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  1. Was writing email to withdraw from Stanford's waitlist when I received an email offering me a spot. Be on the watch, Stanford waitlist people.
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    Turned Down Offers Thread

    Declined UT Austin today—hope it opens something up for someone!
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    2019 Applicants

    If it helps: yes. I received my acceptance email a few weeks ago, and my portal updated a week or so ago.
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    Updated Funding Packages

    Am I having some sort of moment, or have all the UC schools vanished from the sheet?
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    How to celebrate good news?

    I feel this. As a deeply anxious person, talking about myself and my success is terribly awkward, so I've downplayed and dismissed the well-wishes of friends and family, but then I feel bad about doing so. I guess I'm still sort of numb: I wasn't expecting anything at all, and now suddenly it's all here. I guess my celebration has been . . . grading more essays? Ha! You all, by the way, are great! Well done to everyone!
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    I did a fully funded MA at Oregon State—if you can swing a similar program, I recommend it. I grew considerably as a scholar at OSU; I wasn't ready for PhD work then, but I feel much better now. I'd avoid loans if at all possible. Having escaped undergrad at a private, lib-arts college with below-average debt, I can't imagine taking on much more. Just my opinion, though.
  7. northwestnative

    2019 Applicants

    Last year, for what it's worth, I was sent an email informing me I was on UVA's waitlist, and my portal did not update until April with the final rejection.
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    I was a shutout last year—didn't make it off of either waitlist. I had finished my MA, so I've spent the year adjuncting. I stayed in close contact with my MA advisor and letter-writers, and I attended another conference and added a couple more reviews to my publications. As others have said, spending a year revising SoPs and writing samples is so helpful: my first-cycle SoP was cringeworthy, but this year's was, I think, far better. I also expanded my apps a little, from four to six, and did more background work: emailing PoIs, reading their work. As @kendalldinniene astutely said, find a community. Share letters and writing and anxieties. And keep your head up! It gets easier the second time around!
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    2019 Acceptances

    I am too, Figures; my email said specifics would arrive soon, if that helps.
  10. Howdy, helpful folks. A pretty niche question that I thought someone might have a clever response to: I'm on a panel at ALA in Boston this May, but my adjunct work will already be over, and I won't start a PhD program until August. Anyone know about any lit- or adjunct-specific grants or opportunities that might be able to help me fly across the country? You all are stellar. Many thanks!
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    2019 Acceptances

    Indeed! See you there!
  12. northwestnative

    2019 Acceptances

    Geez—I just got into Berkeley. Did not think that would happen. What even.
  13. northwestnative

    2019 Acceptances

    Also waitlisted at Stanford!
  14. northwestnative

    UT Austin Acceptances

    Hi, all! Another UTA admit here: literature and religion, postsecular studies, aesthetics and ethics. Looking forward to meeting everyone who flies out for the visitation day!
  15. northwestnative

    The Book You Haven't Read

    Only read one Faulkner, Light in August, and, well, meh? Never did Frankenstein or Wuthering Heights. Never read Paradise Lost or Chaucer.

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