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Posts posted by kendalldinniene

  1. 18 hours ago, cassidyaxx said:

    Huh, that's definitely interesting lol. Thanks though, I guess we will see what happens at the end of the month! I knew quite a few acceptances were out but I hadn't seen any waitlisted results so I wasn't sure what was going on.

    Talked to my friend again and she did confirm that all acceptances for the PhD have gone out. Apparently the MA offers are going to go out in a couple weeks. I don’t really know about their waitlist process, if they notify or if it’s invisible 🤷🏼‍♀️

  2. 5 minutes ago, The Wordsworthian said:

    I had absolutely abysmal GRE scores - skipped through Quant section (literally scored in 1st percentile) and 158V but still was accepted to a PhD program with full funding!  I think it definitely varies based on program, though. 

    like I had a 162 verbal and a better (but still super shitty) quant score and got rejected from the same program. I’m sorry but I don’t think GRE scores do (or SHOULD) mean that much.

    also every program is different.

  3. 2 minutes ago, sugilite said:

    I asked for thoughts on MA programs, and I was told in no uncertain terms to not do anything (including a PhD program!) unless I was guaranteed funding. This opinion was very strongly shared by two of my mentors (across two different institutions), one of whom did a funded MA. It was also noted that an unfunded MA may be looked down upon as being "bought," and may count against me in PhD admissions ultimately. I know that opinion isn't universally held because I do know some people at top 10 programs who went through Chicago's MA program, but this is the advice I received. I would also really recommend talking to your advisors, too! 

    I was also told on no uncertain terms to not accrue further debt for grad school.  Not only because (I was told) going to school without getting professional experience was not cool, but also because the admissions sitch for PhDs AND the job market post PhD are such shit-you should not have more debt coming out of your program.

    Last year I was shut out of phd programs but got into the MA at Denver with 50% tuition remission...it was VERY hard to say no to my dream of grad school right after undergrad...but it was the right choice.

    Im really rooting for you. Also @Dogfish Head was generous enough to share with me some fully funded MA programs in the US,  perhaps they would be willing to share those with you as well. Good luck!

    synopsis: Do not accrue any more debt! (Is my advice 😉)

  4. 59 minutes ago, alexanderhamilton said:

    While writing my dissertation I got a job offer to work at an edtech startup. I defended a week after starting and have been there almost a year now. The amount of control I have over my own work, the advancement opportunities, and value and trust that others put in me has been extremely refreshing coming from academia. Not to mention it pays at least 2x better than I could hope to make in the nonprofit sector or adjuncting, and I get unlimited vacation and can work remotely. It’s cool to see non-academic organizations and companies valuing the skills we have (most of which the world considers “soft”), which is something I despaired of in the months leading to my job offer. 

    Thank you, honestly, this is inspiring and reassuring.

  5. 1 hour ago, CaffeineCardigan said:

    With the sudden UW result I'm solidly a shut out this year. Best of luck to everyone still in the process! 

    Sorry Cardigan, but I know you have great things ahead of you, within the academy and without.

    @optimistic_nihilist I didn’t personally pick a fave beverage for a name because a) I didn’t get that anonymity memo but also b) it’s hard to tell a bunch of internet strangers just how much you like bourbon 🤣

  6. 21 minutes ago, Englishandteamakesahappyme said:

    @sugilite @kendalldinniene Same here. My portals give the impression that the committees haven’t even touched my application. Yikes. I’m still in the radio silent camp. 

    My application for UNL legit showed progress as being two steps before departmental review up until a couple days ago, even though I got notified of my acceptance by the DGS weeks ago 🤣

    You don’t know until you know, haha.

  7. 9 minutes ago, sugilite said:

    I feel like a complete dunce, but I don't even see the "decision pending"? I'm looking on ApplyWeb (Michigan's platform) and only see "Submitted" and a list of all my recommendation letter writers. 

    Is yours is a different portal platform? I've only received decisions/waitlists to my email, so I haven't been instructed to check anything 😕 

    Appreciate the help here! 

    That’s what a lot of my portals are like too 🤷🏼‍♀️

  8. 3 minutes ago, cassidyaxx said:

    Huh, that's definitely interesting lol. Thanks though, I guess we will see what happens at the end of the month! I knew quite a few acceptances were out but I hadn't seen any waitlisted results so I wasn't sure what was going on.

    Yeah I’ve kinda got my fingers crossed for a waitlist scenario-hopefully we’ll know soon!

  9. 8 minutes ago, cassidyaxx said:

    I'm still calling UOregon as a projected rejection, but has anyone been in contact with the department to see if they've sent out all acceptances and waitlists yet?


    A friend of mine doing post bac there was told that the decisions would go out at the end of this month. The person she spoke to believed it was their job to alert students to acceptances, and said that decisions and funding still had not been completely figured out so they had not alerted anyone. 

    This was the same day the acceptances went up on the board, so, I really don’t know what the hell is going on, haha.

