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    Feminism; women's literature; comics and visual rhetoric
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
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    MA English

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  1. Hi all! I'm currently in an MA in English program with a concentration in Cultural Studies. I'll be graduating in Spring 2019, so I'm preparing to apply for Fall 2019 PhD programs now. My research interests include gender, women, and sexuality studies and 21st Century comics, animation, and visual rhetoric. For my PhD, I'm hoping to examine gender performance in animation. At the moment, I'm interested in the University of Florida, the University of Texas at Austin, Ohio State, Michigan State, and UC Davis. Can anyone speak to these programs and/or recommend additional programs with
  2. Anyone have any news regarding the University of Miami's PhD program? I unexpectedly got waitlisted by them today and they're looking like my only (potential) option to go straight to a PhD.
  3. This thread is everything I've been thinking about lately. I've been quite unexpectedly lucky in my applications this year and now that I'm trying to make a decision, I'm feeling incredibly frustrated, anxious, and worried. A lot of the schools that accepted me are immediately out because the funding offers are far too low when you factor in university fees. I accrued a lot of debt in my undergrad years, so there's no way I'm going for more loans. I'd finally figured out that KSU was my top choice (good stipend plus an additional scholarship, low university fees, great professors who have show
  4. They just emailed me back and responded with the correct letter, so that's good. I was seriously worried I was mistakenly accepted.
  5. Just got an acceptance to the U of Tennessee MA program. The email said 'Caitlyn,' although my name is Cailin. I figured it was a small mistake and posted my results. Only then did I see that the letter is addressed to Caitlin S____. Again, my name is Cailin R______. Most uncomfortable email I've ever had to reply to.
  6. Just got an email from Northeastern. Rejected from PhD program but accepted to MA program with a Dean's scholarship (which, unfortunately, only grants a 25% tuition waiver). I definitely won't be accepting this offer, as I have some fully funded offers already. Hopefully that means a person on the waitlist (if they have one) will get some good news!
  7. It definitely is! Thank you so much. You've given me a lot to think about.
  8. I got an email last night stating that while I was not admitted to the UMD PhD program, they were happy to offer me a spot in the MA. I'm really interested in UMD and I think their faulty is a good fit for me, but there's no guarantee of funding. They did say that 'most' students find graduate assistantships offering full or partial tuition waivers and stipends, although they aren't necessarily teaching assistantships. That was a bit disappointing to me, as I am very much looking forward to gaining more teaching experience. Meanwhile, I have received three acceptances so far with generous
  9. Hey all! Not sure why, but the board isn't letting me post a decision at the moment. I just received a rejection from Umich's PhD in English and Women's Literature program. Pretty bummed, but not too surprised. They said they only accepted two people, so here's hoping at least one of them was one of the lovely people on here!
  10. Just saw this in the acceptances thread. Looks like we'll get news regarding the English/Gender Studies program very soon! (And thanks for the info, acidtooth!)
  11. I did the exact same thing! Not for UCLA, but for KSU. I ended up emailing them to say that I attached the wrong SoP and asked if they would accept a new one. They did, but then I got my acceptance the next day, so I don't think anyone got to read the SoP with the fixed name. Honestly, I would not be surprised if UCLA has seen that error before. Submitting applications is really stressful, and I doubt they would write you off for one mistake.
  12. Your research sounds fascinating, and it's really impressive that you're graduating with both BAs! My undergrad degree was in English with Creative Writing, and I really liked the joint aspect of that. Thank you! I'm very pleased to have a couple of choices, although they're obviously from lower tier schools than Umich. I only applied to a couple of top ranking schools and the rest were around the lines of the three I've been accepted by. I was really interested in OSU too, but I ended up not applying. Since my undergrad GPA is only ~3.7 from a UK university, I was anticipating rejection
  13. Hey! I applied for the joint PhD in English and Women's Studies. It's definitely one of my top choices (if not THE top choice), so I have been ridiculously nervous waiting for a response. What's your area of interest, if you don't mind me asking? I'm interested in the physical representation of women's bodies in 20th/21st Century literature and comics. My writing sample was a piece on the monstrous feminine (and the subsequent abjection and exploitation of female sexuality) in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Kelly Sue Deconnick's Bitch Planet.
  14. Hi all! I've been accepted to two programs so far: Kansas State and West Virginia University. I know these aren't exactly top ranking programs (although, truthfully, I applied to a lot of lower ranking programs since I only have a ~3.7 UG GPA from a UK uni), but I haven't heard much about them on the forums. Anyone else applied to either MA program?
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