Thursday, May 3, 2012

Actor Announcement*

As some of you know, it’s been a nail-biting few weeks, but I am thrilled to announce that I have officially been accepted to The George Washington University’s PhD program. Starting this fall, I will begin pursuing my (fully funded!) doctorate in Medieval and Early Modern (think Shakespeare) literature with a focus in critical animal studies.

Two things: 1) One of the kind of sobering things this application process has taught me is that getting accepted to these programs is a privilege. There are tons of wicked smaht, talented potential scholars out there, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue doing what I love in such a supportive atmosphere.

2) I’m about to get schmaltzy;** be advised. I am also really grateful for all the encouragement and congratulations I’ve received since posting my announcement on Facebook. Graduate school is hard, but knowing I have the support of the people I love makes it a little easier. Special props, of course, to Ross, without whom this—and a million other things—could not be possible. Schmaltz concluded.  

In summation: I feel very lucky and very loved. See you in 4-5 years. 

*Please award yourself 10 bonus points if you get this reference.
 **Bizarrely, Microsoft Word recognizes “schmaltzy” as a word.


  1. Haylie,
    Congratulations. I continue to live vicariously through your pursuit of higher, higher education and the end result of one day being endowed with the title of Doctor. Wow.
    Also, what are critical animals? Forgive my ignorance.

  2. HOORAY! No words for how happy I am for you, so I made one up: Ferklunkleplotz, I'm so happy for you!