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TMP last won the day on August 7 2018

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  1. TMP

    Applications 2019

    Then the question is, how badly do you really want to go to CEU that you're willing to stay in limbo? It's also worth taking into consideration the nature of Byzantine bureaucracy in Central Europe. Do you have a POI there who you can contact for information?
  2. TMP

    Applications 2019

    Just contact them! There is really no harm in asking!
  3. School A. Definitely look at the placement records of your adviser's previous students and the program as a whole. Where do people tend to end up? Are you okay with going wherever they went up?
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    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    Really, have you considered taking the next year off to narrow your interests a bit and self-study a language? As you know from learning Italian, learning new languages takes dedication. And it is very challenging to do so when you're loaded with graduate-level coursework. There is a reason why most PhD students try to make sure that their main research languages are at intermediate/advanced stages when applying, or take intensive summer courses (which will then eat up time used for studying comprehensive exams and research). My $0.02.
  5. TMP

    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    Seconded. I don't know what it is about medieval Russia that is interesting to you.. seems quite bit of left field. Again, what is it that you wish to do with a PhD?
  6. TMP

    HELP! I'm ABD and I want to change programs.

    You start off by introducing yourself and your work and mention how you found out about this person (read his/her journal article? Saw their paper in a conference program?). Make direct connection between your research and theirs and you hope to discuss this more. If you know you will be in the person's area or you live a major city which people come through regularly (i.e. New York), suggest you meet for coffee. If neither is an option, ask about upcoming annual conferences where you might be able to get together. I would never ask someone to look over any of my work until they got to know me and express interest. Nobody is going to offer to read your materials unless they have time an genuine interest to do so. At this stage, the idea is to share and exchange ideas and knowledge of sources. If you know graduate students in the program of the faculty member you're interested in, ask them about this prof's style/personality/workload. If your long term goal is to have the person sit on your committee, make sure your adviser likes him/her first.
  7. TMP

    HELP! I'm ABD and I want to change programs.

    I'd stay in the program. Once you are in the dissertation stage, you are much, much more free to explore your own interests and meet others who share the same questions. This can be done by going to conferences, reading conference programs and journal articles, and reaching out to scholars in your vicinity of your archival research. It is expect that you expand your knowledge and network beyond what you've been exposed to during your coursework years. There are plenty of professors supervising dissertations outside of their own inquiries because students change directions and that's perfectly normal. A good adviser will be honest with you and say, "I'm sorry, I can't supervise this kind of dissertation." It sounds like your adviser is still confident and wants to keep guiding you. Have faith. Even if you try to transfer at this late stage, you'd still be looking at 2 years of coursework elsewhere and then another year of comps studying. That's not a good way to do the PhD unless ALL of your advisers have left the program, which it sounds like everyone on your "committee" has stayed. They may not be interested but you can find mentors elsewhere, even within early modern Europe. Are there other historians sharing similar questions? To be competitive on the job market, you need to be able to interact across geographical and temporal fields. I know it's lonely to be the only one in your program in your own field (same!) but that's why you need to make an effort to get yourself out there and make connections with graduate students and professors in other schools. I've been doing that and am finding amazing support from them than I would have if I wasn't proactive.
  8. TMP

    Applications 2019

    CC @ashiepoo72
  9. TMP

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    Short answer: no. Long answer: If you did not apply to any other MA programs, I'd take the year off. I'd work on your languages and demonstrate them in your writing sample. I'd apply to MA programs that have more funding and (ideally) in a cheaper area than NYC and PhD programs again and go from there. With the economy being what it is, it's not worth taking out that much in loans. It's also NOT worth staying in "deferment" for loans while in a PhD program as the interest still accrues.
  10. TMP

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    My guess is that your top-choice program doesn't have the funds for "visiting weekends" as mentioned in these forums. You can politely inquire about a prospective student day to the DGS and see what s/he says.
  11. TMP

    Using a travel grant for nearby archives

    Won't be weird. It happens often. Just let them know that you're planning to use the other archives, which explains for the other 4 days. Just make sure that your receipts total to the amount you were awarded from this research fellowship does not include expenses associating with the second trip. I really don't think they'll give you a hard time, especially you're from from far and are in the US only for so long.
  12. TMP

    Applications 2019

    It is worth asking the DGS and contacting graduate students to learn of other possibilities. Does the fellowship allow you to work on campus as a TA or in another position? Does the fellowship cover the entire tuition?
  13. TMP

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    Stick to your gut. These kinds of decisions are similar to weighing marriage proposals. You just have to pick one partner to be with for the next 5-7 years. Have you talked with graduate students? They can help you for sure; ask the Director of Graduate Studies and your POIs to connect with international students in your program. These students can give you a real clarity on the process from accepting an offer to logistics of moving to the US to navigating the University's bureaucracy.
  14. TMP

    GPA Inquiry

    please use the search function "low GPA" to find answers such as this thread: This forum has been in existence for more than a decade now so nearly every question has been asked and answered... In short: No, your GPA is fine. Focus on your personal statement.
  15. TMP

    Applications 2019

    Just get a job with a salary you just need something to tide you over.. Happens all the time!

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