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  1. Thank you so much, everyone! I am so grateful to you for the valuable feedback. I think I'm going to work hard during the summer to enhance my PhD application. ❤️
  2. Thank you so much for your response! It's truly so expensive. NYU already cost me an arm and a leg, so if I do go for a second master's, it would need to be funded. I guess I was just scaring myself. I took so many classes in graduate school that were irrelevant to what I want to study at the PhD level. For instance, at NYU, I did their Draper Program, where I took classes in women's studies, philosophy, and creative writing. I only took two classes in American Modernism, which is what I want to study. Those were the professors that wrote me the letter of recommendation for the PhD program. I just feel like I should have taken more literature classes. Perhaps it's just me scaring myself, but after giving it a lot of thought, I'm not sure if the second MA is a good idea.
  3. Hello, everyone. I hope this message finds you all well and that you're staying safe. I've been doing so much thinking, and my heart is still set on getting a PhD in English. I know I shouldn't be thinking about it, especially since I've been blessed with a high school teaching job and an adjunct teaching gig, but I want more. I want to go into academia and make an impact with my love for the written word. I have a Master's degree in Humanities from NYU, but I was toying with the idea of going back to graduate school for a second master's degree, one in English. A lot of people have told me it will be overkill and that it's not a good idea, but then some other people tell me it will benefit me in the long run. I did have a wonderful experience at NYU, and I'd love to go back for their English Department, but I'm not sure if I should pursue another master's degree. I did get into a PhD program at Temple University, which is a wonderful school, but they didn't give me funding. This is giving me some hope that perhaps I can get into a PhD program with my current master's. Overall, I would love to hear some advice. Thank you in advance. Stay safe, everyone! I've been using this time to catch up on my reading!
  4. Thank you for your reply! I did find some programs that offer a graduate certificate in English literature. I just worry because NYU cleaned out my pockets. Tuition was so expensive, so I’m afraid I won’t be able to afford another master’s degree. Do you think there could be a chance that I can get a funded one?
  5. Hello everyone, I have a Master of Arts in Humanities. My passion is English Literature, and to be honest, I should have gone to graduate school for English. I chose NYU because of its competitive name and the opportunity to study with top scholars. I did have a great graduate experience, but lately, I've been toying around with the idea of getting a second master's or perhaps taking some additional courses to enhance my understanding of English literature. I sometimes feel that getting a second MA is overkill, especially since I already have one. Would it be wiser to get a graduate certificate of English Literature? I just feel that there's so much left that I need to learn about my field, so much that I missed out on in graduate school. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
  6. Hello, everyone. I have a master's degree in humanities from NYU. My BA degree was in English, and for the past four years, I've been working as a high school English teacher and adjunct professor of English. Unfortunately, I had to leave my last school for personal reasons. It just wasn't the right fit for me. I'm trying to get another high school teaching job, but it's been a bit challenging because of Covid-19. Sometimes, I wonder if my application is strong enough for getting a teaching job. By the grace of god, I actually got my first teaching gig through subbing, and after two years of subbing, I got my standard teaching certificate for New Jersey. My passion is literature. I wish that I would have gotten my MA in English, but I've learned from my mistake. I've actually been auditing some English classes at my local college to get my fill of literature and try to enhance my scope of the written word. Now, I'm thinking of going back to school again to get my master's degree in education. I was thinking of English Education, so I can still fulfill that passion for English literature, but I wonder if this would be a waste since I've already worked as a teacher. My mentor told me it might be good to get an ESL certificate to enhance my standard teaching license. What are your thoughts?
  7. I really appreciate your heartfelt response so much. It truly means a lot to me. I guess I always figured that a PhD was a personal goal, but I don’t want to give up my job. I think the allure of the PhD programs online and over the summers tripped me up a bit, since I wouldn’t have to give up my career. Maybe I’ll go back to graduate school someday at a good university, but I think maybe I should let things be for now. What do you think?
  8. Hi, everyone. I'm a full time high school English teacher, and I also work as an adjunct professor at my local community college. I have big dreams of working full time at the community college level, but it's always been a personal goal of mine to get a PhD in English Literature. I've been shut out this year again. I got my master's degree from NYU, and I was able to get into a PhD program, but without funding. Of course, I had to turn it down. I've been exploring some alternatives. I did find an online PhD program in English at Old Dominion University. I was reading the advice from this website, and most users said it was a bad idea. But then, I found another school that offered a summers only PhD program in English. This is mainly for teachers, like myself, who want a PhD. It's at the Indiana University Pennsylvania. I believe it's near Pittsburgh. I'm not sure if this would be a good route for me. I don't want to give up my job, but I do want a PhD. At the same time, if I do leave my high school job, I think I'd want to try teaching at the community college level. I'm really enjoying it so far. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance! :)
  9. Has anyone ever heard of the online PhD program in English at Old Dominion University in Virginia? It sounds like a wonderful idea, but I wanted some advice. What are your thoughts on a distance learning program?
  10. Hey, everyone. I just applied to the PhD in English for the Fall 2020 cycle. My dream was always to be a professor of English literature. Right now, I'm working as an adjunct professor, which truly doesn't make a lot of money. At the same time, I'm temping at a travel agency. Anyway, I've been battling some depression lately. A part of my anxiety and depression stems from teaching. I'm not sure why, but I took a break from teaching at the college level. I've been exploring other career options. Librarianship seems like an interesting field, but everyone keeps telling me it's a dying profession and it's not worth the MLIS. What should I do?
  11. Thank you so much, everybody! To be honest, I decided against retaking it. It’s just too much money right now. I will work super hard at my supplemental materials instead.
  12. Thank you so much, everyone!! ❤️ If you're still interested in swapping, please send me a PM!
  13. I'm actually interested to know, too! To be honest, I got accepted to their PhD in English last year, but they didn't give me funding.
  14. Hi, everyone! So, I'm applying to the PhD in English for the Fall 2020 cycle. My two dream schools are the University of Delaware and Temple University. Two weeks ago, I took the GRE and got a 156 on the Verbal Section. I think it's the 73rd percentile. For the AW section, I got a 5.5, 98th percentile. I was worried if my score wasn't good enough since it's not a 160, and I was planning on retaking the GRE on November 15th. However, I'm a bit nervous. I want to study really, really hard to push for a 160, but I'm not sure if I will have enough time to take practice tests before November 15th. I just got a full-time job and my finances are terrible right now. I want to save every dollar possible for the application fees. Is a 156 good enough for the schools I want? To be honest, I don't want a top-tier school, but I'm worried if these top-60 schools won't accept me. What do you think?
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