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Tigla last won the day on September 10 2018

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  1. That's very much the case. I used to be on the f- Sigaba crowd due to the sheer brutality of some of their comments. I will say, though, that their comments are not far off from reality and actually hinge on polite. Maybe some ancedotal evidence will help. (probs not) Anyways, I'm currently a union rep for my department and have frayed a ton of relationships with faculty due to my role as a labor organizer. In fact, my secondary advisor has all but stopped talking to me and begun spreading rumors about me to other faculty. Now, I receive all kinds of looks from faculty and have a general sense of mistrust, which is fair since I had to drop a couple of hammers last semester. Anywho...Sigaba can and often does verge on the polite-asshole line, but my advice would be to learn to hear the advice out of those type of comments. You are not going to be treated well in grad school and you need to learn how to handle that reality while still holding true to yourself and advancing in your degree. I wish you all the best in the coming weeks. If anyone needs to vent (good or bad) over the next couple of weeks, feel free to PM me. TLDR: telling a professor to pound rocks might feel good, but will not be worth it in the end. Keep trucking along!
  2. @KiraBerl and @histori041512, recruitment weekend is being organized right now for the beginning of March, so people should be receiving something soon. I'm not sure the exact time, but expect something soon.
  3. Michigan does not interview. It is a department policy.
  4. I'll share my thoughts on the program, but always via PM. As for the reddit link...yeah...it hits a lot of issues, but also misses a lot of solutions.
  5. On the interview aspect, which has been hammered to death by great advice, I'm attending a program that did not interview anyone. I interviewed at 2 other schools and got rejected from both. One POI that I interviewed with said that he interviews all students who want to work with him as a primary adviser. Meanwhile, another POI said he only interviews his top 2 choices. As a marker of acceptance/wait-list/rejection, interviews are almost meaningless and one should try hard (I know) to not let a lack or abundance of interviews affect them. I hear Jack and Cokes and Vodka Teas are a great way to minimize sweating over apps.
  6. Do you want to work specifically on refugees and migration? If you need to write a thesis and that is your topic, then I don't see a problem with the program as long as you can "justify" it to people outside of your area of study.
  7. I cannot be 100% sure since I'm in a different department, but Philosophy is under the LSA College and Rackham Graduate School. This means that the department needs to adhere to the basic funding structure set up by both administrative institutions. There will be differences between the departments. For example, I receive an award and slightly larger stipend than my friends in the German department. However, these differences are going to be extremely small and dependent on the department since the rules set by LSA College and Rackham Graduate School are collectively bargained for every 3 years by a graduate student union.
  8. Your funding should not be attached to any GRE score. Funding at UM comes from two main sources, either Rackham Graduate School through the Rackham Merit Fellowship or through the department and its fellowship. From my experience, the initial funding package is not competitive at UM. There is a standard package that is based on Rackham's figures and the department's ability to pay. If you want to apply for extra funding (year 2 onwards) then funding becomes competitive, but it is based on different requirements (recommendation letters, prospectus, interview, etc.).
  9. The general rule I was taught is to always translate everything into the language you are writing in and then provide the original in the footnote. In your case, I would translate to English and footnote the original.
  10. What is your region/theme (other than power relations) that you want to study? What is your time frame? How do you want to study power relations? Do you have a specific area that you want to focus on, such as the global economy, the household, political movements, ideas and their "spread," and many more? If you give us a bit more info, then we can help you narrow your search further.
  11. I studied at FU and can speak a bit about the university. For starters, grades are the determinant factor in the German system. You will not get the chance to elaborate or explain parts of your application. This is great for students who have the grades that many Ivy and top-tier applicants, but lack the name recognition that is almost required in the American system. Beyond the application, you need to be extremely careful with applying to an English language program at a German university without B2 or C1 German skills. The program might sell itself as an English only degree, but the reality is vastly different. Most programs at FU and HU require some knowledge of German to complete the degree, especially if you study anything other than American or British topics.
  12. Welcome to the age old dilemma with graduate studies and academia. My fiancee and I have had these discussions for a couple years from now and remain a tense point in our relationship. These discussions will only become harder because life does not wait for academia, but academia seems to think it does (from my jaded point of view). Honesty with everyone - advisers, colleagues, friends, family, and significant others - is the best option, which may lead to heated, but necessary, discussions/fights. I went through 3 cycles before being accepted and had these discussions ongoing over the past couple of years. As @AtlasFox has already said, you are limiting yourself for the worse and this needs to be said to your SO. They need to know that your future has been jeopardized by their requests. If everything goes according to plan, talking with your SO will foster understanding and acceptance about your graduate studies and future career which will only strengthen your relationship. If you want, I'm willing to talk about specifics in PM. I don't want to air private laundry on the public board.
  13. Establishing a website with a blog and a supportive and diverse group of graduate students and young scholars is the first idea that pops into my head. This would require a lot of upfront work, but gives you the opportunity to spread the workload and get different opinions on specific questions and worries.
  14. Hi all. I hope we all are enjoying the summer a bit before the new semester/year kicks off. I have a quick question about storing articles for future reading. I use Zotero, OneNote, Microsoft Word, Listary, and OneDrive to keep my digital library, notes, and papers in order. The issue I am coming across is my god awful "to be read" folder and document. If I find an article or book chapter that I want to read later, I download it, name it, and file it in my "to be read" folder. Then, I add it to an excel spreadsheet with all the other pieces I need to read. This system is not working for me because I tend to lose track of where I am in my "to be read" section and sometimes it does not correspond to my "to be read" folder. How do you sort, file, and maintain your "to be read" pieces?
  15. I would contact the programs and ask them directly. They will be able to tell you whether they will accept them or not. For your reference, here is what the ETS FAQ section says: For tests taken on or after July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following your test date. For example, scores for a test taken on July 3, 2018, are reportable through July 2, 2023. For tests taken prior to July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30). For example, scores for a test taken on May 15, 2016, are reportable through June 30, 2021. GRE scores earned prior to July 2013 are no longer reportable. GRE scores earned in July 2013 are reportable until June 30, 2019. Note: It takes approximately five business days to process requests to send GRE scores. If you plan to send scores and the date at which your scores are no longer reportable is approaching, allow enough time for processing or your scores may not be sent.
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