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TMP last won the day on November 30 2019

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  1. TMP

    Decisions

    Agreed with everyone above. Cohort sizes won't matter too much on the long run. The composition of cohorts' interests and the professors' research agenda usually drive course offerings at a given semester. If you are going to be the only early modernist, definitely expect to do a lot of learning on your own (even if your adviser is very hands on). I speak as someone with a field that doesn't offer classes at all and my adviser will do independent study only one semester per year per student/advisee. You can make up for this "isolation" by taking classes in medieval/early modern literature over in the English department or/and find workshops and conferences to connect with other grad students. I studied for my exams with another grad student at a different university in this field as we had a number of books in common and it worked out quite nicely.
  2. When I applied to AU years ago, they let me know around early March. Accepted w/o funding.
  3. In your case, wait until after March 15. Keep yourself busy with other things as hard it'll be.
  4. Procedures vary from one program to another. You should ask the DGS at Emory how it works there AND cc your POI. Be sure to emphasize your interest in the program and how it's your top choice. If they say it's a ranked waitlist, ask where you stand. Stay in touch, especially after visitation day at Emory (whenever it is...).
  5. Good lord, same for British historians. Please get off the little isle and engage any aspect of the Empire/Commonwealth, especially in Asia and/or Africa. The two people I know who do transnational/imperial turn in British history got tenure-track jobs immediately or shortly after graduating with PhD (and they're women to boot) whereas my grad colleague, a white straight male, did not and he's on his four year on the job market. During all that time, he got only two Skype interviews.
  6. I did it all in the summer before my first year at the advice of a friend and maintained that spreadsheet. No shame in doing it at all. You gain more than you lose and you can plan ahead of time to make sure you qualify for those grants/fellowships (i.e. I did not go to Israel at all when I knew I wanted to apply for the Fulbright, which stipulated that they did not want you spend significant time in Israel in recent years/months. After I applied (and got rejected), I finally went to Israel for research). This is key for international/national fellowships requiring language evaluations so you can get them when you need them, and this means getting in touch with the people in the relevant language department on your campus (Fulbright, SSRC, Fulbright-Hayes DDRA, etc.). Online present/social media is a mixed bag. I keep an academia.edu profile for the sake of checking out where people were googling me from.
  7. Take the tenure-track offer. They are seriously far and few. But try to maintain a high research profile and do very interesting work in the process. VAPs at R1 don't necessary get anywhere except in exceptional circumstances (i.e. diversity hire, sudden departure of the person whose classes you're covering, etc.)
  8. What is scary and pathetic about this observation is how this kind of trend will mirror that of law schools. You have to get into Top 14 to land a solid lawyer job right out of law school (or so I've heard). Isn't this pattern the crticism that political science was heavily criticized for several years ago? I think Economics as well? Even a Harvard or a Berkeley PhD isn't a guarantee ticket ('m thinking of two people who I just looked up with stellar CVs including an ACLS-Mellon dissertation fellowship who didn't get tenure-track jobs right out of grad school).
  9. You can inquire but do so carefully as these talks are "behind the closed doors." You can write, "I have heard that you are making a new hire in my field. I am interested in learning more about this person whenever the information is ready to be shared." Savvy POIs will find a way to clue you in as a means of roping you into the program but so as long as you don't commit too soon! I suspect that this search will wrap up very soon and have an offer accepted within the next month (or so if there's a spousal hire involved).
  10. TMP

    Decisions

    To piggyback @Sigaba's usual wise advice, I completely agree with the phone. While we all can't stop checking our phones every two minutes or want to hide our nervousness behind the phone, having it out and being on it do send very strong signals to others. We had an incoming grad student who literally couldn't keep her hands off her phone during visiting weekend andI tell you, no one bothered to interact with her from there on, even though she came in the fall. My thought was, "So rude. Does she even care about being part of the program and getting to know us?"
  11. It does happen. I do strongly advise that you do not accept their offer without a full package and by that I mean at least 4-5 years of TAships, not just one year.
  12. Is UW the only school you applied to? Was your writing sample based on historical research?
  13. TMP

    Decisions

    Dressy/business casual. No ties/sports jackets are necessary. Just don't be a slob and do wear comfortable shoes as you'll be walking a bit.
  14. TMP

    Decisions

    don't be afraid to ask the SAME questions to multiple people to get different perspectives. Being a Jew myself, I'm passing along this joke, "Go to New York and ask 20 Jews the same question and you will get 20 different answers." But look for common patterns, at least. Going into my final year, I do think asking questions about all stages of the PhD program are important. To add the above: When you are with graduate students, do not be afraid to ask what kind of mental health services are available on campus. The stigma has weakened and caring for one's self is crucial, especially in the coursework and exam years when levels of stress are the highest. Take a close look at the TA stipend and ask the graduate students (and the graduate coordinator) how the stipend is calculated and how much it has increased over the years, and whether it keeps pace with the inflation. Ask about relationship between TAing and undergraduate enrollment. What happens if the course is underenrolled? Do you still grade? Or do you get assigned to an administrative or research duty? For public schools, how has the department budget been in the past 5 years? Has the department been able to maintain consistent level of support? (Red flag: When things get cut) My #1 advice? (I've recommended this for years.) Before you go, write down a ranked list of programs from top choice to bottom and write out a rationale for each one. Be reasonable and realistic. Share it with a trusted professor or mentor. Because I promise you, you will get emotional and overwhelmed during campus visit to think straight afterward and you will need a written reminder. I did rank my two programs and wrote out pros and cons of each, visited both campuses, discovered that I loved one campus so much that I wanted to commit to it, then my adviser knocked sense in me and reminded me of why the other program was my top choice. Eight years later, I'm glad she did.
  15. TMP

    Rejection Advice

    It's hard and devastating to strike out the second time. I had that experience too. I definitely went into that dark, dark, dark, dark corner that took a long time to climb out of. Self-care is incredibly important. I put everything relating to grad school admissions away for a while and focused on things that I knew would make me happy (volunteering a therapeutic riding center, which of course, had a double benefit of having horses back in my life making me happy and not feeling judged) and working as a camp counselor, where I got work with entering first graders who really challenged me and brought a lot of self-satisfaction in seeing them grow. Then it was back to work in the fall. I was very fortunate to have landed an internship at a museum, where my colleagues with PhDs offered unbelievable support for me to try again. It was incredibly hard but the level of support was so high that I just couldn't say no. And I'm glad because I did get into two wonderful programs on my third try. I don't know what are your field and end goals. You mentioned that you aimed very high, which is fine, but are there potential POIs who are stars but not in tippy top programs that you could hae applied to? It is also worth reaching out in March/early April once you have official rejection letters, to find out how your applications were received. Be specific-- what were the strengths and what could be improved for the next cycle. You should be able to some feedback. If it seems like you were on spot but there were simply other applicants with better fit, there is nothing you can do expect.... just try again if you want the PhD this badly.
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