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  1. If you upload your document on http://www.mediafire.com/, where you don't need an account or anything like that, everyone should be able to download it on an individual basis if the file type isn't something bizarre. It's not as easily accessible as just posting it somewhere on TGC, although it seems doing that isn't all that simple anyway (I've never tried to upload files here, otherwise I'd try to help). MediaFire's home page has a "drag and drop" feature, as you'll notice if you decide this method is sufficient, and my own experiences with sharing files through the site have all been r
  2. I was in essentially this exact situation last year, and am hardly exaggerating when I say that ultimately it all collectively manifested into a pressure that I simply couldn't handle. I hate meaninglessly throwing around the term "nervous breakdown" when it isn't truly the accurate description, but you'll have to trust me when I say that last fall I very much suffered a nervous breakdown, a horrible event only better defined, perhaps, as a panic attack. You are, thankfully, actually a few large steps ahead of where I was when I finally had to make myself decide to take a year off and apply
  3. Thanks, lolopixie, for those helpful responses. I suppose I'm primarily concerned about how my GRE scores affect my overall application because at this point I'm only able to use the former test as a reference point. I've definitely been keeping note of what programs say were their "average" verbal and AW scores; for the most part, my scores on last year's exam fall into the required window. I've taken, so far, just two practice tests for the revised GRE, and based on those two scores averaged, I definitely hope to do better this year on the new version (though, with a few of the topmost-ranke
  4. The general consensus, among the several professors I've now consulted about this matter, is that for M.A. programs, an applicant's SoP shouldn't delve too deeply into the specific area of research he or she hopes to pursue if admitted. I mean, it makes sense, I suppose, to think about it in terms of what kinds of applicants adcoms are really hoping to find. If an applicant with a B.A. is applying to M.A. programs, the basic motivation is often to define exactly what will subsequently become the concentration of his or her research once in a Ph.D. program. If an applicant describes in too thor
  5. I LOVE Cat's Cradle, and Breakfast of Champions is pretty great, as well. Those four novels you mentioned are definitely ones most any Vonnegut aficionado would recommend as "jumping-off" points, and if you like them then I'd suggest Galapagos for a quick, relatively easy read. Have fun!
  6. I'm quoting this particular extract because I too am working two jobs (one approaching forty hours a week, the other only a few hours of teaching dance classes, three days a week, but all of them requiring a large amount of planning beforehand). I too am still technically finishing my thesis, although at this point do have all the sections written, only needing to edit, revise, repeat until all sanity lost. What you've said is essentially one of the handful of opinions/facts I had hoped would never emerge on TGC. These two components are quite literally the two that will be the weakest in my
  7. This is an interesting situation, primarily because you say the graduate-level course in which you did very well isn't what you're interested in pursuing once in grad school at all. I don't want to sound overly negative about this, but will nonetheless give you my opinion about how this could put you at a disadvantage. Obviously adcoms want to admit applicants who they feel are most likely to succeed at their schools, and both previous graduate-level courses taken and substantial research experience gained (usually in relation to a thesis) as an undergraduate are ways for applicants to demo
  8. This is my last post I'll make on this issue. "In the end, I've come to believe that there is a “fun” continuum. On one end you've got "fun," the noun, and everyone is happy to cluster around and be associated with it. That's the standard usage. Then, if you move on to "fun," the adjective, you've got a smaller but still significant group of people who will give their approval. That makes "fun" as an adjective informal usage. And then as you move on down the continuum you've got a much smaller group of people who are willing to grab "funner" and "funnest" by the shoulders and give them
  9. One last bit of advice that could be useful is perhaps to think about applying to M.A. programs at any of the schools in which you're interested that seem to place some sort of emphasis on undergraduate research. I doubt any will use the terms "thesis" or "honors thesis," but it's possible to read closely into something a school includes on its website that attempts to list things in which undergraduates (or applicants with just a B.A.) hoping to apply there should have already gained even without earning a master's degree yet and getting real graduate work experience. My institution has on
  10. I just posted some thoughts on this exact issue in another discussion, "Choosing whether to apply for M.A. or Ph.D. programs" (or something similar). I actually started that discussion myself, and I think there's been numerous helpful responses so far that you'd probably benefit from reading given this new, very similar discussion you've begun.
