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Ahh I'm so happy for you! I work with Skype and other call software extensively - it's easy to use, don't worry, just do a little practice beforehand with a friend if you can to make sure you're happy with it and your mic is functional. If it's a video call, put a sticky note next to the camera so you remember where to look, and if it's a voice call, remember to breathe and leave pauses so the other person can talk. It won't feel like empty silence, but is necessary to make sure everyone finishes talking. Also, moderate your speaking pace to a little slower than normal, as it sounds more professional on the phone.

Also, I will eat my words above - I've just been moved to GAO! Application timeline:

Jan 7th: applied
Jan 20th (when I checked): straight to degree committee
W/c Jan 27th: funding interview
Feb 10th: GAO
Congratulations!! That is so fantastic!! You've made it!
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Ahhhh I have an interview now too! Next Tuesday! And one with Education earlier in the morning. Mangoji I feel you, so terrified!!! Also, I have never used Skype in my life!
Amazing! Congratulations! Don't worry, they clearly like you! Definitely get some Skype practise in though: get someone to help you check your sound/picture quality and find out where in your house is comfortable (and private!) but has decent lighting. You'll do great!

Mine is this Thursday so not a huge amount of notice, eep!
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Ahh I'm so happy for you! I work with Skype and other call software extensively - it's easy to use, don't worry, just do a little practice beforehand with a friend if you can to make sure you're happy with it and your mic is functional. If it's a video call, put a sticky note next to the camera so you remember where to look, and if it's a voice call, remember to breathe and leave pauses so the other person can talk. It won't feel like empty silence, but is necessary to make sure everyone finishes talking. Also, moderate your speaking pace to a little slower than normal, as it sounds more professional on the phone.

Also, I will eat my words above - I've just been moved to GAO! Application timeline:

Jan 7th: applied
Jan 20th (when I checked): straight to degree committee
W/c Jan 27th: funding interview
Feb 10th: GAO
AMAZING! Congratulations!!
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Ahh I'm so happy for you! I work with Skype and other call software extensively - it's easy to use, don't worry, just do a little practice beforehand with a friend if you can to make sure you're happy with it and your mic is functional. If it's a video call, put a sticky note next to the camera so you remember where to look, and if it's a voice call, remember to breathe and leave pauses so the other person can talk. It won't feel like empty silence, but is necessary to make sure everyone finishes talking. Also, moderate your speaking pace to a little slower than normal, as it sounds more professional on the phone.

Also, I will eat my words above - I've just been moved to GAO! Application timeline:

Jan 7th: applied
Jan 20th (when I checked): straight to degree committee
W/c Jan 27th: funding interview
Feb 10th: GAO
Congrats!!!! 🎉🎉
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Ahhhh I have an interview now too! Next Tuesday! And one with Education earlier in the morning. Mangoji I feel you, so terrified!!! Also, I have never used Skype in my life!
A couple of other Skype tips: if it's a video call and you can control the camera positioning, try to make sure it's level with your head or perhaps very slightly higher (e.g. put some books under your laptop on your desk). Looking down at a camera below you tends to make you loom rather over the interviewers on their screen. And try to maintain the body language you'd keep in a face-to-face interview, even with things the interviewers can't see (e.g. your legs)—if you let your lower body slouch, this might come through in your tone of voice.
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Hey! I've also just moved to GAO for the MPhil in Criticism and Culture!!!!!! I'm so excited! Check your apps!
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Hey! I've also just moved to GAO for the MPhil in Criticism and Culture!!!!!! I'm so excited! Check your apps!
Congratulations! 🥳🥳
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Hey! I've also just moved to GAO for the MPhil in Criticism and Culture!!!!!! I'm so excited! Check your apps!
Did you complete the survey too, the email they sent today? Xx
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Hey! I've also just moved to GAO for the MPhil in Criticism and Culture!!!!!! I'm so excited! Check your apps!
Yay congrats!!
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Hey! I've also just moved to GAO for the MPhil in Criticism and Culture!!!!!! I'm so excited! Check your apps!
Congratulations!
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Any other MPhil Criticism and Culture's heard back?
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Hey! I've also just moved to GAO for the MPhil in Criticism and Culture!!!!!! I'm so excited! Check your apps!
Congratulations!!! That is fantastic!
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A couple of other Skype tips: if it's a video call and you can control the camera positioning, try to make sure it's level with your head or perhaps very slightly higher (e.g. put some books under your laptop on your desk). Looking down at a camera below you tends to make you loom rather over the interviewers on their screen. And try to maintain the body language you'd keep in a face-to-face interview, even with things the interviewers can't see (e.g. your legs)—if you let your lower body slouch, this might come through in your tone of voice.
Thank you!! That's very helpful-- especially about putting the computer higher up
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Not yet actually – it did give me a minor heart attack this morning x

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Did you complete the survey too, the email they sent today? Xx
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Not yet actually – it did give me a minor heart attack this morning x
Congratulations gurrrl! So happy!! Xx
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Congratulations!
Congrats on the GAO SixteenHundred
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Hey! I've also just moved to GAO for the MPhil in Criticism and Culture!!!!!! I'm so excited! Check your apps!
Congratulations!!! This is so exciting!

May I ask what your proposed research project is about?
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Congratulations!!! This is so exciting!

May I ask what your proposed research project is about?
I'll try to not get too excited until I get an official offer, but I was definitely not expecting to hear back!

The proposal itself is a mixture of sound studies, petroculture research and world literature – very briefly, it focuses on sound in petrofiction (specifically postcolonial petrofiction), thinking of potential listening practices in relation to oil and using sound to think through the geopolitics – and materiality – of petroculture. Also exploring oil-defined-spaces as aural environments. I make it sound surprisingly niche yet incredibly gargantuan in my proposal.
In general, I've been more interested lately in thinking about resource extractivism as an epistemological practice, or 'scenes' of reading/writing and materialist approaches, but mainly I intend on working on eco/environmental humanities, sound studies, postcolonial studies and reading/academic/knowing practices.
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Hey! I've also just moved to GAO for the MPhil in Criticism and Culture!!!!!! I'm so excited! Check your apps!
Congratulations! Does GAO mean an offer? I have just been moved to GAO and I'm so nervous!
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Congratulations! Does GAO mean an offer? I have just been moved to GAO and I'm so nervous!
What course are you? GAO normally means an offer is imminent.
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