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  1. isoldeabandoned

    Turned Down Offers Thread

    Heyo! The offer I ended up taking is 4,000 less than my most lucrative offer, and that didn't include summer funding but had tons of money you could apply for, and the offer I took DOES include summer funding. So like, it works out to be way less, with significantly worse insurance. So, I did! But the program I chose is a much better fit and I obviously don't know how it will pan out but honestly feel so relieved to have made that choice. I think as long as the stipend is livable, the extra couple of thousand dollars doesn't really make that big of a difference because it's not like you're getting rich off the stipend no matter where you go. It's a few years, and especially if Buffalo will give you a professional advantage in your subfield in terms of fit etc, that might matter more to you in the long run. Good luck! PS, I live in the Pioneer Valley just down the road from UMass now, and have taken classes there, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions I might be able to help with!
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    2019 Applicants

    I was waitlisted at UMD at the beginning of February--like the 1st or the 2nd. I ended up asking to be removed, but UMD has a history of sending out all waitlists and acceptances in the beginning of February and then holding off on rejections until later on in March. Sorry
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    How to celebrate good news?

    @emprof this whole comment made me so emotional! I think my approach to this process as an applicant has been that I want to go to grad school because I want to go to grad school, and there is no guarantee of a job on the other side and that is okay. Like, if I have to do something else on the other side it will be hard and demoralizing and probably devastating, but that doesn't mean I can't *not* try to do this for as long as I can and take it as far as I am able. Because it makes me a better person and a better thinker and because I just really f*cking love it. And so I try to view each 'next' thing as something I'm doing for its own sake, because it's making me better. And maybe that's naive or silly or won't apply to everything down the road (certainly didn't apply to the GREs and filling out my ethnographic information approximately 7000 times on identical application interfaces, however), but it helps me to remember that I'm doing this because I love it and not necessarily to get to the next thing. Even so, this has been a surprisingly emotional and stressful season--I thought that once I got in anywhere it would all be ecstatic joy and relief all of the time, but now I'm dealing with having to make choices and grapple with my insecurities and all of that. And so this comment was really, really helpful and resonated with the moment I find myself in. I'm not trying to patronize either, but I sure as hell hope I'm not standing at the beginning of six years of hellish life.
  4. isoldeabandoned

    2019 Applicants

    I'm the USC acceptance! Not creative writing track, but the standard English Language & Literature Phd. Official stuff shouldn't have rolled out yet, I just received confirmation from POI who I had been in previous contact with. Don't sweat it if you haven't heard anything!

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