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Is anyone else planning to apply to American Studies this cycle? The forum seems pretty empty!

I am a little discouraged by so many programs putting their admissions on hold, but I thought I might as well give it a shot anyways. I am a little worried that it will be even harder to get in now, and COVID has definitely left me feeling super exhausted about the whole process. Anyone else feeling like that?

 

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Is anyone else planning to apply to American Studies this cycle? The forum seems pretty empty! I am a little discouraged by so many programs putting their admissions on hold, but I thought I migh

I am also applying to American studies programs this cycle as well as Anthropology.  Although a lot of programs are putting their admissions on hold I did not let it deter me. I have been warned

Glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t heard! Beginning to be eaten alive by post-app season anxiety! 

I am also applying to American studies programs this cycle as well as Anthropology. 

Although a lot of programs are putting their admissions on hold I did not let it deter me. I have been warned by various faculty that due to the pandemic they are accepting fewer students. Although that does make me a little worried I already started the process so I feel like I should finish it. 

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I applied to seven PhD programs including U Michigan American Culture, NYU American Studies, GW American Studies, and USC American Studies and Ethnicity. Additionally, I applied to UC San Diego Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley Performance Studies, and Northwestern Performance Studies. I was certainly discouraged by all the programs that announced they wouldn’t be accepting applications (Purdue even did so after I applied), but since I am in a graduate preparatory program I couldn’t give up. I’m not too hopeful for this cycle but I will be reapplying next year and possibly applying to some masters of art history programs (the field my BA is in and the field I work in) as well. Best of luck to everyone, I hope we hear very soon! 

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I vowed myself to not look at gradcafe at all during this cycle, but here I am 😕. I also applied to three American Studies PhD's (and two other MA's). I was really discouraged that so many programs decided to not accept applications this year. I have one acceptance so far (USC), but I'm still waiting to hear back from other places to compare offers (if I get lucky enough to be accepted anywhere else) and negotiate. Good luck to everyone! 

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Congratulations on your USC acceptance! Do you mind if I inquire as to whether you have a Masters and if this is your first cycle applying to PhDs? I am just feeling really discouraged and thinking about whether or not I should apply again next cycle if things don't work out this year, or if I should consider Masters programs for the time being. 

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8 hours ago, sadficus said:

Congratulations on your USC acceptance! Do you mind if I inquire as to whether you have a Masters and if this is your first cycle applying to PhDs? I am just feeling really discouraged and thinking about whether or not I should apply again next cycle if things don't work out this year, or if I should consider Masters programs for the time being. 

Thank you! I actually do not have a masters and this is my first time applying. I have a solid undergraduate research background which I think helped a lot but  I also think that the work/opportunities I had after graduating made my CV a lot more stronger. Two years ago when I graduated from college I would not have been able to write a concise and well thought out SOP, but having different research and work opportunities and really more life experience in the past two years made it so that I could. 

To be honest, I didn't really think I would get any acceptances this year, specially because what I've been hearing is that so many schools are accepting less students due to funding. I was already in the process of looking for jobs when I got the call from admissions and it was a huge shock. 

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2 hours ago, centuryegg said:

any updates on nyu from anyone?! i literally just signed up for an account to say this has been such a nervewracking week- best of luck all ❤️ 

I'm also waiting on NYU, no updates so far for me. 

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I just wish this waiting game would be over, regardless of results! I'm honestly confused as to why USC hasn't sent out rejections yet? Just get on with it ya'll. I need some closure. I am also waiting to hear back from NYU, U Mich, and GWU. 

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Has anyone heard from NYU or know of those who did? :( I'm starting to think that maybe the interview invites have already gone out...

 

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The only American Studies program I’ve heard back from is USC (with a rejection). I’m still waiting to hear back from U Mich, GWU, NYU, and UC San Diego Ethnic Studies. I was losing my mind until I landed an interview with Northwestern Performance Studies. Hoping the excitement for that will carry me through the rest of this long and torturous season. 

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Just heard from UMichigan American Culture. Rejected. Very generic rejection letter, saying they received many applicants, etc. I don't really feel bad about it - more than anything I'm glad to know of a decision. Now if NYU would hurry up and let me know. 

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