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jacksonbliss


Mar 3, 2009, 7:00 PM

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Thanks Theo Otto,

I appreciate that. I do. I wish you tons of luck with your applications man. I hope we both into a program that kicks our ass in the best way possible.

Peace, Blessings,

--j2b


gcsumfa


Mar 3, 2009, 11:00 PM

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Is anyone else continuously getting these graduate newsletters from Nebraska? They're. driving. me. nuts.


When I was applying, Nebraska rejected me, and yes, I still received those newsletters. I finally emailed the sender and asked to be removed. Very annoying. You'd think they'd be more sensitive about that kind of thing and update their list accordingly.


madmax


Mar 5, 2009, 3:55 PM

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RE: Nebraska

Hi, have you guys checked your app status on GAMES? I just did it before lunch and it said, “Review complete, decision forwarded to Graduate Studies.” So I immediately sent an email to the grad secretary but she wouldn't say anything except that all notifications will go out Monday. Not a good sign? I also called the graduate addmissions but they knew nothing. And no changes on WAM. Can you log in and check your status on GAMES now and let me know what it says?


kvandegraaf


Mar 5, 2009, 4:05 PM

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I'm not sure what GAMES is, but I did check my WAM! (which is too funny, if you ask me). It's the same as always. I have heard all over the place that Nebraska will notify 3/9 via email. I think we'll all just have to sweat it out. It's only a few more days!


krob75


Mar 5, 2009, 4:11 PM

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Do you think it's a bad sign if the grad secretary won't tell you? Georgia is the same way. Asked for the bad news via e-mail. She said a decision has been made about my application and I will find out via letter. Has to be bad news...


madmax


Mar 5, 2009, 4:13 PM

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You can go to:

https://games.unl.edu/GAMES/login.jsp

Graduate Admission Management and Evaluation System (GAMES)


kvandegraaf


Mar 5, 2009, 4:25 PM

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Ah! Cheers madmax. Mine is still listed as "under review." Really, though, there's no telling what that information means at this point. Your application being listed as "Reviewed" may be good news rather than bad news. Perhaps they have already forwarded their admitted applicants names to the graduate school. Frankly, though, it's impossible to know. It might even mean the exact opposite. I'm going to pretend that Nebraska doesn't actually exist until Monday! We'll probably find out for sure then.


theootto


Mar 5, 2009, 5:43 PM

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Oy! I just checked my "GAMES" (because we're all having so much fun, no?), and it says "under-review."

This applying to phDs biz has been a hair more unpleasant than I'd anticipated.


kvandegraaf


Mar 5, 2009, 6:06 PM

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Take heart, otto. I really wouldn't read anything into that status yet. There's no telling whether it's more positive to be reviewed or under review at this point. Just hang in 'til Monday!


kvandegraaf


Mar 6, 2009, 5:17 PM

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Argh. Anyone else following this whole FSU status update saga? I got the email about the status change on the online application system. Supposedly, they have updated the application status of people who were admitted or denied as of 5pm EST this evening. Mine hasn't budged. Not sure if these means a wait list situation or that mine simply hasn't been updated yet. If it doesn't change by Monday, I'll probably send over an email for more information. I really need to make a decision soon.

By the way, anyone else really curious about the fact that no one has posted an acceptance to Utah's PhD. Obviously, they have made their decisions. Our own loaf has a wait list letter in hand! I just find it so strange that no one has popped in with an acceptance yet. Perhaps there are just so few people that were accepted, and none of them frequent the online forums, etc.

Oh well. These next few weeks can't pass quickly enough for me. At this point, I really want to get everything over with and begin looking ahead to the fall!


betp


Mar 6, 2009, 6:17 PM

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yes--same with me, and my other friend. no word from FSU: status hasn't shifted at all.


jacksonbliss


Mar 7, 2009, 10:27 AM

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Same thing here. I've checked the status update maniacally, and it's just never changes. I think part of the problem is that FL is in serious debt and the legislature hasn't told the public universities what their allocation is going to be, so schools don't know how much money they're getting, and they can't calculate the number of available slots without knowing their funding situation. It would be totally irresponsible for FSU to accept Ph.D students without funding them (not to mention, unheard of). So instead, we wait and suffer. It's interesting though that I haven't heard of a single Ph.D acceptance in fiction, and though I'm sure they exist, they're probably the merit scholars anyway that are streamlined through the application process. Gambatte + suerte!


Raysen


Mar 7, 2009, 7:12 PM

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I don't see myself applying to any Ph.D programs simply because, in a room full of literary heads, I won't be able to get any Shakespeare references (except for "To be or not to be..."). And when I hear someone quoting Shakespeare or some lines from an Emily Dickinson poem, I just want to strangle them.


(This post was edited by Raysen on Mar 7, 2009, 7:12 PM)


jacksonbliss


Mar 7, 2009, 10:33 PM

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Raysen,

I promise that If I get into one of the PhD programs I applied to, I would never waste my time talking Shakespeare because it's not my scene and there are other things I'd much rather talk about. Being a writer is totally compatible, and even mutually reinforces, being a student of writing and literature in general. I really don't care about getting in heated arguments about Middlemarch or arguing metric feet, but I'd really love to figure out why some writing is so much more effective than other writing. In the meantime, I could read some great books and slowly evolve as a fiction writer until the economy improves. To be honest, it doesn't sound like such a bad plan to me.

