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25 minutes ago, Eucerin said:

question: would not being able to make an on campus interview/visit day negatively affect my chances of getting an offer :( ?

usually there's an option to interview by phone/skype if you can't make it in person :)

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Really, you don’t have to worry! I was accepted into both grad programs i’ve done with no visits, and no expectations for visits. the ND thing is an anomaly.

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Do we think all the NYU comp lit interviews have gone out? My hearttttt

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I’m officially cutting myself off from the pain of this site now that my cycle is over, so my last piece of advice is to be pessimistic about this process. False hope never helped anyone and it’s much better to stay realistic- this isn’t a process you can succeed at through the power of positive thinking, so much better to be aware of the realities than have your high hopes totally crushed.

And with that horribly depressing statement, I say goodbye and good luck!! I’ve enjoyed enduring this pain with all of you!

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8 minutes ago, bernardthepug said:

this weirdly made the sting of rejection a bit more palatable LOL.

I try very hard not to equate technically correct SAE grammar with intelligence or goodness—because SAE is a totally bogus ass construct—but a director of admissions can’t find anyone to copy edit a five sentence official correspondence? How do you have two comma errors in five sentences?

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28 minutes ago, spectrum-in said:

Ummm is that USC acceptance anyone here? And did you apply to the Creative Writing/Literature PhD? 

I'm the USC acceptance! Not creative writing track, but the standard English Language & Literature Phd. Official stuff shouldn't have rolled out yet, I just received confirmation from POI who I had been in previous contact with. Don't sweat it if you haven't heard anything!

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7 minutes ago, isoldeabandoned said:

I'm the USC acceptance! Not creative writing track, but the standard English Language & Literature Phd. Official stuff shouldn't have rolled out yet, I just received confirmation from POI who I had been in previous contact with. Don't sweat it if you haven't heard anything!

Ahhh congratulations!!!!!! I’m waiting to hear from the CWR track so it’s nice to get to breathe another day ?

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Welp, the CA workday is (almost) over and I haven't heard from Davis. This cycle's looking like a shutout.

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1 hour ago, vondafkossum said:

I try very hard not to equate technically correct SAE grammar with intelligence or goodness—because SAE is a totally bogus ass construct—but a director of admissions can’t find anyone to copy edit a five sentence official correspondence? How do you have two comma errors in five sentences?

Ahahaha ? but seriously.

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7 minutes ago, Bopie5 said:

Welp, the CA workday is (almost) over and I haven't heard from Davis. This cycle's looking like a shutout.

I read your interests earlier and before looking at your school list, my mind immediately went: Santa Barbara, WUSTL, Michigan, Illinois.

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14 minutes ago, Warelin said:

I read your interests earlier and before looking at your school list, my mind immediately went: Santa Barbara, WUSTL, Michigan, Illinois.

Ah I hope the UCSB and Michigan people feel the same way. This was encouraging to read. I'm already planning/retooling for next year, and WUSTL and Illinois are two that I didn't apply to this year that are already on the list for next time. Holding out some (realistic/halfhearted) hope that it'll work out this year, but making peace with the fact that it might not, and if it doesn't work out this year, it just means I'll be a stronger applicant with more knowledge of programs and myself, more equipped to truly end up in the right place next year.

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Just now, Bopie5 said:

Holding out some (realistic) hope that it'll work out this year, but making peace with the fact that it might not, and if it doesn't work out this year, it just means I'll be a stronger applicant with more knowledge of programs and myself, more equipped to truly end up in the right place next year.

Yes, yes, yes. I agree with all of this and it's how I'm approaching the situation as well. It might not work out this year, and while I'll be sad, it's just a bump in the road in the longterm. I'll spend the next year learning a lot about myself and my work and I will be able to demonstrate that to schools in the 2020 application cycle. 

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2 minutes ago, Bopie5 said:

Holding out some (realistic) hope that it'll work out this year, but making peace with the fact that it might not, and if it doesn't work out this year, it just means I'll be a stronger applicant with more knowledge of programs and myself, more equipped to truly end up in the right place next year.

I think you'll go far with that attitude! It is so hard to tell what admission committees want in any given year because we don't know in what direction they're heading. I think making strides to learn more about yourself as an applicant and taking steps to immerse yourself can only strengthen how you appear to any committee though.

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3 minutes ago, Bopie5 said:

Ah I hope the UCSB and Michigan people feel the same way. This was encouraging to read. I'm already planning/retooling for next year, and WUSTL and Illinois are two that I didn't apply to this year that are already on the list for next time. Holding out some (realistic) hope that it'll work out this year, but making peace with the fact that it might not, and if it doesn't work out this year, it just means I'll be a stronger applicant with more knowledge of programs and myself, more equipped to truly end up in the right place next year.

