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telkanuru last won the day on December 1 2018

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About telkanuru

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    Providence, RI
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    Monasticism, gender, theology, social history, intellectual history, Christianity, network analysis, GIS, digital humanities
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    History PhD

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  1. telkanuru

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    This point gets glossed over too often because stupid people take it for elitism: there is a massive difference between someone who attended UKansas and one who attended Princeton, namely that one went to Princeton and the other didn't. Given the frankly insane differences in the resources - monetary, temporal, and otherwise - that each would have at their disposal, the UKansas student would have to be an order of magnitude smarter and more motivated to produce a CV (and a dissertation) equal to the Princeton student's. And of course if they were, why would the be at UKansas and not at least at one of those top-20 programs @psstein mentioned? And if you think that search committees at every level don't think this way, I have a little bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell. A lot of lower-tier PhD programs try to convince nervous prospective students that it's ok - their graduates do really well at other lower-tier schools, schools where those top-20 don't want to be and which would be nervous about taking anyway since they might jump ship fast. That might have been true 30 (or even 10) years ago, but we're in a market where Harvard grads think themselves darned lucky to get a job at Bridgewater State University, and search committees know it. And even if we leave all that aside, what those lower-tier schools are actually saying is that other schools hire their students because their students are perceived as aggressively mediocre (and unlikely to find a job at a better institution). That's their sales pitch. As you approach graduate school, exercise critical self evaluation. If you go, what are you going to do differently to stand out from the crowd at the other end?
  2. telkanuru

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    1) Their TAs are unionized 2) Their TAs don't have contractual teaching obligations IIRC
  3. telkanuru

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Did you apply to work with Conant, Kosto, McCormick, and Reimitz, or with Remensnyder, Smail, and Jordan? As others have said, I don't think anyone's going to care overmuch that your projects change (that's what projects do), but you may have had easier prospects one way or the other, as some of these professors have adjusted the kinds of students they accept with the job market in mind, etc. PM me if you have any questions!
  4. telkanuru

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Eh, not all places interview, and the results reporting doesn't distinguish between a formal process and a PI calling a person up to chat - some like to do this. What it means is that the person in question is interesting to a PI at that school. Nothing more, nothing less.
  5. telkanuru

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I actually do think there's a great deal of merit in weighting this sort of award in the admissions process - the ability to bring in external grants is the sine qua non of academic success, and money begets money. The fellowship is (and should be) a substantial booster to your admissions chances.
  6. telkanuru

    Deadline for Recommendation Letters

    You have other things to worry about. If the school thinks there's a problem, they'll contact you. Admissions committees understand that tenure does funny things to human perceptions of time.
  7. telkanuru

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    If you can't make a piece of writing work in a certain structure, change the structure.
  8. telkanuru

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I don't know what else to say that I haven't said before, but to repeat: I failed out of undergraduate twice (cumulative GPA from my first 2 years: 0.86). I'm now in my fourth year at an Ivy. There may indeed be some political nonsense that means you don't get in this year, or just an unlucky handful of wunderkinds in your precise subject area, but it won't be your stats keeping you out.
  9. telkanuru

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Personally, I found that the drunker you could make your January, the better.
  10. If you do go to the professor in charge, go to them saying that you have a heavy workload and are getting too many students. Let them figure out why. Otherwise, it won't go well.
  11. telkanuru

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    IMO the exact opposite is true, which is why the SoP is so telling.
  12. telkanuru

    Emailing Graduate Students

    Hah. If someone's that politically inept, any Ivy/top10 program is going to eat them.
  13. telkanuru

    GRE Scores for History PhD programs

    I tell this story often, but when I was reaching out, I was worried that my AW score (4.5) was low enough to merit a retake. The DGS paused for a second to think and then asked, "is that the one that's out of 6?"
  14. telkanuru

    MDiv vs MTS (@ HDS)

    Because an MTS suggests that you've been given training for a specific academic track, and an MDiv does not. But I would question how that student knew the degree name was a problem. Yes, both programs are flexible, but some are more flexible than others. It will depend on where the classes you want to take are located. I'm a medievalist with an MTS in the History of Christianity, and I spent almost all of my time down at the Yard. I think I took maybe 1 course at HDS proper per semester, if that. That kind of focus is much harder with the MDiv. There are definitely some socio-intellectual differences between the cohorts. Generally, MTS students are more interested in precision of thought and theoretical coherence, while MDivs had a greater interest in affect and feeling. That's not to say that either approach is wrong, or that one is better than the other, but they don't talk to each other super well. The number of times I was told with a frustrated sigh, "Ugh, you're such an MTS..." Finally, the thing to remember about spending time at Harvard is that the courses you take are not the point of the experience. Rather, it's the relationships you create with your professors, and, more importantly, with your peers. The your degree program and the classes you select determine in large part the type of social network you will build, and an MDiv network will have different utility than an MTS one.
  15. telkanuru

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    This is every checkpoint of grad school:

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