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rheya19 last won the day on February 24

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About rheya19

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  • Birthday 08/19/1981

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    Champaign, IL
  • Interests
    Early Christian history, material culture, ethnic studies and social history
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    University of Iowa- Religious Studies

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  1. I'm starting an ancient Mediterranean religions PhD program in the fall, so three main things I'm doing this summer are: Greek and Latin, Greek and Latin, and Greek and Latin. I finished my MA about four years ago, and while I've been teaching RS in colleges, my language skills aren't what they were. So I need to get back up on that horse. Also, my adviser wants me to find 7-8 publications this summer that could go on my exam bibliography. But I'm hopeful that these tasks will help me get back into the groove of things so that I can hit the ground running in August. I'm also considering taking some kind of speed reading course this summer. Has anyone here ever done anything like that before? Can it help?
  2. I'm just starting my PhD program, but my school's department posted this websites with PhD student career guide info. It's mostly geared towards Humanities grads, but I think there is some useful stuff for any of us here. I hope it's helpful! https://connect.mla.hcommons.org/doctoral-student-career-planning-faculty-toolkit/
  3. I think everyone here has made good points and suggestions. I would like to echo DevinMiles as well, that sometimes different groups of students simply have different social dynamics for reasons outside you're control. During my religious studies master's program, there was an MA cohort and MDiv cohort. The two socialized in very different ways, I noticed. The MDivs were pursuing professional degrees and were more open to making relationships with one another. The MAs were by and large more bookish and introverted. I had a friend here and there in the MA cohort, but didn't make many solid relationships. It was kind of lonely at times. The MDivs all knew each other and were quite close by the end of their time. Also, the MDivs had a director who tried to create times for them to get together in and out of class.
  4. If you want a non-spiral bound planner, these are both pretty good. I ended up getting a differe (spiral-bound) one, but these were in my top 3: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Elephant-Productivity-Happiness-Non-Dated-1/dp/B01KEU5GOA/ref=sr_1_4?s=office-products&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1493671208&sr=1-4&keywords=planners&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011 https://www.amazon.com/Productivity-Planner-Daily-Non-Dated/dp/0991846222/ref=sr_1_58?s=office-products&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1493671269&sr=1-58&keywords=planners&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011
  5. 10 programs, average of $80 per application, plus taking the GRE, sending scores, paying for official paper transcripts (why does anyone ask for offical transcripts before they accept you???), Interfolio fees... over a $1000 easy
  6. The only Middle Eastern countries that require a head scarf by law are Iran and Saudi Arabia, if I'm not mistaken. I had a friend who traveled in Amman, Jordan alone, and she said she felt very safe. She dressed in loose clothes, shoulders and knees covered, and men never cat-called her or harassed her in any way. I also know someone who taught in the UAE for a few years. Those countries could be worth looking into. I lived in Taiwan and taught ESL there for four years. I was studying Chinese at the same time. It's relatively easy to get a visa to live and work there (compared to Japan or Korea.) The money isn't as good, but the cost of living is way, way cheaper. Learning Mandarin is not easy, though. You'd need a couple of years there to get a handle on it. I don't know how that compares to Arabic, though. Feel free to PM me with questions about Taiwan, if you like.
  7. Everywhere has access to the city via public transit. Parking is more tricky. There is street parking in Hyde Park, but it's a pain to find. Most of it is metered, some of it isn't. And in HP the police will ticket your car over the smallest violation; it's absurd! Commuting via car can be tricky as well, as traffic is unpredictable. I would try to stay as close to campus as possible, but that's just my opinion. Chicago is nothing but food options. Pick any neighborhood and you will find them.
  8. Anyone here a new Hawk Eye? I'm attending the religious studies program in the fall. I visited campus last week, had a look around, and even found an apartment in Northside. I really like Iowa City so far. It's everything a little college town should be. Any UI writers, scientists, or other researchers out there?
  9. I had a friend that did the UC MAPH. Since you only have those 9 months (three quarters) you really have to know exactly what it is you want to do going into. If you have a clear project in mind and a plan of action to complete it, the program can be very rewarding. If you are not positive what you want to do with your research, then you're probably better off doing a two year program.
  10. I'd recommend Pilsen or Bridgeport. UIC is close to South Chicago, so cheaper places are likely to be in sketchy neighborhoods. I would say find an apartment in a place like Bridgeport and then look for cheaper places once you have a feel for the city. Logan Square is fun, but I don't know how affordable it is.
  11. Penguin has a "novel" version on Gilgamesh by N.K. Sandars (published by Penguin) is a great read. Very accessible and still poetic. In my opinion, Gilgamesh is one of the most devastatingly human epics I've ever read.
  12. Question about a rejection result comment: A person said, "GPA is MA." What does that mean?
  13. Boo! Sorry!
  14. The Tribune crime tracker is very useful. The U of C emails crime alerts to its students.... when UC students, faculty, or staff are involved. Otherwise they just kind of ignore it.
  15. Come on, Iowa City people! I know you're out there! I just got back from a weekend there. I looked at quite a few apartments, found a great one on Northside and signed a lease, got the low down on parking, got a bike route map, went to a ton of great restaurants, drank local beers, walked around campus. I'm super excited to move there! Has anyone else visited campus? Anyone who lives there and wants to share their wisdom?