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kendalldinniene

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  1. I didn’t contact any POI before applying, but if I had I would have sent an email very briefly introducing myself and then drawing some parallels between their work and my own/my interest is pursuing graduate school at their institution. If you get encouraging or interested replies, I’d send a couple questions there, specifically if they are going to have interest/room to mentor a student in the upcoming year.
  2. My understanding is that humanities PhD programs are very difficult to get into versus other types of programs. I think it has a ton to do with the job market- a program is as good as it’s reputation for graduating people who get jobs. Like Cryss mentioned above the job market is particularly difficult for English PhDs and therefore a lot of programs have reduced their cohort size. I also think funding expectations are at work here. It’s not expected that law students will receive stipends/tuition remission/health insurance, etc., but unfunded English PhD programs...well they’re definitely more rare and (imo) not worth going to. So it costs schools a lot more money per student admitted into a cohort in English than into a lot of other programs. It is a complex question, this is just my basic two cents on it.
  3. I’ve been in Dallas a little over a month now (Lowest Greenville) if anyone has any questions! The city is awesome, dating here is actually fun, the art museum is mostly free...and the roaches are HUGE. 😂 Hit me up if you have queries!
  4. I’m super excited too! But scared also. It’s strange for me to be scared in an academic setting and yet there it is. I’m sure after my first week I’ll feel better. It’s hard not know exactly what I’m in for. Congrats on your house! Please post or reach out after your first day! I’m excited to see how us 2018 applicants get along.
  5. Anyone else have orientations coming up? I have an all day one with the graduate program on Tuesday and a couple hours long one with the English department a few days later. And then classes start on the 26th! Are y’all freaking out yet???
  6. I applied as I was beginning my senior year of undergrad. I combed through my papers from classes, and expanded the one I was most excited about from 9 pages to 16. The professor for whom I had written the original offered to look over the new one thoroughly, so I knew the finished product was a very successful paper. Good luck!
  7. Personally I think trying to get an impressive score on the subject test is an utter waste of time. Get that verbal score up, but mostly focus on producing the absolute best SOP and WS you can. Good luck to you!!!
  8. Arriving in Dallas tonight after my (third) 12 hour day on the road. Ahhhhh it’s all happening!
  9. Totally feel this but everything will fall into place, I promise. For me it all worked itself out when I was in the Dallas airport heading home and feeling so defeated for not finding anything. I’ve got my fingers crossed you’ll have the perfect spot soon.
  10. I got to visit Dallas for a few days last week to apartment hunt and I absolutely fell in love with the city and the people, which I wasn’t really expecting. Then I found out the day after I got home that I got my dream apartment in my dream neighborhood. I’m over the moon right now and it just makes the amazement and gratitude I feel about grad school that much bigger and better. I’m so happy right now.
  11. I can see that! Personally I am digging the hell out of it. Especially since so many of the “sources” are fake. Talk about unreliable narrators!
  12. Just started Lincoln in the Bardo, about halfway through now and desperate to talk about it! Anyone here read it?
  13. Wow. This is just awful. I think perhaps the best sources students deciding on offers can rely on, besides the media if a professor’s bad behavior has been publicized, are existing graduate students within a program. I certainly asked questions about this of current students at my institution. However, and this is what troubles me the most, asking students to be accountable for reporting this shit behavior is really unfair. Especially in programs like English where finding employment after graduation is already incredibly difficult, how can we ask graduate students to potentially burn bridges within their communities before they’ve even hit the job market? It seems like these sorts of environments which protect abusive behavior are holdovers from yesteryear, when people within these jobs were all white men, who not only enjoyed the privileges of education and leadership, but also the authority of being simply white and male. I like to think of English programs as being often places of real progressivism, but that is clearly, to some extent, wishful thinking. Thanks for sharing this article! It certainly gives one a lot to think about.
  14. I’ve spent more than I should have buying cotton and linen stuff because it’s so hot in Texas meanwhile I live in Sacramento where it’s hot as balls and my existing wardrobe works just fine 🤣. Just wait until I get into my new apartment and start decorating though, haha, talk about major bucks!
  15. Didn’t see imposter syndrome kicking in quite this early, but that professor of mine is asking for feedback on the proposed reading list as well as additions. All of these people have already replied all with great insights and suggestions and I’m like... *crickets* Do I even grad school, bro?
  16. I would not send in any application materials that don’t meet requirements! Personally, I took an 8 page paper over the summer and expanded it to 15 by incorporating new sources and delving more deeply into a couple of pieces of the original that were especially interesting to me but not fully developed. The professor whom the original was for thankfully offered to look over the new version prior to me sending it out with my applications, which was really helpful, as sometimes it was fairly challenging to see where the new pieces fit into the old, etc. Good luck!
  17. That’s what I should be doing but instead I’m mostly binging Netflix and lounging around because I know I won’t be able to soon.
  18. Besides how long it is 😭😍🤓? Haha A couple of my favorite books are on it, including Slaughterhouse-Five and Beloved, as well as a ton of Pynchon. I think I’m going to get a start on it over the summer rereading the books I do have already, for...survival purposes. 🤣
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