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That was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make. In a real way, I envy whoever picks up the spot!
If you are who I think you are, then while I'm sorry you had to make such a difficult decision, I'm pleased that you decided to go with the place you've chosen! See you in the fall!

Possible clue: Were we discussing this decision of yours in a warmer clime about a week and a half ago?

Re: Just declined Penn...

Anonymous

8 years ago

I declined a funded offer from Florida State this afternoon. I hope someone's day gets a lot better as a result!

Housing

Anonymous

April 15 2009, 20:11:31 UTC 8 years ago

Does anyone know how to approach finding housing for one's first year? Do most students live by themselves in graduate student housing? Or do incoming students usually contact each other and arrange to split the cost of renting an apartment or house? I realize this varies from individual to individual, as well as from school to school, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any standard first-year living arrangement, or had any advice concerning how to go about finding housing. Thanks.
figure out your budget and what type of neighborhood you want to live in (complex, near bars, quiet, etc.). then just go to craigslist, and check local apt sites, and ask someone in the department to stop by and see if the places you can afford are shitty or not, and in a good location or not.

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8 years ago

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8 years ago

I'm going to be entering a "leiter ranked" terminal MA program this fall. The program gives you the option of choosing between doing a thesis or taking some extra classes. My question for you guys, who seem to be in the know, is whether or not choosing the thesis option has an impact upon PhD applications? Am I, for some unforeseen reason, better off writing a thesis? or not? Any advice would be appreciated!
Thesis has absolutely no bearing on getting into top programs. That said, it is a good motivation to create a good writing sample or something publishable. Both have a lot of impact.
So there's been talk that UNC has decided not to go its waitlist. Have any waitlisted applicants been rejected? If so, did you receive an email or did you inquire?
Before I declined at UNC, I got a message from them telling me to let them know before noon today, because people higher up on the wait-list have that time as a deadline at other schools. So I'm pretty sure that's false...

Re: UNC (mis)information?

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8 years ago

Just took the last spot at Boulder! Woo-Hoo!
Congratulations. I was hoping you would turn it down, because I was next, but that's how it goes. I wish you well there, its a great place.

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8 years ago

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8 years ago

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8 years ago

Praise to the End!
It's not the end yet! Why won't that last Riverside admit respond! This is killing me.
Not sure what impact this might have, but for what it's worth...
well...that depends... did you accept the offer?

Re: Accepted at Bowling Green

Anonymous

8 years ago

Wash-U

Anonymous

April 15 2009, 21:39:26 UTC 8 years ago

Please turn down the offer, please please please please please please

Result

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April 15 2009, 21:45:56 UTC 8 years ago

I'm from a large state school with a non-prestigious department (philosophy program stops at the BA). Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.87 overall GPA, 4.0 in major, earned honors in the major with an honors thesis, GRE: 680 Verbal, 740 Quantitative, 3.5 AW (ouch). One letter writer is somewhat well known in his small specialization (which is different from mine). I'm not sure how I would rate my own writing sample. My professors seemed to like it.

Also, I graduated three years ago and have been in the work force since.

Rejected by:
Princeton, Columbia, UCSD, Penn, Notre Dame, Boulder.

Wait Listed (without offers) by:
Wisconsin Madison (until late March), Rice (seemed like I was kind of close)

Accepted with funding:
University of South Florida, which is not a bad program for early modern philosophy.

I did a little better than I expected given my undergrad institute and the schools I was applying to. Rice would have been nice.
Got it! I was officially extended the last available spot at Riverside and I am headed to the west coast, baby! This season is officially OVER for me. Never in a million years thought I'd be this lucky coming out of a small school completely off the map philosophically. Oh, and if any of you all remember my remarks last semester about my friend who I was competing with for Riverside ... well, we're both going to be there! One fourth of the incoming class will be from the same midwestern small school.

I've always been a midwest guy but it's definitely time for a change.

Congrats! It's especially awesome that your friend got in as well. (I will say, though, as a fellow midwesterner, I'm a tad jealous. I am perfectly happy with Ohio State's program, but I'm going from one midwestern school to another midwestern school, albeit a much bigger and better one. I was kind of rooting for a change in scenery!)

Re: CAL - I - FOR - NI - A !!!

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8 years ago

I just formally declined my Northwestern offer. This was an agonizing decision. Good luck to the wait listed!
Chapel Hill then?

I'm verrrry curious...

