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@j.alicea oh yeah, i wasn't being negative about villanova, sorry if it came off that way! i just figured they had got my details through the GRE and so that was all they knew about me. :P i'm glad you've had such a good experience there tho!

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@pdh12 ah yes!  Litersture, since they don’t have an English PhD program! I am particularly interested in Caribbean culture as a sort of bridge between Anglo and Hispanic and non-Anglo literary canons of the Americas, so I’ve been very inspired by all the recent work in the humanities with regional and island studies! Since I got into the PhD, probably won’t go to PEI. (although I would love to visit and pick some brains over there...) what are your research interests? Also, have they gotten back to you about travel funding to visit in March? Or an official acceptance letter yet? I am anxious to find out whether I will be lucky enough to get the multi-year funding deal, since that city is ridiculously expensive.

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I'm only half joking but hearing this weather is actually NORMAL for Chicago is just reinforcing that I really probably don't belong at Chicago (or UMich tbh). I have legitimately cried because it's too cold for me at 20 degrees before.

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@dangermouse no worries, I didn’t take it as a negative, I’m just happy they are doing more outreach and excited to tell anyone about the changes they’ve been working towards! Also, the philosophy department is stellar, Gabriel Rockhill (translator of Rancière’s Politics of Aesthetics) is a rockstar and super helpful to any and all radical students, regardless of department.

@placeinspace you get used to it right away! Just get yourself a puffy jacket, multiple pairs of long johns, heat sealing socks, and snow pants!

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2 minutes ago, placeinspace said:

I'm only half joking but hearing this weather is actually NORMAL for Chicago is just reinforcing that I really probably don't belong at Chicago (or UMich tbh). I have legitimately cried because it's too cold for me at 20 degrees before.

Having a similar thought about Wisconsin, tbh. NYC is supposed to get to -5 tonight and I am fully in hibernation mode ?

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Additional note: when I say it’s normal, I mean this normally happens, and everything shuts down just as it did today. No school will have you coming to class in -25. Everyone, breath!

my point was more about the homeless and how little state and federal governments do to ensure that they don’t die in this cold (as I said, this happens every year, and my mom has to see it, so, you know, I just got a little passionate for a moment)

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1 hour ago, bardie said:

To the contrary, I think your memes would be a real boon to your application. Especially the one with the lab, which had me in stitches ?

Anyway it's almost insulting for me to suggest that they have the time/energy to read this forum, which they most certainly don't. 

I, for one, welcome our new adcomm overlords.

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@j.alicea Yeah honestly I was thinking the same thing about Chicago weather? I grew up there and it was normal to have school cancelled for "cold days" in the winter when there wasn't even snow!

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16 minutes ago, j.alicea said:

Tbh the weather isn’t that crazy for Chicagoans. every year it hits at least -20 or -25 for a day or two, plus wind chill, it’ll then feel like -35, and cold day closures are inevitable. It’s definitely colder than it’s been in my time, but only bu about 15 degrees. I spoke with my mom (who is out and about because she works for BEDS; the homeless and those who can’t afford heating need our prayers or well-wishes), and she said it honestly doesn’t feel much colder than previous Winters (and many homeless will freeze, as they do every  year...) we are all kinda surprised a fifteen degree difference caught so much media attention. Not to hate on those who are missing Hamilton, but, idk, if you’re from chi you should be used to shit getting cancelled this time of year, and realize the extreme winters are literally killing people, not just plays.

of course, i definitely understand that. i've just been reading reports on how the weather's been affecting the homeless in chicago (come winter, the survival of those without proper shelter's always a concern -- though that should, tbh, be a concern throughout the year) and the situation seems extremely dire. massive props to your mom for helping alleviate the condition. 

(on a side note, as someone who lives in a tropical country, a fifteen degree difference in temperature sounds terribly drastic to us here -- we are usually told to keep our air-conditioning at about 75°F, which seems a considerable change from the 85°F that we're usually faced with...) 

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@Bopie5 ah i didn’t realize there was a fellow Chicagoan here! And you’re in California now?? Truly living my dream... I’m from la villita in South Lawndale (however moved to west suburbs in carpentersville). I miss it and I don’t... I really just miss the Latino food and cultue, which is hard to find where I am now...

@flungoutofspace oh I’m sure you will adapt if you move out to that area! My abuela came from San Juan, and before long she was wearing short sleeves in 30 degrees! On the other hand, judging from the schools to which I am applying, and my jealousy of your tropical life, perhaps I am being a little hypocritical of all your fears :P and you are so right, we should be concerned about people’s lives year round, not just when it’s sub-zero ?

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it's been getting down to 30ish at night here in florida-- I'm north/central fl so we actually get a vague approximation of seasonal variance sometimes-- and people are dressed like it's -30. forecast has us back at 80 next week. stay warm, yall. 

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I live in Sacramento rn after living in Portland for several years and my first summer here I thought I was going to have to move back (113 degrees, wth even is that? And no apartment I could afford had ac). But everywhere I’ve moved there’s been something to adjust to (freezing rain while driving was probably the most exciting). I think it’s usually easier to adjust than it seems like it will be.

That being said, if everyone above wherever I am on the reject pile wants to deny admission, I won’t complain too much ? jk

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@j.alicea Yeah! I was born on the north side and lived there for a bit, and then hopped around various suburbs growing up. Spent the most time in the Elgin area, about an hour/45 mins west, and not too far from Carpentersville! I moved to Colorado in middle school, so I never know which place to say that I'm "from" because I really grew up in both Illinois and Colorado. And yeah, California for undergrad, and sometimes when I think about moving back to the Midwest I think I've certifiably lost my mind...

