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    Research interests: American domestic policy and its relationship with foreign policy during the Cold War, American economic and political history
    Other interests: museums, music, veganism, hiking
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  1. Did you really expect a "rough first draft" to be lauded by your professor? Criticism and heavy editing are just to be expected. It's not something you ace the first time through. If you don't understand some of the comments, ask for clarification. Otherwise, get into the editing process and make the changes required. When you turn in your next draft, expect there to be further critiques. I turned in at least 2-3 "final" drafts before my advisor signed off on my thesis. Be grateful that your advisor is reading it closely and giving you constructive criticism--when it's finished you should feel
  2. It varies by program. My cohort is extremely close--we go out pretty regularly for drinks/dinner and we're always there for each other in good times and bad--but I know that cohorts at other schools aren't close at all. If your school has a "boot-camp" kind of class that everyone has to take together, it's pretty likely that you'll end up getting close with your fellows, just because its a shared experience.
  3. I figured it was something like that and I so sympathize. Don't worry though--just put together a solid application package and those perceptions shouldn't matter 8)
  4. just keep in mind that the rankings vary by discipline. There are some schools that have departments that rank overall in the top 20, but have a specific field, like modern US or military history, that ranks in the top 10. It's not worth going to Yale if there is no one there to work with you, but you do want to go to as highly-ranked a school as you can get into that is a good research fit for you. As to your question, you do not need a published article (if you're coming straight from undergrad it is unlikely you'd be ready to have something published--not because you're not a good writer or
  5. Not true at all, fewer than half of the people in my cohort came straight from undergrad. I maintain that taking time to work in the real world (in a history-related field) after finishing college and my other MA was the best decision I could have possibly made. Grad school isn't going anywhere, but opportunities like the one you've been presented with come along only rarely.
  6. What are the top books in your subfield? Who wrote them? Where do they teach? Start there...you want to apply to programs that have good scholars in your particular area(s) of interest. This will insure a good fit, which is a huge factor in where you get accepted. So, ask your current professors/advisors for advice on who some of the best people to work with in your areas of interest would be, read some of their books or articles, and then go from there. As an aside, UVA might be a good choice for you to consider.
  7. No one here can hazard a guess about anyone else's chances. This process is a crap shoot in so many ways...stories abound of people getting rejected by their supposed 'safeties' but accepted by their dream school. There are uncontrollable variables, like whether or not the advisor you fit best with at the school is taking any new students, or if the school has any funding available for people in your particular discipline this year. The best thing you can do for yourself is to apply as widely as you can. Forget about the whole idea of reach and safety...pick as many schools as you can where yo
  8. It's generally poor, abysmal in some fields (like, sadly, 20th century US, which is very oversaturated) and fair in others . It depends on what your specialty is...
  9. More than anything else you need to know what you want to study and who the best scholars are in your field. If you were, say, interested in colonial America, there may or may not be someone at Vanderbilt who is good in that field (I am just pulling this example out of thin air, I know very little about the school). If no one there is good in your field, you likely won't get accepted (fit is everything), and even if you do, it may be very difficult down the line to get a job if no one knows who your dissertation advisor is. Knowing that you want to teach at the college level isn't enough, you
  10. nope. UVA is seriously strapped for cash and they can only fund a small portion of the incoming class. those who dont get funded pay for their first year then hope that they get a TAship to get a stipend, the tuition remission, health insurance, etc. in their second year onward. it really sucks.
  11. depends on the couple/your personality/the strength of your commitment. My boyfriend and I are doing fine, but we've been together for 7 years, and we're best friends. Our relationship was very solid before I moved. We obviously miss seeing each other, but we're both of the mind that the degree will benefit us, as a couple, in the long run. He is unflaggingly supportive--he probably believes in me more than I believe in myself sometimes. We're also both super laid-back about relationship things, and are both very busy, which helps. We talk on the phone a few times a day, email constantly, and
  12. Do you know if you got nominated? they are the most competetive fellowships UVA offers (probably since they provide so much funding), and I know not every department that nominates candidates gets them. There are lots of other UVA fellowships though, so it certainly isnt your only shot at a fellowship/acceptance...
  13. Look at the websites of archives, museums, and historic homes or historical societies in your area and see what sort of internship experiences they have available, and then apply like crazy because more likely than not, deadlines are fast approaching. If they don't have a website, write a polite email or make a phone call to inquire about internship experiences. in most cases, these internships will largely be geared around what the institution needs help with (digitization project, small research projects etc.), but often they try to include tasks that will appeal to your own interests as wel
  14. hold you tongue at work until you give notice. when I left last year I gave much more notice than two weeks, just because I didn't want to screw my projects/clients over since it takes a long time for my old company to hire new folks. I was worried if I gave notice too early, they might have just asked me to leave (I've had friends give notice and get told to just leave the office immediately). In retrospect, my company was awsome and never would have done that to me, but I didnt want to be left without a paycheck for 3 months if they had. It was hard not to tell anyone until the end, but it k
  15. yeah, I think if you have any other funding from your school, IHS cuts the amount of the fellowship to something very nominal, but I, like you, would be happy with anything extra ;-).
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