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    History, ABD. Working in private sector.

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  1. Sigaba

    Online MA for the Writing Sample

    @gordian5668, given the specifics of your circumstances, I recommend that you look into the on-line MA program. Check to see if the instructors will be able to help with your development and are motivated. I also recommend that you make sure that you understand the full benefits of your new position. What is your access to the school's library system (databases, ILL, archival sources)? Can you enroll /audit classes on-campus and adjust your work schedule so that you can attend? Do you have opportunities for an alternative work schedule that would provide additional opportunities for attending classes at another campus? What kind of campus-related activities (departmental mixers, lectures, and what not) could you attend? You could also reach out to the person who supervised your undergraduate thesis. Explain your objectives and ask for feedback on your plans to revise it so that it can serve as a writing sample down the line. (Note, I am suggesting here that you develop the plans before initiating the conversation.) FWIW, I don't know if I agree that you should wait a year or two before applying to graduate school if going to graduate school is something you really want to do -- it sounds like you have the kind of job in which one sees the years fly by.
  2. When you talk and ask about funding, be subtle. Questions like Do you know of any opportunities to secure funding for travel? will get you more traction than a comment/request that comes across as "I need $500, gimmee."
  3. Sigaba

    Research thesis and research report?

    The way it was explained to me is that a thesis is a more comprehensive work than a report but that over time the difference between the two is diminishing in terms of perceived value. FWIW, my report was a revision and expansion of a research paper. The report ended up being about 19k words of text with around 210 footnotes--I was told that it was long for a report. For your specific situation, I suggest that you make a choice based upon the requirements of each option and what you plan to do with a master's degree, how a report or thesis supports that plan, and the relative prestige of each option The prestige can be gauged by what your current professors recommend and which option was pursued more often by academics and graduate students at your destination of choice.
  4. Sigaba

    Advice for presenting multiple transcripts?

    Welcome to the Grad Cafe. As it happens, your situation is not unique. https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/14637-addressing-seeming-lack-of-focus-in-sop/ Arguably the best poster in the history of this BB walked a similar path.
  5. The arrival of code-writing AIs and ASIs will likely change the pay scale of OP's industry. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1703.05698.pdf
  6. As you develop your go/no go criteria, see if you can expand the opportunity by getting in a day or two earlier and visiting people/places that are relevant to your personal and academic interests. Simultaneously, see if you have within reach similar opportunities closer to home. Or if the funds could be used in ways that are more likely to improve your standing as an applicant--visiting campuses, buying GRE study aids, buying books/resources, earmarking the funds to pay for applications, and so on.
  7. I suggest that you stay on your current path to earn a MS in CS. If you're required to do an outside field, look into taking two graduate-level history classes: a reading seminar and a research class. Ideally, the history classes will allow for some overlap with CS. If you're not required to do an outside field, try to find a way to specialize in CS as it may relate to the craft of history. Either way, work on developing relationships with professors in your current program so that you can earn strong letters of recommendation. If you apply to a graduate history program with a MS in CS, do seek admission as a doctoral student. (You'll likely be required to earn a master's one way or another before reaching candidacy) For your outside field, do more CS work. For your language requirements, if you're an Americanist, see if you can get a computer language to count as one of your two slots. If you want to make money, find a niche in which you can bridge the gap among boosters of "disruptive" technology, venture capitalists, and municipalities. There's a lot of snake oil being sold out there right now. You can make a good living by selling more oil, or venom, or anti-venom.
  8. Best of luck in your academic endeavors.
  9. Sigaba

    Selecting references

    I recommend that you see what you can do about improving your relationship with your current advisors. Bad chemistry doesn't automatically mean that both will respond to your request for a LOR unprofessionally. (FWIW, there are a few threads on this BB with posts centered around ways to get a sense if someone is going to write a strong, tepid, or weak LOR.) Simultaneously, continue to develop your relationships with the associate professors who've provided various levels of support. Do the best you can to think/act as if the destination is the journey--as if you could take or leave a LOR were one offered. Concurrently, circle back to the professors who supported your application into your M.A. program. I don't think that you should ask any of them for a LOR except as a measure of absolute last resort. I am making this suggestion so you will have the opportunity to interact with people don't act like a-holes. (And also, once they get wind of your situation, they may offer timely guidance. Finally, I recommend that you do all you can to avoid going down the path of comparing your supervisors to what you'd prefer or what others are experiencing. What's happening to you stinks. While it is vitally important to accept the legitimacy of your feelings, those feelings could potentially keep you from having the best revenge of all -- living well. Whatever path you decide to walk and wherever it leads you, please come back from time to time to let everyone know how things are going.
  10. FWIW, in my experience, a combination of two apps, a pass, on-line shopping accounts, and the selective use of TNCs, make vehicle ownership unnecessary. If you go to Southern Cal, you'll have access to enough options to get you where you want to go soon enough--sometimes almost as fast as you would if you were to drive.
  11. I recommend that you take a careful look at your writing. Your word choice and tone may be sending a different message than you intend. As an example, the following sentence is potentially problematic. " I want to pursue a PhD to create a career for myself in these fields that would be both personally fulfilling and hopefully make a positive contribution to the scientific community." As written, you're (unintentionally) suggesting that your sense of personal fulfillment is more important to you than the needs of the community you want to join, or the professional goals of your future peers. if your statement is taken at face value, a reader may conclude that you're dedicated but not committed to scientific inquiry. If your statement is filtered through the prism of skepticism, a reader may conclude that you're not that dedicated at all. With a slight tweak, you could make the same point but with less wiggle room for readers to lose focus on what you want to do. I have in mind something along the lines of "I want to earn a doctorate so that I can make contributions to the field of x, y, and z by doing 1, 2, 3, 4, ...., and n." <== A revision along the lines of the preceding sentence would allow you to demonstrate that you understand clearly the contributions you want to make to a community that you respect, value, and would be honored to join. Another area of investigation may center around social and cultural differences between you, as a non traditional student, and the people evaluating your application materials. The Ivory Tower is in many ways a cookie cutter world in which those with power seek to replicate themselves and are more comfortable with the familiar. At all times, you should be who you want to be. At the same time, we live in an age in which perception is the preferred reality. Are there ways that you can square the circle by finding the sweet spots that allow you to be yourself in ways that are more relatable to others who are unlike you while still being authentic?
  12. Maybe try looking at it from the other end. Imagine what you would want to do with the knowledge you would acquire in graduate school then work backwards to develop a path from there to where you are now.
  13. Sigaba

    Grad. School Supplies?

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  14. Welcome to the Grad Cafe! Everyone who has been here for a while has written plenty of posts that fall into that category. (Except me, of course. #denial.😊) Ideally, you won't let a rocky start get in the way of using this BB's resources to find information relevant to your situation. Along the way, you'll encounter posts by active and inactive members who are traveling/have traveled similar paths to graduate school. You'll also find myriad examples of how to say what you want in an academic environment--sometimes with a little swagger, sometimes with a little salt.
  15. If this statement accurately reflects your level of expertise, your GPA will not matter because your other application materials will reflect your skills. However, the statement itself is controversial. It implies that you think that know more the debates than established scholars who are participating in those debates. In combination with your proposed disclosure of your mental illness, the continued stigma surrounding mental illness in the Ivory Tower, and the unknowable experiences of departments to which you may apply, your self assessments of your skills may all combine to make you a less competitive candidate than you actually are. IME, established academics do not discourage undergraduates, aspiring graduate students, and graduate students from thinking that they're the bees' knees. Instead, they frequently give a slight nod, take a step back, and let the dynamic take its course.
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