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37 minutes ago, sad_diamond said:

Anyone else here use tattoos as (one of) their form(s) of therapy? I'm getting one today and feeling like the timing couldn't be better. Nothing like a couple hours under the needle to make you forget about existential woes. 

Lol if anything is going to finally convince me to get my "thy life's a miracle" (from King Lear) tattoo, this will probably be it

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3 hours ago, bardie said:

Edit: If anyone knows anything about UCLA's history of waitlist acceptances, I'd be interested to know. @Warelin might have some insight? 

The only thing I know about UCLA is that they have a history of sending acceptances to more people than they have spots for in the incoming class. This is common practice for most programs. If I recall correctly, I think UCLA does not have a ranked waitlist. All this means is that you'll need either 1 or 2 people from your subfield to reject their offer before they move to the waitlist.

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1 hour ago, kendalldinniene said:

Same.

I especially enjoyed that three step process with random password I got to go through just to see my UCLA rejection ??.  Is this cycle over yet?

I also thought this was a delightful touch.  Just a liiiiitle glimmer of hope before the kick in the stomach.  I'm amazed and seriously impressed with the fortitude of people who apply multiple cycles . . . 

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1 hour ago, sad_diamond said:

Anyone else here use tattoos as (one of) their form(s) of therapy? I'm getting one today and feeling like the timing couldn't be better. Nothing like a couple hours under the needle to make you forget about existential woes. 

I always get new tattoos/piercing done when I am especially stressed (and depressed). It really does help since it makes me extremely aware of my physical body and *absolutely nothing else* for 2-3 hours--which is, luckily, much longer than a therapy session...

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36 minutes ago, Warelin said:

The only thing I know about UCLA is that they have a history of sending acceptances to more people than they have spots for in the incoming class. This is common practice for most programs. If I recall correctly, I think UCLA does not have a ranked waitlist. All this means is that you'll need either 1 or 2 people from your subfield to reject their offer before they move to the waitlist.

Thanks for the information but boooo ?

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24 minutes ago, reluctanthuman said:

I always get new tattoos/piercing done when I am especially stressed (and depressed). It really does help since it makes me extremely aware of my physical body and *absolutely nothing else* for 2-3 hours--which is, luckily, much longer than a therapy session...

"Yep" says my new tragus piercing ;) 

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2 hours ago, sad_diamond said:

Anyone else here use tattoos as (one of) their form(s) of therapy? I'm getting one today and feeling like the timing couldn't be better. Nothing like a couple hours under the needle to make you forget about existential woes. 

you've just described my entire life (and arms. and back.) My most recent was an American Traditional style Bob and Linda with my partner! 

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4 minutes ago, kendalldinniene said:

I just realized I'm not even officially halfway through all my schools, results wise.  Why did I apply to so many programs?

That's a good thing! All you need is one :)

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55 minutes ago, reluctanthuman said:

I always get new tattoos/piercing done when I am especially stressed (and depressed). It really does help since it makes me extremely aware of my physical body and *absolutely nothing else* for 2-3 hours--which is, luckily, much longer than a therapy session...

I’ve been waiting on my next piercing, but now might be just the right time..?

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4 hours ago, sad_diamond said:

Anyone else here use tattoos as (one of) their form(s) of therapy? I'm getting one today and feeling like the timing couldn't be better. Nothing like a couple hours under the needle to make you forget about existential woes. 

 

if only i could get more piercings and tattoos.  1) no funds 2) still in college aka dependent on my parents, and they were pissed af (they're traditional asian parents)

currently have a bunch of ear piercings in both ears, as well as a septum.  i used to have snakebites (holy hell my parents hated that) and nostril ring.  i miss my snakebites, wish i could get them back, but it's bad for your dental health, and professionals won't take you seriously...  i want an eyebrow and two nostrils, as well as a navel and more ear ones.

 

i have one wrist tattoo. i'm horrified to let my dad know; i once said the word "tattoo" and he raged for a day and wouldn't talk to me after.

there are so many tattoos i want to get and have planned out.  fuck.  i guess i'll do stick and poke with some needles.

 

anyone have favorite tattoo artists?

 

 

 

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i need to vent about umass amherst bc they are killing me with their "update pending" change today. Plus the few rejections and acceptances on the results... and now my app just updated my "academic plans" column as well. why are they doing this so slowly? in the year of our lord 2019 couldn't they just send out emails all at once?? /endrant

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The people who have heard back from Wisconsin, did you get an email from the department or the grad school? Check portal or self-contained? I’m trying to figure out why I haven’t received anything since all three types of notices have gone out.

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Rejected by UCLA :( Not too surprised though, fit was a big stretch in hindsight and my very, very bad subject GRE probably meant that if they had an initial cut on numbers, I was likely out right from the start. I'm ngl glad they were able to send out decisions quickly but a rejection at 3AM PST? Could barely sleep after seeing that letter lol. Still, many congrats to all who got in. You've all been accepted into a very fabulous program.

Crossing fingers for good news for all of us as February rolls on.

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1 hour ago, WildeThing said:

The people who have heard back from Wisconsin, did you get an email from the department or the grad school? Check portal or self-contained? I’m trying to figure out why I haven’t received anything since all three types of notices have gone out.

I got an email from the department on 1/28 immediately followed by an email from POI, and just yesterday got an email from the grad school as well. I know they are still in the process of determining funding too so maybe they are also not finished yet with finalizing their acceptances? This is also for rhet/comp so may not be entirely applicable to your circumstance. Holding out hope for you!

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8 hours ago, sad_diamond said:

Anyone else here use tattoos as (one of) their form(s) of therapy? I'm getting one today and feeling like the timing couldn't be better. Nothing like a couple hours under the needle to make you forget about existential woes. 

