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I love you all lol. I know I haven't talked a lot (and when I do I always feel like my stressed/anxious side comes out, haven't really expressed a lot of happy thoughts on here) but I just have to say that during my lurker years, reading applications/acceptances threads has been an absolute joy to read. I've rooted for so many of you behind the scenes, and I'm so happy for all good news that all of you received :) 

with admission season over for me and final decision made, that little tape recorder in the back of my head is finally off lol. I've finally gotten a good night's sleep after a January and February of anxious waiting.

I'll try to stick around for the next cycle and see if I can dole out whatever advice I can. Can't wait to start in the upcoming Fall.

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1 hour ago, Warelin said:

 

 

 

Just called UVA and asked because I remember the process. Really nice staff and faculty! Here's what I was told: The first round of offers have gone out at UVA. If you haven't heard by now, it's probable that you're on a waitlist and UVA is still waiting to hear back from their first round offers. It's also possible that your file is in the middle and they haven't quite determined what to do with it. The majority of rejections have gone out but not all of them have gone out.

Thank you for this. Not sure how to feel about potential invisible maybe waitlists. I need to add a new color in my signature for this.

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On 2/26/2019 at 9:47 AM, tcatherine said:

I sent an email to UDEL :) who wants to scream with me?

Did you apply to AAPHI or just the traditional English department?

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43 minutes ago, Bopie5 said:

@jadeisokay Honestly, same. Haven't posted or been on as much, but I've still been lurking all the topics! 

ah i was thinking about you the other day reading something about chicago and was hoping you're hanging in there! 

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hi all! newcomer here! glad to have found this space, which seems a bit more inviting than those results boards.... yikes.

so i'm currently looking at one acceptance to my last choice school (i'm waiting to hear from two other schools, but not holding my breath any longer). the school i've been accepted to is a decent school - top 20, but not top 10 like the other schools i applied to. so, i'm not a shut out. but do people decline and apply again, even if they got into a decent school? i just let my hopes get raised and now feel confused about whether it was my materials that kept me from being accepted in more places, or if was truly just a numbers game that i lost (and lost, and lost, and lost). 

i know you only need one but... what if the one you get is the one you wanted the least? is it a pride thing for me to swallow, or do people really reapply next cycle and do better? these are my existential questions lmao

anyways, any insight would be great, my new internet friends!

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23 minutes ago, sadgworl said:

hi all! newcomer here! glad to have found this space, which seems a bit more inviting than those results boards.... yikes.

so i'm currently looking at one acceptance to my last choice school (i'm waiting to hear from two other schools, but not holding my breath any longer). the school i've been accepted to is a decent school - top 20, but not top 10 like the other schools i applied to. so, i'm not a shut out. but do people decline and apply again, even if they got into a decent school? i just let my hopes get raised and now feel confused about whether it was my materials that kept me from being accepted in more places, or if was truly just a numbers game that i lost (and lost, and lost, and lost). 

i know you only need one but... what if the one you get is the one you wanted the least? is it a pride thing for me to swallow, or do people really reapply next cycle and do better? these are my existential questions lmao

anyways, any insight would be great, my new internet friends!

Hi there, welcome :) I was very caught up in this while I was getting rejected (UCI was my joint 2nd choice with UWash when I applied, and it was my one acceptance) and almost had flashes (I basically considered this not long ago. Getting my last rejection and taking a few hours to think helped me clear my head though, and I don't feel nearly as anxious now that there's a concrete Fall 2019 plan) where I ping-ponged between wanting to see if I should apply again for more options (up to and including taking a few years off to do other things) or commit to the program. I decided to do the latter, as I loved the school too much to resist it. There's no shame in having just one, sometimes it really takes just one program to launch you. If it's a top 20 program, it's nothing to sneeze at. PhD programs across the board are infamously difficult to get into, which means that school believes in you strongly and wants you as a student.

