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On 2/26/2021 at 2:36 PM, isabelxarcher said:

I’ve been mostly lurking up until I received my own waitlist notification, but I’ve seen your posts and I sincerely hope you get good news soon!!!!! Fingers and toes crossed for everyone 🤞 

Tysm!! I hope everyone else does too! Hopefully we'll start seeing some movement some places as we move into March :)

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I JUST GOT ACCEPTED TO BOSTON COLLEGE! I'm crying so hard. I'm so thankful and in disbelief, I've been shaking since I got the email. I'll be emailing shortly to take myself off of the UConn waitlist

Just got an email that I'm now at the top of the waitlist at Boston College. Fingers crossed! I'd love to see a five + year dream/goal achieved and never have to go through an admissions cycle again 🙃

Guys!!! I am in at UT-Austin!!!I cannot CANNOT CANNOT believe

 

5 hours ago, Tybalt said:

In my application year, we were actually able to track wait-list movement in our version of this thread.  Someone who was admitted to Indiana got in off a waitlist at her top choice.  Her spot at IU then went to someone who had been admitted to U of Rochester, and that person's U of R spot went to me.  We saw all of that movement happen from like April 11th-13th.  The wait is agonizing, but don't give up.  The departments are hamstrung until they hear from the people who received initial offers, and those people might be waiting on their own waitlists.  A LOT of movement happens in early April, usually.

 

This really reminds me of the David Attenborough documentary clip on hermit crabs trading shells. I found it has an unsettling resonance to our situation so I'm sharing it here 🤣🤣🤣 

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2 hours ago, Rehana202 said:

Thank you for this! It does seem to be very school-specific, which just makes it all more confusing...does anyone have any insight on Rutgers waitlist process, specifically?

From what I've been told by the DGS, Rutgers waitlist is seat-dependent rather than ranking-based -- you can get off the waitlist when the person who got accepted close to your area of specialization turns down their offer, e.g. someone who specializes in pre-modern in my case. 😖

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I contacted my PoI at UVA about the waitlist, and she informed me they had over 400 applications this cycle for 6 spots. Grad school is such a crapshoot in a normal cycle, but this seems to confirm that this year is especially cutthroat. 

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Hey, just wanted to share here that I'm an early modern person rejecting all but the Stanford offer below this weekend. So, hopefully some movement will come from that!

Indiana University

UWisc Madison

UIllinois Urbana-Champaign

Ohio State

Rochester

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3 hours ago, Emailchecker said:

Waitlisters, would you inform the insititution/dgs for a recent acceptance with minor revisions (mine is not refereed, but I would say very respected and known, like a graduate refereed journal). The piece itself is a research article, so not journalistic.

If people feel otherwise, please chime in. I definitely don't think it would be wrong to let them know if it is in response to your waitlist email. This is how I framed my waitlist response last year:

1. I thanked them for considering me for their program and told them that I wanted to use this opportunity to share what I have been up to since applications had been turned in

2. I wrote about new accomplishments

3. I reiterated that this was my dream program and that I would eagerly matriculate if extended an offer

Again, it might have just been printed out and put in my file, but I think that it showed that I was still actively building my resume even after submitting my applications.

Best of luck, though! And feel free to message me if you have other questions on that!

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3 hours ago, 1 Pint of Ricotta said:

Hey, just wanted to share here that I'm an early modern person rejecting all but the Stanford offer below this weekend. So, hopefully some movement will come from that!

Indiana University

UWisc Madison

UIllinois Urbana-Champaign

Ohio State

Rochester

I'm an early modernist and I tanked at most of those. If you would ever feel comfortable sharing your SoP and writing sample I'd be grateful; I clearly do not know what to aim for, nor the right stance to take. Plus it's just plain fun checking out other folks' work 😀.

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4 hours ago, 1 Pint of Ricotta said:

Hey, just wanted to share here that I'm an early modern person rejecting all but the Stanford offer below this weekend. So, hopefully some movement will come from that!

Indiana University

UWisc Madison

UIllinois Urbana-Champaign

Ohio State

Rochester

Another early modernist here! Thanks for the update. Not waitlisted at any of those but am waitlisted at USC and Notre Dame. So here's hoping it creates some movement. Any other early modernists or general acceptances to USC and Notre Dame looking to go elsewhere?

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8 hours ago, Emailchecker said:

Waitlisters, would you inform the insititution/dgs for a recent acceptance with minor revisions (mine is not refereed, but I would say very respected and known, like a graduate refereed journal). The piece itself is a research article, so not journalistic.

If they were still deliberating on who to select I'd say maybe, but now I'm not sure it accomplishes much since they already think you're capable, they're just waiting to see who takes their spot so they can offer one to you. That said, will it hurt your chances? Probably not.

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8 hours ago, silvestre stallone said:

If people feel otherwise, please chime in. I definitely don't think it would be wrong to let them know if it is in response to your waitlist email. This is how I framed my waitlist response last year:

1. I thanked them for considering me for their program and told them that I wanted to use this opportunity to share what I have been up to since applications had been turned in

2. I wrote about new accomplishments

3. I reiterated that this was my dream program and that I would eagerly matriculate if extended an offer

Again, it might have just been printed out and put in my file, but I think that it showed that I was still actively building my resume even after submitting my applications.

Best of luck, though! And feel free to message me if you have other questions on that!

