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  1. Is it just me or is the wait for grad school to begin, excruciating?

    1. speechfan222


      No I dont think its just you. Im excited to begin my program this Fall but Im also not ready for it to start yet. Im enjoying my summer by reading and relaxing. Im a huge bookworm and once school starts, I wont have time to read much for leisure. 

      Does your program start in August too? 

    2. Zauber


      @speechfan222 mine begins in September :)

      I've been reading and relaxing quite a bit myself but it's finally sinking in that I'm headed to grad school. It's been a major goal for me since I was around 16 to go and earn my PhD so it's a nervous excitement of sorts. Can't wait for it to begin, but also want the calm to persist for as long as it can :P 

    3. Ty


      Feeling Ready and not ready at the same time:)

  2. All the programs that I looked up whilst applying (around 40) were fully-funded. Most of the well-known/good programs seem to be. Then again, it may have slipped under the radar. Thanks for sharing something that I didn't know!
  3. Everyone else has said most of the important stuff. All PhD programs are fully-funded, it is just the components of the funding that change (TAships, RA/GSR posts, Fellowships etc.). Do not worry about funding since you need to get into a program and you will be taken care of. As @Philosobroad so rightly stated, look at Comp.Lit programs. Postcolonial Studies in the aftermath of Spivak and Basnett, is being done in CompLit departments with more gusto than ever. The ability to think, read and articulate in multiple languages is a valuable tool to have, especially given our shared Indian mu
  4. Thank you for this! I'm actually a Comp.Lit PhD student with a BA in Psychology so this is kind of a sea change! I really hope that you're right about catching up. I tend to get anxious prematurely though, so this might also just be nerves talking. I really do love literature and hope that I can share that with any students that I might interact with.
  5. I'm going to be a TA right off the bat at UC Davis and it terrifies me so I understand exactly what you mean. I'm required to teach/lead 2 discussion sections a week. proctor all exams and grade all papers for ONE class. As a newly-minted undergrad with ZERO teaching experience, I'm quaking in my imaginary boots! In addition to this, I have to do a TA review class with a supervising professor every week. All in all, I feel woefully underprepared and terribly nervous. The fact that I'm an international student doesn't help assuage my anxieties. I feel like I'm way behind on the learning curve a
  6. Not quite an English grad but Comp.Lit with my primary lit being English seems to fit. I earned my bachelor's in Psychology with minors in Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies from a tiny little place in India (Around than 300 students across 4 years). I start school (PhD in Comp.Lit) in September but from what a few fifth-year grads and faculty members told me, the transition isn't too tough. The MA coursework is meant to cover your basics so that you aren't lost with regard to certain technical terms and theories in your discipline and usually contains at least one introductory cours
  7. I got accepted into a PhD program and found out pretty recently that I am the youngest of 5 admitted students. With a minimum of 4 years between me and the next person, I'm worried about fitting in and how to not make a fool of myself given my inexperience and obvious youth. ANY ADVICE would be fantastic at this point, if only to stop me from having panic attacks.
  8. I primarily used Julia Kristeva's work on Abjection in "Power of Horror" and Gilbert & Gubar's seminal work on the Madwoman in the Attic. I majored in psychology so there was a lot of psychoanalysis involved- Lacan and Freud in particular.
  9. I'd say pause for a second and look at the program structure. See what you need in terms of development. If you need to strengthen your foundations, then write that down. If you need space to play around with ideas, then write that down. Look at the faculty and see who can help you best. Don't look at a department as a whole, sometimes looking at its constituent elements helps a lot more. Look at the workload in both places and find out if you can speak to current students so that you get some insider perspective on the department. I'd say go with the one that benefits you holistically and whe
  10. Lol I love the way you've phrased your problem. I think it comes down to what you really feel is best for you in terms of career/research goals. Sorry I can't help much!
  11. A little late to the party but my writing sample was also an excerpt from my undergraduate thesis. It was on abjection as catharsis for writers of Gothic literature. I argued that writers such as Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker wrote their identity conflicts into their projects so that the works would become cathartic quasi-autobiographies. I don't think it was the best piece of writing but I think it showcased my love for theory.
  12. Anyone with acceptances yet? Especially to UC Davis? I just got accepted a few days ago!
  13. Yes! I didn't think it would happen because I was rejected from everywhere else and didn't think a waitlist position would change into an acceptance. My decision came in last week, after I'd just about confirmed my place at a Masters Program in India. Big shock but a good one! Hopefully the same will happen to you!
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