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  1. Not profoundly. You're just getting the experience. The most important thing is to focus on your writing sample and clarifying the questions you'd like to explore as a PhD student. I also would keep working on languages (or start on something related to your area of interest). Finally, understand that there is no "reach/match/safety" in PhD admissions. As with academia as a whole, much also depends on luck. I also encourage you to look beyond the East Coast as being part of academia does require one to be mobile as possible, particularly if one is interested in a tenure-track professor job at the end.
  2. As @Sigaba says in these situations, read articles and books in your areas of interest. Figure out the kind of historiographical questions you want to explore to write about in your statement of purpose. You don't need a MA for that. Also, professors understand that different programs have different requirements for thesis. I know a colleague who went to a middle-level state school and produced a 25-page honors thesis with primary sources found on the internet. She got into 2 PhD programs just fine because she had a strong statement of purpose among other things like grades and letters of support.
  3. @xenophon123 I'd suggest actually finishing the degree, not just to make your parents happy but to show to adcoms that you are capable of finishing a graduate school degree. PhD is a long-term commitment. The last line is really between you and your parents. Know that PhD stipends are generally lower than those in the STEM, simply because we're in the humanities and not able to garner the kind of funding that STEM PIs can get from NSF, NIH etc. There will be plenty of hidden costs beyond typical school fees such as conference travel, health insurance (if your program doesn't cover 100%), etc. I also advise that if you are already carrying loans, try to work for a few years to pay some back. It's very difficult to pay off student loans while living on PhD stipend. No degree is worth the additional interest when in deferment (meaning you're not paying the loans while you're a full-time student). What is your end goal with a history graduate degree?
  4. Why did you decide to go into computer science for graduate school? What does graduate school mean for you? What are your career goals? FWIW, there is a growing popularity in the history of science, technology, environment, and medicine so if you are interested in those areas, then finishing the MS may be your best bet. You'd at least demonstrate that you understand science and technology for what these fields did for the living world.
  5. Don't overwhelm yourself with languages. Stay focused on your Latin until you can read the primary sources more comfortably with some dictionary help. Unless you're really one of those super talented linguists, trying to learn multiple new languages and keeping them straight is difficult enough as it is for the brain. Once you have Latin down, French will come more easily so put away your French materials.
  6. I didn't really take notes during any of my classes since they were primarily discussions and working through problems at hand. If I liked someone's point, then I jotted down in notes from my readings. What I did wish I did do from get-go was to set up my notes for each reading in a standard format intended to prepare for my general exams. It took me 3 semesters to really figure out what I should have done (yeah, i was dense and too arrogant to think to ask other grad students what they did ). I figured out in my 4th semester mainly because I was taking a prospectus-writing class that revealed how one went about proposing a project and carrying it through. Below ended up being my template: Primary Research Question Primary Argument Secondary Arguments Historiographical Interventions Methods/Sources Table of Contents These points will eventually make their way into the seminar discussions. ALSO, make sure you do a quick bio for each scholar you read.
  7. Make sure those MA programs are funded. Given your interests, I'd contact Sara Butler at Ohio State whose interests overlap with yours in many ways (her geographic specialty is Britain). I'd reach out to her and see what kind of advice and direction she can give you.
  8. Sounds like #2.... the keys are: For SOP: Demonstrate your awareness of the historiography in your areas of interest in Italy and science/technology For Writing Sample: Demonstrate that you can skillfully engage both primary and secondary sources (the latter being historians' points and arguments).
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    PhD funding

    I agree. First step, identify who you'd like to work with and look at different programs. Then determine what programs do offer funding (preferably 5-year packages). Eliminate the rest. Entering in my final year of the PhD, I can tell you it's not worth paying a dollar toward what should be a basic funding package (tuition waiver, some fees, living stipend, subsidized health insurance). There are enough hidden costs as they are and they add up (i.e. your university may give you only $500 for conference travel but flights, public transportation/rideshare, hotel, food, conference fees, etc. might add up to $600...).
  10. Smartphones have come a very, very long way with their cameras and apps for "scanning." I'm of the mind of wanting to have all images into one PDF file so I can mark up in my Adobe Acrobat. Otherwise, I can't help you
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    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?
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    Applications 2019

    Just contact them! There is really no harm in asking!
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
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