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  1. Hey all! So I have been accepted to UCLA and UC Irvine's Spanish programs as a PhD student. I visited both programs last month, and was really impressed by UC Irvine, and slightly less impressed by UCLA. UC Irvine's faculty made a huge effort to get to know us and answer our concerns. The DGS spent the whole entire day with us, even driving us to the beach to ensure those of us who traveled far would still be able to touch the Pacific. We spent lots of time with current grad students who were SO friendly, giving us a tour around campus, showing us their grad housing apartments, and inviting us to a barbecue that they were having with both faculty and grad students. The vibe seems extremely collaborative, supportive and with a work-life balance all around. UCLA on the other hand, was more of a mixed bag people-wise. The DGS only spent an hour with us and read a prepared statement about the program. Some of the other faculty were really lovely to me, and I had a nice time chatting with current grad students as well. I met with two potential advisors and clicked with both, but later on heard that one of them is unreliable as an advisor. The real kicker for me was that UCLA paid a few grad students to go out to dinner with us, and they spent nearly the whole time chatting amongst themselves. I know this is just a first impression, but it makes sense to me that at a larger program more people are going to be focused on their own work and less on each other. So, all in all, I would say I am leaning toward Irvine. However, UCLA has offered me a significantly larger package. $31k my first year, and two years of fellowship funding (my first year of course and my fourth year, which would be huge at the time I begin dissertation work). They also have offered $6k in my first summer, and have lots of opportunity for summer TAships etc. UC Irvine was able to up their package slightly, offering $26k my first year and $3k in my first summer. They have fewer summer opportunities for TAships. Worth noting that apart from my first year the annual stipends between UCLA and UC Irvine are nearly identical. Additionally, when it comes to department fit in my research areas they are fairly close to even. I have four days left to decide, where do I pick?? Any advice appreciated.
  2. Hola a tod@s! I noticed that there was not a forum for this year's Spanish applicants to discuss their experiences for the 2022 application cycle, so I decided to make one. A quick introduction to me; I am applying for PhDs literature side of things, focusing specifically on migration, transnational memory, trauma, and nationhood in contemporary Latin American literature. I am submitting applications to 8 programs in hopes that I will end up in the same region as my fiancé: UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, Cornell, Brown, NYU, WASHU St. Louis, University of Boston, and the University of Michigan. Hopefully, this forum can serve as a place where Spanish PhD and master's hopefuls can support each other as we all go through this harrowing journey. From what I have heard, this year will be especially challenging given that funding is still limited and many of these programs did not accept new students last year. Many programs will be accepting fewer people (i.e, Cornell will only be accepting 3 students rather than 5-6), but have an extra influx of applicants that did not want to apply during the pandemic. With all of that said, I hope that I am not writing to the void and that there are others out there. If so, what are you applying for and where are you applying to?
  3. Hi everyone, I have a question regarding the resume writing. I am going to apply for PhD in literature field this year. I worked as a translator and translated a book from English to another language for a publishing house. This year my translation was officially published. My question right now is how/where I should list this translation work. I searched online and found that many people think it cannot be listed under the "Publication" column since the translator is not equal to the author. I think this concern makes sense to me but then I have no idea how I should list it. Besides, I am wondering whether I need to add some introductory words to the book (eg. what the book is about) while listing it in my resume. My concern is that I actually do not have other publication (such as articles) so I guess elaborating a little on it might be a way to show my ability in languages and knowledge in humanities. But I know that many people say an academic resume should be brief. Can anyone give me some advice? Thanks ahead
  4. I'm in the process of building a free GRE study resource for myself and others aiming to improve their GRE scores (you can check it out here: [removed]). I'm looking for resources to add to the different sections. I'm looking for notes, lesson plans, readings, websites, etc. So long as the material is something you can find online or that doesn't require copyright permissions forms (like notes you've taken from a published work and are willing to share)--I hope you all will be willing to share or suggest. Thank you!
  5. My dream graduate school is Columbia's English and Comparative Literature program, mainly because their courses align with my research interests, and, from what I understand, they allow a wide range for exploration to those interested in comparing literature and other media forms. My grades, I believe, are fine. However, the school feels very out of reach because of my GRE scores. The last two times (yes, twice) I took the test I pulled average in everything except math (just barely met the average on that subject with 0 improvements the next time I tested). I have now been studying for the general and see some improvement, but I do not feel any more prepared for the exam--specifically regarding the English Literature Subject Test. If anyone has resources they recommend, I welcome them greatly.
  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. 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!!!
  8. Greetings GradCafe Community, So, I am interested in applying in the future for an English PhD Program. I was told that when looking for a specific program, I have to look for faculty who have the same interests as I do (go figure!) However, I have only found two faculty members (U of Texas Austin and U of Washington) who have similar interests as I do. I am interested in Queer and Ethnically diverse Young Adult Fiction, and would like to specialize in this area, but its been hard to find other faculty in other schools who work with these kinds of texts. Any suggestions on how to improve my search fo a professor who works with YA Fiction? Secondly, on a sidenote, I have also been told by a professor that I should specialize in British or American, and have YA Fiction as something I have of interest to increase my odds of landing a good academic job (yes, I know how had it is to land tenure.); should I be looking for contemporary American (given that that is where YA fiction would land in) professors when looking for potentials mentors? Any suggestions would help! Thanks!
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