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    2020 Fall
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    African History

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  1. So 3 of the 4 programs that were the best fits for me aren't accepting students this fall. That's fantastic. =(
  2. I am a member; I joined my senior year of undergrad and presented at a PAT conference during my MA studies. I can't say that it has done much for me career-wise outside of opening up that one conference presentation opportunity, but then again I really have no idea how professors view membership in societies like this when they evaluate applications. My sense is that a membership in PAT is a weak soft at best in terms of resume-building.
  3. Not sure that I agree with this, unless we're talking about program with rolling acceptances and limited spots. My impression was that (at least in the history programs to which I applied, so this may be program or discipline-specific) adcoms sat down at one time and went over all applications at that point. I'm not even sure committee members have access to (or interest in/time to go through) applications before that point. The point you and the poster above you made about not procrastinating and waiting until the last minute and polishing your application materials as much as possible is
  4. Got into Syracuse's museum studies MA with 30% funding but without a GA'ship I can't justify attending. If I'm gonna sink $30k into a second MA it's gonna be HiLi, which I'm still waiting to hear from.
  5. Excitement: My backup plans include two MA programs, one cool and one way cooler. Worries: I won't receive enough funding to justify attending.
  6. Since I already have a MA in history with good recs from that school (HiLi is an interdisciplinary MA so I think that'll really add another dimension to my skill set and applications) I'm going to apply to a few schools this fall regardless of whether or not I attend HiLi and use my old recommenders rather than ask someone I've only know for a month or so (which would be a bad idea, as @telkanuru pointed out). I know that my fall transcript would be done in time to include with the applications so that along with me including the program in my SoP and my goals for doing so will be a solid add
  7. It's funny, that's one of the appealing things about the program for me! 😃
  8. That's my concern too; 20% is nice and all, but damn. If they make me a decent offer though, I'm definitely going. It fits in perfectly with my research interests and I need to improve my French anyway. I can pass for French when I speak but my written grammar is atrocious! 😃
  9. I'm submitting my application this weekend! You're going to 'Nova though, right? How long ago did you submit your application to HiLi?
  10. I'm sorry. =( You're not out of it yet; there's always Northwestern! I know the feeling, though. It's pretty brutal reporting back that you struck out for the cycle, especially if you have LoR writers who you knew put a lot of time and effort into the recommendations.
  11. I've only been through two cycles, but after the first I sent a polite "thank you" email to my profs, let them know that I hadn't gotten in but was planning to try again the next year, mentioned what I was doing to strengthen my future applications, and said that I'd welcome any feedback/suggestions that they had and hoped they'd be willing to serve as references during the next cycle. All three were wonderful about it, although YMMV since two are professors I had for undergrad and grad courses who were also my MA thesis advisers and one is someone with whom I consulted extensively during my
  12. Sounds like you have some good options! From your sig it looks like you’ve already applied to Oxford; do you have an app to Cambridge in progress? HiLi is Columbia, yes! It looks like an awesome interdisciplinary program and I love Paris so a year studying there would be a dream, but it all comes down to finances. I know the conventional wisdom of “never pay for a graduate degree,” but I’m willing to take on some debt for a great fit that would position me well for next application cycle. We’ll see how it pans out!
  13. I definitely screwed up this cycle by focusing too specifically on finding programs with "perfect" (or near-perfect) fit geographically, topically, and period-wise and probably dismissed a number of programs out of hand that could have been a really good match for my research interests. I really appreciate your (and @AfricanusCrowther)'s suggestions for the next cycle. I think I doubted my ability to pitch myself in a way that showed enough flexibility to schools where the fit wasn't completely ideal. I feel much better about that prospect for the next go round.
  14. For sure! I was planning to reapply one final time anyway, but knowing that I was pretty close just makes me that much more determined. I'm applying to two one-year MA programs right now that would provide me with some more breadth (particularly HiLi, although I'd really have to get a pretty sizeable tuition break there to make it affordable) and I'll work on getting part of my MA thesis published in the meantime. What MA programs are you looking at for this coming year?
  15. Thanks so much! I'm sorry that you've had the same bad luck this application cycle that I have so far, but I hope you get into a great MA program this year and I'll look forward to having a familiar...avatar? to commiserate with next cycle. 😃 @Ternwild: things might be a little bit different in STEM than it is in the humanities, I feel like (and could be wrong) that you have more non-academic options with a STEM PhD than you would in history. I'm also a little wary of going to a program that would grant me a degree but not have the prestige to get me a job. I looked at Howard Univers
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