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The Northwestern Rhetoric and Public Culture recruitment was today, so their recruits have already been sent out. I follow a few of the PhD candidates on Twitter and one of the posted about presenting research while recruits were present. 

I'm guess anyone waitlisted will probably be contacted next week along with the rejections (I assume I'm one of them).

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On 2018/2/25 at 12:05 AM, ProudCatMom said:

When I visited Indiana last semester I spoke to a PhD student there with a similar experience. She had a conditional offer of being expedited into the PhD program if she entered the MA program instead and performed satisfactorily. She said she felt like it was pretty beneficial for her to have done that and helped her really find her focus prior to entering the PhD side of things.

In my own experience, my undergrad was more professional/applied in media production so I felt my masters (which is super theoretical/research based) has helped me tremendously in feeling more confident that I can really hit the ground running in my PhD program and successfully tackle coursework already having an idea of things. 

I hope that helps!   

Thanks! That helps a lot. I just emailed UofC to get further details on this whole thing and funding package.

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On 2/24/2018 at 8:46 PM, whitmanifesto said:

The Northwestern Rhetoric and Public Culture recruitment was today, so their recruits have already been sent out. I follow a few of the PhD candidates on Twitter and one of the posted about presenting research while recruits were present. 

I'm guess anyone waitlisted will probably be contacted next week along with the rejections (I assume I'm one of them).

RIP yeah I'm gonna count that one as a reject.

 

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3 hours ago, surprise_quiche said:

In other news my campus visit to Milwaukee is on Friday, does anyone have any clothing suggestions for a day meeting with professors, grad students, and a colloquium?

Ask if the colloquium has a dress code even though you aren't presenting, because usually those are conference clothing only (business casual) but for a general visit office closes are fine. No one at NU or UIC were dressed up when I visited. I sat with the entire faculty and most of the grad students and it was just normal academic wear (I wore a short sleeve button up shirt, chinos and Keds. Everyone else was wearing similar, with a sweater as well or a dressy top).

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I will also add, what to wear is pretty different depending on the culture of the department. NU students weren't dressed up, but the university as a whole does a LOT of colloquiums that require nice conference wear. My partner, though is male and masculine presenting so it's easier, dresses nicely for those events and is expected to dress nicely when he teaches next year. My current program is relaxed, and so have been all the places I've gone too. Honestly, students have higher expectations on dress code that faculty. As a masculine-leaning presenting female, I've received negative reviews from students for dressing the EXACT same way as male instructors and not being "professional" enough. 

I now mostly have unnatural colored hair and have visible tattoos and piercings (septum) and it was important that my department be an open culture for that. UIC definitely is (I'm not the only person there with quite visible tattoos). I've noticed that health communications and political communications focused departments are not like this, but my research is social movements and some queer studies so my appearance is very much appropriate. I once went over dressed to a history visit to IU Bloomington and was really uncomfortable (the prof was in a tank top and shorts and I was wearing black slacks and a black shirt).

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@whitmanifesto Thanks! I'll definitely send them an email. I was planning on either a plain maroon dress with leggings or a button - up with khakis and heels (I'm female presenting but I like to dress non-binary sometimes).  I have quite a few piercings and tattoos, but they are all easily covered. The colloquium is for a new faculty hire if that makes any difference.

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1 hour ago, surprise_quiche said:

@whitmanifesto Thanks! I'll definitely send them an email. I was planning on either a plain maroon dress with leggings or a button - up with khakis and heels (I'm female presenting but I like to dress non-binary sometimes).  I have quite a few piercings and tattoos, but they are all easily covered. The colloquium is for a new faculty hire if that makes any difference.

Both outfits sound fine, so I'd just go with what you think best expresses your personality. Its as much about them getting to know you as the other way around.

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On 2/18/2018 at 6:01 PM, GreenEyedTrombonist said:

No idea. Sorry @galosh . UO asked if I'd like to be considered for their master's instead, but I said no so I have no ETA for them. 

Have you heard anything from Davis? 

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Got my rejection from Davis today. Actually glad since I've determined since applying it isn't the best culture fit for me (but it's the closest to my family). Only 1 decision outstanding still and it's probably a rejection. Next up, making the choice. x]

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3 hours ago, GreenEyedTrombonist said:

Next up, making the choice. x]

After a long talk with my Spouse, another talk with the program director, and more stress than necessary, I have officially accepted an offer.  SO MUCH RELIEF.

I decided that I'm going to do a University Reveal Party. I’ll gather all my friends together, perhaps ask for gifts, and have us cut into a cake. The inside will either be green and white (MSU) or yellow and black (Purdue). It’ll be my way of creating artificial suspense for something that matters to nobody except me and my family.
 

Time to go get some cake dye!

 

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I got an email from NYU GSAS while I was at my NU email, except it was dated 3/5 and there was no decision posted! According to results search, this was widespread across multiple departments there. Get it together NYU!

In other news, am having a blast here in Chicagoland!

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@deshypothequiez Awesome!  And the weather is cooperating for your visit too.  I hope you love the city.  How's Northwestern's program?  Are you getting excited about them?

