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Everything posted by labradoodle

  1. A lot of people apply to these kinds of places purely because of the name and prestige, and fail to see that the fit itself is terrible. If the fit is especially good, why not try?
  2. My language test waiver got approved by Columbia!! whoo (thank god because that test is like 5 hours and I have done enough fill-in-the-preposition and multiple choice questions to boring but ambiguous texts in high school English classes to last me a lifetime)
  3. I'd say it really depends on what kind of philosophy you're talking about. This might be stating the obvious, but I initially thought 'philosophy and literature' was a somewhat comprehensive field, when it's really not. However, I'm mentioning it because I initially thought of Berkeley as a good fit bc I'm interested in philosophy and literature, and even critical theory in particular, only to find out they really mainly do gender and race and not thaaat much else. You might want to check out the journal 'philosophy and literature' (maybe the words are switched around, idk), and see where the
  4. To add on to Alyson, I've only come across the proficiency-test-after-the-deadline situation at Oxford and Cambridge, I think, but other UK unis are a lot less strict with proficiency, meaning that you can meet the requirements in many more different ways. For instance, you might meet the requirement if your programme was in English, or even if you got a certain high school diploma with a certain grade. Hope that helps!
  5. It says so on the site of TOEFL itself, and it's just too expensive to gamble with. I just assumed IELTS would be similar, but you're right!! I'm gonna decide today if I'm taking the IELTS next week, lol. Thank you! (I swear I'm not as disorganized as I seem here, haha.)
  6. On a more positive note, I realized the obvious: Dublin is still in the EU, so I might be able to make that work financially, and apply there!
  7. I'm quite salty about something tbh: I couldn't start my applications till last month (when I was too busy with classes starting again,which is on me, sure), but only now I can really find clear info about the language tests and potential waivers (which is probably also on me, sure, but this is a rant more than a real complaint lol), and the applications are open for only 2 months or so, but TOEFL states you need to do the test 2/3 months before your earliest admission deadline, which is basically impossible. But now I'm finding info that I'm probably not eligible for waivers in the U.S. unis
  8. Also, does anyone know with regard to US unis: do they or do they not want you to propose an exact small niche that you want to research (as in a proposal question)? I'm mainly putting all my stress right now into developing my interests further and turning them into a PhD proposal, but would the US really be okay with you just putting down your general interests? I had hoped to receive more information from my teachers, for instance, or from other students applying in my programme, but that's not really happening unfortunately.
  9. Yes exactly! I think I'm going to apply for their English programme now instead of literatures. But I'm so sorry!
  10. I decided quite a while ago to which programmes in the US I wanted to apply, and only now I'm seeing that one of the programmes isn't taking applicants for next year. :'D Fortunately, they have another programme available that's quite similar, so I might try for that one instead (also depending on what they say with regard to language requirements, because my other programme does have my situation listed as a potential one in which you can get a waiver). Still, I hate this moment so much for an application time, as I'm only now developing my research ideas in my programme and will write my the
  11. Thank you so much! I'm thinking of applying to Duke and Columbia now as far as US goes (not because I'm some sort of genius lol, I'm just not moving to a country without health care for a programme that's not worth that to me :P). I applied to Cambridge for my master's, so knowing that their leniency isn't universal does help, as I initially assumed their way of handling things must be the standard one (my home university didn't require anything of me). But I think I'm starting to understand, so you've already helped me out tons! Thanks! (I'm not too stressed by the requirement itself, by the
  12. Thank you! Especially the first half is really good to know, as I couldn't find that info anywhere. I feel like I should be able to get away with not needing proficiency tests for some places, but am still in doubt. Like... as we need quite a high level of English to pass high school, any English requirements are completely wavered here for students who finished high school, and I've even seen Goldsmiths say that if you graduated from this school system with an 8/10 at least, they'd waver it. (But I graduated with a 7, even though I studied both English and an MA fully in English since, lol. A
  13. By the way, does anyone know if you have to submit your language certificate (TOEFL or IELTS, I mean) simultaneously with the rest of your application? For my master application, I only had to hand that one in after, and if I got admitted, but I'm assuming I need to hand it in beforehand here. (I can't figure out if I need to take it as I'm in a fully-in-English type of programme right now, and literally studied English before, and have heard I don't need to, but will need to contact them.) Oh, and another (hopefully final, haha) question: does anyone else feel obnoxious even trying to ap
  14. I feel like I might finally have found the first university I'm 100% interested in applying to, even when just going on the nausea I felt when I (falsely) realized they required GRE scores. 😂 It's kind of weird which universities require GREs and which have wavered them - the only one that still required them was one at such an unknown (to me, at least) university that I'd expected them to be wavered (as their requirements are probably less severe than those of top unis), whereas all the top unis don't require them this year, haha.
