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saw someone start one of these a couple of years ago and it seemed to go over well. This isn't meant to be a place to harass people to make decisions, just a place to reveal what programs you've declined (and accepted if possible) and what subfield you're in, to give waitlisters a way to gauge waitlist movement.

 

good luck!

 

On that note.....I'm almost positive I'll be turning down a funded PhD offer at Northeastern within the next week. Hope that helps someone!

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Aw, thanks for asking! First: this is a professional decision, and you are not going to hurt anyone's feelings. Admissions committees will indeed be disappointed when we fail to recruit our top c

Sure--It feels like it might be an open secret at this point! I'd been warned of tokenism by one of my POIs at another school (who had actually gone to Michigan), and it was also evident upon meeting

I declined Brown. I committed to Chicago. I hope that gives someone on the waitlist good news!

Turned down: Florida, Oregon, Kansas, UMass Amherst, SUNY Binghamton, William and Mary (Am Studies)

 

Picking Between: Austin, Chapel Hill, UC Davis (will probably turn down UC Davis but I'm still nervous about funding and UC Davis offered me a lot more)

 

Areas: Nineteenth- and early- twentieth-century American literature and culture (Am. regionalism, domestic literature, immigrant literature); space and place studies, gender studies. 

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Turned down: Miami University (fully funded MA), Chicago MAPH, will turn down U of Iowa PhD if I end up off the waitlist.

 

Accepted: UT-Austin English PhD

 

Areas: Dramatic literature (particularly 20th and 21st century Anglo-American), philosophy and literature, 20th/21st century American, film (especially film noir and the nouvelle vague).

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I don't think this affects any regulars, but I turned down University of Rhode Island's funding offer by default (didn't accept by their deadline).

 

I've turned down Nebraska, Iowa State, Purdue, and TCU. Still need to talk with Clemson and Michigan State and officially accept Florida State. I hate sending these emails though--it feels like a break-up each time! 

 

Re: MSU... Are you English or WRAC?

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I chickened out and emailed--the DGS if I didn't have a lot of contact with the school, or the DGS and POIs if I did. I'm done with my notifications, so at this point I've turned down Notre Dame (Medieval Studies, the rest are English), Yale, OSU, UCONN, Stanford, Cornell, and Urbana. Hope there's good news in there for someone!

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I turned down, uh, all the schools I didn't apply to.

 

*fits in*

 

hahaha...me too. What are schmucks like us doing in this thread? Living vicariously, I guess. ;) Congrats to all of your deserving scholars out there!

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