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    jujubea got a reaction from snow_owl in Critical Language Scholarship 2021 Applicants   
    Hi @snow_owl- good luck on your app! Good luck @WorldTraveler111 
    I also finished mine a few days ago. Fingers crossed everybody!
    Separately - re: Middlebury.. I didn't attach my transcript in time for the priority deadline, but submitted the actual application and fee on time. Does anyone know if I will still get considered for the Dec 15th decision? (It would be so nice to have some lead-time for planning purposes y'know?)
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    jujubea reacted to WorldTraveler111 in Critical Language Scholarship 2021 Applicants   
    I was going to say the same thing. I have not started my application for Middlebury, but they seem like they would be flexible about this. @jujubea
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    jujubea reacted to Umenohana in Critical Language Scholarship 2021 Applicants   
    I have no idea, since I didn't work on the application myself, but have you tried emailing them? They seem like they would be pretty responsive about these things.
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    jujubea got a reaction from SkDebs in Help with DS-160   
    Are you fully funded by the school? Make sure that is apparent somewhere, then you can put either self or organization. It really only matters when a student is NOT on a scholarship/fellowship/stipend. 
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    jujubea reacted to spacedumpster in 2021 Applicants Forum   
    So uhhh... Sorry to detract from homie's baffling pivot from being rejected by ten schools, to being God's gift to literature, but... I'm new here! Gimme da good vibez!
    It's my first time applying for an MFA. I looked exclusively at fully-funded, somewhat eclectic programs, and ultimately applied to: 
    Arizona State
    Oregon State
    University of Florida
    University of South Florida
    Hoping I set myself apart by getting in the pool extremely early on all of these. Anyway, not sure why I am here, but good luck to everyone who is applying, even if you're snarky!
    Cheers, Y'all.
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    jujubea reacted to feralgrad in 2021 Applicants Forum   
    >Comparing applying to MFA programs to being a slave in pharaonic Egypt
    I change my mind please stay
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    jujubea reacted to feralgrad in 2021 Applicants Forum   
    Honestly, I've dealt with enough users like this (mostly on other sites) to know that it's not worth my energy to debate him. It's kind-hearted of you to extend the olive branch, but the fact of the matter is that he hasn't said anything nice since he got here. Notice that he's luxuriating in responding to your lengthy posts with his own lengthy, condescending posts. Meanwhile he's not saying anything to me, because it's no fun debating someone who won't play along. He's just a troll using 10 dollar words.
    Also, I'm trying not to derail the thread more than he has.
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    jujubea reacted to telkanuru in 2021 Application Thread   
    Generally, no. If a program does not offer full tuition remission and stipend support upon acceptance, it is not a program worth attending. 
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    jujubea reacted to snow_owl in Critical Language Scholarship 2021 Applicants   
    Hi! How is everyone feeling? Submitted my application for Russian a few days ago - anyone else angling for that program?
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    jujubea reacted to WorldTraveler111 in Critical Language Scholarship 2021 Applicants   
    Just submitted my application!!! Good luck to all who apply!
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    jujubea got a reaction from WorldTraveler111 in Critical Language Scholarship 2021 Applicants   
    Hey, I'm probably going to apply for Mandarin... having a hard time figuring out my study-hours equivalents. 
    I am really hoping they'll do virtual programs if summer 21 is still on lockdown instead of cancelling outright!
    I'm also applying to the Middlebury programs. 
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    jujubea reacted to WorldTraveler111 in Critical Language Scholarship 2021 Applicants   
    Just finding this thread. I am applying to CLS' Arabic program this cycle.
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    jujubea got a reaction from NTGal in The Nitty Gritty on Organization, Productivity, etc.   
    Basically just copy-paste the citation form of all sources I ever read into the Master Biblio document. It works better when you are more consistent about it ........ 😬
    As for the master reading notes, I guess it's more like a master thought-notes. It's where my impressions of reading materials go when they don't belong in any current writing project. In other words, if I am reading something to find a citation to include in something I am actively writing, I inevitably find other interesting material in the manuscript that is not useful for my present projects, so I will take those extraneous quotes or my reactions/impressions and put them in the master notes document along with title, author and page.
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    jujubea got a reaction from NTGal in The Nitty Gritty on Organization, Productivity, etc.   
    Mmmm. You raise some good points that I must consider, as my tower of papyri (hah! get it?!) begins to loom magnificently overhead........
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    jujubea reacted to sacklunch in The Nitty Gritty on Organization, Productivity, etc.   
