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    time_consume_me reacted to AfricanusCrowther in 2022 Application Thread   
    I wonder if how much it matters that Kruse works in a huge field at a huge department. In my field, where there are great programs that have only two professors who can train students, reaching out before applying seems more valuable.
     
    I certainly would not advise anyone to try to schedule a Zoom call in their first email.
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    time_consume_me reacted to Rauschenbusch in Quantitative approach   
    I'm a Ph.D. student at Florida State, and I took a seminar this spring called Qualitative Methods in the Humanities with a history professor here, Will Hanley. You might contact him or look into whether the history program here might be a fit for you.
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    time_consume_me reacted to CaptainHoseok in University of British Columbia (UBC) Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice   
    Rant: The waiting game is no joke. It's been six months since the deadline. They kept pushing and pushing the notification date for offers. It will be stressful for international students to work on their visas on this date. If your target entry would be on August 6, I heard that at least submit the online application for the study permit by May 15. It is also not best to assume acceptance and prepare everything right now--it's costly and impractical. Receiving an offer is just the second step after the submission of the application. If September 7 is the first day of classes this school year, shouldn't the accepted student be preparing their documents (or even plans) for the upcoming term? I mean, getting enrolled is just one thing, but how about mentally and psychologically preparing oneself for being a resident in a new different country during a pandemic—it's more than being a graduate student of UBC. This is just too much. They say that good things come to those who wait, but we deserve better in these times of uncertainty and anxiety.
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    time_consume_me reacted to AP in How would people classify departments by "type" / approach to grad education?   
    I'm very late in the game (grading) but after the worst year on the TT, I can go back to this anonymous forum.
    This conversation has been very fruitful. 
    I'll add some thoughts, but I agree with much of what has been say. 
    First, yes, as @pssteinthe job market is really abysmal that top program graduates find themselves in positions that might have looked unthinkable twenty years ago. An alum from my program working at a small branch of a regional university once told us that his department avoided hiring people from top programs because those are the ones that don't want to teach 4/4 and usually end up leaving. By this I mean, top programs might have the pedigree, the extra funded time, more dedicated faculty, but at the end of the day, the struggles are very similar. 
    Larger programs, usually in public universities, depend heavily on graduate student labor so it's not just COVID affecting admission but department needs. And, as someone else mentioned, funding from higher ups. In short, there is no formula, which brings me to my next point.
    As you think of where to apply, think not on the statistical probability of getting in but on building a profile and rapport that it makes sense for the program to admit you and train you. When potential grad students contact me, I see potential when they tell me right there in one well-packaged sentence why my program is a good fit for them. People that say "I like your article on..." means nothing to me. But people saying "I have questions about X Y and Z" usually spark an "ohhh!" on my part.  
    I notice there are no programs in the south (Vanderbilt?) or the west, and I wonder why. I am not an Americanist, but I have colleagues in California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Florida whose programs might be up your alley. 
    Finally, no one can predict the job market. We are scientists and we work with evidence and the evidence suggests this is not going to get better soon. However, we cannot predict much. So, when researching programs, you can certainly ask DGS/grad students if/how the program changed in the last ten years (red flag if they haven't revised it!), what opportunities for professionalization exist outside the classroom, how do programs see themselves in five years, etc. 
    Good luck
    Edit: Just a quick thing, remember that no matter when you start a PhD program, it's more often than not a transformative experience. You are not the same person when you start than when you leave because you learn a lot about yourself. Friends of mine realized that they didn't want to be college professors, others realized they actually don't like academia and are passionate about other things, someone in my program decided they wanted to work in activist organizations when they graduated. All this is to say that yes, there is a pressure from the academic job market but, as you journey on, you will (hopefully) have a say in what you want to do with your degree. While the market might push us in one direction, we also have agency on that. (I hope this makes sense, I'm foggy from second vaccine shot, so there).
