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On 4/13/2019 at 10:40 AM, trytostay said:

I do plan to check back in periodically (plus I'm sure I'll have questions or see a discussion I'd like to chime in on), but if any future applicants look back through this thread and have questions about applications/programs/etc, feel free to PM me! Hopefully I will check in frequently enough to see it and respond. I'm not sure how helpful my advice may be, but I thought I'd put that offer out there. Over the past few months, I've become really upset with the admission process and the way it makes applicants question their worth as scholars... I know my ass was saved a few times by people who were kind enough to sit down and give me pointers, so I'm happy to do that as much as I can for anyone else. 

Same thing here! If anyone is looking at this thread, I have email notifications set for PMs and would love to talk to anyone about the topics in my signature, especially if you're thinking about getting into new media/digital media theory or game studies and looking at programs/professors to apply to.

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This is a bit off-topic.... I'm wondering about fulfilling the conditions of admission from the school whose PhD program offer I accepted (University of Toronto). Since I'm currently completing my MA, my degree won't actually officially be conferred until October. Is it pretty standard practice to just email one's upcoming PhD program and let them know that, although you won't be able to provide an official transcript showing degree conferral, you can provide a statement (from the registrar) stating that your degree requirements are complete, but your degree just hasn't officially been conferred yet?? 

I would love to know if any one else is in the situation. Thanks.

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Lmao anyone else just get an email referring them to apply to Columbia’s HILI program

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1 hour ago, madandmoonly said:

I got accepted to present at two different panels at the NWSA this year!! I'm so frickin excited to go to San Fransisco, y'all.

THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!!! Congrats 🎉!!!!!!!

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Just secured housing!! It is all starting to feel so real in the best way. My DGS has been out on parental leave so there has been mostly silence from my program, but having a cute little house is making things feel much better.

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1 hour ago, illcounsel said:

Just secured housing!! It is all starting to feel so real in the best way. My DGS has been out on parental leave so there has been mostly silence from my program, but having a cute little house is making things feel much better.

Dude you’re so on the ball! I’m not going down until next month to look for housing. Wish I had it all sorted now though, that’s for sure. Congrats on your cute house!

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On 5/3/2019 at 3:48 PM, kendalldinniene said:

Dude you’re so on the ball! I’m not going down until next month to look for housing. Wish I had it all sorted now though, that’s for sure. Congrats on your cute house!

My school is in a pretty small college town with a tough rental market, so I looked as soon as I committed. If it was a bigger city, I am sure I would have been more relaxed on the timeline!

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Anyone else kinda going crazy with anticipation for the fall? I have a ton I still have to do, and I'm grateful to have the summer to decompress, save money, do research, etc. But also there's a part of me that just wants to be there already.

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i'm in chicago already and couch-surfing until sunday when i can sign my lease and start moving in! it's been fun running around chicago for about a week now applying for jobs and touring apartments. i have an interview tomorrow with a super-renowned restaurant group for a server position and i'm crossing my fingers like crazy. i miss reading for fun/research, but it can wait until i'm settled. right now, i'm still in shock that i live here for the next two years.  i'm so excited for you, @Bopie5- enjoy the summer :] 
 

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@jadeisokay Wow I'm so excited for you too! Chicago is truly such a great city. Good luck on your interview today--let us know how it goes!

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10 hours ago, jadeisokay said:

i'm in chicago already and couch-surfing until sunday when i can sign my lease and start moving in! it's been fun running around chicago for about a week now applying for jobs and touring apartments. i have an interview tomorrow with a super-renowned restaurant group for a server position and i'm crossing my fingers like crazy. i miss reading for fun/research, but it can wait until i'm settled. right now, i'm still in shock that i live here for the next two years.  i'm so excited for you, @Bopie5- enjoy the summer :] 
 

Congrats! You're way ahead of the game. How was the housing search in Chicago? With the commute times and parking, I can't see how anywhere but Hyde Park would make sense. I'm looking to start the search in mid-July.

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Congrats @jadeisokay for getting all settled in Chicago! I watched the third season of easy yesterday and the whole time was like, damn, I could have lived in that city. Like I’m confident I made the right choice but, damn, Chicago is just the best.

As for what @Bopie5 was saying, yes I relate!!! I’m hoping to sign a lease starting July 1 so I can move in/decorate/explore before classes start the end of August. Honestly if I could snap my fingers and be in my new apartment (whatever it will be), starting my new life right now, I would do it. 

This is the fun part!!!

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7 hours ago, snorkles said:

Congrats! You're way ahead of the game. How was the housing search in Chicago? With the commute times and parking, I can't see how anywhere but Hyde Park would make sense. I'm looking to start the search in mid-July.

it was hard, but i luckily got hooked up with a friend of a friend looking too and she found us somewhere that i absolutely adore as well through a private owner. we'll actually be a ways north of campus area but still an easy commute via metra.  if you haven't checked out the maroon marketplace, that might be helpful if you're really eager to stay in hyde park. i had tried and it seemed most places didn't open up before july. 

i got the gig! 40 hrs a week starting tomorrow through september for a pop-up concept, and i explained my availability will of course change then but if we mutually work out there's potential room to stay on part time. i am SO excited.

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Also very excited for the upcoming Fall too :) Actually getting more real as the days pass haha. I've gotten first signs of life from UC Irvine post-4/15. It won't be long til I get my institutional e-mail, housing assignment, and I just submitted my request to enroll for English seminars for the upcoming Fall. If everything falls through, I'll for sure know my schedule and living arrangements my mid-June or July.

Can't believe I can call myself an official graduate student. It's surreal.

Excited for all of you as the summer progresses. This really is only the beginning of a journey tbh.

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I just signed my lease in New Haven! At the beginning of June, I'll be moving out to the Texas countryside for three months to perform Shakespeare plays all summer, and then I'll be making a very condensed move to the northeast, just in time for registration. :) 

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I got to register for all my classes and no one understands my wild excitement.  🤣 Especially when I looked at the bill and it kind of all washed over me what a financial investment is being made in me, my work, and my future.  It’s unreal.

Like @ArcaMajora I too can’t believe I actually get to call myself a graduate student.  I looked at my interview invite email from SMU again the other day and just cried and cried haha. How is this real life? What an incredible journey we’re all beginning ❤️

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What classes are everyone taking in the Fall? In addition to the Intro to Graduate Studies that I am sure most of us have, I am taking a class on Eco-poetics and one called Global Chaucer which looks at international influences on Chaucer in the Middle Ages and his global significance since. 

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Western and Postcolonial Marxist Cultural Theory, Literature and Philosophy from Locke to Kant, the Film department's required theory seminar (taught by Dudley Andrew!!) and one additional film course (the list isn't out yet). Although I should say that at Yale they have something called "Shopping" which is a two-week period at the start of the semester where you can sit in on classes before deciding whether to fully register. So who knows!

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I haven't gotten many new emails since April, so there's not much going on on my end... I have, however, probably memorized their website, graduate student handbook, and all the degree requirements for the next ~5 years, at this point... Yeah, I really need it to be August now.

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