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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
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    Early Christian history, material culture, ethnic studies
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Question about a rejection result comment: A person said, "GPA is MA." What does that mean?
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. I lived at 5315 Kimbark with my now-husband for 3 years. I absolutely recommend you live there. Park behind you that a lot of the apartments look out over, Hyde Park Produce across the street, the shuttle and bus pass there as well. And Hyde Park Produce. Let me sing its praises for a moment- every kind of produce you can think of, locally grown as much as they can, as cheap as they could be, all sold in bulk. I used to go out, cross the street to buy one single leek, a sprig (one sprig) of fresh thyme, and a head of purple cauliflower for dinner, and spend $1.50 on the three things combined. Plus, Reijko is probably still takes care of the buildings. He is awesome. If you call him with a problem in your apartment, he'll come directly up from wherever he is and fix it. We miss this place soooo much! If you get apartment 2A, tell it that Andrea and Christian say "hi".
  8. I had an unhappy and anxiety-filled MA, followed by about a year or two of depression. Now that I'm a few years away from that situation and diving back into a PhD, these are my plans for mental health: Friends both in and out of my field, and definitely non-grad school friends. Talk to at least one non-grad friend once a week. Take one full day a week off. Don't be ashamed to just read the intro and conclusion and then move on. Find a kind of exercise I enjoy and make time for it. Use a planner to chart my weeks to help me make sure I'm hitting the most important things. Find a show (live music, author reading, play, etc) to see once every two weeks. And Clonopin-- sweet, sweet Clonopin. :*
  9. Are there specific people there you want to work with? Could you look up their old or current students? I think you could also be really direct with your POI and say, "My goal is to eventually apply to such-and-such PhD programs. Have any of your other MA graduates done work like that after they left here?" They know that you aren't applying to grad school for no reason, and that you must have longer term ambitions or plans-- in fact, they are probably hoping that you do! I don't think any school wants students who are just there because they don't know what else to do. Also keep in mind that part of your adviser's responsibility is to help you get to the next level, whatever that may be.
  10. Not necessarily. It depends upon the faculty there as well and how well-known any of them are. A mid-tier school that gives you an MA and a LOR from a respected professor might be very helpful. Do you mind me asking what school it is?
  11. For what it is worth, full tuition funding is rare for an MA in the US. I got 50% at UChicago, and that was the best that they gave. I ended up having to take out loans for the other 50% and living expenses. So, IMHO, it's not that bad of a deal. But ultimately only you can decide what you're able to accept and deal with. I also don't know if you are only considering Canadian schools and how that compares to other Canadian programs.
  12. The cost of moving itself depends upon a lot of different things. Do you have a lot of stuff? Like a full apartment, furniture, etc? Is the distance to your new school driveable? Could you rent a UHaul and drive yourself there?
  13. I had a professor at ND recommend that I apply to two programs, since it seemed like I could fit into either. I think they understand that you're trying to cast your net wide.
  14. I think I read a more critical reply to your post, and I was all of a sudden defensive for you. Maybe it's also that I finally got the rejection letter from my top choice a few days ago, so I'm still feeling that sting. I agree with you that disappointments in our life are not always forgotten. For me, the longer I live, the more I wonder how my life might have gone and how much further I might be now if things had been different.