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1 hour ago, Cordelipup said:

It feels so good to hear about everyone who has gotten in, especially people who have stuck it out for multiple cycles! I am so happy for you all.

Does anyone have experience going from teaching middle school/high school after undergrad and then straight to a PhD program without doing a Masters? If so, I'd really appreciate any advice!

I'm not exactly in this group, but adjacent--I taught middle and high school before pursuing an MA, now a PhD. I personally felt so out of the loop with the discipline of English that crafting a "relevant" SOP and writing sample that engages in current discourse for PhD apps felt very out of reach (when I was still teaching), and my MA has been so informative, enjoyable, and edifying. Though I also wasn't an English major in undergrad, which is probably relevant.

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In at Davis!!! My first English acceptance of this cycle. Really exciting and particularly validating since I was rejected from their program in my last app cycle. I'm so happy! Funding details to com

Anyone else getting this weird message on their pending applications or is it just me? Guessing this is a hint from the adcoms that I should refresh a few more times

I got into my first MA program!!! I know most of y'all are PhD applicants, but this is so huge for me!! I got offered a teaching assistantship for two years!!!! This means I can move out of my parents

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1 hour ago, wildsurmise said:

I'm not exactly in this group, but adjacent--I taught middle and high school before pursuing an MA, now a PhD. I personally felt so out of the loop with the discipline of English that crafting a "relevant" SOP and writing sample that engages in current discourse for PhD apps felt very out of reach (when I was still teaching), and my MA has been so informative, enjoyable, and edifying. Though I also wasn't an English major in undergrad, which is probably relevant.

This is so helpful to hear! I feel this disconnect as well. Did you recently complete your MA? And were you able to complete it while also teaching? I thought going straight for the PhD would be the best route for me, but now I'm considering other options.

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Just now, Cordelipup said:

This is so helpful to hear! I feel this disconnect as well. Did you recently complete your MA? And were you able to complete it while also teaching? I thought going straight for the PhD would be the best route for me, but now I'm considering other options.

I'm graduating this May, currently in my second year (planning on starting phd in the fall). I'm teaching one class of first year composition each semester for my university, but not teaching middle/ hs during the program. My current professors were really helpful in giving feedback for my SOP, and my writing sample comes from an MA seminar paper. It can also be nice to have solidarity/ venting sessions with classmates who are also applying.  

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the waiting is just so! damn! excruciating! at this point. Anyone else kind of losing their general concentration? I feel like I'm usually pretty good at avoiding procrastination but it feels 10x more difficult to work at the moment. I have a backup plan, I know my chances are slim as heck and I'm not even really scared of what will happen if I don't get in anywhere, but the overwhelming uncertainty is getting to me big time. 

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2 hours ago, queenofcarrotflowers said:

the waiting is just so! damn! excruciating! at this point. Anyone else kind of losing their general concentration? I feel like I'm usually pretty good at avoiding procrastination but it feels 10x more difficult to work at the moment. I have a backup plan, I know my chances are slim as heck and I'm not even really scared of what will happen if I don't get in anywhere, but the overwhelming uncertainty is getting to me big time. 

exactly my feelings! I think at this point I've also accepted my slim chances, but I'd rather just get the waiting over with one way or another so I can focus again and have a more concrete plan for what I'll be doing for the next year or so. 

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Hey could I trouble you all to check around for a response from a PhD program? Just looking for a single response. Probably has the words CONGRATULATIONS. It may have fallen between the couch cushions. Have looked evvverrryyyywhere. Even checked my coat pockets. Nothing.

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Just now, lilgreenblatt said:

I got into my first MA program!!! I know most of y'all are PhD applicants, but this is so huge for me!! I got offered a teaching assistantship for two years!!!! This means I can move out of my parents house in August!!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you. Which program? So excited for you, for both the acceptance and the funding. I hope you do something fun to celebrate.

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1 minute ago, lilgreenblatt said:

I got into my first MA program!!! I know most of y'all are PhD applicants, but this is so huge for me!! I got offered a teaching assistantship for two years!!!! This means I can move out of my parents house in August!!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS ! that's amazing!!

