this week’s update

another week gone by, another week with no progress made on my application. but it’s okay, there’s still time. 

in other news, today i went to a roller derby bout for the first time and it was INCREDIBLE. i want to join a team.

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at apartments on Craigslist in cities I “have no plans to move to” but of course they’re all cities on my grad school list. It kind of stresses me out, but at the same time I can’t stop doing it. All I know is if I live in a one-person apartment in the future, I’m gonna clean the ever-loving LIFE out of it when I move in and it’s gonna be SO satisfying. 

This week’s update

Scholarship things are rolling along. I got some fairly helpful information about writing personal statements and felt pretty energized about doing it…but then didn’t start, so some of that energy is gone. But I think I know what i want to write about, at least for a first draft. If I make it beyond my school’s internal deadline, I’ll have time to revise it. I also have to answer a long list of internal questions for the committee that decides who from my school will get nominated. I also go back and forth between feeling excited and absolutely terrified at the prospect of being put up for this award. So, we’ll see.


and i got confirmation from one more letter-of-recommendation-writer! that makes five, so i’ve reached the required minimum!

and now we’re up to seven!

and i got confirmation from one more letter-of-recommendation-writer! that makes five, so i’ve reached the required minimum!

I decided I’m going to update this blog (at least) every Saturday!

The past few days I’ve been working on gathering application information for grad programs - PhDs in linguistics, MAs and PhDs in journalism, and MFAs in creative writing. Here’s my current list (it’s exhaustive):


  • UT Austin
  • Stanford
  • Boston University
  • UCLA
  • MIT
  • University of Chicago
  • Northwestern
  • UConn
  • Yale
  • SDSU
  • UCSD
  • Oxford
  • Cambridge


  • Columbia
  • Northwestern
  • University of Missouri
  • Wisconsin (Madison)
  • NYU
  • Maryland
  • Syracuse
  • UC Berkeley
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
  • American University

MFAs (haven’t started the research for this chunk yet)

  • Emerson
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • UC Irvine
  • Cornell
  • NYU
  • Columbia
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Virginia

Researching these is actually really fun. Probably more fun than applying or getting rejected is going to be, but many of these look like really great options. I’m getting kinda hyped.

making progress!

four of six professors have responded confirming that they’ll write letters of recommendation for me.

now I just have to wait for at least one of the other two to respond. and write my personal statement…

on the rhode(s) again

seriously, just looking at the rhodes scholarship website long enough to figure out what i need to do to apply is proving incredibly stressful for me. but i’ve (almost) decided that i’m (almost) definitely going to apply…if i can convince 5-8 faculty members to write me letters of rec in the next month…

(ps i’m not sorry at all about the pun in the title of this post)


so my thesis research is underway. it’s slow going, because i’m not at a very exciting stage yet, but at least it’s happening.

today i started looking into the three big scholarships/fellowships that students from my school (i guess?) apply to - rhodes, marshall, and fulbright. the internal deadlines for my schools are a good month or two before the actual deadlines for the programs - as in, august - which is terrifying. also i need FIVE letters of recommendation for the rhodes scholarship???! also they all seem like a hugely long shot, but also i’m a relatively smart human being so maybe it’s worth a shot…