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@E-P Just getting a chance to unwind now that I'm back home! I feel really good about the program as a whole, but have a lot to consider about my place in it, I think. I applied to work with a particular faculty member there, whose research agenda admittedly doesn't seem to mesh with most of the other things going on in the department from what I could tell. Multiple current students I talked to kinda seemed like they didn't get why he's in the department either. So I'll definitely want to talk with him and his current student more in depth if I get an offer to get a better sense!

Unfortunately I didn't get a whole lot of time to see the city, but I did enjoy what I saw of Rogers Park and Boystown! And did not enjoy the transfer from the red to the purple, even at 8:30pm on a Saturday night.

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On 3/2/2018 at 4:22 PM, E-P said:

After a long talk with my Spouse, another talk with the program director, and more stress than necessary, I have officially accepted an offer.  SO MUCH RELIEF.

I decided that I'm going to do a University Reveal Party. I’ll gather all my friends together, perhaps ask for gifts, and have us cut into a cake. The inside will either be green and white (MSU) or yellow and black (Purdue). It’ll be my way of creating artificial suspense for something that matters to nobody except me and my family.
 

Time to go get some cake dye!

 

This sounds like a really fun thing to do! I turned down one school today so I'm down to 4 to consider. :/

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@deshypothequiez Do you know if that faculty member is more closely connected to the Communication studies  program? NU is designed to be inter-sectional/interdisciplinary, so they may be more important to a cluster or something, maybe even connected to a specific grants or fellowship that doesn't exist anymore. Or to provide a theoretical perspective that is needed in the department for course work, but isn't really represented in the research. When I was applying I was interested in Goankar, who doesn't seem to fit well in the Comm department (a lot of English people in that section of the School) but make sense for the kinds of course that are required.

What research are you looking to do there?

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@whitmanifesto I think he's more central to MTS as he's not listed in the RPC faculty IIRC (I was just confused when I was applying about what the difference was). Similarly, I don't think he's taught any courses at the grad level in the last couple of years, although he does have undergrad courses listed that I'm sure are important to the dept. NU definitely values him though because, based on some insider knowledge, it sounds like he's been able to negotiate better pay using multiple job offers (including from NYU!). I think his work is pretty reliant on the local Chicago scene which is why he's chosen to stay.

That said, I should say that he isn't the only one working in that area (cultural studies, pop culture, media production), but the MTS student population seems to represent more of the other focal areas (health comm, media technology, child development) which probably explains why they don't work with him that much. (And I'm hoping that the fact that I'm vying for a less well-represented focal area in the dept will work in my favor!)

My research interests are about media representation of women of color and trans/GNC ppl (particularly Asian/Americans) in pop culture. Trying not to go too into detail to give away who I'm talking about but I'm sure you could probably piece this together...

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On 3/2/2018 at 6:22 PM, E-P said:

I decided that I'm going to do a University Reveal Party. I’ll gather all my friends together, perhaps ask for gifts, and have us cut into a cake. The inside will either be green and white (MSU) or yellow and black (Purdue). It’ll be my way of creating artificial suspense for something that matters to nobody except me and my family.
 

Time to go get some cake dye!

 

I AM SO HERE FOR THIS!!!

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Well all the visit to Milwaukee on Friday was amazing. I felt so welcomed by their community, and I could see fitting in there perfectly (both interest wise and interpersonsonally). I got the feeling that I was really valued and wanted in the department.

So I accepted this morning! Even though I still have an outstanding application decision, I feel 100% confident that this is where I should be going.

I'm just so pumped right now guys!

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On 3/4/2018 at 12:51 PM, deshypothequiez said:

Unfortunately I didn't get a whole lot of time to see the city, but I did enjoy what I saw of Rogers Park and Boystown! And did not enjoy the transfer from the red to the purple, even at 8:30pm on a Saturday night.

Yeah, the red line feels like it's the busiest train line in the city.  And because of that, combined with the fact that it bisects a lot of less fortunate neighborhoods as well as the more fortunate ones, I feel like there's more dicey characters on it, more often.  During "business hours," the Purple line comes down to the Loop, then runs express from the Belmont Stop up to Evanston.  But on weekends..yeah.  For me, it was a matter of getting thicker skin - the city aloofness of ignoring people asking for money, and strategically positioning myself so that creepy people wouldn't be able to get at me.  I think you'll find it in any city with a well-used train line.

If you choose Northwestern, I would also check into the regional train, Metra.  It's a bit more expensive, but it's faster if you need to come downtown, and classier overall.

 

@surprise_quiche  Congrats!  I have a friend from my MA program who is studying up there, and she seems happy enough.  Her name is Samentha; I'm sure you'll bump into her at some point. :-)

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@E-P I'm no stranger to dicey people on public transpo, so that's fine for me! If I get in and decide to go, I'm definitely considering looking around the express Purple stops (particularly Wilson and Belmont, so I'm not too far from Evanston) because it's important for me to have easy access to the city. I prefer to schedule my day as close to a 9-5 schedule as possible so the rush hour express service would be ideal. 

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I got my last two rejections yesterday, meaning NU is officially my only remaining prospect! I'm confident about how my interviews went, but we'll see :) 

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