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About maelia8

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    Bay Area, California
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    Modern European History Ph.D.

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  1. maelia8

    DAAD 2018-2019

    Still nothing for US long-term research grantees either
  2. maelia8

    DAAD 2018-2019

    In Germany everything's closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday, so we won't have news until Tuesday at the earliest. Fingers crossed!
  3. maelia8

    DAAD 2018-2019

    Still nothing for long-term (academic year) US doctoral research grants, eh? Or does somebody know something I don't?
  4. maelia8

    DAAD 2018-2019

    I'm from the USA.
  5. maelia8

    DAAD 2018-2019

    Last year they sent out the email indicating change of status on the first Monday in March (at least to me) ... hopefully you'll all hear by the end of the week.
  6. I take notes during lecture or discussion on my laptop in the (free) Evernote program so that my notes are completely searchable, taggable, and synced across all devices in the cloud. The program also has the ability to link to bibliographical information of works mentioned in lecture, and I often download and attach the lecture slides as well if they are offered by the instructor on the course website. I strongly dislike paper weighing me down (especially since I travel a lot, and paper notebooks tend to wear down with time), and have thus chosen to go fully digital with my life (aside from the most vital ID/medical/professional documents and my private diaries). i certainly think this is the most convenient and safest way to store and and organize notes, and makes looking through notes for research paper writing or exam prep a cinch (saves lots of time). However, I'm a person who types very quickly and hates handwriting, so I'm certainly biased in favor of digital methods.
  7. In my department, the website has a secure login for all students and faculty and we can update our own profiles whenever we want by logging in - even down to our profile picture and what we are teaching this semester.. I'd check with your webmaster and see if that is an option if you're concerned about the information getting outdated.
  8. maelia8

    Spending most of the stipend on housing?

    I agree with what's been posted previously - If you're in the Bay Area or New York, anything under $1000/month for a private room in a shared living situation is probably either a scam or comes with significant issues (very dangerous neighborhood, crumbling apartment, landlord renting illegally without a proper lease so as to avoid rent control, etc.). I pay roughly 65% of my annual income towards rent/utilities, and I have what would be considered a really great deal in a mid-tier Bay Area neighborhood very close to my campus. The only way to get something cheaper in regards to rent is to commute over an hour by car or (still not cheap) public transport, and it basically saves you nothing when the cost of parking in central downtown Bay Area cities is factored in. I think that shopping around if you're in a different market makes sense, but if you're in a market driven by insane demand, the competition is too tough to turn down places that aren't dirt cheap if you get someone willing to accept your offer on the place.
  9. maelia8

    Short Name vs Long Name

    My first name is incredibly unique, and, combined with a flowery-sounding last name, has led friends to joke that I should have been a romance novelist and am missing my true calling (seriously, my name doesn't even sound like a real name, it sounds like a nom de plume that somebody made up). That being said, there is no danger that I will ever meet anyone with the same name to compete with for publishing purposes. I'd never include the middle name or middle initial, as I think it would be overkill.
  10. maelia8

    GRE "Splitters"

    @lordtiandao I basically went into the GRE with a goal quant score beforehand, and promised myself that if I fell lower than another predetermined point that I'd retake it (in my case, my reach goal was to break 155, but my minimum was to break 150 or retake. I got 152, so I didn't retake it). As long as you pick a range that you are comfortable with and that is realistic for you based on practice exam scores and manage to hit it, then I wouldn't retake. It's not about the size of the gap between Q and V, it's about knowing your abilities and being able to accurately assess whether retaking the exam could conceivably result in a significantly higher score within the time that remains before you have to submit your application. If not, and you're not wildly off the acceptable range for your school, I wouldn't worry about it.
  11. maelia8

    What kind of history do you prefer to write?

    I'm more of a themes person - I look at a time period of two decades or so and examine how the way that that theme was addressed changed during the aforementioned period (in my case, reproductive policy and travel journal propaganda in 3rd wave colonialism). It's a bit source-based too (why are these journals representative, and what about them indicates certain flavors in the editing process for publication as thinly veiled propaganda?), but what really gets me going is themes and change over time.
  12. maelia8

    PhD foreign language reading requirement

    Most of the Americanists in my program took the exam in Spanish since it meant minimal work (brushing up on what they'd already learned in high school), except for those who had a legitimate need to use another language in their research (for example, 18th and 19th century Western diplomatic history requires some knowledge of French, even if you are an Americanist historian). One person who focuses on Western Canada/Alaska learned Russian, as that's the most useful for studying that region in the early 19th century. Play to your specific interests, or take the simplest way to filling the requirement if you're not sure you need any further languages.
  13. maelia8

    10 years from now

    1) with a job that values my academic qualifications and makes me enough money to support a family without extreme hardship 2) owning a dog! this means finally living in a house with a yard 3) well-traveled beyond Europe (goals: East Asia & Central America) 4) In a healthy and successful partnership that has produced creative and intelligent children 5) Reach Goal: owning or co-owning property
  14. maelia8

    GRE "Splitters"

    I attend a public R1 institution, got 168 V but only 152 Q, and was accepted. At my school, I don't think there are any humanities-wide graduate fellowships for people with high overall GRE scores - everyone I know who got a special fellowship on top of the normal package got it thanks to special status (i.e. first generation college student, ethnic minority) or special history of community service/activism. I was told by the history dept. admissions officer that as long as you didn't totally bomb quant, they didn't really care how well you did on it, all that mattered was high verbal.
  15. I'm in the humanities and over 90% of the people in my department have Macs (pro or air). My partner is in the sciences and most folks have HPs, Acers, or Dells, though more folks are starting to get the Windows Surface or Huaweis. I have a 13-inch Air and it's perfect for my needs (portability, compatibility) as I travel a lot.
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