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    Anglo-American literature, comics and graphic novels, pop culture, religion, American Studies, Philippine Studies, communication theory, music, songwriting, art history, Japanese literature, European literature, classic Hollywood films, RuPaul's Drag Race
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  1. miss-prufrock

    Grad school and mental illness--how do you cope?

    Yes, she has. Oddly enough, though, she told me not to worry about getting sleep. It's probably due to the fact that any medication for sleep hasn't been working anymore. And generally, the lack of sleep causes much distress. I'm making sure that I get 6-8 hours of sleep, but I know that I haven't been following sleep hygiene. I do not wake up at the same time every single day; I wake up at noon (or a few hours after) because I sleep at around 5 or 6 am. I'm lucky to get to sleep before 4.30 am. That's so great to know! As for the anxiety, this might sound pessimistic, but perhaps it would always be a constant in our case? And yes, we cannot take antidepressants. I think my doctor explained that it's better for me to take anticonvulsants. I really do admire how you've been growing.
  2. miss-prufrock

    How do I develop future specializations (MA English lit.)?

    Hello there! Yes, I think that my interests are rather broad. It's a constant source of fear for me, but yes, you did say that I've just started my Master's. As for the journals, thank you so much for these! I always read The Explicator and the PMLA for my usual papers. I've also discovered Hillary Chute a few months back. I really do appreciate it!
  3. miss-prufrock

    Grad school and mental illness--how do you cope?

    Hi there, @Progress . Hearing about your relationship is unfortunate to hear. I do hope that you're finding ways to cope, especially with the disability aspect.
  4. miss-prufrock

    Grad school and mental illness--how do you cope?

    Hello there, @iwearflowers ! That's so great to hear! One of my concerns is disclosing my diagnosis through the SOPs, but your progress and your strategies are so helpful!
  5. miss-prufrock

    Grad school and mental illness--how do you cope?

    Hello there. I'm so inspired by your intrepidity and by your story. I do hope that you'll see where your next steps would be for the MS/Ph.D. programs. Disclosing my diagnosis to my professors is a challenge for me, actually. I'm glad that you've been stable. As for the other symptoms, I can relate to this so far. I haven't been able to work on my grad school tasks since Saturday because of triggers. But yes. I do agree that we always have to keep trying.
  6. miss-prufrock

    Grad school and mental illness--how do you cope?

    I've struggled with bulimia in high school. And it's great to hear that you'll be graduating in May! I spent nine years as an undergrad, including two years off for a leave of absence. I don't think that the anxiety for responses is dumb! Not at all. I do hope that you're getting the support you need. I definitely struggle with the disappointment that comes with thinking of self-harm or suicide. I'm trying to learn how to be kinder to myself, but ha! It's a challenge every single day.
  7. miss-prufrock

    Grad school and mental illness--how do you cope?

    @lbar Thank you so much! I'll check out the resources!
  8. miss-prufrock

    Grad school and mental illness--how do you cope?

    I've also just begun my program! Thank you for this reply. And thank you for that piece of advice. I never realized that we have to manage and prioritize sleep. Are you doing well, still?
  9. Hi, there! I actually spent a total of nine years as an undergraduate because I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, borderline personality disorder, and recently, OCD. I had to take leaves of absence. I've just started my MA in English a month ago, and I'm really grateful that Ive been stable for months now. I'm working part-time, and I also signed up for the part-time program in our university. I was just wondering if there are any people who have struggles with depression, anxiety, what have you. How do you deal with it as a grad student? What's a typical week for you? How do you get the support you need? I'd love to hear from you!
  10. miss-prufrock

    anyone else losing weight in grad school?

    Ever since I started grad school, I went from 190 pounds to 183. I've just begun grad school in January. Probably because I'm on a drug holiday for psychotropics and also, I've been working part-time? It makes me spend less for junk food and, well, food in general.
  11. Hi, there! I'm mostly active on reddit, and I used to be active on LiveJournal. I noticed that there are common threads with a theme, like a daily random musings/chat thread, or a post-episode discussion (for a show), a weekly meme thread, etc. Do we have some 'themed' threads per section? The only theme I've noticed is the roll call!
  12. miss-prufrock

    20th/21st C. Americanist Roll Call

    I'm primarily interested in the 20th century--suburbia and sprawl, Asian-Americans, and confessional poetry. I'm starting out, but I am interested in performativity, disability studies with a focus on mental illness, religion, gender, and fandom. When it comes to the 21st century, I do have a focus on comics and graphic novels, as well as fandom. I do love Modern British Literature and Romantic poetry. Some of my favorites come from Japanese literature. Yes, literary theory is also a weakness, so I'd like to take the Literary Theory and Aesthetics course. I wasn't an English major as an undergrad; I only took lots of English electives and two Comparative Literature electives. And since I'm from the Philippines, I'd love to immerse myself in postcolonial theory.
  13. miss-prufrock

    Question on writing research on Chaucer

    Hello there! Thank you so much for your reply. I thought that I've already clicked "notify me of replies" button. Apparently, I may have not, so I apologize for the lack of promptness. I never thought about asking my professor for both concerns. Thank you! Would you say that it really depends on the scholar or the university when it comes to connecting history (or specifically, historical figures) to literature?
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    Question on writing research on Chaucer

    Hello there! This is my first semester as an MA English Literature student. I'm currently working on a final paper for a class on Chaucer, and I'm thinking of writing one on The Wife of Bath, framed by performance studies. What I'm uncertain of, however, are two issues: Can we connect historical figures and their lives with literature as one of the sections of papers? I'm thinking of how Alisoun of Bath performs her sexuality and connecting it to a life of a female historical figure from the period. Also, stupid question, but are we to follow the format of journal articles when it comes to citation? Or is it all right to stick to MLA? Thank you!
  15. miss-prufrock

    How do I develop future specializations (MA English lit.)?

    Oh, wow! I do apologize for being remiss in replying. I wasn't able to get a notification email from the site. Maybe I haven't turned on the notification option. This is impressive and so very detailed! Thank you for this incredibly helpful and detailed answer. I'm planning to complete a year-and-a-half in our graduate program before taking the GRE/TOEFL and applying to American grad school programs. We do have a gender studies institute and a women's studies institute. What we don't have is a religious studies department. This is quite complicated in the Philippines, because we do tend to veer off into extremes (e.g. Catholicism and extreme liberalism-secularism-humanism). But I do get your point! I am planning to take Sociology classes, and I'm already thinking about tangents to make my papers have a basis or foundation on my research interests. Yes! Thank you. I've joined the American Studies Association of the Philippines which holds annual conferences. I'm definitely planning to write papers on the subjects I've mentioned. As for teaching, I have this gut feeling that I'm not that quite ready yet. But I will try applying after a term or two! Thank you, once again, for these specifically helpful tips. I'll certainly take note of this and bookmark this!

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