  10. 8 minutes ago, jadeisokay said:

    it says salad! what did they expect! (i blame x salad sandwiches but still)

    Yes, goddamn tuna/egg salad!!!!  Haha, but this is a near weekly occurrence.  The other day someone ordered nachos with no mustard...they thought the nachos were a sandwich.  

    Columbia University English, PhD (F19) Rejected via Website on 20 Feb 2019 A 20 Feb 2019
    • Dreams-- crushed. Hours and hours spent courting Columbia POIs-- wasted. To the poster below who wrote: "Columbia was my safety school"-- My eyes cannot roll far enough back into my head.
    Columbia University English, PhD (F19) Rejected via E-mail on 20 Feb 2019 A 20 Feb 2019
    • fu**ing finally
    Columbia University (GSAS) English And Comparative Literature, PhD (F19) Rejected via Website on 20 Feb 2019  A 20 Feb 2019
    • Received email telling me to log in for decision. GPA is for a recent standalone MA.
    Columbia GSAS English, PhD (F19) Rejected via E-mail on 20 Feb 2019  A 20 Feb 2019
    • Email to check portal. Disappointing. It says I will be considered for a masters without funding and hear soon from that--so it'll be cool to have another rejection to look forward to.
    Columbia GSAS English, PhD (F19) Rejected via Website on 20 Feb 2019   20 Feb 2019
    • To the person below who called Columbia their “safety school” ... eat poo
    Columbia University English, PhD (F19) Rejected via Website on 20 Feb 2019   20 Feb 2019
    • That’s really so adorable. They’re probably using my application fee as toilet paper
    Columbia University (GSAS) English, PhD (F19) Rejected via Website on 20 Feb 2019  A 20 Feb 2019
    Columbia University English, PhD (F19) Rejected via E-mail on 20 Feb 2019  I 20 Feb 2019
    • report spam
    • Columbia was my safety school lmfao but am very relieved to finally receive an email

  12. 28 minutes ago, dangermouse said:

    maybe i was being too generous reading it as sarcastic, but my go to response against rejection is always sarcasm so i always assume that is how everyone else copes as well 😛 

    You’re probably right, I’ve been working in customer service too long, lol, I often believe the worst.

    But I mean today someone ordered a chef salad and was mad as hell when it came out that it wasn’t a sandwich soooooooo perhaps my cynicism isn’t entirely unreasonable 🤣

  13. 43 minutes ago, Hopeful and Not said:

    Thank you for OP for making this thread. But I am curious if it is possible/appropriate to ask for SoPs (and maybe WS) from people who made it into schools I was/am shooting for, since they are to an extent personal. I do not want to come off as impolite.

    No one seemed to mind but of course I wouldn’t phrase it as an obligation at all and people can omit whatever parts they want 🤷🏼‍♀️ I also asked wayyyyy after application due dates so it’s not like I was increasing my potential to be competition.

  14. From last year I really focused on fine tuning my SoP and WS (including readying an additional WS so I could better target schools’ particular interests). But I think the key for me (not that I’ve had the most wonderful cycle, but better than last year) was rethinking the way I selected the schools I applied to. I think reading new research on your interests and looking at where those folks graduated from (recent grads of course) is a good strategy. Also looking at publications from a potential school’s recent grads is really helpful, because if they have been supporting a grad the last five or six years with your interests, chances are they can support you and will have an interest in doing so. Also I applied to A LOT more schools. I got 80% of my app fees waived, so that helped (if you want more info about that feel free to pm me). I also requested SoP from really successful applicants this time in case I need to reapply and everyone I asked was super generous with providing them, so I sugges you do that too.

    Keep your head up and good luck! 

  15. 5 minutes ago, rr732 said:

    i thought i read somewhere on here that it's normal (maybe even encouraged?) to ask to be connected to current students where you've been accepted/waitlisted. i'm in touch with the DGS--is he the one to ask to connect me??

    I’ve asked at all my waitlist schools, I just asked whoever let me know I was waitlisted and I’ve been connected to grad students within a few days every time.

  16. 43 minutes ago, beardedlady said:

    From what I gather, late-20's and early-30's really doesn't seem to be that uncommon. Granted I'm somewhat out of the loop of the American academic norms (as an international), but still, I noticed many people with a couple of MAs and/or other experiences among the graduate students listed on the programs I applied to, so these people are likely not in their early 20s (barring any Doogie Howsers). It's true that some programs prefer people straight from undergrad, but I would venture that this isn't necessarily due to age; considering that the time-difference between post-BA and post-MA can be as short as one year, age doesn't seem to me the determining factor here.

    In any case, I think that you're right that being a bit older can also be a positive thing. If I self-reflect, I can honestly say that I'm much more prepared for and certain of this path now than I would have been a few years ago. Embrace your self-perceived anachronism! Revel in your ability to partake in Buzzfeed's incessant solipsistic mockery of gen-z (e.g. https://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/millennial-versus-gen-z). 

    🤣🤣🤣 thank you! Also pound sign *NSYNC for life!!!

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