  15. ohh that's really super helpful, thank you! There are some subfields I'm interested in where I do really notice that, but unfortunately, my main interests are really those classic post-structuralists who are physically dying out at the moment, rather than just their fields. XD Still, I'm definitely going to investigate this further and ask around a bit, cause there must be some current research being done ahaha.
  16. I initially didn't want to respond cause I thought "well I don't know", but I do want to say: if you're interested in prestigious programmes, whatever you do, please don't not apply for fear of not getting in anyway. Chances are you're really good, so please go for it (as well as for anyone else reading this). Apart from that, I honestly don't know (and will be following haha), but 4 academic paper presentations seems quite impressive! Good luck!
  17. I'm so sorry that happened to you! Thanks for sharing, though! I'm definitely making sure that there are multiple faculty who work in the areas I'm interested in, and will pay even more attention to it with this in mind.
  18. Now that I've typed that, I'm actually wondering too: how close are faculty members supposed to approximate your own interests in the US? I've looked around a lot, but can't find anyone working in my really specific niche, but I can find a lot of faculty members who I have a lot of crossover with in various of their tags (things like 'critical theory' or '20th century literature'), but then if you look at their own research it's always some random thing I don't know anything about. Would that be an issue? Cause presumably your exact research wouldn't need to be the same, right, as long as peop
  19. From what I've heard (but I'm not completely sure so please correct me if I'm wrong), UK does often require you to get in touch with a faculty member, because you'll be starting your thesis work immediately. US, I think, has a kind of divide between fields that do lab work and so require you to really look into a faculty member whose lab you want to join or whatever, and (most of) the humanities where that's (thankfully lol) not a thing. Also, I believe humanities has much less of an expectancy for prospective students to have published whole papers in fancy journals, cause that's really
  20. From what I've heard, it can be useful to frame it in a different way, asking them: "would you be able to write a strong letter of reference with regard to xyz," instead of just asking for a letter of reference. This gives them more space to say no if they think their letter would not be strong.
  21. It really depends what you want to get out of the programme, but you might want to consider the UvA's (Amsterdam) 1-year programme in philosophy. Of course, it's not an English-speaking country, but everyone can speak English, especially in Amsterdam itself, so if that's the main concern it might not be as big of a deal. Also, it's probably cheaper than some other MA programmes. It generally is, however, considered not the programme to do if you want to go into research (there's also a 2-year research track which does have that exact aim), but that might be better suited to your aims! It
  22. (Just a disclaimer: I'm not very familiar with non-thesis options, nor have I already gone through a PhD application season, but I am a big fan of theses haha) I think one of the main questions would be why you're in the non-thesis track. Of course, work like that of your thesis will be closest to PhD work, so it probably will at least raise questions of why you decided against doing so. If it is impossible due to circumstances for you to do a thesis, that might be worth mentioning in your application/having it mentioned in a letter of recommendation, if it says somewhere which track you'
  23. I'm not sure how to edit my previous comment, but you can of course also just email them asking "would you be able to write me a strong letter"? That leaves them more room to say so if they actually don't remember you well, and might increase your chances for a strong letter!
  24. Definitely go for your thesis advisor, of course. Apart from that, from what I've heard, it's most important to choose people who know you well, so that they can say more than just "they got an A in my class". While it's definitely a good sign that you receive emails saying you did so well, that on its own wouldn't convince me completely. I think that Professor 2 seems like a really good pick, but only if, and after you meet with him a few times. Then he'll certainly know you better. While I get the appeal of the third one, you have to properly ask yourself if they would still remember you wel
  25. Thank you so much! I love Heidegger and Derrida, so will definitely look into Martin Hägglund! I'm also definitely going to look more into what exactly it is in postmodernism that I like - I have some ideas of course, but this has helped me enormously to realize that I definitely need to look further. Again, thank you!!
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