Here to vent about UCLA rejection like many of the rest of you - tattoos sound like such a good form of therapy! I just went and ate too many apps at Denny's instead and like... not the best now I just feel gross in a different way. *shrug*

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2 hours ago, Ranmaag said:

Rejected by UCLA :( Not too surprised though, fit was a big stretch in hindsight and my very, very bad subject GRE probably meant that if they had an initial cut on numbers, I was likely out right from the start. I'm ngl glad they were able to send out decisions quickly but a rejection at 3AM PST? Could barely sleep after seeing that letter lol. Still, many congrats to all who got in. You've all been accepted into a very fabulous program.

Crossing fingers for good news for all of us as February rolls on.

The thing with these schools is it really is a toss-up and there are so many factors that come into play when accepting applicants. However, I think dept. fit plays more of a role than I initially thought. I’ve been rejected from smaller programs but accepted to UCLA (and my GRE subject score is trash) and when I look back at the programs I was rejected from it seems that they were really a stretch regarding fit. Here’s to hoping that we all get into programs that are best suited for the growth of our projects! 

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2 minutes ago, Englishtea1 said:

The thing with these schools is it really is a toss-up and there are so many factors that come into play when accepting applicants. However, I think dept. fit plays more of a role than I initially thought. I’ve been rejected from smaller programs but accepted to UCLA (and my GRE subject score is trash) and when I look back at the programs I was rejected from it seems that they were really a stretch regarding fit. Here’s to hoping that we all get into programs that are best suited for the growth of our projects! 

Upon more reflection I agree with all of this tbh. My subject score is... ouch (it was bad enough that I contemplated giving up literary study). Beyond that though, looking at the one acceptance and the implied rejections I have, it is definitely fit that was the bigger factor (outside of the multitude of unknowns). The one program I've been accepted to so far fit incredibly well with both my current interests and the future direction I want to take in graduate study (alongside a POI that I'm really excited to meet and work with), and it's looking like there's a fairly high chance I'll be matriculating there in the fall. So reading this re-assures me a lot, and thank you :) It's very easy to forget all the intangibles, unknowns, and luck throughout this process tbh, but it's also good to be reminded that they're there and that sometimes... nothing but pure luck and the whims of what a department desires in its cohort is what separates that fateful choice between acceptance, waitlist, and rejection

And also massive congrats to you! I've seen your acceptances and you have some awesome programs to choose from. I'm rooting for you and for everyone else here.

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3 hours ago, WildeThing said:

The people who have heard back from Wisconsin, did you get an email from the department or the grad school? Check portal or self-contained? I’m trying to figure out why I haven’t received anything since all three types of notices have gone out.

I received an email from the POIs and the grad school. The portal has also updated on my end. It might be helpful to know that the department just received a grant for an initiative focused on transatlantic/Caribbean literature, which may account for why they’re taking in so many applicants whose specialty is in that field.

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6 hours ago, kendalldinniene said:

I just realized I'm not even officially halfway through all my schools, results wise.  Why did I apply to so many programs?

On one hand I feel you bc I keep dreading the mental burden of just weathering 5 more potential rejections, and I can't imagine more, but on the other hand it would have been nice if I could have afforded to broaden the net!

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9 minutes ago, Ranmaag said:

Upon more reflection I agree with all of this tbh. My subject score is... ouch (it was bad enough that I contemplated giving up literary study). Beyond that though, looking at the one acceptance and the implied rejections I have, it is definitely fit that was the bigger factor (outside of the multitude of unknowns).

Honestly my GRE subject score is pretty great and no one seems to care. Esp. with already having a master's, my advisors have told me that GPA and writing sample will be the only things that hold much weight other than fit. They were basically like "ahh, that might be a nice little boost, but don't count on it to get you anywhere." And so many places now (like Stanford) are phasing out GRE consideration anyway. Here's hoping everyone finds a place with a solid fit!

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2 hours ago, pdh12 said:

can we collectively brainstorm the nature of this imminent tattoo?

Imminent tattoo? Or...IMMANENT tattoo...

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11 minutes ago, Englishtea1 said:

The thing with these schools is it really is a toss-up and there are so many factors that come into play when accepting applicants. However, I think dept. fit plays more of a role than I initially thought. I’ve been rejected from smaller programs but accepted to UCLA (and my GRE subject score is trash) and when I look back at the programs I was rejected from it seems that they were really a stretch regarding fit. Here’s to hoping that we all get into programs that are best suited for the growth of our projects! 

this is great and so important to keep in mind. plus, from our perspective looking in, we might not know as much about departmental fit as we think! there are so many behind-the-scenes factors and a department that seems like a great fit to us might be changing in ways that make it less so, or vice versa; I've been rejected at one school I thought was the perfect fit and accepted at one school that didn't seem like much of one, but in talking to the latter, my perspective on that shifted quite a bit. (so many other, wiser people than me have made this point before, of course, but I found it really hard to understand/fully grasp from the outside.)

it's frustrating in some ways, definitely, but I've also found it very comforting to remind myself that I wouldn't want to go somewhere that doesn't think I'm the right fit, even if it seemed that way to me: they know better than I do whether or not I'd thrive there. and that's what we have to do, just trust in that - everyone here is so brilliant and so capable, and the right program for our growth & our success will know us when they see us.

or, you know... at least this is what I tell myself when I'm on the brink of dissolving into a puddle of anxiety. maybe the true moral of the story is choose to believe whatever works!

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6 hours ago, kendalldinniene said:

I just realized I'm not even officially halfway through all my schools, results wise.  Why did I apply to so many programs?

It feels like I’ve been through the emotional ringer already, yet I’ve only heard from 3 schools. How on earth am I supposed to survive the rest of this process??

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