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Saltshaker

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    2018 Fall
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    Cornell French PhD

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  1. Saltshaker

    Cornell 2018

    I’m a bit late to the party, but I’ll be attending Cornell in the fall!
  2. I feel the exact same way, my undergrad GPA was perfect but I went to a tiny college in the middle of nowhere, and I imagine a good portion of my competition attended/were attending far more prestigious schools. It still astounds me that I got accepted into an Ivy League.
  3. Saltshaker

    Ithaca, NY

    I actually just secured a place in Fall Creek via Craigslist! Yeah, most people told me to stay away from Collegetown, too, because of the frat parties.
  4. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    @Frenchlady My response won’t be as long and detailed, but I was in your shoes a few weeks ago! I’d narrowed it down to my top two schools, a prestigious public one and an Ivy League, and agonized for weeks. Prestige was the last thing on my mind, because for me, it came down to the French departments and their academic fit for me rather than the school’s reputation. I didn’t take funding amounts into account that much, either, because like @madamoiselle, schools gave me equal amounts of funding (all depending on costs of living, of course, but it all evened out in the end.) Length of funding was slightly more important, but not by much, because every school I’d been accepted to offered a full five years (one of them offered seven years). But my top two schools each give a full five years, and since most people don’t finish by then, will renew the stipend/TA salary. Out of your factors, variety of faculty mattered the most for me. Would there be enough 18th century scholars in the department, and would they give my studies diverse perspectives? Did any of these 18th century people focus in feminism, as well? Were there other professors with interests that matched mine, such as disability or queer studies? Could I include professors from other departments in my committee? As for my decision, I agonized for weeks over the individual departments. Did I want a traditional, larger French-only department where I would be required to study every literary period and follow a departmental reading list, or did I want an intersectional, small Romance Studies department where I could create my own reading list? After some intense soul-searching, I decided that, although I’d dearly miss having classes conducted in French in a French-only department, I’d be happier structuring my own program. Hence, Cornell! Location played a very brief role—did I want somewhere an hour away from home, with weather I was used to, or did I want to risk a school way up north with long winters I’d never experienced before? In the end, despite its harsh winters, Ithaca won because it’s famous for its gorgeous scenery, and I’m happiest when I’m surrounded by nature. I’m sure this won’t influence your decision, seeing as you’re French and don’t live near any of the schools, but I also knew that if I went with the public school over Cornell, it was so close to home that I wouldn’t leave my comfort zone at all. I don’t know if this will help you any, but I hope it does!
  5. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    Lyon is amazing! Even if you don’t get placed in Lyon itself, the Rhône-Alpes region is beautiful and I think anyone would be hard-pressed to find something to dislike about it.
  6. Saltshaker

    Ithaca, NY

    Hi everyone! I just accepted a PhD offer, and was wondering if anyone knew of good, quiet places for grad students to live? I do have a car, but don’t know if I’ll be bringing it. My stipend is $26,426 for the year, with an added $5,568 for summer support. A studio or 1-bedroom apartment would be ideal! When I visited campus, current students in my program suggested using Craigslist..does anyone know if this is a good option?
  7. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    After weeks of agonizing, I've made my decision, too---Cornell, here I come! I hated telling the other schools no, but I think I was Cornell the moment I cried over the thought of having to leave their campus and turn them down. I'm so excited that several of us have made final decisions, and I can't wait to see where we'll go from here!
  8. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    It took Penn State seven weeks to reject me, about time! I’m not bummed at all though, I have two top choices I’m debating between—it’s just a relief to finally cross them off my list.
  9. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    Congrats on your decision! I imagine a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders and it must be wonderful to know where you’re going to live for the next 6-7 years.
  10. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    No, not weird at all! I’m already dreading having to tell people no.
  11. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    Hm, interesting. No worries, please don't feel rushed! At this point, I don't even think I'd accept an offer if they made me one. Are you enjoying the visit?
  12. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    Oh, okay, gotcha. I wouldn’t worry too much, I’m pretty sure the French classes are conducted in French. You just have to watch out for the cross-listed ones because those courses will be open to non-French speakers, and so they’ll have to be conducted in English.
  13. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    I’ve just been emailing the graduate assistant...? Though tbh I haven’t been trying that hard, I kind of assumed if I haven’t heard back from them at this point, it’s a no. And if you’re flying out today, I suppose that confirms my suspicions. I’m not annoyed or anything, I’ve simply found the radio silence bewildering.
  14. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    Has anyone at all heard back from Penn State? It’s been 6 weeks since my interview now, and they never responded to my email. I just want a yes or no at this point...
  15. Saltshaker

    Fall 2018 French

    It seems to be quite common for classes to be taught in English—when I went to UVA, it was maybe half French, half English, and at Cornell, the course was cross-listed so it was entirely in English. I’m sure there are classes taught entirely in French, though, what class(es) did you sit in on?
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