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Tigla last won the day on September 10 2018

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  1. Tigla

    How do PhD students usually spend their summers?

    I'm planning on using my first summer to improve my foreign languages, do a bit of relaxing with family visits, and planning research trips for year 2 and 3. Luckily, I have summer funding in addition to my stipend so I can afford to do a bit more my first summer. I think it comes down your workload and what you want to accomplish outside of the chaos of the semester.
  2. @maxhgns, @PaulaHsiuling, and @MoynihanBreakerBurkina I have taken all of your advice and have steadily worked to try and improve the piece while also ignoring some of the harsher comments. After reading through it another time (I don't know what number I'm on), the reviewer does have valid points of criticism, but I still stand by my original statement that some are completely out of line for academia (my idealized version at least). Regardless, I learned to thicken my skin and prepare for the brutality of the peer review process.
  3. Tigla

    Archive camera recommendations

    I have used the camera on my smartphone for most of my pictures and the photocopying service of the archive for documents that I could not get a good picture with my phone. I also second telkanuru's advice about reading up on all of the archive's rules. I misread a paragraph about the use of phone cameras for one archive and broke a German copyright law from the 1970s. I ended up apologizing and paying the fee I missed, but I could have saved myself and the archivist a headache if I read the rules a second time and then disclosed the photos on my phone.
  4. Tigla

    Laptops for Historians

    Yes, but with a bit more oomph. Some 2-in-1s are starting to have specs that are similar to typical clamshells, which is why I am debating buying one. Having the ability to type a paper on a keyboard, read articles/papers/books on a 13/15-inch screen, and switch to a tablet for annotations, note-taking, or traveling draws my interest. In general, do your departments offer discounts or additional funding for the purchase of laptops/tablets for research and writing? I found my department will offer candidates a small amount of money to replace old laptops as long as you buy a university approved laptop and can show a need for a new laptop (no clue what this exactly entails, but its there).
  5. Tigla

    Laptops for Historians

    I'm currently looking for a new laptop to replace my oldish laptop (2 years). I abused my laptop during my MA and it needs to be replaced before I begin my PhD this August. At the moment, I'm debating between a classic clamshell, 2-in-1s, and a Chromebook. After googling, it seems like a lot of discussion focuses on the sciences and art/design fields. So, what kind of laptops are current graduate students, postdocs, and professors using in history programs? Personally, I am leaning towards a 2-in-1 laptop. I have a custom built desktop at home, which I will be upgrading come November. It does everything I could feasibly want a computer to do, so the laptop I purchase will be for library sessions, office work on campus, archival trips, and general browsing while not at home. After reading a ton of reviews on Chromebooks, I feel like one would not adequately support a young academic, especially when WIFI is not accessible or painfully slow. Lastly, a clamshell laptop tends to be heavier and more costly than a 2-in-1 laptop without a significant increase in efficiency and power. While a 2-in-1 has its own issues, I think they might provide the versatility, price effectiveness, and longevity I'm looking for at the moment.
  6. Tigla

    Applications 2019

    Vienna is a beautiful city and in a great spot travel within Europe. Also, I know a couple of the PhD students at CEU if you ever consider doing a PhD there or just want to meet other graduate students. Best of luck with your MA!
  7. Tigla

    Ann Arbor, MI

    You are better looking outside of AA. I found a few apartments in Ypsilanti that meet your requirements. You need to be willing to take public transit, which is not bad in comparison to the rest of the US.
  8. I'm in the middle of turning my MA thesis into an article and have received feedback from a journal that is blind reviewed. The editor was extremely kind and helpful with some general advice on how to improve my paper. As for the comments from my blind reviewer, well... they were nasty and not helpful at all. While I can understand some of the theory and framing comments, there were a handful of comments that questioned my intelligence and commitment to my work. I figured that I still had quite a bit of work ahead, but I wasn't expecting to be told to go pound rocks. Without going into them, how does one handle these type of comments? How do you try to improve your work and stay motivated? Do you move your article to another journal without making some changes?
  9. Tigla

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    @TMP and @psstein have been hammering the writing aspect pretty hard for a very good reason. We need to uphold our end of the contract (TAing, exams, research, etc.) and the university needs to uphold their end, too. I also recommend reading the fine print in both your funding letter and acceptance letter. You will learn how the funding will change according to a change in tuition, and even how/why your funding may be pulled - plus a boatload of other small, but important facts about your program and contract. The fine print will be in legal terms, but read it and take it to heart. For example, I learned that my funding will be adjusted to inflation only if the annual inflation rate jumps over 3.5%, which it has not done in almost 40 years. Anything below 3.5% is considered as a big old LOL. So, my funding seems like it increases every year, but that is highly dependent on the state of the economy, not my overall progression through the degree.
  10. Tigla