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@Bopie5 word, I’m familiar with Elgin. Yeah idk I love chi, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I feel that ive spent too much of my life there, and I am looking to explore the rest of the country, and ideally take a semester to live abroad while I study for the language requirement for QE’s. Question about California living to you and @kendalldinniene, is the cost of living really that bad?? I’ve looked at some city guides and it just seems outrageous to me that a studio could cost someone 1400, and I’m hoping they just had bad luck cause they were moving from out of state and didn’t know anyone or visit far enough in advance... I mean 1000 for a studio is doable (not reasonable, but doable), but 1400??? Plus utilities?????

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Anyone else apply to Penn State's MA in English program?  In the past couple of years it looks like people started hearing back around this time and I cannot stop checking my application portal!

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11 minutes ago, j.alicea said:

@Bopie5 word, I’m familiar with Elgin. Yeah idk I love chi, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I feel that ive spent too much of my life there, and I am looking to explore the rest of the country, and ideally take a semester to live abroad while I study for the language requirement for QE’s. Question about California living to you and @kendalldinniene, is the cost of living really that bad?? I’ve looked at some city guides and it just seems outrageous to me that a studio could cost someone 1400, and I’m hoping they just had bad luck cause they were moving from out of state and didn’t know anyone or visit far enough in advance... I mean 1000 for a studio is doable (not reasonable, but doable), but 1400??? Plus utilities?????

Even cities that were reasonable are getting ridiculously expensive. Here in sac, for instance, a few years ago I had a gorgeous little one bedroom on the grid for $650 a month, now you’ll be damn lucky to get a studio for under $1100. That’s a studio with no amenities and fifty year old shag carpet in the bathroom. California refuses to do anything to curtail drastic rent increases and keep its lower income population secure.  We had a measure on the last ballot proposing some form of rent control in areas largely impacted by gentrification and everyone voted nope, basically.

 

That being said, if you know folks it’s obviously easier to find something for less, and it varies by area. Also a lot of the UCs and CSUs have under and graduate student housing to try to make living here doable for less.

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9 minutes ago, j.alicea said:

is the cost of living really that bad?? I’ve looked at some city guides and it just seems outrageous to me that a studio could cost someone 1400, and I’m hoping they just had bad luck cause they were moving from out of state and didn’t know anyone or visit far enough in advance... I mean 1000 for a studio is doable (not reasonable, but doable), but 1400??? Plus utilities?????

Sometimes, definitely yes. I live in a really expensive area, and if you're not willing to have roommates, you're definitely going to end up in the $1100-1500 range for a studio. However, I have several friends who found houses or condos to split with roommates, and their rent is in the $650-800/month range including utilities. So if you can swing something with roommates or even housemates, it's much more workable.

However, there's also the fact that gas is realllllllllyyyyyyy expensive out here. Like lucky to be under $3.30. AND sometimes even when you can find cheaper rent, it's usually because you're outside of the city center area, which means more traveling, sometimes with traffic, which means more money spent on gas. And also, groceries can skew really pricey too. 

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Is anyone on here the Columbia interviewee? I'd love for you to enlighten me about what's going on with that. I know Columbia doesn't interview everyone they accept for a fact, but I still think it might give us some insight into their timeline. Plus, we can all congratulate you :)❤️ .

Re: rent. I lived in Manhattan for a long time and the Columbia stiped would worry me(32600 before taxes ?) if I had the fortune of having such a problem. My two bedroom in West Harlem (very close to Columbia) was $2900 total, I paid $1450 for my room before utilities. It was a beautiful apartment on a park, but still. And my apartment was rent controlled. 

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9 minutes ago, bardie said:

Re: rent. I lived in Manhattan for a long time and the Columbia stiped would worry me(32600 before taxes ?) if I had the fortune of having such a problem. My two bedroom in West Harlem (very close to Columbia) was $2900 total, I paid $1450 for my room before utilities. It was a beautiful apartment on a park, but still. And my apartment was rent controlled. 

I decided to cut NYU from my list of schools for 2 reasons: 1. the grossness with the comp lit dept. 2. the insane cost of living in NYC. I haven't had a roommate since freshman year of undergrad and I just could not fathom trying to live happily on even the very generous NYU stipend. 

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10 minutes ago, bardie said:

 

Re: rent. I lived in Manhattan for a long time and the Columbia stiped would worry me(32600 before taxes ?

What kind of taxes do grad students have to pay on their stipends?  Lol I feel so in the dark.

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Just now, kendalldinniene said:

What kind of taxes do grad students have to pay on their stipends?  Lol I feel so in the dark.

Grad school stipends are not taxed, so each spring you will have to pay back your relevant taxes to the IRS. I'm not sure what the rate of taxation is.

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Just now, placeinspace said:

Grad school stipends are not taxed, so each spring you will have to pay back your relevant taxes to the IRS. I'm not sure what the rate of taxation is.

Interesting...thanks for the info!

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1 minute ago, placeinspace said:

Grad school stipends are not taxed, so each spring you will have to pay back your relevant taxes to the IRS. I'm not sure what the rate of taxation is.

At Oregon State, at least, our stipends were distributed monthly and were already taxed as normal working income.

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