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    time_consume_me reacted to d1389jjch in Being a historian of a culture you are not a part of   
    In the field of Chinese History, the greatest problem facing young white scholars is the lack of access to archives. In China, the accessibility of archives is extremely unstable. Many archives that are not open to the public can be accessed through personal connections. However, I don't think doing Chinese history as non-Chinese is necessarily a disadvantage. As someone who grew up in China, I need to keep reminding myself that "The past is a foreign country," but many Chinese scholars do not realize this, and it creates problems. I think a non-Chinese perspective is very valuable to the field, but unfortunately, the Chinese archival and field environment is not friendly enough for non-Chinese scholars.

    In studying US history, I sometimes feel that I understand the intellectual environment of the nineteenth-century US better than many Americans do. This is because China today is in the midst of a similar historical process, including urbanization, rapid economic growth, and the prevalence of social Darwinism.
     
     
     
     
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    time_consume_me reacted to TMP in 2021 Application Thread   
    Congrats on this unofficial offer.  I'd se what the funding package looks like.  I would ALSO communicate that you have a full funding offer to attend Oxford for a year and see how they react.  $17K is definitely UNLIVABLE in the SF Bay Area. $28K is pushing it, but I'd consult the funding spreadsheet to see if that's typical.
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    time_consume_me reacted to rainestorm in How do you plan to spend your summer in a more productive manner?   
    I'm mostly excited to quit my job and do nothing. I've spent the last 3 years working and conducting research non-stop, I could really use a break before starting graduate school! And by "nothing" I mean binge-watch TV shows and try out new restaurants! I was able to figure out housing pretty quickly and already signed a lease. I might have to study a little bit sometime in August to brush up on cell bio, genetics concepts and neuroanatomy but other than that, I want to relax 😄
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    time_consume_me reacted to Sigaba in How do you plan to spend your summer in a more productive manner?   
    Congratulations on your admittance to Michigan.
    Please be careful with this plan of action. It can be hard to get up to pace from a full resting stop.
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    time_consume_me reacted to jpc34 in 2022 Application Thread   
    I'll break in the thread! Longtime (mostly) lurker here. I'm a senior history major applying this fall (decided to take a gap year). My interest is in social and economic history of 17th and 18th-century northern Europe, specifically northern Germany, including peasant societies, the history of capitalism and commerce, maritime history, and the North Sea and Atlantic worlds. Right now I'm planning to apply to PhD programs at Brandeis, Brown, UChicago, Northwestern, NYU, Columbia, and Fordham. I've also identified Portland State, UW - Milwaukee, and UMass - Amherst as MA programs if my PhD apps are unsuccessful. 
    I have German (minoring in it) and basic French reading proficiency. My senior paper which I intend to use as a WS is on a modern American topic. In hindsight I should've probably chosen something to showcase language abilities, but I think as a history paper it's quite good (the professor advising it has recommended I submit it for a departmental prize). I contributed a translation from German to English for an undergraduate journal hosted at my university, maybe that will help alleviate any possible language concerns. 
    When do people suggest applicants reach out to professors? I've heard late spring/early summer?
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    time_consume_me reacted to cakeandcats in 2021 Application Thread   
    I got off the William & Mary waitlist today. Best of luck to you with the Harvard waitlist, and to all of the waitlisted folks out there! 🙂
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    time_consume_me reacted to peachy4345 in Teachers College: Columbia University, Fall 2021   
    Not trying to be a downer, but something to consider if anyone is thinking about Columbia:
    Among your choices, you should also consider which programs have a grad worker union AND treat grad students right. I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,500/hr) do everything possible to stall negotiations, belittle us, and play down heartfelt testimonials that make clear why our demands are reasonable and necessary. Every time we've gotten a raise in the past, our Columbia rent magically goes up by a higher percentage. Our wages are not enough to live in NYC. There is no dental or vision coverage, and they recently removed the better health insurance plan option. The school has a terrible history with harassment and discrimination cases brought by both undergrads and grads (Google it), and at the moment they are doing everything possible to avoid meeting our contract demand about changing the investigation process to give more rights to the complainant (see link below). I don't know if anyone applied for early childhood education, but I think that those grad students staff the campus daycare? It's run out of TC. You should know they charge $30,000/year for one child--the equivalent of our grad stipends, thus making it wildly unaffordable for us. 
