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Posts posted by kendalldinniene

  1. I would have applied to more lit and culture hybrid programs.

    I would’ve talked less about my desire to teach and more about where I’d like to take my research in the future.

    I would have tried to reach out to grad students and POI at some of the schools I applied to.

    I would have looked more at publications of recent graduates to see if there might really be an interest in and a place for me at all of my programs.

    I would have applied to more funded MAs.

    I would have gotten involved in these forums way sooner!

  2. 2 hours ago, trytostay said:

    Lol @ the drama with Brown on the results board. Am I the only one who thinks insulting other people’s online grammar is stupid and a cheap shot? Obviously we all know how to punctuate properly. It’s just so unnecessary to do it online/via text/etc constantly. lawwwwwwd have mercy. 

    That kind of stuff makes me so mad, it’s straight up rude and also has undercurrents of racism, ableism, and classism. We should all be better than that. Boo to those people.

  3. I prepared my materials for my first cycle while taking 18 credits and working 3 jobs. If it’s where your heart is, you find time!

    Good luck! I think you will find that your heartbreak this year, and probably even your work experience over the next, will help your application and your confidence going into a program. I know that accruing new skills and managing new relationships always makes me more confident about going into another new situation. 

  4. 39 minutes ago, MetaphysicalDrama said:

    Perhaps I should qualify what I meant and say that professors sitting on admissions committees haven't likely experienced the rejection of their doctoral applications.  It wasn't so much my intention to vilify anyone in particular as much as it was to comment on how the institutions and committees work.  I guess it's also worth pointing out how undesirable this kind of committee work is.  I'm sure there is some DGS out there who can't wait until proctoring comprehensive exams is in the future.  While I'm sure some profs sitting on committees may very well have been rejected by their top-choice school, there has been a running joke for a long time that the campus visit days for doctoral students is a tour of the same people making a stops at Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, and etc. 

    That's actually a concerning state of affairs.  If you believe the top-ten dogma about the tenure track job market, then think about how much control those schools have over the study of literature, philosophy, or whatever field of humanities that is feeling the effects of a shrinking job market.  While a UChicago or Penn makes the decisions on doctoral apps at their institution, separating worthy projects from those which are not, they also get to send those same students to a number of universities and install those same values there.

    I know this gets us on to questions way too big for this forum, but at some point the systematic failures within academia need to be dealt with. I think that less than 2% of Americans hold a PhD (I imagine the number is even smaller for those in the humanities), but there aren't jobs for them?  This is not a huge swath of the population.  Furthermore, it looks to me that the effort has been less so about finding suitable work for PhDs and more about limiting access to the PhD.  The result of that is the termination of degree programs and expert-level study of the humanities.  The other can of worms this discussion opens up is adjuncting and how universities have abused that power, and that quickly leads to finance issues that are really a matter of government.  Hell, one could argue that the main reason why funding is such a problem for humanities PhDs is because the cost of tuition in higher education has skyrocketed to such unbelievable heights, but I digress. 

    I'm grateful for the work professors do on admissions committees and the throughout the university.  I hope they keep doing it.  I see immense value in what they do; that's why I've applied to doctoral programs to study with them. 

    As someone who worked in student government and mainly on issues of funding and affordability, and access for marginalized students, within the state of Oregon (which MASSIVELY underfunds all its pubic education) I have so much to say about this...but I’ll refrain.  It’s so frustrating. 

    Long story short: YEP

  5. 5 minutes ago, tacocat211 said:

    Ooooh, like since they impose the April 15 decision deadline, also impose a like March 1 notification deadline or something along those lines. They could also have a national application deadline. That would be really useful across the board. Everyone would be on the same schedule.

    Yes. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this process it’s that it needs to be standardized. As a humanities person I know saying that is basically heresy, but it’s true.  

  6. 11 minutes ago, grandr said:

    Hi everyone! I posted this on the acceptances board but this might be a better place for it. I'm looking (preemtively) at a shut-out application season and I'm trying to gauge what happened/what I can do differently next year! I'm not sure if I just got unlucky with a lot of people applying with the same general interests as me: does anyone else do 20th/21st century Irish literature? Thanks and congratulations/good luck to everyone! 

