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I have received admit offers from London School of Economics for their Global Masters in Management program and Rice University for their MBA (non-STEM) program. Rice is also offering me a substantial scholarship as a Forté fellow. I am confused regarding which program to choose considering the job scenario after graduation since I will have to pay off an education loan (USA will offer a 1-year OPT period, and UK will offer 2 years). Currently, I have a year of work experience as a digital marketer in India and aim to be in strategy/management consulting after graduation. Which program should I choose?
Hi all! I've been scouring the forum here, and decided to get over my disinclination to participate in online activities as I'm in dire need of application-anxiety camaraderie. Non-American, from a non-English speaking country--this makes applications doubly crazy. My home university is good in relation to the region, but really a no-name internationally. My entire faculty have PhD's from top tier American/British uni's but since they rarely have students from our department apply to American grad schools, they are hard-pressed to really guide me through this insane process. But, before I list my reasons for being on the brink of blowing a fuse, my application materials: B.A. in Psych and English, GPA 94/100 (no 4 pt. scale here). M.A. in English (have finished required courses, but still writing the thesis), GPA 96/100. GRE: 167V/164Q/5W TOEFL (computer based): 117 I refuse to take the GRE Lit (money+time+unlikely to score well=not worth it). LoR: going to have very strong recommendations from my two advisors plus another professor who's been incredibly enthusiastic about what he considers my exemplary academic abilities. They've also all known me for a good few years, as I've been in the same department for both B.A. (3 years) and M.A. (2 years). Downside is, my advisors--one is an emeritus prof. and the other a young associate prof. Not the best, but there's nothing I can do about it. SoP: this is going ok, I guess, considering that however well-meaning they may be, the faculty members helping me have little insight into what the adcoms are looking for, or what the SoP should really be. I've done substantial research on this, but like nearly everyone else, I'm not very confident in what I'm doing. I have, though, given significant thought to the somewhat undefinable issue of "fit" and am applying only where there is some or significant research in my areas, and where there are at least two faculty members I'd be happyto work with. WS: this has, somewhat weirdly, become a slight problem. I plan to use one of my thesis chapters, but since none of them are completed or have been thoroughly revised, and because I'm currently suffering a mild bout of anxiety-induced writer's block, it's not shaping up as well as I hoped, and I'm not as far along as I planned to be. Need to buck up and get at it, I know, but this whole process has touched the very core of my insecurities. Extra fun stuff: Awards/Scholarships: 2 departmental awards in English Full funding for my MA (tuition+stipend) Faculty of Humanities and Soc-Sci Dean's Prize (given 1% of thesis-track MA students in the faculty) Scholarship for undertaking research in American Lit-Culture program abroad (in Germany, where I'll be spending three months) Research/Teaching: 3 years TA for undergrad English courses 2 years RA for English department 6 months RA for Psych department Conferences: 2 small, regional conferences Waiting for response to abstracts I sent to a graduate conf. in Europe, and a big int'l conf. in Europe Some of the problems: Since I'm not a US resident, I'm very hesitant to apply to State schools (although I will be applying to 2), as I gather they'll be less likely to accept me (it's not economical for them). Since I'm not taking the GRE Lit, this narrows down the list . I'm very wary of applying to schools that have only changed from "requiring" it to "highly recommending" it during this application season (e.g. Notre Dame and Rutgers). I'm also only applying to programs that offer full funding, with TAships etc. guaranteed. Though this is true in the U.S. as well, I feel like to be able to find a job back home after completing the PhD, I really need to go to a good, reputable school. Considering the life changes (moving across the world, uprooting my SO in the process, making it very difficult to start a family for 5-7 years, which is shitty, because if I get accepted, I'll start the program at 29, etc.) and the financial burden this whole process is incurring on my life, it also feels like the school/program needs to "justify" it. I've been working toward this goal since the second year of my undergrad, and I need to feel like if I take this leap toward a PhD in the States, I'm also giving myself the best chance for a future career in academia. I want to pursue a PhD in any case, just because I love what I do, but if I do it for fun then I'll stay at home to do so. So, bottom-line, I'm only applying to places in the U.S. that I think will increase my chances jump-starting an academic career. I'm terrified that adcoms will glimpse at my application, see that my school is completely unknown to them, and put my file aside. Especially coming from a non-English speaking country into an English dept... So, these are the schools I'm applying to: Columbia, UPenn, Brown, UT Austin, Emory, NYU, U of Virginia, Rice, Washington University. On the "maybe" pile I have Rutgers, Duke, CUNY, and Chicago--which I cut down for various, and sometimes arbitrary reasons. I'm also applying to AmStudies at Yale (although I am a little nervous that, since my research focus would still be lit, they'll immediately chuck my app and wonder why I didn't apply to English). Broadly, my interests are queer theory, feminism, gender and sexuality, disability, and race--all in terms of how bodies are formed and represented; 20th/21st American/Brit women's writing, with a particular penchant for modernism (Woolf, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Radclyffe Hall, etc.) Any recommendations for good programs with a decent focus in these areas that I may have overlooked? This has all been very lengthy, but it feels good to organize my thoughts. Does anyone have any advice? Is there anyone out there in a similar situation? And good luck to everyone else who's applying! May the odds be ever in our favor (I do feel slightly too old for this reference, I have to say, but I couldn't help myself).