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telkanuru last won the day on July 28

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About telkanuru

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  1. And also intentional irony 😬
  2. Yeah, but it's summer. Academic deadlines are always more like guidelines than rules, and it's worse in the summer.
  3. It won't do your app any favors. Not reporting it will do your app fewer favors. The fact that some actions you've made in the past will limit your future options is a good lesson to learn.
  4. I am inclined to agree.
  5. A couple reasons come to mind immediately: 1) Schools with more prestige have more money and can support their graduate students better. Better-supported graduate students do better scholarship. 2) Students at prestigious schools encounter a greater number of prestigious professors, and therefor have better models of how to perform academic intelligence. 3) Name recognition matters on applications - prestigious schools offer a way to winnow a 100 person application file because the people they produce are, within reason, known quantities.
  6. For me, a large aspect of my mental health is proactively identifying and addressing the things I can control, even if they're uncomfortable. Graduate school is, at its core, self directed. A lot of what you've said here sounds like you need to acknowledge your own agency in this situation. Your PI gave you a smaller project to work on as a learning experience before assigning you a larger one, a project which you did not complete because you were unwilling to follow her advice and confront the student monopolizing the lab. You haven't done what she asked, and therefore she has not trusted you with the larger project. Once it became clear you were unable to help yourself in the way she expected of you, she stepped in. That's a reasonable sequence of events. Similarly, submitting an article with data from someone else's lab without their consent is a fairly large faux pas in many fields, and I would not be surprised if this angered the PI. If you want to get something out of this experience, and if you want to finish the degree, I would suggest that you set get a grasp of the tasks you have in front of you and the precise steps you need to take to complete them. This is not usually an adviser's responsibility, though they may help with the process. Good luck.
  7. My net GPA when I was accepted to the MTS with a 4/5ths scholarship was 3.06. I had only got a 0.86 from my first undergraduate institution, then a 3.8 from the second one.
  8. Studii fuit apud ueteribus et eruditissimis uiris ut eorum quorum miracula sanctis actibus pollere cernebant sagaci studio Christo auspice sine quo nihil boni agitur stilo promulgarent quatinus de praecedentium meritis imitando uel memoriae commendando uentura sobolis gloriaretur (It was a thing of passion among old and most learned men, that they should make known by the pen those among them, the miracles of whom they discerned with keen insight and by Christ’s help (without whom nothing good may come to pass) to be strong in holiness, since future generations might win themselves glory by imitating the good works of their ancestors and by being entrusted with their memory.) Just FYI.
  9. I don't. There's no point to them. There aren't any exams except quals, and those are their own separate thing (for these, I did 500-1000 word precis of each item), and in-class notes have no utility for any papers. I did have a notebook I'd write in for class, but that's because it's a way I think through a problem, not for later reference.
  10. Until you try Merovingian Latin, you are yet still a sweet summer child ☠️
  11. I'm really happy you've done well! I've just heard too many horror stories, personally.
  12. I missed this a while back: you should absolutely not expect it. Academia - really, any professional arena - is very often a mediocre to shitty space. Never expect your colleagues to be a functional support network unless they have manifestly demonstrated otherwise.
  13. The more seasoned posters here are probably tired of me banging on about languages for medievalists, but let's start there. Any PhD program of quality - and there's no reason to attend a PhD program which is not quality - will be looking for two modern research languages, typically French and German, in addition to Latin. They will have an abundance of candidates who meet this criteria. Exceptions to this rule usually come if an applicant has very good Latin but no French (everyone thinks French is very easy to acquire quickly), or if they have mastery of an unusual language (Greek, Arabic, Old Church Slavonic, whatever). These requirements exist for a very good reason: they are a starting place, and you will usually find you need to learn more languages as you continue your studies. Since my admission, I've picked up reading fluency in Spanish, Dutch, and Italian, for example. Without these skills, you can't get your head around the literature you need or do good work, nor can you work with primary sources. And that's why the requirements mark a program of quality - those who do not have the requirement are taking students who are not well-prepared to succeed. I say all this to highlight the point that language acquisition must be your primary goal before you apply to PhD programs, and that you should feel that you need to acquire not only Latin, but also German. Further, Latin is hard for most people to master. Even with 2 years of Latin in your MA, you will probably have to continue working on it as you go for your PhD. Finally, if you're still in the early stages of acquiring Latin, you can't really use it to work with primary sources, meaning you will have a weak writing sample. Consequently, I would advise that you take a year (or even two!) before you apply to MA programs working in the world and picking up the skills you need. To your specific question on which MA programs, UCBoulder, Fordham, UChicago MAPSS, and St. Andrews are good programs, and I know a lot of people who have graduated from them to continue on to PhD programs. I don't have a fantastic opinion of WMU's program, but it's not the worst. Avoid Columbia. I would add the following programs: UCLA (I think this still exists), Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard Divinity, Yale/Yale Div.
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