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Stately Plump last won the day on November 8 2012

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  1. Don't worry, I'll -1 one of your innocuous comments. Only when you least expect it...
  2. I definitely agree here. I found out after being accepted that one of the people whom I mentioned in my SOP had published an article (actually, it was his first ever publication, as a graduate student in the early 80s) on a topic strikingly similar to my writing sample. He mentioned, when I met with him, that my writing sample struck a chord with him, and he didn't forget it. And when I mentioned him in my SOP, I had no idea that he had published that article, because I was familiar only with his more current research. Additionally, my research interests are primarily non-dramatic Renaissan
  3. I told my professors the results of all my applications, though I went to a small liberal arts college and had pretty close relationships with all my professors. I don't know that there is a particular decorum regarding how to handle this situation; it should probably be judged on a case by case basis. Congrats on UNC! EDIT to add: I would definitely, definitely inform your recommenders about your acceptances. Being admitted anywhere is so difficult, and it's always a nice feeling for a professor to know that a former student of theirs will be continuing in a field for which they have
  4. I used to have time to read before I started graduate school
  5. Oh my gosh this process is so exciting. CONGRATS! Good luck to those still waiting!
  6. My stipend is several thousand lower than this and I manage quite well. In fact, everyone in my cohort seems to manage quite well; occasionally we even go out for drinks/dinner, though always at the expense of the reading we should be finishing. EDIT to add: I live in a studio by myself. If I got a roommate I would save a ton of money, but it isn't a financial necessity at this point.
  7. Hmm. I'm not sure about this. Perhaps the problem is that your romantic vision of what scholarly life was like was misguided from the start. I don't know that there was ever a time when, as you say, there was a "noble life of the mind where you are excogitating on first causes and the nature of things and then disseminating them to well-heeled, beautiful dreamers and the poetic geniuses of tomorrow." Scholarly life is difficult, grueling, repetitive, at times idle if not inane, and often jejune. That said, as a current graduate student, I find my life situation much more invigorating
  8. I'm at BU now. They take one student every year who has already earned an MA elsewhere.
  9. Haven't read anything non-school related since starting grad school. Get ready to give up that luxury Looove Jasper Fforde. The Thursday Next series is really brilliant. Silly and not too deep, perhaps, but also wildly creative in a rather unique way. So much fun.
  10. Sounds like you've gotten a head start on the whole PhD thing (particularly because of English 792: Introduction to Recent Critical Theory and Method).
  11. I would email the department for clarification. Ask them about the process and also ask about the percentage of students who receive funding, what that funding looks like, etc.
  12. Yeah, don't get me wrong, I mentioned professors in all 10 of my applications. Just be aware that there are/can be downfalls to it. I think it can be really effective, and having since entered my department I'm confident that it's one of the reasons I was accepted, but I wouldn't be surprised if my mention of certain professors kept me out definitively of some other schools.
  13. I mentioned 3 or 4 professors at the most. I too talked about resources such as libraries etc. If you do mention professors, be sure to read some of their work, ideally a selection of their work, so you have an understanding of their actual, current interests. It would be application suicide to discuss professor X's work as in line with your own interests, only to find out that you have misunderstood their interests (which, of course, you wouldn't find out, you would just be rejected). Good luck! It's almost over!
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