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  1. I'm going to be starting an MA in English this fall and even though I am no where near getting a visa in hand, my major concern is still preparing myself for no regrets. It should be no surprise that a large chunk of students across the world adore the US Education system. A South Asian myself, seeing my undergraduate department fail miserably in handling the pandemic, I have jotted down multiple reasons to be happy about embarking on this journey even though the university I'd be joining isn't a prestigious one. However, I've seen multiple international students struggle to understand the politics of academia in the US. I, myself, would have to take up RA, TA and writing center work which still makes me yearn for anxiety meds in the middle of the night. In this thread, I hope other English Literature grad students or better yet, international students can drop in the things they learnt or observed when it comes to academic culture. For instance (not an exhaustive list): 1) How formal and frequent should the relationship with your Graduate advisor be? 2) How should you prepare for graduate seminars? 3) How can you improve your academic writing? 4) Who should you contact for summer job and internship opportunities? 5) How exactly does writing center consulting works? As a student interested in Postcolonial Theory, I've promised myself not to be apologetic for not knowing. I can only hope this thread would help other international students as well. Thank you!
  2. The answer to this is probably a simple no. However, this MA program suits my interests best, I am interested in multiple faculty members' work, and they have many job positions in initiatives I'm passionate about; I was already planning to hopefully get a graduate associate or TA job at one of their centers (with research that's exactly what I want to pursue). Everything about this program seems perfect except for the recent lack of funding (the biggest factor). Does this program have the prestige that makes it worth it, even without funding? It doesn't help that this is my only acceptance so far (I applied to both PhDs and one other MA but no other acceptances yet). If its name and prestige makes the job market and acceptance into a great PhD easier, then maybe it's worth it. I'm really torn, I'm also first in my family to go to grad school in English, so I'd love some guidance on this.
  3. I'm hoping to get into a top-tier PhD program in English next year. I want to get an MA that will better my chances. I'm deciding between Chicago's MA in the Humanities and UCL's English Linguistics MA (which is within their English department). -UChicago gave me a scholarship, so while it's still more expensive for me than UCL, the difference isn't huge. Both are 1-year programs. -I'd much rather live in London than Chicago. I'm also drawn to the Linguistics focus of the UCL degree. BUT I don't want to choose UCL if PhD admissions committees in the U.S. will see it as far less prestigious. Is UCL less likely to look good on a PhD application?
  4. Hi, is anyone on here currently at the MA program at UVA, or know someone who is / was going there in the past? I can't seem to find much information about where UVA MA students end up going after they graduate (whether that is a PhD program or a job) and would love to know, in addition to the size of the program (how many accepted / how many enroll per year). I am also curious about the benefits or disadvantages of attending this program, other than the obvious (no funding). How would PhD programs view this degree, including UVA's PhD program? Is it a plus for PhD admission because the candidate would have more depth & focus in their research interests? or potentially a minus because: it might signal that I couldn't gain entry into UVA's PhD program (or other PhD programs) initially for UVA specifically, they may not accept their MA students into their PhD program-- I know most PhD programs don't accept candidates who earned their BA there, so I wondered if this would be a similar case For context, I went to a top ten US university for undergrad (top five english department) so I wondered how much the MA would improve my potential for PhD admission, as opposed to just applying again next year with my BA. I would really appreciate any advice! Very lost :')
  5. I am TAing for my department, and while grading I have noticed that a great many of my students are scoring poorly because they are not following directions I gave them multiple times (how to write a thesis, how to organize an essay). While I am sure I am not the most fascinating instructor, I am appalled that what was previously a very engaged class has not been paying attention to (or using) the assignment instructions, the course reading, or my advice in class. How can I get the students to pull an about-face on this in the last half of the semester?