    I also have a few "master" notes/bibliography documents: e.g. I have a master secondary sources bibliography for my dissertation (word document) and also use Endnote online, which is split up into different research groups. I other documents for ancient sources: e.g. what editions I follow, citation methods (for authors like Galen this is essential), etc. Other documents record phenomena of potential interest down the road (I work in papyrology, so e.g. I have a document recording sigla of interest in papyri I encounter).
    I must say in response to jujubea that I am not envious of all that physical paper-collecting! I tried something similar for a few years and ended up with more than was feasible to manage. Not only that, but I made more mistakes--juggling multiple books side by side, attempting to keep them flat with multiple weights(!). I much prefer scanning everything, reading and annotating on my ipad with ipencil (which automatically saves and takes the place of the pdf on my computer) and then doing my juggling electronically. I have 4 monitors, so that helps as well, but I find myself making less mistakes and checking references far faster. Plus, you can OCR documents/books after scanned and then search text for keywords, which is a great benefit for those many books without (good) indices.
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    jujubea reacted to Umenohana in Critical Language Scholarship 2021 Applicants   
    I don't think anything official has been published yet, but yes, they said they may hold some or all of the 2021 CLS online. I would not expect anything to roll over to next year, they will just ask you to reapply, like it happened this year. 
    Yeah, if you can't be in the country yourself, it does take away from the experience A LOT. I would not say it defeats the purpose though. They still work really hard to deliver the best instruction possible. And many people do CLS because there are no other options available for them. It would still be a summer of intense language lessons for free. I doubt they'll have any trouble filling up the spots with students, even if it is not what we are all hoping for.
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    jujubea got a reaction from NTGal in The Nitty Gritty on Organization, Productivity, etc.   
    Re: timing and time organization:
    For my first year or two I just swam as hard as I could as long as I could and didn't really take any time or days off until I collapsed. I could handle about a year of that and should have stopped then. Now, I make sure I have one full day off from all responsibilities every week. It changes according to the timing of each term's teaching and studying responsibilities. I feel this is enough for me, and sometimes even find myself working on schoolwork anyway because I am interested. But the point is you have at least one day every week where you are "allowed" to feel no pressure to do anything other than what you want to do, including being a lazy ass and sleeping all day. It is fun when this single day happens in the middle of the week, because everything is less busy out and about. 
    For splitting coursework/research interests, I figure out how long coursework is going to take each week, and I figure out which time of day and timing works best for me to complete my coursework (this actually took me over a year to figure out). For example, certain types of work I do better in the evening; certain types of work I do better in the morning. I prefer to knock out a single course's coursework for the week in one chunk of time if I can, but you may be the type who likes to work on something a little bit every day, it really depends on you. In my program, it is more common to let your research suffer in order to do well in classes, since your performance in them makes an impact on the faculty. I am able to let my adviser(s) know I have x-amount of a course load and my writing/research will increase/decrease accordingly that term. I never get any flak for it. 
    I like to have a combination of structure and flexibility, so after establishing class hours, office hours, etc., I schedule one or two multi-hour blocks each week that are solely for working on my own research, and then I schedule half the amount of time needed for homework, and then set aside several more hours that is for "academic work" generally that I can fill in however I want, whether that's more homework, more research, etc. 
    As for keeping up languages, I have heard of people doing things like setting a goal of x-number of articles per week or month dealing directly with, or in, the target language. As for the ancient, find something that interests you whether or not it's related to your current research that you will want to look at regardless of whether it's required of you. Fight off the feelings of guilt that you are spending time on something that isn't your research; remind yourself you are spending time investing in yourself with this valuable skill. It is OK and actually helpful to reread the same things, don't feel guilty for this either.
    As to other organization:
    I only recently finally stopped wrestling with the fact that I have a very, very strong preference for reading things in hard copy, and I am more attentive, read more quickly, and am able to find quotes more quickly in hard copy. For that reason, just this summer I have begun switching out to an old-school hard copy filing method with file folders and all! I'll let you know how it goes. That said, I keep a running "master" bibliography of what I read and that is invaluable. I also recently began keeping a "master" reading-notes document on the computer that I seriously wish I started earlier. 
    However you do it, I recommend you have all your types of things in single places, even if across types-of-things those places or systems are different. My "master" reading notes document is an example; before that, my reading notes for everything were in different places and different formats both online and off, making it very difficult to find them two years later. 
    Good luck! 
