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  1. Check this, but transcripts are documents that belong to you and attest to your work. It would be very problematic if they denied them to you.
  2. Disclaimer: I'm in the humanities so I'd wait a little bit until someone in the sciences answers here or in another thread. BUT: If you finished coursework and did not graduate, I would still mention in your CV that your completed coursework. I wouldn't bring it up in a SoP unless it helps you. You want to be assertive, not defensive in SoPs. Eg: You can mention you have lab experience even though you did not graduate. They can ask in the interview and you should prepare a one-sentence response that shows you are not a problem person and that you are not blaming anyone. Like "For personal reasons, I could not finish my degree and thus my advisor could not provide a LOR." Do not think of years unexplained as gaps. People do stuff or deal with stuff. I can assure no one is like: oh, 26 years old and they have two years unexplained. You honestly think they have time to sift through all those CVs and think that? I think what you need to remember, from foreigner to foreigner, is that in the US every document you present is an argument. Use your CV to make the case they should accept you. Here people learn how to do that but in other places such as my country and maybe yours, we don't learn to tweak our CV to our advantage. This is not lying or omitting. It's simply presenting the information in such a way that when a burned out faculty, tired of dealing with covid, looks at your CV and says, aha! this is it! Yet, you need LORs.
  3. Basically, you need people that know you. I came from abroad as well* and I had a letter from my employer. I don’t why industry ppl couldn’t work if they have worked with you. Is the BSc from the same institution or could you reach to them? I’m assuming you are not mentioning the master’s in your CV? * I know you don’t mean it that way, but when you say stuff like “I’m from a third world country so this was bound to happen” you perpetuate stereotypes that other of us are working hard to undo. My accent accompanies me to every class and every meeting, promoting people to ask where I’m from. I understand you want to contextualize, but I can assure you shit like this happens in the global north as well.
  4. No, it will look incredibly suspicious if absolutely none of your letters come from anyone in a teaching capacity somewhere. One of these “friends” can write the third letter and outline their experience working with you aFuer you left the abusive situation. Did you graduate?
  5. I don’t think it would be rude, but it would completely inappropriate and most likely they wouldn’t share that information with you. I don’t think people would necessarily tell apply “anyway”. When I was looking for programs, several professors told me they were not accepting students or recommended not applying BC of how low my stipend would be as an international student. The best way to get a sense of deferrals is to see how many students there are in this year. If cohorts are typically 10 and now there are 5 students, you can assume some have deferred. You could also contact the graduate school and ask them how they envision balancing admissions for 2021 and deferrals from 2020. When you have a broad idea, you can then follow up with the program, if necessary. Remember that no one will have these policies in place right now. This semester is uncertain for everyone.
  6. I had campus jobs because money. If you receive a stipend from your program as a full time students, you want to be careful if you take a job. One thing is babysitting, another thing is working part time at a coffee shop. That said, I know people in my program who got really cool "side gigs" and ended up leaving the program. For one, they couldn't keep up with dissertation writing. Two, they really liked these side gigs. In all cases, these became what they actually wanted to do and the program often called them back to talk about non-academic jobs.
  7. I don't know how active it is, but check the H-Net Commons for Film Studies.
  8. I got the iPad pro 12.9 when I graduated and it was a life-changer. I use it to read in the actual page size (and annotate, etc), for grading, for note-taking, for prepping classes, and to present. I am not familiar with the difference with the other version from the top of my head, but make sure you have enough memory. That said, I did extensive international research and I carried my laptop around without any issues. If you don't need to type much, then go for it.
  9. As faculty, let me tell you this: assume your classes will transition online at some point in the semester. I would start ILLing and scanning books, or checking out books if you can. As far as dress code, I used to take grad school as a job. You sometimes interact with UG and they see you as part of the department. Grad students in my current program TA or work in other capacities with UG so they tend to dress relatively professional (they tend to avoid see-through shirts, men don't wear shorts, etc). In my grad program, I dressed with jeans, shirts, shoes, etc because I had a public-facing job. Some friends of mine dressed in jeans, snickers, and a T-shirt. Usually, younger students dressed up to appear older so that they wouldn't be infantilized by the staff or UG. Re: imposter syndrome, yes. It's there and it is common. Remember you are there like everybody else and you bring a specific set of skills and questions that only you can address. Do not allow IS to drive your performance. i.e. don't read for the sake of reading. Read with intention, with questions, jot down your thoughts and try ruminate on them as you read other stuff. Talk about them in your seminars. Rather than trying to read monographs, I'd suggest finding some annotated bibliographies or group reviews. For reasons that are unimportant, I am somewhat familiar with your field. I would suggest reading on critical heritage studies and critical methods. Given the world we are in, I think these will prove instrumental for your crafting a thesis project.
  10. Can you give an example? I'm not sure I understand you question.
  11. Ahhhh dying to go! (Everyone I met from Curaçao is just amazing).
  12. Just a reminder to everyone who is applying this year. You had a difficult first half of 2020. We, faculty, did too. Grad students did too (many lost summer stipends, many doing international research saw their projects disappear). Staff did too. Admin, believe or not, did too. Our situations are all different, some with kids, some with visas, some with racial justice concerns, some with loneliness, some with illness. This year, you are anxious about applying, but also anxious about applying in the middle of a pandemic. You have many questions for which there are no answers. We have many questions for which there are no answers. I have no idea how I will teach in the Fall. I have no idea how I can re-structure my book project so that I push going to the archive. All this is to say that in the same way the pandemic is making you anxious about the unknown, it is making us worried. This might translate into people taking longer to respond to your emails as some folks are WFH with kids or caring for others, or they are simply just taking some time off. People might not have an answer for all of you questions or that answer being contingent on many variables. People might understand your concerns but might regrettably not be able to do anything about it (I really wish I could unilaterally abolish GREs). In other words, be patient. While the summer is usually a good time to write to faculty because we don't have any meetings or deadlines (we are just out in the field going to archives), this summer is way different. ( @coffeehum this is not to you specifically, but you made me think about how I would react if a student sent me an email this week to discuss admissions. So, thank you for the inspiration!)
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