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  1. I concur with pretty much everyone's responses that have commented on this. Deciding to pursue a PhD is not a light issue. And if you intend to get a job in academia, you should know that may not be necessarily possible. On that note, some people pursue PhD's in Film and Media studies and may have other career options in mind. A person from my Master's program is doing their PhD at a "top program," which also gives them the resources to work on their own films and publish their own film criticism. They are not necessarily in interested in becoming a tenured professor, but instead want to get p
  2. Honestly, good job everyone waitlisted and accepted. This year was exceedingly tough for our field. UChicago, UCLA, NYU, Brown MCM, Harvard FVS, some of Yale, plus other related humanities programs closed their doors this year. I am positive I am forgetting some schools. This year was not an easy application cycle, at all!
  3. Hey ya'll I just got my rejection from Brown (Not surprised!) Does anyone know when Iowa will send their rejection letters? I want to make sure I am deprived of any glimmer of hope so I can confirm my enrollment for another graduate program. Lol.
  4. I just got an e-mail from NYU that said they suspended PhD admissions for Cinema Studies.
  5. I would recommend you apply for both PhD and MA programs. It is indeed possible for an undergrad to be accepted by a PhD program. I just talked with a friend and they said that in their program, a highly competitive one, she was one of the few people with a Master's degree. Most of the other students came straight from undergrad. That being said, my other friends pursuing film studies were rejected from every PhD program without a Master's. You can't go wrong with a Master's degree. It will make you more competitive and show your commitment to pursuing scholarship, strengthen your
  6. I also just got rejected from Cornell. I am not surprised, as when I wrote the statement of purpose, I had a hard time figuring out why I wanted to go to that school specifically. The only MFA programs I applied to are Cornell, Brown, and Iowa, so I would be pretty surprised if I got any acceptance, haha! Seems like getting a fully funded MFA is a distant fantasy.
  7. Also, if it makes anyone feel any better, one Professor from PhD admissions said they had 100 more applications than they did in previous years. Therefore, this year was indeed more difficult for admissions.
  8. I am actually counting my blessings bc I got an offer from USC. So that is definitely a really good choice. Even though I knew it was a longshot, I was just slightly heartbroken I did not get into Duke or Berkeley. My research interests are in Chinese cinema, and I am hoping to do more research related to technology and theory next year. And yes, it seems like this year is extra competitive. Since many good schools have closed their application cycle, more people have either probably applied to the available options or opting to wait it out until next year (so I assume that next year wil
  9. Oh no, I just meant in a general sense, not specific to UW. However, I did apply to UW and I haven't heard from them at all. I am just expecting many rejections all around.
  10. I got rejected from UC Berkeley yesterday too. It arrived in my inbox at around 8PM, such an odd time lol.
  11. Thank you for your kind and sweet message! I love your username btw haha.
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