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1 minute ago, northwestnative said:

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

Really?? Maybe this varies program to program then. 

EDIT: The internet tells me that if you stipend comes from an assistantship, then it is already taxed. If not, like from a fellowship, then you need to disclose the amount as income to the IRS on your tax return.

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10 minutes ago, placeinspace said:

Really?? Maybe this varies program to program then. 

EDIT: The internet tells me that if you stipend comes from an assistantship, then it is already taxed. If not, like from a fellowship, then you need to disclose the amount as income to the IRS on your tax return.

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for looking that up.

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34 minutes ago, placeinspace said:

Really?? Maybe this varies program to program then. 

EDIT: The internet tells me that if you stipend comes from an assistantship, then it is already taxed. If not, like from a fellowship, then you need to disclose the amount as income to the IRS on your tax return.

Taxes would total $1,460 for the Columbia stipend (32600)either way, but there is an additional New York City tax on top of that (I'm not sure how much this would be) if you decide to live in the city. Does anyone know which programs offer graduate student housing? 

Ugh... i'm totally putting the cart before the horse. 

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10 minutes ago, bardie said:

Taxes would total $1,460 for the Columbia stipend (32600)either way, but there is an additional New York City tax on top of that (I'm not sure how much this would be) if you decide to live in the city. Does anyone know which programs offer graduate student housing? 

Ugh... i'm totally putting the cart before the horse. 

This doesn’t exactly answer your question, but maybe it adds something to the discussion. At my program, the taxes are already taken out. There’s also a state tax here but I pay that separately when I do my taxes (it’s not much) so maybe it’s similar there. 

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8 minutes ago, jadeisokay said:

i know everyone faces rejection and competition is tough but getting a first rejection still stung. at least i have a vacation coming up to look forward to, i guess.

@jadeisokay I'm so sorry. A vacation and change of scenery will definitely help to put it into perspective and I'm sure you'll feel a bit better after!

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thanks. i'm hoping by that point (beginning of march) to either have good news somehow with my other apps or have at least all decisions in. right now distracting myself with a paper that's due tomorrow. it's analyzing a zine written by queer women about their identification with bruce springsteen's music. it's very much up my alley so it's fun to write. 

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59 minutes ago, bardie said:

Taxes would total $1,460 for the Columbia stipend (32600)either way, but there is an additional New York City tax on top of that (I'm not sure how much this would be) if you decide to live in the city. Does anyone know which programs offer graduate student housing? 

Ugh... i'm totally putting the cart before the horse. 

I'm at Columbia's MFA for fiction right now! There is graduate housing available, but it's usually reserved for International applicants/applicants who aren't from the Northeast. I pay about $1200 a month for my apartment with one roommate that's really close to campus. That's pretty cheap for the area, where non-Columbia housing apartments can easily be upwards of $2k for a studio.

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I don't know if waiting for decisions is somehow counterintuitively spurring me to have greater confidence in my academic self, or if I'm just bored out of my mind and trying to keep myself busy, but the last few days I have been nonstop submitting my poetry and academic papers to various magazines, journals, and conferences. Or maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment looking to ramp up the amount of rejections I receive in the next few weeks/months!

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2 minutes ago, Bopie5 said:

I don't know if waiting for decisions is somehow counterintuitively spurring me to have greater confidence in my academic self, or if I'm just bored out of my mind and trying to keep myself busy, but the last few days I have been nonstop submitting my poetry and academic papers to various magazines, journals, and conferences. Or maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment looking to ramp up the amount of rejections I receive in the next few weeks/months!

You're an inspiration!  This is what I intend to start doing tomorrow.  Fingers crossed for you Bopie!

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5 minutes ago, kendalldinniene said:

You're an inspiration!  This is what I intend to start doing tomorrow.  Fingers crossed for you Bopie!

Thank you thank you! Fingers crossed for you as well--keep us updated on how things go. And let me know if you want some recommendations for journals/magazines for poetry.

