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  1. Thank you so much, everybody! I’m really appreciative of your input. For the last few days, I was feeling so lost.
  2. I guess with teaching high school, it’s more exhausting. I taught in the inner city, which kind of drained my spirit. Physical and emotional abuse at every turn, and not a very supportive admin. But even at my good school, I was unhappy. I’m not sure, but I know that I don’t want to teach. I’d love to research, but not so much teach.
  3. Thank you so much for your reply. I'm a bit nervous about teaching college. I had such a miserable time teaching high school, so I wonder if this will be similar. I would absolutely and wholeheartedly love to do research though. I'm curious about literature, and I want to spend the rest of my life just immersing myself in books.
  4. Greetings, all. I've been doing some career and soul searching for the past few months, and I think I wanted to discuss my prospects with fellow graduate students. I'd appreciate any feedback. I was a high school English teacher for a number of years, but I despised the job. I did recently work for a bad district, but even when I worked at a top-notch district, I was still unhappy. I'm normally an introvert, so being around students all day and needing to be "on" all the time was very exhausting. I had frequent panic attacks, and my school days were spent waiting for summer. In turn, my summer vacations were agonized by the mere thought of going back to school. I do have an MA in English, and for a long time, I was thinking of going back to school for a PhD. It was always my dream to become a professor, but after teaching high school and hating it, I'm not sure if teaching college students would be any different. Is there anything else I can do with a PhD in English, or is it geared more towards pedagogy? I know this sounds ignorant, but I'm genuinely curious. As for other career prospects, I've thought about library science, but there's such a stigma around it. My career center mentioned that library science is a dying industry. At the same time, I'm not sure if I want to be a librarian. What are the pros and cons of the profession? Lastly, I have this strong inclination to go towards publishing. The idea of sitting in a quiet office, revising books, marketing books, and just indulging in my love for the written word, sounds like the perfect job for me. I did find a wonderful program at Pace University in New York that offers an MS in Publishing. NYU also has another one. I just feel bad about getting a second master's, only because that would mean sacrificing the PhD. Forgive me, I know I'm a bit all over the place, but I would really love some feedback about new avenues. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!
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    Interest in going back to school for a career switch.

    Thank you so much, everyone! I am truly thinking of library science, and I could possibly take a certificate course in publishing/journalism. I'm actually starting a writing class soon to help me start blogging. Trying to get out there.
  6. Greetings! I would like to hear some feedback. I'm not exactly 100 percent sure if going back to school for another degree would be my best bet, but I'd love to hear your opinion. So, I graduated with a master's degree in English back in 2014. After graduating, I wanted to apply to the PhD in English, but I'm not sure if that's the best goal for me. I know the job market is really tough, and after four years of teaching secondary education and the community college level, I've realized that I don't want to teach anymore. I would love to find a job that allows me to work more closely with books and writing. These were the fields I was interested in: journalism, book publishing, and library science. For library science, it does sound like a wonderful opportunity. For me, if I were to get an MLIS, I would be more interested in becoming a specialist in literature, or perhaps an academic/research librarian. I do know that I need to go back to an ALA-accredited school, but I'm not 100% sure if I should do library science. As for journalism, I have no interest in reporting the news, but I do love writing. I would love to do something like narrative journalism, or reporting about the arts. My dream job would be to review books! But since I have no prior experience, I feel like I would need more education. Do you think a journalism certificate would suffice? Or perhaps some classes? Lastly, it would be an honor to work in book publishing. I have applied to some internships, but I'm worried that I don't have any experience in this field either. All my experience is in secondary education. I'm not sure if I should go back to school. I will be resigning from teaching in June, so over the summer, I will have more time to apply and explore, but I'd love to hear your advice. Thank you so much, everyone!
  7. LittleShakespeare90

    Think the GRE is useless? Think again.

