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    History, ABD. Working in private sector.

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  1. Hi, @anbri FWIW, I put my name in the upper right corner, with the document type after a colon. Like this. SIGABA: Statement of Purpose. And while I'm neither paranoid nor #OCD, I would number my as Page 1 of x, Page 2 of x, so that readers would understand if pages were missing.
  2. Sigaba

    At a crossroads

    Welcome to the GradCafe, @valley I recommend that you apply to at least one doctoral program (the University of Texas at Austin merits consideration) if you can write a strong statement of purpose in which you define your interests as a historian. No matter where you apply, do your best to find at least one common theme that ties your evolving interests together. From January through September, I recommend working on your German and diving into the deep end of modern German social history. Prepare yourself for pain. The going will be painful.
  3. https://www.apa.org/education/undergrad/research-opportunities I recommend that you see what you can do to participate in a summer program that will allow you to develop further your expertise as a researcher as well as relationships with graduate students and professors who may mentor you and/or write you strong letters of recommendation. I also recommend that you take a second pass at the schools you want to attend. Delve deeper into each program's perceived balance between research and practice. Do they generally favor practitioners or academics? (Do current faculty members have substantial experience as clinicians or just enough to do more research? Do programs place graduates in the type of jobs you want?) Additionally, please consider the advantages of cutting "etc." from your intellectual vocabulary for the next decade or two. Look at it this way. You've written a winning piece that has the POI reading it on your side-- until she realizes that her practice falls under the category of "etc." Finally, give some thought to figuring out if words like "love" and "passion" are appropriate for your field. Do words that convey emotion help or hinder aspiring graduate students seeking admission? Are such words appropriate for professional communication? Are there other words that generally convey the same level of drive?
  4. LT-- Welcome to the Grad Cafe. Take a look at Wright State University. (IRT one of your published works on SWJ, I think that you'd benefit from taking a closer look at the historiographical debates centering around Kennan's impact on America's post-World War II national security policy. He himself argued that what the U.S. implemented WRT containment was a far cry from what he intended. And also, I think you may want to develop further your approach to using one's understanding of the past to inform contemporary policy recommendations if you plan an academic career down the line. "Applied history" is frowned upon in some corners of the House of Klio.)
  5. I am sorry that the dynamic is such that you're feeling increasingly isolated from your cohort. As a rule of thumb, trust your instincts. if you feel like you're on the receiving end of inappropriate behavior, people probably are behaving inappropriately towards you. If you're feeling harassed, you're being harassed. Would it be possible for you to focus on your coursework for the balance of the term while you regroup and figure out how you want to educate members of your cohort on how they should treat you? Or do you want to write them off entirely for the present, if not permanently?
  6. Slightly off topic but hopefully useful in the long run. Be mindful of the potential risks having professors with less experience on your committees. They may not have had enough experience to know the appropriate level of intensity to bring to a dissertation committee. Similarly, they may have not developed all of the tools they'll eventually deploy to get the best out of their graduate students.
  7. @crossallmyfingers, depending upon the circumstances of the job before last and its policies on providing recommendations, your best option may be to write briefly in your SoP what you learned at that job and move on. This is to say that I recommend that you not write the history of what did not happen in your SoP. Discerning readers will understand that work relationships can be strained and that companies and employees often part ways under less than ideal terms. Make the SOP about how your previous experiences inform your current choices and what you're going to do as a professional psychologist. The big picture is that if your applications require three letters of recommendation and the letters submitted on your behalf reflect accurately your ability to do work as a doctoral student, you've done the best that you can.
  8. Have you held mandatory office hours for all of your students so you can get a sense of how you can provide better support? Would you hold more office hours so students can have more opportunities for one on one support? (If you do, I would recommend having a sign up sheet, keeping the office door open while having meetings, and documenting everything. Students who don't get the grades they want can get...difficult.)
  9. The first semester of graduate school can be especially hard as it is difficult to sort out if the controversial elements are growing pains or chemistry or a bad fit. I recommend that you do what you can to embrace the here and now--because you could change your mind several times over the next few months. Regardless, if you have the ability to write a thesis or a report, select that option for your master's degree. (You will definitely want to understand the differences between the two options and if either is significantly more reputable than the other.) Working on the thesis will provide opportunities to develop closer relationships with professors on your committee. At least one of them will understand that your priorities have shifted and you will demonstrate "good faith" by busting hump on the thesis itself. Also, the thesis can serve as a writing sample when you are on the job market or if you decide to get your doctorate at another school. (Please do understand that if you "transfer," you will probably have to start from scratch at your new department--and that could include earning another master's. If this does happen, do not decline the second master's.)
  10. Stay home and get well for your benefit as well as those around you. A visit to the student health service may not be a terrible idea if you go during off peak hours. For your classes, find two people who will take great notes for you. Buy coffee or a small treat for them when you're back your feet. If you are teaching a section and you can't find someone to stand in for you, cancel it and make yourself available for a rescheduled session and prepare a learning aid and hold additional office hours when you're back on your feet. As for the side job, assuming that you have the job with the knowledge and approval of your department and school (regardless if there's no fine print prohibiting additional jobs), talk to your manager. The productivity lost by the shop being down a person for a day or two may be preferable to a cold rolling through for the next couple of weeks.
  11. @Izzyb0616, welcome to the Grad Cafe. If you will have ready a very good draft of your thesis ready to go as your writing sample and members of your committee on board to write strong LoRs, I recommend giving serious thought to applying now. ( @TMP and I have been disagreeing on the wait/don't wait debate for a while. If you're inclined not to wait, do yourself a big favor and spend a hour or two figuring out why TMP suggests that you should. My reasons for suggesting that you in particular consider applying now has a lot to do with your areas of interest and the state of contemporary American politics) Americanists studying the twentieth century often define their period of interest by decade, by decades, or interval. I recommend that you define more precisely what you mean by "early twentieth century." Try to develop a provisional view of the relationship among gender, ideology, and culture. Academic historians reading your SoP and your thesis are going to be keenly interested in what you think about how the three fit together. Please work on developing an in depth answer to why you want to earn a doctorate in history. Love and desire are good, a vision of the arc of your professional career is better. Please, as soon as possible, talk to professors in your department who know your work well about writing you LoRs for when you do apply.
  12. I recommend that you include the information. The omission of the event could potentially have a greater impact on your prospects than its inclusion depending upon the fine print of background check you may authorize when you submit the application. Admissions committees may be less willing to cut slack to an adult than to a minor.
  13. If you write your thesis next spring rather than next fall, you'll have a completed work that could serve as your writing sample and the experience could inform your SoP for the better and you may develop a relationship with someone who can write you a strong LoR. $0.02.
  14. Please clarify. At your current institution, what is the deliverable of a "senior capstone thesis"? How would it differ from a traditional undergraduate thesis and a faculty advised research project?
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