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  1. Just here to echo what @NoodleKidoodle and others have said about the benefits of taking some time off. I graduated with my BA, took a year off, got my MA, took nearly 3 years off, and now here I am – I'll be starting my PhD in the fall. While I am not thrilled about the fact that I'll be 6+ years older when I'm on the job market, I think my time off was invaluable. Teaching full-time reaffirmed my desire to continue teaching. Also, I'm sorry if this has already been said in this thread, but I have been able to save money to prepare for taking a huge pay cut in grad school. This is also invalu
  2. Thanks for the advice! I talked to a couple students last summer when I was choosing programs to apply to and got a positive feel for this program, but I'd definitely like to reach out again just to make sure. I'll definitely mention that. And yes, I am grateful to be in this position!
  3. I assume many of us will be in the same boat come April 15, so I'm hoping this situation/question helps others: I've been accepted with funding to School A, accepted but waitlisted for funding to School B, and waitlisted (but with funding if I get off the waitlist) at School C. I have visited School A (and absolutely fell in love), am visiting School B next week, and I asked if I could visit School C but was told they only do visits for accepted students (which I totally understand). I'm really hoping to make it off the waitlist at School C, but I'm afraid that will happen on or close t
  4. AMAZING. But also, hat's off to your dad for remembering the term at least! I just recently overheard my dad try to explain ecocriticism, and he told my grandma that I'm going to "study nature." Which... isn't...entirely wrong. 😂 I certainly appreciate the attempts
  5. Yes, yes, 100 times yes. My mom saved a note in her phone so that she can pull it out when people ask what I'll be studying. I started by telling her "20th and 21st century American lit and ecocriticism," which turned into "20th and 21st century American lit," which turned into "American lit," which has now turned into "English." Let's just keep this simple. I find it so funny!
  6. Also, @kendalldinniene, like Karen says, "traaaayyyyzure" I too didn't notice "pleaseure" at first... I knew the moment I saw the funky font size that it wasn't good news. Glad to know something though!
  7. @illcounsel shoot, I should've clarified for the PhD program. Congrats on your acceptance!
  8. Anyone here been accepted to Ole Miss with funding? Was hoping to PM anyone who feels comfortable sharing any info!
  9. Thanks, and congrats on your Illinois acceptance too! I applied to UNCG specifically for Karen Kilcup so I feel the same way. I also think Greensboro may be a perfect size for me, so I keep finding myself daydreaming about moving there. I think I will probably visit too, just to make sure it is the right fit. I've gotten implied rejections from Emory, Vanderbilt, and CU Boulder, and official rejections from Duke, UT Austin, and Notre Dame (whew – haven't posted that anywhere yet). Hopefully we will hear back from everyone by the end of Feb so we have time to visit/make a decision. Good luck to
  10. Yay @beirut! Congratulations. How many other programs did you apply to, and do you think you'll end up at Greensboro? I applied to 14 and wish I could go ahead and make a decision.
  11. I noticed someone asking about UNC Greensboro's program on the Results page so figured I would go ahead and post. I was accepted to their English PhD program on Fri. 2/1 via an email from the DGS. The email included info about funding, and I've since had a follow-up call with the DGS. I'm focusing on 20th and 21st century American lit and ecocriticism/environmental lit. This is my first (and I'm going to assume only) acceptance, and it came after 4 rejections and several more implied rejections. I am very excited! Has anyone else gotten an offer from UNC Greensboro? Would love to c
  12. I got a Duke rejection as well. It's my first official rejection, and I actually feel incredibly relieved to know something. I haven't posted much recently, but congratulations to everyone accepted so far! Your acceptances are keeping me afloat. ❤️
  13. @Indecisive Poet Oh good! I'm glad to hear that. I did something similar in between undergrad and my MA too. The experience of part-time teaching is frustrating but was definitely rewarding for me. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you find something full-time!
  14. @Indecisive Poet I graduated with my MA in 2016 and have been teaching at a technical college since! I got hired as an adjunct which was good experience, but of course I had to keep my restaurant job at the time to pay the bills. I got lucky because after a couple semesters of adjuncting, a full-time spot opened up and the tech college hired me on. Though I don't want to teach at this level forever (hence why I applied to PhD programs this year), it has affirmed my desire to teach, and having a stable salary and benefits is a huge plus. I think community and technical colleges often get overlo
  15. @Sav Yes! The teaching part of Oregon's app took me by surprise too. But yes, I feel pretty good about mentioning my teaching experience but not doting on it for too long in my SOP. Research is my priority and I hope adcomm members see it that way too. I haven't posted much lately (or really, much at all), but I am so excited to see where everyone ends up also!
  16. @placeinspace That really is so interesting! It's wild how much conflicting advice we get/we see on this thread so often. I am really proud of my teaching experience, and to be frank, I know I've done a great job, so it did surprise me a bit at first when my profs suggested to breeze over it. I think their point was to emphasize the conferences I have attended more so than the job.
  17. Joining in on the MA/BA conversation too. I graduated with my BA a while back, had no clue what I wanted to do with my life, and then got my MA from the same university. I've been teaching full-time at a technical college for a couple years since graduating with my MA, which has been an illuminating experience for me. While my job has affirmed my love of teaching (most days...), it also made me quickly realize that I needed to be more challenged than where I am currently. Most of my former profs encouraged me to talk about my teaching experience as little as possible in my SOP, so I addressed
  18. Thank you, @Warelin! That's what I was thinking too. This SOP is less than 2 pages double-spaced, so I was hoping that'd be alright.
  19. Hi all, I am driving myself crazy with my shortest SOP (500 word requirement). I'm at 530 words. I am telling myself there's no way an ad comm would see the extra 30 words and throw my app in the trash. Does anyone disagree with this and think 30 words is detrimental? Never thought I'd ask this question lol YIKES. Thanks! CatBowl
  20. @EspritHabile Thanks for your advice! I have gone back and forth several times about the number of programs I'm applying to, and I'm very excited about all 14 of these programs. Fortunately, I have the time (and the money) right now to craft app materials for each school. I'm continuing to research fit, though, so if I decide not to apply to a few of the schools on my list, I'm open to that too. I have encountered the work of Warren, Gaard, and Shiva, yes of course! I am planning on sending a proposal to ASLE this year, and/or attending if I can save up the funds. I will look into Stacy
  21. I'm fascinated with Annette Kolodny's texts, particularly The Lay of the Land. I also loved Marti Kheel's article "From Heroic to Holistic Ethics: The Ecofeminist Challenge," and incorporated bits from both in my MA thesis. Christine Flanagan's work on Flannery O'Connor, though not strictly ecofeminist, resonated with me as well. I focused on O'Connor's novel Wise Blood in my thesis, and I did an ecofeminist reading of the protagonist of Wise Blood for my writing sample and leaned on these works a good bit.
  22. @Warelin I haven't yet but thanks for the suggestion! Their program looks great, as does Dr. Hutner's work.
  23. Hi @EspritHabile! Thanks so much for your recommendations. My list has changed a bit since I first posted – for now, I've decided to apply to 14 programs. I will certainly look into U of Idaho and U of Nevada, Reno. I've since added Notre Dame, CU Boulder, and Rice U to my list (and I ended up dropping UCLA, UCSB, and Princeton). I'm interested in contemporary American lit and Southern lit, and I'm newly interested in Native American lit as well. Particularly, I'd like to study ecofeminism. Thanks for your suggestions, and I'd love to hear any additional thoughts!
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