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8 years ago

Re: Declined Northwestern

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8 years ago

anyone else on here waitlisted for fellowship?
Omg! Whoever is about to turn down Houston please do so as quickly as possible! I rejected Houston bc I wasn't offered a TAship, and so I accepted an MA from another institute. HOWEVER, I was just emailed about 10 mins ago that there might be a chance that Houston might be able to offer me a TAship afterall. I need to know soon because now I have to retract my acceptance of that other MA! By the way, is this ethical (me at first accepting another MA and then turning around and telling them "oh sorry, nevermind")?
I don't think it's bad given your situation. Anyway, if it's a better program for you, just do it: better to do something inconsiderate (if that) then spend 2 years in an MA program and have to do this again.

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8 years ago

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8 years ago

I accepted an offer to attend Notre Dame!
Congrats!
My qualifications seem average, even mediocre. I have a 610 verbal/590 math, 6 writing. 3.67 undergrad gpa, 3.5 grad gpa to go along with a crappy grad experience. I applied to only five schools because I only found out my full time non tenure track teaching job in philosophy might be getting cut around Christmas-time). I never imagined that when I went to get my M.A. that it would serve as a albatross around my neck in application to Ph.D. programs. I only got ONE letter out of the graduate program at my school and the other two were undergrad letters--I will never be able to get another letter from the grad level other than the one I got. I could not have imagined that after 3 1/2 years of teaching philosophy, 2 in a full time instructorship (like 37k a year), I would look less qualified 4 years later than I did before I went to get the M.A. I mean, do I have to wait until these people are deceased or emeriti before I can get into a Ph.D. program? At least when one miserably slogs through a Ph.D. program one can have a chance of ending up ABD or something. When one slogs through an M.A. program, it seems impossible to move up to the next level at all. I've tried to do everything I could--I've worked on a great writing sample, I'm getting an article published soon, I had a full-time instructorship in philosophy at 23, but I mean, I feel as if all the teaching experience I've had is viewed as useless/threatening. Would it have been better had I not scoured higheredjobs.com 2 years ago and applied to 60 jobs and actually found one that I didn't need a Ph.D. for, and was just slinging hash for 2 years? I'm really quite frustrated.

Can I burn my Masters degree?
Go get a master's in something else or go to law school. You aren't getting into a PhD program with that record. Don't prolong your misery. Don't worry, you can laugh all the way to the bank when your pushing back six figures after three years of law school and those worthless philosophy professors don't make more than 90K after 40 years of work.

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8 years ago

Those fuckers.
My last wait list fell through. I am in at Arizona State University, but they do not have any money for incoming students.
Unless you can win some scholarships after your first year, don't do it. Try again next year. Unless you can pay in state tuition?

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8 years ago

Re: no funded offers

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8 years ago

curious

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8 years ago

Re: no funded offers

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8 years ago

It was a funded offer. I actually feel very sad and I don't know if I made the right choice. Did anyone else feel this way immediately after declining an offer?
Yes. I've spent the last two weeks wondering if I made the wrong choice. Are you going to another MA?

Re: Declined Western Michigan

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8 years ago

Re: Declined Western Michigan

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8 years ago

Re: Declined Western Michigan

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8 years ago

Wash-U

Anonymous

April 16 2009, 01:05:58 UTC 8 years ago

Okay I'm next on the wait list at Wash-U, what's the deal, reject wash-u already :)
Regular track or PNP?

Re: Wash-U

Anonymous

8 years ago

Cambridge

Anonymous

April 16 2009, 01:31:50 UTC 8 years ago

Anyone from the US apply and get in?
details?
I was going to apply, but I missed the deadline to be considered for funding.
This turned out to be a surprisingly hard decision but I declined a fellowship offer (with some extra perks) earlier today. I hope that this helps someone else who is deserving and willing. Hope everyone is well--A.C.S
You going to stanford?

Re: Declined Funded Offer from Indiana

Anonymous

8 years ago

Do you all read philosophy books regularly just for fun? I don't.
I do when I am feeling self-confident and not too stressed. When I am feeling low, I just can't face philosophy. (Which means I read novels much of the time.)

Re: Trying to gauge my level of passion

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8 years ago

Re: Trying to gauge my level of passion

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Re: Trying to gauge my level of passion

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8 years ago

Re: Trying to gauge my level of passion

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8 years ago

Seriously, I felt like I was breaking up with a girlfriend over the phone, or something. At one point, I even said "It's not you. It's me." (But in different words.)
lol Had you had an unsuccessful last year in applying by any chance?

Re: Turning down an offer is hard

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8 years ago

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April 16 2009, 10:15:48 UTC 8 years ago

Out of curiosity, how many top ten schools went to their waitlists this year?
From the information on this board, it seems that Michigan and Princeton definitely did.

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