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TMP last won the day on July 20 2016

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  1. My MA program was like this! It was a lonely when I moved into my PhD program where for my own field/interests there weren't going on on a weekly basis (more like semester basis). I struggled a lot to stay motivated with my studying etc. Depending on your relationships with your professors and other students, you can set up some kind of "accountability" schedule with one or two people. With my exam studying, I insisted that my adviser met with me at least monthly rather than 6-8 weeks she originally wanted. E-mailing with her regularly has kept me motivated. Sometimes I'll drop an e-mail to someone who might be able to answer a question I've been thinking about and at least some kind of conversation starts. Does your department graduate students have a private Facebook page? If not, you could start one up to keep everyone connected. You'll meet people in the archives (especially smaller ones) along the way who will want to learn about your work and you'll have plenty of chances to talk about your findings. You'll want to keep writing down your thoughts as you go along so you remember what you've found. But yeah, the time difference between the US and Germany will be... a bit rough. Your mornings will be unbelievably quiet but that's the best time to be totally focused in the archives before your friends start pinging you I'm most nervous about being in Australia for 4 months. While I'll have few colleagues there to talk with, the overall communication won't be the same. @kotov, precisely. i was working in governmental institutions and Institut für Zeitgeschichte München. However, I've just learned that Staatsarchiv Bremen is relatively lax with photography. w00t!
  2. Eh, run with the chemistry. If you don't like the culture, distance yourself and focus on your own work. If you like it, great, and go with it! I had hoped to make friends in the program but multiple factors kept me from being able to form tight friendships/relationships with people in my program. As a result, I've been selective and have several really solid people who I can turn to in crisis and for tips on various things associated with the program. Also, I recall your previous posts. I'm going to be blunt, hanging out with 20-somethings as a 30-something its.... not easy. They don't have the same level of maturity or life experiences that you have. You'll definitel share the same emotions of adjusting to the PhD program and the university but beyond that? Don't expect much outside of seminars.
  3. Funding, funding, funding. Don't get into debt for a master's level, especially if your end salary won't be high. If you're willing to do a MA program that offers funding (like Miami University's), you'll be able to continue some teaching (this is where your educational degree/experience will come in handy). If content matters to you more than understanding the historiographical/scholarly questions, you may be best off reading more books and searching for graduate syllabus and read on your own. You'll want to attend a stand alone MA program if possible; you do not want to be in competition with PhD students. You won't get the same quality of attention from professors towards your work and career interests.
  4. Well, perhaps the first tiny completely break you will get is when you pass your candidacy exams (although if you are still TA-ing, keep working as needed). My peers and I took several weeks of completely break after we passed-- no books, no writing, no research, etc. because we were so exhausted. We binged on Netflix because it was the only thing we could stand. After a month, we got back to work full time. Truth to be told, this is your last summer where you will be completely free to do whatever you want. Once you start, you will desperately need summers to get a LOT of work done (because TA-ing, taking classes and participating in department's culture do eat up the time you need to research and read for exams). It will take at least two summers before your family *understand* that you do not have "a long summer vacation." The *real* vacation time you will get in grad school is during Christmas.
  5. ....and if somehow you can get into Iran for research, carpe diem!
  6. Middle Eastern history for sure....
  7. Do you want to be viewed as an undergrad or a professional?
  8. As a TA, I honestly don't envy my undergrads' courseloads because it's a lot of classes and sometimes they're studying topics that they have no interest in. Meanwhile, as a graduate student, all the work that I do are labors of love... which makes graduate school more bearable than undergrad. Yet, my work is still demanding. Unlike my undergrads who focus more on facts and are only learning critical thinking skills, I have to perform thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills at a much higher level, akin to thinking like my professors who are scholars themselves. To do that, I have to put a lot of thought into preparing for my classes (and exams). Just remember, first semester will always be rough, no matter what anyone says.
  9. Short answer: No. Long Answer: No because as long as you're in good standing in your program, nobody cares. And @akraticfanatic just, don't. Nobody cares about the "upward trend" except for admissions committee.
  10. Actually, that's not unusual. That's good approach to helping new TAs adjust to teaching (especially the culture and make up of the student body at your particular institution). There's almost always a "TA orientation" prior to the start of classes to get students hit the ground running when those undergrads walk in. No undergrad wants to see an unprepared TA.
  11. Interesting... I think you'll have to decide what methodology you want to focus on more. Also, what appeals to you more-- teaching Western Art 101 or World History 101? Pick one, and that's your main discipline.
  12. Question. Are you interested in spatial history? As in history of how space and environment were used by the society and the government? Then, that's part of the history discipline. If you are more interested in the art movements and designs of buildings, then it's to Art History you go.
  13. @angesradieux glad we could help you rationalize!
  14. Congrats! See, we told you to keep your name on the list! Enjoy Boston
  15. History all the way if you wish to get a job as a professor. Unless it's Yale. Because... Yale.