also say, if money is the reason why you'd choose one over the other, it might be worth going back to the first school a
  4. As an international student who went through two cycles and applied to many schools, here's my take: school prestige is a thing and it is very important. There's a reason why the "higher" you go up the alleged rankings and look at current students, the less variety you will see and less likely you will be to find a school you're unfamiliar with. Part of admissions is risk assessment; how likely is a student to perform and finish the degree? Schools are investing time and money that is ultimately supposed to pay off by producing brilliant scholars and so they want to get the best students that
  5. FWIW, as someone living here, they never stop and they're really annoying.
  6. Congratulations! I'm so glad to see this cycle is going so well for you!
  7. I would also be direct and ask now. Admissions officers know that they might exchange dozens of emails with people who will never attend; it’s part of the process.
  8. Saw this and figured I’d add my two cents from my experience in previous cycles: for your own well-being assume every non-acceptance is a rejection but do not commit to anything until you have officially heard from everywhere. Keeping your hopes up can make you basically experience rejection for a single school multiple times, but you also don’t want to be the person who got off a secret waitlist last minute but has already committed.
  9. Good luck everyone! Waiting sucks but it'll be April 15th in no time.
  10. You're fine; I don't think WS are read that carefully that any readers will be confused by it. Even if they do, they are most likely to realize it was a mistake because a lot of people send adapted WSs and they'll move on. It does not reflect on your ability as a writer or a thinker, and scholars at all levels make proof-reading mistakes. It's fine, try to relax. If you feel like doing something will make you feel better, you can just send an email to say something like "hey I just realized I forgot to delete this; it's there because originally this was X, sorry for the confusion". Person
  11. Programs in the UK, at least when I was applying, accept you directly to the dissertation phase so you don't do any coursework. Given that, it's expected that you have a clearer idea of what you're going to work on and for some programs this involves figuring out who your advisor would be or if there's faculty to support you. So it makes sense that in the UK you contact the potential advisor in advance whereas in the US there's no expectation to do that because you would be spending 2-3 years on other stuff before you actually work with them anyway.
  12. I think if your LoRs, SoP, and WS show that you are competent and knowledgeable in the field that is "English" then you should be fine getting accepted. You might not get the same benefit of the doubt that someone from an English program might get, but you can definitely prove that you're more than capable to do the work in those documents. (If you're unsure about whether you have that level of competence that's another question, and perhaps an MA in English would be the logical next step for you). Also, many departments are fairly interdisciplinary and/or offer/encourage you to do interd
  13. In all but the rarest of exceptions, no; it will be a useless competence (from a professional/academic perspective).
  14. Also I should say that as an international student, it might not be feasible. Your visa is sponsored and has limits on the amount of time you can work. While a second degree is not work, will your sponsoring dept allow you to take on this tremendous additional time commitment? Do the terms of your visa allow you to do this? I’m not sure but I’m doubtful.
  15. If it’s unfunded you can probably expect it to be open.
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