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Maylee

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About Maylee

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  • Gender
    Woman
  • Pronouns
    She/Her/Hers
  • Location
    Midwest
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    English/Creative Writing PhD

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  1. Officially going to Mizzou for a PhD in English/Creative Writing in the Fall! Congratulations, everyone! It's great to have made a decision.
  2. I feel you there! Only one program paid for my visit, so I've been emailing and calling people like mad to learn more and make a decision. I have no idea how to choose either! Hopefully your visit will help. Sometimes I toss a d20 (even/odds) or a coin to make a decision. I find that the result of the die toss tells me what I didn't realize I already knew.
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    Campus Visits

    I had a visit at the start of the month and was terrified. I kept looking over my application materials, pondering what they would ask me and if I'd be quizzed. I read things I hadn't read in a while and brushed up on some theory. I started practicing my second language again, reading a ton of books, etc. I was basically preparing for comps. Then, when I got there, everyone just wanted to have a conversation! So, for those of you nervous about going on visits, remember that everyone there is curious about who you are and they wan't you there. It was actually not stressful at all, and you're going to be wonderful. ☺️
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    2019 Applicants

    Hey there! So I applied PhD CNF and am admitted/waitlisted for funding at UNL. I didn't tell them I have a funded offer elsewhere but when I checked in with some questions they asked to be kept in the loop about my other offers so they could "try" to rush a funding decision since the faculty "remain very excited" about my application. They didn't give me an exact position on the waitlist but I felt it was promising and shared my other offers and should hear back in a few days. I'd say you didn't overstep!
  5. I agree, thank you for making this thread! It's between U Missouri and U Nebraska, I think. I'm still on a waitlist for Ohio University, though they said I'm first on it. I can't decide!
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    Columbia, MO

    Hello! I'm going to try to bump this as well. I visited campus but didn't have time to check out the local area (it was also horrible weather), and I'm curious about more recent perspectives. I'm getting ready to make a final decision on my college choice soon. I did get things from tourism to look over, but those are half advertisements and I prefer to hear it from a local. Specifically, if you have any information on the following I would really appreciate it! 1. Graduate/older adult housing (I have a cat 🐈 and am protected by the FHA with medical documentation, but I prefer to just use pet friendly to avoid the hassle) 2. Hiking/camping (is the city conducive to outdoor activities and overall wellness/creativity) 3. Walkability and public transit 4. General quality of life
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    Campus Visits

    @emprof I agree! Also, I work in a graduate office and my university doesn't fund anything for visits other than a meal pass and hotel discount. I was entirely thrilled and surprised when one of my top choices offered to pay my airfare and allowed me to visit an alternate day from the original welcome! I think it says a lot about how much the school values its graduate students and what kinds of resources they have to support them.
  8. I really appreciate your honesty and your detailed answer, and the advice to find a therapist. I will take that to heart. I think I'm the kind of person who wants to get a PhD even knowing all of this, especially since working about that many hours at my full time job had me missing graduate school and teaching experiences from my MA. I know the PhD will be more work, of course, but I'm hoping it will be a mostly positive journey despite the many challenges. What a wonderful note, too, about the support you received from your program. May I ask, what has been the best part of your experience?
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    Two offers

    Hey there! Congratulations! What's your program? A few things to consider: 1. What's school A's placement rate? They may be less prestigious on (often outdated) national rankings, but they might have a good reputation regardless and place people in great jobs. You might check their website or with the graduate office for that data. Where are graduates working? Also, if you're thinking of doing a PhD later, you might do well to go to school A and really shine, then go to a "more prestigious" university after. 2. Talk to current students! Most websites have the graduate students listed and you can email them, or ask your POI if they might have a student in mind with similar interests you can speak to. 3. Where will you be happy? Burnout is real, and if school A is calling to you in all these ways perhaps you should go there. I'd say to check the fist two and visit, for sure! Again, if you're planning to stop at the MA, some factors may weigh more heavily than if you wanted another degree after. Either way, I'm sure you aren't making a wrong decision, just a different one. Congratulations again!
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    Think the GRE is useless? Think again.

    I second that. It also showcases an audience the GRE favors. There's plenty of research on on test score biases and discrimination, which is why many schools are moving away from this and other standardized tests.
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    Love, Academia and Success

    When it happens, let it be a pleasant surprise amid all the wonderful things you are doing.
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    Now that I have an offer with funding, my partner and I finally talked about how the distance will impact our relationship. It feels bad to know that we both want to be with each other but each knows the distance won't work. We are just going to enjoy the time we have left and keep planned vacations, go to a family member's wedding, etc. So, I suppose I'm venting because it's going to hurt to go through all that my first semester, it hurts to anticipate it and keep developing a relationship we know will end, and I'm also annoyed that quick and affordable public transportation (like a train) is so lacking in this country.
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    Love, Academia and Success

    Here are two anecdotes of people I know quite personally which may help you! Different outcomes for two happy lives. 1. One of my previous professors, now a friend, got on the tenure track after recently getting her PhD. She had an MFA previously and was involved in activism and academia for years. Single in her thirties, she decided to adopt. Just this year, she adopted a baby, published another book, and is doing wonderfully! ❤️ 🍼 2. A wonderful friend I made in my MA is a POC pursuing a PhD in their mid-late twenties. They're also a queer activist and didn't have a ton of success dating men or women for a long time, but they just met and married the love of their life ❤️ 🎓
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    Gradcafe Statistics

    @FretPwner this is excellent! I hope you got in your CS program! There's data for me and I'm a nonfiction Creative Writing PhD applicant, sometimes an English PhD with CW concentration. Like you said, it comes down to school naming conventions a bit, but also how people report their decisions. This is a great visual!
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    Post Your Backup Plan

    That sounds like a beautiful back-up plan. As a SW can you do the 10 year student loan forgiveness thing?
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