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40 minutes ago, vvolgate said:

First rejection of the season in from UCF! I’m 1a/1w/1r/2p now. Not too sad about the rejection, either, as it was my worst fit program and UCF notoriously has poor funding... 

Hauling the conversation in a different direction--welcome to the rejection club, and if I may speak frankly, lowkey congrats on one of each, 1a/1w/1r? There's something kind of satisfying about that.

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That would be me. My first acceptance and I’m thrilled.

just got my Michigan offer. 6 years funding. Fuck. 

IN AT YALE!!!  IM GOING TO LOSE MY MIND I DON'T KNOW WHO I AM ANYMORE 

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On 2/17/2020 at 6:54 AM, Lblack said:

Has anyone else heard from USC? I saw one acceptance on the board 

Update: I got in! I was shocked to find an acceptance email today. Apparently they called and left me a voicemail over the weekend, but I never got a voicemail or had a missed call. The email was so kind and included all of the committee comments about my application.
 

This ends my cycle. 2 acceptances and 1 rejection. USC offered me an amazing funding package. I had my heart set on UCR, but now I’m not sure what I’m going to do. 
 

Good luck to everyone who’s still waiting for news! I really wasn’t expecting to get in. You really never know when good news will pop up! 

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Three years of fellowship! And friends of mine on the CW end say they also have tons of research travel opportunities, grant opportunities, etc. as well (some of which are even underapplied to). It's an excellent situation. Good luck with your decision @Lblack.

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What are folks' thoughts about fellowships vs. opportunities to teach upper division courses? Of my two current top choices, one is offering me a fellowship for my first year, and the other requires me to teach my first year. The school that requires teaching the first year, though, offers opportunities for students to teach upper division literature courses when they're ABD, and I'd love to have that experience. Since research-focused positions are even rarer than teaching-focused positions (which themselves are, of course, insanely rare), I would think the extra courses would be good for pitching myself to a teaching-focused institution when I'm on the market, but then again, a year on fellowship sounds pretty nice. Of course I'm considering a number of other factors, but I'd be interested to hear what y'all think about this point. 

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8 hours ago, jm6394 said:

TBH I’d be glad to just receive a rejection—I already live in NY and wouldn’t choose to move to Davis (though it sounds cute haha) and turn down CUNY, a better fit anyway. I’m eager at this point to just commit. But thank you both @Indecisive Poet for the encouragement, just emailed their DGS!

Following up on this. I emailed Davis’ DGS and many hours later received an email to check portal for status update (not a reply from the DGS). Their standard rejection letter was awaiting me. If you’re in Davis limbo and want to rip off the bandaid I recommend doing this! I’m inclined to believe anyone they have waiting around is just waiting for a rejection. 

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35 minutes ago, karamazov said:

What are folks' thoughts about fellowships vs. opportunities to teach upper division courses? Of my two current top choices, one is offering me a fellowship for my first year, and the other requires me to teach my first year. The school that requires teaching the first year, though, offers opportunities for students to teach upper division literature courses when they're ABD, and I'd love to have that experience. Since research-focused positions are even rarer than teaching-focused positions (which themselves are, of course, insanely rare), I would think the extra courses would be good for pitching myself to a teaching-focused institution when I'm on the market, but then again, a year on fellowship sounds pretty nice. Of course I'm considering a number of other factors, but I'd be interested to hear what y'all think about this point. 

Will you be a teaching assistant or have your own courses that first year? If you haven't been an adjunct or had teaching experience yet (usually you may have some experience while doing an MA),  it can be intimidating. I'm guessing there should be some sort of training somewhere. If you are expected to have your own ENGL 1 and ENGL 2 courses from the first semester, that seems a bit crazy to me.

I think a big factor is how you foresee yourself adjusting to grad school. Learning to write 15-25 page papers for each class and read a book per class per week can be a huge jump from undergrad experience. To add teaching service on top of that when students are just transitioning is a lot. A fellowship for the first year seems like the better deal to me and perhaps you can eventually seek opportunities at that school to at least TA for literature-heavy courses.

But ultimately, if the teaching experience is what you value more, and you think you are willing to push through the transition phase, then it's your decision. 

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3 hours ago, caffeinated applicant said:

Hauling the conversation in a different direction--welcome to the rejection club, and if I may speak frankly, lowkey congrats on one of each, 1a/1w/1r? There's something kind of satisfying about that.

