Packing for MLA

Packing for MLA

Interviewing is mentally and physically tiring, so you want to keep a few important things in your bag or attaché case to make things go as smoothly as possible:

 

  • your cell phone (if you don’t have one, I recommend buying a cheap pay-as-you go temporary one just for the trip)
  • small snacks and beverages – especially water
  • your interview schedule
  • the MLA hotel map
  • the information you compiled about the interview schools
  • extra copies of sample syllabi, research program, writing samples, CVs, etc., assembled as packets in case you want to leave them with the committee
  • plenty of cash in case you need to catch a cab (or stop for a soda for a caffeine kick)
  • some blank paper in case you want to jot down some notes immediately after the interview
  • aspirin or medicine for a headache (the eye strain and deep concentration during interviews can trigger some horrid headaches)
  • Tums or other stomach soothers
  • any medicines you need, like an inhaler, allergy medicine, insulin, etc.
  • tissues
  • essential make-up for touch-ups
  • breath mints
  • and a handi-wipe or 2 (or Tide stick) in case you spill food on your clothes during lunch
  • eye drops and/or contact disinfectant
  • nice handkerchief for runny nose
  • change for hotel pay phone if cell phone dies
  • extra pantyhose if you’re wearing a skirt/dress