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Sigaba last won the day on November 28 2020

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    History, ABD. Working in private sector.

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  1. Hi, @cryloren. I recommend that you take two to four weeks off from thinking about graduate school so you can depressurize. When you jump back into things, I recommend that you find ways to improve your writing. I also suggest that you think about how you define yourself as a historian. In regards to the latter, you have a wide range of interests (history, politics, medicine). That wide range may have worked against you in your SOPs. Are there ways to bring them all together as potential areas of interest? @scarletwitch my two cents are that you would be well served by developing two
  2. As long as you've not signed any paperwork, there's no ethical conflict if you decide to go to Stanford. Anyone who would throw shade at a person picking the best option available for you isn't your friend or someone who deserves to be. Insofar as how to tell the story of your change of fortune on social media, you can either delete the OP or add a post "a funny thing happened on the way to Chapel Hill." IMO, the key to the latter option is to make it clear that it's not that UNC was your second or third choice (which would simply be a crass thing to say) but rather that Stanford is
  3. @lelick1234 you are not going to get far with that chip on your shoulder. I urge you to consult the acknowledgement sections of published works grounded upon archival research. A pattern that you may notice is that researchers benefit when they approach archivists and archives from a position of respect. I urge you to put aside assumptions of the way things should be until you spend time doing work in research libraries and archives. In a research library, you move a book over three spaces or up or down a shelf, it may as well have been burned. In an archive, a document put into the
  4. FWIW, the sensibility has been addressed by @TMP a couple of times in this thread. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis theoretically makes completing the requirements for a doctorate more difficult to complete within the accelerated timelines departments may be using because of the financial uncertainties. If you're an Americanist, you need one or two languages, one of which may be swapped for a skill. If you're not an Americanist, one has to know the languages one needs to know. If you're an Americanist, you likely find enough archival sources nearby or even on line to do a great deal
  5. It might. If you get asked about it, I recommend that you be up front and honest. Be prepared to answer the question "Why didn't you disclose this event when you applied?" A program/department that had recent experiences with faculty, staff, and graduate students with chemical dependency issues may decide that it doesn't want to go down that path if it can be helped.
  6. I would recommend that instead of writing out what you would have changed, you make a list of five to nine bullet points. I would tilt the balance towards what you would add rather than what you would change. During the exam itself, I would focus on the former and leave the latter category in reserve in case your examiners take the conversation in that direction. Also, I would go into the exam with printed out copies of your written replies. I suggest that if you mark up one copy, you either have a second set of copies that are clean or that you write your comments on the back of the prev
  7. For current applicants to graduate programs in history waiting for news and planning their next steps, please consider contributing to this thread. Please remember that there's likely a difference between reasons why you suspect you were or were not admitted and the reasons why programs did or did not offer admissions. Distinguishing between the two will allow you to gain the maximum opportunities for insight both now and in the years to come. (As an example, I was initially told that I didn't get into Happyland University because of "politics" but over time I came to understand that my b
  8. FWIW/ICYMI, I indicated as much in the very post to which you're replying-- as well as others on this BB this season about higher education finances. 😉 The point I was making is that when it comes to money and promotions, people can easily convince themselves (and each other) that they lost or didn't get what they think is rightly theirs because someone else worked the system or jumped the line or pulled some strings. (There is a conversation among professors at the CHE successor fora about how money spent on X by another department could/should be reallocated to preserving jobs.
  9. IME, there's a difference between negotiating and leveraging. Also, generally accepted practices are not always best practices and common practices may not be applicable during extraordinary circumstances. If you need more money, by all means ask for it. If you want more money, maybe think twice... $0.02
  10. Thank you for the additional information.
  11. You can do it. You will do it. If possible, consider the benefits of setting up a time table for completing and submitting the six remaining applications. Ideally, the time table will include breaks during which you'll take care of yourself. Give some thought to the kind of workflow that will work for you best right now. Do you want to finish one application at a time? Will you feel better if you work on your top choices first? Would a 'production line' approach help? What ever mix of tactics you select, understand that you've worked very hard to get to this point of the process and
  12. When a department asks this kind of a question, it may be so that it can benchmark itself against peers as a way of meeting a KPI. If you're confident in your application materials, the list may work to your benefit. If you're less certain, you can list schools alphabetically or not at all. What kind of message does a newly admitted graduate student send by trying to "leverage" offers of support--especially during a deepening economic crisis that may be inflicting hardship on schools, departments, programs, salaries, and jobs? The obvious benefit of the successful implementation of such a
  13. Your undergraduate work helped you to define your interest around Central/Eastern Europe, you're gravitating towards the early modern era. You want to pursue a master's degree so you can refine your interests further, deepen your knowledge, and develop your skills as an academically trained historian. The writing sample may not be the most important piece of an application, however working on yours may help with the SOP. Not to take away from your experience, but ... There's a difference between a professor loving a student and seeing a student's potential and taking reasonable steps
  14. I am not qualified to comment on European graduate programs. Were you in the United States I would urge you to work on defining yourself as a historian, refining your SOP, getting strong LoRs and polishing your writing sample. I would additionally recommend that you focus less on the history classes you didn't take and more on the ones that you did. How does your coursework as an undergraduate position you to be a competitive applicant? (And I would suggest that you give thought to applying to at least one doctoral program.) I would also point out that your interest in historiograp
  15. A shot of ice-cold Belvedere in a dimly lit room is more economical, if not convivial.
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