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FiguresIII last won the day on April 7 2019

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  1. As someone in Comp Lit who is working on the Caribbean I can tell you that some departments would definitely be more hospitable to your set of interests than others. Make sure you do thorough research into that. My department is changing, but there are still very conservative requirements (like competency in a classical language) and ways of thinking. I find myself spending a lot of time with people from Af-Am, American studies, History, and English. As some have said above, in many cases English departments would be a better choice. I applied to English programs as well, got into some of both
  2. Just wanted to give some info about how the covid crisis is affecting graduate schools and future admissions. In Yale's case, what we know now is that individual departments will have autonomy when giving year-long extensions to current students, and will decide whether to give blanket extensions to everyone, on a cohort basis, or on an individual basis. Every extension of funding given out, though, comes with a trade-off: for six extensions of funding given out, the department will have one fewer admission slot to offer. This will probably play out over the long term, buying many current stud
  3. 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 i
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)...
  7. 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??).
  8. 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.
  9. Taking a class at the institution that rejected you being like...
  10. 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?
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
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