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RipCityBaby

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    Pacific Northwest
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Criminology/Sociology/Law and Policy PhD

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  1. RipCityBaby

    2019 App Cycle

    Given you are in Alberta, you hopefully have better luck getting in than I did! Hope they haven't made decisions or you are waitlisted and imminently getting an offer letter. Keep me posted and good luck!
  2. RipCityBaby

    2019 App Cycle

    I wasn't very impressed with the program's response to my emails. The grad coordinator was impossible to reach, and no one even told me they have no funding for international students until a few days before the application was due. Admittedly, it was partly my fault for not reading the international student page, but what can I say, as an American I just didn't really think of myself as an international student going to Canada 😳 I hope you get an answer one way or another soon! I assume you've logged into the portal and it doesn't show a response there?
  3. RipCityBaby

    2019 App Cycle

    University of Toronto - Criminology PhD? I got my rejection from them early Feb. I'm an American though, and they essentially have no funding for international students so its possible they just reject us pretty quickly.
  4. RipCityBaby

    Decisions 2019

    Sent a PM!
  5. RipCityBaby

    Decisions 2019

    Same!
  6. RipCityBaby

    Decisions 2019

    I haven't talked to anyone else accepted to American. Will you be at the visit day next week? I think at this exact moment I am leaning towards American. As much as I would love to live in Vancouver and stay up there forever, I've always thought the American program was a better fit for me. Visiting DC may make this an easy choice, one way or another. Though I will probably wait until the last minute to make my decision.
  7. RipCityBaby

    McGill Sociology PhD F2019?

    Thanks for the info! I have no idea if I really stand a chance as I'm not coming from sociology (I'm a criminology person). I have three other offers I am currently deciding between and a funded McGill offer would likely win over the others, but the deadline is rapidly approaching for a decision from my other schools!
  8. RipCityBaby

    Decisions 2019

    I am deciding between American (full funding) and Simon Fraser (tiny funding). My spouse and I have wanted to emigrate to Canada for years, but Simon Fraser does not fund well so it really falls on him to make enough money for us to live on, in one of the most expensive cities in North America (Vancouver BC). I think American is a stronger fit, and the funding is great. I'm not sure I want to live in DC but its more affordable than Vancouver. So I'm basically struggling with the location and money part. And the fact that our long term goal is to live in Canada, so a Canadian PhD makes a lot more sense. And I love Vancouver. I'm headed to DC next week for the American admitted students day, and I'm a little apprehensive. I want to fall in love with it and the DC area, but I'm also afraid I will fall in love with it and then not go to Canada. This is causing what feels like some kind of existential crisis and I'm so close to letting my friends decide via FB poll 🤯 I'm also waiting to hear from McGill, also in Canada, though I suspect I am waitlisted and I'm assuming not going to get in at this point. McGill would likely win because Montreal is super affordable and its an excellent school and the person I would be working with studies exactly what I want to study, although its a Sociology program so I suspect that's why I've been waitlisted. In any event...existential crisis. Which of your schools are you thinking of? What is the driving factor in your decision?
  9. RipCityBaby

    Decisions 2019

    I thought I would make a thread about decisions for those of us with F2019 acceptances. Anyone else feeling hopelessly undecided?
  10. RipCityBaby

    2019 App Cycle

    Congrats!
  11. RipCityBaby

    McGill Sociology PhD F2019?

    I think I may email tomorrow. I see one person has posted a PhD acceptance from this week, so worried that may not bode well
  12. RipCityBaby

    McGill Sociology PhD F2019?

    Anyone hear anything yet? This is the last school I have to hear from and I'm getting anxious about making my choice without knowing one way or another about McGill...
  13. RipCityBaby

    2019 App Cycle

    Has anyone attempted to negotiate their offer? How did that go?
  14. RipCityBaby

    2019 App Cycle

    Just waiting on McGill Sociology...hopefully will hear in the next week or two. I will have to email them and ask for an update if I don't hear soon as Canadian schools don't follow the whole April 15th deadline.
  15. RipCityBaby

    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    I too am a mom to two little children. I've got a few acceptances to schools, one would move me across the country but also pay me fairly well. I love the program, I want to attend. But I am also feeling sadness and anxiety over my decisions. Where I am now, in a MS program, is in my hometown, with two sets of supportive grandparents that are a huge help. Moving away from this support network, having to hope my husband gets a good enough job to cover childcare, is incredibly stressful. My other school option is in Canada, and much closer to home. But it comes with its own challenges - visas, work permits, travel restrictions...its just very stressful. Even when schools do provide subsidized childcare, the waitlists can mean you have to find some other place, and those other places have waitlists too. None of this is easy. Your analysis of the disenfranchisement of parent students is spot on. So here's some support, from one mom to another. This shit is tough.
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