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Tybalt last won the day on May 29 2018

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  1. It works in the opposite direction as well. I grew up in the Northeast and now work in the deep South. I think every teaching evaluation I've ever received has had a note about slowing down the rate of my speech, haha.
  2. Probably varies from school to school, but I doubt many people put much stock in the "almost finished" tag, haha. Lots of people are "almost finished for literally YEARS. I started being almost finished in 2017. I defended in summer of 2019. A friend of mine has been almost finished since 2015. She's defending in April. Time does funny things in graduate school. For real though, each program is unique in how they determine that. Some programs allow pre-tenured faculty to advise--some don't. Some have faculty who can, and enjoy, advising many students at once. Others might have facu
  3. One thing that might help to alleviate some of the stress/anxiety is to remember that admissions committees are practical groups. They aren't looking for the six or seven "best" applications in a vacuum, as odd as that may sound. They are looking for fits with current faculty members. If a program has a Renaissance scholar who already has six advisees, then you would need to be an absolute rock star to get accepted at that program in that year. If not, they already have six of you. They want to find a student for their Modernist colleague who just graduated both of her advisees. You can
  4. Assuming it isn't funding related, I doubt VCS' actions will have any bearing on the English department. They are wholly separate departments in just about every way. I have no info on their decision process at all (I graduated in 2019 and am working at a school on the other side of the country now), but am more than happy to answer any questions people might have about U of R, living in Rochester, etc.
  5. I'm not incredibly familiar with their department, but a couple of friends of mine did their PhD's at UB, and said that the program was ridiculously strong in psychoanalytics, poetics, and theory in general. I got the vibe that it had a kind of crunchy theory/creative vibe as well. I did my degree an hour and change down the road at Rochester.
  6. Don't try to predict the job market at this stage--it will be different in any number of ways by the time you are ON said market. For example, the big new thing when I was in my application cycle (2011) was Eco-criticism. It seemed like every third job had Eco-crit as a primary or preferred sub-field. Five years later, when I first started tracking the market, Eco-criticism was far more rare, and digital humanities was the new big thing. Fast forward to this year, and the overwhelming emphasis is on race and indigenous culture (long overdue, IMO, and influenced by the protests last summer).
  7. Just saw this post, and had a quick question--based on your interests, Buffalo seems like it might be an ideal fit for your work. Did you look into them at all?
  8. In reverse order: It's a statement of purpose, not a confessional, so you don't want to get into any of the angst surrounding the previous MA. If you touch on it, do so quickly and concisely, along the lines of explaining that while you found value in your previous degree's interdisciplinary approach, you are seeking to engage in more targeted research on American Modernism. That brings us to your interest in American Modernism. After reading your SoP, it should be clear which aspects of American Modernism interest you. Which authors/issues do you want to explore? What research questi
  9. If your ultimate goal is to move on to a PhD program, I would be a little wary of an MA program that is geared towards working English teachers. They have a value, but that value is generally pedagogical (i.e.: the work is more about teaching the material and hitting certification requirements than it is about engaging with those texts as a scholar, which is what PhD programs will be looking for in your application). I'm also generally wary of terminal MA programs at schools that also grant the PhD. Too many of them use the former as a source of revenue for the latter. Another possibili
  10. Some tips for y'all--mostly made up of things I really wish that people had told me back when I was applying: 1 - Admissions committees often look to admit applicants who match up with their own interests or with the interests of faculty who have openings for new advisees. Don't just look at who you want to work with. Try and find out if they even take advisees. Are they half a semester away from retirement? Do they already have 15 advisees? Are they the dept oddball who gets hidden during visit weekend? Look at recent commencement info. Most schools will indicate recent gra
  11. You keep repeating this as if people are unaware of it. What you are missing is the fact that identity has always been used as a criteria in academic hiring decisions. The only difference is that--in a tiny minority of current postings--it is being used as a criteria for inclusion rather than exclusion. The obvious "tell"? -Departments that are 100% white faculty? Crickets. -Job postings that openly exclude LGBT applicants (and two cycles ago, there were SEVERAL such positions)? Crickets. When complaints about "diversity" and "identity" only arise when the "victi
  12. It seems like you have possibly already made a decision, but just to toss another couple of pennies into the pile: I've always had a dog, and I don't know how I would live without one. There are a lot of things that you need to adapt to in order to have one, but after a while, you don't even notice. Some things to consider: -Having a dog means asking potential landlords "Do you allow dogs" as your FIRST question. The answer will eliminate at least half of the potential rentals. -Dogs are expensive. In addition to regular vetting, there is food, toys, damage, grooming, emerg
  13. Apply. If you get in, you can worry about it then (and you will be better able to make an informed decision, by carefully asking the right folks--potential advisors, current students, etc-- at the visit weekend). If you DON'T get in, you won't have to worry about it at all. Step one before step two. That's a useful thing to keep in mind for grad school in general.
  14. Adding to Bill's excellent response: You need to specialize in the field you are most passionate about. It's not about improving your odds at a job five years from now. It's about doing your best work in a field where you would then be spending 30+ years of a career. I really like Chaucer. I'm incredibly fond of Victorian novels. I dig comics and graphic novels. But I can't imagine spending 30 years working on any of those topics. But Renaissance drama? I LIVE for that. When I teach it, I come alive and I never tire of seeing it, thinking about it, and writing about it. Whicheve
  15. The above is some great advice. There are some programs with defined specialties in the area. Beyond that, the key is to figure out which programs have profs who could make up your committee. Look at it not just as trying to find a "S.F." school, but a school that has people who can do S.F. AND the things that intersect with your work. What, for example, is your particular interest IN S.F.? Gender? Race? Technology? Utopia? Post-Apocalyptic? In what genre/mode? Television? Film? Novels? You want to find a school where you can form a committee. Case in point, my school (Rochester
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