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    Rock HIll, SC
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    Arthurian Literature, British Literature, Medieval Literature, fiction writing
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    English Doctorate, Medieval Literature

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  1. Hi all!! I'm so glad to see this thread up because I've been lurking since this time last year on this website. Or close to it. I'm a medievalist, big shock, and I'm hoping to apply to some programs more along the east coast region but open to other places. Main focus is Arthurian literature and the Old Norse sagas but I'm a sucker for Irish literature as well. I'm so nervous about retaking the GRE and I'm starting on my SOP and polishing off my writing sample now. Anyone else getting the jitters already?
  2. Hello! It will really depend on where you live and whether you're looking for a house or an apartment. It could be enough or it could be a bit of a struggle. There are stores like Aldis and things opening up in that area which could make grocery shopping easier as well. Just try to avoid tourist trap like entertainment in your free time and you might be good there. If you do find a place for $1,000 a month, you might be good to go. Just make sure to have some money put aside for any emergencies. South Carolina is the land of pot holes a lot of the time. So a car maintenance fund will like
  3. I'm also going to throw my two cents in. I'm currently at Winthrop University for my MA. One of my friends from the program that graduated last year transferred from Wake because she didn't feel like it was a good fit. Fit does matter, in my opinion at least, in each stage of graduate schooling so that way you feel like you are actually making progress. It is easier to go to the faculty and other students for help if you feel connected to them. I will also say that my MA program gives a small stipend and only pays for half of my tuition. If you can get in somewhere that is fully funded an
  4. Hello! I'm so happy to find other medievalists!! I'm applying for the Ph.D this fall, just finishing up my MA. I'm interested in Old English and Old Norse. I'm a sucker for the sagas. I also adore Arthurian literature and it's what originally brought me to medieval literature. I normally focus on the mysticism present in medieval literature as well as the different roles of gender and sexuality. I'm still figuring out what I'm looking forward to reading when I continue forward, though the last thing I read that was in my field was The Saga of Burnt Njal.
  5. I am trying to wrap my head around the fact that after I graduate with my master's this May I have to take a year off to save up moving money and the boyfriend might not be able to join me in the city I move to for the Ph.D until close to the new year. So I might have to try to find a random roommate that hopefully wouldn't be random by the time I move. I'm trying to put aside money for the subject test I'll be taking in April and a GRE general test I'll be retaking in May or June so I can have a better score. Then I have to make sure I'll have money for all the applications and try to narrow
  6. Hi! Not sure if this will help or not but I'm gonna take a stab at it. While I work with the Norse Sagas I'm kinda into everything medieval, including the Arthuriana, and I'm curious as to whether you're looking for aid outside of an English department or if you are currently in an English department? If you have a writing center on your campus I would honestly recommend going to them to have them look over a chapter or two so you can see if it makes sense to those that are not in your area of focus. If you're applying for a doctorate of English then you will likely have someone in admissions
  7. So, something that I have done that has helped me manage my anxiety a bit is to have two different goals per assignment written in my planner. The first goal is a "This much has to get done by this date" goal. Bare minimum so that way I don't get swamped later. The second is a stretch goal that I can reach if I have the energy/inspiration/impulse/etc. This has helped me make sure that all of my assignments are done on time without having to worry too much about how I'm going to get a larger project done during the weekend.
  8. I was looking at Rutgers right as you said something about it, believe it or not. It's on my list. It seems that no one focuses completely on medieval literature, leaning towards other focuses, but there are quite a few classes offered in that time period. I might post up a thread later with the information I've found on medieval literature programs for other medieval literature people or to get feed back about the schools. Thank you for the help!
  9. Back-up is a poor choice of words, I suppose. More lower on the hierarchy of schools that I would want to go to. All the schools on my list are schools that I wouldn't mind going to. But not the far reaching goals. Does that make sense? I understand about fit. I keep trying to research which schools will have the programs I need, the funding, and be in an area that I'd be okay with living in. Is there a minimum that should be applied to or as long as you feel like you'd fit you should just apply and make sure your SOP shows you researched? Sorry I'm full of questions. Mind just goes a mil
  10. Friday. If I got rejected on a Friday I'd be able to go and unwind. I could rant, find a distraction, figure out a plan of attack for what I have left on my plate(school or app wise), and then could go into Monday feeling less lost and confused. Mondays already make me feel lost, confused, tired, etc. I don't need more of that on a Monday. haha.
  11. IKEA is a life saver. Especially for inexpensive bookshelves, tables, etc. I've also had to use a Habitat for Humanity Restore before. Good for tables. Chairs. Bed frames. TV stands. Dressers. All pretty cheap. Some of the stuff there isn't great but some of it is amazing. I got matching coffee tables for 20 bucks during a sale. Then got this huge solid wood entertainment cabinet for forty. It had the plugs in the back and everything. Mattresses you want new. It's expensive but worth it. I typically try to get mattresses when sales are going on. Cheaper bed frames can come from anywhere.
  12. So, I googled tips and tricks for applying to graduate school. Why? Well, I guess I was afraid that I'd miss some special super secret way to make my applications better. Silly? Probably but I was on my third cup of coffee and reading through Hero and Leander by Spencer and needed a break. So far I love it. I could see myself still being here after I get accepted just to help out other people.
  13. Hello! I'm new and nice and trying to figure things out. ^.^ Just from me thread lurking I've noticed that most people are really nice and tend to clarify if you don't know exactly what you're saying. I'm glad I stumbled onto this place.
  14. So, with Charlotte you typically have some really pricey apartments. What has been an alternative for some people was to live in the surrounding areas and commute to the school. Rock Hill, SC has some really nice housing available. Where have you looked so far? If you still need help looking maybe I can help. That goes for anyone else currently looking or housing around the Charlotte area as well.
  15. I'd say your stronger option is going to be a good one, despite them not being in the English Department. A lot of graduate studies deal with critical theory. The fact that you could potentially bring a new perspective to the literature could actually be a good selling point for you in your applications process. As long as this professor knows your work and can site specific instances where you were strong in your course work, I think you'll be fine.
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