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    2018 Fall
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    Art History
  1. What's the best way to tackle the last couple weeks of studying for the GRE and how did you stay motivated through the final push of studying? I am taking the GRE in about 3 weeks. I've been studying for a couple of months and took my second power prep about 3 weeks ago and scored well/where I was aiming for in verbal (166) and about as well as I have been in quant (150). Would like to score similarly (or better!) when I take the test, however I've had to take a couple of weeks off of studying (traveling, moving, etc.) and am starting my final GRE prep before I take the exam. Any advice on how to best focus my studying and improve my score in the last couple of weeks? Should I just keep drilling example questions? I'm tempted not to do another full practice exam since I've hit my target score and to focus on reviewing vocabulary and doing practice problems from Kaplan/Manhattan 5lb book--thoughts? And any math cramming advice? I know you can't really cram for the GRE, but I don't want to put too much time into studying math as I doubt it matters that much for my program (art history) but I'd like to bring up my score a little bit if I can as it is on the low side. Thanks!!
  2. Languages

    How do you recommend describing language ability on a cv/for a grad school application? For example, I just started taking German and plan to continue taking while I apply in the fall and until I (hopefully) begin grad school. How do I indicate that I am a beginner but plan on improving the skill prior to entering grad school? I speak French (conversationally) and can read it. I don't want to exaggerate my language abilities but I also don't want to undersell them. I also took 3 years of Latin in high school (most of which I've forgotten) but I feel like I would be able to learn it again pretty quickly because of my previous experience--worth mentioning? (I am interested in studying Roman art so it's relevant) Also, any insight on how much background in languages (how many languages, how fluent) schools like to see from applicants or advice on studying languages during a gap year?
  3. selecting a 3rd LOR writer

    Hi, I am deciding between two profs to ask for a letter of recommendation for PhD programs in art history and I am looking for advice on who would be the best. I think both could write a good letter, and the one I don't choose will be a back up. For context, the other two profs I plan to ask: Prof A was my undergrad thesis advisor, and I took several classes with her that included substantial research projects. She will be able to speak to my research, writing, and performance in classes, I have known her for about 3 years, and have spent plenty of time in her office. I'm confident she'd be happy to (I've discussed my plans for grad school with her and she has written for me in the past) and would write a strong letter. Also she specializes in the area I am interested in going into so she will be able to talk most specifically about my preparation for that subfield. Prof. B who will also ask was my undergrad academic and major advisor. I spent a summer conducting research with her and co-curating a show. I also took one of her classes. I've known her for four years and spend a lot of time with her. She has also written for me in the past and I believe would be more than happy to write me a strong letter. She will be able to talk about my performance since the beginning of college and also about my research ability and ability to carry out a long project. She was the 2nd reader (but not very involved) of my undergrad thesis so she's read that too. Ok--here are the two I am having trouble deciding between for the third letter (both are art historians): Option #1: I've taken two classes with this Prof. One was an intro level several years ago where I don't think I necessarily stood out but she knew who I was (received an A-, perfect score on the final exam, went to office hours). I got to know her better my senior year, when she led my senior seminar (received an A, went to office hours, etc). She pulled me aside to tell me that she thinks I would do really well in grad school and should consider it. She also read my final thesis (which she really liked) and was on my thesis defense for honors (which I received). She would be able to write about my ability to succeed in grad school after leading me in an art history seminar which is supposed to be more like grad-level and reading my thesis. Option #2: I have also taken 2 classes with this Prof, one larger and more lecture-heavy course where I did well (A in the class), went to office hours, but didn't get to know the prof. super well in that setting. The second class I took with him, I got to know him better and participated in events outside of but related to the class. The second class was more experimental, was co-taught, and had a research component. Since it was an experimental class I don't know that he really got a sense of my ability to conduct academic research. Would have nice things to say about me, but mostly about my personality, dedication to my school work, interest in art history, willingness to try new things, etc. but not necessarily closely related to the type of work I would do in grad school. Has written for me before and said he would always be happy to write on my behalf. I am leaning toward Option 1 just because she has read my thesis and would probably feel more comfortable writing about my ability to conduct research in that area, but I am not sure if that would just be more of the same with all 3 readers having served on my thesis defense and if I should pick another prof (option 2) who arguably knows me a little better personally and in a classroom setting. I don't think I can necessarily go wrong so just looking for some second opinions. Thanks!!
  4. selecting 3rd LOR writer

    Hi, I am deciding between two profs to ask for a letter of recommendation for PhD programs in art history and I am looking for advice on who would be the best. I think both could write a good letter, and the one I don't choose will be a back up. For context, the other two profs I plan to ask: Prof A was my undergrad thesis advisor, and I took several classes with her that included substantial research projects. She will be able to speak to my research, writing, and performance in classes, I have known her for about 3 years, and have spent plenty of time in her office. I'm confident she'd be happy to (I've discussed my plans for grad school with her and she has written for me in the past) and would write a strong letter. Also she specializes in the area I am interested in going into so she will be able to talk most specifically about my preparation for that subfield. Prof. B who will also ask was my undergrad academic and major advisor. I spent a summer conducting research with her and co-curating a show. I also took one of her classes. I've known her for four years and spend a lot of time with her. She has also written for me in the past and I believe would be more than happy to write me a strong letter. She will be able to talk about my performance since the beginning of college and also about my research ability and ability to carry out a long project. She was the 2nd reader (but not very involved) of my undergrad thesis so she's read that too. Ok--here are the two I am having trouble deciding between for the third letter (both are art historians): Option #1: I've taken two classes with this Prof. One was an intro level several years ago where I don't think I necessarily stood out but she knew who I was (received an A-, perfect score on the final exam, went to office hours). I got to know her better my senior year, when she led my senior seminar (received an A, went to office hours, etc). She pulled me aside to tell me that she thinks I would do really well in grad school and should consider it. She also read my final thesis (which she really liked) and was on my thesis defense for honors (which I received). She would be able to write about my ability to succeed in grad school after leading me in an art history seminar which is supposed to be more like grad-level and reading my thesis. Option #2: I have also taken 2 classes with this Prof, one larger and more lecture-heavy course where I did well (A in the class), went to office hours, but didn't get to know the prof. super well in that setting. The second class I took with him, I got to know him better and participated in events outside of but related to the class. The second class was more experimental, was co-taught, and had a research component. Since it was an experimental class I don't know that he really got a sense of my ability to conduct academic research. Would have nice things to say about me, but mostly about my personality, dedication to my school work, interest in art history, willingness to try new things, etc. but not necessarily closely related to the type of work I would do in grad school. Has written for me before and said he would always be happy to write on my behalf. I am leaning toward Option 1 just because she has read my thesis and would probably feel more comfortable writing about my ability to conduct research in that area, but I am not sure if that would just be more of the same with all 3 readers having served on my thesis defense and if I should pick another prof (option 2) who arguably knows me a little better personally and in a classroom setting. I don't think I can necessarily go wrong so just looking for some second opinions. Thanks!!