Thank you friend! When you refer to a response to the waitlist email, do you mean one and only response? Because i did write back to thank the dgs and tell him to reach out if they need anything from me or to clarify anything. But the acceptance came only this week. So based on what you both have said, i think i will write back tomorrow reiterating and adding the pub information. That is, if they don't reject me before i have to do so lol

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Ahhh I appreciate this thread @cassidyaxx!! 

I am waitlisted at two programs right now (both are top choices, one is my top choice). 

I am also a first gen and first time applicant, so I don't know the process/etiquette here at all. I've been working on follow-up emails for a recruitment event all weekend. I know I'm over thinking it... but tell me I'm not alone? lol. 

It makes me feel better knowing others are in the same boat. 

 

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20 minutes ago, brockdenbrown802 said:

I am also a first gen and first time applicant, so I don't know the process/etiquette here at all.

This was me. I went 0/7 first cycle and 6/10 my second. It's a frustrating reality that presentation counts for so much. As much as I want to believe the quality of my thinking developed between cycles, it was mostly just how I presented my ideas that mattered. 

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46 minutes ago, brockdenbrown802 said:

Ahhh I appreciate this thread @cassidyaxx!! 

I am waitlisted at two programs right now (both are top choices, one is my top choice). 

I am also a first gen and first time applicant, so I don't know the process/etiquette here at all. I've been working on follow-up emails for a recruitment event all weekend. I know I'm over thinking it... but tell me I'm not alone? lol. 

It makes me feel better knowing others are in the same boat. 

 

You are definitely not alone! I am a first gen student as well (though it's my third cycle applying). It is SO hard to be a first gen student battling through the application cycle for the first time, and I had no idea the amount of etiquette I would need to learn for my time in graduate school. If you ever need any help, you can always DM me on here! I'd be more than willing to share follow-up emails I've sent and what not.

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Also I know this is a long shot of people seeing this specific post, lol, but if any one currently waitlisted or accepted at BC is planning on turning them down, I'd love if you could let me know whenever you plan to do so. I only know a few of the people who have been waitlisted. I have a vague understanding of where I am on the waitlist but would love to keep track of movement as best I can. This has always been my dream program and I legit cannot sleep at night sometimes thinking about the possibility of getting in here, lol. 

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35 minutes ago, cassidyaxx said:

You are definitely not alone! I am a first gen student as well (though it's my third cycle applying). It is SO hard to be a first gen student battling through the application cycle for the first time, and I had no idea the amount of etiquette I would need to learn for my time in graduate school. If you ever need any help, you can always DM me on here! I'd be more than willing to share follow-up emails I've sent and what not.

Thank you so much :) 

I've been so glad to find this forum bc without it for many of us, I'm guessing, our parents/friends are not familiar with the process or the unique type of stress attached, haha! Before finding this my entire life was googling phrases like, "what am i allowed to say to a director of a grad program" lol 

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43 minutes ago, cassidyaxx said:

Also I know this is a long shot of people seeing this specific post, lol, but if any one currently waitlisted or accepted at BC is planning on turning them down, I'd love if you could let me know whenever you plan to do so. I only know a few of the people who have been waitlisted. I have a vague understanding of where I am on the waitlist but would love to keep track of movement as best I can. This has always been my dream program and I legit cannot sleep at night sometimes thinking about the possibility of getting in here, lol. 

My partner is waitlisted at BC and as they do not yet have an acceptance (just two waitlists so far, like you) they hope BC will work out for them too. I can post again if they do get accepted elsewhere and choose to leave BC's waitlist. Their field is poetics and they have an MA and an MFA.

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hi!

anyone planning on turning down dartmouth's complit ma program? i know it's a long shot but wanted to try my luck! it's my top choice.

btw-- it's been like two weeks since my waitlist email but i did not write anything back as i did not think it was necessary. should i have at least thanked them? kind of freaking out about that now 😅

good luck to everyone!

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7 minutes ago, silk said:

hi!

anyone planning on turning down dartmouth's complit ma program? i know it's a long shot but wanted to try my luck! it's my top choice.

btw-- it's been like two weeks since my waitlist email but i did not write anything back as i did not think it was necessary. should i have at least thanked them? kind of freaking out about that now 😅

good luck to everyone!

Hi! So I reached out to both the DGS and my PoI, and the sense I got is that things are so tight due to the pandemic that I don’t think an email would make that much of a difference. I think you’re probably fine, but if it’s causing you anxiety, emailing the DGS to confirm your continued interest in their program probably wouldn’t hurt! 

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39 minutes ago, j.j.pizza said:

Their field is poetics and they have an MA and an MFA.

Thanks for letting me know! From the way the waitlist has been explained to me, I don't think we'd be in competition for the same spot, but I'd definitely appreciate it if you let me know if they do end up taking themselves off the waitlist! I'll do the same.

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On 2/27/2021 at 4:36 PM, MaoistTowelette said:

I'm an early modernist and I tanked at most of those. If you would ever feel comfortable sharing your SoP and writing sample I'd be grateful; I clearly do not know what to aim for, nor the right stance to take. Plus it's just plain fun checking out other folks' work 😀.

I'm not as comfortable sharing my work, since I feel really strongly about my project, but I would be happy to look over yours!  Just PM me if you're comfortable with that.

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