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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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  1. telkanuru

    MTS Harvard Divinity School

    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.
  2. telkanuru

    History MA Programs

    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.
  3. telkanuru

    How to take notes- in history specifically?

    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.
  4. telkanuru

    History MA Programs

    Until you try Merovingian Latin, you are yet still a sweet summer child ☠️
  5. telkanuru

    History MA Programs

    I'm really happy you've done well! I've just heard too many horror stories, personally.
  6. telkanuru

    I failed my thesis.

    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.
  7. telkanuru

    History MA Programs

    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.
  8. telkanuru

    To what extent should my PI modify my draft?

    You have an adviser. They're better at this than you are, for no other reason than the fact they've done it before. They've given you advice. How you treat their advice will determine both their opinion of you and the kind and quality of advice they will give you in the future. Choose your course wisely.
  9. telkanuru

    I failed my thesis.

    Unnecessary, even to prove the point. First warning.
  10. telkanuru

    PhD funding

    Different programs do different things, but I will say this: academics can only be rigorous if they're funded, and a dumb student with lots of financial support will almost certainly write a better dissertation than a smart student with no support. If a program does not offer a livable stipend, cover tuition, provide affordable health care, and provide access to pots of money for travel and research, it is not worth applying to, never mind attending. My process was to identify the professors with whom I wished to work, and then to narrow down the list by excluding programs that offered insufficient resources. Aim for a final list of 4-6.
  11. telkanuru

    I failed my thesis.

    Yeeeeeah, that's too far on a lot a levels. Don't try to be a psychologist on the internet or try to explain to someone why they don't work as a person. It diminishes the rest of what you're saying.
  12. telkanuru

    Deleting my accoutn

    Please direct message a site administrator (listed in the staff directory).
  13. telkanuru

    I failed my thesis.

    @TGCA is the administrator you need to contact for an account deletion. However, be aware that deleting an account will not delete your posts.
  14. telkanuru

    I failed my thesis.

    I also think it is, but it's a dangerous thing to do on a public forum, particularly if there isn't a clear line between asking for help and simply venting. For what it's worth, I read @Chanandler's post as being made in good faith as a call to self-evaluation. It's hard to phrase that in a way that doesn't come across as extremely harsh. For example, when @Sigaba tried to offer effectively the same critique, their advice was accepted, but it was not clear to me that their message was fully received. Chanandler's message, by contrast, was indeed fully received but not accepted. Neither managed to thread the needle. @Adelaide9216, you're totally correct that any criticism here is coming from a place of relative ignorance. But by posting here, you are explicitly inviting criticism from relative strangers. I know you know this because I have myself reminded you in the past that we on this forum are not as helpful as sources of advice and guidance when compared to those who know you directly, and you told me that you understood, but valued the outside perspective. That's what you were offered here, although on terms that would be hard for anyone to swallow, and it seems unfair to now use the fact that the perspective you have been offered is from the outside to dismiss it. As academics, it's incumbent upon us to remember that all readings of things we've written made in good faith are valid readings. That is, if someone reads you as arguing, saying, or doing something other than you think you've argued, said, or done, their interpretation is as valid - and possibly more valid - than yours as to what you've actually done. An adviser's description of your paper, for example, is almost certainly closer to what you're arguing than what you think you've argued. Any time you spot a disconnect between your and another's interpretation of your work, that should be a clear and evident warning sign that you haven't done what you intended.
  15. telkanuru

    Archive camera recommendations

    The first thing I would do is look up the rules in the archives you're going to be using. For example, for my work, French libraries have very variable photography policies, while the local archives are require by the state to allow photographs and often have a photography rig for you to use if you want. Other archives allow photographs, but don't allow tripods. And a DSLR is clunky and hard to deal with if you don't have a tripod. I work on medieval diplomatic instrumenta - 12th to 13th c. legal documents - and I have found that for 95% of what I want to do, my cell phone or tablet camera is more than sufficient. I do have a DSLR with macro lens (a substantial investment) if I really need it, but I honestly haven't even brought it on my past to archival trips.

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