  11. I apologize for not mentioning this aspect of my current stance initially; I've done plenty of research to know how grueling it can often be, and have been thinking about whatever struggles or complications I faced during my undergraduate research lately and trying to magnify them several times over to imagine how intense work as a Ph.D. candidate can sometimes be, especially when things aren't working out how one might have thought or hoped they would... At any rate, I have a sufficient background in research (and am currently still pursuing theory-inclined research toward past work already c
  12. Ok, I can see that I'm just digging myself deeper with each attempt I make at trying to explain my views on all of this. I apologize for sounding elitist to you all; however, I'm saddened by the fact that my mere disinterest in advocating the use of various words which simply don't have reasons to be used has become a view considered "elitist." Because of the correct forms of many such words, which are equally easy both to say and to understand, the brain requiring no extra or deep thought to process them when holding a conversation, I'm just confused as to why there is a logical reason to say
  13. I am not an idiot. I realize that new words are entered into the dictionary practically on a daily basis. "Funnest" isn't one of them, however, and apparently I'm the only one who holds this particular opinion, but to me, I find poor speech to be a major turn-off when talking to anyone. Clearly, many, MANY rules of grammar are now considered less die-hard necessary to follow during informal conversation. I realize this. But is an avoidance of words that we're taught quite early on are, though sometimes for inexplicable reasons, simply incorrect, really that much to ask of somebody? You do r
  14. I'm right there with you; do you also recall thinking the exact same thing after taking the SAT and ACT? I, for one, most definitely do. And my initial question was simply asking for input on the revised GRE's Quant section. When I took the former version last year, I faced math problems that looked vaguely familiar, maybe, if not more often completely new to me. My skills in grammar, vocabulary, and related areas (hence a degree in English) are juxtaposed with my abysmal mathematical abilities. I have no problem with graphs, finding the slopes of lines, using quadratic equations, all of th
  15. I don't get your joke; are you saying that the word "loquacious" isn't one found in "basic" vocabulary? I never used that particular word, so I'm unclear about what you're referring to by bringing it up. If you're simply calling me loquacious, then just say so. I already know this about myself. And shall we just call it a draw? With the statements now both made about your never having heard of certain words and my never having had certain math lessons, we both have areas in which we could improve, if only to score higher on the damned GRE.
  16. Perhaps dividing fractions is as foreign a concept to me as not splitting infinitives is to you. And what kind of moron doesn't "really understand what a fraction is"? Wouldn't that imply some grander, fundamental lack of basic understanding, maybe even bordering on a mild level of sheer mental deficiency? On a totally related note, I was somewhat appalled to meet a girl this summer who is now starting her senior year at MIT. A civil engineering major (with, though entirely irrelevant, a tendency to detail each one of the scholarships she's currently being given so that she can graduate wit
  17. Engineers necessarily write and read some type of relevant literature during various parts of the work in which they specialize. That being said on top of one "truth" against which I honestly deny anyone's ability to argue: any level or dimension of success (financial, social, psychological, often familial, and every related concept, etc.) in a world such as that of today DEMANDS the ability to read, a skill followed closely by how bluntly the world insists upon the ability to write, if only in order to edge past those who can read but cannot write. You should watch The Reader, or better ye
  18. I just PM'ed you; I'll edit your SoP for grammar errors and point out similar mistakes in phrasing or instances of awkward word choices. Do understand that I don't intend to revise the content you already have, nor do I plan on adding anything beyond necessary articles or conjunctions you might have forgotten. If you want help with reviewing the content you've written, you'll unfortunately need to ask elsewhere. I hope you're fine with all this, and again, check your message inbox for my full response.
  19. OSU's program has two tracks, one for those with M.A. degrees and one for those who don't. The latter affords B.A.-holders the opportunity to earn their M.A. by, I believe, spending around 1-2 years longer in the overall program itself. Applicants indicate which track they want and this, I'd imagine, helps OSU's adcom make more balanced decisions that accommodate both students with M.A.s and without them. (Also, I think those with only a B.A. can apply for the strictly Ph.D. program, but it would seem to me that a guaranteed transfer from an M.A. track to a Ph.D. program would be pretty advant
  20. This is the best advice that will appear on this website. I began my senior year with the intention of applying to graduate programs that fall (had I applied successfully I'd be starting my first days at graduate school right about now). It took realizing (in mid-October) that I quite plainly was sure to get a bouquet of rejections if I went through with my original plan. The extra year I'm now taking in between undergraduate and (hopefully) graduate studies is THE BEST idea I could have had proposed to me last fall; my extremely thorough and comprehensive research and preparations this summer
  21. Is anyone able to offer his or her opinion on how the revised GRE's Q. sections compare to those on the previous GRE? How did having a calculator affect your performance, if at all? I'm an English person and have remarkably little understanding of anything related to maths other than how to determine whether a line of poetry is iambic or dactylic or pyrrhic and written in hexameter or trimeter or tetrameter. I need all the words of wisdom regarding the Q. section that I can get.
  22. Hi everyone, I know there is already a forum with a discussion basically the same as this one, but it hasn't had any recent posts lately and what was posted previously doesn't fully answer my question. This issue is one I'm currently facing, and I figured starting the topic over as more users begin to frequent the site, thereby resulting in more perspectives offered throughout the forums, could be as worthwhile a move for others as it hopefully will be for me. With a very deliberate intention to pursue my Ph.D., a drive which several professors with whom I've spoken so far say negates
  23. Does anyone know of any conferences that are geared toward undergraduate/graduate work on Shakespeare? I should probably clarify that I'm not searching for conferences that are based on performance, theater, film, or any similar aspect of Shakespeare studies. I'm interested in textual explication that, while obviously having the potential to explore a cinematic adaptation, etc., isn't ABOUT Shakespeare in performance. I'm aware of the major conferences that take place each year that are affiliated with the top few associations of Shakespeare scholars. While someday those would be a dream to
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