    We're entering the 3rd week of the strike, and Columbia has made very clear that they plan to not only doc our bi-weekly pay (which we receive for TA/RA work), but our academic stipends--yep, they are going to debit our student accounts, thereby jeopardizing course registration, degree progress, visas, and health insurance. We have a legal right to strike, but this later action constitutes illegal academic retaliation.
    Long story short: I'm sure a lot of schools are as corrupt as Columbia, but I've just seen first hand how rotten this place is to the core. They only care about profit (their endowment grew $300 million during the pandemic alone), squeezing as much our of grad workers and adjuncts for as little pay as possible, sweeping bad press under the rug, and gentrifying Harlem with multi-million dollar campus expansions.
    I encourage folks thinking about attending/applying to Columbia to express concerns to department chairs and administrators, and ask them why they insist on denying grad workers a fair contract: 
    President Lee Bollinger officeofthepresident@columbia.edu, Phone: (212) 854-9970 Provost Ira Katznelson provost@columbia.edu,  +1 212 854 2404 GSAS Grad Admissions: gsas-admissions@columbia.edu  
    https://gothamist.com/news/columbia-grad-students-strike-over-wages-and-harassment-policies-nyu-counterparts-vote-similar-actions
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    time_consume_me reacted to peachy4345 in Columbia Art History MA vs NYU Costume Studies MA   
    It's a tough choice. At Columbia, you could work with Higonnet. I'm just sharing something below I've posted about Columbia in general, but I'm in art history, so perhaps it's most relevant for you. I know these things are a a mix of crazy excitement and anxiety about making the right decision! If you're currently at CU you (hopefully) know all about the strike. As a prospect, you could contact the admins (see below) to express your concern about how they treat grad students, if you are considering becoming one! Good luck choosing!
     
    Not trying to be a downer, but something to consider if anyone is thinking about Columbia:
    Among your choices, you should also consider which programs have a grad worker union AND treat grad students right. I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,500/hr) do everything possible to stall negotiations, belittle us, and play down heartfelt testimonials that make clear why our demands are reasonable and necessary. Every time we've gotten a raise in the past, our Columbia rent magically goes up by a higher percentage. Our wages are not enough to live in NYC. There is no dental or vision coverage, and they recently removed the better health insurance plan option. The school has a terrible history with harassment and discrimination cases brought by both undergrads and grads (Google it), and at the moment they are doing everything possible to avoid meeting our contract demand about changing the investigation process to give more rights to the complainant (see link below). 
    We're entering the 3rd week of the strike, and Columbia has made very clear that they plan to not only doc our bi-weekly pay (which we receive for TA/RA work), but our academic stipends--yep, they are going to debit our student accounts, thereby jeopardizing course registration, degree progress, visas, and health insurance. We have a legal right to strike, but this later action constitutes illegal academic retaliation.
    Long story short: I'm sure a lot of schools are as corrupt as Columbia, but I've just seen first hand how rotten this place is to the core. They only care about profit (their endowment grew $300 million during the pandemic alone), squeezing as much our of grad workers and adjuncts for as little pay as possible, sweeping bad press under the rug, and gentrifying Harlem with multi-million dollar campus expansions.
    I encourage folks thinking about attending/applying to Columbia to express concerns to department chairs and administrators, and ask them why they insist on denying grad workers a fair contract: 
    President Lee Bollinger officeofthepresident@columbia.edu, Phone: (212) 854-9970 Provost Ira Katznelson provost@columbia.edu,  +1 212 854 2404 GSAS Grad Admissions: gsas-admissions@columbia.edu  
    https://gothamist.com/news/columbia-grad-students-strike-over-wages-and-harassment-policies-nyu-counterparts-vote-similar-actions
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    time_consume_me reacted to watergirl in Canadian student in USA - paying taxes w/ income from both countries   
    Hey,
    I sent one in mid-July of this year and obtained a letter back/response from them in early October of this year -- so about 3 months.