    I agree. Plus, there are many graduate programs who do not require it as part of the admissions process. Harvard and Northwestern are two examples for the 2019 application cycle.
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    SOP Admissions Counseling

    Thank you so much!
  9. Hi, everybody. I was advised to try to swap my SOP here on this forum. I'm applying to a PhD in English. Would anyone like to swap? It would mean the world to me. Thank you! Solidarity! ?
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    SOP Admissions Counseling

    They are way too expensive! Are there people on this forum that can give me some feedback? I would love a new perspective. My professor hasn't gotten back to me yet. ?
  11. I finished my statement of purpose, but I think I'm freaking myself out by thinking it's not good enough for submission just yet. Did you ever use an admissions counseling service to review your essay? I had a friend in grad school who used Accepted, but their packages are almost $1500. :O Please let me know. Thank you!
  12. Greetings, everybody. I hope this Friday afternoon is treating you well. I had a change of heart, and I figured I should login to the Grad Cafe to get some advice here. I've been thinking about this for the past couple of weeks. I've been working as an adjunct professor recently, and I had my heart set on getting a PhD in English Literature and teaching at the college level. Although this sounds like an amazing goal, I don't know if I want it anymore. I don't know if this is for me. I'm currently working as a high school English teacher, and although it is a decent job, I'm thinking of making a career change. I think I want to take a break from secondary ed to focus on something else. I was really interested in literary journalism, but I'm not sure if I should go back to school. I have a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree from New York University. However, I do not have any professional writing experience. I once heard a colleague of mine say that it would be best to attend schooling for journalism, only because the program offers training, time to hone the skill, internships, and professional networking. However, I wanted to get a second opinion. I was quite taken with NYU's Literary Reportage program. I read some of the books that got published, and they were phenomenal. I might sit in on a class next week just to get a feel for the program. My biggest concern is leaving my full-time job to go to school. I have a mortgage and some really intense bills. Of course, there's the option of an online program, but is it as reputable and effective as a campus program? Will it provide me the opportunity to gain my experience? I'm really appreciative of the advice. Thank you.
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    My 2019 PhD in English Application

    Thank you so much, everyone. This is immensely helpful. I do have a writing sample that I perfected over the years. It was for my professor's seminar on late modernism. I just have to work super hard at making a stellar statement of purpose. Fingers crossed!
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    Best GRE Resources for a busy teacher

    My GRE profile needs some work. 5.5 Analytical Writing 146 Quantitative 153 Verbal I will admit I kind of beefed on starting my test prep a little late. I was away all summer, but I'm thinking of taking the test on November 10th. As a high school teacher, I'm a bit short on time. I do admit it's a bit of a roadblock, but I am willing to practice the GRE daily. Which sources do you recommend for studying? I have the ETS books. I've also heard of this company called Manhattan Prep. Thoughts?
  15. Greetings, all. I just started my account today here. I've had some friends from grad school swear by this site, so I figured I'd give it a go. I graduated with a BA in English in 2012, and I got my MA in English from NYU. I graduated back in 2014. For the last four years, I've been teaching high school English. My original plan is to go into academia, but I took a break to save up some money and defeat my debt. I know for sure that I want to study gender politics in twentieth century modernism. That's what my thesis was on. My NYU professor taught that class, and when we spoke recently, he told me to go for it. He will also write me a letter of recommendation. I do have some concerns though. I'd appreciate the advice. GRE I know it's a bit late in the summer, but I think I have to retake my GRE. The last time I took it (2 years ago, I think), I scored a 5.5 on analytical writing, 153 in verbal, and 145 in quantitative. I know I'll be busy with my job in two weeks, but I'm planning to take this intensive GRE course to help me boost that score. I was away this summer, so I didn't get a chance to study. Letters of Recommendation I do have another professor from NYU whose class I took on American Modernism 1900-1945. She has been really difficult to reach by email since she was traveling a lot on sabbatical. When she comes back next week, I will stop by during office hours to ask her. For my third letter, I have a professor from undergrad who supervised my honors thesis in 2011. I may try to get a fourth one just to be on the safe side, right? I have another professor from undergrad (my core literary seminar course) whom I would like to ask. Publications I'm not yet published, so I wonder if this will be a roadblock. A few of my colleagues in New York have mentioned that publications are essential to getting an acceptance. Thoughts? Profile My GPA for grad school was a 4.0, and I have four years of teaching experience. I'm actually starting an adjunct teaching position in January 2019. I don't think I should include it in my CV just yet, but perhaps I can mention it in my personal statement? This is a very long first post, but I would really appreciate some feedback and thoughts. Thank you!

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