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About rheya19

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    Champaign, IL
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    Early Christian history, material culture, ethnic studies and social history
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    Religious Studies

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  1. Programs in New Testament and Christian Origins

    I got my MA (or AM) at UC Div School, and my husband did his MDiv there too. If you have questions about it, let me know.
  2. Time blocking

    Hi everyone! In a couple of weeks I'm starting my first year as a PhD student. A few years back (or more) I completed an MA at a different school than this one, but I had a lot of trouble with time management, and I feel like I could have done a lot better with those two years. Since then, I've been teaching and developing better time management skills, but grad school is going to test my ability to stay on top of things (as it does to us all.) I know that time blocking is a great way to plan and manage one's time, and I just am wondering, for those of you who practice time blocking in a planner, online, or on the back of napkins from Starbucks every morning, what does your schedule look like? I'm hoping that mine will look something like this: 8:30-9:20 AM TA-ing 9:30-10:40 AM class (Tues, Thurs) -or- 9:30-12:00 Language homework (M, W, F) 12-12:30 Lunch Afternoons-- classes on Monday and Thursday -or- Afternoons Tues, Weds, Fri- read for 2-3 hours, write for 1 hour 5:00-8:00 pm workout, rest, eat, TV 8:00-10:00 pm leftover work I didn't get to ...... That seems like an overly full day, huh? But that's basically what my husband did for his grad program. Saturdays I'll try to catch up on things for a couple of hours (trying to take most of the day off,) and Sundays are for prep for the new week. How do you time block? How much time to you give yourself for different tasks? How do you estimate how much time you will need? Edited to add that in those longer time blocks, I will schedule breaks every 20-50 minutes. I know that helps avoid burn out.
  3. What do you do while proctoring an exam?

    Put the fear of God in 'em! That's what I say!
  4. Brandeis is a historically Jewish university, one of the oldest and most respected in the country (if not the oldest and most respected.) If you want to study Judaic Studies, Brandeis would be an amazing place to do it. Of course, you should also look carefully at their faculty and make sure they're doing the kind of work you want to do. A good program does not necessarily mean a good fit. Some other people here probably know other good places for Hebrew Bible studies. I know the Ivies all have good programs. But again, it depends upon where the faculty is doing the kind of work you want to do.
  5. This is very helpful. I have the Oxford Handbook of Christian History. I'll look for the other two, and start mulling over those "big picture" questions. This is such daunting task. It's so strange to think that in 3 years, I'll have this whole bibliography filled out and be reading items from it day and night.
  6. What do you do while proctoring an exam?

    I sit at the front of the room and stare forward, motionlessly, like this:
  7. I'm going to echo what other people have said that it's natural for your research interests to change and evolve. In fact, when you look at many professors' profiles, they note that they have new interests. The profiles start with what they've written extensively on, and then go on to say that currently they're engaged in a related-but-still-different topic. You're not in religion or art, but just as an example, one professor that I wanted to work with went from studying Byzantine Christian art and architecture at the beginning of her career to writing about how post-WWII construction in Europe has impacted our understanding of ancient archaeological remains.
  8. Just an update (in case anyone is in Humanities and was wondering): it seems that many Humanities fields, religious studies in particular, don't publish review papers, which is a shame but understandable. RS is so interdisciplinary in nature, it would be difficult to draw a line on what is relevant or not. I'll have to stick to skimming bibliographies and footnotes for now.
  9. Language question

    You can do that, but keep in mind that "begun to teach myself Russian" will come across as admirable but vague. It would be better if you could say, "I've completed this or that textbook or online course independently" or something like that. Are there courses on Coursera you could take or respected 101 textbooks you could work on?
  10. I've been on the other end of this. I moved to a small to mid size town with my husband for his graduate work, and I hate it here. It has been very hard for me to make friends and find work, even after 4 years. My husband holds himself responsible for my situation, I have to remind myself that I willingly came along, and so yeah, it's been stressful on our relationship. One major thing that has helped was that before we came here, we agreed that when he is done, we will move to wherever it's best for my career, so I have that to look forward to. He also has been taking that into consideration over the last few years and not getting his hopes up for any particular place to start his career. Plus he's encouraged me to travel for professional-development programs and things like that, even when the money wasn't 100% there. I'd considered doing a PhD program of my own when we first got married (no appropriate programs in my field where we are now), and last year when I decided definitively to apply to PhD programs in 2018, he insisted I apply to start this fall even though it means we'll have to spend a year apart. I think he just couldn't stand to watch me wander aimlessly through this part of my life anymore; in a way, as hard as it will be to spend a year apart, it will be less emotional pressure on him and more motivation to get his dissertation written and done. So, I guess the moral of my story is that both of you have to be really committed to each other, and while tit-for-tat isn't a great way to run a relationship, in this case you should think about ways you can support her and make it up to her in some way. Good luck!
  11. Edited to: Oops, I misread the question and gave advice for a religious studies program. My bad. Can the mods delete this post? Thx,
  12. teaching very religious students who like acronyms

    This might be too late, but I teach religious studies courses and would like to throw my two cents in. I have never seen "+JMJ+" from Catholic students, but I do emphasize the importance of formal English writing in the classes, which means no unnecessary abbreviations, etc. The issue with Muslim students and PBUH is a little different though; Muslims are culturally obligated to say "peace be upon him" after the Prophet Muhammad's name. They also don't normally call him by his name ("Muhammad") with out his title ("Prophet.") It's not a religious requirement, but often a cultural one done out of respect. Likewise, some Jews are more comfortable writing "God" as "G-d." The difference between these two examples and "+JMJ+" is that the former are cultural expressions of respect or piety, and the latter is an informal abbreviation for something that can be written out in full. So I think it's ok for students to use familiar forms of respect for the figures we study as long as 1) it's not incorrect, informal English and 2) it doesn't create bias in their argument.
  13. Having applied to religious studies programs last season, I can confirm that Duke's department seems to be... shifting, for lack of a better word. I would do some research on the state of the faculty before applying there.
  14. How to Deal Problem Students as a TA

    That is shocking, though I suppose it shouldn't be. University administrations need to be more responsible in documenting violent or criminal behaviors (or potentially criminal behaviors) and also enabling the faculty, students, academic advisers, and mental health facilities to form interventions.
  15. Trying to get ready for my first year of my PhD program! If I can just do one hour of Latin, one hour of Greek, and one hour of reading a day, it'll put me into good shape. I'm also teaching a full load of online classes this summer to make a little bit more money before I start. Busy, busy!