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FiguresIII last won the day on April 7 2019

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  1. I had a similar situation last year, and I ended up doing two transatlantic flights (Greta, shoot me). The latter flight was just for one visit. But it turned out to be oh so necessary! That was the school that on paper was the best fit faculty-wise, but I left there realizing that I just couldn't live there for the duration of the program. I'll note that the visits were a little farther apart (from late Feb to early March and then mid-March). It wouldn't have been feasible or affordable for me to stay in the U.S. those two weeks in between, so I didn't really have a choice. I guess my point is, do you imagine those later visits will really change much? For me, there was a lot at stake in that second visit. I could theoretically have gone on a third one, even, but at that point I had already decided.
  2. Yes, the decision is released by the 'main' i.e. non-film department. At least that's how it went for someone I know in English and Film.
  3. Probably administrative gears turning slowly. The offer has to be approved by the GSAS as a whole. My offer last year came on the 11th.
  4. Just to let you all know, I heard from our DGS that Yale will be deciding today and official notifications will be going out early next week. They're only making 6 offers (as opposed to 8 last year)...
  5. Well, I guess this means turning down Berkeley and Chicago. Very painful. Loved the faculty at both places, Berkeley especially, but can't see myself settling there for six or more years (I mean the avg. time to completion is like 8??).
  6. It's kind of astounding how I came full circle and how much my feelings for each place spiked and dipped. But the pendulum has come to a rest.
  7. Taking a class at the institution that rejected you being like...
  8. Same here! I talked to a POI at Yale and she knew some folks who had done it. I am certainly looking to, I'm just wondering what semester/year. Can you only do it during coursework?
  9. On the fence between UChicago and Berkeley. My preference is for Berkeley, the fit is phenomenal, and I love everything else about the program, but the problem is money, plain and simple. I don't see myself being able to live for six years in the Bay Area with their current offer. Chicago offers me more and the cost of living is SO much lower, it's scandalous. Doubting whether I should try to wring a little more money out of Berkeley...
  10. One of my POIs at Yale who I feel is doing a great recruiting job actually told me having people from other schools on your committee can be a great professional benefit, it shows that you're in conversation with a wider scholarly community.
  11. I'm glad that you are also thinking about the feasibility of this. And I'm considering personal aspects as well: going home to friends and my parents in Europe would be easier and cheaper from the northeast, not to mention that many of my college friends will be around NYU, Yale, and NYC more generally. Edit: also, I actually love reading on trains!
  12. Thanks so much @sugilite! I'm trying to talk these things through with as many people as possible to get a sense of how I actually talk about Chicago vs Yale. Like you said, it does seem like I'm trying to sell Yale to myself. I'm still trying to speak to some graduate students at both places who are close to my field. Both have a lot of positives, so at this point I'm trying to figure out what problems I'm willing to put up with. About the commuting thing, I've heard from several people that do it. Also in later years, some people move to New York. The Metro North even stops in Harlem around 125th street if I remember correctly, bringing you fairly close to Columbia.
  13. I'm hoping any of you can weigh in on what I feel is a related question. With one visit still to come, I'm trying to make up my mind between my two current top choices, Yale Comp Lit and Chicago English. My question essentially comes down to: how much does your main dissertation advisor need to be an expert in your specific field? Versus, what if that dissertation advisor is no good at responding to your work in a detailed and timely fashion? Secondly, how much you can compensate a lack of field-expertise with committee members at other institutions? Given my interests in Caribbean and global anglophone, Chicago is a great place right now, with lots of new hires coming up (some getting tenure, some of their current postdocs getting tenure-track). Yale, on the other hand, is in a sort of transitional phase w/r/t these fields--to put it euphemistically. Chris Miller, one of the big name Carribeanists, is retiring, and some great people in Af-Am have left as well (Hazel Carby is on her way out, Anthony Reed is moving to Vanderbilt). Apparently they're hiring a Caribbeanist in English, but several failed searches in the past are making me skeptical. At Comp Lit, I don't think they've ever had anyone working on global anglo or Carribean. Given the situation, one person at Yale French has frankly advised me to stay away from there, and choose Chicago. However, there are many reasons I see myself fitting in better at Yale. First, there's the fact of Comp Lit--I do want to continue working in French, and want to add Spanish, if not one Caribbean creole language as well. Although Chicago seems open to that kind of work, the fact is that most of my peers won't be doing it. Yale Comp Lit also has much more funding for international research trips. At Yale, there are still great faculty in (North) African (Jill Jarvis, Stephanie Newell), and Lisa Lowe is joining American studies. Plus, I assume Tavia Nyong'o and Daphne Brooks will stick around. Finally, I think it's important to reach out to scholars beyond one's institution, which Yale's being in the Northeast would make very easy (so many good people in my field at NYU and Columbia, where I could also take classes). I guess what I'm trying to figure out is how important it is for me to have a deeper, department-wide support in your specific field, versus how much the freedom to stake out my own path will help me grow as an independent thinker. I also think there's obviously no bad choice here, but I'm trying to exercise some control over the next six years of my life, so bear with me...
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