If it's the one you wanted the least, tbh there's a lot of dynamics and personal variables that play into the choice of being in a PhD program so if it's not the kind of school that will make you happy for the next 5-6 years (and personally happy/balanced as well), it's important that's considered. I'd say... take a look at the resources that the program has, your funding offer, and figure out what kind of 'fit' they saw in you that you may have missed. I was blindsided when I got my one acceptance, but taking a look at the faculty I didn't list in my SoP post-acceptance, I realized that the program had the kind of deep faculty strength that would allow flexibility for my research trajectory. You don't have to swallow though if the campus really rubs you the wrong way or if you can't imagine yourself the next 5-6 years in the department. Also, take a look at the placement record, the kinds of students that your PoIs have taken in, and what kind of opportunities there are. (have you visited the campus of your one acceptance yet?) Use the chance to get to know the department and for the department to woo you, and then approach from there.

The one thing I usually see and read from people visiting campuses is that's usually the moment that the final decision is made just a bit clearer. So I'd say, get the lay of the land of the program that accepted you in person and then decide after if you want to re-apply or if you're going to commit to the school.

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39 minutes ago, sadgworl said:

Did you apply to AAPHI or just the traditional English department?

Just the English Department 

 

Edited by tcatherine

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1 hour ago, jadeisokay said:

ah i was thinking about you the other day reading something about chicago and was hoping you're hanging in there! 

That's wild because I was thinking about you the other day because someone in my class was talking about Russian film!!

I am hanging in there--applied to the Villanova funded MA, and am crossing my fingers. What about you? How are backup plans/second tries shaping up?

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13 hours ago, spectrum-in said:

Still haven't heard! Ugh! I know they accept people into their MA program and I can't remember whether I asked them to or not...NYU...let me go.....

I didn't ask to be considered for the MA, so maybe you did and that's why you're in a later batch? 

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48 minutes ago, Bopie5 said:

That's wild because I was thinking about you the other day because someone in my class was talking about Russian film!!

I am hanging in there--applied to the Villanova funded MA, and am crossing my fingers. What about you? How are backup plans/second tries shaping up?

hah, it's a small and funny world. good luck and fingers crossed for you! i thought about applying there but ultimately didn't feel it was a good fit and instead applied for a teaching fellowship in nyc. i'm still waiting on a few decisions and waitlist movements but already thinking about 2020. it's too much. i'm leaving for vacation tomorrow morning and so, so ready.

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2 hours ago, jadeisokay said:

hah, it's a small and funny world. good luck and fingers crossed for you! i thought about applying there but ultimately didn't feel it was a good fit and instead applied for a teaching fellowship in nyc. i'm still waiting on a few decisions and waitlist movements but already thinking about 2020. it's too much. i'm leaving for vacation tomorrow morning and so, so ready.

Yeah, I can definitely see that about Villanova in terms of your interests. There were a few good 20th/21st c fem/gen people there, and their summer theatre program in Ireland seemed really ideal for me. I had a phone call with the program director and he seemed great, so I'm hopeful!

Ooof I hope you enjoy that vacation. I'm leaving for vacation in a week and I'm feeling the exact same way. Keep us updated on the teaching fellowship!

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Just now, kendalldinniene said:

@Bopie5 and @jadeisokay can I just say I missed you both and I’m really happy to see you both back here.

 

Awww wow heart warmed!! I missed you too--part of why I had to pop back by honestly.

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Just now, Bopie5 said:

Awww wow heart warmed!! I missed you too--part of why I had to pop back by honestly.

Heart warmed also!!! Please keep us (me) updated on your plans for the next year. Especially if you go to Ireland (have you been before??? I’ve been a few times and it’s legit the best place in the world imo). Also if you want to keep swapping creative work and edits, I’m super down! 

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9 minutes ago, kendalldinniene said:

Heart warmed also!!! Please keep us (me) updated on your plans for the next year. Especially if you go to Ireland (have you been before??? I’ve been a few times and it’s legit the best place in the world imo). Also if you want to keep swapping creative work and edits, I’m super down! 

I will absolutely! The program seems like a really good fit for me. Do you know where you're leaning for your decision for next year?

And I LOVE Ireland--I spent almost three weeks there on my semester abroad. I really hope that I can go back *crosses fingers*

Oh my gosh, would definitely love swapping creative work--shoot me an email!

