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Hey everyone,


I know I'm a little late to the party and all I can do is wait now anyway, but I've been getting more and more nervous over the past few days as notification dates are approaching. 

I haven't really been able to find any good information about American Studies programs, so I have no idea what my chances are and if I should be freaking out as much as I am right now...

I'd really appreciate it if you could give me some input whether or not I should worry so much? Here's my profile:


Undergrad Institution: Public university in Germany with a year abroad at UC Berkeley
Major(s): North American Studies
Minor(s): Latin American Studies
GPA in Major: 
Overall GPA: approx. 3.8 (1.5 German grade)
Position in Class: Top average?
Type of Student: female domestic (in Germany)

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 164 (88%)
V: 160 (84%)
W: 5 (93%)

TOEFL Total: 113

Research Experience: Wrote a bachelor's thesis, did research with a Prof. from UC Berkeley for a couple of months

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: nope. that's not a thing in Germany I guess (though I did a high school exchange year too and was part of the NHS, haha)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: internships in music marketing, internship at a museum, job at the student housing in Berkeley

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: member of a student marketing initiative, member of my major's student initiative, studied abroad

Special Bonus Points: none I think

Applying to Where:

UC Berkeley - Film and Media Studies (PhD)

Stanford - Communication (PhD)

UPenn - Communication (PhD)

Columbia - Theatre (PhD)

CUNY - Musicology (PhD) 

Parsons New School - Fashion (MA)

USC - American Studies (PhD)

George Washington - American Studies (PhD)

Brown - American Studies (PhD)

Harvard - American Studies (PhD)

Boston U - American Studies (PhD)

NYU - American Studies (PhD)

Rutgers - American Studies (PhD)

Yale - American & Film Studies combined (PhD)


I know I applied to a whole lot of schools and different programs (I threw in some random majors that I have never dared to major in but that I would secretly love to study) but I figured if I'm paying so much money already I might as well go all in.

Also, I'm obviously not a native English speaker so I don't know if that makes any difference. 


Thanks for your input!  :)

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