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  1. Is anyone applying to the Master's in English Education at Columbia University's Teachers College? I just made this decision recently to apply for a Master's in Education to enhance my teaching and better service my students. I'm feeling a bit nervous about applying to an Ivy League school, but it has the exact curriculum and program that I'm looking for. If it helps, I'm a licensed high school English teacher from New Jersey, but I have a Master of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from NYU.
  2. 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. ❤️
  3. 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 progra
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. 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 gr
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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 advic
  10. 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?
  11. 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 d
  12. 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.
  13. Thank you so much, everyone!! ❤️ If you're still interested in swapping, please send me a PM!
  14. 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.
  15. 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 Novem
  16. Hi, everybody! I was wondering what is the standard heading that I would use for the statement of purpose. I have seen a few where the title is "Statement of Purpose" and the name is in the header. Can you show me some good examples? Also, would anyone be interested in swapping? I would love some feedback on my statement of purpose. Thank you so much!
  17. UPDATE: I've decided to retake the exam. It's better to be safe than sorry! :)
  18. Hello, everyone! I just got back from my GRE. I know this sounds silly because it's not a stellar score, but I scored a 156 on the Verbal section. I'm just so happy because I feel like I'm actually making progress. My scores were really, really low last year. I actually am starting to understand how this exam works. Do you think I should retake the exam in a month? I already got accepted to a university for a PhD in English, but I didn't get funding. In order to enhance my credentials, the head of the department told me I could push for a 160 on the GRE verbal. I've just been f
  19. Do you mean that you'll be taking the GRE during the first week of December? I think you should be fine. Of course, it will be a bit close, but that gives ETS a month to send over your scores. ETS takes 14 days to submit scores to universities. I think you should be good! Wishing you the best! :-)
  20. Hi, everyone! So, I’m set to take my GRE on Friday. Words can not express how scared I am. I feel like all my dreams are dependent on this exam. Here’s why: I already got accepted to a PhD program, but they couldn’t give me funding. After speaking to the chair of the department, he told me that I can defer my admission for one year and perhaps be considered for funding the following year, in 2020. He said I can strengthen my application, especially my GRE scores. The department likes to see scores of around 160 and I had a 153 on my GRE. I told myself that I will retake the GRE
  21. Has anyone ever skipped a section on the GRE? I spoke with one of my professors today, and he gave me some advice about the GRE. He told me I should really only care about the Verbal portion, since I want to apply for the PHD in English. I already scored a 5.5 on the Analytical Writing. Would it be wrong to skip this section and get a NS (No score) for that portion? Has anyone ever done that before?
  22. Hi, everyone. I'm scheduled to take my GRE on October 11th. I actually am thinking about taking another GRE in November just to be safe and aim for the scores I want. But I'm having some trouble with reading comprehension. I finished the Magoosh course, and I have the ETS Official Guide and Workbook. I am not doing so well on the reading comprehension. I feel like Magoosh didn't really help me with reading comprehension. I've also heard rumors that it's better to go along with the ETS Workbook and the 5 Lb. Manhattan Prep book, since they are closer to the actual test. Do you r
  23. Thank you so much, everyone. From my heart, this means a lot to me. I cannot begin to tell you how scared I am about the GRE. I'm actually going on vacation soon, so when I get back, it's intense study time, using the ETS books. Luckily, I can retake it in November if I don't do too well.
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