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    19th century U.S. history, modern Britain.
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  1. Of the schools that I'm applying so far, Temple U. actually requires that materials be submitted on Interfolio.
  2. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Good for you. Sounds like you're well on your way to completion of the application process. Good luck with acceptances. I'm a little behind you in the process as I just started the SOP. My research paper and prepping for the GRE the past month set back my schedule somewhat but I should have Dec. 15 application deadlines done a few days early. The bulk of my apps are due Jan. 1 - Jan. 15 so I still have plenty time for those.
  3. I didn't say other colleges/universities were not competitive grade-wise. You read too much into my posting. I was only pointing that out because it was relevant to the OP's case, since we're both Ivy grads. It was encouragement for him to apply somewhere. YMMV, so it's your opinion versus mine. Please don't put yourself in my shoes. You don't know when or where I graduated. One of my former classmates who now teaches at our Alma mater told me there is some grade inflation but it's still difficult to get an A, so students are generally studying harder for that elusive grade.
  4. Any Advice on Test Taking Fatigue?

    I have the same problem with fatigue. For a three hour class, I usually have an energy drink after the first hour. This seems to revive me somewhat for the remaining two hours of class. For my upcoming GRE, I'm planning to take a couple of practice tests the week before, and take an energy drink at the two hour mark to simulate the day of the test. On test day you can take a ten minute break, so I plan to use the bathroom, wash my face with cold water, and have an energy drink. You might want try that the week before to see if it'll work for you.
  5. Recent Experiences of Emailing POIs?

    I would like to clarify some more about the potential benefits. Even if you just communicate with POIs back and forth via email, rather than meeting face-to-face, you still get a better sense of them and they of you than merely submitting an application without any idea of their personality. If a POI doesn't respond to your email, then you may find that s/he has an abrasive and brusque personality as a mentor. It's far better to find out during the application cycle than when you're in a program, in which case you don't have to apply there. Once you're in a program, it's a give and take affair for at least four years. As far as popular programs with tons of applicants, do you think POIs will remember and signal you out as that annoying aspirant when there are dozens of others contacting them as well? As you stated, "professors receive a ton of email and thus all the prospective students' might come across as pesky," so you'll be a faceless annoyance along with all the other faceless annoyances. You can still apply to those programs, but you may want to place other programs higher with professors who are communicative and friendlier. Just my .02 cents.
  6. Recent Experiences of Emailing POIs?

    Are you applying to PhD or Master's programs? I think it's more important to contact POIs for potential doctoral studies. I didn't contact anyone when I applied to my current MA program because I had no prior historical training and had no idea what I wanted to study. After being admitted my advisor told me to take a broad spectrum of courses to determine my interest and focus. Now that I'm applying to PhD programs it is essential to know whether or not POIs will be able to mentor and advise me. To this end I emailed at least two POIs in almost all the programs that I thought would be a good fit. Only two POIs failed to reply. I have met potential POIs at three programs so far, and they have all stated that they would be happy to take me as a student if accepted into the program. I found out at these meetings why the two POIs didn't respond, one was retiring and the other accepted a job someplace else. Since there remains at least two other professors at each program I could work with, it won't deter me from applying. Without contacting various faculty and meeting them I wouldn't have known this. What is your concern about contact? The worse outcome would be no reply. The benefits seem to outweigh the costs for me.
  7. Your question is too broad. Do you know the specifics or history of the conference? Do you know the number of presenters they will select? In terms of rate, if you know the number then you can calculate the percentage--e.g. 40 presenters out of 400 equals 10 percent. But knowing the rate doesn't mean you would be one of the 40 chosen.
  8. Career Plan in PS

    gsc hit it right on the head. I attended a PhD admissions panel a few months ago, and asked if I should mention in the SOP that my main purpose after a doctorate was to publish. Everyone on the panel (they teach at different universities) advised against it since it would affect my chances of admission. Post-doc plans is a sensitive subject to discuss before you're in a PhD program.
  9. Your'e not alone, we are all freaking out during the application cycle. Comes with the territory. Take long and slow breaths through your nose until air fills your lungs, then slowly exhale through your mouth, relaxing your facial muscles at the same time. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat. Do this several times a day. You will start to feel better and think clearer for a while until the next anxiety phase comes back. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat.
  10. In general, doctorate programs in Education are not as competitive as programs in Graduate Arts and Sciences for example. Specifically, I can't speak about Stanford, but your undergrad GPA will not preclude you from consideration with TC. The adcom will see that you are able to do grad work with your MA.
  11. I agree with what other responders have stated. Furthermore, adcoms will see that you graduated from an Ivy institution, where the competition for grades is fierce. I learned this the hard way when I was an undergrad at an Ivy, having decided to enjoy my journey into adulthood rather than hitting the books.
  12. I've only been a member for a few months, but have found this place very helpful as I navigate through the PhD application process. As others have stated, I really like the spirit of the community here, where the advice is generally direct and well-meaning. Members do provide support and guidance that are beneficial to nervous applicants. Having earned an MPA earlier in my life, I found that I could offer advice to those who haven't entered into graduate school yet, while receiving advice on doctoral studies. Moreover, I believe in give and take. So I plan to continue coming back here even if I'm admitted and finished with PhD to help others.
  13. International Affairs rankings

    Your knowledge of these composite schools are far more extensive than mine. I only know about New York City MPA, MPP or MS in PP programs; mainly because that was my focus back when I was looking for a professional program to land a job in either city government, non-profit, or higher ed admin. I only applied to SIPA, NYU Wagner and the New School for that reason.
  14. International Affairs rankings

    I can't comment on IA programs, but for SIPA you should separate the two components of the school. I graduated SIPA with an MPA, and the curriculum was very different from that of IA--like you did for HKS.
  15. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Carly Rae - You posted in the History forum. Look one below in languages.