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    Transatlantic romanticism, intersection between philosophy, theology, and literature, modernism
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    English Lit PhD

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  1. Thank you! I ended up at BC. Best of luck to you as well!
  2. Hello! I'm finishing up my undergrad and ended up applying this semester. Unfortunately, my timeline was not planned out so well, so I ended up taking my general GREs in July and squeezed in my subject test in September. I wrote my personal statement over winter break in addition to working one of my jobs and doing another project - it was incredibly stressful. Despite the time crunch, I don't regret applying this year, and I was lucky enough to get into two of the programs I applied to. I would not have been able to take a gap year for a variety of reasons, but financial reasons were the most pressing. If I hadn't been accepted to programs this year, my plan was to switch gears and find a corporate job, with the possibility of revisiting the idea of grad school later on down the road. Throughout my time as an undergrad, I have worked a variety of jobs, one of which was in the industry my English major has prepared me for. While the job was great experience, I learned pretty soon into it that the industry was not for me. That being said, over my three years there, I was able to pick up a lot about how the corporate world works, along with other essential skills for surviving in business. As a side note, I was home-schooled throughout high school, so I haven't really felt the "burn out" that I've heard many students talk about - but I could imagine that being in a traditional school for almost two decades would make one feel the need to take a break before jumping into another 6-8 years of study. Overall, I definitely see the benefits of a gap year. I'm very happy that I applied during senior year, despite how incredibly stressful it has been. However, taking a gap year would probably help mitigate some of the stress you'll already be feeling during senior year. I would strongly suggest considering the stress and anxiety that's caused by applying while you're in undergrad, because it can take a major toll on your health. I know that my experience is anecdotal, but I hope that hearing a variety of experiences helps you make the decision that's best for you.
  3. Hello! I had been accepted to Tufts for PhD but declined their offer early last week. Hope this helps!
  4. Accepted BC's offer for their PhD program! :)
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