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  1. Harvard NELC--Ph.D in Hebrew Bible and Assyriology.
  2. I've started taking Saturdays off. The whole day. I end up sleeping 12-14 hours of it, usually, but having a whole day to cook things (which is a big stress relief for me) and watch "How I Met Your Mother" and take walks is so much better for me than trying to do even 3-4 hours of work on Saturday and 4-6 hours on Sunday.
  3. I gave my recommenders a card and a jar of homemade caramel sauce. They all seemed pleased but surprised, so I think that a card would probably be just fine.
  4. In terms of publication--I have actually gotten the opposite advice on two separate occasions from professors (that is, they suggested I be cautious about publication). Their reasoning was that, whereas with conference presentations, if it goes poorly, it's over, when you've published an article, it will never go away. So if you have a less-than-mature scholarly perspective (as I know I still do) or even flat-out errors, those will count against you in your future career. Their advice was, present away; but be very cautious about what you seek to publish.
  5. The father of a friend of mine, who teaches in academia, has said that in general (unless you are truly a wheel-inventor) it's almost impossible to get hired at an institution with a name that's more "prestigious" than the one where you earned your dissertation. So, if you do your Ph.D at a second-tier school, your job prospects are largely limited to second-and third-tier schools. From a third-tier school, you're competitive at third-tier and below, etc. There are exceptions to this rule, of course--but the only recent one I can think of was in an instance where the applicant had written w
  6. At a party this weekend, the students in my program discussed precisely this phenomenon (preponderance of beardage among grad student men). We determined that most, but not all men can carry them off, and came up with the following rules for growing a beard. 1) It has to be groomed (no Tolstoy beards). 2) It has to grow in evenly (no patchy beards, sorry). 3) It has to not make you look like a complete tool. (This one, I admit, is slightly more subjective. But I'm sure you can all picture the beards I mean.) On the other hand, I recently moved to the Midwest from the South. And if I were
  7. I would email whoever sent you your letter of acceptance, with the name of the school and the funding offer (since they'll need to know that in order to ask the school for more money anyway), and just be polite. If you make it clear that you're asking because it's not financially feasible for you to attend right now, they shouldn't take offense.
  8. As far as I can tell, graduate programs in Biblical Studies simply look for students who are smart, open-minded, capable writers and researchers. So you want your statement of purpose, especially, to make it clear that you're looking to do rigorous academic research and that you're well trained to do so. Admissions boards might potentially be wary of applicants without a classic liberal arts education, but your writing really will speak for itself. If you can show that you know the distinctions between biblical studies and theology, and between theology and apologetics, and that you know what
  9. I believe most secondary education job openings in religion are in schools with a specific denominational affiliation--so you might try the web sites of specific denominations (I know that the Episcopal Church's website has a link to a page with postings for chaplains and teachers of religion). Also check the National Association of Independent Schools website--they have a section for religion teaching positions. You will likely be more employable if you can demonstrate coursework in comparative religions rather than just in Bible. There aren't typically that many positions open, but it's cert
  10. I'm afraid this was less specific--but at UChicago's NELC program, out of "well over 150 applicants" I believe they admitted 3-5 students.
  11. Personally, I would be inclined to say, "if they're not guaranteeing it, I'm just going to assume it's not going to happen," and make decisions based only on what formal offers have been made.
  12. You're absolutely right, of course. I was responding under the assumption that the language requirement wasn't something the original poster was very excited about. I do believe that some languages are easier to learn than others--Syriac is simply less morphologically complex than Hebrew, for example--so for someone dreading the process, I was suggesting what I thought would be the least painful of the scholarly languages. Does the language requirement at HDS specify scholarly language vs. primary source language? At ND, all the MTS students must take a language of scholarship--meaning that
  13. French. Take French. It might well be less useful than German, but it's far easier to learn.
  14. I've known it to happen. It can't hurt, anyway. (Though Harvard is, actually, strapped for cash these days, from what I hear.)
  15. I had been carrying the same cloth tote bag for 7 years of college, teaching, and grad school, so I decided that if I got into a Ph.D program I'd splurge on a nice leather messenger bag/briefcase that I could take to interviews and conferences. Decided on this one: http://www.ebags.com/le_donne_leather/expandable_messenger/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=144777 It's been perfect so far--much more attractive than the picture indicates, and large enough to carry my laptop, several notebooks, and three or four textbooks (I load up!), but zips down to briefcase-size. For me, the advantage o
  16. Hey, congratulations!! It's wonderful to have some good news out there!
  17. In terms of finding housing that allows pets--it may be easier (and not necessarily more expensive) to rent a house than to live in an apartment complex. My roommate and I are renting a 2-bedroom house for $700/month plus utilities, with pets allowed (and a fenced-in backyard), 7 blocks away from campus. I would recommend craigslist if you're going to rent. Last year I lived in Remington Court, which was relatively expensive for the size, and a 15-20 minute drive away, but was a nice well-kept place to live, with very helpful staff members. I would definitely recommend it if you have a car. It
  18. I'm afraid not--I didn't know it was happening, so your guess is as good as mine.
  19. For my money, I would say the languages are the most important. For ECS particularly, it would help to come in with a strong Greek and Latin background; and if you can take a semester or so of Syriac, you'll be golden. Notre Dame itself has great summer language classes that are fairly reasonably priced (I think around $300/course), so if you're shooting for that school, specifically, that might be a way to get your face known on campus, which does make a difference. Best of luck--with your scores, it seems like there can only be a piece or two missing from a really great app. (Also, ND's
  20. My guess (admittedly based on no ACTUAL experience) would be that your best shot would be to send a personal email to the professor you're most interested in working with, or to a professor you met with when you visited, and to make it clear that a) you're asking because you're specifically interested in working in this program with this person, b ) you understand that he/she is under no obligation at all to reply and is probably super busy right now, but c) as you plan for what you're going to do next year to help your application look more attractive, it would be really helpful to know what
  21. Two years ago, I got an email on 3/5. So results should be going out soon. Best of luck, and if you get in, I hope you choose to come--it's a fantastic program.
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