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  1. EALC 2018

    Rejected from WUSTL and Berkeley here. 残念ながら不合格....
  2. EALC 2018

    @AnUglyBoringNerd You will go very far in life (and certainly academia). Respect. *tips off my hat*
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    @costevens 8 years! Yikes... If you do a PhD, see #3 here, "Finish as quickly as possible": If you're willing to go abroad, there are always opportunities even for literature. I think you should choose EALC at the most prestigious schools (and you will), and eventually you'll also have options to go abroad to be a TT professor. See Lucas Klein whose specialty is Chinese poetry. I can totally imagine you becoming like Prof. Klein!
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    @thesiswillbegreat Welcome to the forum and big congrats on your Harvard admit! If you want to find a TT job in China, I think you should go with Harvard. Obviously, the Harvard HEAL PhD is very clearly marketed as a history degree, not area studies one. Also as you said in China there's not really a difference between a history or an EALC degree. I think prestige probably matters more in Asia, so a Harvard PhD will open doors for you. Do you want to teach in mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, etc.) or one of the SARs (e.g. HK)? There's a City University of HK professor in the Chinese & History Department with a PhD from Harvard: With a Harvard PhD you can even get appointments in a Department of Economics and Management 東北大学経済学部 like this Professor and keep doing research in East Asian history! Congrats again!!
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    This is completely true, inasmuch as (1) history is a traditional discipline, (2) area studies are really "vague", and (3) there are more traditional departments like history than there are interdisciplinary studies departments. The academic market is really rough but you are making the right choice. Enjoy Columbia/Chicago!
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    @niohesektu Welcome to the forum! It's a good sign that you got waitlisted. From what I heard, some professors just don't want to take too many students in any given year. You should reiterate your strong interest to do research with your POI in a LOCI (letter of continued interest) and hope that someone will decline their Harvard PhD offer. If things don't work out this year, you might have better luck next year. I have a friend who was waitlisted at another PhD program at Duke the first year, and then re-applied and got accepted to the same Duke PhD the second year, so don't lose heart! Fingers crossed for you, and best of luck!
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    @AnUglyBoringNerd If you get into Princeton, please, please go to Princeton. Or will you still go to Columbia?!
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    @mxiongturquoise I hope you get accepted this year to your top PhD programs!
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    @mxiongturquoise Chicago and Oxford are both great programs! Is there a particular PhD program that you really want to get into or something?
  10. EALC 2018

    I think no one on here applied to UVA, but I was told that the UVA admission committee has met and decisions will be sent out in 2 weeks. If funding doesn't work out I'm going to go to UVA and pay in-state tuition.
  11. EALC 2018

    @AnUglyBoringNerd This is very good to know, and made me feel a bit better (and less bitter) -- like you, I didn't major in what I'm going to study lol. I didn't major in Chinese Lit nor Japanese Lit or Korean Lit, and I'm neither Japanese nor Chinese nor Korean so I'm not sure if the adcom will think I have what it takes to study for a research degree in EALC using primary sources and literary theories. But I really love classical Chinese literature. I hope to be a disciple of 法家法學派 (vs. 勢、術學派)!I guess I should have applied directly to Penn's PhD; I'm not going to be a cash cow to pay for their PhD students! Paul Goldin might have taken me in already had I applied for a PhD at Penn. He's a 法家學派之集大成者 in the US! I was too cautious and didn't think I should apply for PhD programs, as I don't have any MA yet. Sigh, 悔之晚矣!!! Professor Philip Kafalas of Georgetown majored in something totally unrelated (English) for his BA and only switched to East Asian Studies (MA) and started learning Chinese after college, and still managed a PhD in Chinese so I hope without a major in Chinese/Japanese I can still get admitted... Fingers crossed for your Princeton acceptance! @costevens Hahaha where I work is really like a "club" -- the most conservative bastion of corporate America. And you'll probably think one of my college friends a nut too: she majored in Economics (because her parents wanted her to) and graduated summa cum laude in the major, but spent all 4 years studying Japanese and got JLPT N1 without taking a single Japanese class. I think given enough time anyone can learn a language. Plus proficiency exams are so formulaic like any other standardized tests (e.g. GRE) where you can do a lot of mock exams and pass...I have HSK 6 (and Advanced HSKK) and TOCFL Band C but I can barely speak Chinese (same situation with some of my friends in Japan who have JLPT N1 but aren't fluent because they work for US companies and don't have a chance to practice Japanese at work at all)...I have a hard time understanding modern Chinese because they speak too fast and use too many slangs. But Classical Chinese is easy! It probably helps that I learned Japanese first before starting Chinese. The traditional characters help. Now if you remove all the hiragana and katakana from a Japanese sentence, you have something similar to Classical Chinese there. So just use the methods I told you and you'll become a nut soon, LOL!
  12. EALC 2018

    I'm slowly reaching the conclusion that if I don't get accepted to a reasonable program, I will wait for one more year, stay at my job, and re-apply next year. If that doesn't work out either, then I'm not meant to be in academia. At least I have tried and failed. Then no regrets and continue to climb up the corporate ladder.
  13. EALC 2018

    @kotatsumuri I'm so sorry to hear that. As for the unfunded MA, yeah, it's a cash cow, so I'm ready to reject it here.
  14. EALC 2018

    WOW! Excellent! This is the best 對聯 I have ever seen in my life!
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    Actually, one of my favorite dramas (and the sole reason why I want to go to Harvard -- lol JK!), is 러브스토리 인 하버드. To be more serious, it's probably the reason why I studied Korean lol. I can imagine myself as 김현우 (법과학생) hahaha.