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    2018 Fall
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    French Studies/French Literature/CompLit

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  1. what to do

    Thanks for the input, all. I interviewed at one school over a visit, where they told me that my personal statement was "a work of art", so I'm not worried about that, or my recommendations, or my writing sample, which was also well received. I was only echoing my advisor's comments, who said that the 3 years of coursework she had to do in her graduate program was like undergrad part 2, and how everyone in her cohort was "burnt out" and some even dropped out. Obviously I wouldn't launch straight into a dissertation, but frankly an MA, then an MA again, seems excessive, given how long the average humanities PhD takes to complete. I don't think it's a waste of time, but it is safe to say that many of us want to do in-depth academic research more than take courses. As for me, I took the equivalent of a literature course every semester in my undergraduate years, which is why I was able to switch my major so late (I only spent 1/3 of my academic career studying STEM, actually) -- why I even had the confidence to apply to PhD programs. I also saw that people from my school with only 3-4 courses in French literature have been admitted to top graduate programs in French, so that definitely informed my rationale. Before I applied, I did review the reading list of the comprehensive examinations that French departments have, and I will have covered more than half of it in my undergraduate coursework. I'm only missing the early modern and 18th-century courses. But that said, I could use more experience, and given you all think ageism only affects people much later, it's reassuring! Anyway, one important question that I wanted help with was this: for an MA program, if I receive offers that are funded, do I choose the one that gives me the best funding, given I want to simply gain more comprehensiveness with the discipline versus finding people with matching research interests, or do I choose the most well-known school?
  2. Hi all At this point, it looks like I will be entering a master's program at Notre Dame in French. I'm waiting for a few less well-known MA schools, which I think will give me more funding, but idk. I've also been waitlisted at two "big name" schools, so there's that, but I don't think anything will come of it. Anyway, because PhD programs tend to make people repeat 2 years of master's courses ... I was wondering if I should reapply again next year, even though I will not be able to finish the MA program. The living stipend at Notre Dame is OK, not the best, and I really want to go into a PhD program as soon as possible and be done as soon as possible as I don't want to be really old and without an academic job (because of ageism in the industry). I would have to reinvent myself fast and I'd rather do that before I hit 30. Since I am worried about not making it in academia, I'm operating under the assumption that going to a big-name school is the best way to get into academia in the first place, and getting out of it if the tenure bells don't ring in my favor. My impression as to why I didn't have good luck this year were 1) my age and the fact that I would be right out of undergrad ("too young", according to my faculty member, before I even applied) 2) I changed my major from a STEM field after junior year and let's just say I'm not the best student at STEM. Nobody had any issue with my personal statements or other things under my control. Other options potentially include Middlebury's MA program in French, in Paris, but idk what the financial aid would look like -- probably not that great. Idk if any of this makes sense but let me know what you think! I really like academia, but 4 years of courses just sounds like repeating undergrad all over again and frankly I just want to do my own research and teaching. PS I'm interested in French literature, not language or linguistics, so comp. lit departments are of interest as well.
  3. Fall 2018 French

    Hopefully Stanford will make the decision for you
  4. Fall 2018 French

    @Carly Rae Jepsen I met an alum from Stanford who interviewed for a position at my school, and she said they used to have a Francophone studies specialist who retired midway through her progress towards the dissertation. Stanford has not hired anyone new, which is of course in line with the neoliberal order of academia today...
  5. Fall 2018 French

    Same, but the sad fact is that lots of people do accept this kind of an offer. Thank god funded MAs exist for French.
  6. Fall 2018 French

    Yeah, don't lose hope -- I made the conscious decision to only apply to tippy-top PhD programs in French, and, as anticipated, it did not go very well for many reasons. I did get into my #2 choice MA program w/ funding, and I'm happy with it. I'd much rather go into a PhD program immediately (for transfer graduate coursework reasons -- as much as I like coursework I'd rather do 2 more years than 4), so I'll wait for the four-five schools that have been super quiet w/ me. Anyhow, the MA program will give me 2 years to become a better student of literature, && I'll gain some experience in teaching. It would give me time to reflect on whether to actually get a PhD in French as well (given the dismal job market). Some interests surpass the ebb and flow of the academic job market, which is probably why we are all here. But talking to some exceptional graduate students in the 7th year, even at top programs, was truly heartbreaking (both over email and over my one campus visit).
  7. Rutgers or re-apply

    Rutgers is in a doctoral consortium with Columbia, so you may very well be able to take courses with your POI there. And, well, who knows, you could potentially transfer too. lol
  8. Did anyone apply to WashU/hear back?? (for comp lit)
  9. Fall 2018 French

    Congrats on Columbia guys!! And of course IUB and everywhere else too!
  10. Fall 2018 French

    Lol, I should clarify: this professor at my college has a husband who is a tenured professor at Brown.
  11. Fall 2018 French

    My professor's husband taught a course called "Waiting" at Brown. I want to make a link between absurdist waiting and this application process, but I don't quite know what it is. lol
  12. Fall 2018 French

    Wow @madamoiselle congrats!!
  13. Fall 2018 French

    During 2016, 29 people applied to Yale, and 5 were admitted ultimately. Looks normal-exclusive to me.
  14. Fall 2018 French

    @AL95 I'm in the same boat, and I'm guessing that means a no. It could probably mean an unfunded acceptance to the MA program as well.
  15. Fall 2018 French

    No idea what is at the end of the tunnel, amirite? Well, this week will bring many decisions for sure.