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    jujubea got a reaction from Umenohana in Critical Language Scholarship 2021 Applicants   
    You mean to say, no one else is prepping 3-4 months before the first deadline? 😁
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    jujubea got a reaction from EyelandPychePhD in Include this on my CV or not?   
    PM'ing you about the undergrad situation
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    jujubea reacted to xypathos in I am lost on how many courses to take in my first semester   
    Even if you rate yourself a workaholic, I'd never encourage someone to take more than three courses their first semester. The work expected of you is going to be higher than as a M* student. On top of that, and this is school dependent, but you're going to be encouraged to take on administrative responsibilities too - sitting on a committee (mostly), and probably other small things. All of this is in addition to balancing social and personal responsibilities.
    Start at three and see how you feel in the spring. Keep in mind though that as you get settled into the program they tend to ask more of you.
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    jujubea reacted to 11Q13 in Should I apply at tier 1 schools? (Comeback Story)   
    You won't know if you don't try. 
    You can compensate for the GPA in a couple obvious ways:
    Do really well on the GRE
    "For my last 96 credits, my cumulative GPA is at a 3.97." Put this very early on in your application essay, and point out that your abysmal GPA happened in a past life. Don't dwell on it, though, move on quickly.
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    jujubea reacted to killerbunny in How Can I Strengthen My Application For Next Cycle?   
    A bold response. 
    The wait period is far from over, @yuyuuu. Sorry if I missed it but have you received an actual rejection yet? And if you do get shut out, I think you answered a lot of your own question as far as feeling as though you didn't have enough time to do more thorough research of programs and possible mentors whose work would gel with the topics and methodologies that interest you. Did you have a chance to reach out to any POIs before applying to suss out their availability and receptiveness to your proposed scholarship? That would have been a great opportunity to get their opinion about the patchwork nature of your academic background, which TBH doesn't strike me as a "mess," especially if you're applying to interdisciplinary programs. The most convincing case you could make are your SOP and writing sample. These will demonstrate more than any letter by a well-known figure or a more consistent undergrad curriculum that you're ready to take on the project you're proposing in your application.
    But like I said, the 2020 cycle is not over by a long shot. Good luck!
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    jujubea reacted to Sigaba in How Can I Strengthen My Application For Next Cycle?   
    If you are going to be a graduate student in a history program, you need to define yourself as a historian, identify which trajectories of historiography you want to address, and how you anticipate your work will move the needle in each trajectory.
    Your emphasis on critical race theory and black studies may need significant reconfiguration. You want to avoid a situation in which you're proposing an approach that is increasingly accepted as something that is cutting edge. You might also benefit from displaying a firm understanding of the appropriate balance between the needs of the profession and one's own political agenda generally and also within each department you would like to join as a graduate student. (Eventually, the quality of your work as a historian will be more important than you dedication to a cause, no matter how important it is.) You want to assure the Powers That Be that you understand that you have some catching up to do and that you're committing to doing it. 
    You will also want to communicate to decision makers that while you may use the tools and some of the sensibilities of other disciplines, that you are, in fact, a historian who is loyal to the House of Klio. That is, while the craft of professional academic history may benefit from the use of X from Y discipline, history should not become Y discipline. (If you seek a program where you straddle two disciplines with one being history, you will likely want to send a different message.)
    Also, at least for history, leading with your stats likely puts you at a competitive disadvantage right away. Academic historians talk about history and historiography much more than their GPAs and what not. The names of institutions and professors are used as an elegant shorthand to compress schools of thought into a few words that support a focused argument. So "I went to Happyland University and studied under Professor Biles" isn't about bench marking or measuring johnsons, it is saying "So far, my analysis of X centers around A, B, and C."
    Additional guidance and resources for applicants to graduate history programs are available in the history fora, but especially at
    Lessons Learned: Application Season Debriefings
    Rejection Advice
    What type of writing samples did you submit?
    Crucial Theory for Historians
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    jujubea reacted to Coconuts&Chloroform in How Can I Strengthen My Application For Next Cycle?   
    Did you write your writing sample in bold font?
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    jujubea reacted to anya576 in Critical Language Scholarship 2020 Applicants   
    Same here. I was hoping that they would have waited a bit longer before making any concrete decisions since the programs aren't for at least another three months. I would like to think that although they cannot guarantee us a slot during the next application cycle, we will be allotted some degree of extra consideration.
    Also, to all my finalists out there: we have already won this award and it deserves a slot on all of our resumes and CV's regardless of the current situation. Stay strong everyone!
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