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Sigaba last won the day on May 22

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About Sigaba

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  1. Sigaba

    What email should I use?

    How would you ever know? Is your sense of individuality and desire to be rebellious more important to you than putting yourself in the best possible position to get offered admissions to graduate programs? TL/DR Use a school email address if you're certain you'll have access to the account throughout the application process. If you use a personal account, use an address that is less likely to get caught up in a spam filter or to generate curiosity or controversy.
  2. Sigaba

    A NONPROFIT Employee Going Back to School

    To E-P's point, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/27/your-money/paying-for-college/student-loan-payments.html
  3. Could you say more about your transition from sociology/anthropology to law to earth sciences?
  4. (FWIW, this conversation is a discussion about tactics, not strategy.) Read a printed version of the document backwards word by word. Assemble a red team with at least one member who is tasked with finding typos and grammatical errors and nothing else. This scrub will be the penultimate or last tasks performed by the red team. Find a certified court reporter and pay the person to proof read your document. Use a search feature to look for common typing mistakes like extra periods and white spaces. Be careful in your use of the replace function, though. FWIW, I make my living as a writer at a consultancy. For better and worse, many segments of the private and public sectors have stopped caring. Quality control is expensive and the return is hard for project managers to quantify, especially when clients don't bat an eye. (Lawyers and certain kinds of bureaucrats still notice. The former cannot be avoided. The latter must be satisfied and then fired as clients.)
  5. Sigaba

    Writing sample?

    Agreed. As written, the comment suggests that you think established academics have failed and that you're going to show them what they should have been doing all along. To many readers, it may instead seem that you've not done enough historiographical research to establish the parameters of the broader debates in which you want to participate. For some, that conclusion will be an excuse to stop reading and to move on to the next applicant's writing sample. Would it be possible to cast a broader net? http://www.jstor.org/stable/41601124 http://www.jstor.org/stable/29776197 ISBN-13: 978-0253209047 As someone who's prone towards editorializing, I strongly recommend not developing the habit. No matter how well you do it (or think you're doing it), or how learned, charming, or entertaining your comments may be, you're still passing up opportunities to impress readers that you can do the job like a professional academic historian. My $0.02.
  6. Sigaba

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Hook 'em. Before picking The Forty Acres, I very strongly recommend that you do your due diligence for your tolerance for humid heat and for cedar pollen, especially if you have insomnia.
  7. Sigaba

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    The guidance above looks like the post below.
  8. Sigaba

    Do I honestly have a chance at a career?

    I apologize for missing this comment. IMO, unless you have in mind themes that tie your interests together from the perspective of transnational or international history, your interests may be too broad for your own good. Any single one of the items you listed is enough for a career. IRT American history and Reconstruction, I strongly suggest that you find a different way to express your view of the former and interest in the latter. For many, Reconstruction and its historiography remain exceptionally controversial and painful subjects, especially with the current president fanning the flames of the Lost Cause. "Love with learning" can be misinterpreted as an insensitivity to that pain. As for American history being "kind of a dead end..."
  9. Sigaba

    Got my research project "destroyed" by committee

    IMO, you're misreading previous posts and you're making overly broad generalizations about what all white male academics have and haven't been asked throughout the history of the Ivory Tower. In regards to the latter, military and naval historians, regardless of gender and race, are regularly asked very specific "why" questions by members of armed forces and by veterans. (The thumbnail of the question is "Have you ever shouldered a ruck and stood a watch?") In regards to the former, the OP specifically says "They did not say 'you should do research on black women because you're a black woman." That is, no one said to @Adelaide9216 she should or must study black women because she is a black woman. So why are you changing what was said? (And along similar lines, please show me where I said anything about forcing anyone to answer any questions.) In terms of what I'm recommending @Adelaide9216 to do, I refer you to my post, as written. "I'm not talking about revealing your inner self. I'm talking about the kind of answer that will convince people that you've thought it out even if they disagree with you."
  10. Sigaba

    Do I honestly have a chance at a career?

