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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The capital of the nation / Liked my application

Well, looks like it's off to Ottawa in the fall: My status on U Va's website changed to "Deny." The only place I haven't heard from is U Penn, and if one hasn't heard from them by now, there's a 99% chance he's rejected. I really, really thought I had a good shot at U Toronto, Virginia and Texas (the other rejections didn't surprise me). In case anyone needed to be reminded of the insanely competitive, arbitrary nature of Grad Admissions in English, I'm living proof. I'm not the best applicant there ever was, but it's still amazing when someone with my background and numbers can't get in. It has reached a point where people aren't getting into safety schools, so I should be grateful. Incidentally, I the Grad Director at Ottawa spoke to me today: mostly chit-chat, but he told me that he and the committee was impressed with my application and they will be offering an admissions scholarship (which, in total, means that my funding will be comparable with UofT's or Queen's, which is quite good). Most importantly, it's a foot in the door and they do have one person whose work interests me. Maybe this is the "big fish in a small pond" placement I need?? Who knows.
I'm still disappointed, but it could be much, much worse.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

count your blessings you got admitted. you have a chance to prove to all the schools who rejected you that they were wrong to deny you acceptance.

3:52 p.m.  
Anonymous zelda said...

hey, u of o is a great place. "big fish in a small pond" is good. nothing worse than a big bad impersonal grad school. trust me!

i know it's hard not to be disappointed. but you're right, could be much worse!

relax. regroup. reflect. celebrate!

6:19 p.m.  
Blogger jeremy said...

hello. at your level of study I think the calibre of your university is only of secondary importance. as long as you're going to work with a recognized scholar in your field I don't think you have cause for grief.

2:06 a.m.  
Blogger Pious Labours said...

Another Jeremy in our midst? wow, what are the odds.
Thank you for your comments. Yes, the one prof there I mentioned is closer to my interests than most, and, like I said, it's an important foot in the door.
I'm curious though: are you a native of Singapore?

12:14 p.m.  
Blogger jeremy said...

hi pious, i'm from manila actually but went to university in singapore. and, i will be pursuing my phd in canada this fall.

9:24 p.m.  
Blogger Pious Labours said...

Nice to meet you. Curious: how did you find my blog?
I'm assuming you're in English or a related field? Where in Canada will you be going?

12:35 a.m.  
Blogger jeremy said...

I will be pursuing doctoral studies with the English Dept at Queen's and I research in the areas of psychoanalytic and post-colonial studies. Although I do not think that my work could be neatly classified under English studies--at least not in the strictest sense--I believe it overlaps in important and potentially interesting ways with the discipline.

I came across your blog through google. I was curious about what people thought of Queen's University. It is not as popular in this part of the world as, say, UofT or McGill but my adviser from the NUS tells me that it's a pretty decent university. And, more importantly, Prof. Helen Tiffin is there.

You're interested in Restoration and 18th century literature, yes? I hated this area as an undergraduate lol. Perhaps because of the boring professor who was also a tough marker. Although I did enjoy reading Milton.

6:26 a.m.  

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