  6. I have a pretty difficult decision in front of me. I got accepted to a few English MA programs (one of them is a super-ideal program) and one MFA program in creative writing, and I'm not sure about which path to follow. I really, really want to attend an MFA. I see creative writing as a life-long pursuit, and I think getting an MFA right now would be a great step in that pursuit. The "problem" (I realize how lucky I am to have this problem) is that I'm unsure about this particular MFA program. It's only a few years old, not as well known or renowned as other places, and is taught by a few writers who, although have published a lot, I'm not particularly enthusiastic about working with. The kind of writing they do is very different from my own. If you're wondering why I applied to this programs, I wanted to widen my net as much as possible and include a variety of higher and lower ranked programs. There are things, however, that I like about the MFA program--it's fully funded, will give me teaching experience, and allows its students to work in editing and publishing through a magazine internship, all of which I really value. The English MA program, on the other hand, is an ideal fit for me. The program is home to a number of faculty members doing work in my area of specialization, they have great PhD placement rates, and they provide twice as much funding with a lower teaching load. Dilemma in short--Although I prioritize the MFA over the MA, I've gotten into my least ideal MFA program and most ideal MA program, and I don't know which way to go. Other important info... My vocational goals are to teach literature at the university or community college level, and I plan on applying to PhD programs after completing either my MA or MFA. I don't really care about where I live. Funding is important to me (grad school seems stressful enough without money issues). Do you think it's right for me to assume that an MA will give me a better chance to get into prestigious PhD programs than an MFA, especially an MFA that is lower ranked or not as known? I understand it's impossible for anyone, especially a stranger, to really know what's best for my future, but any thoughts, opinions, or stories of similar situations and how they worked out for you would be very much appreciated. Let me know if you'd like more context. Thank you.
  7. Hello Grad Cafe peeps! I'm interested in a very specific English M.A. or PhD program with an emphasis (or expertise) in graphic novel creation (or with image and textual analysis together). Does something like this exist in the U.S.? I haven't found anything in my research, but I'd love to know if any of you have come across programs like these.
  8. Hi! Very recent college graduate here currently applying to English Masters and/or PhD programs for Fall 2020 (originally planned on applying last fall, but my courseload and general lack of money made it a little difficult, so I waited a year). I have my B.A. in English, minor in Writing, overall GPA of 3.588 (GPA in major is about the same, I'll have to check, but it's at least 3.5), was in top % of seniors of my major, graduated Cum Laude, plenty of extracurriculars/honor societies/etc. My (December 2018) GRE score for verbal was 159, which isn't too hot, but I was in the higher end of the 80th percentile. I also have two rec letters basically ready to go and the third in the works. All of which I'm very sure will be positive/enthusiastic, haha. I'm also currently working on spiffing up my writing sample and drafting my personal statement(s). My general preferred area of study is 18th/19th century British Literature; particularly, I'm interested in Romantic and Victorian literature; even more particularly, a lot of my undergraduate work focused on queerness and womanhood within those eras of literature, especially in the Gothic, but that's not necessarily a big "must" for me for grad programs to offer resources in. I would really, really appreciate any suggestions for English MA or PhD programs that both a) are a good fit for my interests and b) I could reasonably be seriously considered for! I have a few programs in mind already and have been working on my applications, but I'm basically just worried about selling myself too short or severely overestimating my chances of getting in somewhere and wasting my time. Thanks in advance!!!
  9. I am planning on applying to the MA in English teaching assistantship at North Carolina State University this spring. The deadline isn't until February 1st, but I was wondering: is grad school like law school where it is an open secret that the sooner you get your app in, the more likely you will be able to get in? If so, then of course I want to apply now. Thanks so much!
  10. Next week, I have to interview faculty interested in serving as either an advisor or second reader to my thesis (MA English Lit. btw). (1) What questions should I ask them to ensure that we will work well together? (2) What other advice do you have for this process? Thanks
  11. Has anyone heard back from Northwestern yet? I've heard back from all other programs, and it is starting to feel rather late in the year to hear back.
  12. I've been able to look up information on average GPAs and GRE scores; however, I'd like to know if anyone can offer advice as to the rest of the application? What about work experience? Volunteerism? Other community involvement? Honors recognitions/ societies? Any suggestions for activities with which I can become involved for my junior and senior years as an English major? What about advice for course-load? Specific classes/ subject areas? Anything else that I might've missed despite my dozen questions? I'm interested in top-tier M.A./ Ph.D. programs, so I would like any and all input as far as preparation goes. Thanks in advance! Much appreciated!!
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