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1 minute ago, gooniesneversaydie said:

I can definitely sympathize with the mental strain of doing this again next year. My first cycle (last year) was a mess, so I'm terrified of making the wrong choices again this time. And my only choice is ranked at 57, so that makes me nervous, even though I know it's not the end all. 

It just took a lot out of me to do it this time and I'm not sure I can do any better if I try again. UW is ranked at 35...is that bad? Do I need to be worried about that? I've talked to a few people in the field and I've decided I don't have to get a TT position at a big-name university to feel happy or successful, but it's hard to know for sure from my vantage point.

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3 minutes ago, tinymica said:

It just took a lot out of me to do it this time and I'm not sure I can do any better if I try again. UW is ranked at 35...is that bad? Do I need to be worried about that? I've talked to a few people in the field and I've decided I don't have to get a TT position at a big-name university to feel happy or successful, but it's hard to know for sure from my vantage point.

No, I definitely wouldn't worry! The profs I've spoken to have said that finding a TT position is so competitive no matter what. Also, that it depends on the type of university. One prof said that high-ranked, research intensive universities will give preference to those who come from a top 10/top 20, whereas teaching universities may not. However, I have also been told that it's the relationships built between you and your diss. director/committee. And that their letters of rec, the networking they help you do, and their work/reputation in the field, is what is extremely important.  

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Hi everyone!

I just discovered this site about a week ago and am wishing I knew about it much earlier. I'm the first person in my family to apply to PhD programs, and I've felt lost a lot of the time. Anyhow, I'm glad to be here now, and I've sympathized with so many of you reading through the posts here.

I applied to 14 schools this cycle. I've got a BA and MA from a good-sized Midwestern state university, and didn't expect too much from applications, even though I took shots at a few major programs. So far I've got 5 left pending (including Penn and Columbia, which I don't expect to happen), 7 rejections, and two acceptances: University of Oregon and Stony Brook, both of which I think will be good fits for me because they have professors working in my areas, even though they're I know they're not top schools or anything.

I really wish I'd had a better sense of how things worked when I applied, because I think I could probably have saved myself at least a good five application fees--I see now that I applied to programs that probably weren't the best fit for me--but oh well. I don't really think I'll wait around 'til next cycle, but I do have a few regrets. And there's also that fun thing where my favorite professor at my top choice decided to jump to a new department after I'd already submitted my app (and had been in communication with them).

Anyways, hi friends! I'll be happy to anxiously wait with you for the next few weeks.

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I am rather sad I did not get any admissions news today, but my spirits were lifted when I received my itinerary for my WashU campus visit! I am especially hyped to observe a meeting of their grad seminar on Feminist Modernist Studies. 

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1 hour ago, gooniesneversaydie said:

No, I definitely wouldn't worry! The profs I've spoken to have said that finding a TT position is so competitive no matter what. Also, that it depends on the type of university. One prof said that high-ranked, research intensive universities will give preference to those who come from a top 10/top 20, whereas teaching universities may not. However, I have also been told that it's the relationships built between you and your diss. director/committee. And that their letters of rec, the networking they help you do, and their work/reputation in the field, is what is extremely important.  

Thank you for the reassurance! I really appreciate your thoughts

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1 minute ago, tinymica said:

I still haven’t heard from Brown 😕 Any idea why?

also here wondering the same thing, dont even know what to think, I just keep refreshing my email 😫

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Not sure, @tinymica, but I got rejected by CU Boulder a couple days ago and never got an email. Just saw it on the application.

Also, maybe the Columbia emails are just for the folks who interviewed? I've got nothing on email or my app. So anxious.

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2 hours ago, tinymica said:

I'm in a similar situation. I seriously doubt that I"ll get into my remaining schools, so it looks like UW is going to be my only option. But...I'm not upset about it. I actually like UW's program and I like the idea of moving to Seattle, whereas the prospect of moving to somewhere way north like Boston strikes a little fear into my heart. The only things I'm worried about is that UW 1) has only offered me one summer of guaranteed funding, 2) UW operates on quarter system, and 3) I'll begin teaching right away and throughout the program. I have a few years of teaching experience under my belt and I love doing it, but I wish I could have even one year of a non-teaching fellowship. Teaching/grading takes up a great deal of time and I think it's going to make my transition into the program difficult. Again, though, I'm happy with UW and I don't think I can mentally handle another application cycle. I'm cool with being in the "one and done" club!

I'm on the waitlist at UW and will be faced with a similar decision should I get off. Two of my professors at my current institution (Duke) went there and speak very highly of the program, so it seems like they have a good reputation from what I know. Also Seattle is cool I hear! Never been but def want to go! 

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38 minutes ago, MundaneSoul said:

Not sure, @tinymica, but I got rejected by CU Boulder a couple days ago and never got an email. Just saw it on the application.

Hmm thank you for telling me. @ those who applied to Brown, am I looking at the wrong portal or something? I’ve been checking the same site I used to submit my app (ApplyWeb I think) and it just says my app was submitted, nothing else. I wonder what’s going on...

