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we don't need no education

i think i am waitlisted for funding at Michigan. my ego hurts.
3.9 GPA (with double MA hours in soc and history), conference presentations, decent GRE scores, and excellent recs. i wonder if it is the Romani studies primary focus that hurts me. the one school that accepted me early has a POI with a book on Nazi Germany that actually includes the Roma. i shouldn't complain; i was accepted at my top choice with dream faculty, but rejection (even semi-possible-rejection) stings like hell.

academically, i've been quite self-confident....too confident, maybe. i lost my 4.0 in advanced statistics and was completely and utterly crushed, but maybe i could have worked harder. i've never had to work really hard for good grades even in grad school. i should have spent that extra time on publications.

my confidence is gone...devlesa, baadaye, chao, hasta la vista, baby.

"You are one of the applicants who had the most support by far among the faculty."
but we aren't sure if we want to fund you? to be fair, he just said he doesn't know yet what the funding outcome is, but someone else on gradcafe reported accepted with funding.
and "one of" how many exactly?


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Mar. 10th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, this'll all happen for you, just you wait. My friend Anais's "Big Hand" (her term for the powerful forces moving events from behind the scenes) has been working quite forcefully to fuck me over big time for the last seven months or so, so it's pretty much a leadpipe cinch that, now that I've actually made an online 'friend' who lives in the same city I do, you will be moving soon. Count on it.
Mar. 10th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
awww...well i know i will be moving.. my top choice sure wasn't here in NOLA or even in LA! we just don't have what i need...academically!
Florida is closer than Michigan anyway. Things could be worse....I got in somewhere. I shouldn't bitch. It just hurt a little...and not the good kind. Humiliation ain't my thing.
Mar. 10th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
and their schedule is out. i get to take a class with Gellately in the fall. for me, that is freakin' awesome!
Mar. 10th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hopefully he's lost the "Newfie" accent, or you won't be able to understand a fuckin word he says lol.
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Mar. 11th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
LOL. Even if I couldn't understand him, I'd learn. I imagine I'll be hanging on his every word! I'm an academic groupie! It is Stoltzfus I want to work with most though and he is taking new students. :)
Mar. 10th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad for you then. Just sad for me. I don't really have any kinky friends here and it feels very isolating.
Mar. 11th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Tallahassee isn't that far away at all :)
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don't fear death
melissa muses (or maia, you choose)


wandering does not make you a "gypsy."
why would you call yourself
after those who have no home?
long skirts and hoop earrings
do not make you a "gypsy."
why do you call yourself after
those who have no clothes?

"gypsy" is pejorative. please don't perpetuate the stereotype. educate yourself on what it really means to be a "gypsy" in this world.

Who are the Roma?

Decade of Roma Inclusion

Dženo Association

European Roma Rights Centre

Roma Balkans

Roma National Congress

Romani World



Rroma Media Network

Soros Roma Initiatives

Studii Romani

The European Union and Roma

The Patrin Webjournal: Romani Culture and History

Voice of Roma
World Bank Roma Initiatives

Have a Happy Day! :)

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