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  1. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Does anyone know if they ask for you to show your relevant language skills during interviews? I'm at the intermediate level for one, but I'm very rusty right now (and pronunciation has always been my weak spot anyway) so I'm not sure if I should be working extra hard on it during winter break in preparation just in case.
  2. A few quick formatting questions

    For the first point, agreed on the rest but I feel 1.5 spacing looks fine when you need to for page limit reasons! At the very least, I'd rather do that to fit everything than remove content when it may be unnecessary.
  3. Is a PhD worth it?

    I could be wrong, but if policy is your underlying goal, even if you do want to attend graduate school you might be better suited in a different program. A lot of history students can (and do) transition to that, but I would think a political science/IR/public policy/ etc. kind of program would be easier from a time/cost/prestige(?) standpoint if you're sure that's what you want to pursue regardless. That said, I'm not an expert by any means so take this with a grain of salt, just offering my personal opinion, if I am wrong feel free to correct me!
  4. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Yep- Congrats on getting in! The 10 page requirements really are such a pain...
  5. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Even to create more space for content for applications that require a 10 page writing sample? I already did this for one of mine because it listed a 10 page limit, but said that I could include references in the body or at the end. That said, I have more coming up that with the same length requirement that I could edit it back for.
  6. Canadian MA Programs

    Thanks so much for the advice- Would it be alright if I messaged you this coming week with any more questions after I've had a chance to look into them?
  7. Canadian MA Programs

    Thank you! My interests are on American foreign relations with East Asia from 1900 onwards- Definitely good to know, I will be applying, but I'd like to stick to a small number since I'm applying to a lot of PhD programs in the U.S. I was thinking Toronto for sure and maybe UBC, unless I see that McGill or a different program is better for my field. But, if the admissions aren't too hard, then I think I'd stick to two programs and just hope that if my U.S. schools don't work out I'd get into at least one of them.
  8. Canadian MA Programs

    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone had advice on the Canadian terminal MA programs, especially for the American history field. In particular, I am wondering a couple things: 1. If the top schools (Toronto, UBC, McGill) have enough of a reputation that I would be able to then get into to a top school in the U.S. for PhD and 2. What these schools' admissions standards are like at the MA level- With a 3.7 GPA and some research experience in undergrad, would I need to apply to all 3, or would I feel fairly safe applying to only Toronto and UBC along with a much greater number of American schools at the MA/PhD level? Thanks!
  9. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Not 100% sure but Chicago's one of the schools I'm applying to, so it was probably that one like the person above said.
  10. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thanks! I just ask because I've seen a few that don't seem to mention a specific limit, and then there was also one that said up to 2,500 words, which made me question whether I should be submitting more than the 1,000 word version I had prepared.
  11. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Generally speaking, how long is the statement of purpose supposed to be?
  12. Fall 2018 Applicants

    In the statement of purpose, for POIs that I emailed and got a standard response from, should I then namedrop that I already talked to the professor when mentioning them?
  13. Advice on Dropping Courses Strategically

    Edit: What I mean is I can still drop the courses without it being considered late withdrawal- If I do, it disappears from my transcript as if I was never enrolled in the first place. Hi all, The final date to drop classes is coming up at my school and I'm a bit unsure what to do. Right now I'm taking 6 courses, of which 2 I'm struggling with and 3 I'm doing well (basically expected Bs vs. As) and the last one I have to take regardless. Anyway, I heard this semester is really important grade-wise, so I could be strategic and drop courses to take next semester instead without graduation issues. If I drop one (taking the normal 5 class courseload), I need to take 6 courses next semester. If I drop both, then I'd need likely 7 next semester (off chance I can get into a class that counts for both programs but I doubt it). So, I was wondering first of all, am I correct that graduate schools strongly consider first semester of senior year? I'll be submitting my applications mostly in mid-December before the grades come out (humanities graduate schools), so I'm not completely sure that that's correct. And then, if this is true, any recommendations on whether I should be dropping one or both courses? I'd like to drop one if first semester grades are considered since I'd still be doing a normal courseload anyways and the extra class really adds to my amount of work. That said, I was unsure if it'd look bad if I drop both given I'd only be taking 4 classes, especially as it's something I did last year as well- I entered school with AP credit and took full courseloads my first 2 years. Anyways, any advice would be greatly appreciated!