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12 minutes ago, lilgreenblatt said:

I got into my first MA program!!! I know most of y'all are PhD applicants, but this is so huge for me!! I got offered a teaching assistantship for two years!!!! This means I can move out of my parents house in August!!!!!!!

CONGRATS!! I loved my stand alone MA experience and a teaching assistanceship is huge :)

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happy for everyone receiving good news & wishing the best for those hanging in the balance.

(any tips for not viciously self-sabotaging by replaying interviews over in your head, wondering if you made any sense at all / feeling like a smol lil rambling mess)

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1 hour ago, Bopie5 said:

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you. Which program? So excited for you, for both the acceptance and the funding. I hope you do something fun to celebrate.

Clemson! It’s not my top choice, but I’m just so happy to have gotten in somewhere. And I really do love that backwards state of South Carolina. 

The roads are iced over here in Texas (crazy...), so I celebrated by driving to work really, really slow haha. I’m going to California to visit my boyfriend this weekend so hopefully we can celebrate v-day and grad school all at once! 

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12 minutes ago, MaoistTowelette said:

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo?

current buffalo phd student here: acceptances have already been sent out. the department only accepted 4 students this year. i don't know the status of the waitlist.

sorry if this wasn't the news you were hoping for; here's hoping there's news about the waitlist, or that you have other acceptances waiting for you! 

best of luck--and also, your username is great.

 

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51 minutes ago, tinycapybara said:

happy for everyone receiving good news & wishing the best for those hanging in the balance.

(any tips for not viciously self-sabotaging by replaying interviews over in your head, wondering if you made any sense at all / feeling like a smol lil rambling mess)

Oy, I'm also prone to going over everything and asking myself "Was that rude? Was there an awkward silence? Did I even answer the question?" It's so easy to second guess yourself when there's no feedback... It's cheesy, but I put a sticky note on my mirror that just says "I truly did everything I could." There's no going back now, so you might as well be proud of yourself for what you were able to say!

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18 minutes ago, beefalo said:

current buffalo phd student here: acceptances have already been sent out. the department only accepted 4 students this year. i don't know the status of the waitlist.

sorry if this wasn't the news you were hoping for; here's hoping there's news about the waitlist, or that you have other acceptances waiting for you! 

best of luck--and also, your username is great.

 

Thanks for letting me know, I'll cross that one of my list!

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17 minutes ago, robertsona_grad said:

Process is utterly cruel. Clearly in violation of multiple protocols established by the Geneva Conventions

Very true. I have just one thing to say to these unbelievably cruel criminals who flagrantly violate international law, thus dragging the whole human project further down into barbarism: could you pretty pretty please accept me into your profession?

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Hahah exactly. Would be so happy to about-face on this very point. Please give me the chance to abandon wholly my previous stance, ye grad schools. I would lunge at the chance to end up as TheGradCafe.com’s most infamous hypocrite

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Emailed my current program to check my status and got waitlisted! (this isn't a surprise as since I did my undergrad there as well, I had to appeal to apply and figured I'd be waitlisted). I feel at least a little better knowing at least my own program would waitlist me, LOL. 

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51 minutes ago, cassidyaxx said:

Emailed my current program to check my status and got waitlisted! (this isn't a surprise as since I did my undergrad there as well, I had to appeal to apply and figured I'd be waitlisted). I feel at least a little better knowing at least my own program would waitlist me, LOL. 

You had to appeal to apply? That doesn't make sense to me - you clearly like UConn, and the school obviously knows that too. And you obviously have the credentials to be admitted there. Why WOULDN'T they want you to apply?? 

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Just now, A Small Raven said:

You had to appeal to apply? That doesn't make sense to me - you clearly like UConn, and the school obviously knows that too. And you obviously have the credentials to be admitted there. Why WOULDN'T they want you to apply?? 

Oh yeah it wasn't on the part of the department! In my experience, the department there has been very lovely towards me and I've met many kind professors who actually encouraged me to appeal to apply (and I'd be willing to talk with anyone accepted to UConn about my experience there, btw!) It is a sort of unwritten rule by the graduate school that the department can't extend offers to people who have already received two degrees from there. Basically I just had to write a short statement explaining why I still wanted to attend UConn and what personal reasons I had that would make it viable for me to get my third degree from there. They unanimously decided that they would accept my application though, so it worked out :) 

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