    And following up on my previous post, CRA told me to include the W-2 amount only as "income" on the T2209 form, but in the amount of taxes paid, to sum up total taxes from W-2 and from 1042-S. They also told me to attach the IRS transcript (which you can get here https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript) to prove the total $ amount paid in taxes, along with photocopies of US tax returns. 
    Hope that's helpful!
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    time_consume_me reacted to dr. telkanuru in 2021 Application Thread   
    With that many high-quality programs not accepting applicants this year, it's also a good idea to contemplate the fact that others are, and why that might be the case. 
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    time_consume_me reacted to AnUglyBoringNerd in 2021 Application Thread   
    https://history.columbia.edu/graduate/doctoral-program/admissions/
    It seems that the Dual Degree MA in International and World History is still accepting. Also, Columbia's PhD program in History-East Asia is a joint program between History and EALAC, and some students can enter the program by applying to the latter. Not trying to make the situation better than it is, I guess I am just trying to be a duck on water by performing calmness.
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    time_consume_me reacted to Calgacus in Don't Do a PhD in History   
    This sounds like you're trying to excuse a clearly systemic short-coming of both academia broadly and graduate education specifically. The soft skills you outlined (juggling teaching and research responsibilities, being able to synthesize information, etc.) are not developed in the dynamic way you imply they can you used for.
    The bottom line is that it should not be the responsibility of grad students to find external "side" gigs that will enable them to be employable at the end of the PhD, but that is the reality today. And this reality is what leads @remenis and others to underscore the PhD's immense financial and time cost. The vast majority of programs still insist on running programs geared towards developing students for TT jobs. With TT jobs now being virtually nonexistent, the PhD itself becomes the side gig (or labor of love, or vanity project, or however one wants to frame it based on their level of cynicism). 
    Your framing seems to miss the scale of the problem at multiple levels-- the viability of the careers of individual graduate students that the discipline continues to churn out, *and* the viability of the discipline/"profession" itself. Excusing the deeply problematic ethics of individual faculty, specific programs, or of academia broadly that maintain the current system because it provides grads with life lessons/opportunities to fail/succeed seems misguided and borderline cruel to me. 
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    time_consume_me reacted to dr. telkanuru in 2021 Application Thread   
    Under no circumstances should you ever read any material you've already submitted. That way madness lies. 
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    time_consume_me reacted to Eve Nicholson in Too Old for History Phd?   
    I have always thought that the academic pursuit of a question I wanted to prove for a specific historiological purpose and to reduce bias and misunderstandings about a certain institution. And Yes, I was accepted by an institution in Cambridge in April, have two wonderful supervisors ,have passed my first stage and selected to short-present my work at a Conference which was well receive. My professors have treated me as a friend and fellow researcher and are not threatened by my not caring about professorships.Being treated like this,and the encouragement have spurred me on to meet the deadlines, improve my Latin and ancient Welsh with regular lectures and I am more than holding my own. This is NOT a hobby for me , but a job and being respected as a voice says a lot for the university. I don't feel like an older person(nor look like one actually). All I needed was a chance to prove my theory and help my organisation. Thank you to all those who gave the advice to be courageous. It has inspired me to go for it and not allow others to keep me out. 
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    time_consume_me reacted to Sigaba in Don't Do a PhD in History   
    How many careers are envisioned in the scenario above? 
    https://www.kornferry.com/content/dam/kornferry/docs/article-migration/Briefings38_Nomad-Economy.pdf

    https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/nlsoy.pdf
    https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED582350.pdf
    IME, working in the private sector (three industries) is not without challenges and risks.
