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Ciboney

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  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Literatures and Cultures in Spanish

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  1. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    Hi Alex. If you end up deciding to accept Colorado@Boulder's offer, we will be classmates! Although my interest is modern Spanish-American lit, I am quite impressed with the faculty in Spanish in medieval/Renaissance area.
  2. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    Reality808: Thank you for bringing this up. It was a balanced and realistic assessment. I had read a couple of articles about it; they said pretty much the same thing. Personally, I am doing this because it is the right moment in my life, but I have no illusion of getting a job that would resemble any of the graduate faculty with whom I will be working/studying. Yet, it is still slightly better than those people who do doctorates in English.
  3. Ciboney

    Summer before application-Language or Quant?

    If the programs you are applying to require data management and or statistics, as some do, go for the first one. If the programs do not, choose the language program (and mention it in the application essay, that you have been working on the requirements already). Good luck. 🌞
  4. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    I meant strictly in languages. I disagree on the job prospects, based in what I know (that includes, but it is not based solely on it, conversations with several faculty members who have been members of hiring committees in higher education). Yet, in pre-higher ed, the circumstances might be different. About other academic areas, I have no idea about the respect of graduate on-line programs. I can tell you that when I was a member of a couple of hiring committees an online degree did hurt the candidates applying. 😐
  5. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    Forgotten: if it helps in your decision, I would avoid any online degree because of very poor employment prospects. They are just not regarded seriously generally. I am just saying... 😜
  6. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    Quierocafe... I'm glad the advice helped a little bit. And you do have an offer, so it is not too bad. 👍
  7. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    My advice: email the Graduate Coordinator and/or the Graduate Vice Chair (or whatever they call it) directly today. Bureaucrats in the Graduate School normally do not know anything about these matters that are dealt with at the departmental level. That is just the way it is. 😐
  8. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    Yes, you should ask them directly. I got their rejection (😜) in late January. They are very good at responding directly fast.
  9. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    The University of Massachussets is notorious for being late. I know. I would send an email directly asking them. They also have almost no money. Trust me, I know, again. Good luck with them. I do not know about Connecticut, although I have a degree from there, but not in literature/Spanish. There is little or no difference between private or public institutions. It just depends on the organization of the particular department and its efficiency (or lack of it).
  10. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    To scarvesandcardigan: thanks for the compliment about my ramblings. And, that was a good contribution. Conferences and the like, from what I have seen, are paid after the fact and only cover part of the costs. But it is part of the equation indeed. By the way, how is it going at Pennsylvania State? I hear it is a good place; the program has an excellent reputation/ranking, better than most. I considered it too, but I ended up not including it on my list for some reason.
  11. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    And FHG as well... This varies a lot among graduate programs and universities. I checked that stuff earlier to see how much because I am aware that there are the "little surprises" that I have been mentioning here before. I was not aware of them until the fall. They include enormous differences in rent for apartments or student residences, taxes. And in one university they even take out Social Security taxes from one's stipend! So you guys have to figure out several things. Some state universities can come up with very different packages. In one PhD program/university, I was going to get almost $34,000. But I turned down their invitation. (It is not about money for me.) I got two offers as a Master's student: teaching one introductory language class (one section) per semester and $21,400 or so, plus the usual: tuition (but NO fees paid). Another offered me $17,000 or so to teach three sections of the intro course in the two semesters, plus a summer fellowship of $6,000, in both places as a Master's student. The fees not covered by the funding were about $700. One of the universities takes out Social Security and taxes from your stipend in every check or payment. The latter was unaceptable to me since I am an American and the law (IRS or "Hacienda federal) says https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/student-exception-to-fica-tax Anyway, I ended up accepting the University of Colorado at Boulder which as always been my top choice. My second year as a Master's student they are nominating for a Graduate School fellowship additional to the teaching assistantship, they told me. After I finish the MA, there will be a very different funding package, I read in their literature. Yet, the fees not covered by the stipend are about $1,700. Taxes are applicable, but not the Social Security payments. I do not know about you guys since chances are that you are not Americans and the rules are different for you if so. You should call the International Students' Office and they can clarify details about your status and how it affects your actual, real stipend every month. Oh, and fellowships and teaching assistantships or research assistantships have different rules for taxes in most schools too. But do not forget those taxes (federal and state), about $3-4,000. After this subject, I need a drink! 🙄
  12. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    The campus is supposed to be very pretty. (The Jesuits are good decorators. LOL!) If you are Catholic you might feel comfortable there. The program has a strong reputation for linguistics, I have found. I checked it out (for literature), but ended up not including it in my list of schools to apply. DC is expensive though; they better offer you a decent amount for living stipend.
  13. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    Keep in touch. Sorry to hear NYU as well.
  14. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    If they said it was not a problem, then it is not. 😉 All of the programs I applied to did not require official transcripts; only "student's copies" or unofficial for the application process. After being admitted and after the candidate accepts an offer, then they immediately require official copies. I dealt with that this week. Finished that process yesterday. Have you chatters received all responses to your applications? 😐 I am still waiting for one, but my mind is set up. Has anyone here made a final decision? I think Marion is still talking her pillow about Iowa City and the University of Iowa. 🙃 ("Thanks for sharing the info @Ciboney. it's complicated for me living in Alabama, tbh. that's why I don't feel pretty attracted to small places/very conservatives... But Iowa seems a good option tho. I will consult it with my pillow!")
  15. Ciboney

    Spanish/Hispanic Studies Fall 2019 Applications

    To whom ever got accepted at Harvard's program, if you are reading this thread: I am a local resident and my advice: get ready for living expenses in the Boston/Cambridge area. I hope what they offer is good, because this part of the USA is extremely bad ABOUT living expenses, from rent to heat. They better offer university housing, if you do not have a wealthy family or a sugar daddy (or a sugar mummy). But Boston area does have two of the best libraries in the planet, among the top 20 in the world: Harvard and Boston Public. 🙂
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