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1 minute ago, tinymica said:

Hmm thank you for telling me. @ those who applied to Brown, am I looking at the wrong portal or something? I’ve been checking the same site I used to submit my app (ApplyWeb I think) and it just says my app was submitted, nothing else. I wonder what’s going on...

My rejection showed up on ApplyWeb, so you're looking in the right place! I got an email telling me to log in for my decision letter.

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4 minutes ago, Wimsey said:

My rejection showed up on ApplyWeb, so you're looking in the right place! I got an email telling me to log in for my decision letter.

Thank you! It’s still just reading “submitted,” no letter waiting for me there. I feel like Brown is an ex boyfriend leading me on and I just want closure.

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38 minutes ago, lotsoffeelings said:

I'm on the waitlist at UW and will be faced with a similar decision should I get off. Two of my professors at my current institution (Duke) went there and speak very highly of the program, so it seems like they have a good reputation from what I know. Also Seattle is cool I hear! Never been but def want to go! 

I’m sorry about the waitlist. I hope a spot opens up for you - then perhaps we’ll meet there! Think you for letting me know. I’m due to visit campus in a few weeks and I’m stoked to see Seattle! I haven’t been since I was really little!

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9 minutes ago, LemonadeChronicles said:

What's the Facebook group that some people refer to here? Is there another place like grad cafe? :P

The Creative Writing equivalent of GC is a Facebook group called the MFA Draft, and there's also a Creative Writing PhD draft. It functions basically like here - discussing programs, alerting to notifications, pooling knowledge (or perhaps rumor-mongering!), blowing off steam, occasional flamewars, meeting strangers (I met a bunch of people I still know during my time in Draft). There's a literary arts forum on here but it's not as lively.

Edited by merry night wanderer

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Has anyone else spent a ridiculous sum of money on online shopping under the guise that 'I've earned this because I am going through the application season rn' or is it just me? I bought like $80 of Korean beauty skincare (I buy all of my skincare on Soko Glam if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Sephora) and while I am excited for all my goodies I also know that it was begotten by unhealthy stress 😅

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14 minutes ago, Rrandle101 said:

Has anyone else spent a ridiculous sum of money on online shopping under the guise that 'I've earned this because I am going through the application season rn' or is it just me? I bought like $80 of Korean beauty skincare (I buy all of my skincare on Soko Glam if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Sephora) and while I am excited for all my goodies I also know that it was begotten by unhealthy stress 😅

Nope... Buttttt I ended up playing this addictive game on my phone after a really long time. I had stopped playing it cause of how addictive and disruptive it had become and I ended up spending money on it just to buy lives yesterday. It is the most useless shopping I have ever done on the App Store, like ever! Your post makes me think that I could have taken my mind off the anxiety by spending on something more pampering. Lol :P

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45 minutes ago, merry night wanderer said:

The Creative Writing equivalent of GC is a Facebook group called the MFA Draft, and there's also a Creative Writing PhD draft. It functions basically like here - discussing programs, alerting to notifications, pooling knowledge (or perhaps rumor-mongering!), blowing off steam, occasional flamewars, meeting strangers (I met a bunch of people I still know during my time in Draft). There's a literary arts forum on here but it's not as lively.

Aaaah, thanks for telling me!

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Okay must accept that I won’t hear anything for a while. I’m gonna go see a play and tune out

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46 minutes ago, Rrandle101 said:

Has anyone else spent a ridiculous sum of money on online shopping under the guise that 'I've earned this because I am going through the application season rn' or is it just me? I bought like $80 of Korean beauty skincare (I buy all of my skincare on Soko Glam if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Sephora) and while I am excited for all my goodies I also know that it was begotten by unhealthy stress 😅

Just came home with a $50 haul of random skincare products, chosen by me in a highly emotional state simply because their packaging looked nice and soothing, haha.

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I got officially rejected by UVa! It's a bummer, but I expected it, since I made a mortifying typo in my personal statement.

Just three more to go--and then, I'll be waiting to hear whether I get accepted off of any waitlists! So this process could drag on until April!

I think I'm just learning to live with the uncertainty.

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3 hours ago, lotsoffeelings said:

I'm on the waitlist at UW and will be faced with a similar decision should I get off. Two of my professors at my current institution (Duke) went there and speak very highly of the program, so it seems like they have a good reputation from what I know. Also Seattle is cool I hear! Never been but def want to go! 

Im thinking as of now I wont be accepting my offer at UW, whats your field??

 

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2 hours ago, Rrandle101 said:

Has anyone else spent a ridiculous sum of money on online shopping under the guise that 'I've earned this because I am going through the application season rn' or is it just me? I bought like $80 of Korean beauty skincare (I buy all of my skincare on Soko Glam if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Sephora) and while I am excited for all my goodies I also know that it was begotten by unhealthy stress 😅

While in the thick of writing my apps, I bought a purse on ModCloth solely because they named it the "Authentically Academic Bag." At least it was also on sale.

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