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Just removed myself from the waitlist at Loyola—Chicago. Last week, declined an offer from UNC-Greensboro.

Just turned down a fully funded decision at the University of Oregon, including the Krohn's fellowship in Literature and the Environment. (Seriously, one of the most excruciating decisions of my life.)

Boston University, here I come. Wait, did I make the wrong decision? I wonder if I'll sleep at all tonight...

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What is your sub-field? Any idea which way you're leaning at this point? (Rochester is one of my wait-lists--I just visited the campus yesterday afternoon with another wait-listed student, and the campus was just beautiful).

Hey Tybalt, I'm down to Rochester and Indiana (where I'm on the waitlist), and there is a definite possibility that I will be declining Rochester - I'll post here immediately if I do! I'm a medievalist, so I don't know if that's helpful, but I thought it couldn't hurt to let you know. Good luck!:)

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Declined Ohio State, Santa Barbara, and Indiana. Removed myself from the waitlist at Cornell and UVA. Hope these help someone!

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Hey nonymouse, would you mind sharing your subfield? (Your decline might be helping me out a lot!)

Medieval--I was waitlisted for first year funding though, so that would be something to keep in mind.

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Medieval--I was waitlisted for first year funding though, so that would be something to keep in mind.

Wow! I'm very, very glad to hear that! (Not about the funding, of course - though might you have applied with just a BA? I understand that first-year funding of BA-only applicants has to come in the form of a very competitive fellowship, whereas I, since I have an MA and teaching experience, could go straight into teaching assistantship.)

Thanks for sharing - I hope you're going somewhere fantastic!

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Officially declined a Cota-Robles fellowship at UCLA and officially declined Berkeley (had been contacted about a waitlist for 1st/2nd year fellowship funding, but took myself off the list). Hope others gain better funding packages accordingly.

Going to Penn!

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Hi there! I officially declined Rochester today. It broke my heart a little to do it--it's a fantastic place. My field is 18th and 19th century Brit Lit, particularly the novel. That said, I'm not sure that they're doing their wait list by field (though you may have better information than me about this). When I went up for the visiting day they made it clear that they expect that many students will change their fields once in the program. Good luck!

What is your sub-field? Any idea which way you're leaning at this point? (Rochester is one of my wait-lists--I just visited the campus yesterday afternoon with another wait-listed student, and the campus was just beautiful).

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Officially declined a Cota-Robles fellowship at UCLA and officially declined Berkeley (had been contacted about a waitlist for 1st/2nd year fellowship funding, but took myself off the list). Hope others gain better funding packages accordingly.

Going to Penn!

Congrats -- I'm glad to hear Penn worked out!

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That's wonderful! I'm so glad it worked out for you and congratulations!

I also just declined Rochester, and it broke my heart a little bit too - I really loved all the people I met there!

I received the expected offer from Indiana overnight and have accepted it. (thanks nonymouse!)

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I also just declined Rochester, and it broke my heart a little bit too - I really loved all the people I met there!

I received the expected offer from Indiana overnight and have accepted it. (thanks nonymouse!)

If I get that Rochester spot, I'm shipping you a pallet of Ramen. Name your flavor! :)

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If I get that Rochester spot, I'm shipping you a pallet of Ramen. Name your flavor! :)

Haha thanks! I really hope you get in - I was told (speculatively, by a current student) that I was the only medievalist accepted, so they might be looking to medievalists first, BUT I don't know if that's how theirs works - would really like to see you get some good news!

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Haha thanks! I really hope you get in - I was told (speculatively, by a current student) that I was the only medievalist accepted, so they might be looking to medievalists first, BUT I don't know if that's how theirs works - would really like to see you get some good news!

Not to be Johnny Stormcloud, but it's not looking very likely at Rochester now, either. There were two of us in my MA cohort on the UR wait list. The other one got a phone call today. She's going to think about it tonight and decide tomorrow. I doubt they'll take two people from the same (small) MA program.

EDIT--Then again, they might just call me with fantastic news just minutes after I was being all gloom and doom depressing on the Gradcafe...:)

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Congrats Johnny Stormcloud!! It's funny how this works out - after I didn't hear from Buffalo and everyone else had, someone on here told me that there was a 99.9% of being rejected. Well... I wasn't!

Congrats again, so proud of you!

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Not to be Johnny Stormcloud, but it's not looking very likely at Rochester now, either. There were two of us in my MA cohort on the UR wait list. The other one got a phone call today. She's going to think about it tonight and decide tomorrow. I doubt they'll take two people from the same (small) MA program.

EDIT--Then again, they might just call me with fantastic news just minutes after I was being all gloom and doom depressing on the Gradcafe...:)

yay! I'm glad something worked out for you. congrats :)

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I pretty much lurk around Grad Cafe anonymously, making a post here and there. And this is pretty much the only forum I check, and not to sound like a stalker, but in recent weeks I've been checking to see if Tybalt had posted good news. As a fellow "old" man (I'll be 32 when I start again in the fall) returning to grad school after a hiatus, I know the agony of waiting to hear good news and wondering if you'll ever get a chance to pursue your passion or if it will always be wondering "what if?"...I'm happy for you, Tybalt; Rochester is a great program. Congrats. I don't know you from a fart in the wind--and probably never will--but I know how you're feeling right now and it feels good. Go empty one of those happy-happy-joy-joy screams into the universe.

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Also stoked for Tybalt. Big congrats!

Even though your season appeared pretty rough (I've been watching) you always maintained a good attitude about it. I'm certain that Rochester will benefit from having you there.

So glad this is almost over.

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Congratulations, Tybalt!! Woohoo!! :)

Folkloredude: I'm an old lady myself (all of 30), and I feel a special kinship with all the oldies: you, Tybalt, Medievalmaniac, etc. :)

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Me too! I'll just have turned 29 when I start my Ph.D. next fall. I'm convinced we're like fine wines and better due to our age ;)

I'm "old" too...turning 30 in November, although I am often confused for a student rather than an instructor haha.

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