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  1. Personally, if I'm understanding your situation correctly, I might go with the Fulbright for this year (pending COVID) and then apply to both PhDs and funded MAs for a Fall 2021 admission. I applied to 7 PhD programs and 1 MA program right out of undergrad, and, having been rejected by the PhDs and going in to a fully funded MA, I'm really grateful to have had this period of time to refine my research and research interests before going in to the PhD. If you apply to both MAs and PhDs, you'll (theoretically) have more choices come Spring 2021, and it sounds like you'd be likely to get into MA programs again. That way, you can eliminate the fear of regretting deferring the MA programs now, and if you get shut out from PhDs for Fall 2021, you could still start your MA that year, take more time to refine your research project and improve the breadth and depth of your knowledge, and then still go on to apply to PhDs again and have that 5+ year relationship that you're looking for.
  2. Yes, I agree! I was at the Mid-Atlantic PCA this November and it was truly a blast. The energy is often so much more relaxed and upbeat. I went to panels on tiki bar culture, You on Netflix, disability in Marvel film, etc...truly a fun couple of days.
  3. I'm presenting on Jordan Peele's Us and Robert Eggers's The Witch at the national PCA/ACA conference in Philadelphia this April. Really looking forward to it!
  4. Of course! I share a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house with three other grad students. Our rent is $1900/month total, so split by four, it’s very reasonable. We got very lucky in finding such an affordable place where we all have our own rooms! Sharing a house was significantly more affordable than finding an apartment in my area.
  5. I'm in Villanova's MA program in Philly; my living stipend is $17,000 for 9 months, with no pay during the summer. I've found it to be livable so far; I found a place with really low rent, and have been able to live comfortably on my stipend and have extra money for going to conferences, being social, and flying home for the holidays. However, I haven't been able to add anything more than about $50-100/month to my savings at this point, so I'm surviving, but not accumulating, and I don't have much of a safety net. For my level of assistantship, we work 20 hours/week, and we are prohibited from taking another official job unless we've petitioned for permission from the department. I do some nannying/babysitting on the side to supplement, which helps me a lot but may not be workable for everyone. Basically, TLDR, my stipend does cover my basic needs, and I would still survive comfortably if I didn't do nannying work on the side. It's very livable, imho, and the only worry is that I don't have much financial wiggle room if I were to have some unexpected expense like a medical bill or vehicle problems.
  6. I second this. Academia is shifting and in crisis as we all know. I’ve also received the same advice as WildeThing in various formulations. If you’re going to get your PhD to become a tenured/tenure track professor, you’re probably on the wrong track. If you’re going for its own sake, because you *want* to spend the next 5-10 years in a doctoral program, knowing there may be no job on the other side for you, that may be a better approach. This also leads to a few sub points: 1) This is a *huge* reason why you shouldn’t go if you’re not funded. Don’t go into debt for this. Don’t go if you’re not funded (unless you’re independently wealthy).There’s no guarantee that there will be a well paying, secure, tenure track job with benefits for you after you finish, no matter where you graduate from. 2) It may be helpful to open yourself up to Alt-Ac. Why do you want to be a professor? Identify what about the TT job would appeal to you, and see if you can find Alt-Ac jobs that include these elements. For example, library positions at academic institutions sometimes allow for teaching a class or two and/or the institution supporting your independent research.
  7. One of the things I failed to do on my first round of applications was be specific enough. Something that I should have done more carefully but didn't was look at conference areas/fields. Usually in conferences' CFPs, they'll list the sessions or sections (e.g. "Trauma in African American Studies," "Orientalism and Romanticizing the Homogenized," "Crypt and Death Studies," "The Irish Gothic," "Adolescent Narratives," "Fat Studies," etc). This can give a sense both of what more specific subfields are out there, and what they're currently being called. You might feel like you're really interested in British Romanticisms, which gives you a good temporal and geographic field to define yourself in. Looking at session titles can sometimes help to narrow that, especially if sessions get subtitled (e.g. "British Romanticism: Fathers and Mothers" or "British Romanticism: Food, Flesh, and the Monster" or whatever). I think if you feel like you have pretty defined interests at that point, you should say so! How did you get to those more narrowly defined interests? What thinkers or theorists are important to you or helped you know that these interests were what you wanted to pursue? Whose work do you hope to build on? I think it helps to have a clearer sense of where you're going, and to say so. To be able to speak to a specific sub-field or strain of thought or development in the field that you hope to investigate or work in would most likely work to your gain so long as you're not like, totally off base about what's happening in the field!
  8. If you got undergrad college credit for your high school dual enrollment, it may show up on your college transcripts! At least, that’s how my university handled it. My dual enrollment courses from high school all showed up at the bottom of my official transcript for my undergrad. Might be worth checking or looking in to!
  9. Sorry, I think that I maybe didn't articulate my argument exactly the way that I wanted to! I agree with you--I definitely don't think one should devote the bulk of their SoP to whole paragraphs explicitly arguing about fit at the expense of focusing on your project/research. What I was more trying to get at is that I think rather than copy/pasting most of the statement and only adjusting the portion about POIs/fit, one should be open to reframing project, experience, interests, etc in slightly different ways depending on the program. Different programs obviously have different strengths and each scholar has their own unique research concerns, so I was just trying to highlight that there are ways to subtextually/implicitly argue for fit even in sections beyond the portion of the statement explicitly engaging with fit.
  10. I think the answer to this is sort of a combination of both! I would suggest writing one specifically tailored to a certain school to start. Find a program, determine what you specifically find appealing about it, and several possible professors you want to work with. Then, I would write an SoP for that program, including your proposal of your research, your background/experiences in that field, how working with those specific POIs will assist you, and what you might offer/bring to the program and/or what your ultimate professional goals and interests are. Once you have a draft on paper, it's easier to determine how much of your material is school specific and how much of it can be reused. I would say, however, that you shouldn't only have one paragraph or portion that deals with program fit. Program fit should inform how you write your entire SoP, as it should affect how you frame your project/interests and which previous research is most relevant, besides just naming of POIs. It would be more likely for there to be a few sentences you could reuse than for there to be a full paragraph or section that you could just copy/paste over. Does that make sense?
  11. Hi! Don't have insights about Wake Forest in particular, but if it's not already on your list, Villanova's MA in English program is excellent! Similarly to Wake Forest's program, Villanova's program offers both tuition scholarships and Graduate Assistantships with stipends. If you've been lurking, I'm sure you've seen this advice before, but the general rule of thumb is "don't go to a place where you don't get funding (especially if it's an MA)." In my experience so far, Villanova's program is rigorous, supportive, well-structured, and supportive to students looking to pursue career paths other than going on to the PhD. There are a few faculty who focus on 20th/21st century poetics, and I'm actually in an excellent poetry class at the moment. Might be worth looking in to! Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
  12. Yes exactly! I feel the same way. I think once I have a sense of the territory I’ll feel better. Same to you, truly!!! I hope some of us stick around and keep each other updated—I really am invested in your grad school journey.
  13. I moved into my house on Saturday and my first orientation is this Wednesday!! I’m so excited. Class on the 26th for me too. I’m more excited than nervous but that might change as I’m walking up to the building haha!
  14. Not to be too basic, but Judith Butler, Eve Sedgwick, and Jack Halberstam are some pretty standard seminal queer theorists. Lauren Berlant and Gayle Rubin are also big. And obviously a lot of their work engages with Foucault. But you might already be familiar with all those!
  15. @WildeThing Ah, thank you so much! I feel like I could definitely manage that. Thanks for the info!
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