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Mumasatus

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    2019 Fall

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  1. Mumasatus

    2019 Applicants

    I’m being the balance in the universe. I’ve been hitting up the thrift stores buying the books and treasures that don’t spark joy in others!
  2. Mumasatus

    2019 Applicants

    When I went to UT in the 80s, all of my roommates participated in Shakespeare at Winedale under Doc Ayers. It is such an amazing program. A couple of weeks ago, my sister ran into one of our friends from that era who was still in Austin, directing local plays.
  3. Mumasatus

    2019 Applicants

    My daughter was also strongly advised not to apply to University of Chicago by an alumni for similar reasons. I just assumed that he meant it was an environment that would be bad for my daughter but that other personalities might thrive in. I think that we have to take these recommendations with a pound of salt.
  4. Mumasatus

    2019 Applicants

    I think this is a huge advantage.
  5. Mumasatus

    Fit

    I wanted to mention one helpful book that I read. It is called Graduate Admissions Essays. I felt like it gave a good balance between giving guidelines, but also mentioned the exceptions to the rules. I think following the advice in this book would at the very least keep you from making many common mistakes. Good luck!
  6. Mumasatus

    Fit

    Oh, I completely agree. That is why I said that we tend to do things backwards. This morning, I asked my daughter about how much she researched POIs. She did research them, but she said, it is like trying to see if you can work with someone by looking at their FB page. She would rather trust the opinion of someone who knows them personally, in different contexts over a number of years She would rather not get in anywhere than get in somewhere that isn't a good fit. I also doubt she will try again another year if she is shut out this cycle. Oh, the uncertainty!
  7. Mumasatus

    Fit

    I feel like we always do everything backwards. Someone mentioned personality fit up thread. That will more likely result in success and enjoyment for my daughter than anything else. I remember when she was just starting her undergraduate thesis. She knew what professor she wanted to work with so she picked a topic that made him the obvious professor to over see the project. It isn't an exaggeration to say she enjoyed every minute of the process because the compatible personality factor was there. She took him a list of the 15 graduate programs that looked promising and he trimmed it down based on departmental culture and personality fit. About one that looked pretty perfect to me, he simply said, "No. God, no." Another school he said would have been a good fit last year, but the person who took over would make my daughter miserable. Another he said was just not enough value for the price. For the 5 or 6 schools that made his cut, he told her which professors she would get along with, which ones would appreciate her talents and who he had picked out as her ideal doctoral advisor. In her SOP, she had a really nice progression of her research up to this point, then more questions that she still has and how that particular school has resources (culture, courses, professors) who could help her further her research. It will be very interesting to see how this turns out.
  8. Mumasatus

    2019 Applicants

    Ah, you may be right! If you have had a class with her, you will understand why I am concerned with her finding a program that is a good fit. LOL. It takes a particular personality to appreciate her. That class turned out to be very fortunate for my daughter though. Apparently, at some point, the professor invited anyone interested to take his graduate class the next semester. My daughter said she still isn't sure that he wasn't teasing. But she went straight to the dean to get permission to sign up for it and that sealed their academic alliance. No one saw that coming.
  9. Mumasatus

    2019 Applicants

    My oldest daughter just graduated from UT Austin and Ann Cvetkovitch is actually my sister-in-law. Just a heads up-Ann has taken a position at University of Ottawa. She is driving up there at the moment. I think she may be the new head of women/gender studies, but I'm not 100% sure. In any case, I know for sure she is not at UT any longer.
  10. Mumasatus

    2019 Applicants

    I did not notice that, but see it now that you brought it up. That is certainly good news. Thank you!
  11. Mumasatus

    2019 Applicants

    Thanks for the replies. I feel like in the end, so much comes down to luck. Even though this daughter went to a school with over 50,000 students, she was lucky to get a ton of individual help from her mentor and her advisor. That has been critical to her success. My middle daughter is at a much smaller school, but hasn't had anywhere near the same level of support. School fit isn't an easy for me to predict.
  12. Mumasatus

    2019 Applicants

    Hi! I'm mom to a 2019 applicant, doing some research because I have more spare time than she does at this point. She just completed her BA at a state flagship and is applying to a couple of English Ph.D programs and a couple of Library Information Masters programs. She ended up with a 3.76 cumulative GPA and a 4.0 in English, her major. She got a minor in studio art and was one class away from a second minor in Ancient Greek. Strong points are a few publications and conference presentations as well as departmental awards and scholarships including the honors thesis prize. Her LORs are probably very enthusiastic. The weak points are her GRE scores. Her quantitative score was very low due to low processing speed and learning disabilities. Her analytical writing was a 4 which is also very low for an English major. I imagine this was also due to processing speed issues. She did however get a 167 in the verbal section and is taking the English subject test in April. She took her mentoring professor a list of 15 possible graduate schools to apply to and he thinned the list down to 5. His point was that that she should only apply to the schools that she would enjoy attending and that have faculty he believes will value her particular skills. Unfortunately, the only schools she applied to are the very most difficult to get into-Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan and University of Illinois ischool and Syracuse ischool. It is going to be a long few months waiting to see what happens. Good luck to everyone who has made it this far in the application process!
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