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    Western NY
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    African History

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  1. fortsibut

    2018 Admissions, decisions, interviews, and the like

    Received my Cornell decision in the form of an email that began with "Dear Applicant" and ended by wishing me "success in continuing your studies at another university." I'm sure the disappointment played a part in this, but that didn't sit well with me. Really, you couldn't have used software to at least plug in a name before sending me a form letter? Even the spam emails I got from universities asking me to apply to their culinary/business/etc. programs after I took the GRE managed to handle that. I recognize that I'm probably being oversensitive, but I'm still annoyed. In any case, I'll be taking a vacation from these boards for a month or two while I hunt for a job and let my disappointment die down and then I'll be back to prepare for the next (and probably my last, regardless of how it goes) cycle. Gonna apply to 6-8 schools this time around, which I would have done the first time if I hadn't been in such a time crunch. Thanks to all of you for your info and encouragement over the past few months, and congrats to all of you who got into fantastic programs!
  2. fortsibut

    2018 Admissions, decisions, interviews, and the like

    Congrats! I'm so happy for you!
  3. fortsibut

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thanks to you as well! Hopefully we'll all end up at our dream schools at the end of this process, but man, what a stressful ride it is!
  4. fortsibut

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thanks for the encouragement! Been a rough week; I successfully defended my MA thesis but it was a rough defense process so I'm really hoping Cornell comes through for me. =)
  5. fortsibut

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Well, looks from the results board like Cornell POIs have been doing interviews with students they're interested in. Not a good sign for me.
  6. fortsibut

    History Graduate Program Funding Package Spreadsheet

    Hmm, let's try this: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10XIYhIw4fCbUend2WkA3iujfftu9TrXwR-YKcgr3JKo/edit?usp=sharing Did that work? I use Google docs a fair amount but pretty minimally in terms of sharing so I hope that does it.
  7. You're absolutely right, I hadn't thought about that. Master's students working in my program weren't instructors of record, so it certainly makes sense that the grad school would spend less resources to train us. (Although I would've loved to have gotten that training had it been offered, no question) As I said, I did learn a lot from the experience regardless, but it was from a direct mentorship perspective and through observation rather than from any kind of departmental training. Good point!
  8. Glad to hear things are better in English! Hopefully my experience isn't indicative of how things are in general. To be clear, the prof with whom I worked was great and very communicative and I ended up having an excellent experience when I actually TA'd, but I certainly didn't go into it feeling very confident. I wonder how common it is for applicants to grad programs to ask about TA training during the school selection process. It's certainly not something that I would have thought of off the top of my head, but I think that you're right and it's a factor that really should be considered.
  9. Admittedly I'm in history (hi lit/rhet/comp folks!) so things might be a bit different across the board in history grad programs in terms of TA training (although I'd suspect there isn't), but these comments didn't reflect my experience at all. We were given a 3 hour orientation that was half paperwork and half a plea to "please try not to sexual harass your students" and were then sent on our way. We weren't given anything in the way of pedagogical training at all. I was in a grad program at a state school so YMMV, but I just wanted to pop in and say that I'm not sure that it's safe to assume that all GA training is equal in terms of being comprehensive.
  10. fortsibut

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    For sure, hopefully we'll both get in! First round of drinks is on me in the fall if we do! =)
  11. fortsibut

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Hi there! Sorry for the late response; I was out of town for a couple of days. I actually only reached out to my POI once, and that was soon after I submitted my application. (Everything kind of came together last minute for me) I never heard back, and I'm not sure if that's a bad sign or just an indication of how busy the application season is. I did see that Assotto said that decisions were made last week, so hopefully we'll know pretty soon one way other the other. Given the fact that they only have one student who's an Africanist right now, your odds are probably a whole lot better than mine. =)
  12. fortsibut

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Just wanted to congratulate everyone who received good news today, and console those who didn't. All this waiting is making this process so intense, and I'm living vicariously through all of you! I'm also gonna express that I'm also a bit perplexed at how an Arizona MA > Wash U PhD, but what do I know?
  13. fortsibut

    Doubts and Alternatives

    That's a good point. From a hiring standpoint, I wonder what how the job market is coming out of a clerkship. I'd imagine those who scored federal clerkships would have a pretty easy time getting a good firm job after the clerkship if they wanted.
  14. fortsibut

    Doubts and Alternatives

    Now you're just moving goalposts. What you said was "Biglaw is almost impossible to break into unless you are HYS (Harvard, Yale, Stanford)." If up to 10% of students from mediocre NYC-region schools make it to BigLaw firms (I'm actually extremely skeptical about this statistic but I'm too lazy to go pull numbers for Brooklyn/Fordham/CUNY/NYLS/Cordoza/etc. so I'll just let it go) then it's hardly "almost impossible" to break into-and those are not highly ranked schools. Never mind the fact that you're leaving out schools like Columbia and NYU...are you seriously going to tell me that they don't place high numbers into BigLaw firms? Cornell doesn't place in NYC? How about Georgetown in DC? Of course you're right about the role that regionalism plays in BigLaw recruitment, but that's just common sense; if you wanna work at a Vault top 10 firm in NYC, you probably don't want to go to Ohio State. This is just a poor argument on your part and you should really just drop it.
  15. fortsibut

    Doubts and Alternatives

    This is completely inaccurate. My sister went to Brooklyn Law and she and a number of her classmates from up and down the school's GPA rankings ended up with BigLaw jobs. One of the summer students she did her summer program with her second year was from NYLS which is very, very lowly ranked and that student also scored a firm job. These were not isolated incidences. I'm also not sure why you're arbitrarily leaving out the other Ivy law programs; you think Columbia and Cornell don't place most of their students (who want to work there) in Big Law jobs? The further you go down the T14, the lower your chances may be at being able to easily move to a different location and score a BigLaw job there, but those schools still do just fine. Additionally for anyone looking at law who might not know this: LSAC (the body that administers the LSAT and handles collecting transcripts and other elements of the application process for many schools) averages every grade you've ever made at every collegiate institution. That might not matter for many of you who went straight through college your first try with a 4.0, but my first college experience ~17 years ago was three awful semester with a lot of F's. That 1.7 will probably bring my 3.86 from the school I actually graduated from down to the low 2's. And if you took a class and failed it twice then got an A, your school may cancel out those Fs with the A, but LSAC will not be as forgiving and averages it all in. Something to keep in mind, although I'm sure most schools will look at your most recent history more closely than the overall gpa given how it's calculated. Also for the first time, some schools (including Harvard) are letting students submit their GRE scores rather than taking the LSAT. I'd imagine that you'd want to really kill all 3 parts of the GRE (I'm pretty hopeless at math) to actually opt to go with that over the LSAT though, and who knows how Harvard would actually weigh a candidate who had a perfect GRE score vs. a perfect LSAT score. That LSAT bias might be built in pretty deep.
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