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Everything posted by kendalldinniene

  1. 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. 🤣
  2. Something else to think about is whether or not those papers would help to produce a really coherent idea of the scholar you will be upon exiting your PhD experience. One of the professors I spoke to during my interview process at the PhD program I’ll be attending this fall really discouraged the idea of publishing simply to publish (not saying that’s what you would be doing, but I definitely understand the desire to publish as much as possible without maybe fully knowing how those publications will speak to your interests/marketability later on), and spoke to some folks’ early publications as actually being detrimental to them when they entered the job market, because they muddied the waters as far as what that person ended up wanting to research and teach upon graduation. His comments really opened my eyes as to the purpose of publishing as a future job seeker within academia, not sure it’d they're helpful to you, but thought I’d share just in case! Good luck!
  3. Just got the nicest email from my historical fiction 1965-present professor welcoming everyone to the seminar and sharing the potential reading list, and asking for feedback/additions. Holy shit I cannot wait to start grad school 😍
  4. It seems like every program is different, so if I were you I’d probably email asking about my program’s particular timeline.
  5. I have to admit, I’m pretty jealous I can’t take this course. The ideas brought up in that description are fascinating. I love the question about which forms of poetry are marginalized due to our ideas about what poetry is/should be. Enjoy every second!!! I know you will 😉
  6. What is Poetry??? That sounds like it’s going to be awesome!
  7. If your promotions aren’t directly tied to you area of interest re: graduate study I don’t think they’re relevant, especially not relevant enough for your SOP. I’d include them in your CV though.
  8. Advanced literary studies, a pedagogy course, American lit 1965-present, and survey of criticism. 🤓🤩🤩🤩
  9. I got to register for all my classes and no one understands my wild excitement. 🤣 Especially when I looked at the bill and it kind of all washed over me what a financial investment is being made in me, my work, and my future. It’s unreal. Like @ArcaMajora I too can’t believe I actually get to call myself a graduate student. I looked at my interview invite email from SMU again the other day and just cried and cried haha. How is this real life? What an incredible journey we’re all beginning ❤️
  10. Congrats @jadeisokay for getting all settled in Chicago! I watched the third season of easy yesterday and the whole time was like, damn, I could have lived in that city. Like I’m confident I made the right choice but, damn, Chicago is just the best. As for what @Bopie5 was saying, yes I relate!!! I’m hoping to sign a lease starting July 1 so I can move in/decorate/explore before classes start the end of August. Honestly if I could snap my fingers and be in my new apartment (whatever it will be), starting my new life right now, I would do it. This is the fun part!!!
  11. I guess I'm reticent to ask because the stipend is so big (comparatively) I'm worried I'll come across badly...but goddamn those texts add up. I know several of my undergrad profs wanted me to buy the "correct" edition as well, for the reason you stated, but I always made it work. Eventually I charmed them into not caring, haha. But maybe it's unprofessional to do that in a graduate program.
  12. I'm looking at textbooks and wondering- in grad school is it absolutely necessary to buy the newest edition? I always just bought the cheapest available option in undergrad and it was never a problem but I don't know if that will fly going forward.
  13. I wouldn’t retake. Your writing sample and SOP will be much better indicators of your writing skill than that score, and the adcomm will pay far more attention to them.
  14. I’ve gotten 3 rejection letters from Johns Hopkins if that makes you feel any better. And a rejection from BU where I removed myself from the waitlist over a month ago because I’d accepted another offer 🤦🏼‍♀️
  15. Dude you’re so on the ball! I’m not going down until next month to look for housing. Wish I had it all sorted now though, that’s for sure. Congrats on your cute house!
  16. THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!!! Congrats 🎉!!!!!!!
  17. Can anyone tell me how common cockroach infestations are? Also I’m wondering about scorpions. Are they just a fact of life in the summer?
  18. So exciting! I can’t afford to visit my friend in Germany this year so she’s coming to see me in Dallas once I get settled. Not exactly the same, haha. Have so much fun! Good luck with Irish, that language is amazing and, imo, terrifying. I’d really like to learn a little of it, so I’ll be curious to hear from you if it’s as tricky as I’ve built up in my mind. And yessss about the relief of returning to school after a year. I reorganized my collection of research articles in celebration. Typing that I realize that is a weird thing to do, but....well you guys understand.
  19. I’m stoked for you, damn Chicago is so cool and I hope you have an amazing experience!
  20. Hey y’all! Returning to my favorite corner of the interwebs to chat preparation for starting grad school this fall. What are y’all doing? I don’t mean strictly school related stuff, perhaps you’re taking the time to hang out with friends and family you’ll be moving away from/read what you want to read/travel, etc. Personally I’m doing most of the above, but I also contacted my future advisor to ask what he’d recommend I do to set myself up for beginning coursework. I’m looking at taking an intro to Spanish course over the summer, and I also got a list of reading to do from Dr. Sae-Saue, which I’ve started on excitedly. Right now I’m reading The Revolt of the Cockroach People and City of Night. What are you all up to?!?!
  21. Can you send me the link too please? So excited to read it!!!
  22. Congrats on making your decision! I know Texas is a big state, but maybe I’ll run into you at a conference or something in the future!
  23. There should be no limit to reacts today!!! Congrats everyone ❤️ We did it! I’m so glad to have been a part of this community, for all the support, and for all the joy in seeing folks’ dreams come true. I just know in the future whenever I see some truly incredible thing happening in our field, I’m going to proudly be like hmmmm, I bet there’s a GCer behind that.
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