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21 hours ago, JessC said:

 

Hey!

I was in your same situation. I felt defeated after receiving my rejection letter last year and that feeling lingered into this application cycle--so much so that I wanted to give up on linguistics as a whole. I can't offer many words of advice on how to get rid of the feeling but I can share some of the things that I did this application cycle that strengthened my application, more specifically my SOP. 

I read On Writing Well by William Zinsser. I swear this changed the way I write completely. I had a SOP ready to send but after reading this I reframed the whole thing and got a much stronger essay out of it.

Along with On Writing Well, I read Graduate School Admission Essays by Donald Asher. I went through the samples and selected bits and pieces from them and incorporated them into my SOP (in my own way of course).

I took the following advice into account _deeply_:

- show them you have plans for after the degree

- show them what you want them to know without explicitly stating what you want them to know about you. This is better explained in the Asher book but I'm adding it here because it really stuck with me.

- “draw a meaningful thread through most major events in my life and show how those antecedents compelled me to go to grad school” (found in the link below)

This link has really helpful tips: http://thespeechblog.com/making-your-personal-statement-stand-out/ 

These are some of the things that I found that moved the needle for _me_. I hope you find some benefit in these resources as well.

Hi Jess!,

This is actually very good advice! I do feel a little deflated as I really want to do a PhD and do research in this topic as my way of living. I also love teaching, so this is a little discouraging. Like I said, this was my first try in the American system, so I think I really have to work harder next year. 

I will def. read the texts you mentioned and give my writing skills a boost. I am still finishing an MA in social sciences, so I still have a lot of adrenaline going on. I am in the process of making interviews and analyzing the data, so I feel really excited about the writing process. I haven't got much time to feel bummed, so I will get to work and get better at researching, writing and proposing. 

Do you think I should contact both universities and ask for an evaluation? I would really like to know what the evaluators thought about my whole application. Is this possible? Is it something schools could/would be willing to do?

I figured that if I want to apply again next year I might as well correct/improve my application based on what the evaluators thought of it. 

Again! Thank you for reading this and giving an opinion on it. :)

May I ask what is your research about? 

-V

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On 3/9/2021 at 1:16 PM, AnxiousBeaver said:
On 3/9/2021 at 1:16 PM, AnxiousBeaver said:

congrats Ivan! So excited and proud of you! Did you receive your funding offer yet?

Sorry, I only saw it now. 
 

Yes, I received my funding offer even before. The head of the department emailed me to say I had been awarded financial support in the form of at 33% time Teaching Assistantship for the academic years of 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. I couldn’t be happier. 
 

I am now only concerned about the proof of funding because I have three dependents, but I haven’t received any emails from Illinois talking about it. I emailed the program director today, but he said he doesn’t know much about this kind of thing, so he forwarded my message to grad services. The information about proof of funding is available on their website, but I don’t know if it applies to teaching assistants as well. USD $ 24,000 for 3 depends is a lot of money.... let’s see what they say! 
 

The open house was yesterday... it was awesome! 😃

 

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On 3/9/2021 at 1:16 PM, AnxiousBeaver said:

congrats Ivan! So excited and proud of you! Did you receive your funding offer yet?

 

Sorry, I only saw it now. 
 

Yes, I received my funding offer even before. The head of the department emailed me to say I had been awarded financial support in the form of at 33% time Teaching Assistantship for the academic years of 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. I couldn’t be happier. 
 

I am now only concerned about the proof of funding because I have three dependents, but I haven’t received any emails from Illinois talking about it. I emailed the program director today, but he said he doesn’t know much about this kind of thing, so he forwarded my message to grad services. The information about proof of funding is available on their website, but I don’t know if it applies to teaching assistants as well. USD $ 24,000 for 3 depends is a lot of money.... let’s see what they say! 
 

The open house was yesterday... it was awesome! 😃

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On 3/2/2021 at 7:37 PM, kso1634 said:

I totally get that! I'm looking at apartments in Bloomington (rather prematurely I might add as they told me they're still working on a funding package when I was offered an admitted student visit). I'm just really excited, but also nervous because of moving and meeting new people and that I won't do as well as I hope to or not meet expectations.

 

How's your search going? I've been admitted for Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures but finding it really hard to find a good place to live!

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On 3/16/2021 at 1:19 PM, IvanC said:

 

 

Sorry, I only saw it now. 
 

Yes, I received my funding offer even before. The head of the department emailed me to say I had been awarded financial support in the form of at 33% time Teaching Assistantship for the academic years of 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. I couldn’t be happier. 
 

I am now only concerned about the proof of funding because I have three dependents, but I haven’t received any emails from Illinois talking about it. I emailed the program director today, but he said he doesn’t know much about this kind of thing, so he forwarded my message to grad services. The information about proof of funding is available on their website, but I don’t know if it applies to teaching assistants as well. USD $ 24,000 for 3 depends is a lot of money.... let’s see what they say! 
 

The open house was yesterday... it was awesome! 😃

Hi Ivan! Congratulations on the acceptance and funding! I know a little about funding as I have two dependents as well. I asked several schools about this and all of them told me that I needed from 3000 to 4000 USD per dependent. In my case, I needed to show proof for two people (husband and baby) If I was accepted. I was not, so I don't have to worry about that right now. I will have a whole year to put some more money together to take my family with me for 4 years. I don't know the situation at the schools you applied to, but check the information web page for international students a those universities and that would def be helpful. 

 

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25 minutes ago, VLE said:

Hi Ivan! Congratulations on the acceptance and funding! I know a little about funding as I have two dependents as well. I asked several schools about this and all of them told me that I needed from 3000 to 4000 USD per dependent. In my case, I needed to show proof for two people (husband and baby) If I was accepted. I was not, so I don't have to worry about that right now. I will have a whole year to put some more money together to take my family with me for 4 years. I don't know the situation at the schools you applied to, but check the information web page for international students a those universities and that would def be helpful. 

 

Thanks, VLE! 
 

I’ve just talked to someone in my department and they told me I’ll have to show a proof of funding of US$24,241 😕 I’m not happy with that. I dunno what I’m going to do.

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12 hours ago, IvanC said:

Guys! I have awesome news (again)! 😃

I was officially accepted to the University of Alabama. I’m really happy, even thought I’ve already said YES to Illinois 😂

This warms my heart ☺️ Congratulations!!!

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Hi everybody and congrats to the ones who have been admitted.

Has anyone heard any news from the University of Victoria, Canada?

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Hi guys! 
 

As you know, I was accepted to the University of Illinois and the University of Alabama. I already accepted Illinois’s offer, but I can change my decision until April 15th. If you guys had to choose between these two outstanding universities, which one would you choose?

Illinois: 

Stipend: USD 12,738

Health insurance: partial 

Proof of funding: USD 24,000 (for myself + dependents)

Sponsor: a friend of mine, an American citizen.

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Alabama 

Stipend: USD 14,364

Health insurance: full coverage 

Proof of funding: USD 16,036 (because I have 3 dependents - if it were only me, I would need to show proof of funding of USD 1,036) 

Loomis Scholarship funding (book aid): USD 800

Sponsor: I wouldn’t need a sponsor at the UA. I can use my own funds. 
 

I’m curious to know which one you guys would choose. 
 


 

 

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