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  1. Sorry to get so late to the party on this, I just saw the thread this morning. I'm a 3rd year PhD medievalist in the English Dept. at Fordham right now, and I live it here! I can't really speak to the Romanticism stuff, but the Medieval Studies program is robust and active. As far as time to degree goes, it's been rather high at Fordham in the past. I think part of that is because Fordham does a really good job of securing funding for students beyond the 5th year if that student hasn't found a job yet. Fordham English has excellent placement rates (especially for medievalists...one just go
  2. Does anybody know when one should expect to hear about getting accepted to speak at the Kalamazoo medieval conference? The deadline for submissions was only a week and a half ago, but I'm anxious. I already know of one person who got accepted, although it was in a different session.
  3. Saecla Vincere, I studied in the UK, had the chance to stay at a hallowed institution to do my PhD, and chose to return to the US for my doctorate instead. First of all, you don't get to teach during your PhD in the UK, which makes it hard to get a job back in the USA. Second, the cards are stacked against you as an American. You can try and be as worldly as you like, but there is a competitive spirit that you just aren't going to overcome. Finally, the way things are done in English departments--the assumptions you are and aren't allowed to make regarding theoretical approaches, acad
  4. Aztecson, as I said to transcendental, feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I'm a PhD student at Fordham right now.
  5. Yeah, even those who have already received calls don't have "official word." I was called last year by my POI about 2-3 weeks before I received the official word. I think this is because after admissions decisions are made, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences receives a list of admitted students from the various departments in order to determine to whom they will offer competitive supplemental funding.
  6. Hard to say how many admits there will be this year. Last year was a smallish class (8 I think), but that is mostly because the year before was quite big.
  7. For those who have not heard yet: because Fordham is dedicated to offering personal interaction with profs., they have POIs notify. It's very sincere, but can take a little while. Last year notifications came out over the course of about a week. Don't lose heart yet.
  8. Transcendental, I'm currently a 1st year PhD at Fordham. It really is a wonderful place to study. I'm amazed by the support that profs are willing to offer! Feel free to PM me if you have questions.
  9. TryingAwfullyHard, I went to a state flagship university, but it is ranked just outside the top 100 nationally. I had similar numbers (although you did a few percentile points better than I did on the Verbal GRE). I applied to 10 schools and got into 4, one that is in the top handful in the world (overseas), two in the USNWR top 35 and one (where I ended up accepting the offer) that isn't terribly high on USNRW, but that has a very strong reputation and placement record in my field. I did an MA with students who had an Ivy league degree who didn't get as many admits. This is partly be
  10. Don't worry too much about the subject test. Many of the school who require it do so merely because it helps the department's ranking in lists like USNWR. I scored a 570 (approx. 60th percentile) on the test and was really worried about it. I ended up getting into four very competitive programs, three of which required the subject test, and one of those that required it (where I ended up accepting the offer) also gave me a GSAS competitive supplementary assistantship in addition to the stipend offered to every PhD student. I'm not trying to brag (believe me, the rest of my numbers were mid
  11. I had a glaring grammatical error in my SOP for the school I'm currently attending (which was among my top choices from the start). I emailed the DGS at the school and explained the situation. They let me email a corrected SOP to the department and it replaced the old one before the adcom ever saw it. It's only Jan. 5, and UT is not known for making early decisions. I highly doubt that the adcom has even convened yet, and they certainly haven't started reading SOP's. Email the DGS for the department or a departmental secretary and request to have the error corrected. Maybe call the depar
  12. People, I have been there! I experienced the daily fluctuations between thinking I would get in somewhere and being sure I would not get in anywhere- all the while nursing the hope that I would get into my dream school. I have felt the frustration, shame and destabilization of my identity that comes with not getting in anywhere. I've worked a job I hated for extra years, questioning whether or not I deserved to do a PhD and, finally, I have felt the exquisite joy of getting into a program that really hoped for. Here is my advice, don't let your fears run your life. You are all more than a
  13. From what I understand, most schools have an adcom made up of a handful of professors (some schools also include a few PhD students who are about to graduate). This does not necessarily mean, however, that these are the only people who will see the applications. In three out of the four cases of my acceptances last year, I was contacted by a potential advisor who was NOT on the adcom but who had looked closely at my application before the decision was made on my application. I assume that the adcom decides which applications make it to the desks of potential advisors, but that more do than
  14. I had lower scores and I was accepted two four fairly competitive programs. Focus on your writing sample, SOP, and contact possible POI's prior to applying!
  15. bigdgp

    New York, NY

    r_sam, I will also be doing a PhD in the English department at Fordham this fall! Nice to virtually meet you and I look forward to actually meeting you in August. I'm also looking to move to the city, although I lived there for five years until my current 1 year hiatus in England working on an MA. In my opinion, Brooklyn would be a pretty awful commute. I lived in Astoria for a year while I taught at a high school near Fordham, a commute comparable to even the most convenient parts of Brooklyn, and it was utterly draining. At the end of the year I had to find another job in order to keep
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