    I left my app open to Irish lit by mentioning some work I did on Irish identity as Other but it's not my focus.  Honestly I can't recommend enough looking at the work published by recent graduates of the program.  Pretty sure I totally lucked out applying to SMU this year because their one student who seemed to be doing what I do graduated last spring.  I read her work and we have a ton of overlapping interests.  But who knows, like you said, there may have been a ton of other applicants with similar interests.  Here's hoping something works out for you in the end this cycle!


    I'm getting kind of irritated about not getting my rejections from UofO and UConn.  The latter already sent out waitlist notifications so I know it's a reject...but I need them to pop the last, aged, sad balloon of hope I'm dragging around by a string.  I really wish all the programs would send out all notifications on the same day, well before April.  

  7. 25 minutes ago, dartdoc said:

    You know, if I ever become a professor, I am going to remember this pain and discomfort just waiting for the rejection and make sure that students hear from my school ASAP. But probably because I know what that is like, I might never make it to be a professor. Big sad.

    Same. I’ve been thinking about the reputation of folks with doctorates being pretentious and having no compassion and, after being through two cycles filled with rejection, I’m wondering how that’s possible if it’s not all just a cover up for the lasting insecurity caused by a million schools saying thank you, next to your dreams, haha.

  8. I’d also look more at finding a program that is an excellent match with your interests and has multiple faculty members you’d love to work with over anything else. Reading recently published scholarly articles in your subfield is a good start and also looking at what has been published by folks recently graduated by particular programs. Good luck! 

  9. 2 hours ago, beardedlady said:

    This was posted on the Phil board and I think it may also be relevant to us here. I'll preface by emphasizing that, of course, we should all take our time and make sure we are confident and certain with our choice of program. But if you've been accepted to a few places, and you know which are your top choices, help out those waitlisted out there and decline the offers/remove yourself from the waitlists of the programs you're certain you won't want to attend. Declining is hard--we all put enormous effort into our applications and it may be difficult to let that go.  But we also all know the difficulty of waiting. And declining offers early to those programs you won't be taking has a ripple effect. Instead of thinking about declining as shutting a door, consider all of the doors you may open for other people!

    Good luck ya'll, this is one hell of a process. 



    Thank you for posting!

  10. Duke: Feb 21-23

    University of Alabama: February 28-March 2

    Washington University (WUSTL):  February 28-March 2

    CU Boulder: Feb 28-March 1 

    Indiana University: March 1

    Queen's University: March 1

    U Wisconsin-Madison: March 3-5

    SMU Interview Visit: March 3-5

    Illinois (Urbana): March 4-5

    Stanford: March 6-8

    UC Irvine: March 7-8

    Northwestern: March 7-9

    Saint Louis University: March 8

    UC Santa Barbara: March 8

    Florida State University: March 12

    University of Minnesota: March 14-15

    UC Santa Cruz: March 14

    UC Berkeley: March 16-18

    Kansas: March 17-19

    UVA: March 18-19

    UPenn: March 19-21

    Vanderbilt: March 21-22

    Rice University: March 21-23

    USC: March 24-26

    Penn State: March 24-26

    UT Austin: March 28-30

    UC Davis: April 2

    UNC Chapel Hill: March 21-22

    BU: March 22

    SUNY Buffalo: April 2-3

    NYU: April 3-4

    U Oregon: April 4-6

  11. 9 hours ago, Hopeful and Not said:

    Is there an applicant who has been waitlisted but invited to Open House meetings (and feeling like the open house is a quasi-interview)?

    What are the chances of waitlists turning to rejection or acceptance before the event, which is mid-March?

    I want to show enthusiasm and etc. but I am currently in an Asian country and the plane ticket alone would cost me around $1,200 for a decent flight ($700ish for a 25 hour flight...). I do not think I am willing to pay that much to visit a school will eventually reject me 😕 But if it will increase my chances of getting in, I will attend.

    I guess my question is, what are the chances of the waitlist status changing before mid-March?

    I just got invited to BU's visit as a waitlisted student, with possibility of some small assistance for travel.  I doubt the visit has anything at all to do with likelihood of getting in off the list.  As for that last question- I don't think there's any way to know!  All of my waitlists have been presented to me pretty hopefully, but at the end of the day, no one knows what students are going to decide regarding their offer.

    Good luck to you!

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