Sadly(ish), when I came home tonight, it became 1a/2w/1r/1p! So earlier I should’ve actually said it was 1a/1w/1r/2p. 

I know waitlists are technically good news, and I do have one really great offer to boot, but lawd almighty I can’t help but feel a little bit like I must be doing something so wrong.... 

 

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Oof. I had to say something because the conversation here has left a bad taste in my mouth. The academy with its scarcity of jobs is so bleak that it is clearly already getting us down, well before we have even begun our careers in earnest. I hope everyone is taking some time for themselves amidst all the anxiety and despair. Solidarity with all of you, but especially with those who are still waiting to hear at all and/or are unsure about what comes next. I will say what I’ve been told by friends and mentors in the past: rejection is the only constant in the academy and it never lets up, no matter how accomplished one becomes with time. In that sense, it is entirely arbitrary and hardly personal. Additionally, as someone said recently on Twitter, the academy will never love us back. I know I’m speaking from a place of some luck and privilege right now, but just wanted to acknowledge that this is an unequal playing field and the stakes are so high precisely because they’re in fact so low. This isn’t on us, it’s on the austerity that is destroying the humanities. I hope we’re all doing the needful to step back and take care of ourselves. Thinking of all of you, and particularly those who are bearing the brunt of rejection right now. May the tides turn and soon!

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40 minutes ago, Rani13 said:

Oof. I had to say something because the conversation here has left a bad taste in my mouth. The academy with its scarcity of jobs is so bleak that it is clearly already getting us down, well before we have even begun our careers in earnest. I hope everyone is taking some time for themselves amidst all the anxiety and despair. Solidarity with all of you, but especially with those who are still waiting to hear at all and/or are unsure about what comes next. I will say what I’ve been told by friends and mentors in the past: rejection is the only constant in the academy and it never lets up, no matter how accomplished one becomes with time. In that sense, it is entirely arbitrary and hardly personal. Additionally, as someone said recently on Twitter, the academy will never love us back. I know I’m speaking from a place of some luck and privilege right now, but just wanted to acknowledge that this is an unequal playing field and the stakes are so high precisely because they’re in fact so low. This isn’t on us, it’s on the austerity that is destroying the humanities. I hope we’re all doing the needful to step back and take care of ourselves. Thinking of all of you, and particularly those who are bearing the brunt of rejection right now. May the tides turn and soon!

You said this so well! Thank you. 
 

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I just want to add that the reason I’m so fond of this forum (apart from the admission updates obviously) is because unlike the rest of the internet, the mask of anonymity does not bring out the trolls within us. I’ve only ever perceived it as a positive space. And that, folks, is something! When I read @caffeinated applicant’s post yesterday, I just kept looking at the screen for a few minutes at least. It captured everything I had felt last season, and everything I had struggled to suppress ever since. 
A few days ago, I couldn’t access the website because of server issues for around 10 mins, and I legit freaked out. 
I truly value this space. Let’s just actively try and keep it the way it has always been: POSITIVE, SUPPORTIVE, EMPATHETIC. 

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1 hour ago, poetryislit said:

I am dying to hear from UPenn (as are many people, it seems) 🙃

Penn has some strong women on their faculty studying Shakespeare and race theory and I am VERY ANXIOUS TO HEAR FROM THEM. I was nervous about my application this cycle because there aren't so many faculty in programs I found desirable working within that particular niche. I'm not especially interested in complicating the decision I already have to make, but a Penn acceptance would definitely f*ck me allll the way up. I took the GRE (performed medium well on verbal and writing with an embarrassingly low quantitative score) at the last minute specifically for Penn and Yale & my scores reflect the impulse 😑

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@ adcomms: look y'all I wrote down in each week of my planner which schools I expected to hear from and with the exception of UT-Austin and Chicago, y'all are S L A C K I N G. Harvard is excused because you're always late but the rest of you............................................... I'm waiting (respectfully) pls 

(It does not help matters that I emailed Maryland about status a week and a half ago, and I emailed UT-Austin yesterday to reiterate interest and ask if there's been movement, and neither has gotten back to me. I can understand if communications on the subject are embargoed until they're able to offer or decline, because that's the kind of thing that universities love to do even if it's--IMO--unhelpful and rude, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and assuming that this is the reason behind the lack of response rather than reading into it...) 

