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  1. I heard about Princeton sociology and have worried english programs may be next... Though, I have taken a few cursory glances and it seems some programs have specific info about the 2021 cycle on their websites already, which is promising. I do have a question for the group - how is the current situation shaping where you are deciding to apply, if at all? It's a liiittle early to be toiling over it too much, and I imagine how universities respond/fare during the forthcoming fall term will be very telling - but I'm curious to hear where everyone else's thoughts are currently.
  2. I would be interested to hear what others are doing as well! I am by no means an expert and am just figuring things out as I go, but so far my plan is to continue working my job in publishing remotely to save money, try to keep up with languages I was studying in undergrad (duolingo here I come...), and do really in depth research on programs/read scholarship I haven't had time to otherwise.
  3. I was, sadly, let go from my last waitlist the other day, so... here we go again!! Honestly I am really terrified to see how the financial fallout of our present situation will affect admissions for next year. It seems like this was the worst year possible to get shut out and need another cycle. I have certainly learned a lot, and my application will be much stronger next time for a number of reasons, but still part of me wonders if it will be nearly impossible and I will just be throwing $1800 out into the ether.
  4. Thank you thank you for reaffirming this! The thought that an MA would become necessary was perhaps more of an anxious thought than anything else (life is hard y'all) -- but thank you for validating my initial instinct that acquiring a bunch of debt for this right now is absolutely NOT the move. I know MAs are very helpful for some folks, but I know my biggest issue this cycle was simply not having enough time to meticulously tighten and polish my materials like I wanted to, and I can definitely find that time without an MA.
  5. I'm in a similar boat - I still have a few waitlists pending but am not optimistic, so at this point it's either taking one of the partially funded MAs I was redirected to (UChicago, UVA, NYU) or going for another cycle. My shutout contingency plan has always been to forgo the MA/not to take out any debt, and just work and save $ and revise materials. I still lean that direction - taking out an additional $33-70k in debt sounds INSANE. But I don't know if the present circumstances (less funding/less spots/more applicants) will shift the admissions game to the point where an MA will be practica
  6. I'm still waiting on some waitlists but am most likely in a very similar boat - graduating undergrad this spring, have around 30k undergrad student debt, no PhD acceptances, but have admission to 3 MA programs that offer partial tuition remission. I went into this process saying that I would not do a master's program, mostly because I think accruing more debt is a terrible idea and I also just don't think that it is something I need in order to be able to articulate a research focus, etc (for me personally - I know masters programs have been essential and very generative for some folks tr
  7. SAME re: UT Austin - glad I'm not the only one! It was making me a bit nervous at first because two of my other waitlist programs have been extremely responsive and involved answering my questions about the program and connecting me w current students, etc. As others have said, though, given the current state of affairs in the world, I wouldn't take anything personally or read into it if a program isn't super responsive to emails. There is simply so much going on. If you are ready to commit to the other program, I would let them know as a sort of last call - they might be able to tell you
  8. Yep, this is me. 4 waitlists, two of which were top choices. I'm hoping for good news but trying not to get too attached. What is everyone else doing to learn about the programs/prepare to potentially make a last-minute decision? These schools didn't invite me to accepted students weekends or anything like that and I'm not sure if I could/(should?) foot the bill to visit on my own. I may ask to be put in touch with current students to ask questions. Any other thoughts?
  9. also curious to know what others think about this re: waitlist programs! My first instinct was that it may be an uncomfortable/weird request, but then at the same time the thought of making a decision sight unseen if I did happen to get in sounds overwhelming.
  10. I've had a long weekend of confronting the harsh realities of shutout... I'm on a few waitlists and have 1 program yet to release decisions, but not getting my hopes up. Taking it better than I thought I would, though. Also, I have been ghosted by NYU, UVA, and Rutgers. I assume NYU and UVA take so long to reject because they also have an MA to sort out and I may be under consideration for that. Not sure why Rutgers still has "no decision" up for me when it seems many were able to see their rejections in portal yesterday. I've pretty much accepted that this process is going to be dragged
  11. totally feel a lot of the sentiments that have been expressed about balancing serious relationships in this process... I've yet to get an acceptance, but getting in to grad school would have me and my partner of 2 years doing long distance indefinitely (in some potential cases, within a train/driveable distance, but in other cases not.) His career will never allow him to be flexible about where he lives, and is on some level as unstable and unpredictable as academia can be. I've definitely been struggling with anxiety about potential shut out this cycle, but at the same time, knowing I wouldn'
  12. Took a break from checking my email over the weekend and saw this morning that I had missed an email from the DGS at Hopkins notifying me that I'm on the waitlist! Still no acceptances, but now have a few waitlists under my belt. It's certainly reaffirming, but looking like it's going to be a very, very long haul of waiting for me... Still have 5 or 6 programs that I haven't gotten official word from, though. I'm *hoping* that if I've gotten multiple waitlists it bodes well for my chances for an acceptance at one of the remaining schools - or that between all of the waitlists something will co
  13. Who all are we expecting to hear from this next week? I know Johns Hopkins notified in early feb last year so they should be any time, princeton, nyu, UVA, possibly cuny...
  14. In their email to WL folks, they made it sound as if acceptances were already sent out ("We have strongly encouraged candidates who received first-round offers to make a timely decision") but it's a form letter that they likely wrote ahead of time, so grain of salt. Perhaps those with acceptances aren't active on the forum or didn't add to the board/post.
  15. Hey y'all - I'm one of the waitlist folks at UT Austin. Anyone have insights about whether people have often been admitted off their waitlist in previous years/the timeline/how waitlists tend to work for PhD in general (are they ranked/does it depend on someone in your period choosing another program/do programs tend to only admit their intended cohort size or account for some turnover and admit, say 20 to get 12 etc)? Alternatively, are questions about these things appropriate to ask the dgs/etc in an email? This was my first notification and I'm still waiting on a lot of programs, but
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