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6 hours ago, sadgworl said:

hi all! newcomer here! glad to have found this space, which seems a bit more inviting than those results boards.... yikes.

so i'm currently looking at one acceptance to my last choice school (i'm waiting to hear from two other schools, but not holding my breath any longer). the school i've been accepted to is a decent school - top 20, but not top 10 like the other schools i applied to. so, i'm not a shut out. but do people decline and apply again, even if they got into a decent school? i just let my hopes get raised and now feel confused about whether it was my materials that kept me from being accepted in more places, or if was truly just a numbers game that i lost (and lost, and lost, and lost). 

i know you only need one but... what if the one you get is the one you wanted the least? is it a pride thing for me to swallow, or do people really reapply next cycle and do better? these are my existential questions lmao

anyways, any insight would be great, my new internet friends!

also, EDIT: my mentor said my program i've been admitted to is a top 20 program, not anything specific or grounded in data. so it's entirely possible he was assuaging my deep existential worries but id prefer to believe him 😂

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23 minutes ago, sadgworl said:

also, EDIT: my mentor said my program i've been admitted to is a top 20 program, not anything specific or grounded in data. so it's entirely possible he was assuaging my deep existential worries but id prefer to believe him 😂

I think it's important to note that a "top 20" program can look very different depending on who's applying. Some programs are known well for very specific fields even if they're ranked "lower". Fit is often considered important because happiness will allow you to produce much stronger work.

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1 hour ago, Bopie5 said:

I will absolutely! The program seems like a really good fit for me. Do you know where you're leaning for your decision for next year?

And I LOVE Ireland--I spent almost three weeks there on my semester abroad. I really hope that I can go back *crosses fingers*

Oh my gosh, would definitely love swapping creative work--shoot me an email!

Everything is still so up in the air for me...I'm just hoping I have a choice to make.  Every program I'm waitlisted to/interviewing at have their real pros and cons.  Honestly I just hope I get to go somewhere.

Ireland is seriously the best!  I've got my fingers crossed for you, of course.

I'm going to send you my 2019 poetry doc!  I really loved getting your feedback last time.

 

@warelin I fully plan on remaining active here whether I get in this time or not.  But I doubt I'll ever be the wealth of info and encouragement you have been!  I'll try my best, though.

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21 hours ago, amphilanthus said:

still nothing here, too, and still going crazy over it! just want to officially be done.

@Ubah1 I hope you hear back from your department soon with great news! fingers crossed. sadly we’re on the English side of things here, and they’ve said all acceptances/waitlists are out - just rolling out bad news at a glacial pace for whatever reason :(

My department said they are still in the process of admission and will round up everything this month. So am keeping my fingers crossed.

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9 hours ago, mandelbulb said:

it's nice to still see you here @jadeisokay and @Bopie5!

5 hours ago, kendalldinniene said:

@Bopie5 and @jadeisokay can I just say I missed you both and I’m really happy to see you both back here.

Seconding these sentiments, especially since you guys have been here since the early days of this thread! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all your backup plans work out for you, and perhaps we might see each other here again next year — hopefully with better news re: phd apps. 

(I don't know when I'll sign out of this site proper, since I've gotten so invested in everyone else's applications, but I really ought to soon -- maybe after Harvard officially lets me go -- to get my thesis done 😂. I'll probably be back in the summer though, to seek out advice on reapplying, so if anyone has any tips on reformulating SoPs, or on any part of the application process for that matter, I'd be your more than willing audience!) 

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Does anyone know where to find that list of things to consider/ask faculty and grad students on prospective visits? I've been searching for ages and haven't been able to find it! Thanks in advance!!! 

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8 hours ago, Bopie5 said:

Yeah, I can definitely see that about Villanova in terms of your interests. There were a few good 20th/21st c fem/gen people there, and their summer theatre program in Ireland seemed really ideal for me. I had a phone call with the program director and he seemed great, so I'm hopeful!

Ooof I hope you enjoy that vacation. I'm leaving for vacation in a week and I'm feeling the exact same way. Keep us updated on the teaching fellowship!

I know we haven't talked really on the forum, but I also applied to villanova's MA program and I was also interested in the Dublin summer program! Irish drama is my thing and the program director was so helpful and friendly! If things work out that way maybe we will be cohort mates :)

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