Come what may.

In Goals, School on April 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I love living in Japan, but visas do expire, you know. I’ll still plan to be here for quite a while longer if things don’t deteriorate, but I have to start thinking about applying to graduate school.

So tonight I’m reading the admissions sites to some programs. Let’s take a look:

“This past year we received almost 600 applications. In recent years, anywhere from 2% to 6% of the applicants have been admitted into the program.”

“The department typically receives around 700 applications per year for about 18 places in our sequential program.”

“We are able to make about 8-9 offers with funding from an applicant pool of 350+.”

Granted, these quotes are all from amazing programs, but this type of language seems to be pretty standard. I’m going into a field where my employment chances are very, very dire. And, that’s if I survive the admissions process, get into a good program, and make it through.

It’s all a little disheartening. Part of the reason that I didn’t apply straight out of undergrad is because I wanted some time to make an honest assessment of myself. But, this is what I want to do with my life. Sometimes you just have to do your best, say a prayer, and see where you end up. Wish me luck.

  1. Just pick the one you want the most and start believing you’ll get in. You have nothing to lose!

  2. Are you thinking about PhD or MA program?

    • Mostly PhD programs as many of them build getting an MA into the process. I will apply to some MAs too in case I have to take a less direct route, but the funding situation doesn’t seem to be as good.

  3. I guess it is easier to transfer to a PhD program once you are in.Not to discourage you, but it probably would be good to see the numbers of PhD getting a tenure track position – the numbers are as horrifying or even worse that the ones in your post. It is a lot of time and effort, so you are right to think about it first 🙂

    Good luck – whatever decision you make!

    • Don’t worry about sounding discouraging when you are just being honest 🙂 You obviously have some insight into all this. You’re right, I’ve looked at the stats and the job market is horrific, especially since I’m wanting to go into a particularly hard hit humanities field. I realize I would be charting a very uncertain course, and I realize there are other, more practical options, but I keep coming back to the fact that this is what I want to do. I just really have to get in gear. I will definitely need good luck, so thank you.

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