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  1. I don't *need* a PhD. It's just that the job that I want to do -research and teaching- requires a PhD. I'm a walking cliché.
  2. Yes, it's common. And in many programs it is even a requirement to TA/RA for professors/in projects unrelated to your interests. At the least, it shows your ability to adapt. Unfortunately, this is not a valid argument for negotiating a GAship, least of all in your first year. Nobody is forcing you to leave your job to be anything, you are making this decision on your own based on the offer. You are not being offered a job, where you would negotiate a package worth leaving everything for. If you are going to be an impoverished Gard student, that's your call. I don't see any harm in asking, though, if there could be a reassignment based on your interests. That said, everything you do in grad school builds your CV. You can strategize this GAship to serve your career goals. First, it may connect you with people outside your interests who could eventually read drafts of papers, grant applications, chapters, etc. Second, it may expose you to people who are not experts in your field or familiar with your jargon. In the long run, explaining your research and its impact to this audience will help you have a wider readership. Third, it may build research skills. Take advantage of your time there as you could be learning on data recollection, information organization, research management, or whatever that you could apply in your own work. Fourth, it may expose you to other interests that you may consider for your own research or for including as part of your academic conversation. Fifth, being exposed to another research helps you be a better reader of others' work.
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  4. YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! I knew it!!!!!!!! CONGRATSSSSS The waiting torture is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now you have the exciting task of planning the move!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you!
  5. I did this as well.
  6. I did mine for a national conference I attended (but did not present). You use them a lot because you meet people in receptions, book exhibits, poster presentations, and sessions. Sometimes your advisor introduces you to people so a business card comes handy. During research abroad, I have used them in archives, workshops, and bookstores. Like @TakeruK, I've also handed them out in non-academic situations such as hostels/hotels where I've stayed, waiting areas in airports, and the like.
  7. I stored my things with my roommate. We went overseas at the same time but came back at different times. We agreed for 12-month shared unit and after that we said we would take it from there. Since it was on my credit card, I just kept paying until she came back and then she gave me my money back. It was like setting money aside for me hahaha Neither of us knew when we would get back exactly or if we would live together (though it was the plan). As regards the apartment, we both left ours. When she came back, she moved in with her SO (also after a very long period of long distance since he had gone for research the year before) and I moved in with other grads. There is always people wanting to live with grads!
  8. I have seen BA theses published outside of the US, in countries I am familiar with academically. In general, theses publications make up ok books that are useful for general literature reviews or for tracing down archives. I have seen one BA or MA thesis published in the US that was an insult to my time. Badly written and hardly any real research. I sense your field is a book field, thus a book is an important contribution to the scholarship. It is important that you assess exactly how you are contributing to your field so that your book becomes relevant. I'm very surprised that an advisor suggested publishing a book because it takes so long to turn something into a manuscript. I applaud you determination to publish and your ambition to do it in a more professional setting than undergraduate journals. Yet, if you haven't published anything yet, I would consider presenting some of your ideas at a conference and publish an article before the book. You can get great feedback. I didn't publish my BA thesis but it is available online so I get cited
  9. At first glance, I don't see why you'd think that. Many people -international and American- are admitted into US programs every year. That said, it could also depend on your current and future programs. If the one you are at now is not very good and you want to apply to a top 10, it might be harder. But if you are in a very good program, then it becomes an asset. The bottom line, however, is that you chose to go there for a reason, so you should make your case in your SoP if you feel it 'hurts' your profile.
  10. I've only seen the word 'Congress' in large, mostly international conferences. I cannot think of a small conference being a congress.
  11. Oh, I thought 'the other' was in Interdisciplinary Studies. Well, since you have read so much, you probably can tell the difference between research in both departments. In my field, we often get carried away by the Anthro/ethno part of the project and our advisors our always asking: "why is this a history dissertation?" It is not that they don't want us to be interdisciplinary, but at the end of the day we have to be coherent between research and field. So, what type of research do you want to do? [Oh, I know it is easier to ask than to be asked this!!!] Also, have looked into the possibility of certificates within your programs? Finally, I don't know everybody else's but my coursework experience has been intensely interdisciplinary. I'm sure you've had that experience too, given your interests, so it is highly difficult to see you not crossing methodological boundaries What other things can you weight in?
  12. Yes, but also you need to think about your professional goals beyond the program. Regardless of the market (because you cannot control it, not because it is unimportant), how do you envision yourself? What type of scholarship do you want to produce, in which environment, and for what audience? The programs are not only a matter of methodologies because in the humanities we borrow each other's methods anyway But I think it is important to think right from the start how a PhD in X or Y serve you better. How you are going to market yourself and your research from each program.
  13. I really wish things were that easy. Unfortunately, exams are very discipline- and department-specific. At this point you should focus on passing the remaining four fields. As you prepare, do talk to your committee (if permitted) in order to better understand what's their aim for you in these exams. In general, comps have to do with the ability to produce something intellectually coherent, to show expertise, and to show dialogue with the discipline. Yet, this can vary significantly among departments and even among faculty. Right now, you need as much information about the exams as you can gather.
  14. You can't do it "entirely". E-mail any of the admins like @TakeruK @fuzzylogician
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