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Professor Gregg Crane
Graduate Chair
Department of English Language and Literature
University of Michigan

Dear Allshallbewell:

I am delighted to announce that you have been accepted into our Ph.D. program in English Language and Literature. In addition to admission, we are also able to offer five consecutive years of support for your graduate studies. I speak on behalf of the entire faculty when I say we hope you will decide to attend Michigan.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts has awarded you one of the University’s most substantial awards of support, a Two Year Departmental Fellowship. The fellowship provides you with fellowship support in your first year and again in your fifth year (provided you apply for other fellowships through our fellowship competitions) and three years of support as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI). Should you not receive a competitive fellowship in your fifth year, you will be guaranteed a second year of Departmental Fellowship. One of the attractive aspects of our Ph.D. program is that all of our students receive a full five years of support and do not have to compete with one another in order to remain in the program. We only admit students we expect to be able to grant a doctorate at the completion of their studies. Financial support is guaranteed as long as you maintain a good academic standing and make regular and satisfactory progress toward your degree.

The email went on. But, needless to say, WOW! yay! hiphip!


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Feb. 19th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
I had that email last year :-)

Will you be choosing Mich or Cornell?
Feb. 19th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, man... That's a toughie. Cornell accepted me into their Medieval Studies program, which (from what I've read) sounds absolutely amazing; it's interdisciplinary and would let me continue to do German, Music, AND English, none of which I can imagine giving up in the near future.

On the other hand, I love UM with a passion and could see myself living and working there happily for the next five years, especially because the very nature of their English department is one of open, interdepartmental experimentation. In fact, one of the reasons I like UM so much is because there is a particular professor I'm in love with who leads an Early Music Vocal Ensemble (PALESTRINA!! MONTEVERDI!! BYRD!!! BACH BACH BACH!!!). It's not fair to bring that up, though, because I know UM intimately, and I'm sure Cornell has similar opportunities I haven't had the chance to find.

The only problem with UM is the same thing that makes me love it so much--I was there as an undergrad, and sometimes it's not the best plan to attend your undergraduate university for grad school; it's a good idea to experience what the rest of the world has to offer, you know?

Anyway, I'm still waiting on a couple other applications. If I hear back from any of them (which I probably won't) soon, that will make the situation a little different.
Feb. 19th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you've got some tough decisions to make by April 7th (or whenever The Date is)...
Good luck!
Feb. 19th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you. At least I have the luxury of making decisions, right? :)
Feb. 19th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
zomg! congratulations! you deserve it for sure.

i know what you mean about choosing UM, though. I know that UM has a very good bio program and great facilities, but I just don't think I could go back for another five years. Especially because I've lived in Ann Arbor all my life anyway, and this whole being a good distance away from my mom thing is good too, haha. Though i do love Ann Arbor. *le sigh*
Feb. 19th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
It is such a good school.

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