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    History, ABD. Working in private sector.

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  1. ALCON-- Please resist the understandable urge to read the tea leaves and the rolls of the bones. Instead, I encourage you to find strength in the knowledge that you have all worked very hard to get to this point and that you've done the best that you can under the circumstances to put forward the best version of yourself in your application materials. Instead, I urge you to invest your time and your energy in matters where the outcomes are in your control: your current courses, assignments, and research projects. If you're in the private sector, you can focus on your projects and the needs of your team mates. Such an investment will have the added benefit of developing your ability to stay focused in stressful situations. If you cannot focus on academics or work, focus on taking care of yourself in ways that have immediate benefits. A good meal, time with friends, reading for pleasure, "Netflix and chill," some physical activity, a good night's sleep. If you can, tune out of social media and this BB for a few days. Right now, at this very moment, individuals against whom you will compete for funding, jobs, and professional awards are developing their trade craft. For some, it is because they "know" they're getting into Happyland University. For others, it is because they don't know but they understand that graduate school is hard and that they need every moment that they can get studying their craft.
  2. I recommend that as a rule of thumb, aspiring graduate students should have different user names for discussion boards related to their personal professional development than the ones used for social media and other purposes. This suggestion (and it is no more than that) may be especially useful in these turbulent times of political gotcha and payback.
  3. Arguably the single most important post in the history of Grad Cafe is on a closely related topic. That post can be used to develop a blue print for the coming months and years.
  4. FWIW, my standard recommendation for this dilemma is to see how attending school A (more money) and school B (more opportunity+ has played out for recent graduates by reverse engineering the career paths of individuals who have the kinds of jobs you will want down the line. So if you want Job 1, Job 2, or Job 3, figure if school B produces graduates who end up getting hired for those jobs. Another approach is to plan budgets for both schools so one can understand better the kinds of sacrifices one will have to make to attend school B, and then to see if there are ways to mitigate those sacrifices. For example, attending school B may require one to have a longer commute to campus because of the cost of housing. Can one mitigate the increased commute time by finding places to live that are close to multiple transit lines?
  5. I strongly recommend that one only say a school is one's top choice if the statement is true. You never know if professors from different schools are talking shop about graduate admissions. "That's odd, I'm looking at an applicant who has a background very similar and he says that we're his top choice..."
  6. Hi, @whatkilledthedinosaurs. There's a long running thread on another Grad Cafe forum centering around the experiences of first generation students. It may be of use to you. As part of your training as a graduate student, you will have numerous opportunities to learn how to contextualize your research in at least three historiographical debates. Depending upon how you want to develop your dual interests, your work may fit into two or three additional debates. You can also address your concern by matching what you learn to what you might potentially teach as a professor at a research university. You can likely find examples of what I mean by looking at the course catalogs of the departments to which you're applying and the CVs and teaching schedules of the historians with whom you'd want to work.
  7. IMO, this take is controversial. An email gets caught up in a spam filter, a professor mis-sorts email on his phone, a historian is exceptionally busy when an email arrives and her intention to reply falls off her radar, a pending deadline, an ill kid, and a death in the family are among the myriad reasons why a professional might not reply to an email. To judge someone's level of helpfulness based upon a single exchange (one way or another) is not a beneficial practice.
  8. Can you please clarify your research interest? Do you want to study how M-L ideology impacted state formation and nation building in the regions you mentioned or do you intend to use M-L ideology as a primary interpretative tool?
  9. How far away are you from defining yourself as a historian by method, area of focus, and time period? The description in your OP is very broad Do you classify yourself as a social historian or a cultural historian? Is your area the United States or Western Europe? Narrowing your focus will make you a more competitive applicant because you'll be able to identify more efficiently programs and professors that may consider you a good fit. And, as importantly, you'll be able to write more compelling SoPs. (In any case, it seems that tourism, fashion, re-enactment, and fashion centered around wars, battles, and battlefields may offer ways to square the circle. If your focus is more on cultural history, you could look at the pattern in which combative sports and/or alpine-ism become fashionable in countries that are emerging from embittering wartime experiences. Do these activities allow participants to rehabilitate a sense of lost masculinity? Do these activities serve as an outlet for militarism? Do these cultural practices impact the domestic electoral politics of practicing nations? [Is there a relationship between "cross fit" and the resurgence of populism?] Another possibility is to study how historical pilgrimages centered around wars are increasingly in films, television shows, graphic novels, and games.)
  10. Sigaba

    GPA woes

    IME "international history" and "transnational cultural history" are different fields. Please be certain you're comfortable with the way you align the two.
  11. Sigaba

    GPA woes

    IMO, you specifically should not be worried about your MA GPA provided that you're on track IRT developing your understanding of the historiography of American foreign relations. I recommend that you assume that you'll get into at least one program. I recommend that you focus on getting a running start for the fall. If you have strong political views one way or another, I strongly suggest that you develop your understanding of the impact of contemporaneous events on the historiography of diplomatic history as well as the careers of historians. Academically and professionally, you will be better off if you can filter out current events. However, if being true to who you are and want to be requires a high level of activism, you may benefit from studying the ups and downs of pivotal debates among historians. My $0.02.
  12. @mjsharif this issue comes up several times each application season. Unfortunately, applicants with traumatic pasts who come here seeking guidance rarely return to the grad cafe to disclose what they included in their SoPs or to share how the disclosures impacted their prospects for admission.
  13. You have rates posted on your website. IMO, your consulting services are especially controversial since you went to a public school, you are attending an institution that is publicly funded, and professional academic historians do not charge each other for information.
  14. Am I reading your posts correctly? You're using the Grad Cafe to further your commercial interests? You sell advice and guidance that is offered on this BB at no cost?
  15. A side note. The professors' leave may impact your ability to take the classes you want if they don't teach the same courses every term. If you end up attending this school, I recommend that you figure out as soon as possible how you may need to schedule your course work around their absence.
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