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    2019 Fall
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    English Literature MA

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  1. Long story short, my MA application prospects are extremely limited due to a number of various, personal reasons. However, I was accepted in to an MA English program at Grand Valley State University, a moderately sized state school in Michigan that specializes in nursing and business. The English department offers what they call a "boutique program" designed for working professionals, with only four part-time assistantships available ($2,000 stipend). None of the assistantships offer opportunities to teach, and none of the courses in the program cover pedagogy. But right now, it's my only option (and there's an extremely good chance I could secure one of the assistantships). To expand on my question a bit, if I earned my MA at such a school, without teaching experience, am I essentially shooting myself in the foot when it comes time to apply for doctoral programs? I'm really at a loss as to how to move forward here — either do what's best right now, or wait and see what opportunities arise in the future. At 36, I'm not getting any younger.
  2. ElvisShrugged

    ISO Statements of Purpose

    I'm also interested, if you're willing.
  3. ElvisShrugged

    Fall 2018 Admission

    Yeah, I get the whole institutional validation thing (you'll get it!). As for drinking, why wait? I've taken to having wine for dinner, and it's helped my anxiety immensely! Do you find that the wait-induced anxiety inhibits your desire to write and read?
  4. ElvisShrugged

    Fall 2018 Admission

    Yes, the waiting is the worst. At this point, I don't care if I get rejected, I JUST WANT TO KNOW.
  5. ElvisShrugged

    Favorite Rejection Quotes from the Results Page

    I'm totally stealing "Do you even Jstor?" That is gold.
  6. ElvisShrugged

    Let’s just TALK about it...

    Same. Everyone is so optimistic about my chances, and I'm over here wringing my hands losing sleep. The odds aren't in my favor. How do you communicate the improbability of acceptance to your friends and family?
  7. ElvisShrugged

    Favorite Rejection Quotes from the Results Page

    For some of us humanities kids, geometry truly is heck. Props to you STEM scholars!
  8. ElvisShrugged

    Fall 2018 Admission

    Purdue contacted me for clarification of something on my application. Looking at the results search dates from previous years, the bulk of humanities announcements seem to come between the last week of January and the first week of March. This waiting... It's driving me crazy.
  9. ElvisShrugged

    Fall 2018 Admission

    I mean, no? I'm in the same boat as you. Haven't heard anything. I feel that same mixture of jealousy and sadness, but I'm also glad for everyone who's been accepted... and certainly empathize with everyone who's been rejected, as I fear that will also be my fate. I sometimes wonder if my dreams of doctoral study are a mere delusion, if I'm not actually suited for the work, if I'm not intelligent enough for grad school, let alone intelligent enough to recognize it. But I'd regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't at least try. If it doesn't work out, someday I can look back on my life and say, "I gave it a shot, I tried my best." And if I don't make it in this year I'll give it another go for next season. Failing that, I'll take the hint, and move on.
  10. ElvisShrugged

    Any Older (30+) applicants out there

    Hey, mind if I bump this thread? Turned 35 last month. Didn't earn my BA until 2014 (the bored-and-irresponsible-kid-who-didn't-apply-himself story). I've been employed at the small, liberal arts university that graduated me since, well, graduation, but knew since well before then that grad school was in my future. I've applied to only five schools, so my chances are pretty slim. But there's always next year, right? Sometimes I regret not applying myself in undergrad when I was 18. Grad school would be over by now! But that line of thinking leads nowhere. For those of you who finished your undergrad studies as a non-trad student, what were your experiences like? Were you full or part time?
  11. Yup. I'll shed many tears, drink lots of wine, and sleep soundly for the first time in months.
  12. ElvisShrugged

    Let’s just TALK about it...

    Hi everyone, first-time poster here! I'm so relieved to find a community of people in the same liminal space as me. You all seem so brilliant and deserving, and I honestly hope the best for everyone here. I'm glad to have a space to express my concerns and anxieties with you. Currently, I have no acceptances or rejections, just radio silence. I've applied to Chicago, Purdue, UC Boulder, UT Austin, and Western Michigan, and of those five, only Austin is listing my application as "in review." I'm losing sleep with the anxiety. I don't expect to get into Chicago or Austin, and possibly Boulder (they only accept four to six candidates, I understand), and I'm regretting that I didn't apply to more schools as I feel like my chances of acceptance anywhere are slim to none. I feel guilty for not continuing my scholarship during this time, or at least remaining disciplined with my reading, but all I can seem to do after work is binge Netflix, play video games, or sleep. Anyone picked up a healthy hobby to help with their anxiety?
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