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hi everyone, I've been lurking on this for a while now. Like others, I've been in the pits of despair these last few weeks (3r/0a/1w/5p) with 2 of those 5p implied rejections (NYU & Columbia). Soliciting self-care tips for these stressful times as I, like many here, struggle with depression/anxiety and this process is kind of killing me slowly. Any advice welcome, and congrats to those who have already been accepted ❤️ 

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I finally gave in and emailed Yale because I saw more rejections went out, and they informed me that they're still making decisions. I don't know how to feel?!?!?!?!

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15 minutes ago, lotsoffeelings said:

hi everyone, I've been lurking on this for a while now. Like others, I've been in the pits of despair these last few weeks (3r/0a/1w/5p) with 2 of those 5p implied rejections (NYU & Columbia). Soliciting self-care tips for these stressful times as I, like many here, struggle with depression/anxiety and this process is kind of killing me slowly. Any advice welcome, and congrats to those who have already been accepted ❤️ 

And also, if anyone can confirm that no interview at Columbia = rejection? Mixed info about their interview process and kind of just want to rip that band-aid off. 

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5 minutes ago, lotsoffeelings said:

hi everyone, I've been lurking on this for a while now. Like others, I've been in the pits of despair these last few weeks (3r/0a/1w/5p) with 2 of those 5p implied rejections (NYU & Columbia). Soliciting self-care tips for these stressful times as I, like many here, struggle with depression/anxiety and this process is kind of killing me slowly. Any advice welcome, and congrats to those who have already been accepted ❤️ 

One tip: find something that you can do that consistently takes your mind off of applications, preferably something that physically blocks you from checking email etc and that overall boosts mood. Maybe this is something creative or productive, maybe it's a mindless distraction that quiets everything. Invest in making that thing a routine activity, to the best of your ability (I'm bearing in mind, for instance, that if you're a student currently, you may have very limited free time). Carve out some time, as often as possible, to practice forgetting. 

In this vein, I finally restarted my running routine, which went to the wayside for the last half of 2019 for a combination of reasons including apps, and with a podcast on to keep my mind from spiraling in the quiet, that twenty or thirty minutes is enough for the anxiety to uncurl and allow me to forget about the pending number. I've also bumped up my skincare routine from my usual cleanser and SPF moisturizer into a whole Multistep Ordeal--something about being in a quite small room, again with a podcast playing, a candle lit, maybe drinking an espresso, while I rub nice-smelling stuff on my face is very soothing for me. Perhaps because it effectively wraps in all of the senses? 

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21 minutes ago, lotsoffeelings said:

And also, if anyone can confirm that no interview at Columbia = rejection? Mixed info about their interview process and kind of just want to rip that band-aid off. 

I will say that as someone who did interview at columbia I'm also confused about their interview process but not convinced that no interview means rejection––mine was very chatty and not at all the tone I expected for a make-or-break type of interview. my advisor guessed the interviews have more to do with merit fellowships than with the decision to accept or reject. but possibly I just misread the room and it was a make-or-break interview, or possibly the entire process varies by subfield (and on the boards this year, all of the interviews posted seemed to be for 20th/21st century lit; the early modern interview was mine). I know this isn't a sure answer, but I hope the additional details about their interviews help put some minds at ease! 

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19 minutes ago, CanadianEnglish said:

I just emailed UNC Chapel Hill's DGS to inquire about when they are sending out news. Will update if or when I hear back. 

Hope every gets a bit of good news for the rest of the week!

Oh, bless you—Chapel Hill is the last school I’m waiting to hear from (and potentially the best fit of all the schools I applied to, for whatever that’s worth) and I’m driving myself a little mad trying to figure out when they’ll notify based on past years’ results. Thank you, brave soldier!

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So on another topic: when to inquire about waitlists? I'm currently sitting pretty on two waitlists. One list notification came with the promise that they would notify me of change as soon as possible (it wasn't stated but somewhat indicated that I'm at the top of that list), and the other was a lot more vague. I currently also have one very generous fully funded offer. My advisor encouraged me to get in touch with the schools I'm on the waitlist of, although I'm not really sure what to say at this phase, apart from to express my continued interest. Thoughts?   

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Just got rejected from Cambridge for an MPhil. Not a big surprise, because I had to apply very early, back in October (long story), which made it my weakest application. I had pretty much made up my mind to take one of my PhD offers anyway, but I won't lie - my feelings are a little bit hurt.

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