Good luck with whatever you end up doing. Peace, Blessings.


abcd

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Mar 8, 2009, 12:37 AM

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RE: Utah PhD.

I know someone who got into Utah; it looks like they only accepted 2 people per genre. So small!


gcsumfa


Mar 8, 2009, 6:13 AM

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I don't see myself applying to any Ph.D programs simply because, in a room full of literary heads, I won't be able to get any Shakespeare references (except for "To be or not to be..."). And when I hear someone quoting Shakespeare or some lines from an Emily Dickinson poem, I just want to strangle them.


You could go through an entire 4-5 year PhD program w/ out reading Shakespeare or Dickinson. I wouldn't worry about this at all (not that I personally have a thing against The Bard or Dickinson--before someone uses my post as some kind of evidence of the decline of English Studies;-)

In a lot of programs, the graduate courses contain MA/MFA and PhD students; for me, the literature coursework has pretty much been the same as the literature coursework in my MFA program. PhD programs are more about finding and developing an individual research or creative agenda.

And for comp exams, one is usually allowed to choose his or her own areas; I'll choose Modernism and Contemporary American Literature.

That said, if you're not interested in an academic career, spending 4-5 years in a PhD program is probably not worth your time.


jacksonbliss


Mar 8, 2009, 6:46 AM

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Word. That's a good summation. Inshallah, I'll focus on filling in all my reading gaps and sticking to contemporary American fiction, and maybe flirt with some Bakhtin just to balance things out.


dietsnapple


Mar 8, 2009, 10:15 AM

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  I just received word that I was accepted at SUNY Albany (I'm surprised that my acceptance wasn't retracted after the phone conversation. I don't think I said anything more than "thank you" and "great!"). Is anyone else considering SUNY, or is anyone attending currently? I'd love to learn more about the program.
Presumably I have been waitlisted at FSU, since my online status hasn't changed, which means I am just waiting on notification from Houston and Southern Miss. Has anyone heard anything from either school? Thanks!


jacksonbliss


Mar 8, 2009, 12:08 PM

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Congrats. That's got to take the pressure off things a bit. I still haven't received a single rejection or acceptance, which is driving me kinda crazy. And like everyone else, I don't know whether my lack to status change means I'm on the waiting list or they're going to accept me soon once FSU gets its funds disbursed from the legislature. We'll see. I know that Somiss already sent some of its fiction acceptances for Ph.D, but I can't say how many, and I don't know about poetry either. Good luck, in any case.


abcd

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Mar 8, 2009, 1:01 PM

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Hi jacksonbliss,

Are you applying for poetry or fiction? I did hear about 2 fsu acceptances and I think they were both for poetry. Anyone have an idea of how many people are accepted for each genre at any/all schools? It would be nice to have an ongoing list for future reference.

Utah--2 each genre
Tennessee--2 each genre
Missouri--?
FSU--?
Georgia--?
OU--1 or 2 each genre
etc etc

:)


jacksonbliss


Mar 8, 2009, 1:38 PM

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Hi ABCD,

Fiction. I've heard that FSU accepts 15-20 TOTAL applicants every year, for both poetry + fiction, MFA + Ph.D, but I don't know how reliable that is. Maybe it's 4-5 in each genre? Who knows, that's just an educated guess. In any case, good luck and let me know how it turns out. I'll do the same. Peace, Blessings.


Tabby


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Mar 8, 2009, 3:10 PM

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Actually one of the coolest classes in my MFA was Shakespeare. (Or, actually "Shakesqueer, Play of the Unsaid.") The class even put on a performance of scenes. People went all out, lit students and MFAers bonded, and it looked like a general blast. That semester I took Rushdie instead who um, in my humble opinion (while I love Midnight's Children), doesn't hold up to a entire semester of scrutiny. So we spent half the class on those dastardly, brain-scrambling secondary sources. Ai, Homi Bhabha!

I believe Nebraska takes in 5ish per genre (poetry and prose) but only two per genre get funded. Although it seems all schools change the number year to year. PhDs seem different from MFAs in this regard.

Rejection letter in from Tenn. Considering the odds, I pretty much expected that. Still, I had to try. I love me some Appalachia.


http://www.kellykathleenferguson.com


madmax


Mar 9, 2009, 1:48 PM

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Has anyone heard from Nebraska? Today is the day they said they'd notify.


theootto


Mar 9, 2009, 2:12 PM

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Mizzou took two fiction people, both of whom are currently in the MA program there.

:(

(you know it's rough when all a writer can write is a frowny-face made of punctuation.)

;)

Ack!


Raysen


Mar 9, 2009, 2:22 PM

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You know in Iron Chef, there's no blind taste testing. Often, I wonder if the "judges" select winners based on their like/dislike of certain chefs. They've done blind taste testing contests for wines and surprisingly (or not surprisingly), winners tend to be the cheap brands -- NOT from France or NAPA Valley. Same with coffee taste testing.

Why is this relevant? Well, when Missouri takes only two people and both of them are known to the faculty, it makes you wonder: did anyone else have a chance? Same with that nepotism fiasco at Michigan where the daughter of a faculty member got in. Tell me that was blind judging!?!?!

Oy vei...

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