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Everything posted by kendalldinniene

  1. kendalldinniene

    Turned Down Offers Thread

    Took myself off waitlist at BU and will decline Loyola later today.
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    Turned Down Offers Thread

    I just think of the dread and hope I felt being on waitlists. Makes it easier to send out those emails.
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    2019 Decisions Thread

    Dallas bound y’all!
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    2019 Applicants

    Just FYI for future students, there’s no room for negotiating funding at Loyola besides a possible additional first year fellowship.
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    2019 Applicants

    Just sent an email to Loyola asking about negotiating funding, and let me tell you after years, honestly, of begging the gods to get into a program it felt INCREDIBLY awkward to essentially say thanks so much but you can you give me some more, please? I hope he responds quickly so I don't have too much time to re-read the email and sweat about it.
  6. I’ll say my convos with grad students have really helped. I’ve also reached out to a recent grad to ask about their experience in school and on the job market. My main stressor besides my waitlist sitch at BU is that my folks, who bless them but they don’t know jack about my field, how grad school works in the humanities, what the job market is like, etc, keep bugging me to make the decision they want me to. They even talked to my little brother about it to try to get him to persuade me. Dude. I’m 31. W T F. It’s so frustrating to have the additional pressure. Also it’s kind of taking the joy out of my offers for me. I don’t want to have to justify my feelings or explain things-this is my life. Worse still (because apparently some part of my is 14 years old), the decision they want me to make is the one I’m leaning to anyway. But the petulant teen in me doesn’t want to acquiesce to their BS, haha. Regardless I think I know what I’m going to do, which is great. I didn’t know how stressful this part would be. I think once I do accept an offer though, I’ll start to feel the excitement.
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    Campus visit thoughts?

    Yay! Soak it up and enjoy 😊
  8. kendalldinniene

    2019 Acceptances

    Those acceptance tears are the best. You deserve this!!!!!! I just can’t wait to see what you do as a scholar!
  9. kendalldinniene

    2019 Acceptances

    FUCK YES! GRAD SCHOOL BOUND!!!!!!!!! Ahhh, I am so proud of you and happy for you!!!
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    Current English PhD students - Q&A

    This is so funny to me. I am a staunch atheist and all my PhD options now are at religiously affiliated schools. I didn’t even think of religion as a factor when looking at where to apply, except for wondering how it might impede my research interests. Weird to think that it might impede my job search...
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    2019 Applicants

    I don’t think so at all! I don’t think folks applying with BAs are expected to have conferences or publications under their belts. Lots of people don’t do honors theses (is that the plural? I had a lot of beer last night and words all look wrong today) and I don’t think that’s a problem either. What you need is a clear, concise, and intriguing SoP (that is also magically aligned with whatever the dynamic needs and desires of the department are that year, haha), and an excellently written and intriguing writing sample. Have hope! You can do this! And I would highly suggest taking that year to reapply over doing an unfunded MA. Just my two cents.
  12. I had a lot of professors at SMU ask what I’d done during my gap year. My response was working, reading, and counting down the minutes until grad school. Some professors I felt didn’t love this answer. I could have said I’d been working on things for publication, but after taking with one professor about publications at length the night before, I didn’t think what I’d been working on was really ideal. The prof stressed that, in his opinion, publications were really important if they contributed to a coherent idea of the scholar’s specific research goals. The things I was working on did not necessarily do that. They were related to my interests, but that’s all. The majority of the faculty seemed to find my answer, I dunno, charming? And then we talked about other stuff. And then I was accepted two days later. Obviously this is just one school but personally I did not feel any pressure to justify my gap year. I think with how difficult it is to be admitted to a program, gap years, willingly chosen or the result of a shut out, etc., there really shouldn’t be any prejudice against them. Not that academia gives a single shit about my opinions, 🤣🤣🙃.
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    Campus Visits

    Have fun!!! They already know how awesome you are, you have nothing to prove 😉
  14. I just emailed BU with some questions and got a really nice response about enthusiasm for my application and saying movement after the visit day is likely. Fingers crossed for us both!
  15. kendalldinniene

    2019 Acceptances

    In off the waitlist at Loyola
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    Campus visit thoughts?

    I would definitely express your interest and ask to potentially meet with some grad students and faculty, if possible. Could you sit in on a class? Etc. They should like that you’re trying to get to know the program a little more before making a decision!
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    2019 Applicants

    I second this motion.
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    Acceptance for Fall 2019 and Regarding Funding

    Does the program website not give any details about funding? I’m in English and I feel all my programs mentioned funding somewhere online. Congrats on your acceptance!
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    So, you didn't make it in this year...

    I would have focused much less on my desire to teach and much more on my passion for research and projected course of research in my phd. I wouldn’t have tried to inject some earnest personality...I don’t think schools cared an ounce about it, haha. I would have approached researching programs differently, mostly looking at recent publications of recent grads and where’d they’d just graduated from. I would have gotten on the boards sooner and asked highly successful applicants from prior years to look over my samples.
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    Favorite Rejection Quotes from the Results Page

    When your English PhD rejection letter has a typo... I'm not sure if I should feel relieved or even more mediocre for not being in the "less than a quarter" of applicants that were spared the "pleaseure" of reading this gem of a rejection letter
  21. kendalldinniene

    What would you choose?

    Does prestige really matter in MA programs? I feel like the quality of the work you produce in the program is far more important, and that will be highly impacted by a) having reduced stress about money and b) being in an institution that is truly wanting to invest in you. Good luck and congrats on your acceptances!
  22. kendalldinniene

    Turned Down Offers Thread

    Thank you for letting me know!!!!
  23. Yeah his email was just really lovely. Feels good to be wanted, haha!
  24. I asked my questions at Loyola and got a very kind and detailed response, which also let me know I am #1 on the waitlist. *excitement*

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