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Yanaka last won the day on February 7

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About Yanaka

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  • Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    English M.A./admitted to French P.hD.

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  1. Sure. But you might need to play the game to some extent if you want to make progress in academia. I don't think (graduate) conferences are the worst part of professionalization in our domain...
  2. Yanaka

    Fall 2018 French

    Nice! Maybe we'll run into each other (unbeknownst to us) when us NJ peeps move around!
  3. This is the piece of news I was looking for! Yay! Now good luck on you know what in the meantime:p
  4. Yanaka

    Fall 2018 French

    That's awesome that you'll be in the actual city and not in a sketchy town somewhere haha. If you need any help don't hesitate to ask here as some of the peeps, if i understand correctly, are either French (like me!) or have experienced France. Hang in there and let all the *sigh*'s out is the only foreword you need I think And congratulations on the deferral!!
  5. Yanaka

    Living far(ish) from campus

    Not planning to do that in any case!
  6. Yanaka

    Living far(ish) from campus

    So, yes, I was talking with the grad director and although he doesn't seem enthusiastic about it, he didn't mention anything about it influencing my funding package. I probably should reach out to my other contacts there and ask about coursework + TA'ing--I've been sort of ignoring it since I won't be teaching the first year and figured I'd just move next year if the trips don't work out for me. Also I just want to stay in Philly and bury my head in the sand haha. He didn't say anything about "requirements," but did say that I need to be invested and active in the dpt.
  7. Yanaka

    Fall 2018 French

    Yeah it's hard to tell, especially because they're so quieeeetttttt by email! It almost feels like their dpt is too French for their own "marketing" good haha. Good thing I have a good feeling from meeting some of the faculty in person... I want to visit again, too, although it's easier for me. If you ever want to visit soon and want to visit together, let me know!
  8. Yanaka

    Fall 2018 French

    So cool!! Rutgers is def. a really good option. What do you think of the choices you have now?
  9. Yanaka

    Living far(ish) from campus

    @Bleep_Bloop thank you for sharing your experience! Similar to my situation, with that. I'm surprised to hear about the delays, but I guess I shouldn't be--I did the trip there and back only once, so I can't really judge. I guess I'll only know if I make the trip several times. Did construction work start recently?
  10. Yanaka

    Commuting for a PhD...with kids?

    Thanks, @lemma! I think yes the issue is train cancelations and delays especially in our East Coast winter, but I wouldn't be using Amtrak because they are just a ridiculous nightmare. Interesting that you don't socialize more with your programs! It seems to really vary.
  11. Yanaka

    Living far(ish) from campus

    I'm bumping this thread so I don't need to create a new discussion. I'm thinking of commuting from my current city to New Brunswick with public transportation, which would be about an hour and a half each way with two trains. Anyone have other experiences of commuting using trains? I'm mostly worried about feeling stuck (like taking the exact same trains every day, not being very flexible especially in the morning), and feeling like you're not integrated with the department.
  12. I don't know what to add to all your comments, they are incredibly helpful and insightful! I am truly looking forward to starting this crazy ride, and like you, @JustPoesieAlong, I want to stick to "normal business hours" as much as possible. That might not work (I'm sure we'll soon switch to 8-8/9 haha), but I can feel that my studies suffer from working in retail and not being able to go on campus everyday in the morning. Well, we'll see how this goes. But I'm excited to join the academic workforce for sure!
  13. Yanaka

    Commuting for a PhD...with kids?

    I'm interested in this option with a similar commute time. Which year are you in now? What kind of difficulties does living so far away pose to you? Is it detrimental to you fitting in more in the program?
  14. Oh, yeah. But you know what I mean
  15. I think not needing an MA before getting into a PHD is the official rule—and then there’s the unspoken rules and preferences where an MA is very helpful to get into *a lot of* programs...

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