    Applications 2019

    Honestly, no. You have a PhD offer and they are extremely hard to come by. Even if you complete a highly competitive and prestigious MA, you could still not receive a PhD offer because POIs move, lack of funding, cutting down the size of cohorts, etc. Your current offer may not be from a crème de le crème school, but you have 7 years to mold your research interests and skills, network at conferences, teach your own lectures, go on research trips to different countries, and so on. Instead of going backwards on a maybe, I suggest that you go forward and make the best of your PhD offer.
  11. Tigla

    Applications 2019

    I accepted my Michigan offer today and withdrew my application from NYU. Michigan's offer is too good to turn down in my opinion. With my name off the wait list, hopefully, someone from here will get that acceptance.
  12. Tigla

    Applications 2019

    With the cycle in full swing and the first wave of decisions rolling out, is it appropriate to reach out to a POI or the department and ask about the status of my application? I have a solid offer from a school that would be an excellent fit. However, School 2 is an excellent fit, too, but a lot depends on their offer and whether I'm on a wait list or not. Is this a situation where one should bite the bullet and wait it out or can you reach out and ask about the status of your application?
  13. Tigla

    How many times to apply?

    Unfortunately, no one can answer your question for you. You need to think long and hard about what you want to do with a PhD and if it is necessary. Also, you need to ask yourself if you're ready to give up on a PhD and move on. It sucks to think about moving on, but it's something you need to face with an honest face and plenty of support. I don't mean to discourage you by saying these things, but rather these things are the questions that I needed to mull over after my two years of rejections and wait lists. In the end, I decided that one more year was worth the work and possible heartbreak. Luckily, it paid off and I was accepted this cycle. First, I looked through all my old applications and sent a mock application to two professors that I admire, but more importantly, trust to give me honest and critical feedback. I'm not saying a select few professors give critical and positive feedback. Rather, I know these professors and have a collaborative and friendly relationship with them, which fosters more of a close working relationship. After they gave me feedback, I began preparing my new set of materials and sent them back to the professors for a final read over before submitting the final applications. Second, I talked with several of my closest friends about why I wanted to do a PhD. I wanted to think through whether I needed a PhD to do the work I wanted. They had some brutal comments, but those comments pushed me to reevaluate and reframe my application. Lastly, I kept in contact with several POIs and tried to develop an early working relationship with them throughout the application cycle. In fact, one of my POIs at my accepted university reached out to me after I received the decision letter and thanked me for taking his advice to heart and keeping in contact. He felt that I showed not only an in-depth knowledge of my topic, but also a willingness to work with him and develop a relationship. I'm not sure if one thing changed my application or if it was all of them. I do know that I took a hard look at myself and decided that it was time to go all out one last time. Maybe it was the extra oomph created by giving myself only one more cycle that helped me get into a school. Or maybe it was dumb luck that I was accepted. In short, do not beat yourself down and give up right away. Take a couple months to decompress and think about whether you want to do a PhD. If you decide that it is, then come back and go at it once again.
  14. Tigla

    Applications 2019

    I was admitted after three cycles of rejections and wait lists. I would say the most important thing is to not get discouraged if you are not admitted on your first or even second attempt. Use the experiences of your rejections and wait lists to hone your SOPs, writing sample, and school selection. Before you begin editing and preparing for the next cycle, I encourage you to take a break and relax a bit. Most of our brains are exhausted and emotionally drained. A break will help you gather yourself and think critically on your own work. Besides gradcafe, another helpful source are the subreddits for SOPs, graduate school, and history. There are a million threads with applicants and current students talking about applications in general, as well as history. I personally used the subreddits to find readers of my SOPs who I never met. It was a great way to get some advice and tips for improving my SOPs which I used alongside the tips I received from professors and friends. Like always, if you have any questions, feel free to PM me and I'll do my best to give you advice. Best of luck to all new and experienced applicants!
  15. Tigla

    Applications 2019

    Rejected from Princeton. A bit expected since it wasn't the best fit and one of my POIs isn't taking many students anymore.
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