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  1. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    This isn't ideal but write to the department chair or the undergraduate director of your undergraduate history program, explain your situation, say that you understand they can't write a personal letter but ask if they would be willing to write a letter that basically says you went to that school, you took x history classes and received a y gpa in those classes + any awards etc. They might say no but if they say yes then you've at least ticked off the requirement and it's better than asking for a letter from someone outside of academia.
  2. I understand that you're anxious about cohorts etc, but honestly I'd encourage you to spend more time thinking about your work and where you're going to be best able to do that work. This thing about "young people" needs to go. I have some insight into ageism as someone approaching 30, who looks 12, with a partner who's almost 40. There will be people your age at grad school--by far my closest friend in the cohort is in her late 30s--but age aside it's just another workplace with a bunch of different people and you'll get along with some better than others. I don't know what you mean by conservative but again if you're confident in the work you're doing and its significance then who cares whether this "angry" cohort that you're imagining is going to see you as one of them. There's a bunch of stuff going on in your posts only some of which really seems to be about grad school and how to pick the right programs to apply to, but in terms of grad schools, think about advisors, think about where you can do the work you want to do, think about funding and placement, and then leave the stuff you can't control (like fears about cohort) for later.
  3. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    yeah, seconded. I should have put in bold and underlined "might be" a good fit.
  4. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    With the proviso that --- I applied to around 7 schools, emailed POIs at all of the schools, and the only people who didn't reply to my emails are my two current advisors, both of whom are great and who I'm really lucky to have. They both get bombarded with emails around this time of year and just didn't have time to reply that semester, but their lack of a reply really didn't mean anything. On this: "One thing this process has done (and I am not sure this is a good thing) is cut out many programs that are great but just don't feel like a perfect "fit."" -- it's hard/impossible to know whether a school might be a good fit until you've been accepted and go to the visit weekend/talk to your potential advisor when they're thinking about themselves as your potential advisor. Be careful about ruling out schools that seem good but not perfect--they might secretly be perfect. I applied to my school on a bit of a whim, thinking it was the school I was least likely to go to, and then I ended up choosing to go there over schools that are "higher ranked" blah blah etc, (seriously that shit means very little if you can't do the work you want to do at the higher ranked school), basically because of a gut feeling.
  5. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I honestly don't mean to sound harsh, it's just so important for everyone to bear in mind. Try to talk to people in course work as well--the more people the better. I used to think that regular posters on this forum were overly harsh/critical/blah and now I'm like: their advice is gold, they know what they're talking about, and their tone is warranted because grad school can be terrible if you don't make really smart moves at critical points (and even if you do make smart moves at critical points).
  6. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Ask them for the email address of grad students and know (seriously) that you're not going to get anything particularly useful unless you talk to current graduate students because they know things that professors (even the really nice professor who's lovely and thinks you're great) will NOT KNOW. I cannot over-stress this.
  7. Asian studies and Asian American studies are (as you point out) in pretty different places right now--you may be more likely to get what you want from an American studies program than an Asian studies program (said as someone who spends a lot of time in American studies, which is really better titled "critical theory"/"critical race studies"/"critical urban studies" etc at most schools). You can do an MA at SFSU and still be well-placed to enter PhD programs as a competitive candidate--I'm honestly not sure how much anyone cares where you did your MA given that a lot of prestige MAs are cash cows. Go wherever you'll get into the least debt, and where you can find a supportive advisor.
  8. OHSP

    Funded MAs

    The real thing to keep in mind is that across the country funding is being rapidly cut. NYU's history department, for instance, is culling its intake numbers next year because of huge funding cuts. Other departments have told grad students to radically rethink their time to completion. So while it's possible to find funded MAs, the experience for people applying this year is going to be very different to the experience of people who've applied in the past 5
  9. OHSP

    Funded MAs

    Funding is really tight across this country and few MA programs provide stipends or cover tuition for students. You certainly should not pay for an MA but that doesn't mean that it's easy to find a funded spot--they're uncommon in the US. Talk to professors about grad school and they might be able to give you a sense of whether you'll be competitive if you apply to phd programs, which, unlike MA programs, are regularly funded. In terms of things to care about: no one cares about your GRE; in my experience no one cares about internships etc, and I think it's ridiculous when undergrads have been given the impression that internships blah blah blah are equivalent to research experience/journal articles/a really solid writing sample. What does matter: a really solid writing sample--that's the basis on which you're competing against other applicants--and a tailored, polished, extremely well-written statement of purpose. To get into some schools, it matters where you did your undergrad degree--you can't control that so don't waste time worrying about it. Think carefully about where you'd be happy to work and what kinds of people you'd like to work with, I'm constantly grateful that I have an advisor who is allowing me to do the kind of work I want to do but who also pushes me politically, ethically, etc etc. Work out what you care about and think about where you might find it. Get in touch with potential advisors. And work on a writing sample that is based on close, detailed work with primary sources.
  10. OHSP

    Chances of Entry?

    The US news rankings are garbage and NYU has better placements than schools ranked higher on that list. Look at actual placements not meaningless rankings charts—some of the schools in the top 20 on that list are not good options given their funding and/or placement situations and they're higher on the list because of perceived prestige etc. Really this isn’t about offending people who are at the schools you’re calling safeties, it’s about picking schools that place people in your academic field. BU and NYU are not comparable because of placements (they are a world apart because of placements). And I can't stress how important it is to look at placements in your actual, specific subfield.
  11. OHSP

    Chances of Entry?

    I agree with what others have said but also would advise you to get rid of the notion of reach and safety schools—NYU is not a “back up” if you don’t get into the others (said as someone who chose a “lower ranked” school over UPenn). If you’re assuming that NYU and BU (not in the same category) will be easier to get into because they’re not ivies then you don’t have the best sense of how graduate programs operate.
  12. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    It's also quite likely to be the case that faculty members don't really know or care about this language funding (sad realities of grad school). It's better to focus on academic fit--why are the questions you're asking a good match for x professor etc.
  13. OHSP

    Selecting PHD programs Art History

    History of architecture type work often takes place in art history departments. Really I can't stress how different history and art history departments are--it would be better to ask these questions of people who know about the art history field. It would also help to do some basic research into schools rather than asking people to identify "top schools" for you--unlike in undergrad the "top school" for your own research is very dependent on your subfield and approach.
  14. OHSP

    Selecting PHD programs Art History

    Someone else posted about this recently and the collective advice was that, other than the word "history", art history and history PhD programs have very little in common--said as someone in a history phd program whose partner has an art history phd and is an art history lecturer.
  15. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    You don't need anyone to tell you that this is a positive response--the kind that's likely to freak out any lurkers on this forum [dear lurkers, my current advisors didn't respond to my pre-application emails at all--I applied anyway and they are both really supportive and great]. I had basically this same response from two professors at ivy leagues--I got into one of the schools and was not admitted at the other but am still in touch with the POI. The POI at the latter sent me a long email after the decision explaining that it was a numbers thing, which I appreciated--but know that this can happen to you too.

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