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  • Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Interests
    Gender and Sexuality Studies, Transatlantic Modernist fiction, Fin de siƩcle literature--particularly Oscar Wilde, Cultural Anthropology, Philosophy
  • Application Season
    2014 Spring
  • Program
    English PhD
  1. Yes! I also have to add Brokeback Mountain. Great book and great movie, in my opinion. I also love the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (guilty pleasure Austen-lover, I must admit). Also, The Princess Bride, although the book and movie are completely different, I still love them both.
  2. Yes, I would recommend canceling if you don't feel like you did well (although, I must say, it was very difficult to gauge how I had done after I took it). I've heard rumors--so take this with a grain of salt--that some schools will look at all your scores and average them out, and then use that average number as your score in evaluating your application. Even if it's not true, you don't want to be in a position where you're tempted to use valuable SOP space to explain why you have one horrible GRE score. Good luck! And I hope you feel better soon!
  3. Yes. I have a 17-pound dog I plan to bring on the plane with me, and they have a weight limit of 20 pounds including the carrier. I have to find a very lightweight carrier and make sure he doesn't gain any weight beforehand. He's also never been on a plane, and I'm pretty worried about how he'll handle it.
  4. I definitely hope to go, especially since I'll be living in Boston. I checked out the website, and it looks like everyone has to register to attend, and registration opens in September. I'm not a member yet, as I'm waiting until I'm officially registered as a grad student so that I can get the student membership. Then I plan to register for the conference. Other than that, I'm not sure how it works.
  5. Enjoy it while you can. We have a lot of work ahead of us!
  6. I won't be living alone. I'm getting married in August, and my fiance is a student at Brandeis, while I'll be starting at BU this fall. We need a place somewhere in the middle, that's convenient for each of us on MBTA--we won't have a car--but still relatively affordable. Somerville seems like the best option.
  7. Both. Definitely both. Especially after I read your post that BU students say the workload is impossible to manage! Aaahhh! I'm scared
  8. I'm crossing my fingers and toes for you. I hope you get Rutgers!!!
  9. I think it really just comes down to taking deep breaths and thinking happy thoughts. I've been unbelievably stressed through this whole process too (try planning a wedding on top of it!), and I've definitely had some huge stress freakouts about moving 3,000 miles away, but I try to focus on the fact that I'm getting that much closer to my goal. I know what I want in life and I'm actually going for it. For me, that's huge. Even if I don't end up being a professor some day, I will know that I've seriously tried. I know too many people who've spent their entire lives working jobs they either hated or just felt completely unfulfilled by, never pursued their dreams, and basically stagnated. Some of them were fortunate to find happiness outside of work, but many seem to be surrounded by a general cloud of boredom. Just pure boredom. Try to remember you're doing what you want to do. You've worked hard, I imagine, to get where you are now. Be proud of that. Focus on the excitement of moving to a new place, instead of the stress. And, you're going to be a doctor!!! How wonderful is that?! Enjoy it now, before the real stress sets in.
  10. I also used the Princeton Review book and it helped me immensely, as did both of those sites. I also studied the Norton Anthologies religiously. I read all the short stories and poems recommended by the PR book and as many novels as I had time for. My test was at 8:30 in the morning, and the center was about 45 minutes away from me, so every Saturday for two months before my test I woke up early as if I was going to take it, just to get my body accustomed to the situation. I didn't make any flashcards for the subject test, though I did when studying for the general test (I made A LOT of flashcards for the general test). I was not an English major. I studied Anthropology and Philosphy as an undergrad, so I was extremely worried about how I would fare on the subject test. I ended up scoring in the 69th percentile, and I'm pretty happy with that as a non-major. Truthfully, I feel like I spent far too much time and energy on studying for the GRE's, and I think it ultimately ended up hurting my SOP and writing sample, which is probably one of the reasons why I wasn't accepted into any PhD programs. I did get into an MA program, though, and although I wish I had focused more on my writing, I'm glad I scored high enough on both tests that I won't have to retake them for my next round of applications.
  11. Exactly! I get these waves of excitement where I just want to jump up and down, but then I remember that I still have a long wait ahead of me. First there was the nervous/anxious waiting during the application process, and now the excited/anxious waiting for school to start. The gym has been my friend these past few months, helping me let out all this nervous energy.
  12. That's what I've been hearing, so I'm especially excited. Good luck getting off the waitlist! And I will definitely PM you if I have any questions about Boston. Thanks!
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