    IMO, the largest challenge in front of you is that while you're imagining yourself doing history, the individuals with whom you'll compete for jobs are doing history. MOO, addressing this disparity should be your primary focus because your skill level is something you can control. You can learn to read, to think, to write, and to act like a historian. You cannot forecast the job market five to ten years from now. What is the craft of history? Why do you want to be a historian? What is public history and why do you want to specialize in that field? How do you see yourself impacting the key historiopgraphical debates in public history? IMO, the answers to these questions will be of more interest to historians than your GPA. I very strongly recommend that you start working on the thumbnail sketch that will indicate you are committed to the craft. Something along the general lines of: History is the study of change over time. Public history is [left intentionally blank]. By focusing on A,B, and C from the perspective of a public historian, I hope to contribute X, Y, and Z to debates 1, 2, and 3. As a graduate student, I will do j,k,l, and m, ideally with Professors Curry, Durant, and James. FWIW, one of the most brilliant people I've ever met was a UG classmate who double majored in math and history. He went to graduate school in history almost as an afterthought and he easily secured for himself a TT position. HTH
  11. Sigaba

    Got my research project "destroyed" by committee

    In this specific instance, the OP seeks entry into spheres of knowledge centered around immensely personal experiences. For these kinds of experiences, including violence, sexual violence, very serious illness, armed combat, Why do you want to know? is a valid question that deserves an answer for the sake of building trust. FWIW, my experiences have been a bit different. In the main, the answer to the question "why this topic?" is either freely given or quickly discerned. Or I will ask. I don't know what questions people should or shouldn't be asking in the Ivory Tower. As @telkanuru points out, there are questions that will be asked. If the persons asking have power over you, which is the preferable option? Having an honest answer, answering with a question, or refusing to answer at all? IME, a measured amount of candor can go a long way. YMMV.
  12. Sigaba

    Top 10 Medievalists (Alive)

    Avoid these kinds of statements when talking historiography. It makes you sound like you don't know how to use Google much less how the profession works. https://history.princeton.edu/people/william-chester-jordan
  13. Sigaba

    Ending with Terminal MA

    To me, you sound like you're going into a program with one foot already out the door. To me, it seems that you're looking for reasons to justify why you're dedicated to your own best interests and not committed to the best interests of a profession you seek to join. Your ambivalence will stand out in contrast to your peers who are true believers in themselves, in the program, and in the craft. Who will your professors notice and decide to support and to mentor? Will your opportunism remind your department that the year to year renewal of your funding is not guaranteed (read the fine print)? My recommendation to you is that between now and the start of classes, you make a best honest effort to commit to the craft, to the program that has made a commitment to you, and, most importantly, to the people who have vouched for you. Pick either the thesis or report track to your M.A., bust your back to learn the craft and to develop your language skills. If you go in with a great attitude, do your level best to maximize your potential, and do your own legwork in developing opportunities, your professors will quickly show if they're worth their salt. IRT your socio economic background, your family history, your ethnicity, and your mental health, you're going to have peers and professors with life experiences similar to yours, in cases much worse. If you go into your program with a dim view of those who come from "families with money," and "those who get lucky," that chip on your shoulder is going to get in the way of building trust and rapport.
  14. I think I get what you're saying. When I was a T.A., the professor in charge of training and for whom I worked most often was a Midwesterner with a bone crushing handshake, an exceptionally kind heart, and also, at times, a razor's edge about him. These days, I work for a consultancy that is based in the Midwest. Those of us who are Westerners at times have a hard time decoding what we're being told by The Powers That Be. A very senior VP, whom I refer to as Galadriel when describing her impact on our industry to new hires, cheerfully shreds peers, colleagues , and worker bees from time to time. My supervisor is from the Midwest and he more and more has an edge beneath the nice. When A makes a comment such as "Written in haste?" Do you press through the edge to see if the criticism has merit? Overall, are the criticisms consistent? Or does A sometimes say "blue" when other times the note will be "red"--to your or to others? If A's criticisms have merit and are consistent, I would see what I could do about having thicker skin. (This is easier said than done. Only you can decide if the price is worth paying.) IRT your self assessment, I recommend taking a look in the mirror from a different angle. It may very well be that A is expecting you to behave more and more like a peer and less like a graduate student seeking approval and guidance--even though guidance and approval are what you may need the most right now.
  15. She should do her own legwork, including writing her own posts, and she should make her own decisions on what's right for her.

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