I'm not sure if this an appropriate place to make this post, please forgive me if not.
So I got into a PhD program a couple months ago - yay! Now why am I here? I'm unsure that it's a viable/sensible option for me, especially based on what I've learnt from this forum, particularly from the earlier posts on this thread. Two main reasons:
1. Financial support TBD. I've been back and forth with the DGS and I still don't know if I'm getting an assistantship or what. It seems that funding their students is an issue, and that concerns me a great deal.
2. Most professors aren't active in their fields. I suppose I noticed this when applying but never thought it to be all that important. I probably shouldn't blame it on being an international student, but I'll go ahead and do it anyway.
Now I've been trying to formulate a plan B.
I got accepted with a BA (graduated last year) but I know I could be a more competitive applicant to programs that have better resources and opportunities for professionalization if I go for the MA first. I would like to enlist the help of experienced applicants on how best to proceed. Does it matter if the MA is from the U.S. or my own country? For some context, the MA in my home country would be from the premier university in the region and lasts for 1 year. My concerns with this are the lack of teaching opportunities and unlikely prospects for conference presentations. Master's degrees in the U.S. would provide more time for scholarly development, and perhaps give the advantage of networks among scholars from different institutions. What I'm getting at is, do the pros of an MA from the U.S. outweigh the convenience of staying in my country? Would I be at a significant disadvantage? Realistically does a MA from a different country read similarly to one from the country I (eventually) wish to (re)apply for the PhD? I want to position myself well.