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About aigilipos

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  • Birthday 12/26/1991

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    New York
  • Interests
    Apuleius, ancient novel, Euripides, classical tradition
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Classics PhD
  1. Fall 2018 Applicants

    That’s where I did my undergrad! Let me know if you have any questions about the people/program/city in general!
  2. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Congrats on the upcoming Penn interview! Where was your earlier one? Glad it went well!
  3. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Good to know. Thanks for the reassurance!
  4. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Someone posted in the results section that they received an interview request from Princeton on January 10th, which is why I'm a little nervous! I applied to lots others... Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, UT Austin, NYU, BU, and OSU. I'm playing the numbers game, since I've been out of academia for a few years; I think I have 13 total schools. Hoping somewhere wants me! Which school is your top choice?
  5. Fall 2018 Applicants

    That's awesome, congrats!!! Let us know how it goes! We have some schools in common: Princeton, Brown (my top choice, fingers crossed), Washington, and UVA. Did you hear anything from Princeton? Someone else posted an interview, which makes me a little nervous, though there are always multiple rounds. I hope you get more encouraging news from the rest of your schools!
  6. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Oh whoa, here come some results! Congrats to them! I applied to Duke but haven't heard from them; IIRC, it wasn't as good a fit in terms of research/profs as other places I applied to, though. Time for the anxiety to ramp up some more...
  7. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I haven't heard back from anywhere yet, but if you look back at acceptance data over the past few years it seems like the first round of interviews/acceptances goes out after around the third week of January. It tends to go in waves after that; there's another spike in February and a third in March. That doesn't make the wait any less nail-biting, though!
  8. Backup Plan: UGA Post-Bacc in Classical Languages?

    Sorry to double-post, but I forgot to address this -- yes, the articles are assigned, but you're obviously encouraged to do more research into what interests you particularly. The profs give direction with bibliographies for research papers (they'll name a few noteworthy works in whatever subfield off the top of their heads), but you have a fair amount of leeway in developing your own topics and exploring your own interests within each course.
  9. Backup Plan: UGA Post-Bacc in Classical Languages?

    So for the full-time MA, we had placement tests, but the dept uses that term pretty loosely. They were mostly to give the grad coordinator (Naomi Norman at the time) an idea of what language level you should take. It's not a strike against you if you fail -- just a formality, for the most part. My Greek was pretty rusty, and I actually ended up doing an independent study (well, co-dependent, since another cohort member was in it!) with Naomi that was sort of a bridge between undergrad and grad-level Greek. I'll message you about the profs, since my response is getting lengthy!
  10. Backup Plan: UGA Post-Bacc in Classical Languages?

    I earned my MA in Classical Philology from UGA in 2016, so I have very recent experiences there. I cannot recommend the faculty more highly -- extremely supportive, both personally and professionally. That being said, I admit I don't know too much about the post-bacc program, as it was in its nascent stages when I was a student. I can say with confidence that the courses I took were challenging but doable; the profs have high expectations for student achievement, but do the work and you'll be fine. I'm not sure how this will differ for online courses, though, since all of my classes were very focused on discussions. The profs assume that you will do the translations for homework, so class time is spent mostly addressing any grammatical issues anybody had as well as discussing the content (rather than simply going over the translations verbatim). Of course, a huge part of every class was scholarship -- on average, I expected to read 2-3 articles per period for each class that met 2/3x per week (more if a seminar course that met only once a week; for these, usually a few book chapters or 5-6 articles). A fairly large component of each class beyond discussing the primary source material was addressing the arguments of the articles we read: how they used the ancient material, their intertext with other modern writing, the perspective of the author, that sort of thing. Your own writing, too, is very much emphasized; the profs loved to have checkpoints for turning in bibs, outlines, drafts, etc. throughout the semester, and they gave excellent and timely feedback about how to develop arguments and produce graduate-level writing. That all being said: my experiences might be entirely irrelevant given that the post-bacc is online. Looking at the course listings for this semester, the online classes are taught by a professor I haven't had or TA'ed for (Dr. Corrigan, who taught mostly undergraduate courses during my time). I've experienced most of the other professors, though, so if you have questions about people (or the Classics dept in general) I'm happy to answer!
  11. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Oh gosh, I don't even want to think about how many drafts it took me to be satisfied! I had many different versions with increasingly long and ridiculous file names by the end. I subjected my poor referees to quite a few of them over the months, though they were nice about providing comments. I'm happy to proofread if you want more eyes on anything. Here's to another deadline passing -- one (or more? who knows at this point) of my schools has a deadline of tonight. Let's hope we all get good news relatively early on! I have to sign my contract for next year in February, so I would like to avoid any awkward conversations with my boss. Maybe the stars will align!
  12. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I'm trying to be optimistic too -- holding off the anxiety until after the holidays, at least! ClassicsCandidate, where did you end up applying? I'm sure we've all got similar lists! I'm sure you'll be okay, Passer; there's many more app components beyond the writing sample. Fingers crossed for everyone!
  13. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thanks for reviving this, Pius Aeneas -- I've been keeping my eye on the forum, but I hesitate to revive threads as a new poster! I too am applying to PhD programs this cycle. I finished undergrad in 2014 (UChicago) and did a terminal MA in philology at UGA (excellent program!), which I finished in 2016. OP, like you I had couple shaky years in undergrad -- my mother died, and my grades hovered in the B range for a while. I applied to MA programs on a whim my senior year, and UGA accepted and funded me. I regained my love of the field (and academia as a whole) at UGA, and I beefed up my Greek tremendously (been taking Latin since freshman year of high school, so that's been fine, generally). Partially to lower my stress levels and partially to figure myself out, I decided to take a few years off after I finished my MA and am now in my second year as a Latin teacher at an independent school. I presented at CAMWS last year, and my abstract was accepted for the upcoming annual meeting, so I haven't totally lost touch with academia! My mother was a humanities professor, and I've always wanted to pursue research and undergraduate teaching, so I feel like I'm finally back on the right track. OP, if you are truly concerned about your GPA/general qualifications for these programs, I highly recommend pursuing a terminal MA to strengthen your application for future doctoral work. There are funded programs available, and it was a spectacular way for me to redeem myself academically. I second Pius Aeneas: your letter writers can do some rhetorical gymnastics for you, and your statement of purpose/writing sample can clarify these issues and reassure the admissions committees that you are driven and resilient. I have applied to a good mix of Ivies and top 25 schools; broadly, I am focused on the ancient novel (particularly Apuleius, whom I've thought about more than perhaps is healthy), and I have secondary research interests in Greek tragedy and the classical tradition. I'm applying to 13 (!) places total, which seems a bit excessive; I've been "out of the field," so to speak, for a few years now, though, so I'm playing the numbers game. Plus, I have been receiving fantastic advice from my letter writers and mentors, so it was hard to narrow down my choices. We'll see what sticks! My first deadline was today (Duke), and I've submitted the majority of my applications over the past couple of weeks. I am on target to submit the final three this weekend. Fingers crossed for everyone!