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    2017 Fall
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    Religious Studies (Theology)

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  1. Charlottesville, VA

    Psygeek, his "freaking out" is not ungrounded and understandable. I just started here and felt similarly. But since arriving, I've felt safe and also quite reassured by both the schools and city's response. Cville is a largely progressive city, and the vast majority of the participants of the rally were outsiders.
  2. Getting into HDS or YDS for Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

    Posting your credentials for other people to judge your qualification is not very helpful. I say this as someone who just went through the hell of applications. You're a strong candidate, but so are thousands of other applicants. The determinative factors in your admission go beyond how smart you are... but I'm sure you know this already. Best of luck.
  3. That's quite the list! Just beware: John Hare of Yale and Paul Griffiths of Duke are both going to be leaving their positions soon... Hare is retiring and Griffiths has some bad blood w the school.
  4. Haeyon, Seoul National U is a wonderful school! But I'm not surprised that Kierkegaard is not strong there. Have you check of U Chicago Div? There's Ryan Coyne, Kevin Hector, and, of course, Jean Luc Marion. also, check out Yale - Religious Studies. Noreen Khawaja does both Heidegger and Kierkegaard.
  5. Phd without funding?

    DON'T DO IT!
  6. To TA or not to TA on your first year of PhD?

    So I'm bumping this thread. My situation is a bit different it seems than others who have posted. My financial package Requires me to teach for the tuition waiver +stipend. I have to be in some kind of assistantship for 6 semesters. We are not required to teach our first year. However, I was recently contacted by the school about an "opportunity" to teach. The course is w my (potential) advisor, and intersects closely with one of the courses I'll be taking. And teaching now will free up my ABD days. But it seems most people here advise against TAing during ones first semester. Just wanted to throw this out there to see if anyone had any additional thoughts to share in response to my specific situation.
  7. UVA 2017

    Searched and searched, but couldn't find one for UVA. Any other incoming graduate students here? I'm in Religious Studies.
  8. Preparing to start program

    Definitely doing this. Also helpful might be looking through the texts assigned for the seminars you will be taking to help you have a "leg up" once the semester begins.
  9. Preparing to start program

    FearNTrembling got a bit more preachy on how to approach the program itself, which is all fine, but I was trying to suggest specifically that we discuss here on the process of preparing for a program (housing, getting in touch w. profs, summer language, finding jobs, etc.) In regards to selecting courses for the first semester, a professor gave me good advice--use the first semester to get to know the department. Many of us pursuing religious studies have interdisciplinary projects, and probably want to spend some of our time during our coursework period exploring other departments. I, for instance, am interested in dabbling a bit with the Comp Lit and German departments. As per the professor, such venturing ought to be held off the first semester; instead, one ought to get to know one's advisor and other faculty in the dept. Another helpful piece of advice he mentioned was getting an early start on thinking through which courses will be helpful for comps. In my program, a theology course is being offered called "The Reformation to the Present,"which offers a broad enough spectrum of literature that I think will help me begin thinking about what I may wish to explore for my comps. As someone who took a year off before applying, the biggest challenge for me right now is my anxiousness to get back in the grind. I'm so ready to hit the books again and be immersed in an academic environment, I'm neglecting the smaller details and necessities.
  10. Feeling left in the dark

    Thanks for the feedback friends. This is helpful. The last point of reference I have for anything remotely similar to this is the summer before my master's program. Things were different then, and a doctoral program is quite different from a master's.
  11. Preparing to start program

    I know there are similar topics in different forums, but I also know that there are some necessities and tasks that will be unique to religious studies students. I'm starting this in hopes that we can share different concerns/experiences we are having or have had preparing to start a program. I hope it is of help to you guys.
  12. I got into my program off the waitlist, so I didn't have the opportunity to visit the campus and meet folks with the first-round admits. After receiving my acceptance letter, and after accepting their offer, I received a helpful email detailing some things I can be doing to prepare for the semester (sending in official transcripts and GRE scores; getting health insurance stuff worked out; etc.). I was also notified of an orientation for all new doctoral students in the GSAS. However, I haven't heard much from the department. I'm writing this in hopes that some of you can shed light on whether or not it is typical for there to be a "silent period" during this time of the year. Personally, I feel that the department should have been a bit more proactive in helping us navigating logistics, getting us in touch with other grad students, etc. Thanks for the help!
  13. Charlottesville, VA

    So I am about to sign a lease on an apartment located off of 17th, and a couple blocks from Grady. The area looks nice. But The big fear I have is moving in only to find that I can either studying or sleep at home because of loud parties. Can any of you speak to the typical noise level in the neighborhood? Or to how crazy it tends to get on weekends? I can handle some noise... but I don't want to be smack in the middle of party central. Too old for that.
  14. Charlottesville, VA

    From your experience, would you say that it is difficult to find a decent apartment for around $700 a month
  15. Charlottesville, VA

    I'm looking for housing too. Eagles Landing doesn't look bad. it's a bit pricer than some other apartments I've found, and it's a bit further than I'd like to be from campus. Other than that, it looks nice. I'm having a hard time finding an affordable, pet-friendly apt.