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  1. I have, but my situation was different because I did my undergrad abroad, where they tend to be longer. Many in my cohort and other years did so, and they did just fine. I would give you a piece of unsolicited advice, if that's ok. I've noticed that many grad students coming straight from undergrad expected to be told what to do: take these classes, take these exams, go to these conference, without realizing that in grad school you have more freedom to tailor your degree to what you want. I would encourage you to think about the type of professional you want to become and take advantage of the program you land. Do not expect people to tell you what to do, but take the initiative to pursue your intellectual interests. I know this sounds rather obvious, but I know people who would like to go back to 1st or 2nd year and attend more workshops or use time to write publishable papers. YMMV.
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    How soon is too soon to submit applications?

    You should apply as early as you have a strong application. Some schools waive application fees if you apply earlier so check that if you would be ready by then. Typically, AdComms don't meet until applications are ready so applying earlier wouldn't make a difference for them. I would suggest strengthening your application by taking informally to potential POIs and using that in your application materials. Good luck.
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    How to take notes- in history specifically?

    I always take notes on OneNote. Courses notes (ie discussions on books) later became good starting points for exams.
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    Changing Research Area while in Ph.D program

    No takes you for what you say in the personal statement. The application is you (usually) coming out from college so it doesn't make sense that you would keep the same questions. I know plenty of people who changed their themes and/or came in with no idea whatsoever. However, you mentioned changing "research area," "research topic," and "field of study." Could you clarify? To me, these are completely different things, so maybe you could clarify what you are referring to? Re: I understand field as "Latin American Studies," research area as "Latin America," and theme "gender and sexuality in Afro-Latin America." See the difference? I think it's ok to change the later and I have even see people glide from African Studies to Afro-Latin America, but I've never seen the first because it would probably mean you need to re-apply to a program.
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    Confused about USA and UK.

    Many things to unpack here. First, just to be on the same page, I assume you are not making your decision based on this survey. This is an important decision to make and you wouldn't want strangers in the internet making it for you. Second, I am a bit confused. People do not get offers to do a PhD in Cambridge (or anywhere) out of the blue. In other words, you applied to that program and, since you do not provide any other piece information, I can safely assume you applied when you were already in the program at UIC. Are you doing a PhD or a Master's at UIC? If you are doing a master's, and assuming it's a two-year master's since you are asking for advice, I would reach out to Cambridge to see if you can defer admission for a year. If you are doing a PhD already, well, that is very problematic. Based on you profile, I am assuming you are doing a PhD. Leaving a PhD program for another one for no good reason (like harassment) is not ideal. It is not impossible, of course, but you would certainly burn a lot of bridges (while, granted, Cambridge will open a few doors!). You need to carefully weigh in the good, the bad, and the ugly of each program, taking into account, as you mentioned, advisor, stipend, what you want to do after the PhD, support, research facilities, conference activity, networking, healthcare benefits, etc. Think about the costs (financial, emotional, and intellectual) of leaving your program. Remember these costs many times have an impact on your future and are not limited to the people at UIC. Third, being unaware of graduate student life at Cambridge is a silly reason not to go, sorry. You can find that information virtually anywhere. For example, you can reach out to current or former students, you can reach out to your network to see if they know anyone, you can find some forums/reddits, etc. Finally, a disclaimer: I based my answers on the information you provided, making huge assumptions. If they are erroneous, I recommend contextualizing your situation a bit more so that the feedback you get is useful. Good luck! (and congratulations on being on this fortunate situation!)
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    Amazon Kindle for historians

    In e-books, you don't tend to have page numbers because you can customize font and spacing (although some books do maintain page numbers, it really depends on how the publisher constructed the e-book). Location numbers work like page numbers in the sense that they locate you in the book. According to this website, a location number stands for 125 characters (I though it was a paragraph number). That means that in your citation, instead of writing "p. 23" you would write "loc. 115". If people wanted to check that citation in the book, they would have to go to that location.
  7. Different programs have different expectations. In my program, I wasn't paid summers but was expected to do archival research. That meant that I needed to apply for research grants all over the place. (Of course, I planned a vacay with the family in between...)
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    Reasons for Rejection

    I second the previous responses. Allow me to highlight that in many cases, rejections do not have anything to do with your standalone application but as a part of an applicant pool. Sometimes your application is great but the AdComm evaluated that another candidate might be a better fit or something. By framing your questions as an opportunity to make your application stronger, you implicitly acknowledge that you don't have all the control in the decisions (alas, but don't we wish we did!)
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    Amazon Kindle for historians

    I use it a lot for research, though in some cases I ended up buying the print book because it's easier for me to take notes. A kindle has been GREAT during fieldwork, when I wanted to read new books but could not access them in paper because they were not available in the country where I was. For citing, I include an "e-book" or "kindle version" and I provide the location number (as opposed to a page).
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    PhD funding

    It seems you come from abroad? I remember being in the same boat as you, trying to figure out what's what. Back in the day, I did what @TMP suggested: identifying professors and programs simultaneously. Many professors disclosed early on that their programs did not offer "good" funding for international students, so they were are no. I also crossed out programs that required teaching in my first year because I didn't want to deal with grad school + new country + second language + teaching. In the end, my decision came down to who offered the best net package (not only tuition waiver but also stipend, health insurance, possibility of research funds, etc). I must also add, there are a lot of hidden fees for international students. Remember you might need to renew your visa at some point and this costs money and travel. In addition, while health insurance might be good (ours is pretty decent), you will still need to pay out of pocket. So take this into account when comparing funding packages. Best of luck!
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    Archive camera recommendations

    I actually switched from my camera years ago because iPhone was sooooo much better. The one I had "sony 21x optical zoom cyber-shot" (google that and you will see the results). Of course, now they are much better than my 2012 version. Have you tried CamScanner?
  12. Typically is the organization, because you will receiving money from them (in all the multiple forms that you mentioned). Check with your International Student Office, though.
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    Laptops for Historians

    I came into grad school with a 10" Dell and upgraded to a 13" MacBook Pro. I thought of getting an iPad for field work, but the laptop worked just fine. I still have it and runs perfectly. For dissertation writing, I hook it to a 21" screen. That alone made it SO much easier to write!!! I should have bought it for my exams!
  14. Yes, American English. For me the transition was hard, and even I bled British grammar into my dissertation. But my advisors knew that and were patient.
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    HELP! I'm ABD and I want to change programs.

    From what you are saying, I am not convinced you have a good reason to leave. Many of us realize after exams or fieldwork that our advisors are not the experts that we need, but I don't see why you would need to leave. In my own case, I don't think anyone in the US studies my area in my time through my perspective, but I came out with a committee that has experts in each of these areas separately. Having people outside your time period or geography can benefit you in the sense that they can help you keep a broadest perspective. You can bring the experts from outside. Build yourself a good committee with two outside readers from this people in other universities. That will hurt you less than leaving in your fourth year. Further, I am not sure the situation of the job market is a good reason to leave, on the contrary! Finally, why do you think your interests are tied to your advisor's? The fact that their interests shifted doesn't mean they can't advise you.

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