If it's anything, your interests would also be well supported at the University of Toronto, I think. From what I've looked into in their department (so large! like 70 full time professors or something), there's a number of great people doing work in maternity, psychoanalysis, women and gender studies, and performance.

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7 minutes ago, Warelin said:

I think you'll go far with that attitude! It is so hard to tell what admission committees want in any given year because we don't know in what direction they're heading. I think making strides to learn more about yourself as an applicant and taking steps to immerse yourself can only strengthen how you appear to any committee though.

So true! And also I'm realizing/finding that it's hard to totally get a sense of your interests while still in undergrad, taking survey courses or courses outside of your area of interest just to expand your background. Pursuing a yearlong research thesis has already allowed me to discover more about why I'm interested in what I'm interested in, and has specified/narrowed the focus of some of my projects. Adcomms are a variable I have no control over; I can only improve myself.

 

10 minutes ago, thismortalcoil said:

If it's anything, your interests would also be well supported at the University of Toronto, I think. From what I've looked into in their department (so large! like 70 full time professors or something), there's a number of great people doing work in maternity, psychoanalysis, women and gender studies, and performance.

Ah, wow, thank you! I didn't even put any Canadian schools on my radar this year until it was too late--a prof I just met this year recommended both University of Toronto and York University Toronto, but it was too late for me to retool my app for some of the different variables/styles of Canadian apps. Thank you for the rec--gotta look into University of Toronto's department more!

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@Bopie5 Really sorry to hear all the rejections on your end :( I'm waiting on a bunch (Buffalo's up in the air) so I feel unqualified to say all of this but when it comes to figuring out interests, what absolutely helped me was a gap year. It's a bit more risky applying without an MA at hand, I only felt far more confident about what specifically I wanted to study and what kind of lines of thinking that I want to bring into a graduate program after all my undergraduate work was done. By the time I graduated with my BA in June, I had the exact kind of CV and research experience that I felt far more proud of showing to a program versus applying while in senior year, when I didn't have a single presentation or published paper to my name.

There's def some give and takes, but I found the SoP far more refreshing to write without having school on my chest all the time and I felt I had a greater focus on my work because I had a few months to get away from scholarship. Thus, I was able to return to my research with what I felt were fresher and more critical eyes than I had while writing it. However, during the gap year, I really and absolutely missed school, so if you can find some work to help offset the app fees, the better. And ofc, if you feel you'd be a far better scholar with a Master's degree, definitely take a look at funded MAs. That's the one regret I have this cycle, I'm applying only to PhDs but blanked at looking at terminal Master's programs.

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18 minutes ago, jadeisokay said:

Chicago added a "decisions documents" folder at the bottom. i cried for "there is nothing posted"

Saaaaaaaaaaaaame. I was so scared to open it at first. Then it said it was empty. womp womp. I guess they're about to roll out their rejection emails.

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9 hours ago, amphilanthus said:

haha I'm sitting at work right now, on grad cafe, checking my portals every few minutes, checking the results page, posting here... in an office I share with two of my superiors, just kinda hoping they keep their backs turned. my standards for basic decency slide lower every day of waiting.

Same!!! Very little decency left ?

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5 hours ago, Ranmaag said:

Really sorry to hear all the rejections on your end :( I'm waiting on a bunch (Buffalo's up in the air) so I feel unqualified to say all of this but when it comes to figuring out interests, what absolutely helped me was a gap year. It's a bit more risky applying without an MA at hand, I only felt far more confident about what specifically I wanted to study and what kind of lines of thinking that I want to bring into a graduate program after all my undergraduate work was done. By the time I graduated with my BA in June, I had the exact kind of CV and research experience that I felt far more proud of showing to a program versus applying while in senior year, when I didn't have a single presentation or published paper to my name.

There's def some give and takes, but I found the SoP far more refreshing to write without having school on my chest all the time and I felt I had a greater focus on my work because I had a few months to get away from scholarship. Thus, I was able to return to my research with what I felt were fresher and more critical eyes than I had while writing it. However, during the gap year, I really and absolutely missed school, so if you can find some work to help offset the app fees, the better. And ofc, if you feel you'd be a far better scholar with a Master's degree, definitely take a look at funded MAs. That's the one regret I have this cycle, I'm applying only to PhDs but blanked at looking at terminal Master's programs.

Thank you so much! That all is really encouraging to hear. I definitely agree about the development of my CV, I'm working on getting my first academic publication--we'll see if it turns out. Fingers crossed.

I applied to grad school while working 2 jobs, taking a full courseload, having a student leadership position, having a second lead role in a play, and researching an independent senior honors thesis. I can't imagine how nice it would be to have a few months away from scholarship, and to not have school and other obligations pressing on me. Thanks for the encouragement--it's easy to feel like there's nothing other than the apps and decisions, and this makes me remember I have a life and value and a personhood outside of this.

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