    No one has tenure. No one. I'm currently in an industry that had two firms that bear the name of one of its founders. He is with neither. In a different industry, founders --and many others-- were tossed aside when corporate decided to change strategy. At will employees can be terminated with zero warning. Turn over your keys, sign this document, here's a live check. GTFO. "Exempt" employees can be required to work more than eight hours a day for weeks at a stretch without additional compensation. Non compete agreements can limit future opportunities. (Even if your pockets are deep enough to get you through the litigation.) Firms that practice "just in time" hiring will expect you to do the job with minimal to no training.  Your plans for a career path centered around areas of practice and types of clients make you the ideal candidate to on board the strategic hire. Raises, salary adjustment, and bonuses are not guaranteed. Sometimes, bosses want to get your attention. Other benefits can be offered on a use it or lose it basis and can be discontinued from one year to the next. Not every employer offers 401(k)s nor matches employee contributions. KPIs are generally centered around numerical metrics that don't always add up and sometimes work at cross purposes. The "grand strategy" of the Powers That Be can be unknown and ultimately at cross purposes of what bosses, middle managers, and worker bees are told.  The pace of work can be bone crushing. Imagine your busiest weeks as a teacher the slowest weeks of a year. Or two.  The paper you write days before it is due -- imagine it being worth tens thousands of dollars to your firm and hundreds, if not millions to a client, even though the client has gone for months without giving you information it said it would provide during the project kick off meeting. Undergraduates unhappy with your work? Try managing Teamsters. Uncooperative colleagues? Try getting members of private and public sector unions to see it your way when they know they damn well don't. "Toxic" work environments/coworkers/supervisors? Unless you get to HR first with clear and convincing documentation, STFU and get back to work. "Scope creep"==> project budget exhausted? Do the work on your own time. "One set of integrated comments" from the client? Here are ten sets of comments, some contradict others.  Disagree with how the work should be done on a project? That's nice. STFU and get back to work. Intellectual freedom? Ah, well, now that you've learned of the existence of that NDA, you may never again talk about it nor the project nor the client. Risk management is everyone's responsibility even if you've never been trained on how to manage risk.  Free and open exchange of information ==> email blast from the bosses after a project manager's POV is printed in a newspaper. Templates Time cards Morale check?
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    time_consume_me got a reaction from IvanC in visa appointment   
    Consulates and embassies in Japan and Korea are doing interviews as of Monday.
     
    My wife's passport is with them now after her j-2 interview. Hope it comes back soon with a nice stamp.
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    time_consume_me reacted to Cryss in visa appointment   
    I was asked if I would have an in-person class, so I would confirm with your school that there is at least 1 in-person class for you to take so you can answer that question truthfully. Hybrid counts as in-person as far as I know, but confirm with your international student office at your new school. 
    You find out immediately if you get approved or rejected, but the amount of time you need to wait to get your passport back varies from embassy to embassy. Mine took 1 business day, others take like 7-14 business days depending on the size of the population the embassy serves, I believe. 
    Read and re-read the instructions on the embassy's site about what you need when applying. I always take additional documents, but usually, it's just your typical passport, visa application confirmation page, $160, appointment confirmation page, 1 passport size pic, I-20 or Ds-2019, financial documents to prove you can support yourself or are supported by a sponsor (if that's not the school), and finally, the SEVIS payment confirmation page.
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    time_consume_me reacted to Cryss in visa appointment   
    Had our visa interview today and got approved! They will be ready for pick up tomorrow afternoon (we did J1 and J2).
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    time_consume_me reacted to cryloren in 2021 Application Thread   
    I've been in contacted with UT Austin professors and they're not admitting anyone for F21, and told me to check back in next spring on their status
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    time_consume_me reacted to Paulcg87 in Uncertainty thread - International students not in the US   
    Good news my friends - the U.S. government has agreed today to rescind their new policy regarding foreign students and visas.
    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/14/trump-administration-drops-plan-to-deport-international-students-in-online-only-classes-361053
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-14/harvard-and-u-s-make-deal-on-foreign-student-visas
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    time_consume_me reacted to Cryss in visa appointment   
    Just got an email from my embassy saying they will open limited appointments from July 14th specifically for student visas and petition-based visas. Will keep you guys updated. 
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