Both feet? Both feet and a hand?
November 25, 2008 7:37 AM Subscribe
I always knew I'd go back to grad school to get my PhD in English, but have I shot myself in the foot by picking 2009, aka the year of financial armageddon and joblessness, to apply to top-notch programs?
posted by zoomorphic to education (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
See, I had a plan. I had a schedule, dammit. After graduating in 2006, I was going to hopscotch around the journalism scene for two or three years, just to stretch my legs, and then leap back into academics for duration of my nerdy existence.
Other than the very real problem of sucking at math which I plan to ameliorate as best I can, I have (or had) a good shot at getting into good English programs. I graduated with honors from a top 20 college with a 4.0 in my major and a 3.8 overall. I've kept contact with the two of the most respected scholars at the university, and they're both more than happy to write solid recommendations. I'm getting perfect scores on my Verbal GRE practice tests, and the Lit GRE will, all things considered, go as smoothly.
And then the wave of financial doom and gloom crushed my little sand castle. I presume many of the bright young things who lost their jobs at Doubleday and Conde Nast are hoping to tread water in grad school while the new Great Depression washes over, and I know many are similarly qualified. Of course, I'm worried that the increased competition will winnow down my options. As I'd like to get my PhD from a respectable institution with a high job-placement rate so I can decrease my chances of languishing in adjuncthood for eternity, I'm wondering A) how much I can expect the current recession to impact my acceptance chances, and B) is it worth delaying my matriculation until things calm down a bit? Because wouldn't that mean waiting, like, years?
And while I know it's everyone's favoritest parlor game to hyperventilate over us foolhardy young'uns skipping into academia's dried up job market, please save the very well-meaning concern for the uninitiated.