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1 minute ago, Bopie5 said:

Thank you thank you! Fingers crossed for you as well--keep us updated on how things go. And let me know if you want some recommendations for journals/magazines for poetry.

Any recommendations would be amazing, actually.  I have a book about publication opps for poetry but it's pretty outdated.  Also any advice on conferences would be super helpful too, I'm just starting to learn about them (thanks to the lovely people of GC).

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@kendalldinniene I just thought of one more piece of advice for conferences: make sure to avoid the future tense in your abstract. Essentially, the abstract should read as though the paper you plan to present is already written (even if it isn't, which is often the case). So, instead of saying something like, "This paper will examine such and such and do such and such," it should read, "This paper examines x and does y."

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Just now, j.alicea said:

@kendalldinniene I just thought of one more piece of advice for conferences: make sure to avoid the future tense in your abstract. Essentially, the abstract should read as though the paper you plan to present is already written (even if it isn't, which is often the case). So, instead of saying something like, "This paper will examine such and such and do such and such," it should read, "This paper examines x and does y."

Good to know, thank you!

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What's the general opinion on contacting departments (specifically the DGS) for more information on applicant status/some idea of when decisions will be made and released? I have seen on the forum that some people contact the DGS for this information but I'm wondering when (and if) it's ever appropriate. Two of the schools I applied to typically notify in January and it doesn't seem like many people on the forum this year applied to either school -- I haven't heard from them and am exceedingly curious about when I might hear back. 

I guess that's just the nature of the waiting game but I wish I had a better idea of when they plan to notify applicants. Has anyone ever inquired about this and received any concrete answers? 

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3 minutes ago, natalielouise said:

What's the general opinion on contacting departments (specifically the DGS) for more information on applicant status/some idea of when decisions will be made and released? I have seen on the forum that some people contact the DGS for this information but I'm wondering when (and if) it's ever appropriate. Two of the schools I applied to typically notify in January and it doesn't seem like many people on the forum this year applied to either school -- I haven't heard from them and am exceedingly curious about when I might hear back. 

I guess that's just the nature of the waiting game but I wish I had a better idea of when they plan to notify applicants. Has anyone ever inquired about this and received any concrete answers? 

I did it last year once or twice.  If the results are late in coming (compared to previous years), I don't see a problem with dropping an email asking for a progress update, essentially.  That's just my two cents.

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26 minutes ago, natalielouise said:

What's the general opinion on contacting departments (specifically the DGS) for more information on applicant status/some idea of when decisions will be made and released? I have seen on the forum that some people contact the DGS for this information but I'm wondering when (and if) it's ever appropriate. Two of the schools I applied to typically notify in January and it doesn't seem like many people on the forum this year applied to either school -- I haven't heard from them and am exceedingly curious about when I might hear back. 

I guess that's just the nature of the waiting game but I wish I had a better idea of when they plan to notify applicants. Has anyone ever inquired about this and received any concrete answers? 

You could also just call the department? Then (not that it likely matters) they're not connecting you personally to the question. 

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I think it's interesting how much longer it's taking Ohio to get rejections and wait lists out after acceptances this year compared to last year.  It's like 4 days vs. 9+.  I wonder why...

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10 minutes ago, Sav said:

You could also just call the department? Then (not that it likely matters) they're not connecting you personally to the question. 

That's a good idea! I am pretty nervous about phone calls, but that does provide a semblance of anonymity. Thanks!

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Just now, natalielouise said:

That's a good idea! I am pretty nervous about phone calls, but that does provide a semblance of anonymity. Thanks!

lol I'm not sure what this suggests about my maturity or adulthood but I got my friend to call a department for me once?

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2 minutes ago, Sav said:

lol I'm not sure what this suggests about my maturity or adulthood but I got my friend to call a department for me once?

I hate making phone calls so...I relate.

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40 minutes ago, Sav said:

lol I'm not sure what this suggests about my maturity or adulthood but I got my friend to call a department for me once?

i've had my roommate call twice now...

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Just now, mandelbulb said:

i've had my roommate call twice now...

When mine called they didn’t even answer the phone! So frustrating 

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