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  1. Last year Columbia took an incredibly long time to turn around rejections (it was almost silly, seeing as it was just a form letter). I think it was about a month after acceptances.
  2. I wrote this last year: Good luck! It won't be that bad, I promise. (Also if you haven't gotten any interview requests, don't panic; I had one last year and it was only because my specific POI wanted to speak with his potential advisees.)
  3. I worked while I got my MA (most semesters). It was hard. I went to school full-time but definitely did not work full-time. (Usually did 20-24 hours a week). It was difficult, yes. I would have quit my job had it really started to impact my schooling though; what's the point of doing/spending $ on a MA if you're not going to get the most out of it?
  4. Met someone doing a similar topic during the admitted students visit at Johns Hopkins, so worth a look into. (Not that they aren't competitive).
  5. I accidentally had extracurriculars as 'extracurriculurs' on my CV -- with the extracurricular being that I was a copy editor for an undergrad journal, ha! Went out to all but one of my schools, or the last, when I caught it. Didn't get into this last school, but got into several others that did see the mistake. Also got into one school where I BUTCHERED (I still have no idea how I did it without catching it) a potential faculty member's name. I inverted his name AND gave him part of my intended advisor's name. I tried not to re-read my materials for this very reason, but I had an intervie
  6. What Bactrian said. I had none of the above and did just fine. Others as well. It's all about the LORs/writing sample/SOP.
  7. Just want to say that I'm a late bloomer (ten years out of undergrad & now starting my PhD) and definitely, definitely needed that time (I also got a M.A. in there). But there are a couple of straight out of undergrads in my cohort and you would never know it without them telling you. They're all confident, smart, and dedicated. I personally recommend taking time off to get a taste of life outside of academia, but in terms of academic maturity, some people are just ready at different times. There's no right age to apply that is applicable to everyone.
  8. As an Americanist I only have one language requirement -- and I'm working on that now (basically a review of the French I took years ago). Hopefully will pass the test this fall. So yes, it is a big thing out of the way, but also not too much is required of me in this area to begin with.
  9. czecz -- I haven't heard anything from my department either, and we register when we get there, so while I have course preferences, I'm not even sure if those will happen until I sit down with the DGS in September (save for the one required course). No syllabi available either, that I know of. I'd really like to get a head start in this area too ... I am more than eager to get started with the PhD adventure and September still seems so far away. I have been taking a language course for graduate students hoping to pass the translation exam -- but took this at another school here in the cit
  10. Okay, not to play all-knowing sage just because I'm in my late twenties, but ... I've been about thinking this a lot when reading messages on this board. It's totally okay that you don't know what you want to be 'when you grow up' or even what to do in those incredibly hard years after just graduating college and forging ahead on your own. It's really scary precisely because it's the beginning of the period in your life when most things don't have an obvious plan or next step (as say, going to college after high school). Most of your peers probably have no idea what they're going to become car
  11. Why don't you wait a year into your program & see how you feel about it then? You can ask the opinions of your new advisors who have experience with various sorts of archives (& the additional degrees one might need to specialize in them). And perhaps reach out to archivists who already work in these organizations and see what their path was? Or try to gain an internship in one of these places and get the inside scoop. You might not even need the additional degree.
  12. Is it truly easier for a Europeanist to get a employment / fellowship than an Americanist? I haven't really gotten a sense of this at all. (Or maybe the sense is that it's just really hard, all around).
  13. Ha, I actually was very surprised by the constant amount of Princeton gear being worn around campus -- I think I just have attended very lacking-in-pride institutions in the past (or, rather, urban campuses).
  14. Whoa I had these exact same scores. I focused on just getting a decent verbal score (I knew my q would be awful); my guess is that this is really what's looked at, as had been mentioned here various times.
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